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Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting – December 13, 2018

The meeting was called to order by President Cale Rieger in the administration office on the above date at 7:02 p.m. with everyone present except Dustin Andrist.  

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

Next on the agenda, Clerk Neitzel reviewed with the board the schedule for the Superintendent Search interview days as well as the top 21 questions picked by the board members for the interview.  January 16, 2019, Gary Sechrist from KASB will be present at the meeting to review with the board the applications received.  After reviewing applications, Board President Cale Rieger will call the applicants and set up an interview.  Interview days will be scheduled for January 21, 22, 23 and/or 24, 2019. 

The Board reviewed and discussed the items on the consent calendar.  A motion was then made by Chris Bracelin, seconded by Mila Bandel, and carried to approve the consent calendar, including the following items:  a) The minutes of the regular Board meeting on November 8, 2018 and the minutes from special Board meeting held on November 20, 2018.  b) A list of bills being paid on direct deposit slips numbering 1119001 – 1119071 and on checks numbering 11287-11300 on BANKWEST, and checks numbering 13317-13375 on First National Bank for a total of $285,220.52.  c) The Cash Summary Report (including two transfers: $2,425.31 from Supplemental General Fund to the CTE Fund, and $3,751.68 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, 2018.  d)  There were no gift offers. 

There were no Audiences present.

There were no Committee Reports.

Under Old Business, Superintendent Schiltz gave updates on the current projects in the school: 1) Superintendent Schiltz reported that eight local contractors were mailed RFP letters on the grade school bathroom project.  Bids for this project are due January 7, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.   2)  RFP letters were mailed out to eight local contractors for the suspended ceiling and light project in various rooms throughout the district.  One bid was received and reviewed.  After discussion,   Chris Bracelin made a motion to accept the bid of $25,682.00 submitted by Nick Raile Construction; motion was seconded by Troy Hilt and carried.

Next under Old Business, Superintendent Schiltz reviewed the first draft of the USD 297 Handbook.  He asked for suggestions the Board might have.  The second draft of the handbook will be presented to the Board at the January meeting for review.

Under New Business, Superintendent Schiltz reviewed energy usage graphs for the district over the last few years. 

Superintendent Schiltz reported that contracts have been offered to the following:  1) Dustin Zuege – HS Custodian; 2) Gary Meyer – GS Custodian; and 3) Travis Jones – HS Paraprofessional.  Chris Hingst made a motion to approve the contracts; seconded by Mila Bandel and carried.

The remaining three contract amendments for the salary adjustment have been returned for signature.  Chris Bracelin made a motion to approve the contract amendments; motion was seconded by Troy Hilt and carried

Under miscellaneous, Superintendent Schiltz presented a mock-up of the newly ordered activity bus with sample graphics.

Under school-improvement process, Superintendent Schiltz discussed the progress being made in the KESA and MTSS process.  At this time, Superintendent Schiltz reviewed with the Board a Kansas Assessment Test comparison with other schools in our League.  The comparison showed the percentage of change in a specific class from one year to the next.  There was a lengthy discussion to follow.

The Board then briefly went over the USD 297 Board Goals.

The next scheduled Board meeting will be held on January 10, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

At 9:28 p.m., Chris Bracelin moved that the meeting adjourn; the motion was seconded by Chris Hingst and carried.

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