Arapahoe School Board

The Arapahoe Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 9, 2018 in the school library. Those in attendance included board members Lisa Anderson, Chad Carpenter, Dennis Roskop, Brad Schutz, Dan Warner and Rod Whipple along with superintendent Dr. George Griffith, principal Bob Braithwait and the district’s business manager, Cassie Hilker.  Visitors included Kris and Amanda Willcock, Valerie Leising, Sue Helms, Glenna Hoefs and Heidi Thomas.

In his report to the board, Braithwait reported the following information: Seven kids received their State FFA Degrees and did a nice job competing.  Eight students qualified for the national competition during National History Day.  In FCCLA, everyone that competed at district’s made it to state and they are competing this week.  ACT testing went well with assistance from Pam Breinig and Heidi Thomas.  The test was given at the Ella Missing Community Center.  State testing for third through eighth grade is winding down.  Grandparents Week for the elementary students has been very well attended.  The National Honor Society Induction breakfast will be held this Thursday at 7:00 am.  The fifth through eighth grade music contest will be held in Cambridge this Friday.  District music will be held in Imperial on April 20.  Rulon Gardner will be here to speak with the high school students and will also attend the FFA banquet that evening on April 23.  Field trips are taking place for the elementary students.  Driver’s Education letters have been sent out for this summer. Donnie Miller of Minden will be the instructor again this year.  The K-4 grade concert will be held on April 26.  The senior trip to Omaha and the sophomore trip to the Norton prison will both take place on April 30.  The Arapahoe students that attended Inter High Day finished in second place overall.  As a final note, graduation will be held on Sunday, May 6 at 2:00, board members are reminded to be at the school no later than 1:30.

Superintendent Griffith reported the following to the board:  On March 20 he had the pleasure of giving the Arapahoe Chamber a construction update which gave him some good feedback.  Once again the Arapahoe school has been nominated for the Monsanto Farmers Grow Rural Education grant which he has been working on.  With the help of Braithwait and Breinig, they have been working on adding an additional period to the day so more electives can be offered.  It moves a shortened study hall time to the end of the day.   Construction is going well  with finishing work being done in several areas.  An OAC meeting is scheduled this Thursday at noon in the Hausmann trailer.   Griffith offered his thanks to Lisa Anderson and her husband for the donation of beef to the district. It is expected to be processed this week and the cooks are looking forward to receiving it. A few ag classes will be added that will be college credit.  

Next on the agenda, the board discussed unpaid leave and insurance.  Griffith has reached out to the 14 RPAC schools to find out how they handle  when a teacher exceeds their sick or maternity leave. After considerable discussion the board did not feel  that a decision could be made at this time and would like additional information.  Roskop stated that he also felt that this might be an issue for the Negotiations Committee to handle.  No action was taken.

Back on the agenda again, the board reviewed the document scanning and electronic storage of the files.  The board voted to approve the contract with DocuFree at a cost of $18,675.  This will also include three years of storing the information on the cloud.

The next item on the agenda was the purchase of reading curriculum for kindergarten through sixth grade.  The current reading curriculum is at least 12 years old and is now out of print.  The new curriculum will also encourage teachers to use the technology that will be available with this series. The board approved the purchase at a cost of $33,045.28.

The board voted to approved the classified pay schedule.  They also approved the extra duty assignments with it being noted that they will need to find someone to serve to share coaching duties for head junior high volleyball.   John E. Koller will serve as the head varsity and junior high wrestling coach with Kurt Kapperman as the assistant. Dan Sich will serve as assistant junior high track coach, and head coach for junior high basketball.  He will share the AD duties with Dustin Kronhofman. The head track coach will be Dustin Kronhofman. Anna Bade will serve as the assistant varsity track coach.

Read more on the Arapahoe Board of Education meeting in this week’s Arapahoe Public Mirror.

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