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November 2019 Board Minutes
November 2019 Board Minutes
Jake Luhr
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

MINUTES                     BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT                  NOVEMBER 11, 2019

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was held on November 11th.  This meeting was advertised in the November 6th edition of the Battle Creek Enterprise.   President Jeremy Pochop called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.   Members present were Lori Mink, Toby Thompson, Tammy Bierman, Paul Kuchar, and Brent Bode.   Also present were Superintendent Jake Luhr, Principals Jeff Heimes and Kyle Finke, Seth Montag, Slate Kraft, Kolby Heller, 2 BCEA representatives, 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.

Toby Thompson made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, which included the November general fund bills which totaled $73,446.43.   Lori Mink seconded the motion.  On roll call vote, the motion carried with five ayes.   Brent Bode abstained.

Seth Montag, Business teacher, visited with the Board about the Find Your Genius competition, which is a problem-solving competition.  Competitors throughout the state develop solutions to a problem and then receive feedback from an advisor.  Slate Kraft and Kolby Heller presented their solution for people between the ages of 16 to 22 who spend too much time on their phones.  Their solution was an app that would limit phone use to text and voice call only and require some kind of physical activity to regain full access to the phone.  Kolby and Slate‚Äôs solution won first place in their region and $800.    

Mr. Luhr presented to the Board a copy of the final contract from Community Building Solutions.  He also told the Board that our attorney, Scott Gray, has reviewed the contract.

Mr. Luhr advised the Board that he, Cody Wintz, and the officers of the Athletic Booster Club met with Daktronics last week regarding new scoreboards for the District.  Daktronics will provide marketing guidance for the project. 

Mr. Luhr presented to the Board the 2018-19 audit report prepared by Morrow, Davies, & Toelle.  Lori Mink made a motion to approve the 2018-19 audit report.  Brent Bode seconded the motion.  On roll call vote, the motion carried with six ayes.

Mr. Heimes & Mr. Finke presented to the Board their 2018-19 academic reports, which the Board reviewed. 

A superintendent evaluation form was given to each Board member.  They are to complete it and return to President Jeremy Pochop at the December Board meeting.  Jeremy will compile the results and review them with Mr. Luhr. 

Brent Bode made a motion to approve the option requests of Alyssa Sullivan, 10th grader and Brooklyn Sullivan, 7th grader, for the 2019-20 school year.  These requests were based on available room in the classes at this time.  Paul Kuchar seconded the motion.  On roll call vote, the motion carried with six ayes.

Comments were heard from the Board, Principals, and Superintendent.

With no further business, Board President Jeremy Pochop adjourned the meeting at 7:10 P.M.

Submitted by,

Jake Luhr, Secretary Board of Education