The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Monday, June 19, 2017. Board member Ann Burkholder was excused by a vote of her colleagues.
The board approved the resignation of Taylor Haley, Agricultural Education/FFA.
Board members approved the Certificated Staff contracts for Rebekah Spader, Agricultural Education/FFA; James Ford, Elementary Assistant Principal/Special Education and Theresa Coyle, High School Mathematics.
The food service contract with OPAA! Food Management, Inc. was approved pending final approval from the Nebraska Department of Education – Nutrition Services.
High School Principal Bill Beckenhauer presented an attendance waiver request for a high school student that was approved.
A Cozad High School student and parent appeared to request an attendance waiver that also received approval with the stipulation that absences do not exceed a total of six days for the first semester of the 2017=2018 school year.
After discussion at previous meetings a contract with SportSafe Testing Service, Inc. to implement drug testing for students competing in school activities received approval. Negotiation continues on the details of the contract.
Board members approved the acquisition of a 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van from Pony Express Chevrolet for $29,350.80. Three bids for vehicles from two dealerships had been received.
The bid submitted by Brad Stallbaumer, Stallbaumer Construction for a two-room building at Cozad Elementary School was accepted. The $69,940.79 price tag includes plumbing and heating but not the HVAC. According to Elementary Principal Dale Henderson, the decision on what classes will be held in the two rooms will not be decided until August when he has a better idea on class sizes. A possible option is to have music instructor Erica Wieseler in one room and computer/coding class instructor Jill Arnold in the other room.
The board approved to continue offering stipends to all staff members for memberships at the Community Wellness Center for the 2017-2018 school year.
Approval was granted for substitute pay rates for the upcoming school year based on recommendations from Superintendent Joel Applegate. Local Substitutes will receive $100.00 per day, Certified Substitutes $110.00 per day and Long Term Subs (starts on the 11th consecutive day for the same staff member) will receive $185.41 per day. Current rates for Local Substitutes had been $93.00 per day and Certified Substitutes $105.00 per day. The Long Term Substitute pay is calculated as 1/185th of base pay.
Superintendent Applegate received authorization to dispose of approximately 250 older iPads. According to Technology Director Dave Evertson 150 of the iPads are in good condition (5-6 years old) with a fair market value of $65.00 each. 100 iPads with broken screens will be available at a fair market value of $10.00 each. The sale prices include packaging and shipping.
Discussion continued on the proposed community garden project that was presented by Bill Clark to ascertain if there was sufficient interest. After further consideration, the proposal failed for lack of a second to the motion.
Discussion, consideration and action were taken on several board policies. Most of these replaced current policies.
Discussion began on adding an assistant sponsor for the CHS National Honor Society Chapter. The chapter has grown to nearly 30 members and sponsor Woody Blackmore requested help. The board agreed that an additional sponsor would be beneficial but the request needs to go through the negotiations process so if approved will not take place until the 2018-2019 school year.
The next regular meeting for the board is scheduled for Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office if the Cozad Community Schools District Office Building.