Board of Education


Board of Education Power and Responsibilities

The school board operates under a mandatory policy, where the members of the board act as a group.

The board is empowered to make policy for its own governance, for employees, for students, and for school district facilities. The board is also empowered to enforce its policies. These powers and all other powers are expressly granted to the board in federal and state law.

As the governing board of the school district the board has three duties to perform: legislative duty, executive duty, and evaluative duty. Legislating policy comes with the jurisdiction to enact policy with the force and effect of the law.

Executive duty includes hiring a superintendent to operate the school district on the board’s behalf. They delegate to the superintendent the authority to carry out board policy, to formulate and carry out rules and regulations, and to handle administrative details consistent with board policy.

Under evaluative duty, the board has the responsibility to review the education program’s performance and the associated services.

Public Comment Procedure

A “Public Comment” time may be included on the agenda of all regular Centura Board of Education meetings. Public comment will be accepted to allow for members of the public to raise issues and make comments for the good of the Centura Public Schools regarding policy, programs, or procedures.

Public Comment time shall be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes, with each member of the public being allocated one opportunity to speak at the meeting for a time period of up to three minutes. If the number of members of the public wishing to comment warrants a reduction in the three-minute allotment, the Board President shall have the authority to limit comments.

Members of the public wishing to comment at any regular Centura Board of Education Meeting must sign in, and they will be expected to state the topic of their comments for documentation in the Board Meeting minutes.

Public comment about personnel will not be permitted, and the Board President has the prerogative to curtail any inappropriate public comment.

President: Will Kemptar Bldg/Grounds: Justin Caspersen, Teresa Grabowski,Matt Neppl,
Vice President: Matt Neppl Transportation: Chad Adams, Justin Caspersen, Matt Neppl
Secretary: Chad Adams Americanism/Curriculum: Chad Adams, Justin Caspersen, Teresa Grabowski
Treasurer: Teresa Grabowski Negotiations: Chad Adams, Will Kemptar, Ryan Marr
Member: Ryan Marr Policy: Chad Adams, Teresa Grabowski, Matt Neppl
Member: Justin Caspersen Rule 10 Safety: Ryan Marr, Matt Neppl
Finance: Chad Adams, Teresa Grabowski, Will Kemptar
Activities: Justin Caspersen, Ryan Marr, Will Kemptar

Community Engagement

The Board of Education recently completed a Community Engagement Process which resulted in a Strategic Plan with a new Mission Statement, Belief Statements and Six Priority Areas. The Strategic Plan was the collaborative work of the Staff Leadership Team, staff, community, administration, and Board of Education.

Mission:  Centura and its collaborative partners are an innovative community empowering all students to be successful today and in the future.

Centura Public Schools’ Belief Statements

As a community we will…

Elect a board that ensures a quality education and a safe learning environment will provided for all students.

Inspire students to be respectful, resourceful, and responsible.

Aspire for all students to grow academically.

Encourage students to take ownership of their learning process.

Promote a positive and supportive learning environment.

Evolve as an innovative staff through instruction and technology integration.

Strengthen relationships with families and engage community members in partnership.

Priority Areas:

Priority  1:  Academics – To progress learning opportunities to support rigorous and effective curriculum.

Priority 2:   Student Service Programs – To ensure students are engaged, empowered, and equipped through quality student service programs district-wide.

Priority 3:  Technology – Ensure staff and students have access to comprehensive technology to support instruction, curriculum, learning, administrative management, communication and information access.

Priority 4:  Staff – Recruit, hire, develop, and retain a quality staff.

Priority 5: District Culture – Strengthen relationships with families and engage community members in partnership

Priority 6: District Building and Grounds – Maintain and monitor district buildings and grounds to meet high energy, safety, security, and efficiency levels.

The updated mission statement, belief statements and  priorities set forth by the BOE also support Centura’s Vision.

Vision:  A school community about students, excellence, and education

During each school year it is important to keep the Mission, Vision, Beliefs, and Priorities  at the forefront of what is done on a daily basis.

Archive of Board Meetings, Agendas, Bill List and Treasurer Report

Board of Education Policies



In November of 2012, I was elected to the Centura School Board and I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve the as the representative for the Boelus district.  I have been a part of the Cairo community all of my life and grew up on a Ranch near Cairo.  I graduated from Centura in 1988 and then went to Chadron State College to play football but came back to help run the family farm when my dad had a back injury and could not work.  Today, I own the ranch that I grew up on and live there with my wife, Kim and my daughter, Megan.  I am proud to have graduated from Centura and look forward to working with the patrons, students, teachers and administration to make our school as successful as it can be!

Phone: 308-467-2261

Cell: 308-380-4608



I am a 30 year resident of the Cairo area, I have been employed by Nova-Tech for the last 24 years and have shared in the ownership of the company for the past 10 years.   My husband is Joe; we have 2 girls Jordyn, a freshman at UNK and Taylor as freshman at Centura.

I believe in teamwork, honesty, commitment and achievement. I look at this new obligation as an opportunity to put my business background along with hard work, dedication and creative thinking to work for the Centura School system, fellow board members and patrons of our district.



I grew up in Grand Island and Graduated from Northwest High School in 1987. I have worked at our family owned business, G.I. Trailer for 25 years. My wife, Lois and I have three children Samantha (27), Emily (15), Kylie (12) and a grandson Tab (5). We moved to Cairo in 2006 so our children could attend Centura, a school known for it agricultural roots and education. I look forward to working with the school board and the community to carry forward the tradition and pride of Centura.



In November 2014, I was elected to the Centura Board of Education. I have been very busy attending as many school board conferences and workshops as possible and look forward to continuing to learn and contribute to Centura and represent the Dannebrog district proudly. I grew up in Eagle Nebraska and graduated from Waverly High School in 1997. I then attended Hastings CCC majoring in Agricultural Science. I have lived in the Dannebrog area since 2005. We moved here specifically so our children could attend Centura and grow up in the community my wife enjoyed growing up in. I have been with Aurora Cooperative working in agriculture sales and service for 10 years in May. I am also a volunteer firefighter for Dannebrog. My wife Sarah and I have 4 children that attend Centura, James-9th grade, Claire-7th grade, Wyatt-3rd grade, and Adalyn-kindergarten. I look forward to working with the staff and patrons to continue giving our children the best educational opportunities possible.




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