Chadron School Board Agenda Jan 9, 2023


Chadron Public Schools Board of Education 

Jan 9, 2023 5:30 PM District Office Board Room

“Infinite Possibilities – Infinite Education”

“Opportunities for All”

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.  Approval of the Agenda for January 9, 2023, Regular Board Meeting.

g.  Approval of the Minutes from the Board Meetings for December 12, 2022

h. 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.

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

j.  Committee Appointments   

k.  Approval of the Minutes from the Board Meeting for December 12, 2022.

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

m. Awards and/or Honors- 


n. High Fives-

  • Kiwanis and Homer’s Eagle Roost for donations to cover negative lunch accounts.
  • CMS Student Council for conducting our annual Caring for Sharing Food Drive. CMS donated 500 non-perishable food items to the NCAP food pantry in Chadron.
  • Mr. Rischling and Mrs. Rhoads for excellent instrumental and vocal winter music concerts
  • CPS Maintenance crew for their hard work in removing snow and keeping our buildings safe and warm!
  • Mrs. Tewahade and Mr. Hency for being awarded the Title IV grant to improve the CMS digital art program! 
  • All CMS students and staff for a great 1st semester.
  • Thank you to Josh Stadler, Charlie Marsh, and all of the maintenance crew who helped with snow removal and building checks during the December blizzard.
  • Thank you to our Cardinal Singers for spending an entire morning caroling around town on Dec. 21st!  They made many special stops including our senior care centers.
  • Thank you to Wendy Rhoads and Joe Rischling for providing outstanding winter concerts last month!
  • Thank you to the CHS Student Council for sponsoring the door decorating contest and the dress themes to end the first semester!
  • Thank you for the efforts and flexibility of our teaching staff to coordinate around school cancellations to wrap up first-semester classes!
  • Thank you to the CPS maintenance crew for their hard work in removing snow and keeping our buildings and grounds safe during the snow storms!
  • Thank you to our teaching and support staff for your flexibility during the weather-related cancellations and your efforts in finishing the 1st semester strong!
  • To Josh Stadler and Charlie Marsh for all of the snow removal and the incredible work they have done to keep the building heating up and going!
  • 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 year all of our kindergarten students were able to enjoy the 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 all of the families that brought non-perishable foods for our “Kids Caring at Christmas” Food Drive.  We were able to take the food to Immanuel Lutheran Church to help supply the food pantry.
  • A HUGE thank you to Eagle Chevrolet for their generous donation to the Primary Lunch Accounts, we appreciate the thoughtfulness of you all!

o. Recognition of the Public Requesting to Comment on Specific Agenda Items

“Celebrate to Elevate”


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 on BOE members attending Conferences/Meetings/Trainings-Goals 1-2.  President Retreat (Feb 5 & 6)  and NASB Legislative (Jan 22 & 23)
  2. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on annual appointments Goals 1, 2, 3- School Attorney, Perry Law Firm, KSB, 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, Homestead Bank of Chadron, First National Bank of Omaha, Chadron Federal Credit Union, Security First, Nebraska Bank, Bank of the West and Platte Valley Bank; School Mechanics, S & J Import & Domestic Repair, Nebraskaland Tire, 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, Modern Farm Equipment and Tyler Reitz; and Government Relations Network representative for NASB, (usually BOE President).  (This Board of Education member serves as the contact person for NASB.)
  3. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on the following policies-Goals 1-2:
    1. Delete
  4.  5131 (redundant)
  1. Third Reading
    1. 5131.1
    2. 5131.2
    3. 5131.4
    4. 5131.8
  2. Reviewed
    1. 5131.6


  1. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action in regard to Superintendent Evaluation. -Goals 1-2.
  2. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action in regard to Kathy Smith’s resignation.  Goals 1-2


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 11:00am); Personnel Committee (3rd Wednesday  @ Noon); Safety Committee; Legislative Committee and Foundation Committee (3rd Wednesday at 7 AM)


Snow days

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

Legislative Update-Bill Summaries

State Senator Communications

NRCSA Legislative Conference

STANCE Meetings

Trustee for Chadron Community Hospital

Panel on  Mental Health State Conference


ii. Finances

Federal Audit Submission, G5 Update, $5000 mini-grant, GEERS money, Juvenile Justice Community Plan, Perkins, EASIE, ESSERS, Cardinal Facility Fund

iii. Engage policy partners & stakeholders in the development of policies, regulations, and practices. Juvenile Justice Community Plan

Trustee for Chadron Community Hospital

Panel on  Mental Health State Conference


iv. Teaching, Learning, & Serving 

After School Program

b.  College & Career Ready & Civic

i. Curriculum development and alignment to Content Standards

2022 ACT Results, Data, ASVAB, NWEA

ii. Integration of Career Readiness Standards into all content areas

iii. Systemic and collaborative curriculum review

Health Standard Meeting with Patrons

Content standards alignment

iv. Partnerships for the expanded learning opportunity

Juvenile Justice Community Plan

v.   Career awareness, exploration, and preparation instruction

c. Assessment

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


ii. Utilizing a 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, After School Program

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) 


Teacher Evaluations complete and classified are complete too.

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

Admin Team Evaluations

Classified Evaluations

iv. Developing a Professional Learning plan to support continuous improvement

Covid Response Update

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

1:1 Technology

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

Bimonthly STANCE Meetings

NASB Monthly Update

Radio Talks

ESU 13 Administrator Monthly Meeting 

Pandemic Plan

School Safety  

Quarterly Safety Committee Meeting

ALICAP Safety Visit

AWARE MH LEA & District Team Monthly Meetings

State/LEA Advisory Meeting

Interim Trustee for Chadron Community Hospital

ii. Strategies for family attendance & participation

Superintendent Blog.

iii. Expectations for safe, clean, and healthy schools

Review and monitor the CoVid disinfection plan.

iv. Measuring and addressing student engagement

Weekly classroom and building visits

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

Juvenile Justice Community Plan

f. Transitions

i.  Process to support on-time grade completion

1:30 outs

Kindergarten Roundup

School Visits and Tours.

School Improvement

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


iv. Processes to ensure the preparedness of incoming students

Orientation and Technology Boot Camp

v. Strategies to support the transition from Primary, to Intermediate, to Middle School, to High

vi. School, and post-high school opportunities

g. Educational Opportunities & Access

i.  Before or after-school opportunities

Monitor 21st Century grant that subsidizes the after-school program.

Title VI Indian Education Parent Meeting

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

Acellus, IXL, and I-Ready

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

v. Aligning educational opportunities to the needs of all students

Acellus online learning, IXL, and Imagine Learning

vi. Evaluating new educational programs

h.  Thank Yous-


  1. Something the BOE did tonight for student learning Goals 1-2


a. American Civics/Curriculum Committee – January 16, 22, 2023 @ Noon

b. Policy Committee Meeting – January 16, 2023, @ 7 AM   

c. Building & Grounds Committee Meeting – February 6, 2023, @ 11 am 

d. Personnel Meeting – February 13, 2023, at Noon

e. Finance Committee Meeting – February 13, 2023, at 11 am

f.  Regular Board Meeting– February 13, 2023, at 5:30 PM

g. Legislative Committee-

h. Foundation – February 15, 2023, at 7 AM