New school board member sworn in

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
McCook Superintendent Grant Norgaard administers the oath of office to school board members Teresa Thomas, from left, Tom Bredvick and newly-elected Brad Hays, at the regular board meeting Monday night. (Lorri Sughroue/McCook Gazette)

McCOOK, Neb. -- A new face on the McCook School Board will bring the perspective of healthcare to the district.

Brad Hays was sworn in as the newest member of the McCook Board of Education Monday night at the regular meeting. He was elected in November 2016 when former member Diane Lyons declined to run again for her seat. Retaining their seats on the board by re-election and also sworn-in with Hays were Tom Bredvick and Teresa Thomas.

For the past six years, Hays has been the director of laboratory services at Community Services and moved here a year ago from North Platte, Neb. Although new to the board, education as been part of his life for some time with his mother, who was a college professor and himself an adjunct faculty member at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in medical laboratory. His son is a junior at McCook High School.

Hays said he was persuaded to try for the school board seat by others in the community and that he will bring a fresh perspective on issues due to his healthcare background.

Other backgrounds of school board members include Bredvick and Brian Esch, banking; Bob Elder, private business owner; Teresa Thomas, administrative assistant; and Loretta Hauxwell, teaching.

Officers for the board were elected at Monday night's meeting and with no second nominations for any office, no voting was necessary.

Board member Bob Elder nominated current board president Tom Bredvick for president, saying Bredvick "is a rock, our leader, our person in charge." Bredvick agreed to accept the position.

Bredvick then nominated Teresa Thomas, current board vice president, for vice president, which she accepted. Board member Brian Esch nominated Loretta Hauxwell for secretary, her current position, and she, too, accepted the position.

McCook Public Schools business manager Rick Haney was unanimously retained as treasurer/recording secretary.

Bredvick asked board members to email him their preference for committee appointments for the upcoming year. He asked that the negotiation committee remain the same, as it is currently mediating teacher salary contracts agreements.

Later in the meeting, the board voted unanimously to offer a teaching contract to Lauren Ibach as the agricultural teacher for the high school. Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the board that Ibach, of Elm Creek, Neb., comes highly recommended from the state level, by the state FFA coordinator, but also locally, with an outstanding interview with local administrators.

She is the niece of Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach.

She was hired at a BA + 0 (bachelors degree with no additional education), Step 3 (three years teaching experience).

Ibach will have an extended contract as she works with students during the summer.

Standard MPS contract levels are available at here.

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