The Hastings Public Schools Board of Education approved multiple policy second readings, approved a district administrator as board secretary and reaffirmed its parental involvement policy after the annual public hearing during its July board meeting.

All members of the board were present for Monday’s meeting at the City Building.

The board approved the second reading of nine policies. All policies were adjusted following recent legislation.

Three policies pertained to previous tobacco, drug, and student discipline policies. The policies now contain language similar to legislation when referring to electronic nicotine devices.

Jeff Schneider, HPS superintendent, said the school is introducing curriculum to students, as well as to staff and parents.

“Its going to be a community effort,” Schneider said.

Two policies pertained to standing committees. The first policy renames the standing committee on American Civics, and the second policy sets guidelines for the standing committee’s operation.

Two policies pertain to military families and recruiters. The first policy allows extra ability for families moving due to military motivations to be admitted at HPS. The second policy requires parents to opt out of the school’s providing contact information for military recruiters.

“If somebody does not want their child’s information released, they would need to give us something in writing stating that,” Schneider said. “Between Dr. (Thomas) Szlanda (Hastings High School principal) and I, we cannot recall one request.”

Another updated policy affirms Nebraska legislation protecting HPS employees’ ability to share wage information.

The last policy adjusts the district’s food procurement program.

The board approved David Essink, director of human resources, as the board secretary. Essink began in his new position July 1 after serving previously as principal of Hastings Middle School.

The board also reaffirmed its policy regarding parental involvement. The board is required to conduct an annual hearing on the subject. No one spoke during the hearing.

In other business, the board approved a five-year contract with Eakes Office Solutions for office equipment services and supplies. The contract calls for a monthly payment of $10,490.67 from HPS to Eakes. Schneider said the contract would save the district $18,000 per year.

The board will have its next work session on Aug. 15.


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