EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting
A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on January 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Members present were Mitch Innes, Stephen Corkill, Reo Shultz, Tim Innes, Jason Hartman, Ginger Blaske, and Amy Cassel. Administration present was John Cox, Superintendent, Marion Mazouch, High School/Middle School Principal, and Melody Pfaff, Board Clerk.
CALL TO ORDER: President, Mitch Innes called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
APPROVE THE AGENDA: The Board approved the Agenda as presented.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Board and guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Stephen Corkill entered the meeting at 7:05 p.m.
WELCOME GUESTS: President, Mitch Innes welcomed our guests.
OPEN FORUM: Greg Rasmussen, John Cox’s Kelli Mentor, introduced himself to the Board.
POSITIVE BOARD COMMENTS:
1. The district being able to maintain in-person instruction is a constant positive!
2. The broadcasting of the basketball games is going well.
3. The board thanked Carla Schroller for the donation of art materials.
4. The FFA held a very successful virtual contest.
RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF: No one was in attendance to be recognized.
SPECIAL REPORTS: None
PRINCIPAL REPORTS: These were noted. The high school is hosting a student teacher in the FACS program. Regional scholars bowl will be held at Blue Valley.
a. The ELA team is looking at three curriculums for possible adoption. The team will meet on Monday, January 18 to discuss the materials.
b. January 18, 2021 is a teacher in-service day.
c. An instructor class for NASP will be held at Blue Valley on January 23, 2021.
d. Mr. Cox reviewed the current budget with the Board.
e. The second round of CoVid relief funding (ESSR) is set to be released soon. The district will receive $76,000.
CONSENT AGENDA: The Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:
a. Approved Minutes of December 14, 2020 Regular Board Meeting
b. Approved Receipts
c. Approved Resignations/Retirements: LuAnn Lund and Annette Gude effective at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
a. Four vans have been ordered from Honeyman Ford in Seneca Kansas.
b. Administration presented a very rough draft of possible preschool changes for next year. This plan is in the early stages and more information will be released as it is approved.
Approve Warrants/Transfers: The Board approved the Warrants/Transfers as presented
Personnel: The Board held an executive session with John Cox and Melody Pfaff for 20 minutes to discuss personnel. The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individual
Meeting reconvened and it was noted that no action was taken during the executive session.
The Board approved adding a year to John Cox’s superintendent contract and to keep it a two-year contract.
Election of Board Officers: The Board elected Mitch Innes as president of the board.
The Board elected Reo Shultz as vice president of the board.
District Calendar: The district calendar committee will be meeting to set the 2021-2022 district calendar. Amy Cassel and Jason Hartman will serve on the committee as board representatives.
Stakeholder Surveys: The Superintendent and Principal surveys have been posted. Results will be available Friday, January 15.
Board of Education Self-Evaluation: The board discussed doing a board self-evaluation. An example was handed out and members will review prior to the February board meeting.
Professional Development Hours Waiver: There is concern that the upcoming winter months will result in schools continuing to change learning environments due to staff shortages and high COVID-19 case counts. Allowing school districts to alter use of a limited number of hours from December 2020 through April 2021 enables the schools to still meet the statutory school term requirement of 1116 hours. The Kansas State Board of Education established the following criteria for any waiver requested by a school district under K.S.A. 72-3117 for the 2020-2021 school term:
• Schools requesting a waiver must schedule and use professional development hours between December 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021;
• The State Board will waive the number of school hours equal to the number of hours used for said professional development up to 20 hours;
• The time must be used for either staff development, staff collaboration, parent-teacher conferences, assistance to teachers and other staff in the planning and delivery of instruction during the pandemic, or any combination thereof.
Any district agreeing to comply with the above-listed criteria may complete an application for approval. The district is planning to submit an application.
District Staff Appreciation: The Board discussed option for recognizing the staff with an appreciation meal. This will be discussed and possibly finalized at the February board meeting.
Future Agenda Items:
a. Board Self-Evaluation
b. Staff Appreciation Meal
c. Principal Evaluation
d. 2021-2022 District Calendar
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:43 p.m.