Chadron School Board Agenda Jan 11, 2021

Chadron Public Schools Board of Education 

Regular Board Meeting – 5:30 PM Jan 11,  2021

Central Office Board Room & Via Zoom at

Board Goals (Reviewed 3.11.20):

1.  CPS students will either be proficient or meet typical growth in core areas using appropriate grade levels assessments by providing multi-tiered systems of support to ensure equitable learning environments for all students by 2023-24.

(Teaching & Learning which includes: College & Career Ready, Assessment, Teacher Effectiveness)

2.  Foster a positive/adaptive culture that builds trusting relationships through communication and collaboration with all stakeholders for continuous school improvement.

(Positive Partnerships, Relationships, and Student Success)

Notified BOE Member Absences:   

The Board at the meeting may rearrange the order of the agenda.


a.  Welcome and Recognition of Visitors-

b.  Meeting Called to Order – A complete copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act is posted on the west wall and in the BOE Documents folder. 

c.  Pledge of Allegiance

d. Determine if a Quorum is Present

e. Motion to Declare the Meeting Properly Publicized and Open to the Public.

f.  Member Oath of Office.

g. Approval of the Agenda for the December 14, 2020 Regular Board Meeting.

 Motion to Declare the Meeting “Adjourned, Sine Die” – This is a formality to terminate current board officers and duties and allow for election of new officers for a new year.

h.  Annual Election of President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer.

i.  Committee Appointments   

j.  Approval of the Minutes from the Board Meeting for December 14, 2020.

k. Members fill out Conflict of Interest for the year.

“Celebrate to Elevate”

h. Awards and/or Honors-  

i. High Fives-

  • Made it through the first semester without having to go remote!
  • Congratulations to Holli Morsett for successfully completing all CHS credits in December. She will join us this spring for our graduation ceremony.
  • Thank you to the CHS Student Council for the holiday decorations, the door decorating contest and the fun day of trivia activities on Dec. 22nd.
  • Thank you to the Chadron Shop-With-A-Cop program for successful completion of their 16th year assisting youth in our community for the holidays.
  • Thank you to Wendy Rhoads and the Cardinal Singers for the many vocal performances around town in December spreading holiday cheer!
  • For all CHS students and staff for a successful 1st Semester!!!
  • CMS students for their participation in the HOPE Squad Penny Wars. CMS raised over $700.00 that will be donated to a local charity.
  • All of the students who participated in the CMS Caring for Sharing food drive. CMS donated 498 non-perishable food items to the NCAP food pantry in Chadron. Grade level totals – 5th: 93; 6th: 123; 7th: 175; 8th: 105.
  • Thank you to the Shop-With-A-Cop program for assisting children and their families during the holiday season for the 16th consecutive year!
  • Mrs. Wess and Mrs. McLain for proctoring 5th grade AIMS reading assessments before break.
  • Mr. Rischling, Mrs. Rhoades and all of their band and choir students for their virtual holiday concert performances in December.
  • All CMS students and staff for a great 1st semester. 
  • To the Acadience assessment team for testing efficiency before our break.
  • To Mrs. Kaus and Mrs. Sarah Patterson for organizing and presenting the 2nd Grade Reader’s Theater to our Kindergarten students, this was a tricky year with having a virtual theater time but we made it work.
  • To Mrs. Rojas for allowing her students to send their holiday stories virtually so our young students could enjoy it.  We miss seeing the older students in person but are grateful for the opportunity to share stories.
  • To the Chadron PD and all who contributed to the “Shop with a Cop” program, it is always a huge success and much appreciated by the families it affects.
  • To the United Methodist Church Sunday School and Congregation for their generous donation to help with lunch balances.
  • To Dr. Tebbs, Mrs. Schrader, and all  who helped coordinate and make our school-wide sing-a-long such a success the day before break.  Students were able to enjoy singing during our lunch hours.
  • To all of the families that brought non-perishable foods for our Sharing and Caring Food Drive.  Our students took the canned goods to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

j. Recognition of Public Requesting to Comment on Specific Agenda Items


a. Treasurer’s Report – Submitted by Sara Taylor, Business Manager

b. Approval of Bills and Claims – General Fund, Depreciation Fund, Lunch Fund, Cooperative Fund, and Special Building Fund

c. Approval of Bills and Claims – Student Activity Fund and Student Fee Fund



  1. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action to review the Board Code of Conduct.
  2. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action to review the Board Code of Ethics.
  3. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on BOE members attending Conferences/Meetings/Trainings-Goals 1-2
  4. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action in regards to the bus rental request for the Wanderlust Cardinals.
  5. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on annual appointments Goals 1, 2, 3- School Attorney, Perry Law Firm, Crites, Shaffer, Connealy, & Watson Law Firm, Cullers Law, and Douglas, Kelly, Ostdiek, Snyder, Ossian, Vogl and Snyder, P.C.; Signatory of Federal Funds, Superintendent of Schools; Signatory of Activities Account, Superintendent of Schools; NASB Delegate, (needs to be appointed & is usually the BOE President), Official School Press, The Chadron Record, Rapid City Journal and Scottsbluff Star Herald; School Depositories, First National Bank of Chadron, First National Bank of Omaha, Chadron Federal Credit Union, Security First, Farmers State Bank, and Bank of the West; School Mechanics, Nebraskaland Tire, Chadron Express Lube, GMC of Chadron, Eagle Chevrolet, Wahlstrom Ford, Toof Diesel Repair, Rapid Refrigeration, Steve’s Light Truck Repair, Rapid Tire and Alignment, Master’s Transportation, Ron’s Repair, Brad’s Truck Service, Quality Tire, Hill’s Tire, Kelso’s Auto & Ag, Levi’s Auto, Express Auto Salvage, Butler Ag and Modern Farm Equipment; and Government Relations Network representative for NASB, (usually BOE President).  (This Board of Education member serves as the contact person for NASB.)
  6. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action in regards to 
  7. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action in regards.



