MINUTES BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT May 10, 2021
The regular meeting of the Board of Education was held on May 10th. This meeting was advertised in the May 5th edition of the Battle Creek Enterprise. President Jeremy Pochop called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. Members present were Tammy Bierman, Toby Thompson, Brent Bode, Sean Lindgren, and Paul Kuchar. Also present were Superintendent Jake Luhr and Principals Jeff Heimes and Kyle Finke, and one 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 $60,861.23. Toby Thompson seconded the motion. On roll call vote, the motion carried with six ayes.
Mr. Luhr presented to the Board three quotes for leasing the copiers and printers from Eakes Office, One Office Solutions, and Capital Copiers. The Board reviewed all quotes. Toby Thompson made a motion to accept the copier/printer quote of $597.00 per month from Eakes Office. Paul Kuchar seconded the motion. On roll call vote, the motion carried with six ayes.
Mr. Luhr presented to the Board the agreed upon bus barn lease agreement with First Student Bus. The Board reviewed and discussed the agreement.
Sean Lindgren made a motion to approve the nurse’s contract for the 2021-22 school year. Toby Thompson seconded the motion. On roll call vote, the motion carried with six ayes.
Mr. Luhr presented to the Board information from the state health inspector regarding replacing the existing countertops and equipment in the elementary kitchen. He also presented them with the lowest price quotes to replace the equipment and countertops.
Mr. Luhr presented to the Board the new directed health measures regarding close contact quarantine from ELVPHD. It states that school age individuals who are in close contact to a positive Covid-19 case do not have to quarantine. Mr. Luhr recommended to the Board that the school would no longer require students to wear masks, and it would be optional if they wanted to wear them. The Board agreed with the recommendation.
Mr. Luhr and Mr. Finke presented to the Board a proposal from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a new K-6 reading curriculum. The cost of the new K-6 curriculum would be $60,951.41. Mr. Finke stated that the current curriculum dates back to 2007. Brent Bode made a motion to accept the proposal for the new K-6 reading curriculum from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $60,951.41. Paul Kuchar seconded the motion. On roll call vote, the motion carried with six ayes.
Mr. Luhr visited with the Board about the special meeting/study session that the Board held on April 28th to determine the best route for financing the additions/renovations necessary at the elementary school. Discussion was held regarding the possibility of passing a bond issue to finance the elementary project and possibly renovating the sports complex(track, field turf, concession building and press box), and construction of an Ag/FFA building. Mr. Luhr reported that the Strategic Planning Committee will meet again to discuss moving forward.
Comments were heard from the Board, Principals, and Superintendent.
With no further business, Board President Jeremy Pochop adjourned the meeting at 6:54 P.M.
Jake Luhr, Secretary Board of Education