The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met for a special meeting at Noon on Monday, August 27th.
Under Consent Agenda Items, Tylyn Haynes was approved for a local substitute-teaching permit. Haynes may substitute for 90 days during the year with the permit.
A Salary Advancement application was approved for new Elementary Guidance Counselor Stephanie Flint. Flint is taking classes to become certified as a guidance counselor.
Under Action Items, approval was granted to make a payment from the Building Fund to Snell Services, Inc. for partial completion of the Boiler Room Mechanical Revisions in the amount of $61,927.56 once certification has been received from Kucirek Engineering.
Superintendent Joel Applegate reported that two people would be coming out to check on this Wednesday. Applegate also reported that the air conditioning is working in most of the high school and that the air conditioning units are being checked in rooms that it is not working.
Applegate also said that the new boilers have arrived but that they are not connected. They will be ready to go by October 15th.
   Board members also approved the transfer of $284,000.00 from the General Fund to Depreciation Fund. Designations for this transfer are as follows: $50,000.00 for textbook replacement; $44,000.00 for bus/vehicle replacement; $25,000.00 for track renovation; $13,000.00 for gym floor; $25,000.00 for heat pumps at the elementary and middle schools; $62,000.00 for roof repair/replacement; $50,000.00 for HVAC; $5,000.00 for band instrument replacement and $10,000.00 for the high school auditorium.
   A transfer of $250.35 from the General Fund to the Lunch Fund for uncollected debts was also approved. 
   District Office Manager Ramona Priel reported that she had been notified by the Nebraska Department of Education that the district couldn’t have any negative balances.
  After having a zero lunch account balance for five days the building where the student attends school is supposed to contact Health & Human Services (HHS). 
   Families are informed of negative balances and given the option to fill out the paperwork for free or reduced lunches,” Priel continued.
   The board members and Superintendent Applegate discussed budget considerations for the 2019-2020 school year.
    “The district is collecting less money at a higher rate and we need to keep an eye on it,” Applegate said. 
    “Our line items cannot be cut much more, and 85 percent of our tax dollars go toward certified staff packages,” Applegate said.
   “We need to talk about insurance premiums and deductibles,” Applegate continued.
   “I think we need to explore other insurance options when we negotiate with the Cozad Education Association,” Starman said. 
   Applegate noted that there are a lot of school districts that only offer insurance for the employee, not their family members.
    Applegate explained that there are comparability studies available from the state available to school boards for setting their budgets.
   A Budget Hearing meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th at 6 p.m. A Tax Hearing meeting is schedule one week later on Wednesday, September 12th at 6 p.m.
   All budget hearings must be completed by Thursday, September 20th. 
   The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 17th beginning at 7 p.m.
Homecoming 2018 continues to be celebrated at Lexington Public Schools this week. The traditional event will climax with a dance following the Minutemen’s gridiron showdown with the Schuyler Warriors  on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Homecoming festivities got started with the decorating of the school. 
There have been ‘Spirit Days’ that allowed the Lexington School students  and staff to dress-up in different costumes and genres throughout the week. 
The Parade/Pep Rally on Friday will start approximately at 1:30 p.m. with the parade traveling down Washington Street. 
The Lexington High School Homecoming Royalty will be crowned at halftime of the football game on Friday evening.
The Homecoming Dance will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight to wrap up the 2018 celebration.
  We are thrilled to announce that Aspen Black and Kerry Grombacher headline our celebration of International Dot Day in September!
  Aspen and Kerry perform “Songs & Stories of the American West” at the Cozad High School Auditorium with all 6-8 graders on Thursday, September 6 at 2 pm, with the public invited to attend. The program features original western songs, and stories from history. 
  They are then at the Wilson Public Library at 4 pm with a “Songwriting Is Fun” session for ages 10 and up (registration required by calling 784-2019) AND 7 pm for a Ukulele for Teens workshop (grades 6-12, registration required by calling 784-2019). Ukuleles will be provided!
  Kerry Grombacher and Aspen Black have worked as a duo since 2014, performing nationwide for arts councils, house concerts, festivals, museums, and libraries. Their songs are influenced by the English ballad tradition, the string-band music of Aspen’s Appalachian home, and the corridos of the desert Southwest, where Kerry has lived and worked. 
  Kerry Grombacher plays guitar and mandolin. His songs have been featured on the ABC-TV adventure travel show, “Born to Explore,” and on the Putumayo World Records CD “Cowboy Playground,” which was released in over 60 countries. He has released five albums of original songs, and his songs have been recorded by a list of artists that includes Jim Jones, Belinda Gail, The Texas Trailhands, Gary Prescott, and Trails & Rails. 
  Aspen Black plays guitar and bass. She released a new CD of Cowboy Poetry, “Tales from the Road,” in 2018. Aspen’s “Lovin’ the West” won the Rural Roots Music Commission’s 2017 Classic Western CD of the Year award, and her “Eastern-Western Cowgirl” was the 2015 Female Country-Western CD of the Year. She was a Top Five finalist for the International Western Music Association’s Female Poet of the Year in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and her poetry CD, “Invisibility,” was a Top Five finalist for Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. 
Getting the school year started off on the right foot with everyONE joining forces will be the goal for the Cozad Community Schools ‘Attitude Determines Altitude’ campaign that will kick-off on Friday, August 17th from 5-9 p.m. 
The community of Cozad is encouraged to attend this joyous event to get the 2018-2019 school campaign started off with excitement. The Cozad Cheerleaders will be hosting their annual tailgate from 5-7:30 p.m. with a complete meal costing just $5. 
The business community of Cozad will be showcased from 5-7 p.m. as well with many local businesses being spotlighted. 
There will be bounce houses and kids games to provide free fun and games for youngsters. To beat the heat, you can check out the Sunny Sno trailer that will be set-up and selling icy treats on the football practice field. 
Looking to get off to a fast start, the Cozad harriers will have their own featured event at 6 p.m. Admission to the event is a sports drink. 
The Haymaker football squad will take to the turf for a scrimmage in preparation for the upcoming season at 7:30 p.m. with admission to the contest being a sports drink. 
At the conclusion of the football scrimmage, the Cozad High School Band, Cheerleaders and Jazz Dance Team will perform at Haymaker Stadium near 8:30 p.m.
The jam-packed evening will conclude with fireworks to light up the night at 9 p.m.