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Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting – January 11, 2018

Prior to the meeting, Cheyenne County Clerk, Scott Houtman, swore in the newly elected members of the Board of Education:  Dustin Andrist, Chris Hingst, and Danielle McAtee.  After the swearing-in was completed, the meeting began.

The meeting was called to order by Board President Cale Rieger in the administration office on the above date at 7:00 p.m. with everyone present.  Also present were Tiffany Poet, Tom Keller, Robbie, David, and Cutler Mayer, and Travis Jones. 

Superintendent Schiltz requested one change to the agenda; move Audiences to after Approval of Agenda.  Troy Hilt made a motion to approve the agenda with the one change; the motion was seconded by Mila Bandel and carried.

Audiences:  Ms. Tiffany Poet discussed with the Board her recent professional development opportunity with the National Association for Agriculture Educators.  The training was held in Nashville, TN.   Tom Keller was present to inform the Board the next strategic planning meeting will be held at the St. Francis High School cafeteria on February 7, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  He also informed the Board that the St. Francis Community Foundation has changed the name to Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation.   Robbie, David, and Cutler Mayer were present to introduce Travis Jones to the Board.  Mr. Jones is interested in coaching boys and girls golf in St. Francis if approved by the Board.

The Board reviewed and discussed the items on the consent calendar.  A motion was then made by Mila Bandel, seconded by Chris Bracelin, and carried to approve the consent calendar, including the following items:  a) The minutes of the regular Board meeting on December 14, 2017 .  b) A list of bills being paid on direct deposit slips numbering 1219001 – 1219075 and on checks numbering 11098-11111 on BANKWEST, and checks numbering 12650-12689 on First National Bank for a total of $279,698.47.  c) The Cash Summary Report (including three transfers: $7,319.11 from Supplemental General Fund to the CTE Fund,  $6,058.82 from the General Fund to the At-Risk Fund, and $51,246.00 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, 2017.  d)  The Board approved the new IRS privately-owned automobile mileage rate of $.545/mile effective January 1, 2018.

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

Under Old Business, Superintendent Schiltz reviewed the RFP’s for the suspended ceilings in various rooms/areas around our buildings and the renovation of two restrooms in the elementary school.  After discussion, Chris Bracelin moved that the projects be advertised for bids; the motion was seconded by Chris Hingst and carried.

Next, under Old Business, the topic of whether or not to implement a golf program at the high school level was discussed.  A motion was made by Chris Bracelin to approve the implementation of a high school golf team.  Contingent upon 3 or more participants per team on a yearly basis, the administration will begin making the necessary plans to implement a program for this spring.  The motion was seconded by Troy Hilt and carried unanimously.

Superintendent Schiltz reported that Governor Sam Brownback presented his State of the State address on Tuesday, January 9.  Superintendent Schiltz felt that Governor Brownback was very positive about school finance.

Under New Business, Superintendent Schiltz discussed with the Board the need to hire a school counselor.  Troy Hilt made a motion to advertise for the position of school counselor, seconded by Danielle McAtee, and carried.  

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:  Health Sciences and Finance Careers.  We are working with Joni Clark-Leiker Consulting to get this accomplished.  We currently offer pathways in Construction, Vocational Agriculture, and AV Communications. 

There will be a KASB Introduction to Boardmanship held in Goodland on January 31, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Our new Board members, Dustin Andrist, Danielle McAtee, and Chris Hingst will be attending as well as Superintendent Schiltz.

No report on the school-improvement process.

Review of Board Policy:  Superintendent Schiltz introduced the NEW Board Policy Manual recently completed by KASB and his plan to effectively review the manual.

The next scheduled Board meeting will be held on February 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

At 9:26 p.m., Mila Bandel moved that the meeting adjourn; the motion was seconded by Chris Bracelin and carried.

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