Central Community High School District #71
7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL 62230
BOARD OF EDUCATION
* Tuesday, January 17, 2017 *
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 Approve Authorization for Development of Preliminary Plans and Cost Estimates for 2018-19 Renovations and Projects
7.0 New Business
7.1 Approve One-to-One Chromebook Program and Handbook
7.2 Authorize Specifications and Letting of Bids on Lawn Mower
7.3 Authorize Development of Specifications and Letting of Bids for
7.4 Authorize Advertisement of Art Teacher Position
7.5 Authorize Advertisement of School Nurse/Health Occupations Teacher Position
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 17, 2017 at 7:00PM in the boardroom.
Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, and Kris Rickhoff presided. Mike Strieker and Tim Richter were absent. Visitors included Lisa Wiegmann, Britni Hogg, Mandy Ringwald, Jeff Kampwerth, Amy Kruse and Kelly Ross.
The agenda was amended and approved on a motion by R Voss, second by Meier. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Voss, second by Winkeler. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
The financial report was reviewed and accepted on a motion by Winkeler, second by Meier. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
Mr. Meyer updated the BOE on the continuous effort to collect outstanding fees.
Mrs. Britni Hogg shared 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. She gave statistical numbers for the media center year-to-date. It was anticipated that the Spanish Club would be taking their first foreign trip to a location this upcoming summer. Unfortunately, we have not had sufficient interest to take an established tour group with the organizations that put these together. Mrs. Rueter has worked hard to try to establish this as an activity for the group even working on a possible trip to San Antonio as an effort to get sufficient numbers by staying within the country. However, there is some interest in a future trip to Puerto Rico in the future. Mrs. Rueter and Mrs. Manibusan will continue to work on those efforts as an enhancement opportunity to a thriving Spanish Club.
Mr. Meyer reviewed the list of the Dual Credit courses we currently have in our agreement with Kaskaskia College and those that the new policies will force us to drop at Central. The new requirements implemented by the Higher Learning Commission and Illinois Community College Board have forced very difficult licensure mandates on teaching staff and will mean the loss of some dual credit opportunities for students at most high schools. Overall the changes do not affect a majority of our curricular areas but there are some specific matters upon which I would like to update the Board.
Over the past few months we have continued to see some difficulties with the “flickering” of some lighting in the West Gymnasium. The motion sensors were designed to save us money and make the lighting more convenient and consistent. Although at first we assumed that this could be resolved with adjustment, we continue to have issues that we can’t replicate or track since it only occurs during functions under extracted bleachers with fans in the seats. Mr. Meyer is making continuous call to the installer to make sure this issue is addressed.
The elementary districts will be administered the EXPLORE Test to 8th graders on the week of January 17th. 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. The EXPLORE is no longer part of the ACT Testing system and is used strictly for placement purposes.
There have been several months of discussion and information gathering about our future needs and the potential renovations and building addition projects that can provide solutions for them. Mr. Meyer stressed the importance of in-depth planning for these renovations and additions complete with preliminary plans and cost estimates with the help of our architect (and a team of experts coordinated by them) to work with us. Effectively this will become a study of options with results that will help us make final decisions about the course of action we need to pursue. The downside to doing this is obviously an expenditure of money for the completion of these plans and estimates. That cost will be absorbed whether a decision to move forward after we review them or we get halted by a decision of our community. (The other option is of course to pursue only parts of the renovation and additions we have discussed after getting cost estimates.) A motion to take action to authorize FGM to draw up the preliminary plans and cost estimates and incur that expense was made by Voss, second by Meier. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
After several months of work, the Technology Team has completed the development of a One-to-One Chromebook Policy Handbook for next year’s implementation. A great deal of effort has gone into this with many different scenarios and sources being investigated. The handbook covers most aspects of such a program and will hopefully lead us to a smooth transition and operation of such a platform. The team (including Lisa Wiegmann, Mandy Ringwald, Britni Hogg and Mr. Meyer) presented all components of this handbook and then outlined the costs of implementing and maintaining of a One-to-One platform. The BOE suggested forwarding the policy to the school’s attorney for review. A motion to approve One-to-One Policy Handbook as presented contingent on attorney's advice was made by Rickhoff, second by Voss. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
The time has come to purchase a new lawn mower for our grounds keeping needs. The current lawn mower we have was purchased in the Spring of 2013 and has completed four full seasons. It has accumulated a lot of hours (1,393 hours) and is beginning to run some maintenance costs. We have budgeted for this estimated expense and would like to make a purchase to keep the best possible mowing equipment. A motion to authorize to advertise and seek requests for new lawn mower was made by Winkeler, Rickhoff. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
Our three-year Transportation Agreements will be expiring on June 30, 2017 and Mr. Meyer would like to begin the process of developing specifications and letting bids for these services. Developments in Transportation Fund reimbursements and overall expenses in this area make this a very important topic. We will need to investigate and seek any alternative to student transportation and we will need more time to prepare for these issues. It is important to remind everyone that this bidding process only applies to certain aspects of our overall transportation system. We will also need to hold a Third-Party Contract Hearing prior to the March meeting to outline specifications. A motion to authorize the preparation of specifications and the letting of bids for transportaion service for the next 3 years was made by Voss, second by Winkeler. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
A motion to open the art teacher position for 2017-18 was made by Rickhoff, second by Winkeler. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
A motion to open the school nurse and Health Occupations position for 2017-18 was made by Voss, second by Meier. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff. Nay – None
Mr. Jones was attending a Boy’s basketball game the night of the meeting. His report was handed out to the members before the meeting
Mike Nettemeier Mike Strieker
Board President Board Secretary