6:56 p.m. — There are a handful of empty seats. A mixture of public and school personnel. All board members are present except Jeff Mays.
6:58 p.m. — Mays just arrived.
6:59 p.m. — Bud Niekamp calls meeting to order.
7:02 p.m. — Niekamp wants to deliver letter to secretary on motion pertaining to his resignation. Bill Daniels told him he could just deliver it, but a vote is taken anyway.
7:03 p.m. — Niekamp’s letter is submitted. He says he is not resigning as a board member or president. Read by Phyllis Stewart.
7:04 p.m. — Board member Steve Krause is the first speaker. He asks for civility and patience.
7:05 p.m. — Jeff Kerkhoff is first speaker before the board.
7:06 p.m. — Kerkhoff says asking question that board seems to be dysfunctional. He had passed out copies of a recent story stamped “Radical? Patriot? Or Diversion?”
7:08 p.m. — Kerkhoff is reading a story that dealt with Niekamp’s response to the hiring of Curt Lovelace’s wife. He wonders if the reaction would have been different if it had been Niekamp’s wife.
7:08 p.m. — Niekamp cuts off Kerkhoff, a supporter, after 3 minutes.
7:11 p.m. — No other speakers. With Niekamp’s decision not to resign, item for dealing with resignation and reappointment skipped.
7:12 p.m. — The treasurer’s report and minutes passed by 6-1 vote. Niekamp sole no vote.
7:13 p.m. — Superintendent Lonny Lemon now giving his report. Mentions Ellington School cup-stacking efforts and success of Quincy High School volleyball team at Class 4A state tournament last weekend.
7:17 p.m. — Most of the seats in Baldwin School Round Room now filled. A few people standing. Standing committee reports next, followed by reports by representatives of board.
7:21 p.m. — Lemon mentions $5.1 million deficit, caused in part by state failing to pay $3.1 million. Hopes district does not have to conduct reduction in staff.
7:23 p.m. — Bob Adrian, Niekamp’s attorney in the quo warranto lawsuit, is in the crowd taking notes.
7:28 p.m. — Curt Lovelace, in describing the last two Building Committee meetings that covered four hours: “We didn’t move an inch as a committee.” A problem with new members on this committee and others is why a vote will be taken to dissolve all four standing board committees.
7:35 p.m. — Discussion of life-safety projects. Board to determine if architects should do work to prepare documents to submit projects to state. Bill Daniels said board is at least three steps away from deciding to spend money. QPS qualified for $8.1 million in bonds through federal stimulus money.
7:39 p.m. — Niekamp said he has been “busy this week,” so Lemon is giving Policy Committee report. Niekamp is chairman of that committee.
7:46 p.m. — Bill Daniels, chairman of Finance Committee, said district is far from being in good shape, but the deficit looks worse than it is. He said the district could not count $3.8 million in tort funds as an asset. More than $1.1 million in state payments have not been made. Those two figures comprise the bulk of the $5.1 million deficit.
7:55 p.m. — Daniels reports self-insurance fund has run a $3.6 million surplus since changes were made in the 2003-04 contract. But he cautioned that $3 million of that came in first three years of five-year cycle. The surplus was less than $50,000 last year with no increase in those covered.
8:01 p.m. — Board votes 6-1 on$30 million tax levy that features projected lower tax rate. Niekamp votes no.
8:02 p.m. — Board votes 6-1 to dissolve committees with no comment.
8:03 p.m. — Board votes 6-1 to curtail duties of president with no comment.
8:05 p.m. — Robert Shabel calls move despicable and backstabbing. Niekamp asked him to calm down. Shabel, who unsuccessfully ran for a board seat several times, praised Niekamp.
8:10 p.m. — Steve Tenhouse thanked School Board for action and hopes school district can move on. Drew largest round of applause.
8:12 p.m. — Jim Sibbing, new member of Building Committee, believes there has been a “gross misunderstanding.” He believes board should show more fiscal constraints with life-safety projects.
8:15 p.m. — Sibbing says this is not a good time to saddle taxpayers with more debt. He believes some projects don’t legally qualify as life-safety projects.
8:17 p.m. — Sibbing says someone in the district “should be watching the store.”
8:20 p.m. — Board now preparing to go into executive session. Niekamp thanks audience for being civil and that none of the fireworks that dominated his first Board meeting as president in July occurred tonight.