The Hastings Board of Education heard hiring announcements and a budget update during a work session Thursday evening at the district’s administrative offices.
Additionally, Jim Boeve, board president, said he submitted the paperwork for retaining his position as the board president next year.
All board members were present.
David Essink, director of human resources and operations, said the school has hired one registered nurse and one certified nursing assistant.
Essink said the certified nursing assistant has completed the registered nurse work and is expected to take the examination to become an RN within the next few months.
The new hires give every elementary building a three-fourths full-time nurse. The middle school and high school each still have a full-time nurse.
The board received an update from Superintendent Jeff Schneider about a necessary amendment to the budget. The amendment will reflect the recent bond refinance, an action that took place during the September meeting.
The changes will reflect receiving money from issuing bonds, at a lower interest rate for the district, and then purchasing bonds, which were at a higher interest rate. The refinance will ultimately save the district $2 million over 20 years.
“We took in $7.5 million we didn’t plan on and we spent $7.5 million we didn’t plan on,” Schneider said. “We got the bond proceeds from the new bonds, which were in a better interest rate. We used the proceeds to pay off the old bonds.”
Schneider said the district has refinanced bonds in previous years and did not budget the bonds then, calling those times an oversight. The auditor performing the annual audit for the school said the budget needs to be amended to reflect the payment and receipt.
The board briefly discussed the second reading for an exhibit within the superintendent evaluation policy.
The exhibit was approved by the Nebraska Department of Education since the last board meeting and distribution of the evaluation will follow the HPS board approval, which is expected Monday.
In the past, the superintendent evaluation has remained unchanged, Boeve said. From now on, the evaluation is subject to change every year.
In other business, the board heard from six of its members about recent visits to professional learning communities at various schools across the district.
The board received a quarterly leadership update from Schneider about some of the recent work the administrative team has done.
The Spotlight on Learning for the regular session was announced. Thomas Szlanda, Hastings High principal, will give a presentation.
The board went into executive session at the end of the meeting to review the board self-assessment results.
The board will meet for the regular November session Monday evening in the City Council Chambers, 220 North Hastings Ave.