Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, August 18, 2008  7:30 PM

 

 

AGENDA

 

 

1.0       Call to Order

 

2.0              Roll Call

 

3.0              Approval of Agenda

 

4.0              Approval of Minutes

 

5.0              Routine Business

5.1              Financial Report

5.2              Payment of Bills

5.3              Recognition of Visitors / Public Comment

5.4              Communications / Correspondence

5.5              Information

 

6.0              Old Business

6.1              2008 Summer Project Update / Applications for Payment

6.2              Board Policy Updates/Revisions

6.3              403b Program Agreement

 

7.0              New Business

7.1              Accept Resignations

7.2              Employ Title I Language Arts Instructor

7.3              Employ Mathematics Instructor

7.4              Employ Assistant Boys Soccer Coach

7.5              Employ Volunteer Assistant Football Coach

7.6              Spring 08 PSAE Results / ACT Results

7.7              Preliminary 08-09 Budget and Budget Hearing

 

8.0              Principal’s Report

 

9.0       Executive Session

 

10.0     Adjournment

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on August 18, 2008 at 7:30 PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier and Tina Winkeler presided.   Rick Taphorn was absent.  Visitors included Steven Heizer, new ESL aide, and Mr. Todd Jones and Mr. Dave Mevert from MPA.

 

The agenda was approved on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Mike Strieker, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

The financial report was reviewed and accepted on a motion by Mike Nettemeier, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Meyer reminded the Board that a Staff Directory and Faculty Handbook were given to them for their convenience. 

 

The first informational broadcast message from Central using the Alert Now system was sent out on Friday, August 1st.  All employees, students and Board Members received the message.  After the message is sent, a report is available to Mr. Meyer for the status of each message sent.  The report states whether the phone call was answered live, left a message, hung up or whether the phone number called was disconnected or invalid.  There were 21 invalid phone numbers.  Jill Varel will be working in the next weeks to correct the invalid phone numbers.   Thanks to Jill for collecting and combining all the phone numbers submitted by the parents.  Overall, 65% of phone number requests were returned. 

 

Mr. Meyer informed the Board about the additional retiree that will participate in the Retirement Severance package. 

 

The Insurance Committee met last month to discuss the Health Insurance renewal.  The committee decided to stay with Blue Cross And Blue Shield of Illinois and amended the plan to come up with a 10.2% increase in rates.  The plan includes an increase in the deductible and a decrease in office co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses.  Mr. Meyer commented that the committee did a great job making a decision that was considerate of all Central employees.       

 

A memo was sent from the Regional Office of Education in regards to summer school.  The ROE will no longer sponsor the summer school program.  They may sponsor with a charge to each district, but that decision will be made at a later date.       

 

Mr. Meyer recognized the Maintenance staff and the hard work they have put in over the summer.  He has received many compliments on the facility.  Along with the normal summer jobs, additional work including painting, oil and chip, installation of a new range and landscaping has been completed.  Great job maintenance and custodial staff.

 

Next month, Becky Boeschen will be making a change to the way employees are paid.  Starting with the first payroll in September, employees will receive their paychecks in the form of a direct deposit.  This a long overdue process that a vast majority of our staff would like for their convenience.  Employees will still receive a non-negotiable stub that lists their pay and deductions.   

 

The Committee to Support Central has met twice and continues to work on their organizational process.  Their next step will be to publicize their mission and goals.  Mr. Meyer will continue to update the Board on the progress of the committee.

 

Two local districts have passed a school facilities tax resolution.  The Board decided at previous meetings not to act on this resolution and to support the majority when the decision was made.            

 

The Summer 08 Projects are being finalized.  MC Electric has installed all the wiring for the Fire Alarm system.  They are currently working on a 51-item punch list.   They have recently found an issue with the wiring in the new wing.  Rakers Electric has been contacted and has been at Central trying to correct the problem.  The final payment has not been received and will not be paid until the punch list is complete.  The system is operational and certification is in place for school to start. 

 

CTS is finalizing the surveillance system over the next few days.  The system is up but still has many items on their punch list.  They are also still working on the door entry system/handicap door.  A striker was not included in the estimate and is needed to have the handicap and entrance system work together.  Mr. Meyer has not received the final payment request from CTS.

