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May 12, 2014 BOE Meeting

The Nemaha Central Board of Education tabled two technology proposals for one-to-one devices for students in grades 2 through 12 at the regular meeting on May 12, 2014.

The proposal from the elementary & middle school technology committee was for five iPads for each of the preschool rooms, one iPad for every two students in kindergarten and second grade, and one iPad per student in grades three through eight.Board member Jean Placke commented that she thought the second grade should be a one to one ratio as well. The total request was for 208 iPads, which added to the current total iPads at B&B and the elementary school, would equal 257.

Following a study by the high school technology committee, their recommendation was for MacBook laptop computers for each student. Supt. Kohlman stated that there are adequate funds in Capital Outlay to make the approximate $360,000 purchase. Apple Computer also offers a 4-year lease plan which would be slightly over $84,000 for each of the next four years. Several minutes were spent in discussion, followed by a motion to hold a special meeting on Friday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. to reconsider the purchase.

Two bids were approved from Suther Building Supply to replace the countertops and renovate cabinets in the Family & Consumer Sciences (home ec) room at the high school. A built in oven from the B&B school will be brought over to the room requiring reconfiguration of a few cabinets. The two bids totaled $21,790.

A contract for school nurse services with Nemaha County Community Home Health Agency was approved for next school year.Also approved was student insurance with the Kansas Association of School Boards at a cost of $12,791.

Resignations were accepted from the following staff: Kelly Williams, Glenda Schultejans, Dave Robinson, and Robert Engelken. A KPERS retirement was accepted from Julie Strathman who will return under a retiree contract next school year. Members approved the following new positions: After School Program – April Kuckelman and Madison Haverkamp; Summer Maintenance – Trent Olberding and Sara Rottinghaus; Special Education office administrative assistant – Christy Finney; High School Earth and Space Science – Tonja Kearns. Classified staff for 2014-15 was also approved.

Two future special meeting dates were approved. The fiscal year-end meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.The first meeting of fiscal year  2015 will be on Monday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. Both meetings will be at the district office.

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