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School board reorganization tops Monday meeting agenda

Scott France once more elected president

If Scott France was tired of presiding over District 20 school board meetings, he gave no indication Monday night.

Fellow board members unanimously re-elected France as president, and he accepted, to a fifth term at their monthly meeting.

France has served as president since 2009.

The six-member board also elected secretary Nate Wyatt to the vice president position. Lisa Geiken will take over as secretary.

Others re-appointed to positions were district business manager Kay Streeter as board secretary and Randy Waskowiak of First State Bank as treasurer.

Committee assignments (see box) were also announced by superintendent Dr. Mike Teahon.

On another matter, the board extended Teahon’s superintendent contract for another three years. The contract now expires on June 30, 2016.

Board members also discussed, but took no action, on a potential change in school policy regarding mobile devices that are becoming more prevalent.

Teahon said student use of personal laptops and tablets is not addressed in policy while cell phones, pagers and iPods are. The latter three may be confiscated and students required to serve detention since they are not allowed in school.

A policy regarding the use of these devices will be discussed during a summer review, he said.

The board also discussed the 2013-14 school calendar.

School is proposed to start Aug. 15 and end May 20 with the last day determined by dismissals during the year for snowstorms or tournaments.

Because of the Nebraska State Activities Association calendar, the district’s calendar will also roll back. Commencement is scheduled also a week later, on May 18.

Board members will approve the calendar at the Feb. 11 meeting.

Special education director and K-2 principal Theresa Messersmith presented the annual special education report to the board.

Messersmith explained the referral process, financial information and numbers of students in the program.

Fewer federal and state funds means more reliance on local funds to educate children with special needs, she said, noting that diagnoses of autism—which requires higher funding—are increasing.

The district serves 136 children with special needs, from birth to age 21.

At the end of the meeting, the board went into closed session, for about 40 minutes, to discuss a real estate purchase and campus safety and security.

No action was taken after reconvening.

In other business, the board:

approved bylaws of the board and internal board policies and received conflict-of-interest forms to be used if, and when, needed. Members also reviewed board policies and regulations.

okayed an option-enrollment request for kindergartner Mason May to enroll in the district and for kindergartner Hallie Johnson to enroll in the Brady school district. Both children are from Brady.

were told that Weathercraft Roofing Co. is finishing up items from a Community Building roof replacement project the company did last summer. School officials are also identifying spring and summer projects for consideration by the board.

were informed that five students, who recently attended a youth leadership conference, plan to create a Dudley Elementary yearbook with help from teacher Kara Libich.

Dudley officials and students are also planning to use $100 they received as a grant at the conference to improve the playground.

learned that student detentions are higher than at this time last year but the number of kids having to attend Saturday school is lower.

listened to a presentation by second-grade teacher Ann Foster and fourth-grade teacher Claudine Kennicutt about program specific instruction.

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