Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

 

Monday, December 15, 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              Approve Response to Intervention Plan

6.2              Summer 08 Project Update

6.3              Approve 2008 Tax Levy

6.4              Authorize Specifications and Letting of Bids for

   Summer 09 Project

                        6.5       Approve Purchase of Driver Education Vehicle

                       

7.0              New Business

7.1              Approve Curriculum and Purchase of Textbooks for

   Health/P.E./Driver Education, Fine Arts, and Guidance/Careers

   Programs

7.2              Approve 2009 Risk Management Plan

7.3              Approve Property/Casualty and Workers Compensation Insurance

   Renewal for 09-10

7.4              Authorize Seeking Bids on Lawn Mower

7.5              Approve MOU with Clinton County Health Department

7.6              Accept Resignation

7.7              Employ Teacher Aide

7.8              Approve Maternity Leave Request

 

8.0              Principal’s Report

8.1              Approve Early Graduation Requests

 

9.0       Executive Session

 

10.0     Adjournment

 

 

The Truth in Taxation Hearing of Central Community High School was held on December 15, 2008 at 7:15 P.M. in the boardroom.  Members present were Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Rick Taphorn, Mike Strieker and Tim Richter.  Absent from this hearing was Mike Nettemeier.  Visitors included Tom Husmann, Joe Husmann, Tom Hustedde and Kelly Ross.  Mr. Meyer described briefly the tax levy process and handed out a packet of information to further explain.  Mr. Meyer explained to one of the visitors that the only way property taxes increase is if its assessed value increases.  Property taxes do not increase due to an increase in tax levy.  Since 2/3 of Central’s revenue comes from EAV (1/3 comes from General State Funding), Central relies heavily on the property tax funding.  After explaining to the visitors that property taxes will not increase 14.78% and the tax levy increase % is just an increase of dollars over prior year, Mr. Meyer thanked the visitors for coming and told them that he would be happy to meet with them at a later time to discuss.

 

The Truth in Taxation hearing was adjourned at 7:45 P.M. on a motion by Mike Strieker, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, and Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on December 15, 2008 at 7:45 PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn and Tina Winkeler presided.  Mike Nettemeier was absent.  Visitors included Ms. Crissy Toennies, Kelly Ross, Mr. Anthony Hartman, Mrs. Misty Becker, Ms. Trisha Lohman, Mr. Jim Falconio and Mr. Brian Short.

 

The agenda was amended with the deletion of the executive session and approved on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

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

 

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

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Meyer reported that the textbook fee collection is still behind. This is due partly because of increased fees.  A second letter will go out after the break to those students who still have outstanding fees. 

 

The 6th Annual Silver Cougars reception was held on Thursday, December 11th.  Several retired staff attended and enjoyed catching up with one another.      

 

Currently there have been five individuals who have picked up a petition to run for the Board of Education in April.  The petition period is open until January 20th.  We are required to have at least two members from unincorporated residences.  All current unincorporated members are up for reelection therefore we will have a “divided” ballot form to address this issue.   

 

The Annual School Board Dinner Meeting held by the Regional Office of Education will be held on February 2nd at the Microtel Convention Center in Carlyle.  Mr. Meyer will be attending along with several other Board Members.     

 

Mr. Meyer remind all the Board Members of the Annual Holiday Dinner for Central’s Board of Education.  It will be held on January 7th at Knotty Pine.        

 

Mr. Jones, Ms. Toennies and Mr. Hartman presented a power point presentation on RtI.  Ms. Toennies explained the process RtI and the different tiers of RtI.  This program will continue to grow each year and hopefully be very beneficial to our students.  A motion to approve the Response to Intervention plan was made by Mike Strieker, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

Several teachers presented their curriculum changes for their departments.  Presenting were Mr. Short for Physical Education/Health/ Driver Education, Mr. Falconio for Fine Arts and Ms. Lohman for the Guidance/Careers.  This group of teachers was very conservative in their “wish list” for new books.  The total amount requested for all textbooks is $25,429.09, compared to the $40,000 budgeted.  A motion to adopt the curriculum proposals and approve the purchase of textbooks for Physical Education, Health, Driver Education, Fine Arts, Guidance and Careers was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Dave Wellen.    Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None      

