Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

Students step forward at joint board meeting

LAUREL — Laurel-Concord and  Coleridge  School board members gave their approval on inter-local agreements, talked about the accomplishments of the LCC students and received a request from students during the Feb. school board meetings that were held simultaneously

L-C board members approved the inter-local agreements with Coleridge,  Newcastle, Wheeler Central at Bartlett, and Wynot for the 2012-13 school year.

The agreements involve Distance Education.

Coleridge board members took action to approve the school’s inter-local agreements with Laurel-Concord.

Board members also gave their approval on membership in the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB).

Supt.  Randall Klooz would like to have the Building, Grounds and Transportation Committees from the two school start having their meetings together.

“Obviously it would be good to have you do a walk-through of the buildings at both locations,” Klooz said.

Guidelines for the National Health Care are still not available.

“I still do not have a lot to share on “Obama Care” — there is a lot that is still unknown,” Klooz said.  “As soon as I know if it will impact any of our employees, I will be talking to them right away.  It will not go into effect until Sept. of 2014.”

During the last semester students at the Middle School in Coleridge have been encouraged to take part in “acts of kindness.”

“It is having an impact. I have been hearing some things about it outside of school,” Klooz said.  “I think it has been really good for the students.”

High School Principal Adam Zellmer informed board members of the many accomplishments that have been made by the LCC students.

The girls’ basketball team is the final NENAC Champion and the boys’ basketball team finished as NENAC runner-up.

Chris Heydon, Austin Roach and Ethan Hirschman have qualified for State Wrestling.

Hannah Burbach and Kelsey Kardell have been selected through an audition procedure for the Class C State Band, and the LCC Quiz Bowl team made the final 16 team tournament.

“That is quite an honor to be competing at this level,” Zellmer said  “We will be able to watch the students on KCAU TV Feb. 17.”

Several high school students sat in on the board meeting and brought a request before the board members and the administration.

The students asked if the rules for prom could be changed in order to allow students’ dates who are 21 years of age or older to attend the dance.

Current rules regarding prom will not allow an individual who is 21 years or older to attend prom according to Zellmer.

No action was taken but the request will be added to the agenda for the March school board meeting. Klooz said he has had requests similar to this before.

“I have dealt with this before.  In my opinion I don’t want 21-year-olds at prom,” Klooz said.

Coleridge board member Betty Jo Leapley thanked the students for coming to the meeting and making their request.