Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

 

Monday, December 18, 2017

7:00 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 2017 Tax Levy

6.2              Update on 18-19 Renovations and Building Additions / Schedule Hearing on Proposed Funding Bonds and Health Life Safety Bonds

6.3              Update on Employment of Building Principal

                                               

7.0              New Business

7.1              Approve Curriculum and Purchase of Textbooks for Career and Technical Education Programs

7.2              Approve 2018 Risk Management Plan

7.3              Approve Property/Casualty and Workers Compensation Insurance

        Renewal for 2018-19

7.4              Approve Retirement Request(s)

                       

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 by the Board of Education of Central Community High school on December 18, 2017 at 6:45PM in the boardroom.  Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse and Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.   Dennis Meier was absent.  Visitors included Steve Ellis.  After a brief discussion about the proposed Tax Levy rate increase, the board adjourned on a motion by Richter, second by Kruse.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None  Motion carried at 6:58P.

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on December 18, 2017 at 7:00PM in the boardroom. 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse and Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.   Dennis Meier was absent.  Visitors included Steve Ellis and Todd Jones.

The agenda was approved on a motion by Richter, second by Kennedy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

The minutes of the previous meeting were amended and approved on a motion by Kennedy, second by Voss.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

The financial report was reviewed and accepted on a motion by Richter, second by Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

Mr. Meyer reviewed some correspondence and information with the BOE. 

Central Community High School has eighteen students named as Illinois State Scholars from the Class of 2018.  This is a great honor and symbolic of the student achievement demonstrated by students at C.C.H.S.  We have included a list of these seniors and parents.  We sent letters of congratulations to the students and their parents on your behalf. 

 

Mr. Meyer and the BOE had a brief discussion in the hearing regarding the proposed tax levy for 2017.  A motion to adopt the 2017 Tax Levy with a 6.05% increase over prior year was made by Kampwerth, second by Kruse. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

We continue to move forward with our planning for the 2018-19 Building Renovations and Additions.  Of course, the most important development is taking place with the ongoing Funding Bond waiting period and issue.  As each day passes, we are another step closer to making the plans a reality.  We will need to hold a Hearing on the Proposed Sale of Funding Bonds and Health Life Safety Bonds on Tuesday, January 16th at 6:45 P.M. prior to our regular meeting if the sale of the bonds goes through.  This hearing will allow for public comment on both the sale of Funding Bonds and Health Life Safety Bonds to complete all components of the project.  (If you recall, we did not need a waiting period or petition opportunity for HLS Bonds but the hearing is a requirement.)  A motion to set a hearing on Proposed Sale of Funding Bonds and Health Life Safety Bonds for Tuesday, January 16th at 6:45PM was made by Kennedy, second by Kampwerth. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Todd Jones of FGM Architects was present to cover the more detailed specifications on the HVAC Replacement and the Outdoor Renovations to facilities.  He also discussed additional planning details for the Building Additions and Renovations as well.  In order to keep things on our timeline, we will need to take action in January to approve specifications and bidding preparation for HVAC project and Outdoor Renovations segments at our meeting in January.  (This will keep us on schedule to bid those projects as planned in February and keep us on schedule to complete those parts of the projects by end of summer.)  We will have an opportunity to review these materials, offer questions/suggestions, and move forward to more finalized plans.

 

Most of the representatives of the Career and Technical Education programs completed their recommendations for curricular changes and the adoption of new teaching materials.  Some were purchased last year and others are budgeted for and will be obtained for next year.  The Curriculum Study Cycle has given them a chance to review curricular offerings and materials.  The one area that we postponed due to a retirement was the Health Occupations program.  Mrs. Boruff has been contemplating changes to her program and made some significant suggestions for it over the past few months.  We have been considering these changes and given her a go ahead to push forward with a selection of materials.  She will be here in January to briefly summarize the results of her study and a chance for you to review the materials she has selected.  Language Arts is conducting a study for the upcoming year.  This will be a “big one” because of the impact of that area of the curriculum, the amount of cost for instructional materials, and the considerations we need to make for a One-to-One platform.  This will also require us to make a considerable budgetary commitment as well. 

 

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 ask our qualified employees to complete a survey and time study during the month of January in order to develop the documentation on the appropriate salary expenses.  The plan was drafted and adopted with guidance of our school attorney.  Two years ago, we added several individuals to the listing including our Technology staff, Guidance Counselors, and Office Personnel since they are also involved in liability reducing and control duties.  These people do activities each day that protect us from concerns and should be part of the Risk Management Plan.  Our auditors confirmed the appropriateness of this direction and continue to support this expenditure of funds.  We request a considerable levy amount of funds used for salaries in risk reducing activities.  Some of the Tort and Immunity Funding pays for our insurance costs, legal fees, and could be utilized for claims against the district.  The rest is spent on the sum of salaries determined by the plan.  As long as we remain conservative on expenditures from this fund, and stay consistently lower than the information from the survey mentioned above, we are justified in doing so.  A motion to adopt the 2018 Risk Management Plan was made by Voss, second by Kennedy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Our annual agreement with the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative will be expiring on July 1, 2018.  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.  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 providers. The people from AJG have historically done a great job in getting competitive rates and have every motivation to continue this practice.  A motion to approve a one-year renewal with PSIC was made by Kampwerth, second by Voss. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve retirement from Mr. Lynn Garrett, Special Education teacher, was made by Voss, second by Kruse. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Jones released to the BOE the names and letter of the students requesting early graduation. A motion to approve applications for early graduation as presented pending all necessary requirements are met was made by Voss, second by Kennedy.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Central’s band and chorus performed their annual Christmas Concert Sunday, December 101h.   Director, Eric Chrostoski, and his band and chorus members had prepared several entertaining songs and musical numbers for Central’s community.  This was Mr. Chrostoski’s fifth Christmas Concert at Central as our music director and the place was packed!   Eric communicated with the audience in fine fashion throughout the performance.  Congratulations to Eric, the band & chorus for their performance!

 

Basketball tournament season is about to begin for the girls’ and boys’ teams.   Neil Hamon, Central’s A.D. has the Mascoutah Girls and M.D. Boys tournaments posted on his Athletics 2000 website.  The schedule for this year’s tournaments can be found under the Resource Tab on the main Cougar Athletics website.

 

Central’s 323-member Pit Crew Student Cheering Section led by a committee consisting of four seniors, two juniors, two sophomores & one freshmen have been busy organizing theme nights for the girls’ and boys’ basketball home games.  We also have the Dairy King Rainbow Shot Halftime Challenge.  The group of 10-15 students have three minutes to see which one can make the longest shot before time runs out.  Dairy King has donated $5.00 gift certificate to the winner.  We have had great attendance at the games so far!   School spirit is continuing to build at Central!

 

The board entered into executive session on a motion by Richter; second by Kampwerth at 8:30PM to discuss personnel, transportation contract and administration hiring.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The board entered back into regular meeting on a motion by Kampwerth; second by Voss.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None Motion carried at 9:27PM.

 

The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by Voss; second by Kennedy at 9:28PM.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

Mike Nettemeier                          Tim Richter                       

Board President                                  Board Secretary