Randolph School Board looks to promote beef program

RANDOLPH — Randolph school board members discussed ways to promote a beef in school program following a 45-minute tour of the new childcare learning center and ended their meeting with a personnel executive session, Dec. 18.
Recent efforts have finished with about $1,015 raised with beef auction efforts.
“Laurel supported the effort well,’’ Superintendent Jeff Hoesing said. “We will have to look at ways to promote the beef in schools program.’’
Board members inquired about funding for chicken feed for an on-going school project. Hoesing and Principal Dennis Bazata said the students are raising chickens and selling as a project with a record of how much they eat for an animal science class project. Students are taking care of the chickens and the school is buying chicken feed for them.
A salary of $599 is given to Mel Spader for Team Mates. Board member Sandy Owens said Spader then endorses the check and gives the funds back to the school.
Other financial matters discussed included a transfer from the building fund to the general fund. Hoesing said bills are coming in ahead of receipts. These bills could be paid out of general funds, however this could raise the school’s per student cost. A project with the city of Randolph cost the school $5,500 for transformer, wiring and trenching. Also a heat pump that was under warranty was worked on.
Board members fulfilled a legal requirement by passing a resolution for adopting policies and specific standards for acceptance or rejection of option enrollment applications.
“The School Board has received and reviewed evidence and information submitted by the administration and other sources made determinations thereon with respect to standards for acceptance or rejection and with respect to the capacity of this school district to accept option enrollment students based upon available staff, available facilities, projected enrollment and availability of special education programs,’’ the resolution stated for policy 5006.
The policy contained appendix 1 for the 2018-2019 school year which set the maximum number of option students for the 2018-2019 school year in any program, class, grade level or school building or in any special education programs operated by the school.
Any program, class, grade level or school building which has 0 as the number of option students is declared unavailable to option students due to a lack of capacity.
Kindergarten is 25 program capacity. Projected enrollment is 14. Number of option students would be 11.
First through sixth grades are 25 capacity. Projected enrollment is 11 for the first grade. Number of option students is 14 for first grade.
Second and third grade are projected at 22 students with three option enrollment slots for students.
Fourth grade projected enrollment is 20 with five student option enrollment slots.
Fifth grade has 17 projected for enrollment with 8 option spots.
Sixth grade is projected at 13 students with 12 option spots.
Building capacity for the elementary is 175 with projected enrollment at 116 with 59 option enrollment spots.
Level I elementary special education program capacity is 12 with six projected for enrollment and six option student spots.
Level II and Level III Elementary Special Education students program capacity is zero for Randolph schools. Their projected enrollment is zero and they have zero option student spots.
RHS also has zero Level II and III Senior High School Special Education program capacity and zero projected enrollment with no option student spots.
RHS Level I Special Education is 15 students for capacity and eight for projected enrollment with seven option spots.
Seventh through 11th grades are set at 30 program capacity. Seniors are at 35 student level with 18 projected enrollment and 17 possible option student spots.
Seventh grade is 17 for projected enrollment with 13 option student spots. Eighth grade is 16 projected for enrollment with 14 option spots. Ninth grade is 14 projected enrollment with 16 option enrollment. Tenth grade is projected at 21 with 9 option. 11th grade is 19 projected student level with 11 option.
The building capacity for senior high is 185 with 105 projected enrollment with 80 option.
Prinicipal Mary Miller reported on her staff attending professional days to increase their knowledge for work with small groups and other recommended teaching techniques for sounds and lesson maps.
“We have had lock-down training which I believe teaches everyone life skills,’’ Miller said. “Anywhere you go you need to look around and be aware and safe.’’
The lock down drill will be done again with eventually the city police attending, according to Bazata.
“We have had intruder drills,’’ Bazata said. “It is a matter of knowing what to do. We have spoken to students about it.’’
An important date will be a digital citizenship training on Feb. 8 by a law firm for sixth through eighth grade and also a session for high school and a session open to the parents in the evening at 7.
Hoesing asked board members to promote the event on Facebook and any other means to get parents there.

