The Arapahoe Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019 in the school board room. Those in attendance included board members Dennis Roskop, Lisa Anderson, Chad Carpenter, Brad Schutz, Dan Warner and Rod Whipple along with superintendent Dr. George Griffith and the district’s business manager, Cassie Hilker. Visitors included Sara Stonerook, Pam Breinig, Al Wengert, Carmen Williamson, Heidi Thomas and Lee Zodrow.
In the initial absence of the president, vice president Whipple called the meeting to order and noted that the Open Meetings Act was posted in the room. At this time, Roskop arrived and proceeded to conduct the meeting. The agenda was approved as presented.
The Board approved the Consent Agenda which minutes from the previous meetings and the financial reports. Those account balances are as follows:
General Fund $661,732.04
Building Fund $1,719,861.73
Bond Fund $357,305.53
Bus Depreciation $59,977.96
Equipment Depreciation $102,770.32
Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking $54.21
Employee Benefit $4,523.71
Section 125 $4,427.26
Student Fees $22,992.15
School Lunch $21,173.42
Claims were reviewed and approved for the payment in the amount of $547,201.05 with Anderson abstaining from the Lisa Anderson claim; Schutz abstaining from the Arapahoe Public Mirror claim and Whipple abstaining from the ATC claim.
The board approved the National History Day per diem funds as requested earlier.
Discussion was held concerning a propane re-fueling for the new buses. Representing Ag Valley, Lee Zodrow, handed out information with options that Ag Valley can offer. The board spent considerable discussing and took no action at this time.
New math curriculum for grades K-9 from McGraw Hill was approved at a cost of $39,649.75.
The pay request from Hausmann in the amount of $65,955.59 was approved for payment.
The board approved the bus lease with Wells Fargo with 4.2% interest rate and a 60 month lease. Five payments will be made at $9,811 and one payment at the end in the amount of $100,057.20.
Payment to Snyder Lawn Care for current services was approved for payment. More information needs to be obtained for the board before they can make a decision about the Snyder Lawn Care contract.
Dr. Griffith stated that he was supposed to have lawn treatment bids, but none had been turned in.
The board voted to enter into closed session at 8:54 p.m. They entered back into open session at 9:30 p.m. The board approved the classified staff to receive the same pay increase as the teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.
The board voted to enter into closed session at 9:41 p.m. and came back into open session at 10:04 p.m. At this time, the board voted to hire Kelsie Eman as the technology teacher/director, Elizabeth Klein as a part time library/media specialist and Jeff Larson as a full time custodian.
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