The Lexington School Board reorganized for 2018 at their regular meeting Monday night by electing officers and approving board assignments. Elected board president was Mike Dowling, vice president is Travis Maloley, board secretary will be Roger Reutlinger and board treasurer is Erin Heinemann.
The board voted to make one change in their committee meeting dates, changing the finance and building committee meetings from the second Friday of the month to the Friday before the regular board meeting because some board meetings fall before the second Friday depending on the month.
Committee assignments remained the same as for 2017 and are as follows:
Roger Reutlinger, Mike Dowling and Larry Steinberger – Buildings and Grounds; Travis Maloley, Roger Reutlinger and Larry Steinberger – Legislative and Finance; Mike Dowling, Carlos Saiz and Travis Maloley – Curriculum and Americanism; Mike Dowling, Cindy Benjamin and Travis Maloley – Technology; Cindy Benjamin, Carlos Saiz and Roger Reutlinger – Policy and Transportation; Carlos Saiz, Cindy Benjamin and Larry Steinberger – Activities; and Cindy Benjamin and Larry Steinberg – Calendar.
Building and Grounds (8 a.m.) and Legislative and Finance Committees (7 a.m.) meet on the Friday before the regular board meeting, Curriculum and Americanism (7 a.m.) and Technology (6 a.m.) meet the third Friday of the month, Policy and Transportation meet on the fourth Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Activities meets at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. The Calendar committee meets as needed.
Among other actions the board voted to designate the Lexington Clipper-Herald as the official district newspaper, Heldt, McKeone & Copley Law and KSB School Law as legal counsel for the district and Pinnacle Bank and Great Western Bank as depositories for district funds.
Under the consent agenda the board approved a recommendation to hire Meredith O’Hanlon to be an English/EL teacher at the high school. Superintendent John Hakonson noted that Title III money would pay for the position, which is needed because there are 30 students of all ranges in the program.
The board also accepted the resignation of athletic trainer Adam Bretschneider who is resigning May 25 after three years with the school to pursue further education.
Under new business the board voted to approve a contract with Foodlines for a new dishwasher at the high school. This will be bid out according to state and federal guidelines, said Hakonson.
A new safety plan for the Central Office was approved that includes information for staff on where to shelter for tornadoes, how to evacuate in case of fire and other emergencies.
Approval for an overnight travel request from the girls’ basketball team was given so the team can attend a University of Colorado basketball game in February in Boulder. Hakonson noted this is similar to other trips taken by sports teams and there were enough approved chaperones for the students attending. While they are using a school van, he noted funding for the trip is coming from the team’s fundraising account.
The board went into executive session at 7:15 p.m. to discuss collective bargaining, but no action was taken.