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September 9, 2013 BOE Meeting

At the regular meeting on September 9, the Board of Education received a very interesting report on a new class that is offered at Nemaha Valley High School.  Bruce Stanley, Industrial Arts teacher, presented information on a new class available to juniors and seniors – the Residential Carpentry Program. Over the summer, Mr. Stanley became a National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) certified instructor. By having a NCCER certified instructor, students may enter a post-secondary college with a Career & Technical Education certification. Mr. Stanley stated that Nemaha Valley High School is the only school in northeast Kansas that is NCCER certified. The certification will enable students to qualify for a $1,000 State of Kansas certification award that was made possible by SB 155. Students must pass 18 tests for which Mr. Stanley is the proctor. To date, 100% of the students have passed four of the tests. Each NCCER program must have a sponsor and Association of General Contractors of Topeka has agreed to be the sponsor for NVHS. Mr. Stanley said that halfway through the summer, he was contacted by an employee of the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital about the need for a maintenance building. The ten members of the class, under the direction of Mr. Stanley and community members, Shane Holthaus and Greg Elder, began on the building about two weeks ago. Mr. Stanley showed photos of students on the job site and what work has progressed to this date. After the completion of this project, another project is being planned for the spring.

Supt. Kohlman discussed with the board members the impending need to dispose of old uniforms and miscellaneous athletic equipment. It was the consensus of the members that the administrators develop a plan to dispose of the items and submit the plan to the board at the October meeting at which time the board will provide input and/or approve.

Members again discussed the minimum of eight riders required to operate the after-school activities route. Based on the information provided for the current school year, the route is being run 80% of the time for the students who live in the south/southeast part of the district. The question was raised as to how many students sign up on the days the route is not run; whether it is close to the minimum of eight or several students below.  After receiving more information on the after-school activities route and the number of students served, the board asked to receive the number of students who sign up when the bus is not run. Based on the fact that the bus is run 80% of the time, it was the consensus of the board to continue the service as is.

In personnel matters, contracts were approved as follows: Kelly Williams, NVHS Assistant Junior Class Sponsor; Betty Hecht, NVHS Assistant Sophomore Class Sponsor; Betty Rottinghaus, NVHS Dishwasher; Cory Bass and Kelly Coup, Campus Facilitators for the PEP Grant; Shelly Schmelzle and Melinda Jones, Campus Facilitators for the HRSA Grant.

Members officially accepted a $200 anonymous donation for Project Success at NVEMS. Also accepted was a $2,500 Grant from Kansas Gas Service, a Division of ONEOK Inc. awarded to Nemaha Valley High School and to be used to purchase Kindles and accessories.

Members approved a resolution recognizing the week of October 6-12 as Anti-Bullying week.  A special meeting was scheduled for Thursday, October 17 for board member training for the McRel superintendent evaluation process.

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