Chadron School Board Sept 11, 2023


Chadron Public Schools Board of Education 

Regular Board Meeting – Sept 11, 2023 5:30 PM

“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 September 11, 2023, Regular Board Meeting.

g.  Approval of the Minutes from the Board Meetings for August 28, 2023.

“Celebrate to Elevate”

h.   Awards and/or Honors- 

i.  High Fives-

  • To all of the families that attended our Meet and Greet the night before school started, we had a GREAT turnout.
  • To all of the parents, staff members, and community members who have helped to make the start of school such a success, it takes a village and we appreciate the support.
  • Thank you to the Kiwanis organization for organizing the food backpacks to support student food needs over the weekends.
  • All of the parents, students, staff, and community members who have helped make the start of the school year a success.
  • All of the students and parents who joined us for the Open House on August 17th
  • CMS After-School Program staff for their efforts in making the CMS ASP a fun and safe place for our students.
  • CMS staff and students on completing all of our beginning-of-the-year school safety drills.
  • Lifetouch for taking our school pictures on September 7th.
  • Mrs. Mclain and Mrs. Cogdill for conducting 5th-grade AIMS Reading Fluency assessments 
  • Mr. Wollesen and the CMS Student Council for the new announcement monitors that were hung outside of the library.
  • To Mrs. McLain and Mrs. Cogdill for completing our Acadience beginning-of-year benchmark testing.
  • Thank you to Molcajates and Runza for donating gift cards for our building and classroom communication sign-up drawing.
  • To our staff for welcoming our students and families and having their classrooms ready and looking great for our Meet and Greet!
  • To the students and families that came to our Meet and Greet!
  • To Lifetouch for providing school pictures on Sept. 7th.
  • To our families for getting signed up for classroom teachers’ ClassDojo communication! 96.4% of our families are signed up!
  • To our students and staff for completing our beginning-of-year safety drills. 
  • Thank you to all students, staff and parents who helped make the successful start of the school year!
  • Thank you to all who attended one of the nine Digital Awareness Programs for their students to receive a school chromebook.
  • We’ve received an overwhelming response to the improvements in the high school gym. Thank you to all the local sponsors who supported this project. We’re still working to get volume levels from the digital board louder to hear sponsor commercials better.
  • Students who have applied for early graduation upon completion after first semester:
    • Cami Ewald

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/Trainings-Goals 1-2
  2. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on the purchase of the high school kitchen air conditioning unit.
  3. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on BOE self-assessment.
  4. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on BOE recap of area membership meetings.



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)


Budget Draft, Special Meetings

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.

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 – October 16, 2023 @ Noon

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

c. Building & Grounds Committee Meeting – October 2, 2023, @ 11 am 

d. Personnel Meeting – October 9, 2023, at Noon

e. Finance Committee Meeting –October 9, 2023, at 11 AM

f.  Regular Board Meeting– October 9,  2023, at 5:30 PM

g. Legislative Committee-

h. Foundation – October 18, 2023, at 7 AM