Central Community High School District #71
7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL 62230
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Monday, August 18, 2014 (7:30 PM)
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
6.0 Old Business
6.1 2014 Summer Project Update / Approve Applications for Payment
7.0 New Business
7.1 Review Preliminary FY15 Budget and Approve Budget Hearing
7.2 Approve 14-15 School Improvement Plan
7.3 Review Spring 14 P.S.A.E. Results / A.C.T. Results
7.4 Accept Resignation of Certified Staff (Guidance Counselor)
7.5 Employ Freshmen/Sophomore Guidance Counselor
7.6 Employ Head Softball Coach
7.7 Employ FBLA Sponsor
7.8 Employ volunteer assistant FB coach
7.9 Accept resignation of scholar bowl co-coaches
7.10 Approve Life Ins & Accidental Death & Dismemberment policy
8.0 Principal’s Report
9.0 Executive Session
The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on August 18, 2014 at 7:30PM in the boardroom.
Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff presided. Mary Lou Voss was absent. Visitors included Neil Hamon, Steve Ellis, Jamie Schneider, Jon Dierkes, Eric Pollmann, Greg Kruse and Kelly Ross.
The agenda was approved on a motion by Tina Winkeler, second by Dave Wellen. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tim Richter, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tim Richter, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
The financial report was reviewed and accepted on a motion by Tina Winkeler, second by Kris Rickhoff. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tim Richter, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
After Mr. Meyer reviewed the correspondence, he informed the BOE that the Maintenance and Custodial staff should be commended for their work this summer in preparing our facility for the upcoming year. Joe Lampe did a great job coordination several projects, upgrades, and general maintenance issues this summer. The entire staff did a great job in preparing everything (both inside and outside) and completing cleaning, waxing, painting, etc. Our facility is well maintained and kept clean with the efforts of our people. Joe Lampe, Mike Thole, Clay Szczeblewski, Tim Wempe, and Rodney Lohman deserve to be commended for their efforts.
The registration format last week worked very well in getting schedules out, completing schedule changes for students, and collecting textbook and activity fees. We have improved our turnout (especially parents) and a higher percentage has been rectified at this stage of the game. Having evening hours on one night was popular again. We collected over $63,000 in the first two days. We also are again emphasizing the completion of physicals for 9th graders prior to attending school. You may hear some things about this through the grapevine, but it is important to meet the requirements. That week is a very hectic one for our office staff and they should be commended for their efforts during those days.
We will be using the Skylert system this year for automated phone messages. It is a system that obtains data for staff and students from the Skyward database and links with School Messenger to complete broadcast phone messages and emails. We continue to update contact information from registration and have already sent a number of messages. Just like our former system, there are a lot of options and possibilities for use, but we will continue to only use it for important notices so as not to inundate our parents. The subscription for this program is included in our contract with the Skyward school management system.
We have made some significant changes to our technology program. Mrs. Wiegmann and Mrs. Ringwald have worked very hard installing all new machines for our staff members and completed other tasks such as the install of two new wireless points, other various equipment, and new software to all systems. We are also utilizing a Clean Slate program that will change technology usage. They have also been very involved in the training sessions for Skyward and the coordination of that transition. It’s been a very busy summer for them.
We have received this year’s property tax extension ($2,762,361.22). Our overall increase in extension from last year is $84,248.62 or a 1.7% increase. (This is the Clinton County portion only.) Our levy request was for $465,591. The increase in EAV fell far short of the “estimate” we did in December and the actual money received from local property tax was a pretty meager amount. 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 Summer 2014 Roof Project continues to progress. Although work was moving at a great pace for a while, the recent heavy rains and threats for rain slowed work dramatically the past 7-10 days. We are completing the heavy tear off and installation at this time. The start of school will not be dramatically interrupted since most noise is declining and heavy equipment is departing. The next few weeks will see curbing work and more detailed finishing. A few minor decisions were made with course and direction of certain areas of roofing such as the upper stage wall and insulation around cold air returns. We also ran into a minor glitch with some defective brick and mortar but we addressed those quickly with some tuck pointing. Overall, the project is certainly past the major work and headed for the home stretch. There are no applications for payment at this time. We will push forward and work with Kehrer Roofing until completion and the roof work will progress through the first few weeks of school.
Becky Boeschen and Mr. Meyer reviewed the preliminary FY 15 Budget. Instability in state funding 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 often 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. We will have a net reduction in revenue this year. As always, we will plan for revenue streams that are low and deal with them accordingly. It is in expenditures where we will be very “distorted” this year. The lack of any payments on this summer’s project during the FY14 Budget means that almost all expense of the roof project will come from FY15. In addition, we have taken on additional salary and benefit expenses due to raises and the employment of experienced new staff. We also will obviously have increases in operating costs and other expenditures. Efforts will continue to save and control expenditures in all areas. A deficit budget is inevitable this year. The need to make permanent transfer(s) from Working Cash to the O & M Fund (and possibly even the Education Fund) will almost be a certainty this year. A motion to approve tentative Budget and set hearing for Sept 15, 2014 at 7:15PM was made by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tim Richter, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
The 2014-15 School Improvement Plan has been completed this summer by the School Improvement Team and been recorded on the Rising Star system. Goals in Continuing Indicators have been constructed along with Professional Development Plans, Remediation Plans, direction on the Response to Intervention program, and description of Parental Involvement programs. The entire plan and all components can be found on the website. A motion to Approve 2014-15 School Improvement Plan was made by Kris Rickhoff and second by Mike Strieker. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tim Richter, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
A motion to approve resignation of Mrs. Kali Carroll as Freshmen/Sophomore Guidance Counselor and Careers Instructor was made by Kris Rickhoff, second by Tina Winkeler. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tim Richter, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
A motion to employ Mrs. Jamie Schneider as Freshmen/Sophomore Guidance Counselor and Careers Instructor was made by Tim Richter, second by Kris Rickhoff. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tim Richter, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
Mr. Meyer tabled the agenda items for Head Softball Coach and FBLA sponsor.
A motion to employ Tim Persing as Volunteer Football assistant coach was made by Mike Strieker, second by Kris Rickhoff. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tim Richter, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
A motion to accept resignation of scholar bowl co-coaches (Emily Howell & Kristen Davis) was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Tim Richter. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tim Richter, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
Mr. Meyer and Becky and the Insurance committee met with Dan Imming last week to discuss the possibility of less expensive Life/Accidental Death/Disability Insurance coverage and perhaps even offering our staff a voluntary option at additional coverage levels. Everyone would benefit from better and less expensive coverage. Mr. Imming presented 2 different companies offering life insurance policies, one of the companies being our current one. He also presented being able to provide increased voluntary coverage levels at an additional payroll deduction with no effect upon other aspects of those obligations. Both companies had very similar rates. A motion to approve term Life & Accidental death & dismemberment policy and offer the voluntary coverage levels was made by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tim Richter, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
Mr. Jones reminded the BOE of the policy we have for students requesting to be switched to a different class.
August 14th was the first day for teachers and Freshmen. The Freshmen ran through a shortened class schedule that evening to meet the teachers and adjust to their classrooms.
Mr. Jones promoted his Pit Crew club. Sign up for the club will be the week of August 18-22.
The board entered into executive session at 9:13 PM on a motion by Tina Winkeler, second by Dave Wellen to discuss personnel issues and special education student placement. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker. Nay – None
The board entered into regular session at 9:26 on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Tim Richter. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker. Nay – None
The board adjourned at 9:27 PM on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Kris Rickhoff. Roll call vote: Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
Mike Nettemeier Mike Strieker
Board President Board Secretary