OPS Board Starts Calendar Year
With Reorganization At Meeting
The Board of Education for Ord Public Schools met on Monday, January 13 for their first regular meeting of 2014. All Board members were present except Lonny Clausen.
The meeting began with the reorganization of the Board. Bill Ziegler was voted President once again. Dawn Skibinski was voted Vice-President. Kim Radil was voted Secretary, and Heather Sikyta was voted Treasurer. The 2014 Committee assignments were tabled until the February meeting.
Dana F. Cole and Company was appointed the 2014 District Auditor. The First National Bank in Ord, Pathway Bank, Great Western Bank, BankFirst, BOK Financial, and Fremont National Bank were designated as 2014 District Depositories of Funds. The Ord Quiz was designated District Newspaper. Larry Schweitzer was designated the District Bus Inspector, and OPS Superintendent Jason Alexander was designated Official To Apply For And Receive Federal Funds.
In the Treasurer's Report, Supt. Alexander reported $959,681 plus $117,000 money market for a total of $1,076,704 in the General Fund. He said that on average, total disbursements were running about $450,000 to $500,000 depending on the number of weeks in the pay period. He said that February through April were typically lower-revenue months. Furthermore, he reported that 2014-2015 state aid early models could be out this week, and Senator Sullivan introduced LB-838 which would delay state aid certification for one month.
In the Presentation of Bills, it was reported that enough diesel--$20,265 worth--was purchased to get the district to March. The total bills for the month was $66,420.15, including $5,150 for the new engine for the Excursion. The bills on January 1, 2013 were $104,423 by comparison. The Board approved the bills.
For Communications, the Board was notified that Ord Elementary had received a letter from the Nebraska Association of Retired School Principals. The letter congratulated the school for the recent Blue Ribbon Award.
Justin Swedburg was introduced as the new 7-12 Health and Physical Education instructor. Student teacher Neil Kaslon also introduced himself to the Board. Clint Kruml spoke on behalf of the Ord FFA Chapter about the Denver Stock Show the chapter attended.
The Curriculum Commitee met with Mrs. Koelling regarding getting the FCS program back into the school's schdule, as reported by Josh Zangger. Kim Radil of the Transportation Committee reported that the Ford Excursion is in for warranty repairs. The Big Red Bus has new tires mounted.
In his Principal report, OHS Principal Mark Hagge stated that report cards were mailed out on December 23. NeSA writing tests will be administered on January 21, reading tests on March 25 and 26, science tests on April 15 and 16, and math on April 22, 23, and 24. He thanked the Synovation Valley Leadership Committee for the leadership tool kits. He proposed ideas, along with Principal Smith, for an after school program, and touched on current student concerns. There is currently approximately $115,262 in the Activities Account. He told the Board about the FCCLA star competition on January 9, and the FBLA Youth Entrepreneur Showcase during the OHS wrestling invite on January 31 in the new commons area.
Ord Elementary School Principal Doug Smith told the Board that the NeSA Statewide Writing Assessment was taking place from January 20 through February 7. The AIMs web assessments were being conducted on January 13-24. The QAR inspection will take place on February 4, with a 1:00 p.m. Early dismissal to follow. There will also be a 1:00 p.m. Dismissal on February 13 for parenty/teacher conferences.
The Board approved the annual review of special education policies, including the first reading of the Special Section 0000 "District Operation". They also approved the Negotiated Agreement for the 2014-2015 academic year and the contract with the Perry Law Firm for the policy manual update. The Board approved extending the contract with Supt. Alexander through June 30, 2016, and approved the Country Partner COOP fuel bill.
In his Superintendent's Report, Jason Alexander told the Board that the NASB Legislative Issues Conference would be held on January 26-27, and he will make an effort to attend. The NRCSA Legislative Forum is scheduled for February 19. The next school calendar is having dates finalized with staff members, and will be reviewed next month. The deadline for incumbent filing with the County Clerk is February 18. The district fact sheet was presented to the Board for review. The 2014 Spring NRCSA Spring Conference will be held a the Kearney Holiday Inn on March 20 and 21. He explained the Quality Assurance Review (QAR) school improvement visit that is taking place from March 30 through April 1. The APL in-service on January 9 was canceled, and a make-up date will be set in the future. Finally, OPS will be advertising for a full-time custodial position.
The next regular meeting of the Ord Public Schools Board of Education is scheduled for Febuary 10.