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December 9, 2013 BOE Meeting

At the December 9 regular meeting the USD 115 Board of Education reviewed a proposed contract for sale of the B&B building as drafted by the legal counsel for Highland Community College. Included in the contract was wording to include “all desks, tables, chairs, and shelving now in the building”. Following discussion, board members asked that Supt. Kohlman contact the president of HCC and ask that wording “as agreed upon by both parties” be added to the clause pertaining to the furnishings. Also requested was to change the time period for the first right of refusal from ten to twenty years. Supt. Kohlman will inform the board members when a response is received.

Supt. Kohlman reported that he had a meeting with the original owners (descendents of Bernard and Anna Deters – Judith Deters and son, Damian Deters) of the land on which the B&B football field is located. The Deters’ provided deeds and information that showed the original 4 acres, more or less, was purchased by the school district in 1949 for $1,000. Two additional acres were purchased for $8,000 in 1980. Smaller parcels were added in 1986 and 1991. Discussion ensued as to whether to sell the land back to the Deters’ and at what price. It was approved to sell the land back for what the district paid for the land but not put any expense into clearing the lights and buildings from the land.

The board approved the purchase of ten 32 GB 4th Generation iPads for $5,090 to be used in grades PreK through 2 for trial purposes before deciding to fully implement the devices next school year.

Principals Pat McKernan & Amy Beck, chairpersons of the Nemaha Central Transition Team, reported on Nemaha Central Day which was held on December 4 for students in grades 6-10 and staff members. They reported the day began with a very positive speaker and overall seemed to have gone well for students and staff. They reported that future events are planned to continue the transition of all students in the Seneca buildings.

The list of the capital outlay expense suggestions as prioritized by the board members was handed out and projects were discussed. Due to the stringent time line, members were in agreement that Supt. Kohlman should get bids for replacement of the original bleachers at Nemaha Valley High School for consideration at the January regular meeting. Members asked Supt. Kohlman to refine the list eliminating those items that are considered routine maintenance and those that received low ratings. He was also asked to provide cost estimates on the projects.

Other items approved at the meeting included:  a $500 donation from Lortscher Agri-Service to be used for Grades 3 and 4 reading books; an Interlocal Agreement with Marshall County for a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan; changes to the Local Procedures and Policies Handbook for Marshall-Nemaha County Special Education Services Cooperative; the Fiscal Year 2013 annual independent audit; and a proposal from Karlin & Long, LLC to perform the Fiscal Year 2014 independent audit.  


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