Tiger Cub Academy established at Wednesday's R-5 board meeting

Friday, March 6, 2020

The Nevada R-5 Board of Education was called to order at 6 p.m., Wednesday, by Board President Dr. Jeremy Fast.

There was a motion to approve the amended consent agenda consisting of the meeting agenda, minutes of the previous meeting (Feb. 12, 2020), payment of the bills, monthly reports and the Sub/Volunteer list was seconded and board approved with an abstention.

In new business:

• Dr. Beshore presented the annual service agreement with MSBA for approval. This agreement would continue the full service agreement through the 2020-2021 school year at a cost of $3,665. A motion to approve the MSBA Full Service Agreement was seconded and the board approved, 7-0.

• Due to the increased number of caseloads being handled by our current Process Coordinator, adding an additional Process Coordinator position for the 2020-2021 school year is warranted. A portion of the cost for this position can be paid for utilizing Special Education funds. A motion to approve the additional Process Coordinator position as requested was seconded and the board approved, 7-0.

• Dr. Beshore requested board approval for the district Summer School program scheduled 7:45 a.m. to 2:10 p.m., May 28-29, June 1-4, and June 8-11, 2020. A motion to approve the Summer School program as requested was seconded and the board approved, 7-0.

• Dr. Beshore presented the following travel requests for approval:

- NRTC would like to send three students and an advisor to the DECA International Career Development Conference (Nationals) in Nashville, Tenn., from April 28 to May 3. These students have pre-qualified to the National competition due to their efforts recertifying the DECA DEN Student Store and earning a Gold rating. The number of students may increase depending upon the results of the DECA State Conference in late March. Student costs associated with the trip will be paid from funds raised by the program through their Student Activity Account. Advisor costs will be covered through the Federal Perkins Grant.

- Nevada Regional Technical Center would like to send Beth Waldrup and at least one pre-qualified Early Childhood Education student to the Educators Rising National Conference in Washington, D.C., June 17-21. This number may increase depending upon the results of the Educators Rising State Conference March 3. Student costs associated with the trip will be paid from funds raised by the program through their Student Activity Account. Advisor costs will be paid through the Federal Perkins Grant.

- NRTC would like to send Bryan Gast and seven agriculture students to the FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., June 7-14. Student costs associated with the trip will be paid from funds raised by the program through their Student Activity Account. Advisor costs will be paid through the Federal Perkins Grant.

A motion to approve the out-of-state travel for NRTC as requested was seconded and the board approved, 7-0.

• One of the goals identified for Bryan Elementary was the need to expand early childhood opportunities. The Tiger Cub Academy would be a first step in that direction. The goal of this program would be to help incoming kindergarten age students begin school ready for success, regardless of their preschool experience or background. For the 2020-2021 school year, current teaching staff numbers are adequate for this academy with the addition of a paraprofessional. A motion approve Tiger Cub Academy at Bryan Elementary for the 2020-2021 school year and the addition of a paraprofessional position was seconded and the board approved, 7-0.

• Next in new business was the consideration of MSBA Board of Directors Representative Nomination. To be eligible to serve on the MSBA Board of Directors a person must be a member of an active member board; have served at least two years on their local Board of Education; and be nominated and approved by action of their respective local Board of Education. A motion to nominate Joy Hawks to serve as the MSBA Board of Directors Representative was seconded and the board approved, 6-0. Hawks abstained.

• Next was the consideration of EdCounsel Guide Services. EdCounsel is the district’s school attorney. They have a new service that is designed for an effective and efficient school system. There are five components, which consist of district policies, a board manual, administrative manual, employee manual, and student/parent handbook. It would ensure the district manuals are updated as policies are updated. Jay Sloniker motioned to put EdCounsel’s representative on the April agenda to provide an in-depth presentation on the service. Lois Pendrak seconded the motion and the board approved, 7-0.

The meeting adjourned to closed session at 6:50 p.m. for the purpose of hiring, terminating, disciplining, or promoting, personnel records, evaluations, applications. Minutes of the previous closed session were approved with a 7-0 roll call vote.

Teacher and Administrator evaluations were reviewed with the board. With a 7-0 roll call vote, the board approved the renewal of certified staff members and administrators.

The following employment actions were presented for consideration:

• Afton Marti will resign as Benton/Truman Elementary Counselor, effective end of the 2019-2020 school year.

• Breann Eden will resign as Middle School Art teacher, effective end of the 2019-2020 school year.

• Noel Nightingale will resign as Middle School Science teacher, effective end of the 2019-2020 school year.

• Emily Cottle will resign as Middle School Science teacher, effective end of the 2019-2020 school year.

• Dennie Poland will resign as custodian, effective March 11, 2020.

• James Pennington will resign as custodian, effective March 27, 2020.

• Hillary Mosher will resign as Bryan Elementary cashier, effective end of the 2019-2020 school year.

• Misti Raney will be reassigned as Tuman Elementary Assistant Principal, effective the 2020-2021 school year.

• Marsha Hooper was recommended for employment as Middle School Stuco/Renaissance sponsor, effective immediately.

• Chrystie Braden was recommended for employment as High School Counselor, effective 2020-2021 school year.

• Sherri Zumwalt was recommended for employment as a floater custodian, effective March 5, 2020.

• Crystal Darrow will transfer from Truman Elementary Special Education to High School Special Education, effective 2020-2021 school year.

With a 7-0 roll call vote, the above employment actions were approved.

An employment action (board action not required) was also approved for the transfer of Natalie Johnson from High School Special Education to High School Special Education Teacher/Transition Coordinator.

With a 7-0 roll call vote, the meeting adjourned at 10:13 p.m.

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