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June 17, 2013 BOE Meeting

June 20, 2013

     USD 115 board members made two major decisions in the Strategic Plan process at the regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 17. At each of the last two meetings members discussed whether to lease or sell the Baileyville building to Highland Community College. Supt. Kohlman stated that the college is not interested in the land north of the building, but are interested in the shop building and the west parking lot. After considerable discussion, it was moved and approved to offer for sale the entire main school building, the shop building and the parking lot to Highland Community College for $500,000 with a clause giving USD 115 the first right of refusal if Highland would decide to sell the building in the future.

     The board also put a timeline in place for suggestions for a change in mascot. Suggestions from the public for a mascot will be taken until August 1. The committee of students and staff will narrow down the suggestions to five by October 1 and the board will then narrow down the five suggestions to between two and five at the October board meeting. Students in grades six through ten will vote on the options chosen by the board to make the final decision.

     Supt. Kohlman informed members that USD 113 Prairie Hills denied the land transfer request at their regular meeting on June 10. We (USD 115) would have to make a formal request to the State Board of Education for consideration; however, the likelihood of the transfer being approved at that level is small according to Kohlman. Gary Niehues stated that in his opinion, if anything further happens, it should be on the part of those landowners making the request.  Following more discussion, Supt. Kohlman will inform USD 113 Supt. Orth that our district will not revisit the issue and will advise USD 113 patrons to contact their Board of Education.

     Insurance coverage for the district will increase slightly over 11% according to a proposal from SBS Insurance which was presented at the meeting. All property is insured at replacement cost and there was discussion whether some buildings should be insured at actual cash value. Agency representative, Jim Runnebaum, stated that the policy could be amended at any time if the board chose to do so. The major portion of the increase was for the property insurance; workers compensation showed a slight decrease.

     Also approved was the student insurance policy with Student Assurance Services which serves as secondary coverage for all students in catastrophic incidents.  A contract with Nemaha County Community Health Services for school nurse services for the 2013-14 school year was approved. Athletic trainer services for Nemaha Valley High School by Nemaha Valley Community Hospital were also approved.

     Personnel approved for employment were: Betty Hecht – NVHS summer school; Tony Scism – B&B Business; Risa Gilbert – NVEMS Early Childhood/Title I; Wendy Strathman – NVEMS Paraprofessional; Deb Cooney – NVEMS Paraprofessional; Todd Price – summer maintenance; Robet Mosteller – Bus Driver; Roger Schmelzle – B&B High School Girls Head Basketball Coach; Carole Sperfslage – Part-time regular education para at NVEMS. Resignations accepted were: Susan Winters – B&B Business; Brandy McFall – NVEMS paraprofessional; and Karla Lueger – NVEMS teacher.

     A bid for security upgrades from Professional Fire Alarm Systems was approved in the amount of $5,427. The milk bid for next school year was awarded to Falls City Mercantile.

     Following executive session, the board approved the Negotiated Agreement with the Nemaha Central Educators Association. Salary increases average 1.72% plus an increase of $60 per month towards the health insurance fringe. The district is required to pay the low option, employee only premium for health insurance which increased from $348.56 to $408.95 the next plan year. Salary increases for administrative and classified staff were approved at the same percentage as the teachers.

     The new fiscal year organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. The motion was originally set for July 15; however, more members will be available on July 23.

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