Valley Heights USD 498 Board Of Education Meeting Minutes – 11/17/17

All posted Board of Education minutes are unofficial until approved at the succeeding regular BOE meeting.

The Board of Education of Valley Heights School District No. 498 held its regular meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., in the District Office, in Waterville, Kansas. Board President David Vermetten called the regular meeting order.

Board Members Present: David Vermetten, President; Sharon Osborne, Vice-President; Mike Vermetten, Melva Sanner, Theresa Minihan and Chris McNary.

Others Present: John Bergkamp, Superintendent; Teresa Penning, Clerk; Robert Green, Elem. Principal; and Chad Kenworthy, Secondary Principal, Robert Chase and Helen Weaver.

It was moved by Sharon Osborne and seconded by Mike Vermetten to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 6-0.


Mike Vermetten moved, seconded by Melva Sanner to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion carried 6-0. Items on the Consent Agenda were as follows:

  • USD 498 Board of Education regular meeting minutes from October 18, 2017 meeting.
  • Bills Payable
  • USD 498 Willson Fund request (See Attached)
  • Treasurer’s Report

Non Certified Contracts Consideration
Sharon Osborne moved, seconded by Theresa Minihan to approve contracts for Katlen Schreiner as Waterville Secretary and Tiffany Watt as para. Motion carried 6-0.

Mr. Bergkamp presented a powerpoint on the KESA process and the School Redesign programs in place in Kansas.

Principal’s Reports
Mr. Kenworthy and Mr. Green gave their respective Principal reports.

Superintendent Report
Superintendent John Bergkamp gave an update on the OPAA Food Service Management, presented a draft of the Willson Education Center building, Wellness Committee update, Crisis Plan update and the Site Council members.

Melva Sanner moved, seconded by Sharon Osborne to accept the Golf Course Willson Fund request for $1,800. Motion carried 6-0.

Individual Board Member Issues
Mike Vermetten asked about the microwave use during lunch period. Chris McNary asked about Exit Interviews.


David Vermetten moved, seconded by Mike Vermetten to adjourn. Motion carried 6-0.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 90 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.