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February 21, 2022, Board of Education Meeting Minutes

USD #225 Board of Education Meeting

February 21, 2022, 7:00 P.M.  


Call to order:  T.J. Milford, Board President, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Milford led a prayer. 

Members present: TJ Milford, Cathy Heinz, Fred Boyd, Kim Copenhaver, Jared Weber & Jeff Zortman were present. Others present were Cherie Nicholson, Superintendent, Erica Littlewood, Board Clerk, and Corri McDowell, Principal. 

Recognition of Visitors/Communication: Charlie Littlewood, Emily Dizmang, Jenny Faurot, Debbie Wise, Dana Bartezko, Catalina Zortman, Abby Zortman, Cord Moss, and Kim McLachlan

Agenda Addendum: The following items will be removed from this agenda:

Reports, C. KASB women's leadership conference; Discussion, C. Heating/cooling classroom unit quote and E. Camera and streaming: grants to schools. 

Approve Consent Agenda: Milford moved, seconded by Copenhaver to approve the Consent Agenda. Motion carried 6-0.

Boyd moved, seconded by Milford to approve the board minutes from January 10, 2022. Motion carried 6-0.



  1. Economic Development: TJ Milford – Report given 
  2. Special Ed Co-op: Kimberly Copenhaver – Report given by Cherie Nicholson

      C. Admin update 

  1. Mrs. McDowell 
  • Parent Teacher Conferences 
  • Science Fair
  • South Gray hosting Motivational Speaker; Fowler joining that assembly


  1. Mrs.  Nicholson
  • Track practices begin February 28, 2022
  • Certified Staff
  • Building Needs Assessment update



Open BOE Position Interview – The BOE interviewed Dana Bartezko. 

Copenhaver moved, seconded by Zortman to appoint Dana Bartezko to the open board seat (term beginning 1/2022). Motion carried 6-0. 

Pur-O-Zone Quote for Cleaning Machine – A quote to have the company come out and clean the buildings came back at the same cost as purchasing the machine. Discussion only. No motion made.

Heating/Cooling Classroom Unit Quote – Not enough quotes have been received at this time. Discussion only. No motion made. 

Sub-State Activities & Facilities – Jennifer Faurot provided details. Discussion only. No motion made. 

All Star Classic – June 4th, 2022 – Charlie Littlewood will be representing Fowler at this game. Student athlete acknowledged. Discussion only. No motion made. 

Discussion & Planning for 2022/23 School Year – Cathy Heinz provided a report on their work group committee meetings. 

  • 7-12 Student body
  • Expanding 7-12 athletic agreements
  • Fowler would become a PK-6 district next year (2022-2023)
  • Cooperative summer camps and games
  • Community meeting will be held on February 28th at 6:30 in the auditorium

Milford moved, seconded by Weber To give approval for the members of the Committee Workgroup to continue discussions regarding grade levels, transportation, schedules, calendars, facility availability, length of shared agreement, and course options that can be taught in Fowler. 

Zortman moved, seconded by Copenhaver to host a community meeting in the grade school auditorium on February 28, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. Motion carried 6-0.



Milford moved, seconded by Zortman to go into executive session for 30 minutes to discuss data relating to financial affairs under KOMA, board, Nicholson, and McDowell. This session is required to protect the privacy interests of the individual(s) to be discussed. Motion carried 6-0. 8:20 p.m.

Recess 8:50 p.m.

Meeting resumed at 8:55 p.m. 

Milford moved, seconded by Boyd to go into executive session for 45 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel under KOMA, board and Nicholson. This session is required to protect the privacy interests of the individual(s) to be discussed. Motion carried 6-0. 8:56 p.m.

Milford moved, seconded by Heinz to go back into executive session for 10 minutes. Motion carried 6-0. 9:51 p.m.



Asst. Track Coach – Milford moved, seconded by Boyd to approve Boyd Peterson as the JH/HS combined assistant coach position. Motion carried 6-0.

Adjournment – Milford moved, seconded by Zortman to adjourn meeting. Motion carried 6-0 9:54 p.m. 


For The Board of Education

_____________________________________, Board Clerk


_____________________________________, Board President