Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

 

* Tuesday, January 19, 2010 *

7:30 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 09 Project

6.2            Update on Summer 10 Project(s)

6.3            Approve School Holiday Waiver

 

7.0            New Business

7.1            Appoint Freedom of Information Act Officer

7.2            Employ Assistant Girls Soccer Coach

7.3            Authorize Advertisement of Guidance Counselor Position

7.4            Authorize Finance Committee Preliminary Discussions

    For Contract Negotiations

 

8.0            Principal’s Report

 

9.0       Executive Session

 

10.0     Adjournment

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on January 19, 2010 at 7:30PM in the boardroom. 

 

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

 

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

 

The minutes of the executive sessions from July 09 – December 09 were reviewed and approved on a motion by Rick Taphorn, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Rick Taphorn, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

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

 

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

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:      

 

Mr. Meyer reviewed the various communication items including the current outstanding textbook and activity fees.  We have only collected ~$2000 in December.  The 2nd letter has been mailed over break.   We still have 30 seniors who have outstanding bills.  Mr. Meyer sent a congratulatory letter to the Jon Dierkes family on the recognition of being in the running for the “Rudy Award”.  A letter was also sent to Mr. Stan Eagleson congratulating him on his 500th win in basketball.  Mr. Meyer received a letter stating that a representative from the ISBE will be coming to audit our transportation accounts as well as some of grant programs.  The representative has audited Central over the past couple of years.  On Friday, January 15th, the grade schools gave the Explore test to their 8th graders.  These test results will help us place the freshmen in their classes next fall.  The Committee to Support Central will meet on January 20th.  They are continuing their focus on scholarships.  To date, they have 4 scholarships - The Westendorf, Silver Cougar, Purple Illini and the Blake Thole Scholarship.  Just recently, the CSC received a $32,000 check for the Blake Thole scholarship.  They also raised some general funds through “Fountains of Youth”.  This program was put on by Moto Mart.  Central received 4 separate checks for ~$2500 each.  Two of those checks were deposited into the CSC General Fund account.  The other 2 checks were deposited into a donation account with Central.  Mr. Meyer reviewed the Seniority List with the BOE.  This list is to provide a system in which a reduction in force could be initiated and applied.  Mr. Meyer then briefly discussed the “Race to the Top” program.  He informed the BOE why Central will not partake in this program at this time.  The program requires merit pay for all teachers.  The merit pay would be based on standardized scores.  The program also requires an increase in graduation requirements. 

 

In hope to complete the Gym Floor project, Mr. Todd Jones continues to wait on break outs from Poettker Construction on their outstanding bills.  Todd has proposed some deducts to Poettker.  We have also received a request from Poettker to reduce the retainage fee from 10% to 1%.  Mr. Meyer denied that request. 

        

Mr. Todd Jones also sent Mr. Meyer some drawings for the summer 2010 project.  They did determine that there was asbestos in five exterior doors that needs to be removed.  The plans have been amended to include the asbestos removal. 

 

A discussion was held in a Hearing before the meeting in regards to Holiday Waivers.   A motion to approve a broad waiver for all five school holidays and making decisions about calendar dates each year was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Rick Taphorn, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

New State of Illinois laws on the Freedom of Information Act have been adopted and became effective on January 1st.  Teacher evaluations can now be a part of FOIA.  Mr. Meyer recommended we appoint an officer to handle any requests of FOIA.  A motion to appoint Jill Varel as Central’s FOIA officer was made by Mike Strieker, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Rick Taphorn, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

A motion to employ Mr. Brian Albers as Assistant Girls Soccer Coach pending all necessary documents was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Rick Taphorn, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer reminded the BOE of the retirement of a Guidance Counselor that will happen at the end of the school year.  He spoke of the different options the BOE could decide, whether to absorb the position or to replace the position.  Mr. Meyer recommended to the BOE that the position be replaced.  A motion to authorize Mr. Meyer to open and advertise for a new guidance counselor was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Rick Taphorn, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

Since Collective Bargaining “season” is about to start, Mr. Meyer though it would be smart to have a meeting for the Finance Committee to discuss some beginning foundations for our long-term financial situation and goals for contract negotiations.  A motion to authorize the Finance Committee to meet to discuss the financial status and goals of the upcoming contract negotiations on February 9th was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Rick Taphorn, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

          

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Jones commented on the great participation held at the Articulation Conference held at Aviston Grade school on Friday, January 15th.  A chairperson for each subject held discussions about issues and concerns.  This conference was very beneficial to the staff and the students.   

 

Our 8th Grade Information night will be held on January 26th.  Booths will be set up for information about the various activities we offer at Central.

 

Mr. Jones asked Dave Wellen to serve on the Student Handbook Review committee. They will be meeting soon to review the current handbook.

 

Mr. Jones also reviewed the disciplinary actions that occurred in December.  He had a breakout by class of all the disciplinary issues that occurred.

 

 

The board entered into closed sesssion at 9:15 PM. on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Mike Strieker to discuss disciplinary issues, placement of students in special education programs, collective negotiating matters and personnel matters.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Rick Taphorn, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

The Board entered into open session at 9:52 PM on a motion by Tim Richter, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Rick Taphorn, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

The board adjourned at 9:53 PM. on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

           

 

Mary Lou Voss                      Mike Strieker           

Board President                                  Board Secretary