Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

*** Tuesday, February 21, 2017  ***

7:00 PM

AGENDA

 

1.0              Call to Order

 

2.0              Roll Call

 

3.0              Approval of Agenda              

 

4.0              Approval of Minutes

4.1       Approval of Executive Session 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 2017 Projects / Approve Proposal on Stage Lighting

6.2              Update on Prospective 2018-19 Renovations and Building Additions

6.3              Approve Setting Third Party Hearing on Transportation Contract Specifications

 

7.0              New Business

7.1              Review Board of Education Health Insurance Broker

7.2              Approve Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Overnight Trip to

     State Level Conference

7.3              Approve Future Farmers of America (FFA) Overnight Trip to Farm

     Bureau Leadership Conference

7.4              Approve Maternity Leave Request (Hogg)

7.5              Approve Maternity Leave Request (Benhoff)

7.6              Accept Resignation of Non-certified Personnel

7.7              Authorize Advertisement of Assistant Boys Soccer Position

7.8              Evaluation of the Superintendent

7.9              Approve Extended Skyward Contract

 

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 February 21, 2017 at 7:00PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker and Tim Richter presided.  Kris Rickhoff was absent.  Visitors included Steve Ellis, Sean Kennedy, Jeff Kampwerth, Amy Kruse and Kelly Ross.

 

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

 

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

 

The minutes of the previous 6 months of executive sessions meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Voss, second by Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

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

 

Mr. Meyer updated the BOE on the continuous effort to collect outstanding fees.

 

Last spring we offered the voluntary option to our 9th Grade students to take the Aspire Test as 10th Graders this year as a preparatory to the ACT.  (We offered this since the PLAN Test is no longer endorsed as a pre-ACT testing program.)  On November 2nd we administered that test to fifty-one students and received those results shortly after the holidays.  Mr. Meyer briefly reviewed the results with the BOE.  Although only a minority of the students in the Class of 2019 took the test, it demonstrates their overall readiness for post-secondary pursuits and a projected average.

 

Mr. Meyer reviewed the some of the possible New Illinois School Laws for 2017.  HB4379 School Board Expense Policy has been set up and approved.  HB4715 FOIA state schools now can be fined for not producing public information.  A law to extended  Interfund Transfers for 3 years.

 

Recently we received the Risk Management Report from the representatives of Gallagher Bassett Services.  This gives us some recommendations for things we can do in our facility to reduce liability and potential loss from insurance claims.  Most of the items cited were relatively simple changes such as minor electrical issues, older air hoses in the shop, a blocked extinguisher, unlabeled cleaning supplies, and a gas cylinder that happened to be out of storage at the time of the visit.  Representatives were very complimentary of the overall condition and maintenance of our facility.  We also recently had our Health/Life Safety and Fire Marshall visits by the Regional Office of Education.

 

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases the Financial Profile Designation for all school districts.  The estimated Operating Expense Per Pupil (OEPP) and Per Capita Tuition Charge (PCTC) will be made official in March after reviews are made by schools and the ISBE over the next few months. 

Although our designation remains the highest possible rating of “Financial Recognition” (we received a perfect 4.0 rating for three consecutive years), it was not perfect last year or again this year.  With the deficit spending in the Education Fund, and the depletion of some reserves it has caused, we expected a reduction in our rating.  A 3.55 overall rating is still very strong considering we just missed the 180 Day “Cash on Hand” figure that would have raised our score to that of last year.   We should still all be very proud of the financial health of our district and thankful for the support we receive from a strong and growing community.  The budgetary decisions we have made, and continue to live by, should help us hold a good course for the near future.

 

The annual Tri-County Institute was held at Centralia High School on Friday, February 17th.  It is a cooperative program scheduled by the Regional Office of Education and funded by the Kaskaskia Special Education District. It offers many great programs and professional development opportunities for our teachers.  Our teachers are required to attend at least five sessions on that day.