a. Administrator Reports Including: Building Principals, Technology Director, Curriculum Director, SRO, and Maintenance Supervisor (Review Enrollment)

b. Board Committee Reports – If any activity has occurred; Finance Committee (2nd Monday @ Noon); American Civics/Curriculum Committee (3rd Monday @ Noon); Policy Committee (3rd Monday @ 7 AM) Building & Grounds Committee ($7.435+ Million in Projects to do) (1st Monday at noon); Personnel Committee (2nd Monday @ 7 AM); Safety Committee; Legislative Committee and Foundation Committee (3rd Wednesday at 7 AM)-On Google docs is a form for recording committee minutes


AQuESTT – Accountability for a Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow  AQuESTT is Nebraska’s next-generation accountability system. It aims to meet and exceed statutory requirements for accountability (R.S.S 79-760.06 and 79-760.07) by considering the broader educational experiences and success of students.

a. Leadership & Support Systems for Six (6) Tenets of AQuESTT

i. Leadership & high quality services in: processes, regulations, interagency collaboration, data systems, fiscal responsibility, and evaluation

ii. Finances Federal Audit Submission, G5 Update, $5000 mini grant, GEERS money

iii. Engage policy partners & stakeholders in development of: policies, regulations, and practices.

iv. Teaching, Learning, & Serving 

b.  College & Career Ready & Civic

i. Curriculum development and alignment to Content Standards 2020 ACT Results, Data, ASVAB, NWEA

ii. Integration of Career Readiness Standards into all content areas

iii. Systemic and collaborative curriculum review

iv. Partnerships for expanded learning opportunity

v.   Career awareness, exploration, and preparation instruction

c. Assessment

i.  Process to ensure reliable, valid, and appropriate assessments

ii. Utilizing balanced assessment system

iii. Sharing assessments in a timely manner Educlimber, Acadience, BIMAS

iv. Establishing and sharing grading policies and standards

v. Utilizing perceptual data Educlimber, Acadience

d. Educator Effectiveness

i. Measuring and addressing teacher engagement. School and classroom walk-throughs. Google Classroom and Google Drive training

ii. Utilizing a research-based instructional model aligned to the NE Teacher Principal Performance Framework (NTPPF)  Danielson

iii. Utilizing a formal staff evaluation process aligned to the NE Evaluation Model for Teachers and Principals. Admin Team Evaluations

iv. Developing a professional Learning plan to support continuous improvement Covid Response Update

v. Technology to support teaching and learning, Success, Access, & Support.

e. Positive Partnerships, Relationships, and Success

i. Partnerships w/community groups & support services Partner with PPHD to closely monitor and investigate CoVId cases. Mental Health Team meets regularly to review students services and discuss individual student referrals

ii. Strategies for family attendance & participation Superintendent Blog.

iii. Expectations for safe, clean, and healthy schools Review and monitor CoVid disinfection plan.

iv. Measuring and addressing student engagement

v. Strategies to support all students in monitoring and managing Learning

f. Transitions

i.  Process to support on-time grade completion 1:30 outs

ii. Process for addressing the needs of highly mobile students Transition, Indian Education, Juvenile Justice

iii. Process to identify and support students at risk of dropping out Acellus

iv. Processes to ensure the preparedness of incoming students

v. Strategies to support transition from Primary, to Intermediate, to Middle School, to High School, and to post-high school opportunities

g. Educational Opportunities & Access

i.  Before or after-school opportunities Monitor 21st Century grant that subsidizes  the after-school program.

ii. Supplementing in-person classroom instruction with digital learning opportunities.

iii. Processes relating to a Target Improvement Plan (TIP)

v. Aligning educational opportunities to the needs of all students Acellus online learning

vi. Evaluating new educational programs

h.  Thank Yous- Kiwanis for Backpack Program


  1. Something the BOE did tonight for student learning Goals 1-2
  2. COVID 19 Websites:”Adapting, Evolving, Thriving: Tools to Evolve COVID-19 Schools Strategy” 

www.launchne.comThis website is to help school leaders to work though decisions that will be necessary before students can reenter the physical buildings

CDC website

Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD)

Governor Rickett’s Website

Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)  

9.  ADVANCE PLANNING (GOAL 3): BOE Retreat February 17, 5:30pm Upcoming board roles  Parking Project

a. American Civics/Curriculum Committee-January 18, 2021 @ Noon

b. Policy Committee Meeting-January 18, 2021 @ 7 AM   

c. Building & Grounds Committee Meeting-February 1, 2021 @ Noon 

d. Personnel Meeting-February 8, 2021 at 7 AM

e. Finance Committee Meeting – February 8, 2021 at Noon

f.  Regular Board Meeting–February 8, 2021 at 5:30 PM

g. Legislative Committee-

h. Foundation- January 20, 2021 @ 7 AM




a.   Motion for Adjournment