High Plains Educational Cooperative
Board of Director’s Meeting
November 21, 2019
611 Marcy Fierstein, Director
611 Kim Cruz, Asst. Director
611 Mary A James, Clerk
611 Chrissie Mangels, Treasurer
507 Jeff Rollins, BOD
214 Ron Smith, BOD
215 Kenny Waechter, BOD
216 Christie Webb, BOD
217 Phoebe Brummett, BOD
466 Andy Trout, BOD
476 John Krahn, BOD
363 Jean Johnson, BOD
200 Ross Kuttler, BOD
210 Mike Persinger, BOD
209 Brian White, BOD
214 Dave Younger, Supt.
452 Trenton Horn, Supt.
507 Mike Ward, Supt.
466 Jamie Rumford, Supt.
363 Scott Myers, Supt.
626 Mike Toole, RSC
1. Call to Order
Ron Smith, Board President, called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM.
2. Approve Agenda
Ross Kuttler moved to approve the amended agenda making item 11a an Executive Session and 11b an Information Item. Andy Trout seconded the motion. Motion carries 11 yes, 0 no.
3. Approve Minutes of Regular October Meeting
Kenny Waechter moved to approve the minutes from the October meeting as presented. Christie Webb seconded the motion. Motion carries 11 yes, 0 no.
4. Approve Accounts Payable
Brian White moved to approve the accounts payable as presented. Phoebe Brummett seconded the motion. Motion carries, 11 yes, 0 no.
5. Comments from the Public
There were none in writing.
6. Committee Reports
a. RSC Report
Mike Toole gave the report from the RSC about the Title III consortium and professional learning opportunities.
b. Council of Superintendents
Jamie Rumford gave the report.
7. Staff Development
a. Gifted Meeting
Kim shared the Gifted Facilitators met on Oct. 23rd.
Amanda Ruda, SLP from Holcomb gave a PECs training on Nov. 13th to teachers who have students that need augmented communication. This training was by invitation only.
c. New Teachers and School Psychologists
New Teachers and School Psychologists were in October 24th. They were split into groups in the morning with Marcy and Kim working with the new teachers and Shelly with the Psychologists. The groups worked together in the afternoon to collaborate on student evaluations.
d. Structured Teaching
Kim shared information from the November 6th training. Structured Teaching is a program for working with children on the Autism Spectrum.
Dirk, Anthony and Duncan has completed the audit for FY19 and will present the report at the December board meeting.
9. Director’s Report
a. Maintenance of Effort (MOE) and Excess Cost Report
The MOE and excess cost report opened October 8th and will close December 6th. Districts, please have you information submitted to HPEC by Thanksgiving.
Recruiting has begun. Marcy and Shelly have been to Alva, OK, Shelly , WSU and Kim attended the SLP career day at Ft. Hays State on November 15th.
Marcy discussed disproportionality with the board and explained what it will mean for the Cooperative and having to do corrective action. More information was on the table.
d. Placement Rates
Marcy discussed the current placement rates for our districts.
10. Central Office Closed
The central office will be closed November 27-29th for Thanksgiving break.
a. Staff Issue EXECUTIVE SESSION
Ron Smith moved that the board go into executive session for the purpose of discussing matter concerning staff and that the board returns to the open meeting at 7:43 P.M. (3 minutes) in this room. The executive session is to include Board Members, Superintendents, Director and Assistant Directors. Jeff Rollins seconded the motion. Motion carries. 11 yes, 0 no.
b. Legislative Letters
Marcy encouraged the board and superintendents to send letters to the Legislature concerning the excess money to education, to be put into Special Education.
Jeff Rollins moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 PM. Kenny Waechter seconded the motion. Motion carries. 11 yes, 0 no
HPEC Board President