The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017.

Certificated staff contracts for the 2017-2018 school year were approved for Jordan Cudney, High School Assistant Principal/Activities Director; Michelle Irvine, High School Family and Consumer Sciences; Bethany Hyatt, School Psychologist and Hannah Gilg, Elementary Teacher.

Also approved were the resignations of the following certificated staff members effective at the end of the current school year: Sophia Weinert, High School Mathematics; Susan Armstrong, Third Grade Teacher and Mary Poore, Middle School Language Arts. Replacements have already been hired for Armstrong’s and Poore’s positions.

In other business, approval was granted to sponsor the 2017 Summer Food Service Program in the Cozad High School Cafeteria.
Board members voted to waive rescheduling the missed school day on January 16, 2017 due to inclement weather.

Salary advancement applications were accepted for Heidi Cover, Brent Frauen, Karen Klein, Kylee Kuecker Barry Mraz, Ashley Simpson, Erica Wieseler and Morgan Williams.

Superintendent Joel Applegate reported that seven companies would be touring facilities for the food service program on Tuesday, April 11. School representatives will then review their bids with the checklists they have created.

Applegate noted that speaker Kevin Honeycutt made outstanding presentations throughout the day to students, staff and the community on Wednesday, April 5. He has been invited to return next year and focus on the entrepreneurial opportunities available in our community and on our poverty level students.

Applegate also reported that he had contacted a company in Colorado for bids on a new modular for the elementary. In the meantime, the same school district that had a modular for sale and the district lost out on during the bidding process now has a two-room rectangular wooden building for sale for sale. Facilities Director Lonnie Dutton will be going to Scotia to check it out prior to the district placing a bid.

Bids on the locker room improvements are being finalized, as are the specifications for the boiler room updates.

Applegate told the board that he is prioritizing the capital improvement funds available for the summer months. “I would like to hire our own people, perhaps classified staff members to paint in our classrooms and hallways,” Applegate shared. “The shrubs in front of the high school will be removed and replaced with cement, new LED lighting will be installed in the elementary gym and the high school library which will result in energy savings,” he continued.

According to Applegate the school’s Suburban is getting old and he is seeking a 1-ton van that can pull a trailer to replace it. “We also need to replace our food van as it doesn’t meet our future needs,” emphasized Applegate.

One furnace in the elementary needs to be replaced and it is hoped that carpet squares can replace the current carpeting in the elementary classrooms on a rotational basis with some rooms completed each summer.

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) in the superintendent’s office in the district office.