Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Board Meets


Exeter-Milligan School Board met on Wednesday, April 14 in Milligan with over 30 guests present.

After the consensus agenda was approved, the board reviewed two policies, the reduction in force policy and superintendent evaluation.  No changes were made in the current policies.

Under the curricular report, Superintendent Paul Sheffield reviewed how the new schedule would work next year with sixth graders incorporated. Principal Laura Kroll confirmed, “There are minimal changes in the schedule from this year.”

School board president  Adam Erdkamp briefly revisited the joint board meeting with Fillmore Central.  He noted that the board also held a work session on April 7 to discuss the study and “the next steps with them.”

The board is compiling a list of questions they have for the Fillmore Central board and asked for patron input  They discussed their plan to meet with Fillmore Central again in the next month to clear up some questions the board has. The board would give their list of questions to the FC board in advance.

Erdkamp urged patrons to review the feasibility studies with Friend and Fillmore Central which are available on the schools website.  He also noted there is a five page document that summarizes the fiscal impact of the studies.  He noted, “There are obviously a lot more things that need to be talked about besides just the fiscal impact.”

The board approved a teacher contract for Mark Perez Jr. as the new band teacher.  Sheffield noted that he is a Heartland alum who will graduate from UNL soon and comes “very highly recommended by his professors.”

The board discussed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Upon recommendation from their lawyers the board approved discontinuing the FFCRA leave.  Sheffield noted that as a government entity the board was not reimbursed for any leave pertaining to FFCRA.

However, Sheffield did note that the district has provided the sick leave for any employees who were absent because of coronavirus.

After consulting with Public Health Solutions, Sheffield presented the mask policy for upcoming events. He explained that prom is considered an extra-curricular activity.  Public Health Solutions recommends students wear masks but they are not required.  Adults in attendance at extra-curricular activities must wear masks.  This policy is also in effect for graduation, the FFA banquet and the athletic banquet.

Sheffield gave a legislative update noting that LB523 came out of committee which would eliminate building funds in the next eight to ten years.

He also noted that the district plans to replace all of laptops and ipads this fall and will be selling those the school currently has.

Sheffield  reminded the board of the change in the final day of school for the students.  Instead of May 20, Exeter-Milligan will finish the school year on May 14.  “We wanted to reward the students who have done a great job this year. They have done anything and everything we have asked them to do.  We want to reward them for their resiliency. “

The board set the next meeting for  May 11 in Exeter at 8 p.m.

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