The North Platte school board will vote on how to file complaints at the schools when the board meets Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the McKinley Education Center.
Also, the school board will consider limited personal use of the district’s internet network by employees.
Policies are currently in effect about complaints and internet use, but changes are proposed. (see the changes below)
In other business, the board will receive the monthly financial report, which will show the district has about $4 million less than normal at this time of year.
The majority of the shortfall stems from the sluggish distribution of funds from the Lincoln County Treasurer’s office. The shortfall led to the suspension of County Treasurer Lorie Koertner on May 13.
However, the district has received a total of $12 million in distributions from the treasurer’s office in the last two months, thanks to help from the state auditor’s office and Interim County Treasurer Shelli Franzen. The district’s finances “appear to be back on track,” Finance Director Stuart Simpson told the Bulletin on June 23.
The district’s general cash reserves, nearly depleted at one time, now exceed $6 million, according to preliminary financial statements attached to the agenda.
In other business, the board will:
• Consider approving handbooks for both students and staff.
• Review policies on drug testing and preventing dating violence.
The board will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Monday, before the meeting, about four policies:
• Student fees.
• Parental involvement.
To read the four policies and the full agenda, click HERE.
Proposed policy changes up for vote
Submitting complaints — Procedure that would be added to the district’s policy on filing complaints:
The first step is for the complainant to speak directly to the person(s) with whom the complainant has a concern. For example, a parent who is unhappy with a classroom teacher should initially discuss the matter with the teacher. However, the complainant should skip the first step if complainant believes speaking directly to the person would subject complainant to discrimination or harassment.
2. The next step is for the complainant to speak to the person’s direct supervisor.
3. The next step is for the complainant to speak to the building principal.
a. Complaints about the operation, decisions, or personnel within a building should be submitted to the principal of the building.
4. The next step is for the complainant to speak to the building principal’s supervisor.
a. Complaints about the operations of the school district or a building principal should be submitted to the following department supervisors:
• If it concerns students, speak to the director of student services.
• If it concerns adults, speak to the director of human resources.
• If it concerns program, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, speak to the directors of teaching and learning.
• If it concerns special education, speak to the director of special education.
• If it concerns Kids Klub, speak to the director of Kids Club.
• If it concerns facilities and maintenance, speak to the director of facilities.
• If it concerns technology, speak to the director of technology.
5. The next step for the complainant is to speak to the executive director of operations or the superintendent.
a. Complaints about the operations of the school district or department supervisory should be submitted in writing to the superintendent of schools.
b. Complaints about the superintendent of schools should be submitted in writing to the president of the board of education.
6. Complaints involving discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, marital status, disability, or age may also be submitted, at any time during the complaint procedure to the School District’s Title IX/504 coordinator. Complaints involving discrimination or harassment may also be submitted at any time to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education: by email at OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov; by telephone at (816) 268-0550; or by fax at (816) 268-0599.
Internet: Acceptable use policy — Provisions that would be added to the district’s policy on using the internet network:
Occasional Use: The Superintendent or designee determines that personal use of the network is allowed during designated times. This occasional use exception does allow individuals to conduct research of appropriate topics.
Employees may not surf the net for purposes not directly related to their job during duty time. Personal use of the network is allowed during the following times:
1. before and after school or duty hours;
2. during the workday but during non-duty time (e.g. uninterrupted lunch period); and
3. brief, but not extensive use (limited duration), during a planning period.
Additionally, use of the network is prohibited for personal use if that use:
4. Results in the interruption of others during the scheduled school day; and has an adverse effect on the proper operation of the network.
Note: Any employee who is uncertain about whether a specific instance of personal use is permitted, should check with his/her supervisor prior to engaging in that personal use.