Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, August 19, 2013  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              2013 Summer Project Update / Approve Applications for Payment

 

7.0              New Business

7.1              Review Preliminary FY14 Budget and Approve Budget Hearing

7.2              Approve 2013-14 Health Insurance Provider and Coverages

7.3              Review Spring 13 P.S.A.E. Results / A.C.T. Results

7.4              Employ Assistant Soccer Coach

7.5              Employ ESL Interpretive Aide

7.6              Employ Volunteer Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

 

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 19, 2013 at 7:30PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter presided.  Tina Winkeler and Kris Rickhoff were absent. Visitors included Rachel Faust, Eric Chrostoski, Josh Rathmann, Britni Hogg, Ami Shanafelt, Nathan Rueter, Todd Jones and Kelly Ross.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:                  

 

Mr. Meyer reported that registration this year went great.  Over $77,000 was collected in fees during registration.  And many parents came with their child to register and pick up their schedule.  Thanks to Cheryl Kreke and Carol Bequette for their help during these days.  They helped guide the parents and the students in the right direction when they arrived.   

 

The Faculty Handbook and the Student Handbook was given to each Board Member for their reference.  Mr. Jones and Mrs. Shumard worked on getting these completed in a timely manner.  The Maintenance staff was recognized for their great effort in preparing our facility for this school year.  Even with the huge project going on this summer, the maintenance crew was able to get the annual list completed.  The School Community Council held its first meeting of the year and solidified its plans for some community education programs.  During the fall semester, they plan on hosting a College Planning Night in a joint venture with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and Ms. Trisha Lohman.  In January, they want to host a program on “How To …” for community members.  And, later in the year, they would like to sponsor another program that could possibly deal with disaster preparedness.  We have again subscribed to the Ed Leaders Network that gives us the ability to provide on-line programs to our staff and get verifiable documentation that each has viewed and completed the requirements.  Each program fulfills state requirements and teachers and staff can do them during prep periods, free time, or even at home.  The subscription is approximately $1,200 per year, but it allows us the freedom to complete mandatory staff development in a systematic way and not utilize valuable time which we can use for departmental and school improvement purposes. The staff can watch these videos on their own time.  We also will use the Blackboard Connect system again this year for automated phone messages.  We have updated the system with email addresses and can contact most of our parents with automated emails of any type.  We have close to 500 email addresses.

 

Mrs. Wiegmann has been working with Mr. Shawn McKinney of Wild Reality to make a switch from a Novell system to a pure Windows system.  This has meant that every machine in the building has needed to be touched and updated.  We have put a new server into operation for storage files.  And, we have put almost forty new machines (laptops and PC’s) into operation for this year.  We are going to install a networked version of Clean Slate on our system and several other goals are on the horizon as well.  Mr. Eric Chrostoski has submitted a comprehensive plan for the Band program over the next three years.  Most of the information has to do with purchasing equipment to replace older items or that can complement the concert band program - a purchase of $6500 of equipment for the first 2 years and $3500 for the 3rd year.  He will ask PAWS to help with the 2nd and 3rd year.

 

We have received our information on this year’s property tax extension.  Our overall increase in extension from last year is $63,070 or a 1.3% increase.  (This is the Clinton County portion only.)  This is a very low increase from one year to the next for most of the last decade and will mean a loss in revenue for us this year if we consider the decrease in General State Aid we are expecting.  The necessity of levying large to protect ourselves against inconsistent assessment creates this type of situation.  It is important to let our community be aware that our actual increase in property tax extension will be very low.

 

