BB School Board Discusses HOSA Program

BROKEN BOW—Melham Medical Center CEO Veronica Schmidt and Nursing Director Shelly Amsberry appeared before the Broken Bow School Board on Monday night to discuss a potential chapter of the HOSA Future Health Professionals.

Schmidt described HOSA as the FFA or FBLA of the health care field. The goal is to grow interest in health careers for high school students. There are approximately 40 HOSA chapters in Nebraska.

“We’re highly interested in growing our own. Hopefully getting students to come back here after they’ve trained. Some can stay here and get their education here locally as well. The best thing I can say to describe it is it’s the FFA of health care. It provides the students the connections within the community. It has state and national level competitions. It opens up leadership opportunities, scholarship opportunities on the state and national levels for kids. It mirrors that, but in the health care arena,” Schmidt said.

Tracy Popp with the music boosters reported that the recent soup/concert fundraiser was “phenomenal” and raised more than $8,000 to go toward band uniforms. The boosters have now raised approximately $50,000 of their $70,000 goal.

The treasurer’s report was approved. J.B. Atkins reported approximately $637,000 in revenue for the month of March, $841,000 in expenses.

Five teacher resignations were approved: Lynette Finley, Bonnie Hickman Kamard, Jill Bailey, Diane Kargas, and Carrie Summerford.

Three new hires were approved: Danielle Downey, Jillessa Ochs, Margaret Loughan

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The board approved the superintendent contract for Darren Tobey as well as the consultation agreement contract, for Mr. Tobey not to exceed 20 hours per week while acting as consultant with the school board. Payment per day is described in the contract as $557 per day, with a work day consisting of at least six hours.

The Broken Bow report card was also approved as well as a teacher leave of absence request for Christine Fiorelli. Mrs. Jonas said she has a few candidates who have applied for the one-year art teacher contract.

The board moved to table the discussion on classified staff raises. Mr. Tobey said he would like time to understand the current salary schedule for classified staff before moving forward with a decision.

Access to the Leroy Anderson Grant Fund, up to $3,500, was approved to help send the FBLA students to nationals in Baltimore.

A budget retreat was scheduled for Friday, May 4 at 3 p.m. and a school board work session will take place at May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Administrator comments:
Kim Jonas: State testing at North Park, recent field trip to trout hatchery in North Platte
Nikki Altig: 33 children attended the recent preschool roundup, there are 27 spots. A speech pathologist position and life skills position have recently been filled.
Rusty Kluender: Hired new FFA instructor, sixth grade language arts position is still open, senior tea, prom, and grand march went well, Teammates trip to spring game in Lincoln this weekend, sixth grade Halsey trip coming up
Ryan Hogue: Shout out to the FFA, FBLA, and Skills USA teams, junior high track meet on Tuesday, district music in Burwell on Friday
Tom Bailey: Recent insurance company inspection, ESU 10 services and contract review, no property tax relief from Lincoln this year