 

As you authorized a few months ago, we are seeking proposals and cost estimates on several minor projects for this spring and summer.  (These include water fountains, stage lighting, woodshop dust collector, floor coverings in isolated classrooms, and the gymnasium floor resurface.)  We also might need to add an item to the list.  Our camera system requires an upgrade.  It will be either a technology budget item or could be an HLS Fund amendment item.  Just to keep you updated, we have received some information on several of these projects and Mr. Meyer also recently received a proposal for the stage lighting.  It is possible if approved, that the stage lighting could be installed before the musical this year, if all of the supplies would be available.  A motion to approve proposal for Cignal Systems Inc for stage lighting for $7890 was made by Strieker, second by Meier.   Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer updated the BOE regarding the preliminary planning and estimates for the 2018-19 renovations and additions.  Todd is currently working along with us and his engineers in preparing a listing and cost estimates on the HVAC units in need of replacement.  He feels this material should be ready for us at the March meeting.  We have meetings scheduled with our personnel on the needs for outdoor facilities and the additions we discussed.  This will allow him to start diagrams and rough plans for those areas as well.  He hopes to have these for us in late April or early May. 

 

 Last month, the Board authorized the preparation of specifications and the letting of bids for special transportation services.  It has been traditional for the Board to hold a Third Party Contract Hearing to review these specifications.  A motion to set the date and time for the 3rd party contract hearing to be held at 6:45 P.M. on Monday, March 20, 2017 was made by Richter, second by Meier.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

As we all know, one of the requirements of the Collective Bargaining Agreement states “… at least once during the duration of this Agreement, the employer shall select multiple brokers for the committee’s consideration on options of provider(s) and coverage(s)”.  We fulfilled this obligation during the last contract and the segment was not revisited or altered during negotiations in the current contract.  We had only two interested firms last time and considered those.  We have received valuable services from the Imming Insurance Agency over the past few years.  This has resulted in a plan with great rates and coverage.  All have confirmed being satisfied with the services provided in the process.  A motion to approve Imming Insurance as broker was made by Voss, second by Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve FBLA overnight stay on March 24-25 for state level conferences was made by Winkeler, second by Voss.   Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve FFA overnight stay on April 10-11 for Farm Bureau for leadership conference was made by Winkeler, second by Richter.   Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve Mrs. Kristen Hogg’s maternity leave (due date is March 3rd) was made by Voss, second by Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve Mrs.Gina Benhoff’s maternity leave (due date is April 21st) was made by Winkeler, second by Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve the resignation of Aide Mrs.Angela Zurliene was made by Winkeler, second by Meier.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to open and advertise for assistant boys soccer coach was made by Voss, second by Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer distributed his evaluation forms and reviewed the process with the BOE.

 

Skyward has sent a proposal for a contract for the next 3 years.  Overall, we have been pleased with the new system.  Everyone is still learning and adaption.  A motion to approve 3 year contract with Skyward -  about $4200 per year or $7 per student was made by Strieker, second by Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Congratulations to the Lady Cougar Cheerleaders on their recent State Championship finish at the IHSA State Cheerleading competition in Bloomington on Saturday, February 4th!   After battling with 24 other squads in Friday’s competition, Central was rewarded by placing in the top ten and advancing to Saturday’s finals.  Coach Jacob has worked very hard with the girls in preparing them for the competition.  Thanks to all students (300) and parents who made the trip to Bloomington to support the squad!  Way to go ladies!

Central students attended a short assembly Wednesday, February 15th to kick off our annual magazine sales fundraiser.  Over the last eleven years, the sales have raised close to $70,000.00 for Central. Thanks to Teachers, Angie Kohlbrecher and Julianne Jacob for their efforts in organizing the assembly and running the program associated with the sales with our students.  It is a great fund raiser for the school.

Our Lady Cougar basketball team lost to Highland 41-36 in the Central Regional Championship game on Feb. 16th.  They played Highland closer than the two previous contests!  This is our first year in Class 3A post season play.  Congratulations to Coach Rueter and his team for their efforts throughout this season!

The boys’ basketball team plays their last game at home on Friday, February 24th Vs. Freeburg.  It is also Senior Night with several seniors and parents to recognize.    Their regional at Bethalto Civic Memorial High school begins next Tuesday at 7:00 Vs. the winner of Monday’s Columbia/Jerseyville Contest.  A win next Tuesday puts the Cougars in the Championship game on Friday, March 3rd at 7:00 P.M.  This is the first year Central will be playing in Class 3A post season contests.  Let’s go Cougars!! 

The board adjourned at 8:30 PM on a motion by Richter; second by Winkeker.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

           

Mike Nettemeier                    Mike Strieker               

Board President                                  Board Secretary