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Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting – January 12, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Board President Shannon Grover in the administration office on the above date at 7:04 a.m. with everyone present except Ed Marin. 

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 Chris Bracelin, seconded by Derrick Tice, and carried to approve the consent calendar, including the following items:  a) The minutes of the regular Board meeting on December 8, 2016.  b) A list of bills being paid on direct deposit slips number 1219001 – 1219071 and on checks numbering 10902-10914 on BANKWEST, and checks numbering 11893-11947 on First National Bank for a total of $272,597.67.  c) The Cash Summary Report (including three transfers: $1,126.59 from Supplemental General Fund to the Vocational Fund,  $5,713.81 from the General Fund to the At-Risk Fund, and $45,118.00 from General Fund to Special Ed Fund)¸ the Grade School Activity Fund Report, and the High School Activity Fund Report – all as of December 31, 2016.  d)  The Board approved the new IRS privately-owned automobile mileage rate of $.535/mile effective January 1, 2017.   e) The Board approved the following gift-offers: $676.80 from Cheyenne County Knights of Columbus (the money is designated for use in the Special Education department); $500.00 from St. Francis Feed Yard (Matt Waters) to reimburse the school for football meals on state championship weekend; and $250.00 from Bonnie Community Club as a donation to the music department.

 There were no audiences. 

Under Committee Reports, it was decided a meeting with the faculty Meet-and-Confer Committee will be scheduled at a later date if necessary.  Also, the Hiring Committee will not need to meet unless there are positions that open up.

Under Old Business, Superintendent Schiltz reported on the progress of the track renovation process and the front high school lawn project being planned by Mr. Seger’s drafting students.

Superintendent Schiltz reported that Governor Sam Brownback presented his State of the State address on Tuesday, January 10.   At this time in the meeting, ideas to become more financially efficient were discussed.  Superintendent Schiltz will be sitting in on a webinar given by Dale Dennis of KSDE, at which time Mr. Dennis will discuss how Governor Brownback’s budget plan may impact school districts.

Superintendent Schiltz next reviewed with the board changes in dates for board member elections.  The Kansas Legislature changed the date of school board elections during last year’s session to coincide with primary and general elections in the state.  At the April, 2016 meeting, the USD 297 BOE passed a resolution to extend the term of office for members whose term would expire anytime during 2017, until the second Monday of January, 2018.  Members whose terms will expire in January are:  Shannon Grover, Ed Marin, and Derrick Tice.

The new key dates in the election process are:

            By May 1, 2017 – USD Clerk provides notice of positions to CN County Clerk

            By June 1, 2017 (noon) – Filing deadline for Board positions

            August 1, 2017 – Primary Election (if necessary)

            November 7, 2017 – General Election

            January 8, 2018 – New members take office

Next under New Business, Superintendent Schiltz reported that he and Mr. Morrow are investigating the possibility of implementing two new Career and Technical Education Pathways to our current curriculum:  AV Communications and Health Sciences. 

Next, Superintendent Schiltz reviewed with the Board a completed copy of the “Juvenile Justice Memorandum of Understanding” with local law enforcement agencies.  Cale Rieger moved to approve the Memorandum of Understanding; Mila Bandel seconded the motion, and it carried.

No report on the school-improvement process or review of Board Policy.

The next scheduled Board meeting will be held on February 9, 2017 at 7:00 a.m.

At 8:21 a.m., Derrick Tice moved that the meeting adjourn; the motion was seconded by Chris Bracelin and carried.

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