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January 14, 2013 BOE Meeting

January 16, 2013

           At the regular board meeting on Monday, January 14, members looked ahead to next school year as the calendar was presented for review. The calendar has no major format changes from the current year but does have one extra contract day for the teachers which will be spent on inservice and/or staff collaboration. The calendar will be presented to staff for their input before the board is asked to approve the final draft. The first day of school for students is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 15.

            Due to the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA and also known as the No Child Left Behind Act) waiver received by the State of Kansas, a resolution was approved for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and new accountability system in 2014-15. Supt. Kohlman stated that although Adequate Yearly Progress and scoring on assessment tests are no longer required, students will continue to take the tests until the transition to the CCSS is complete. He warned that there is a potential negative impact on student scores as a result of this transition; however, this is to be expected as the “accountability” piece will no longer exist.

            Supt. Kohlman opened discussion regarding several items which are included in the Strategic Plan. He presented projected middle school and high school enrollment numbers through 2019-2020. Middle school enrollment will peak in 2013-14 then decline gradually thereafter. The high school enrollment will remain steady until 2016-17 when the numbers begin to decrease.

           A draft Memorandum of Understanding from Highland Community College addressed to Nemaha Central and four surrounding school districts stating the college’s intentions to offer technical education programs in the area utilizing the school buildings in Baileyville and in Bern. The Board of Education from each district has been asked to sign the Memorandum of Understanding confirming their commitment to support the tech education centers. Mr. Kohlman stated that on Wednesday, January 23, Highland Community College representatives will meet with local business owners to survey the needs and training they are seeking in new employees. Mr. Kohlman stated that this proposal plays a big part in the middle school option discussed on Thursday, January 10.

         Mr. Kohlman then handed out a draft letter and affidavit that will be sent to those USD 113 Prairie Hills patrons who have requested to have their property transferred to USD 115 Nemaha Central. The information will be mailed to those property owners in the next few days.

        In light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut, Supt. Kohlman stated that he will be looking at some measures to increase safety and security at the buildings. 

        Resignations were accepted from: Lisa Tynon, Special Education Teacher; Jill Lhamon, Special Education Teacher; Sue Haug, Speech-Language Pathologist; and Carole Sperfslage, Elementary Teacher; all effective the end of the school year. Employment contracts were approved for: Jennifer Rusche – NVHS Library Aide; Lindsey Moore – assistant softball coach; and Laurie Streit – part-time dishwasher at NVHS.

       Approved to serve on the Board of Education negotiations committee were John Rasmussen, KASB attorney, Ilene Enneking and Jean Placke.

      One hour was spent in executive session to discuss employer-employee negotiations and non-elected personnel. No action was taken on either item.

       The February board meeting will be held on February 18 which is the third Monday of the month instead of the second Monday, February 11.


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