 

CTS is still finishing up their punch list for the surveillance camera.  They have addressed most items and will do a walk through tomorrow.  The system is very operational.  MC Electric has still not been paid their final payment.  They are still correcting some minor issues.  A motion to approve payment of $79,121.35 to CTS for Summer 08 project pending completion of punch list was made by Dave Wellen, second by Mike Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer briefed the Board again regarding the 2008 Tax Levy that we are requesting.  A motion to adopt the 2008 Tax Levy at 14.78% was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Mike Strieker.   Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

            

Mr. Todd Jones of MPA sent in the preliminary estimates for the gym floor.  His estimates were higher than expected but that is based on the larger gym floor and the asbestos abatement that is required.  The asbestos abatement will cost around $100,000.  A motion to authorize the preparation of specifications and the letting of bids for the gym floor project was made by Dave Wellen, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

We only received one bid for the Drivers Education vehicle.  Jansen Chevrolet submitted a bid of $9,150 for a 2009 Impala, with a trade-in value at $11,500 for our 2007 Impala.  The bid will include the installation of the extra break but does not include the $10 for the transfer of title.  A motion to approve the purchase of a new Drivers Education vehicle from Jansen Chevrolet for $9,150 was made by Tim Richter, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

Our Risk Management Plan guides our activities to reduce our risks.  This plan will justify expenditures of Tort Immunity Funds on salaries and other expenses.  A motion to adopt the 2009 Risk Management Plan was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tim Richter.    Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

Our Prairie State Insurance Cooperative contract expires July 1, 2009.  The bylaws require a 6 month withdraw notification if it is not our intention to renew.  Doing this would threaten our chance of renewing at the same rates based on our claim history because we would be treated as a new sign-up.  If we renew next year, we are on an annual renewal process.  A motion to approve a 1 year renewal with Prairie State Insurance Cooperative was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Mike Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer discussed the option to purchase a new lawn mower.  Our current mower was bought in 2005 and has over 1300 hours.  It has had little maintenance but has started to have minor issues.  We have budgeted $10,000 for a new mower.  A motion to authorize to seek bids for a new lawn mower was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

Clinton County Health Department has requested the use of our facility and transportation in the case of a local act of bioterrorism.  Their request is for the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding that guarantees our building and grounds along with equipment and facilities.  A motion to approve the use of our facility as a distribution center for the Clinton County Health Department in the case of a local act of bioterrorism was made by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen.    Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Jon Howard has submitted his resignation for the in-school suspension position.  He is taking coursework and will be unable to work regularly during the school day.  A motion to approve Mr. Howard’s resignation as in-school suspension supervisor was made by Mike Strieker, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Jones and Mr. Meyer received many applications for the in-school suspension supervisor.  They are recommending Mr. Ryan Klier.  Mr. Klier was a student teacher for Mr. Rueter and Mr. Short this past semester.   A motion to employ Mr. Ryan Klier for the in-school suspension supervisor beginning January 5 was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve Mrs. Kali Carroll’s maternity leave was made by Mike Strieker, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None   Mrs. Carroll is due in the middle of February. 

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Jones proposed to the board the list of request for early graduation.  A motion to approve the 2008-09 early graduates pending successful completion of all required credits was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

The annual PAWS breakfast was held on Sunday, December 14th at Central.  There were around 350 breakfasts sold for a net of ~$1700.  Dennis Holtmann, Kris Olster and Jeff Timmermann spear-headed the breakfast.                  

 

Central’s band will hold their annual Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 16th.  Ms. Voytas always prepares a great night of entertainment.  The concert starts at 7:00 PM. 

 

Chelsea Lehr, daughter of Brenda and Steve Lehr of Albers, was selected as a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Choir.  She will be performing with the top choral students from the other eight districts in the state.  Congrats to Chelsea on a great accomplishment. 

 

Mr. Jones handed out the tournament schedules for both the Girls and Boys Basketball teams over the Holiday break. 

 

The board adjourned at 10:00 PM. 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,  Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

 

Mary Lou Voss                     Mike Strieker                          

Board President                                  Board Secretary