Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, July 17, 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

2.1              Financial Report

2.2              Payment of Bills

2.3              Recognition of Visitors / Public Comment

2.4              Communications / Correspondence

2.5              Information

 

3.0              Old Business

3.1              Update on 2017 Summer Projects

3.2              Update on 2018-19 Renovations and Building Additions

 

4.0              New Business

4.1              Approve 2017-18 Health Insurance Provider and Plan

4.2              Approve Title I District Plan

4.3              Employ Special Education Teacher Aide

4.4              Employ Special Education Teacher Aide

4.5              Approve Maternity Leave Request

 

5.0              Principal’s Report

 

6.0              Executive Session

 

10.0     Adjournment

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on July 17, 2017 at 7:00PM in the boardroom. 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth and Tim Richter.   Visitors included Angela Zurliene.

The agenda was amended and approved on a motion by Voss, second by Kennedy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Kampwerth second by Voss.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

The minutes of the previous 6 month of executive sessions were reviewed and approved on a motion by Richter second by Meier.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

The financial report was reviewed and accepted on a motion by Richter, second by Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

Becky Boeschen shared some information during her report regarding the End-of-Year for FY17.  Of course, we still have the upcoming audit which will bring out final numbers for this fiscal year.  It was not a good year for most school districts with the unsettled nature of the State of Illinois.  Although our financial circumstances are not in the condition we may have been a few years ago, we are still very fortunate to have the financial situation that currently exists.  Over the next few weeks we should obtain information from the county regarding equalized assessed valuation on local property and this will give us the biggest indicator of our financial status for the next year. 

Mr. Meyer spoke about the most recent year’s I.D.E.A. Special Education Profile report for our performance with special needs students.  The most recent year for the information is the 2015-16 school year.  The shift made several years ago to more co-taught classes with Special Education staff working with regular education teachers has been very successful.  Central does a fine job fulfilling the needs of these students as we received a perfect 4.0 rating in every category of evaluation.  A movement to a functional skills program is the focus of next year in this area and we will constantly evaluate our fulfillment of student needs as we go along.

 

We still have not received information regarding the Career and Technical and Perkins Tutorial grant commitments or allocations.  Just as other years, we are hopeful that we can supplement the RTI tutoring services with supply and material money from the Career and Technical Education grant program annually received from the CTE system.  We have employed Mrs. Stacy Schroeder to supervise the program and we are hopeful to eventually have a new CTE tutor on grant funds that we await for next year as well.  When we get word, we will move forward with the CTE part of the program to put someone in place but I don’t think we can gamble on district funds at this time.  This also affects the purchase of other items for the CTE teachers here at Central that are planning on certain supplies, materials and equipment as well.  Let’s hope that confirmation of these funds happens before or early in the school year, but until then we will have to adjust our efforts.

 

Mr. Meyer updated the BOE on new legislation that was passed during the spring session.  He reviewed a handful of those.  (Some bills have not been signed by the Governor at this time.)

 

Work continues to progress on the Summer 2017 projects.  At this time, we have completed all but one detail on the work in the kitchen, the floor coverings in three rooms is complete, the new water fountains are in process, and the gym floor sanding/painting/refinish is scheduled for July 19-24.  The one area that we are having more difficulty in getting proposals on is the sound system.  Apparently, there are few vendors in this area interested in this type of work.  We are still seeking proposals and waiting on information from others regarding the system. 

 

Other projects are also moving along this summer.  The oil and chip of the parking lot area is scheduled for July 18-20 depending upon weather.  The custodians are closing in on sealing hallways and Commons Area.  A handful of marker boards are being replaced.  Several rooms, doors, and areas are being painted.  Technology work is ongoing as well.  And, a whole list of other routine maintenance items are being completed. 

The BOE had discussions regarding the 18-19 Renovations and Building additions.   Now that we have received preliminary estimates on the projects, we know more about where we stand on the windows of possibility.  The estimates were higher than anticipated on most of the project segments. 

