Cozad Board of Education Discuss Needs For A Two-Room Modular At Cozad Elementary

The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met on Monday, February 20th. Principal Bill Beckenhauer, Activities Director Cory Spotanski and Board member Scott Geiser were excused due to the boys’ basketball team’s game in North Platte.
Greg Frost, Opaa! Management Inc. presented results of the meal program feasibility study for Cozad Community Schools at an in-service prior to the meeting. Board members took the presentation under advisement and district representatives will explore.
Middle School Principal Brian Regelin reported that the adoption of new science textbooks has narrowed down to two companies: Pearson and Glencoe. Parent-Teacher Conferences were attended by 55 percent of the parents last week. Heidi Bazata from Bazata State Farm Insurance in Cozad coordinated with the CMS Student Congress in doing the Kindness Revolution bracelet project for all middle school students. Science teacher HaLea Messersmith applied for and received a grant for all 6th grade students to take a field trip to the Henri Doorly Zoo on April 26th. The school will only need to pay for transportation. Messermsmith and math teacher Carly Rexing took nine students to participate in the Science Fair at North Platte Community College on Thursday. Their science projects had been prepared during their activity periods. Sean Worthman placed fourth and Alyssa Kolbo placed sixth in the middle school division. Regelin also noted that Instruction Model visitations would begin on March 7, 14 and 21st.
Elementary Principal Dale Henderson was pleased to report 90 percent attendance at Parent-Teacher Conferences. The Book Fair last week grossed $5,000 in total sales with proceeds to assist with funding projects for students. An AfterZone Family Night is scheduled for next Tuesday,  and the annual Runza Elementary School Benefit Day is scheduled for March 21st.
Early Education/Special Education Director Jill Beckenhauer reported that she and Kristi Albrecht had attending Facilitator Training in Lincoln for TLCs. She and her staff have completed the last round of home visits. Dr. Timothy Davis and his staff from Davis Family Dental visited the school on February 7th with dental care tips. The Early Education Center will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Week next including a ‘Green Eggs & Ham’ breakfast and administrators reading books to the students throughout the week. 
Superintendent Joel Applegate reported that he and board member Joel Carlson had attended the recent educational forum that included a leadership speech from Nebraska Head Volleyball Coach John Cook. The forum emphasized ‘selling your brand’ and he hopes to have a theme for the entire district next year. The calendar committee has met and hopes to have the 2017-2018 calendar completed by March. Activities Director Spotanski suggested doing a two-year calendar.
Approval was granted for Certificated staff teaching contracts for the upcoming school year for Kimberly Heimann, 3rd Grade Teacher; Taylor Haley, Agricultural Education and FFA and Kelly Boshart, 6th-8th Science Teacher.
Resignations were approved for Certificated Staff Anthony Munter, High School Life Science and Beth Carver, High School English.
Three staff members submitted applications for the Cozad Community Schools Temporary Early Retirement Incentive Program including Elementary Guidance Counselor Kathy Halouska, School Psychologist/Middle School Guidance Counselor Debra Keller and Middle School English Teacher Mary Poore. Their applications were approved. Fifteen staff members had been eligible for the TERIP. 
The 2017-2018 Educational Service Unit 10 Contract, for School Age and Below Age Five, Special Education Services also received approval.
Approval was granted for the Driver Education Contract for the summer of 2017 to remain at $275.
At 8:13 p.m. board members entered a closed meeting to discuss the Superintendent’s Contract. The contract was approved for Superintendent Applegate for the 2017-2018-contract year.
Discussion items included the recent Beef in Schools Summit that Applegate, board member Edd Albrecht, school cooks Penny States and Pam Hergenrader and local beef producer Mark Albrecht had attended.  “There were some neat things said at the summit,” according to Applegate. “This program needs to be pushed more by the farmer/ rancher/producer more than the school district,” he continued. “It usually begins with a producer donating beef to the school and the school paying for processing and possibly returning choice meats to the farmer,” Applegate said. “Schools such as Thayer-Central have banners on their school wall with producers names and brands on them,” Applegate went on to say.
Superintendent Applegate led a lengthy discussion on the need for a new or used modular at Cozad Elementary for the upcoming school year. The two-room modular will house the music classes, robotics and possibly art. Cost of used and new modulars is between $72,000 and $86,000. Applegate is looking at a used 64’ X 28’ modular in Greeley, NE that is up for bids. It has new siding and shingles but needs the flooring/carpeting replaced and pain. Maintenance Director Lonnie Dutton has been asked to go and inspect the modular and return with recommendations for the board. Cost to bring it to Cozad is projected at $10,000 - $14,000. The nearest modular deal is located in Henderson, CO. Board members felt that it may be prudent to purchase a new one since it costs the same amount to get it here and a used one would be perhaps only $14,000 less than a new one. Discussion will continue after Dutton’s inspection.

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