Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

* Tuesday, January 21, 2014 *

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              Summer 2013 Project Update

6.2              Summer 2014 Project Update

6.3              Approve Purchase of School Management Software System

 

7.0              New Business

7.1              Approve Policy on Teen Dating Violence (First Reading)

7.2              Approve Contract for Fire System Annual Inspection

7.3              Authorize Preparation of Recommendation on Non-Certified Wages

7.4              Authorize Advertisement of Language Arts/Spanish Position

7.5              Employ Teacher Aide

7.6              Employ Assistant Girls Soccer Coach

7.7              Accept Letter of Retirement

 

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 21, 2014 at 7:30PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Mike Strieker (7:33PM), Tina Winkeler presided.  Kris Rickhoff was absent. Visitors included Karrie Kujawa 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, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

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

 

The executive session minutes of the previous 6 months were reviewed and remained closed on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Mary Lou Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

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

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:                  

 

On December 12th, Mr. Brian Guthrie completed the Compliance Visit of the Regional Office of Education.  This year, the review was a full inspection of all state requirements.  He was extremely thorough this year.  The formal report only listed two actual citations (two website requirements and a policy addition), but several “reminders” were included for us to comply with in our procedures and files.  The main two citations were that we need a policy on Teen Dating Violence, and we need a few items posted on our website – Teachers’ salaries and any contracts over $25k.  Reminders included “Aaron’s Law”, 5 Essential Survey, BOE training and posted on the website, athletic code for concussion code keeping for 5 years, 10 year survey due in 2018.

 

Mr. Meyer presented to the BOE the itemized salary compensation report for all administrative and teaching employees that will be posted on the website.  The information must be presented at a Board of Education meeting prior to October 1st each year. 

 

We received our annual Health/Life Safety report from the Regional Office of Education.  The review was completed in conjunction with the Compliance Visit on December 12th.  We were not found in violation of HLS requirements and only three very minor areas of concerns were commented upon.  They included storage of items too close to ceiling, a fire extinguisher box was unable to be opened, and a door closure did not operate properly. 

 

The Illinois State Board of Education released our Financial Profile Designation.  Our designation falls under the highest possible rating of “Financial Recognition” and we received a perfect 4.0 rating for the second consecutive year. 

 

We have been informed by Mr. Dale Holtmann that the firm J.W. Boyle, Ltd. has merged effective January 1st with Scheffel and Company, Ltd. to form Scheffel and Boyle, Ltd.  They will become our new audit firm for the remainder of our contract.  For immediate purposes it will have no effect upon our services since Mr. Holtmann will continue to be our audit agent and all contract stipulations will remain in effect this year.  What future effects this will have is undetermined at this time.     

 

The elementary districts administered the EXPLORE Test to 8th graders on the morning of January 17th.  Mr. Meyer and Mr. Litteken “toured” the surrounding feeder schools to speak to the 8th grade students about the importance of the test and making a successful transition to high school.  The visits went extremely well and the testing will provide us with valuable information.    Those test results are used for placing the freshmen students. 

 

Mr. Meyer reminded the BOE that the School Community Council is holding a presentation on “Natural Disaster – Is Clinton County Prepared” on January 29th. 

 

The Superintendents meeting for January was cancelled.  We have missed 6 days of school.  There has been some discussion with the local superintendents on making up some days on school holidays.  Mr. Meyer will keep everyone informed. 

 

Mr. Meyer briefly updated the BOE on the Summer 2013 project.  We did have several issues addressed over the break on December 19-20 and have applied new sealant and several coats of wax to the surface.  Mr. Hayhurst inspected those areas.

 

Mr. Todd Jones and the staff members at FGM Architects have been working on the preparation of specifications on the electrical, lighting, and lock/entry systems for the Summer 2014 projects.  Todd should have those complete and able to present in either February or March.

