MINUTES OF THE MEETING – USD 418 BOE – OCT. 14!!

By William for http://www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

McPHERSON – The McPherson USD 418 Board of Education held a meeting on Monday, October 14, 2019 – these are the ‘MINUTES OF THE MEETING’!!

USD 418 BOARD OF EDUCATION

MEETING FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2019

Regular Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT:

  • Jeff Johnson, Emily Greer, Brad Berg, Chris Wiens, Kim Janzen, Brian Kynaston

MEMBERS ABSENT:

  • Alan Burghart

ADMINISTRATION PRESENT:

  • Superintendent Gordon Mohn, Assistant Superintendent Shiloh Vincent, Middle School Principal Brandon Simmelink, Middle School Assistant Principal/Activities Director Inge Esping, Senior High School Principal Bryce McFarland

PREMILINARIES TO THE MEETING:

  • Call to Order – The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Approval of the Agenda – Board Action: Brad Berg made a motion and Chris Wiens seconded the motion to approve the regular and consent agenda with item 4.3 (Policy Revision) being moved to new business. Motion was approved 6-0.
  • Comments from the Public – Tim Buller suggested selling the district art collection and using the revenue for salaries. Rob Mackey shared information about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION:

  • Horizon Award Recipients – McPherson Public Schools recognized Jenessa Maldonado and Mike Walline as the district’s Horizon Award nominees. The Horizon Award goes to exemplary teachers who are entering their second year of teaching.
  • PIC--HORIZON AWARD WINNERS FOR 2019

GIFTS TO SCHOOL:

  • Donation Report – Several USD 418 Schools received gifts/donations and a report was presented to the Board for approval. Board Action: Brad Berg made the motion and Kim Janzen seconded the motion to approve the gifts and donations report as presented. Motion Carried 6-0.

CONSENT ITEMS:

  • Personnel – Motion to approve the Personnel Report dated October 14, 2019.
  • PDC Recommendations – Motion to approce the Professional Development Council recommendations dated October 9, 2019.
  • Motion to begin the October 28, 2019 Board of Education Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
  • Early Childhood Report – Motion to approve the Early Childhood Report for October.
  • Approval of Consent Items – Motion to approve all consent items.

REPORTS:

> Head Start Governance – David Brock, Director of Early Childhood, presented governance training for the Board.

> Assistant Superintendent Report – Shiloh Vincent reported to the Board on the following – Communications, New Teacher Training, Curriculum and eWalkthroughs.

> Special Education – Melissa Strathman provided a written report to the Board on the following items – Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators (KASEA) and the work the association is doing this year related to special education funding.

> Superintendent – Gordon Mohn reported to the Board on the following items – Revised Board Orientation, Joint Statement about Stadium Use and Community Committee for Facilities.

> Superintendent Search – Board Officers led discussion regarding a tentative timeline for the upcoming superintendent search.

> Student Eligibility – Middle School and Senior High administrators reviewed student eligibility policy and answered questions.

> Mileage Reimbursement – A report about the district’s mileage reimbursement policy was presented to the Board in August. The policy was presented again for discussion and guidance.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Nothing was available.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • ESL Position – A proposal to add and English as a Second Language (ESL) position at McPherson Senior High School was presented to the Board. Board Action: Chris Wiens made a motion and Kim Janzen seconded the motion to approve the hiring of Angela Martinson as an ESL Teacher at McPherson Senior High School. Motion Carried 6-0.
  • Bond Refinancing: Dustin Avey and Piper Jaffray presented a refinancing proposal to the Board. Board Action: Brad Berg made a motion and Chris Wiens seconded the motion to adopt Resolution # 10142019 authorizing the refinancing of bonds as presented. Motion Carried 6-0.
  • Policy Revision – A proposal to amend policy GAS to add maintenance staff to the list of employees in the district who are reimbursed for use of their personal cell phones. Board Action: Brad Berg made the motion and Brian Kynaston seconded the motion to approve the revision of Board Policy – GAS – Cell Phones/Smart Phones. Motion Carried 6-0.

ROUTINE ITEMS:

  • Disposition of Minutes – Motion to approve the minutes of the September 23, 2019 Board of Education Meeting.
  • Clerk’s Report – Motion to approve.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Motion to approve.
  • Payment of Bills (Brad Berg / Brian Kynaston) – Motion to approve.
  • Approval of Routine Items – Motion to approve routine items. Board Action: Brad Berg made the motion and Chris Wiens seconded the motion to approve routine items. Motion Carried 6-0.

CONCLUSION OF MEETING ITEMS:

  • Next Meeting Possible Items – Audit Report from SJHL, KASB New Board Member Orientation – 6:00 p.m.
  • Future Meeting Suggested Items – Review of Committee Assignments (GM), Board Policy Review, Annual Board Agenda, Selection of CMAR Company (November 11).
  • Announcements – Friday, October 18, 2019 – NO SCHOOL – Flexible Teacher Workday. Week of October 21st – Parent/Teacher Conferences. Thursday, October 24, 2019 and Friday, October 25, 2019 – NO SCHOOL. Monday, October 28, 2019 – Board of Education Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
  • Board Member Items – Time reserved for Board conversation.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

  • Executive Session – Negotiations. Brad Berg moved and Chris Wiens seconded the motion that the Board go into executive session to discuss the proposed Negotiated Agreement with teachers pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under the Kansas Open Meeting Act, and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 9:45 p.m. Included in the executive session were Board Members and Central Office Administration. Motion Carried 6-0.
  • The Board returned to open session at 9:45 p.m.
  • Brad Berg moved and Chris Wiens seconded the motion that the Board go into executive session to discuss the proposed Negotiated Agreement with teachers pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under the Kansas Open Meeting Act, and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 10:00 p.m. Included in the executive session were Board Members and Central Office Administration. Motion Carried 6-0.
  • The Board returned to open session at 10:00 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT:

  • Jeff Johnson declared the Board Meeting adjourned at 10:01 p.m.

 

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