EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting
A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on September 14, 2020 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, Middle School/High 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: Reo Shultz moved, Jason Hartman seconded to approve the Agenda as presented. Motion carried 7-0.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Board and guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
WELCOME GUESTS: President, Mitch Innes welcomed our guest.
OPEN FORUM: No one addressed the board during Open Forum.
POSITIVE BOARD COMMENTS:
1. Great to be in school.
2. The 3-D tour of the Ag Ed Center is very cool.
3. Good to see that the FFA is participating in the hurricane relief.
4. So far, the Co-Vid cases in the district have been contained.
5. Facilities look good. House is in better shape.
6. Remote schooling is going very well. There are a few glitches but, teachers are doing a good job with the combination of remote learning and in person learning. It is a work in progress and will continue to get better.
RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF: No one was in attendance to be recognized.
AG ED REPORT: Anthony Meals was in attendance to update the board of the happening at the Ag Ed Center. The leadership retreat was very successful and plans for the year were made. Shop projects are going full steam. There are 85% of the high school students enrolled in an ag class and 94% are FFA members. Blue Valley is hosting the first virtual land/homesite judging competition for the North Central district FFA chapters. The animal shelter partnership was renewed, and the first litter of kittens has arrived. Thank you to Eric Neilson for putting the 3D tour of the Ag Ed
PRINCIPAL REPORTS: These were noted. The teachers are doing a great job and students are learning in spite of the challenges that they are being faced with. The zoom open houses were well received. Kids are adapting to masks with very few issues.
SUPERINTENDENT REPORT: The Roepke Fund letter has been received. The board needs to discuss possible projects that could be presented for funding. Outside classroom with hot spots and picnic tables that could be used by the public was discussed. A board representative will be elected tonight so we can move forward with a funding project. Board training has been set for Monday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Valley High School cafeteria.
BOARD REPORT: An email was received from a district patron commending Mr. Cox for his follow up with a student. There was a thank you for following through with promises made during interview process. Receiving this type of feedback from the community is very positive for the district.
CONSENT AGENDA: Tim Innes moved, Ginger Blaske seconded to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
a. Approved Minutes August 10, 2020 Regular Board Meeting; August 25, 2020 Special Board Meeting
b. Approved Receipts Report
c. Resignations – None
d. Approved Hirings - Linda Kasselman – McCormick Elementary Lunch Aide and Brandon Buessen - Sub Bus Driver
e. Out of District Students Approval – None
Motion carried 7-0.
Approve Warrants/Transfers: After discussion, Ginger Blaske moved, Reo Shultz seconded to approve the Warrants/Transfers as presented. Motion carried 7-0.
Roepke Fund Representative: Mitch Innes moved, Tim Innes seconded to elect Reo Shultz as the Board representative for the Roepke Fund. Motion carried 6-1.
Bus Drivers Salary and Incentives: Superintendent John Cox distributed a handout with a proposal to offer incentives to hire bus drivers. The Board asked John Cox to put together numbers to back the proposal. This item was tabled until the October 12 board meeting. No action was taken.
Superintendent’s Administrative Schedule: The board discussed Mr. Cox’s weekly schedule. It was noted that coverage at McCormick Elementary School was better than previous years. The community can feel presence and it is being appreciated. Maintaining coverage at District Office and McCormick Elementary School is going very well.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
a. Bus Driver Salary and Incentives
b. Roepke Fund
ADJOURNMENT: Tim Innes moved, Reo Shultz seconded to adjourn. Motion carried 7-0.
Meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.