 

The BOE decided to set 2 special meetings to have more discussions regarding the project.  A motion to set a special meetings for Financing for July 25th at 6PM was made by Voss, second by Kruse.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The Health Insurance Committee met on Wednesday, July 5th to review the renewal package from our current provider (Aetna) in addition to other potential carriers.  After reviewing these it became apparent, although renewal rates were not tremendously high from Aetna, that Blue Cross/Blue Shield certainly would like to return to being our provider.  The committee is considering the return to BC/BS for the upcoming year.  We are waiting for finalized rates.  We are also still under the same coverage for Term Life/Accidental Death/Disability policy

that we currently have with Dearborn Life.  This program (although offered at basic levels of coverage by the district as part of the options to get group rates) does get contractually deducted from the monthly cap amount just like health insurance and therefore affects the salary level for our staff members.  (Staff members can obtain additional coverage in this area at a payroll deduction.)  The group also created a voluntary program in dental and vision insurance which is not paid from the insurance cap amount offered by the district at all but is strictly an option from payroll deduction for those who might be interested.  (We currently have eighteen employees enrolled in the dental and nineteen involved in the vision insurance program.)  Overall, we provide opportunities at excellent insurance options for our staff at very cost efficient methods.  A motion to approve Blue Cross Blue Shield as health insurance provider for FY17-18 was made by Voss, second by Richter.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

This year, new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements mean that we must complete and submit a Title I District Plan in order to be eligible and make application for federal Title I funds.  Mrs. Ami Shanafelt is our Title I Director completed this plan for your review.  A motion to approve Title I District Plan was made by Kampwerth, second by Kruse.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve Eric Drake as teacher aide pending all necessary requirements was made by Voss, second by Kennedy.    Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve Raeshelle Williams as teacher aide pending all necessary requirements was made by Richter, second by Kennedy.    Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve a 9 week maternity leave for Britni Hogg was made by Kruse, second by Meier.    Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Jones attended the National Federation of High Schools Conference June 28 – July 3 in Providence, R.I.  The NFHS sets rules for high school sports and activities throughout the country.  There are several sessions at the conference for members of high school athletic association board members to attend at the conference.  The IHSA sends their board members at no expense to board member’s school.      It is interesting to hear how other states conduct their athletic associations as well as other topics of concern for those serving on the board.

Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is currently at 592.  This includes the 153 incoming freshmen, 148 sophomores, 140 juniors, and 151 seniors.   Last year’s enrollment at this time was 570.  We began last year with 579.   We can expect a 5% increase in enrollment before school begins.  The increase would be due to transfers into the district between now and August 15th as well as new freshmen who have yet to register.

 

Several teacher evaluations (32) are scheduled for this year using the student growth component as 25% of their evaluation with the other 75% being in classroom management, instructional skills, and skills not necessarily observable during classroom visits but can be rated by the use of supplemental data.  If you can recall, we piloted the documents to be used developed by the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Committee during the 2015-‘16 school year.  It was a very successful program without any modifications necessary with the documents used in 2016-‘17.  Beginning with the 2018-’19 school year, student growth becomes 30% of the teacher’s evaluation with 70% being classroom management, instructional skills, & skills not necessarily observable during classroom visits but can be rated by the use of supplemental data.

 

Greg Ratermann’s performance last year as Central’s In-School Suspension Supervisor was greatly appreciated by this administration.  His work making sure students were notified of upcoming detentions to serve saved many from the in-school suspension room.  He was prompt in covering all responsibilities assigned and went beyond the call of duty often to fill voids where a teacher’s aide was needed due to our shortage last year.  Greg is a great addition to Central’s Student Assistance Program which coincides with the Senate Bill 100 legislation in many positive ways.  Keeping students from falling through the cracks and dropping out has been an effective program which we will continue.  

 

The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by Voss; second by Richter at 8:52PM.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

           

________________                            _________________               

Board President                                  Board Secretary

 

 

 

Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

SPECIAL MEETING

 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

6:00 PM

 

 

AGENDA

 

 

1.0       Call to Order

 

2.0       Roll Call

 

3.0              Topic of Discussion

3.1              Review Purpose of the Meeting

3.2              Presentation by Kevin Wills of First Midstate, Inc.

3.3              Questions/Answers and Discussion

 

4.0       Executive Session

 

5.0       Adjournment

 

 

 

 

The special board meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on July 25, 2017 at 6:00PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Mary Lou Voss,Sean Kennedy, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth and Tim Richter presided.  Visitors included Kevin Wills, Kelly Ross.

 

Mr. Kevin Wills, from First Midstate, Inc. presented to the BOE some more definite figures for the proposed expansion project.  He presented multiple options to obtain a certain amount of money with the lowest interest rate. 

 

The board adjourned at 9:01 on a motion by Voss; second by Kruse.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Mary Lou Voss, Sean Kennedy, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

           

__________________            ______________________                 

Board President                      Board Secretary