Chadron School Board May 13, 2024


Chadron Public Schools Board of Education May 13, 2024

Regular Board Meeting – 5:30 District Offices

“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  May 13, 2024, Regular Board Meeting.

g.  Approval of the Minutes from the Board Meetings for April 8, 2024

“Celebrate to Elevate”

h. Awards and/or Honors- 

  • Congratulations to our juniors for scoring the highest ACT composite average on their state testing since 2017!   Official release of scores will be early next fall

i.  High Fives-

  • Max Brodrick and Samson Sprauge for winning blue and purple ribbons at the NJAS Science Fair in Lincoln. 
  • Everyone for completing NSCAS assessments.
  • Thank you to Nurse Pyle and all the doctors at the Chadron Medical Clinic for conducting sports physicals on May 9th.
  • Thank you to Mr. Rischling, Mrs. Rhoads, and all the students for the amazing spring concerts!
  • Mrs. Dubs and the CMS Hope Squad for organizing Mental Health Awareness Month activities.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week was celebrated during the week of May 6th. Thank you to all of our amazing teachers!
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2024! List of 2024 Senior Graduates  
  • Congratulations to Mr. Rischling, Mrs. Rhoads and all the instrumental and vocal students for receiving superior ratings at the District Music Concert last month!
  • Thank you to Mr. Rischling and Mrs. Rhoads and all of the students for the amazing spring concerts!
  • Thank you to all the members of the Chadron Kiwanis for the Honors Program recognizing our outstanding students.
  • Thank you to Nurse Jenny Pyle and all of the school and medical staff that provided the sports physicals for all of our middle and high school students last week!
  • Thank you to the Chadron Ministerial Association for hosting a Baccalaureate Program May 5th to recognize and encourage our graduating seniors. Special thanks to Todd Hastings for speaking during the program.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Gifford (junior class sponsors), the parent volunteers and all of the juniors for hosting a successful prom and post-prom.
  • Thank you to Loni Watson for organizing our annual Honors Night Program, and thank you to everyone that presented awards to celebrate the many student successes!
  • Thank you to the CSC Math Club and CIA site coordinators for hosting Family Math Night at our afterschool program on April 11th.
  • Thank you to Kristin Kasten with ESU 13 for the Math Engagement Number Sense training for K-4 staff on April 12th.
  • Thank you to the team of district teachers that attended the NASES Spring session, entitled, “Unmasking Specialized Instruction in Inclusive Settings” to better incorporate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and specially designed instruction (SDI) in inclusive environments.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Cattnach for promoting Mental Health Awareness month at CIS.
  • Thank you to all of our amazing parents who helped celebrate our outstanding teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • Thank you to Mrs. LaPorte and Mrs. McCance for teaching our Summer Enrichment Program. We have 17 students signed up.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Eliason for coordinating our summer Science Camp and to those teaching it. We have 44 students signed up so far!
  • To the 4th grade teacher and students on a great Famous Nebraska Wax Museum program! 
  • To our teachers and support staff as we finish out the year.  The teachers have been working on facilitating “bump up” days for our students.
  • To Mrs. Kassy Schrader for our wonderful Spring concerts ~ the patience and coordination that it takes to make this evening such a success is amazing.
  • To staff and students in conducting the city-wide Tornado drill with efficiency.
  • To all of our staff leaving our building, we are going to miss them all but we are so happy for their next adventures.
  • To the second grade teachers and sponsors for making the field trip to Mount Rushmore so successful.
  • To some of our first grade and kindergarten teachers who took our students up to the planetarium for a small field trip experience.
  • To the teachers and students as we complete a great deal of our assessments.  All grade levels have finished up the MAPS testing.
  • To our amazing assessment team for completing all of our Spring testing, including our classroom teachers helping with the Chromebooks and our Acadience testing team.
  • Domino’s of Chadron for sponsoring our School Night Out event ~ between the Fall and Spring School Night Out events, Domino’s donated close to $2,000 to Chadron Primary School

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,  
  2. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action to approve the line of credit.
  3. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on Proclamation Mental Health Month through AWARE Grant and Middle School Hope Squad.
  4. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action for National FCCLA participants.
  5. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action for National FBLA participants.



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)


Summary of Legislation

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 – May 20, 2024 @ Noon

b. Policy Committee Meeting – May 20, 2024, @ 7 AM   

c. Building & Grounds Committee Meeting – June 3, 2024, @ 11 am 

d. Personnel Meeting – June 10, 2024, at Noon

e. Finance Committee Meeting –June 10, 2024, at 11 AM

f.  Regular Board Meeting–June 10, 2024, at 5:30 PM

g. Legislative Committee-

h. Foundation – September 18, 2024, at 7 AM

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

11.   VOTE TO EXCUSE ANY ABSENT BOARD MEMBER(S):                                                                                                                                                                                                         


a.   Motion for Adjournment