 

The committee that studied different School Management Software systems completed their investigation of different programs and settled upon Skyward as their choice.  Mr. Meyer has been working with the representatives of Skyward on a cost proposal and package that everyone can agree upon.  Some of this is a pretty tedious process and has complexity to it. 

 

One of the recommendations made during the Compliance Visit in December was that we fulfill code requirements by having an approved policy on Teen Dating Violence.  This is mandatory as of Public Act 98-190 which was passed this last year.  Mr. Meyer adapted the policy.  As is the case with all policy manual changes, we need to have a first reading this month and revisit it for adoption at our February meeting.

 

Although our Health/Life/Safety Report did not comment upon it, since the replacement of the fire alarm system, we have not had a complete inspection process done on the system.  Annual code requirements do make it necessary.  (This is in addition to the inspections we have done on our sprinkled areas of the building, the fire extinguishers and the kitchen areas.)  For much of the past few years, components of our fire alarm system has still been under warranty.  That is no longer the case.  Mr. Meyer sought a proposal from Simplex Grinnell, the provider of the system, and the annual inspection contract proposed is a four-year agreement at $2,302 annual cost.  A motion to approve 4-year agreement with Simplex Grinnell for the fire alarm inspection for $2302 was made by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

It is time to discuss revisions of the hourly wage rates for non-certified employees.  Three years ago we set these hourly rates with base levels and individual wages for employees each year.  A motion to authorize Mr. Meyer to bring recommendations to the BOE regarding non-certified employees increase in wages was made by Mike Strieker, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

The retirement (Garrett) we have this year is a difficult one because it’s a combination of duties.  A retirement will make it necessary to fill some teaching hours in Science.  We would like to see how the new Science curriculum changes registration numbers before we address that situation.  However, we need to address some needs for attention in Business Education/Technology support and the enrollment in Spanish which continues to rise dramatically.  We currently are unable to offer Spanish I to Freshmen.  With the possibility of a reassignment, we feel our best option is to advertise for a Language Arts/Foreign Language Teacher for next year.  A motion to advertise a Language Arts/Foreign Language position was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Mary Lou Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

A motion to employ Mrs. Ann Loepker as a Teacher Aide in the Special Education program was made by Mary Lou Voss, second by Mike Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

A motion to accept the resignation of Mr. Duane Eversgerd as Director of Maintenance was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

First semester exams were given Thursday, December 19th and Friday, December 20th.   This is the twelfth year in which exams were administered prior to the holiday break.  Over half of Central’s student body either had perfect attendance; an “A” average; or 1 excused absence for the semester thus elected not to take the exam.   Any unexcused absence requires the taking of exams.  This policy implemented several years ago has increased both student attendance and student effort in the classrooms at Central.

 

With that being said, the School Improvement Team will be looking at and discussing other attendance incentives, if any, to replace the current Exam Policy as the new Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) will mandate exams in order to provide a Type III comprehensive exam to measure student growth performance as 25% of the teacher evaluation tool beginning 2015-2016 school year.  This means exams must be given next year so the spring 2015 exams can be used for teachers evaluated during the fall 2015 semester.  

 

Eighth Grade Informational Night scheduled at Central Wednesday, January 8th from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M. had to be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 5 due to inclement weather January 8th.    Notices were sent to all eighth grade students and parents in the district.  Several extracurricular sponsors will be present to answer questions regarding their programs.   Trisha Lohman, Counselor, will address the potential students/parents regarding the school’s curriculum. 

 

The girls basketball program will have their Senior Night on Monday, February 3rd vs. Wesclin and the boys program will have their Senior Night on Tuesday, February 11th vs. Wesclin as well.

 

The board entered into executive session at 9:01 PM on a motion by Mary Lou Voss, second by Tim Richter to personnel issues. Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

 The board entered into regular session at 9:46 on a motion by Mary Lou Voss, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

The board adjourned at 9:47 PM on a motion by Mary Lou Voss, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mike Strieker.  Nay – None

 

 

Mike Nettemeier                    Mike Strieker                          

Board President                                  Board Secretary