 

The track project is complete but has some outstanding concerns regarding the imperfections in the surface.  The imperfections appear down the east runway and southeast turn.  Mr. Todd Jones and Mr. Dave Mevert summarized a letter that Fisher Track had sent to Rooters in regards to the imperfections.  Sam Fisher of Fisher Tracks came out to the track (unannounced to anyone) to report on the imperfections.  According to Fisher Track, the imperfections are within standards of the National Track Federation.  There was only one spot that was not within standards where it was off 1/16 of an inch.  Mr. Todd Jones’ recommendation was to request an estimate from Rooters for a structural seal combined with an extended warranty.  The Board agreed to have Mevert request the estimate from Rooter and revisit the issue when a response is received. 

 

A motion to approve updates to the policy manual including gang activity, bullying and home schooled students was made by Mike Strieker, second by Mike Nettemeier.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

At the July 2009 Board Meeting, Mr. Meyer discussed with the Board the new regulations on 403(b) Plans and the new program that has to be adopted by 1/1/2009.  American Fidelity has proposed to service this plan as well as a Section 125 plan for Central for $1 per annuitant per month – roughly $180 per year.   A motion to authorize American Fidelity to develop a plan for 403(b) and fulfill all of the requirements of their program was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

A motion to accept the resignation of Ms. Jamie Kleine as math instructor and Mr. Brian Albers as assistant boys soccer coach was made by Tim Richter, second by Mike Nettemeier.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer and Mr. Jones recommended employing Ms. Cassandra Kenney as the Title I Language Arts Instructor.  She is a graduate of SIU-E with a B.S. in English/Language Arts and has been working at a pre-school facility.  Ms. Kenney has agreed to return to school to get reading certified.  Mr. Meyer spoke to Brian Braun regarding Ms. Kenney getting her reading certification.  Mr. Braun recommended that we not have a written agreement with Ms. Kenney getting her certification.  A motion to employ Mr. Cassandra Kenney as the Title I/Language Arts instructor was made by Mike Nettemeier, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer and Mr. Jones also recommended employing Ms. Julianne Harris as a math instructor.  Ms. Harris was a popular sub last year, helping out when Mrs. McCoy was out of school.  She is also our current head cheerleading coach.  A motion to employ Ms. Julianne Harris as a math instructor was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Warnecke, Mr. Jones and Coach Rust are requesting the employment of Mr. Robert Beck as the assistant Boys Soccer coach.  Mr. Beck resides in Aviston and is in the process of completing his ASEP certification.  A motion to employ Mr. Robert Beck as assistant Boys Soccer Coach based on a successful completion of the ASEP certification was made by Mike Strieker, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

Coach Short has asked the Board to approve a volunteer employment of Mr. Blaine Barth to help with the football program.  Mr. Blaine Barth is from Belleville and is currently in the process of completing his ASEP certification.  A motion to employ Mr. Blaine Barth as assistant Boys Soccer Coach based on a successful completion of the ASEP certification was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

The Preliminary FY09 Budget figures were discussed with the Board.  Becky Boeschen and Mr. Meyer reviewed the preliminary numbers with the board.  They informed them of the Tax Levy increase and a decrease in General State Aid.  On the expense side, they discussed in increase in Special Education tuition, transportation and salaries and benefits.  There will need to be a Budget Hearing next month before the regular meeting.  A motion to set a Budget Hearing for September 15, 2008 at 7:15 P.M. was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Jones informed the Board of his activities on his trip to Washington D.C. with the NASSP/ NAESP.  He was able to discuss with political parties the CTEI and Perkins grant and the future of these grants.  It was also mentioned the NCLB will not be discussed until after this year’s election.  Mr. Jones thanked the Board for allowing him to attend the conference.               

 

Mr. Jones reminded the Board that they may receive phone calls and/or requests from parents requesting a schedule change.  Mr. Jones advised the Board how to handle the requests.                    

 

The P.S.A.E. results are “fresh off the press”.  They were just recently received and results were better than expected.  About 65 students met state standards of P.S.A.E.  Mr. Jones commented that this may be partially due to the test-prep day Ms. Lohman taught before the test.     

 

Mr. Jones discussed current enrollment number.  Those numbers are still changing.           

 

The board adjourned at 9:45 PM. on a motion by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

Mary Lou Voss                      Mike Strieker                          

Board President                                  Board Secretary