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BPS board officers reelected for 2020

BPS board officers reelected for 2020

The Beatrice Public Schools Board of Education will continue with the same officers this year, after a unanimous reelection during a reorganization meeting Monday night.

Jon Zimmerman will continue to serve as president, with Doris Martin serving as vice president, Assistant Superintendent Jackie Nielsen as secretary and Superintendent Jason Alexander as treasurer.

“Be sure to let me know over the next year if there’s anything I can do to improve upon how I fill this position,” Zimmerman said.

The board members will continue with their usual committees, as well, with Janet Byars, Erin Chadwick and Eric Trusty for school community and staff relations, Doris Martin, Lisa Pieper and Steve Winter for Americanism and Byars, Martin and Zimmerman on the negotiations committee.

Winter will also continue as the NASB legislative delegate, and Martin will continue as the government relations network representative.

During the meeting, Alexander told the board that they will see cash flow drop for the district. He explained that the budget spending is on track, but that he’s concerned with the amount of revenue coming in.

"In January, hopefully we see a little tax boost,” Alexander said. “Then after that it's pretty lean, based on revenue projections and historical data.”

Alexander also discussed a couple projects that were done at the schools over winter break, including fixing a leak at the Beatrice Community Preschool that was resulting in a weekly loss of about 100 gallons of water.

The leak was coming from a pipe that carried water from a boiler to a girl’s restroom.

“The good news is the boiler’s fixed in terms of losing water,” Alexander said. “The bad news is there’s heat in the girls bathroom, but it’s electric heat, it’s not the boiler heat.”

Alexander said as the district’s buildings continue to age, more issues like this will arise, and that they were fortunate that the boilers was reparable without replacing the entire system.

Another project was fixing Beatrice High School’s west door, which Alexander said was coming out of its brick framing.

“I know that seems like a little thing, but it’s something that every day was a glitch in the schedule, because kids can’t get in that door to get from the welding shop back into the building,” Alexander said. “They got it all fixed and repaired, so that was good news.”

The largest portion of the meeting was the board approving the audit of district programs for the 2018-2019 school year.

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