MINUTES BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT MAY 13, 2019
The regular meeting of the Board of Education was held on May 13th. This meeting was advertised in the May 8th edition of the Battle Creek Enterprise. President Jeremy Pochop called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. Members present were Lori Mink, Tammy Bierman, Paul Kuchar, and Brent Bode. Toby Thompson was absent. Also present were Superintendent Jake Luhr, Principals Jeff Heimes and Kyle Finke, Randy Herrick, and a visitor. The open meeting law was discussed and posted, and will be followed at every Board meeting. To start the Board meeting, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Brent Bode made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, which included the May general fund bills which totaled $87,309.02. Lori Mink seconded the motion. On roll call vote, the motion carried with five ayes.
Randy Herrick of CTS Group, gave a presentation on his assessment for replacing the lighting system in the high school and the elementary school, and updating the HVAC system at the elementary school.
Mr. Luhr updated the Board on the Strategic Action Planning. The committee met on May 8th to start putting together objectives and action steps of each of the three goals. The team hopes to have action plans ready before the July or August Board meeting.
Mr. Luhr visited with the Board about the summer projects. One major project this summer will be to fix the water problem on the east side of the school. Mr. Luhr presented to the Board three estimates for the foundation, landscaping and dirt work on the east side of the school to prevent any future water seepage problems. The Board reviewed the three estimates. After discussion, Mr. Luhr will visit with the companies to make some adjustments to their bids and then review them at the June Board meeting.
Mr. Luhr presented to the Board an array of hot lunch and breakfast prices. Mr. Luhr recommended to the Board to increase student lunch and breakfast prices by 5 cents each, adult breakfast prices to $2.50 and lunch prices to $3.75, salad bar only to $2.75, and to increase extra entrée and ala carte items by 5 cents each. Paul Kuchar made a motion to increase prices as presented by Mr. Luhr. Tammy Bierman seconded the motion. On roll call vote, the motion carried with five ayes.
Mr. Luhr recommended to the Board that the substitute teacher pay rate of $120 per day remain the same for the 2019-20 school year. After discussion, the Board decided that the substitute teacher pay rate of $120.00 remain the same for 2019-20 school year.
Lori Mink made a motion to accept the nursing contract of Andrea Wintz for the 2019-2020 school year. Brent Bode seconded the motion. On roll call vote, the motion carried with four ayes, Paul Kuchar abstained.
Tammy Bierman made a motion to accept the one year teaching contract of Jodi Borchers, science teacher, for the 2019-2020 school year. Paul Kuchar seconded the motion. On roll call vote, the motion carried with five ayes.
Lori Mink made a motion to approve the option request of Hudson Last, 7th grader, for the 2019-2020 school year. This request was based on available room in the class at this time. Tammy Bierman seconded the motion. On roll call vote, the motion carried with five ayes.
Comments were heard from the Board, Principals, and Superintendent. President Jeremy Pochop advised the Board that the July Board meeting would be on July 15th instead of July 8th.
With no further business, Board President Jeremy Pochop adjourned the meeting at 7:27 p.m.
Jake Luhr, Secretary Board of Education