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July 23, 2013 BOE Meeting

July 24, 2013

     The Nemaha Central School Board of Education held their first meeting of Fiscal Year 2014 on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was held at Nemaha Valley High School.  In the first order of business, the board members re-elected Gary Niehues and President and Owen Zinke as Vice-President.

     Several organizational items were approved for the new fiscal year. Those items were as follows:

  • Regular board meetings will be held the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the unified school district office.
  • Special appointments for the Clerk, Treasurer, Federal Programs Director, KPERS  Agent, Food Service Determining Officer, Food Service District Hearing Officer, Health Insurance Contact, Compulsory Attendance Officers, Homeless Coordinator, Title VI, VII and IX, Section 504 Compliance Coordinator, Records Custodian, Freedom of Information Officer, and School Attorney.
  • Set the cost for copies of documents requested from the district at $.25 per page
  • Approval of resolutions authorizing the building principals to oversee all gate receipts and other funds which are deposited into the activity fund.
  • Resolutions authorizing petty cash funds.
  • Designation of the Courier-Tribune as the official newspaper for district legal publications
  • Designation of minimum hours for the 2013-14 school year
  • Approval of resolution for payment of bills before board meetings
  • Designate the four banks in Seneca as the official depositories for all district funds
  • Authorize the superintendent and clerk to credit interest from investments to the special funds as needed and to continue the practice of bidding idle funds
  • Approval of a resolution to rescind all board actions during 2012-13 which did not become written board policy and approve all current written policies for 2013-14
  • Approved the mileage reimbursement rate to match the State rate of $.56 per mile
  • Resolution to waive general accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as recommended by the Kansas State Board of Education

     Board members volunteered for the following positions: Jean Placke, Special Education Cooperative Advisory Board; David Clements, Governmental Relations Representative; Owen Zinke and Jason Hammes, NV Education Foundation Board; and, Ilene Enneking, District Health Council.

       Supplemental contracts were approved for the following: Cory Bass – NVHS assistant football; Dennis Hermreck – NVMS assistant football; Jeff Suther – NVHS assistant football; Tony Scism – BBSH FBLA; and  Katie Deters – BBJHSH Scholar’s Bowl. Resignations were accepted from Chris Garber, concessions manager; Laurie Streit, dishwasher; and Misty Blume, special education paraprofessional.

     Five patrons spoke on behalf of almost 250 people in attendance regarding the costs of changing the school mascot and colors. Board president Gary Niehues responded to comments that he had received from patrons.

     Supt. Kohlman presented information on the 2013-14 budget. He pointed out to all in attendance that the district will not necessarily spend the entire “published” budget amounts. It is a common practice of school districts to publish more than they plan to spend to allow for the “authority” to spend the greater amount in case of unforeseen expenses or emergencies.  The entire mill levy for USD 115 patrons will be 31.951, up .04 from last year’s levy of 31.916. The mill levy for the general fund is set by the State at 20 mills. The Local Option Budget or Supplemental General fund budget and mill levy are set by the board. Supt. Kohlman stated the statewide average for the LOB is 30% (of the general fund budget).  In his recommendation for 2013-14, the LOB fund budget authority will remain the same as last year at $1,112,250 which is 23% of the base amount. The slight mill levy increase is due to the decrease in the assessed valuation.

Former USD 442 patrons will remain solely responsible for the Bond & Interest mill levy required to pay off the debt for the Nemaha Valley Elementary & Middle School. The mill levy will remain the same at 7.04.

The board approved the proposed budget to be published in the July 31 edition of the Courier-Tribune with the budget hearing to be held immediately prior to the regular meeting on August 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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