Central Community High School District #71
7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL 62230
BOARD OF EDUCATION
* Tuesday, January 20, 2015 *
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
6.0 Old Business
6.1 Summer 2014 Project Update / Approve Application for
Payment #3 and #4
6.2 Summer 2015 Project Update
7.0 New Business
7.1 Approve Policy on Bullying (First Reading)
7.2 Approve Tentative Spanish Club Trip Planning
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 January 20, 2015 at 7:30PM in the boardroom.
Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Kris Rickhoff (7:40) presided. Visitors included Kristin Rueter, Britni Hogg, Sean Kennedy and Kelly Ross.
The agenda was approved on a motion by Mary Lou Voss, second by Tim Richter. 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 Tina Winkeler. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter. Nay – None
The executive session minutes of the previous 6 months were reviewed and opened on a motion 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
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, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter. Nay – None
Mrs. Britni Hogg presented information regarding our library system. It is an annual condition of the Per Capita Library Grant program that she presents this material to the Board of Education. Statistical information including the number of classes that have come to the library, check outs, holds placed, items added, items deleted was shared by Mrs. Hogg.
We received our annual Health/Life Safety report from the Regional Office of Education last Friday. The review was completed in conjunction with the Compliance Visit on December 12th. We only had 2 items on our report. One of them was a sticking door in the East gym. The other one was an occupancy sign missing in the library.
The elementary districts administered the EXPLORE Test to 8th graders on the morning of January 16th. Mr. Meyer made a joint visit to the elementary schools with Mr. Litteken of Mater Dei to discuss 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. The practice has involved our payment for the testing and then reimbursement from MD for the students who choose not to attend Central next fall. If you recall, the EXPLORE is no longer part of the ACT Testing system and we will need to make some decisions on the course of action for next year.
The School Community Council has planned two Community Education Programs over the next few weeks. On January 28th at 7:00 A.M. in the Commons Area a representative of the Office of the Attorney General will present an informative program on identity theft. We have also scheduled a presentation from Ms. Debbie Silver who is a former teacher, author, and national speaker. She will present at a student assembly on the afternoon of Thursday, February 12th and hold a workshop for our teachers (and staff members of other schools) that afternoon. Then Ms. Silver will present on student motivation and accountability at 7:00 P.M. to the public. We are looking forward to both of these events and hope that all take advantage of some great information.
Prior to the Holiday Break, there were five individual that filed packets for the three seats up of election in the April 7th School Board Election. These individuals include incumbents Mr. Mike Nettemeier, Mr. Tim Richter, and Mr. Dave Wellen along with other candidates Mr. Sean Kennedy and Mr. Dennis Meier. The lottery has been held for order of placement on the ballot and The Office of the County Clerk is handling all other issues. However, a new lottery will be held because of some errors made at the first lottery. Mr. Meyer has invited all candidates to our upcoming Board meetings to get “up to speed” on our current issues and operations.
There is a group from Skyward coming next Thursday to work with the employees on the Cumulative system.
At the end of December, we were able to get our AT&T Ethernet. There is a huge difference in internet speed, which makes everyone happy.
The Summer 2014 Roofing Project has effectively come to its conclusion. We have received all final paperwork including liens, certified payrolls, warranties, and all other documents. Overall, Mr. Meyer is pleased with the completion of the roofing project. Having a new roof on our building is a major step forward and a big matter of facility maintenance. It is a component of the building that can be solidified on the older part of the facility for the next 15 or 20 years. A motion to approve payments #3 and #4 to Krehrer Roofing, for $5434.29 and $54,881.61 respectively was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Dave Wellen. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter. Nay – None
Mr. Todd Jones and the staff members at FGM Architects have been working on the preparation of specifications on the electrical and lighting systems for the Summer 2015 projects. They will complete these and have something to present in February.
One of the recommendations made during the Compliance Visit in December was that we develop an updated approved policy on bullying that meets school code requirements. We have obtained a policy on this subject, adapted it for us. The major change in this policy is regarding cyber bullying and bullying via social media. 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.
As we have mentioned previously, Mrs. Rueter and the Spanish Club have been considering the development of a summer trip. The trip being considered would take place every two years and requires some extensive fundraising and financial commitment. Because of that, we feel that there is some long range planning necessary and the Spanish Club program needs to have some advanced approval. (Our Overnight Trip policy requires BOE approval.) The program that Mrs. Rueter is considering is not a foreign trip as some programs take, but it is pretty extensive and long distance. Mrs. Rueter presented the information that she has received thus far. A motion to authorize Mrs. Rueter to continue planning the 2016 Spanish Club trip was made by Tim Richter, second by Kris Rickhoff. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter. Nay – None
The exam policy implemented several years ago has increased both student attendance and student effort in the classrooms at Central. 42% or 235 students met the following criterion: 97% attendance or 2.5 days of excused absence; one detention or less with none for disrespect to faculty or other student(s), academic dishonesty, & no in-school suspensions; cumulative (all classes) gpa of B- or 2.67/4.0. The 235 qualifying students have earned a “ME DAY” in the second semester. “ME DAY” must be requested by a parent and is similar to a personal day and is not counted against the student’s absence total in the second semester.
Eighth Grade Informational Night scheduled at Central Wednesday, January 7th from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M. had a huge turnout! Notices were sent to all eighth grade students and parents in the district. Thanks to Jamie Schneider, Fr/So Counselor for organizing eighteen extracurricular booths and their representatives to be present to answer questions regarding their programs. Trisha Lohman, Counselor, addressed the potential students/parents regarding the school’s curriculum. The evening ended with parents and students touring the school and watching the video located on our Cougar website. If our predictions are correct, Central will have another large freshmen class register this March 4th.
Some of Central’s faculty participated in an Exam Prep session after school before the dates for semester exams. 40 students participated on Tuesday, December 16 from 3:00 – 4:30 and worked with the following staff members in preparation for their exams: Laura Walker, Stacey Boruff, Rachael Faust, Greg Kruse, Emily Howell, Karrie Kujawa, Kristen Davis, Ami Shanafelt, Katie Florczyk, Tiffany Decker, & Lauren Langhauser. Thanks to the staff members willing to stay and work after hours with Central’s students! This after school program is but one of many ideas being discussed by a committee of teachers and tutors to provide some of our students not involved in any extra-curricular group or sport with something constructive to do after school
The board adjourned at 8:50 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, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter. Nay – None
Mike Nettemeier Mike Strieker
Board President Board Secretary