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County agrees to aid Randolph with floodplain project

HARTINGTON — Cedar County Commissioners agreed Dec. 12 to provide funds for a bridge involved in the Randolph Floodplain project and opened bids on a box culvert for a road northeast of Belden.
Two bids had been submitted for a box culvert that will be constructed in a road northeast of Belden on 870 Road/568 Avenue.
M.E. Collins Contracting, Wahoo; $151,431
A & R Construction, Plainview; $141,446
The start date for the project, which is located in Commissioner Craig Bartels district, is July 9, 2018.
“The bridge was removed several years ago and two culverts were put in. The culverts will now be replaced by the box culvert due to the water capacity,” Bartels said.
Board members will review the bids and make a decision at a later date.
Kelsey Backer, Randolph City Administrator, City Clerk/Treasurer spoke to Commissioners about the project that is underway to remove the City of Randolph from the floodplain or reduce that area that is in the floodplain.
The project involves widening the Middle Logan Creek channel and replacing or modifying bridges to reduce the risk of property damage and loss of life from floods in Randolph.
“A special election had been held for Randolph voters and the results were in favor of doing the project,” Backer said. “City Council members are in the process of finalizing the plan.”
Channel improvements cannot be done without bridge improvements being made, according to Backer.
Backer talked to board members about a bridge on the county road west of Randolph that is on the Pierce/Cedar County line.
Cedar County Commissioners and the Pierce County board members had previously been asked if they would be willing to contribute funds for the replacement of the bridge.
Commissioner Craig Bartels was ready to make a commitment.
“Let’s not wait and draw this out. We need to make a decision,” he said. “We don’t need to wait and see what Pierce County does.”
Bartels made the motion for Cedar County to put $120,000 towards the project.
Commissioner Dave McGregor agreed.
“If the bridge needed to be replaced we would be responsible for the cost,” he said.
Board members voted to approve the motion.
Board members discussed the need to fill an opening on the Cedar County Lodging Board.
The Cedar County Convention and Tourism Board disburses funds received through the county’s lodging tax.
Board members evaluate applications asking for grant funds which are received in the spring and fall each year. Grant funds are used for advertising/promoting an event or for a brick/mortar project.
Current members include Gary Howey, Hartington; Leon Pedersen, Crofton; Dave Chang, Hartington; Luke Virgil, Laurel; and Julia Kleinschmit, Bow Valley.
Cedar County Zoning Administrator Dave Sudbeck met with board members during the Dec. 12 meeting.
Board members reviewed and placed their approval on four conditional use permits. Two of the conditional use permits, which are for EDF Renewable Energy, San Diego, involve the installation of towers that will be used to measure wind.
A 200-foot tower will be located approximately six miles north of Randolph at 872 Road/559 Ave. A 270-foot tower will be put up northeast of Magnet near 873 Road/552 Ave. The location is one mile north of Hwy. 59 on the Knox/Cedar County line.
“The towers will be there to measure the wind for three to five years,” Sudbeck said.

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Randolph City Council makes appointments, grants variance

RANDOLPH — Randolph City Council members discussed a variance request and a floodplain development permit and made several appointments at the Dec. 6 Randolph City Council meeting.
Approval on a variance request for Dominisse Honey Farms was put on hold until an amendment for zoning can be approved. The variance request involves subdividing property located in the east side of the city.
Board members placed their approval on a Floodplain Development Permit for Tom Guenther. The permit is for siding his home.
Board members agreed to hold a Special Randolph City Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The bidding process for the renovation at the City Auditorium and the financing options for the waste water treatment facility will be on the agenda.
City Clerk/Treasurer Kelsey Backer presented information on the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) concerning the oxidation ditch repairs at the waste water treatment facility. Utilizing the CWSRF would allow the City to extend the term of the loan out to 20 years.
The facility will need to make additional repairs prior to the maturity of a 20-year term, according to Backer.
Council members looked at amortization schedules for periods from five to 20-year terms with the understanding that a shorter term would require the city to establish a capital improvement fee.
Utility Superintendent Aaron Nielsen asked council members if the cost of a new grinder could be included in the project.
Council members agreed to include the grinder with the proposed project if it can be included in the CWSRF.
Board members made the following appointments during the Council meeting:
City Street Superintendent; Terry Mead
Building Inspectors; Jim Scott, Jim Billerbeck and Mike Dowling
Golf Board; Mike Strathman
City Attorney; Keelan Holloway
City Physician; David Mwebe
Ambulance Services for 2017; EMS Billing Services, Inc.
Engineer of Record: JEO
Council members went into executive session to discuss legal stategy before adjourning the meeting.
No action was taken after coming out of the session.

