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Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting – December 8, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President Shannon Grover in the administration office on the above date at 7:03 a.m. with everyone present.

Mila Bandel made a motion to approve the agenda; the motion was seconded by Chris Bracelin and carried.

The Board reviewed and discussed the items on the consent calendar.  A motion was then made by Cale Rieger, seconded by Derrick Tice, and carried to approve the consent calendar, including the following items:  a) The minutes of the regular Board meeting on November 10, 2016 .  b) A list of bills being paid on direct deposit slips numbering 1118001 – 1118072 and on checks numbering 10887-10901 on BANKWEST, and checks numbering 11838-11892 on First National Bank for a total of $324,957.02.  c) The Cash Summary Report (including two transfers: $6,547.51 from Supplemental General Fund to the Vocational Fund, and $5,725.37 from the General Fund to the At-Risk Fund)¸ the Grade School Activity Fund Report, and the High School Activity Fund Report – all as of November 30, 2016. 

There were no audiences present.

The Board considered appointments of members to three committees – the Meet-and-Confer Committee, Scholarship Committee, and Hiring Committee.  Following a brief discussion, Mila Bandel and Shannon Grover were selected to serve on the Meet-and-Confer Committee; Superintendent Schiltz, Principal Morrow, Troy Hilt, and Mila Bandel were selected to serve on the Scholarship Committee; and Superintendent Schiltz, Principal Morrow, Cale Rieger and Chris Bracelin were selected to serve on the Hiring Committee.  Troy Hilt moved to approve these committee appointments; the motion was seconded by Chris Bracelin and carried.

Under Old Business, Superintendent Schiltz gave updates on the projects going on in the school: 1) Chromebooks and Discovery Education math and science techbook curriculums currently being used; 2) update on the grade school playground; 3) update on the remodeling of the women’s restroom in the high school; 4) update on the track renovation process; and, 5) update on the Architectural Drafting class’s plans for the front lawn renovations.

Under New Business, Superintendent Schiltz reviewed energy usage graphs in the district over the last few years.  We have had an energy audit company in our buildings to perform an assessment of our energy use and to make recommendations on how to save money in this area. 

David Morrow reported that the St. Francis Gabel-Jenkins Wrestling Tournament went very well and thanked the many volunteers we had that day.  It couldn’t be done without all the help we had.

Under Miscellaneous items, Derrick Tice discussed with the board a parental concern that had come to him.

No report on the school-improvement process.

Review of Board Policy:  Superintendent Schiltz discussed with the board whether or not we should consider switching from our policy manual to the KASB policy manual.  KASB will do a policy audit to insure USD 297 is in compliance with all required policies.  Motion was made by Mila Bandel to enter into a contract with KASB for a Partial Policy Audit for a fee of $3,000.00, it was seconded by Chris Bracelin and carried.

The next scheduled Board meeting will be held on January 12, 2017, at 7:00 a.m.

At 8:16 a.m., Derrick Tice moved that the meeting adjourn; the motion was seconded by Cale Rieger and carried.

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