Chadron School Board Jan 8, 2024


 Chadron Public Schools Board of Education 

Regular Board Meeting – Jan 8, 2024  5:30 PM

“Infinite Possibilities – Infinite Education”

“Opportunities for All”

Notified BOE Member Absences: Tom (12-11-23)

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 8 2024, Regular Board Meeting.

g.  Approval of the Minutes from the Board Meetings for December 11, 2023

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

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

j.  Committee Appointments   

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

l. Awards and/or Honors- 

i.  High Fives-

  • 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.
    • Final Totals =        1790
      • 5th grade:        585
      • 6th grade:        545
      • 7th grade:        584
      • 8th grade:        76
    • Meritt Denton, Kylee Sanders, Colt Pinter, Isabella Winters, Campbell Motz, Coltryn Stokey, Jerome Kathol, and Ella Hudson won the drawing for a free Domino’s Pizza and a 2-liter bottle of soda.
  • Domino’s Pizza for donating Caring for Sharing gift certificates.
  • One Book One School was a huge success. Thank you to Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Rojas for organizing the event and to all of our guest readers!
  • Mr. Rischling and Ms. Rhodes for excellent holiday music concerts in December.
  • All of the students and staff for a great first semester!
  • Congratulations to our four December graduates: Cami Ewald, Christopher Smith, Ruby Tewahade and Treyvon Weyer. They are invited to join us for the graduation ceremony in May.
  • 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 decorating the school and hosting dress themes and fun events prior to winter break!
  • Thank you to all the students and staff for a great first semester!
  • Thank you to case managers for your work on getting quarterly progress reports done and out to families and for coordinating the new procedures from the state in documenting accommodations and modifications provided to our students.
  • Thank you to our classroom teachers and paras for implementing the new procedures and documenting student accommodations and modifications received through IEPs.
  • To Special Education teachers for making the necessary changes and corrections from last year’s file review. We received our close-out letter!
  • To the Acadience assessment team for testing efficiency before our break.
  • To Mrs. Kaus and Mrs. McClaren 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 a donor and group for their generous donation to the Primary Lunch Accounts, we appreciate the thoughtfulness of you all!

j. Recognition of the 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 on BOE members attending Conferences/Meetings/Training 1-2,  NRCSA March 14-15
  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, BMO, 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 request from FFA for Nationals from last fall. -Goals 1-2
  4. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on the following policies-Goals 1-2:
    1. First Reading
      1. 5131.1
      2. Naming Property (no number yet)


  1. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action regarding the summary of the Superintendent Evaluation. -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)


Teacher Shortage Report, Toi Riggs resignation

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 and Committee, STANCE Meetings, Panel on  Mental Health State Conference, Negotiations, School Improvement Visits, Meet with Governor. SIP Visit. Commissioners advisory.

ii. Finances

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

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, Legislative and Legislative Committee, Aware, PPHD meetings

iv. Teaching, Learning, & Serving 

After School Program, Professional Development Schedule, 

b.  College & Career Ready & Civic

i. Curriculum development and alignment to Content Standards

ACT Results, Data, ASVAB, NWEA, State Testing

ii. Integration of Career Readiness Standards into all content areas

iii. Systemic and collaborative curriculum review

Health Standard Meeting with Patrons, Content Standards Alignment, Curriculum Review with Board

iv. Partnerships for the expanded learning opportunity

Juvenile Justice Community Plan, Partnerships with PPHD and ESU

v.   Career awareness, exploration, and preparation instruction

c. Assessment

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

Educlimber, ACT Results, Data, ASVAB, NWEA, State Testing

ii. Utilizing a balanced assessment system

Educlimber, ACT Results, Data, ASVAB, NWEA, State Testing, 

iii. Sharing assessments in a timely manner

Educlimber, Acadience, BIMAS, ACT Results, Data, ASVAB, NWEA, State Testing

iv. Establishing and sharing grading policies and standards

Reviewed with Policy and Handbook.

v. Utilizing perceptual data

Educlimber, Acadience, After School Program, SIP Surveys

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, Principal and 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

Danielson, Lesson Plans, and SIP Process

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

1:1 Technology Upgrade of Infrastructure, Cameras, Door Locks, Purchase Rotation of Devices

e. Positive Partnerships, Relationships, and Success

i. Partnerships w/community groups & support services

Partner with PPHD, 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, School Safety, Quarterly Safety Committee Meeting ALICAP Safety Visit, AWARE MH LEA & District Team Monthly Meetings, State/LEA Advisory Meeting, Trustee for Chadron Community Hospital

ii. Strategies for family attendance & participation

Superintendent Blog, Remind, Chadron App, Emails

iii. Expectations for safe, clean, and healthy schools

Review and monitor building cleaning plans.

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, Walk-throughs, Evaluations, Weekly Admin Meetings

f. Transitions

i.  Process to support on-time grade completion

1:30 outs, Kindergarten Roundup, School Visits and Tours, School Improvement, Transitions

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, Juvenile Justice, Educlimber, Indian Education

iv. Processes to ensure the preparedness of incoming students

Orientation, Technology Boot Camp, Transitions

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

Transitions, Bump Up Day, FAST, Kindergarten Round-up

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, I-Ready, Google Classroom, Imagine Learning

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

v. Aligning educational opportunities to the needs of all students

Acellus online learning, IXL, Imagine Learning, Google Classroom

vi. Evaluating new educational programs

Teachers, Administrators, Program Usage for Dollars

h.  Thank Yous-


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


a. American Civics/Curriculum Committee – January 15, 2024 @ Noon

b. Policy Committee Meeting – January 15, 2024, @ 7 AM   

c. Building & Grounds Committee Meeting – February 5, 2023, @ 11 am 

d. Personnel Meeting – February 12, 2024, at Noon

e. Finance Committee Meeting –February 12, 2024, at 11 AM

f.  Regular Board Meeting–February 12, 2024, at 5:30 PM

g. Legislative Committee-

h. Foundation – January 10, 2024, at 7 AM

10.  PUBLIC COMMENT TIME FOR ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA (No Personnel Items)                                                                              



a.   Motion for Adjournment

FOOTNOTE – The board of education may go into closed session by an affirmative vote of a majority of its voting members if a closed session is clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual.

NOTICE: Except for an emergency, this agenda shall not be altered later than twenty-four hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting.