Lexington Public Schools

LEXINGTON – Although the school year doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, the Lexington Public Schools Board of Education is already looking to negotiate with the Lexington Education Association for future academic services.

At the meeting of the school board Monday night, the board considered a recommendation to approve a proposal from Harding and Shultz of Lincoln to negotiate with LEA on behalf of the board for the 2013-2014 contract year.

Harding and Shultz specialize in labor and employment law.

While the school board is only entering the second year of its two-year contract with the LEA, a new staff contract must be in place by Jan. 1, 2013. That contract would take effect the following school year.

The recommendation was passed after a motion by Ray Ehlers and a second by Kent Gydesen.

In other legal matters, school board members are looking into legal representation for the joint use of the facilities at Lexington Middle School.

School board members discussed the possibility of hiring Perry Law Firm of Lincoln to represent their interests with the YMCA, Lexington Community Facilities Agency project.

Perry Law Firm represents a number of school districts and independent educational institutions throughout Nebraska, including the Lincoln school district, which also has a joint-use YMCA.

Perry also provides legal representation concerning school construction and redistricting.

As the joint-use project is new ground for Lexington Public Schools, as is sharing the use of their facilities with a YMCA, the board members are considering the specialized services of Perry Law Firm.

No action was taken.

In other business:

– Board members approved a contract to extend a teaching contract to Kristi Bartlett, who will teach special education at the high school.

– The board of education also approved the sale of district property located at 1110 North Grant Street, passed with a motion by Ray Ehlers and a second by Dr. Fran Acosta-Carlson. Bill Brecks formerly owned the house. The buyer of the property acquired the structure only, not the land. The building will need to be removed in September to allow for the expansion project at the middle school.

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