Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

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              Update on Summer 2014 Roof Project / Approve Application

     for Payment

6.2              Building Committee Recommendations / Authorization to Prepare

     Specifications on Summer 2015 Projects

6.3              Approve 2014 Tax Levy

                                               

7.0              New Business

7.1              Approve Curriculum and Purchase of Textbooks for Social Studies

7.2              Approve 2015 Risk Management Plan

7.3              Approve Property/Casualty and Workers Compensation Insurance

        Renewal for 2015-16

7.4              Approve Maternity Leave Request

7.5              Approve Retirement Request(s)

                       

8.0              Principal’s Report

8.1              Approve Early Graduation Requests

 

9.0       Executive Session

 

9.0              Adjournment

The Truth in Taxation hearing with the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on December 15, 2014 at 7:15PM in the boardroom.  Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter presided. Kris Rickhoff was absent. Visitors included Kevin Crask. The board adjourned at 7:30PM on a motion by Mary Lou Voss, second by Dave.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on December 15, 2014 at 7:30PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter presided.  Kris Rickhoff was absent. Visitors included Kevin Crask, Rachel Faust, Kurt Peters, Keith Patterson, Taylor Buehne and Kelly Ross.

 

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

 

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

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:                   

 

There are not a lot of changes since last month regarding outstanding student fees.  A second collection letter will be sent to all with outstanding fees at the end of the semester. Central Community High School has fifteen students named as Illinois State Scholars from the Class of 2015.  This is a great honor and symbolic of the student achievement demonstrated by students at C.C.H.S.  We have sent letters of congratulations to the students and their parents on your behalf.  We have also notified the elementary districts for each student since they also played a role in the successes of these students.                   

On October 23rd, Mr. Brian Guthrie completed the Mini-Compliance Visit for the Regional Office of Education and we recently received the report from that review.  This year, the formal report only listed four specific areas of non-compliance (most were minor personnel file updates and one was a website requirement - any contract over $25k needs to be on the website; a couple of changes to the bullying policy).  A “reminder” was included for us to complete a Ten-Year HLS Survey by 2018.  We have already addressed most of these matters.  I will share information with you at the meeting on Monday evening.   

 

Several Board members and the Superintendent attended the School Board convention in Chicago on November 21st and 22nd.  They all shared some information they gained from their attended sessions.

 

Mr. Meyer discussed a letter received from the National Collegiate Association regarding our logo – C paw.  They are asking us to Cease and Desist using this logo.  Mr. Meyer spoke to representative and it was agreed that there would be a “phase out period” and we would immediately “cease and desist” any new products with that logo.  Mr. Meyer will follow up with a letter.   

 

A “walk through” and punch list was completed on Monday, December 8th for the Summer 2014 project.  There were 10 items, 8 of them being paperwork items.  We have 1 leak that we can contribute to the project.  Final substantial completion paperwork will be finalized shortly.  All is good with the roof and only minor issues are present to report that are not directly related to roof contract.      

 

The Building Committee has held its second meeting and reviewed estimates on potential projects for the upcoming summer.  The Building Committee recommended 2 projects for the upcoming summer.  They are replacing the electrical panels and a change of lighting in the building.  There is also the possibility of replacing main light fixtures in both gyms.  Total cost of all projects is $240K.  Mr. Todd Jones has prepared best guess numbers.  A motion to authorize Todd Jones to get specs for bids for summer project as presented was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer briefly reminded the BOE of their choice last month for this year’s tax levy.  He also reviewed many of the other area districts Tort Fund Levy.  A motion to adopt 2014 tax Levy as presented proposing a request of 11.24% increase was made by Mary Lou Voss, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – Dave Wellen

 

Representatives of the Social Studies department 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 the past year.  As part of that process, the teachers have been meeting to develop possible new course offerings and instructional materials.  The Social Studies teachers have settled upon no significant changes to courses in the curriculum.  They are excited about their new ideas for instruction materials and the new opportunities it should bring to our students.  A motion to approve Social Studies curriculum as presented was made by Mary Lou Voss, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Each calendar year, we have adopted a Risk Management Plan for our facility and personnel.  It is this plan and the documentation we receive that provides us with the necessary system to justify expenditures of Tort Immunity Funds on salaries and other expenses.  We will be completing a survey and time study of our employees during the month of January in order to develop the documentation on the appropriate salary expenses.  A motion to adopt 2015 Rick Management Plan was made by Mike Strieker, second by Tim Richter.   Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Our annual agreement with the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative will be expiring on July 1, 2015.  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.  (Illinois State Law is changing to reduce this length of time which places more burdens on pools and cooperatives.)  This information is necessary for them to send out requests for proposals from aggregate providers.  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 all aggregate insurance providers.  A motion to approve a one year renewal with Prairie State Insurance Cooperative was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Mary Lou Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve an 8 week maternity leave starting in February for Britni Hogg was made by Mary Lou Voss, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Jones congratulated Mr. Chrostoski and his band on the great Christmas Concert held on Sunday, December 14th. 

 

Mr. Jones reminded the BOE about the upcoming exams and the new exam policy.  Exams are scheduled for December 18th & 19th. 

 

With the upcoming holiday, it also means basketball tournaments.  The girls and boys basketball tournament schedules are listed on the Cougar Athletics website. 

 

Mr. Jones presented the early graduate requests.  A motion to approve early graduates list as presented pending all necessary requirements was made by Mike Strieker, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The board entered into executive session at 9:09 PM on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler to student placement off campus and retiring personnel.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The board entered into regular session at 10:03 PM on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve Jan Rittenhouse's letter of retirement was made by Tim Richter, second by Mary Lou Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve Kent Jones’ retirement letter with information as presented -  During Kent Jones’ last year of employment prior to his retirement, Mr. Jones’ TRS creditable earnings shall not exceed 106% of his TRS creditable earnings for the preceding year.  Mr. Jones shall be paid for unused accumulated vacation at the time of his retirement pursuant to 820 ILCS 115/5, but he shall be directed to and shall comply by using a portion of his vacation time prior to retirement so that any payment made to him for unused accumulated vacation at the time of his retirement does not cause his TRS creditable earnings (the sum of all sources of TRS creditable earnings) to exceed 106% of his creditable earnings for the preceding year - was made by Mike Strieker, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The board adjourned at 10:05 PM on a motion by Mike Strieker, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

           

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Board President                                  Board Secretary