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June 9, 2014 BOE Meeting

The Nemaha Central Board of Education met for the regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 9, 2014.

Resignations were accepted from: Risa Gilbert - NCES teacher .5 position; Patricia Engelken - Special Education para; Jason Hajek – NCHS Asst. Girls BB; and Kelsey Scism – Sophomore Class Sponsor.

 Approved for employment for next school year were: Maggie Hasenkamp - NCHS At-Risk Coordinator, NCHS Freshman VB coach, Sophomore Asst. Class Sponsor, NCHS SADD Sponsor, NCMS Asst. Trackcoach; Angela Steiner - NCHS Jr. Class Sponsor; Jason Kramer - NCMS Asst. Boys BB coach; Jason Hajek - NCHS Asst. Boys BB coach; Kim Henry - NCHS Freshman Girls BB coach; Mike Terpening - NCHS Asst. Track coach; Tonja Kearns - NCHS Sophomore Head Class Sponsor; and Kim Sudbeck - NCEMS Building Secretary.

Jeff Kidd with SBS Insurance Agency reviewed the district insurance coverage and updated rates. The board approved the updated coverage including the data compromise coverage for a total of $128,149. The insurance package includes buildings, equipment, vehicles, liability, and workers compensation. Due to the deletion of the B&B property, the premium is $22,875 less than last year.

One sealed bid was received and opened for the bleachers lumber from the Nemaha Valley High School main gym. The bid from John D. Rottinghaus for $300.00 was accepted.

The board approved a $.10 increase in lunch prices for next school year. The cost for K-5 students will be $2.35 and $2.50 for students in grades 6-12. Enrollment fees were also approved. Grades K-2 - $30.00; Grades 3-5 - $45.00; Grades 6-8 - $20.00; Grades 9-12 - $20.00. Students in Grades 6-12 will have an additional $40.00 technology fee. Other miscellaneous and class fees were also approved.

As part of the Strategic Plan, Supt. Kohlman was directed to form a list of members to serve on the New Traditions Committee which will decide what to do with trophies other than State championship trophies, banners, senior panels, etc. The committee members will be approved at the June 25 special meeting. It has already been decided by the administration that all state trophies from both schools will be displayed along the south wall of the high school commons. The board approved a new school motto which was selected by a majority vote of staff members: “One Journey - Endless Opportunities”.

Other items approved were: Technology Handbooks and Acceptable Use Policies for NCEMS and NCHS; 2013-14 Site Council Reports from NVEMS and NVHS; copier proposal from Century Business Technologies; and the Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plan beginning October, 2014. The district is a member of the Kansas Education Insurance Trust and is required to pay the employee only, low option. This rate increased 4.1%, from $408.95 to $425.84.

The board entered two separate executive sessions. The first, lasting 10 minutes, was for preliminary discussion of real property acquisition. After discussion with legal counsel, Supt. Kohlman said that the board could enter executive session to discuss the acquisition of the city-owned old tennis court property and by consensus give him a recommendation as to what to offer for the property if the district is interested. The City recently advertised for bids on the property.

The second executive session was for the discussion of non-elected personnel and lasted for 20 minutes. Following this executive session, the board approved raises for classified, administrative and other staff for next year. The average percentage was the same as the teacher package which was approved in May, 3.38%.

The board will have a special meeting to close out fiscal year business on Wednesday, June 25 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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