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August 11, 2014 BOE Meeting

The budget hearing for fiscal year 2015 was held prior to the regular monthly meeting on Monday, August 11, 2014. The General fund budget, which is based upon a “weighted” student enrollment, will be very close to last year’s budget, mostly due to the frozen budget allowed by consolidation. 2014-2015 is the fourth and final year the general fund budget base state aid per pupil and weighted FTE is frozen. If any of the current year weightings exceed the frozen weightings, the district is allowed to use the higher number.

Resignations were accepted from the following staff: Elizabeth Rottinghaus, Jane Heinen, and Deb Ford. Employment contracts were approved for: Breanna Seitz, regular education paraprofessional; Mary Haug, special education paraprofessional; Mike Terpening, half-time at-risk classroom aide; Rose Mary Duryea and Ricky Kroeger, evening custodians; and Amy Larkin, additional third grade teacher due to increased enrollment.

Members approved 66 out-of-district students who will attend Nemaha Central Schools this year. Sixty-four of the students reside in USD 113, one in USD 415 and one in the Pawnee School District.

Board members approved the Site Council Members for 2014-2015. Members for NCEMS: Rosette Randel, Megan Schultejans, Carol Sack, Laurie Niehues, Marilyn Wiegand, Terry Stueve, Nicole Ross, Teresa Holthaus, Janet Heideman, Staci Korte, Renee Sperfslage, Darrel Kohlman, and Amy Beck. Members for NCHS: Duane Crosier, Wayne Byers, Susan Bowman, Mary Winkler, Fran Reitz, Cara Baker, Amy Kuckelman, Shelia Mitchell, Brianna Evans, Patrick McKernan, and Darrel Kohlman.

Members approved the following items: the fuel rotation for the purchase of diesel and unleaded fuel for 2014-2015; the purchase of 65 new band uniforms from Fruhauf Uniforms Inc.; the purchase of a Polaris Ranger 570 from Bruna Implement of Washington. Members also approved the new fight song for Nemaha Central Thunder.

A discussion was held regarding the current practice of providing after-activity practice bus routes if eight or more students sign up to ride. If less than eight students sign up the route is not run. The board was in agreement to give the superintendent authority to set up two activity routes with the same requirements to the number of students signed up to ride the bus for each route similar to previous years. The routes should allow for flexibility if only one route is run.

Prior to the review of the Strategic Plan, the Superintendent presented the enrollment numbers as of August 8, 2014. Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School has 75 pre-school students and 308 students in K-8. There are 248 students enrolled at Nemaha Central High School in grades 9-12.

The Superintendent discussed the target area “Building New Traditions”. Supt. Kohlman reviewed the Action Step to develop a committee of B&B and NV graduates and community members to determine a plan to preserve and display the schools’ achievements. The Traditions Committee met July 21, 2014 to discuss the purpose of the committee, the format of meetings and decision making, and items to discuss.

Supt Kohlman reviewed the Wellness Policy and the new requirements of the Wellness Plan for 2014-2015.Members approved to offer Activity Season Passes for home activities. The Activity Season pass would exclude tournament games. The Activity Season pass will be available at Nemaha Central High School. Single Adult + 1-2 Kids $50, Two Adults + 1-4 Kids $100 (Excludes Tournament Games). All NCHS students will pay a $20 Activity fee which allows them to go to all home activities free. (This excludes tournament games). All kids included on the season passes will be grades K-8 no matter what school they attend. Admission prices for the 2014-2015 season: K-8 $3 Adults $5. Over 30 home activities are scheduled this year.

The board approved several policies for the district recommended by the Kansas Association of School Boards.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, September 8, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the district office.

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