Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

 

Monday, December 19, 2011

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 2011 Tax Levy

6.2              Building Committee Update

6.3              Accept Bids for Driver Education Vehicle

                                               

7.0              New Business

7.1              Approve Curriculum and Purchase of Textbooks for Language

     Arts and Mathematics

7.2              Approve 2012 Risk Management Plan

7.3              Approve Property/Casualty and Workers Compensation Insurance

        Renewal for 2012-13

                        7.4       Employ Custodian

 

8.0              Principal’s Report

8.1              Approve Early Graduation Requests

 

9.0       Executive Session

 

10.0     Adjournment

 

 

 

 

 

A Truth in Taxation hearing was held on December 19, 2011 at 7:15PM in the boardroom.

 

Members present were Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter and Rick Taphorn presided.  Mike Nettemeier was absent.  Visitors included Kelly Ross, Greg Kruse and Emily Howell.

 

The board adjourned at 7:29 PM. on a motion by Tim Richter, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Rick Taphorn.  Nay – None

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on December 19, 2011 at 7:30PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier and Rick Taphorn presided.  Visitors included Kelly Ross, Greg Kruse, Emily Howell, Kristen Davis, Katie Florczyk, Angie Kohlbrecher, Ami Shanafelt, and Mandy Ringwald.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:                   

 

Central Community High School has seven students named as Illinois State Scholars from the Class of 2012.  Mr. Meyer sent letters of congratulations to the students and their parents. Mr. Meyer distributed a copy of accumulated tax information as annually compiled by the Regional Office of Education.  This page shows the EAV, tax rates, and total extensions collected in 2011 based upon 2010 property taxes for the Clinton, Marion, and Washington County school districts.

 

Two representatives of the newly formed School Community Council attended the meeting and gave a brief update on the status of this group.  Mrs. Ami Shanafelt and Mrs. Mandy Ringwald spoke to the Board of the progress of this group.  Mrs. Mandy Ringwald and Mrs. Ami Shanafelt have been instrumental in getting a council of parents and community members together to generate ideas on this topic.  The purpose of this group was to increase parental involvement and engage parents in the educational process.  Mrs. Shanafelt and Mrs. Ringwald attended 2 meetings in Springfield.  An area meeting called “Parent Education” is already put into action and will be put on the calendar.  They would like to host 2 meetings in the spring called “Parent University” that would gear toward college planning and social media.

 

Many local school districts have adopted tentative levies similar or even higher than our proposed tax levy.  A motion to adopt 2012 Tax Levy with an increase of 6.97% over last year was made by Mike Nettemeier, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mike Nettemeier, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

The Building Committee held its first meeting of the year.  They discussed several possible projects for next summer as well as goals and options from last year.  They also discussed long range projects.  Todd Jones of FGM Architects prepared some preliminary estimates for the committee to help us in making some recommendations to the Board. Todd Jones will prepare some preliminary estimates for next meeting for construction of the interior restrooms as well as some exterior concrete work.  The next meeting is January 9th.

 

We received 2 bids for a Drivers Education vehicle.  Breese Motors bid a 2012 Fusion.  Jansen Chevrolet bid a 2012 Impala.  The trade-in value was a little lower and thus our purchase price was slightly higher than we budgeted.  A motion to purchase a new driver's education vehicle from Jansen Chevrolet for $12,649 was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mike Nettemeier, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

Representatives of the Language Arts and Mathematics departments presented their recommendations for curricular changes and the adoption of new teaching materials.  The Curriculum Study Cycle has given them a chance to review curricular offerings and materials this past year.  As part of that process, the teachers have been meeting frequently to develop possible new course offerings and instructional materials.  The proposal for purchasing new textbooks and teaching materials for the Language Arts and Math curriculum will be a large investment. The cycle greatly benefits coordination of curriculum and assures up-to-date teaching materials.  They are proposing purchasing textbooks for 2 subjects over a 2 year time frame.  The representatives from the student improvement team have been doing their homework.  Currently 4 years of English is required for graduation.  The 4th year is made up of electives. They have added 2 new electives for special education, title I and English III.  They are also proposing to add Composition, which is a writing class for a student who doesn’t have a love of English or a want to go on to college. Also Workplace Communication is now a semester class.  The new curruculim is focusing on reading, writing and speaking within business, career and technical ethics.  Math requires 3 years of Math credits to graduate.  The first year is Algebra 1 or Algebra A/B.  Students also have to take a course that has geometry content.  Course changes replacement of Algebra 2 with Senior Math.  Purchase 1 phase would consist of all junior and senior level language arts textbooks and for math, all lower level textbooks.  Language Arts phase 1 costs is $32,985.14.  Math phase 1 costs is $24,917.07.  Phase 2 would be to make an order at the end of the fiscal year to avoid of making a purchase in this fiscal year but receiving the textbooks before next fiscal year.  Phase 2 total for language arts is $42,700. Phase 3 is the rest of math books in summer of 2013.  A motion to approve the Language Arts and Math proposed curriculum changes and authorize the purchase of new teaching materials was made by Tim Richter, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mike Nettemeier, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

A motion to adopt the 2012 Risk Management plan was made by Mike Strieker, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mike Nettemeier, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

Our annual agreement with the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative will be expiring on July 1, 2012.  In order to comply with bylaws of the cooperative, we are required to notify PSIC of our intention to renew or give an intention to withdraw six months prior to expiration.  The projected rate increase for this year will depend upon the climate of the industry and the bidding process that the A.J. Gallagher administrators will be able to draw from providers.  The cooperative has grown to include 101 school districts which demonstrates its success and strength.  A motion to approve a 1-year renewal with Prairie State Insurance Cooperative that expires on July 1, 2012 was made by Mike Nettemeier, second by Mike Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mike Nettemeier, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

A motion to employ Mr. Clay Szczeblewski as custodian pending all necessary paperwork was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Mike Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mike Nettemeier, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Jones presented the 12 early graduate requests to the BOE.  A motion to approve early graduates as presented pending successful completion of required credits was made by Mike Strieker, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mike Nettemeier, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

The Annual Christmas concert was held on December 14th.  The band, and chorus members gave a great performance as always.  Thank you to Ms. Voytas and her crew. 

 

Mr. Jones thanks Mrs. Cindy Spencer, our librarian, for hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on December 12th – 16th.  A profit of $453.43 was recorded.  Mrs. Spencer had several students volunteering their time to help with the fair.    

 

The board adjourned at 9:22 PM. on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mike Nettemeier, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

           

Mary Lou Voss                     Mike Strieker                          

Board President                                  Board Secretary