Chadron School Board

CHADRON SCHOOL BOARD REGULAR MEETING

Feb 12, 2024 5:30 PM District Offices

“Infinite Possibilities – Infinite Education”

“Opportunities for All”

Board Goals (Reviewed 5.9.23):

1.  CPS students will either be proficient or meet typical growth in core areas using appropriate grade level 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: Melissa 2-5-24

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

1.  ROUTINE MATTERS:

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 February 12, 2024, Regular Board Meeting.

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

“Celebrate to Elevate”

h. Awards and/or Honors- 

i.  High Fives-

  • Thank you to Rick Barry, Biz Vogl and all those who worked the Chadron Dual Wrestling and Individual Tournament last month. Registrations were up from a year ago for the tournament.
  • Feb. 10th Girls Wrestling Districts and State Qualifiers:
  • Feb 10th Boys Wrestling Districts and State Qualifiers:
  • FFA District Results and State Qualifiers:
    • 1st – Agribusiness Team: Bryson Bickel (indiv. champion), Jace Lien (indiv 2nd), Jadyn Tidyman (indiv. 4th), Gabe Tidyman
    • 1st – Ag Mechanics: Conner Diers (champion hydraulics), Cody Kahl (champion mechanics), Matt Lien, Jack Price (champion electrical)
    • 4th – Livestock Management: Matt Lien, Collin McCoy, Kenli Boeslager, Jadyn Tidyman, Jack Phillips
    • 2nd – Welding: Gabe Tidyman (champion TIG), Jace Lien (champion Oxy), Gunnar Lans, Cade Smith
    • 1st – Floriculture: Cody Kahl, Owen Wess, Claire Ferguson, Hazel Anderson-Beguin
    • 3rd – Extemporaneous Speaking: Morgan Schommer
    • 2nd – Job Interview: Jace Lien
    • 1st – Public Speaking: Jadyn Tidyman
  • Thank you to all the parents who attended P/T Conferences
  • Thank you to all parents who attended Parent Teacher Conferences on February 8th.
  • Boy’s basketball regular season ended on February 5th. Congratulations to all of the boys and coaches! The 7th and 8th-grade end-of-season tournaments will be held during the week of February 12th in Mitchell and Scottsbluff.
  • The inaugural girls’ wrestling season ended on February 10th. We had 16 girls participate, which is outstanding for the first year. We look forward to seeing the sport of girls’ wrestling grow!
  • Thank you to ELA and Math teachers for completing the MAP screeners during the month of January for entering student scores in IXL for targeted practice.
  • To Mikel Landreth in recognition of National School Counselor Appreciation Week, Feb. 5-9th.  She has been a great addition as a full time counselor at the Primary School.
  • To our teachers K-8 who have been in the process of selecting a new math curriculum; they have been working with ESU #13 and going through the HQIM (High Quality Instructional Materials) process and our final selection day will be February 23rd
  • To the MS Student Council and HS Cardinals Committed for joining us for our Be My Valentine Breakfast!
  • To all of the family members who joined us for the Be My Valentine Breakfast at the Primary School
  • To the FCCLA organization for the “Baking for Birthdays” cupcake recognition for birthdays at the Primary School ~ these treats are so appreciated at the school for any students who do not have goodies on their birthday. 
  • To Jen Cattnach for organizing a small group learning experience for our 4th grade Native American students. Thank you to Tammy and Brian LaPorte for their assistance and a special thank you to Bill Ten Fingers and Gilma Stands from Loneman Schools for traveling to Chadron to share cultural information with our students. 
  • To Jen Cattnach in recognition of School Counselor’s Week, Feb. 5-9th. She is a valuable addition as part-time counselor at the Intermediate School while continuing to teach Adapted PE for our highest need special education students.
  • To Tony Denke, with FNBO, for the cookies he provided to Intermediate School staff on Feb. 2nd.
  • To our Intermediate School students who led their Parent Teacher Conferences and to parents for attending!
  • Thank you to Cathy Kaus and Christine Ambrose for organizing and putting on our Book Fair during conferences. 
  • I had 4 students compete at FCCLA districts in Scottsbluff last week and all received gold ratings and will be competing at state. 
  • *Kaylee Sprock and Kenzie Poureir – Chapter Service (Baking for Birthdays project) – gold*Morgan Schommer – Fashion Design – gold *Chelsea Stephens – Sustainability Project (the recycling program she is putting together here at the high school) – gold

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

2. BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS:

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.

3. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

4.   NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on BOE members attending Conferences/Meetings/Training 1-2,  NRCSA March 14-15, NRCSA Leg February 20, Finance March 20 
  2. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on NASB membership for 2024-25. -Goals 1-2
  3. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on the 2024-2025 School Calendar Start and End dates (Teacher Aug 14 to May 23, Students Aug 19 to May 22). Include discussing of Friday early outs or off days.
  4. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action on the following policies-Goals 1-2:
    1. Second Reading
      1. 3452.1
      2. Naming Property (no number yet)

5. PERSONNEL:

  1. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action in regard to Superintendent Contract rollover. -Goals 1-2.
  2. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action in regard to retirements and resignations received.  Goals 1-2
  3. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action to approve the new teaching contract for MiaKayla Koerber

6.  STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND PROGRAM REPORTS:

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)

7. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT AND BOARD-SUPERINTENDENT DISCUSSION:

Commissioner Advisory Committee & Legislative and SIP report

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-

8.   BOARD MEMBER ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (Non-Action)

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

9.  ADVANCE PLANNING (GOAL 3):

a. American Civics/Curriculum Committee – February 19, 2024 @ Noon

b. Policy Committee Meeting – February 19, 2024, @ 7 AM   

c. Building & Grounds Committee Meeting – March 4, 2024, @ 11 am 

d. Personnel Meeting – March 11, 2024, at Noon

e. Finance Committee Meeting –March 11, 2024, at 11 AM

f.  Regular Board Meeting–March 11, 2024, at 5:30 PM

g. Legislative Committee-

h. Foundation – February 21, 2024, 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): Tom and Tye

12. ADJOURNMENT:

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.