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September 8, 2014 BOE Meeting

September 12, 2014

Board members heard several reports at the September 8 board meeting. Classroom teachers, Deb Kramer, Tamela Becker and Michael Hill shared with the members different ways they are incorporating the new technology devices in their classrooms. All three shared that student engagement is the most significant benefit of one-to-one devices for the students. All high school students have an assigned MacBook and students in grades 2 through 8 have an iPad. Mrs. Kramer, the middle school literature teacher, stated that the iPad is the students’ textbook in her class as there is not a traditional textbook for the class.

Mrs. Briana Evans, NCHS guidance counselor, shared the ACT test results for Nemaha Central students who took the test last school year. Mrs. Evans stressed that students are not required to take the test. In 2014, 54 students took the test. The average composite state score is 22 and the USD 115 average was 23.5.

Supt. Kohlman addressed several topics during this discussion. A date has been set to auction district-owned surplus items on Sunday, September 28. Enrollment numbers and activity participation numbers were reviewed. The dates for the KASB Fall Regionals and Annual Convention were noted. Mr. Kohlman said he had contacted the individuals who will facilitate updating the Strategic Plan. Their next open date is Monday, October 20. In addition to the seven board members, the four administrators, eight teachers, three parents, three patrons &/or business people will be asked to serve on the committee. Mr. Kohlman also reviewed the Rose Standard Capacities with the board members.

Members were informed that the after-practice routes are being run most days on both sides of the district. There have been a few occasions when the minimum number of eight riders has not signed up so the routes were not scheduled. The routes will be monitored as the year progresses.

Members approved the Memorandum of Agreement between the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center and the Marshall-Nemaha County Education Services Coop for Medicaid billing. Also approved was the Local Education Agency Assurances regarding eligibility for IDEA VI-B special education federal funding.

New staff approved for hire were: Amy Mathewson, classroom assistant at NCEMS; Rose Mueting, classroom assistant at NCEMS; Jacob Reitz, after-school aide at NCEMS; Jane Strathman, NCHS concessionaire; David Hutfles, assistant NCHS football coach; Virginia Huber, dishwasher at NCHS; and Cory Bass, Jason Hajek & Warren Seitz, PEP Grant facilitators.

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