The Commons Area project has been completed for the most part.  We still have some finishing touches to put on such as trim and other items, but it is functional and looks fantastic.  We received many positive comments from people during registration.  The punch list has been completed.  The paperwork for substantial completion still needs to be finished and final walk-through will need to be made.  Todd Jones of FGM Architects, representatives of Calhoun Construction, and two members of Missouri Terrazzo were here on Monday morning to discuss some minor imperfections in the floor surface.  We will address those, possibly at Christmas Break to avoid other issues.  Other related projects on the summer have also been completed.  Ken Schonhoff has put the finishing touches on the trophy case.  The serving stations have had new tops installed.  The locker areas have been painted.  The sound and projection systems have been reinstalled and adjusted.  The aluminum trim by the stage, dishwasher area, and corners is being installed this week.  We still have to install plaques, pictures, and trophies but will do that has the school year starts.  And, the new chairs will be arriving after the Labor Day weekend.  A motion to approve payment #4 to Calhoun Construction for $86,945.39 was made by Dave Wellen, second by Mike Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Becky Boeschen and Mr. Meyer presented the Preliminary FY 14 Budget figures and information.  Instability in state funding and operation continues to create difficulty in preparing an effective budget.  Our revenue stream in state aid and reimbursement payments is inconsistent at best and knowing what to calculate is a guess.  General State Aid calculations will likely reduce consistent to the past few years.  Local sources of revenue are the easiest to predict but not increasing at the rate of six or seven years ago.  As always, we planned for revenue streams that are low and deal with them accordingly.  We also will obviously have increases in operating costs and other expenditures.  We will see salary and benefit increases due to our new contract.  Efforts will continue to save and control expenditures in all areas.  Still, we anticipate having a budget that is balanced overall and specific to most or our individual funds.  We are planning to deficit spend in the Education Fund, Retirement Fund and Life Safety Fund.  However, we will have a balanced budget.  Tort and less GSA payments are the main factors for the deficit spending in the Education fund.  A motion to set Budget Hearing for September 16 at 7:15PM was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Nathan Rueter, Ami Shanafelt and Rachel Faust representing the Health Insurance Committee, presented their recommendation to the Board of Education on the selection of a provider and coverage options for the 2013-14 year.  The committee is recommending to switch to Blue Cross Blue Shield and have selected a coverage plan with a $500 deductible.  All coverage options are very similar with the exception of the prescription card and UrgiCare facilities.  A motion to approve Health Insurance Committee recommendation for provider and coverage of health insurance – BCBS was made by Tim Richter, second by Mary Lou Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer reviewed the 2013 Prairie State Achievement Exam results.  The tests scores were very good this year. Our meet and exceeds really grew – 20% jump in reading, 10% increase in math and a 4-5% increase in science.  We have 69 students who met and/or exceeds.  We had 7 “30+” ACT scores.

 

At this time we do not feel we have any viable candidates for the Assistant Soccer position.  At the same time, we have very low numbers in the fall season.  We will have a difficult time playing our full junior varsity schedule given injury or eligibility shortcomings.  We also will have some services from Charlie Bair as a volunteer.  For those reasons, we are not recommending anyone for the position.  Coach Cassady feels that he can adequately coach the season and we are confident in his abilities to do so. 

 

A motion to employ Mr. Cody Imming as volunteer assistant basketball coach was made by Mary Lou Voss, second by Mike Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Jones reminded the BOE of the policy of “schedule changes” requests.  If they receive a parent call requesting schedule changes for their son or daughter, direct the parent to our Counselors, Trish Lohman or Kali Carroll.  FYI, requests to move from one teacher to another in the same subject will not be accepted.  In addition, students cannot move from a smaller class size to a larger class size in the same subject area.  Students can move from a larger class size to a smaller one if their schedules allows in the same subject area with the same instructor.  Although Central uses SDS to schedule the students automatically, it can still create an imbalance of class sizes due to scheduling conflicts.  Creating a master schedule keeping conflicts of single course offerings at a minimum is an arduous task that began with Trish Lohman, Kali Carroll, and I in February & March for the 2013-2014 school year.     

 

Central Community High School had 24 students (Jrs’ & Srs’) participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization during the 2012-2013 school year.  The program in Clinton County has been well received by both Central and its feeder schools.  Breese Dist. 12, Beckemeyer, Aviston, and Germantown all participate in the BBBS program.   Central students wanting to participate must fill out an application form and interview with a representative from the BBBS home office in Belleville.  Prior to the interview, the student’s grades, credits, and any disciplinary record are reviewed.

 

Central’s R.T.I. Program has 68 students total in grades 9-12 this year.  Mrs. Laura Walker and Mrs. Stacey Boruff work with students each period assisting them with the AutoSkills Program as well as provide tutoring in reading comprehension and math concepts.  Stacey and Laura have continued communication with the student’s math and Language Arts classroom teachers in order to keep the student on track to improve their skills.  They also track the student’s progress and report to the teachers and Mr. Jones on a regular basis.

 

Another facet of the R.T.I. program is behavior.  Two years ago, the R.T.I. Committee revamped our school’s code of ethics (see your student handbook pages 2 & 3).  We have twelve different student groups assigned to a sponsor with the directions to design and construct a bulletin board with an ethics category in various locations throughout the building.  They are scheduled to be completed by September 13th.  They have done this for the last two years and it has been very successful. 

 

The board entered into closed session to discuss personnel and special education placement on a motion by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None   Motion carried at 9:09PM.

 

The board entered into open session on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Mike Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None   Motion carried at 9:35PM.

 

A motion to employ Ms. Marta Santiago as ESL Interpretive Aide was made Mike Strieker, second by Mary Lou Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The board adjourned at 9:37 PM on a motion by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

           

 

Mike Nettemeier                    Mike Strieker                          

Board President                                  Board Secretary