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Longtime Gering school board member B.J. Peters named board president

January 23, 2019

GERING — The Gering Public Schools Board of Education held a regular meeting Monday at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers. Board member Josh Lacey was excused.

Gering Public Schools Superintendent Bob Hastings presided over the meeting because of the re-organization of board positions. Hastings opened the nominations for board president, with nominations for Brian Copsey and BJ Peters. Peters was elected the new board president. Copsey received the only nomination for vice president and secured that position.

The board appointed Shawna Payne as the board secretary and Tim Meisner as the board treasurer.

Under the consent agenda, the board approved the Dec. 12, 2018, meeting minutes and the bills.

At the first calendar year meeting, the board approved policies on academic freedom, citizenship, global education, program for high ability students, religious based exclusion from a school program, English as a second language, dual enrollment, and home-bound instruction. There were no changes to the policies, but they must be reviewed and re-approved annually.

The Gering Public Schools depository for funds include: Western States Bank, First State Bank, US Bank, Platte Valley Bank, Nebraska Liquid Asset Fund, BOK Financial Services, and Wells Fargo Corporate Trust Services. Corporate resolutions were approved for all depositories.

Hastings was appointed as the authorized representative to secure funds for the district and the federal programs representative for the district.

The Gering Courier was approved as the district’s newspaper of record for 2019.

Board members reviewed contracts for Rocky Schneider and Jennifer Sibal. They approved the hire of the personnel. Schneider will serve as the new Gering High School principal and Sibal will be the community engagement and GPS Foundation director. Following the appointments, Peters recognized the people involved in finding Hubbard’s replacement and how big of shoes Hubbard left to fill.

“There’s little, tiny baby Jesus shoes,” Hubbard said.

Peters said he is excited for Schneider and Sibal to bring their experiences and promote the district.

Freshman Academy science teacher Brett Moser was recognized as the Bulldog Staff Member of the Month. High school principal Eldon Hubbard shared how Moser facilitates student learning.

“This guy is an exceptional staff member,” he said. “He’s just great with kids and great with his peers.”

Hubbard added that Moser continually steps up to help his peers and the district.

In his nomination, English teacher Lisa Hadenfeldt said, “I was impressed with Brett the first year he came to the Freshman Academy and that first impression has grown to a full-fledged respect. This young teacher is brilliant.”

Moser’s peers also mentioned how he encourages student engagement, sets high, yet attainable expectations, and looks for inventive ways to teach the material.

Mary Winn shared the curriculum committee report. At the Jan. 3 meeting, they reviewed Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment system data. Director of Curriculum and Assessment Terri Martin explained how school administrators and teachers will use the data.

Brady Shaul gave the facilities committee report. On Jan. 17, they toured the high school media center, which is close to completion. Shaul said the media center will be a focal point at the high school upon completion. The library bookshelves are expected to arrive in February.

“It’s definitely cool to see it come together and there’s a lot of aspects taking shape,” he said. “From a board standpoint, we’re starting to take a lot of pride in it and we know the patrons will be really happy.”

For the business committee report, Brent Holiday said the copier contract was due since several copiers are 4 years old. They received several bids, but recommended the board award the bid to Capital Business Systems in Wyoming. The board approved Capital Business Systems’ 4-year lease agreement for 14 new Canon machines. The cost is roughly $4,000 a month.

Hastings asked the board about scheduling a second meeting every month, with the first one next week. Peters thought it best for all board members to be present, so the first scheduled bi-monthly meeting will be Feb. 26 at noon in the central office.

The board approved the retirement of Peg Bogus, fifth grade teacher at Geil, and Randy Johnson, science teacher at GHS, at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. They also approved the negotiated professional agreement for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Hausmann Construction’s pay application #9 was approved for $1,450,383.71 for the high school project.

The next regular Gering Public Schools Board of Education meeting is Monday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

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