April 14, 2021 Board of Education Meeting Update

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Greetings, Bulldogs!

I’m Dr. Matthew Miller, Superintendent of Kearney School District. I’ve got some important updates to share with you from our Board of Education meeting on April 14, 2021.

Students are the highest priority in Kearney School District. That’s why we start every Board meeting by recognizing our outstanding scholars.

This month, we celebrated Kearney High School wrestler Lexi Cole. Lexi made school history by earning the state title this year in the 235-pound weight class. She will be wrestling for William Jewell College starting this fall.

We also honored KHS students Kennedy Jacobsen, Allison Landewee and Hailey Thorpe. They each earned top-five medals in the HOSA state competition this year. HOSA is one of our Real World Learning extracurricular activities that helps students prepare for careers in healthcare related fields.

Next, the school board went through the formal process of swearing in two incumbent members whose terms were renewed this year, Darlene Bailey and Susan Woehrman. The board voted unanimously to keep Mark Kelly as President, and Bree Switzer was confirmed as Vice President.

We share the good news that a combination of increased revenue and saving money with increased efficiency means that our operating fund balance has increased to 25 percent. This puts us on a very firm financial footing, even after facing one of the most challenging years ever.

The Board was also updated on our Long-Range Facility Planning process, the successful launch of full-time, in-person learning in our secondary schools, class of 2021 graduation plans, and our summer school and kindergarten enrollment campaigns.

Assistant Superintendent Jeff Morrison shared the great work his team has done with the salary committee. We see a need to realign our salary structure in order to recruit and retain the best public educators to serve our students. This committee is helping us achieve this goal.

Staff benefits are also an important part of our compensation package in KSD. The Board was pleased to learn that the cost for health insurance coverage is decreasing by about 1.2 percent starting in July. We’re also considering a slight increase in the amount we pay to help defray this cost for employees.

If you would like more information on the topics discussed, you can watch the entire meeting by visiting our website. Go to ksdr1.net, scroll over the “District” tab, and click on “Board of Education.” 

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this month’s Board of Education meeting. Have a wonderful spring, and…go Bulldogs!