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Randolph to host Blast from the Past event on Dec. 8

RANDOLPH — Randolph’s annual Christmas celebration is returning to the good old days.
Blast From the Past will be held here Dec. 8, from 5-8 p.m., at the Randolph City Auditorium.
Funds raised during the evening will go toward the Jackson Graham Benefit.
The Pancake Man will once again be on hand to serve up pancakes for hungry area residents.
Vendors will also be available for Holiday shopping.
Santa has also agreed to make a return trip to Randolph this year.
The jolly fellow will talk to kids, hear their Christmas wishes and make a list, finding out who was naughty or nice.
This year’s big community event also includes a silent auction of gift baskets and other items.

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Randolph School Board makes insurance change

RANDOLPH— School board members decided to become insured with ALICAP Nov. 20.
Board member Jim Scott made the motion to accept the insurance proposal from ALICAP as the preferred insurance carrier with a second from , board member Lisa Linville.
Two insurance carriers worked with the school to put together proposals that came in several thousand dollars apart, according to Supt. Jeff Hoesing.
Scott had inquired about the bidding process for insurance earlier before the insurance proposal process was set in motion.
The school’s previous premium was $58,000 with EMC Insurance Companies. The two current bids are $37,537 from EMC and $35,541 from ALICAP for a three-year commitment from the school. The coverage will be from Feb. 10, 2018 to Sept. 1, 2018.
ALICAP promises broader coverage with higher limits and fewer deductibles, according to literature distributed to board members.
Hoesing said ALICAP insurance covered the school projects in Pilger due to the tornado. School officials in Pilger indicated positive results with their company.
ALICAP is owned by more than 180 Nebraska Schools and offers broad school specific coverage. Every school district is covered by the same liability limits and deductibles regardless of size.
ALICAP finances risk based on a common policy document available on their website.
ALICAP’s proposal included $35,541 for property coverage, including inland marine, general liability, automobiles, umbrella, E&O, Public Employee Dishonesty, crime and work comp.
Pro-Rate contribution is $19,761 for the school. ALICAP would have a $500 property deductible.
EMC Insurance Companies listed their proposal to include $15,926 for property coverage and contents; $826 for inland marine with $7,500 extra expense income coverage and a $250 deductible for electronic data processing with $500 deductible for peril that is mechanical breakdown, electrical disturbance, and power supply disturbance; $1,532 for commercial general liability; $4,449 for automobile; $2,699 for umbrella; boiler and machinery included; $10,417 for worker’s compensation, $434 for crime and bond coverages, school board legal liability for $1,354.
Board members acknowledged a grant matching project at the high school for $1,050 for a project students will be using that uses an oven to bake on a powder coating.
Hoesing said the depreciation fund is at $65,000 with a $51,000 expenditure coming out for the last of the boiler project receipts. This will leave approximately $13,000 to $14,000 in the fund.
“We don’t anticipate anything else that may have to come out,’’ Hoesing said. “The Building Fund is at $93,000.’’
School board members accepted the school’s audit.
“Red Ribbon Week included a visit from a professional drug enforcement canine at school. Students were excited about the visit,’’ Elementary Principal Mary Miller said.
Miller said staff members have been involved in review for intervention trainings at Wayne State College.
The school had a lock-down training on Nov. 17. Miller and Dennis Bazata, High School Prinicipal, gave favorable reviews of the training.
Paul Schmit reported on a beef to schools meeting with approximately a half dozen to eight people attending.
“It appears it is not going to be hard to keep this program going,’’ Schmit said.
The school is planning some promotional events for the program, according to Hoesing. He said details will be included in the newspaper.
Hoesing and Miller attended an early childhood conference. The conference included information on children exposed to constant stress and the effects that follow them throughout life, according to Hoesing. More parent training was emphasized.
Lisa Linville said a presentation she attended on SnapChat should be seen by more parents.
“If I had a 12-year-old daughter, I would be shocked and be very concerned,’’ Linville said. “Mothers found that their children can be monitored by those they friend online. Photos online are housed there forever. Experienced law enforcement can retrieve them from phones.’’
Board members agreed about a need to have a presentation locally on these issues.

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