McCOOK, Nebraska -- Superintendent Grant Norgaard told board members that making the move to electronic documents would be "a positive move," improving efficiency and organization for board members, board committee members and administrators.
Board members would be able to log onto a web-based service to access agendas, documents needed for board meetings, policies and meeting minutes. Electronic documents have the capability of reducing paper use and costs and manpower hours, Norgaard said.
Norgaard told board president Tom Bredvick that the system is for documentation only, and not for voting, and will comply with open meetings laws. Some items would be for board members' eyes only, and would be marked as such, he said. Items for public access would be available to everyone on the website. Documents will be made available to the press and the public.
Bredvick had concerns, he said, about how the system would be used at meetings. "I don't want a 17-inch screen in front of me," he said. Norgaard said the process does not include purchasing laptop computers for board members, that they can use whatever computers they already have.
North Platte Public Schools uses a system called "Board Docs," Norgaard said, "I think it would work well for us," he said.
Board Docs will cost $2,700 annually, plus a one-time $1,000 set-up fee.
Norgaard said that full utilization of the system would require more than the administrative team, and he asked that board members let him know their support and/or concerns.
The board accepted these resignations, with gratitude for service to McCook Public Schools (MPS):
* Tracey Adams, sixth grade English, three years in McCook.
* Julie Hagemeier, kindergarten, one year in McCook.
* Megan Boyles, second grade, one year in McCook.
Board members set out-of-state tuition at $250 per semester, per student.
Norgaard said that parents who work in McCook but whose family lives in Kansas requested that MPS set out-of-state tuition, something new to the school system.
Bredvick said that the policy should state that tuition can be waived, as waivers are available for any student eligible for free and/or reduced lunches.
A bus will not go into Kansas, nor will parents be paid mileage.
Norgaard said, "We do have room. We're here to equip all students to succeed."
The motion to set out-of-state tuition passed unanimously.
The board accepted these donations:
* $1,000 from Stull McCook Inc. (McDonald's Restaurant) for "McTeacher's Night," during which McCook Elementary teachers and principal Lynda Baumbach waited on customers and bussed tables.
* $5,148 in software from the McCook Economic Development Corp. Business teacher Barry Schaeffer said the software teaches entrepreneurship and personal finance, and matches the school's high school business education standards.
The board approved continuation of a two-year agreement that allows Southwest Public Schools swimmers and divers to practice and compete with the MHS swim team.
McCook High School Student Council members Kimberly Holthus and Jaci Saalfeld told board members that the StuCo plans its annual leadership banquet Monday, April 18, and its annual spring highway clean-up on Friday, April 22. On May 2, several members plan to visit the Nebraska state penitentiary.
Bredvick reported that the McCook Elementary PTO raised $9,000 (after expenses) at its annual family carnival night. Proceeds are always used to benefit McCook Elementary students, teachers and classrooms.
During "Positive Comments":
* Haney thanked Greg Wolford and W Design for "teaming up" with the school to provide expertise in the selection of an HVAC contractor, and for "saving the school big money."
* Diane Lyons said the FFA pork loin dinner "was excellent" and that she appreciated the McCook Elementary book fair and its promotion of literacy.
* Sandy Krysl praised the job done by DARE instructor McCook Police Officer John Smith. "He does a good job and holds their interest," she said. She also urged everyone to "be careful" at prom time.
* Larry Shields congratulated his daughter for earning her FFA State Degree. Amanda Shields was one of 414 Nebraska FFA members who received the award recently in Lincoln. Larry Shields gave himself, fellow board member Shane Messersmith and Haney a pat-on-the-back "for reinstating the ag program" at the high school. Haney added that it was the board of education, not he, who reinstated the ag program, to which Shields told Haney that he, Haney, found the money to do it.
* Bredvick recognized that, month after month, the school system is the recipient of donations. "We are very grateful for the support of businesses and the community," Bredvick said.
* Norgaard said that the administrative team has attended teacher recruiting fairs at Fort Hays, Kearney and Lincoln. "They represent and sell McCook very well," he said. "It's a great presentation." Norgaard said they have had "a great deal of success," interviewing teacher candidates recruited at these fair.