Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, May 18, 2015  7:30 P.M.

AGENDA

 

1.0       Call to Order

 

2.0              Roll Call

 

3.0              Approval of Agenda

 

4.0              Approval of 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              Informational Presentation on Refinance of Bonds

6.2              Update on Summer 2015 Electrical and Lighting Project

6.3              Approve IMPACT Program and Athlete Training Services

      Agreement

6.4              Prairie State Insurance Cooperative Renewal Update

 

7.0              New Business

7.1              Schedule Hearing to Amend FY15 Budget

7.2              Adopt Prevailing Wage Ordinance

7.3              Approve Payment of I.A.S.B. Annual Dues

7.4              Approve Acceptable Use Agreement for Staff and Students

7.5              Review Appraisal of Facilities for Insurance Purposes

7.6              Employ “Zero Period” Physical Education Instructor

7.7              Appoint Treasurer for FY16

 

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 May 18, 2015 at 7:30PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Kris Rickhoff presided.  Visitors included Kelly Ross, Kevin Wills (First Midstate) and Angie Kohlbrecher.

 

The agenda was approved on a motion by Voss, second by Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

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

 

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

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:                   

 

We are still collecting textbook and activity fees from graduating Seniors.  We have 4 seniors with outstanding fees.  We are hoping that the late payment fee policy is encouraging payments and will result in less carryover debt from year-to-year.                

                                   

We have had a lot of “Award” nights at Central in the previous weeks.  We distributed the annual Classroom Achievement Awards on Friday, May 1st to deserving students who have performed well in each of our courses this past year.  This is a long-standing tradition here at Central.  Mr. Jones and Ms. Lohman assisted in distributing certificates at an assembly of the deserving students and Mrs. Varel coordinated all of the certificates from teachers.  Congratulations to all of the recipients of these awards.  Also the Clinton County Academic Excellence Banquet was held on Wednesday, April 29th.  There were fourteen students from Central recognized with their parents at the event.  And then on Thursday, May 7th we hosted our Academic Achievement Awards program.  It was a great success with many special guests in attendance to present scholarships at the function.  Sixty-seven separate individual students were rewarded in various ways for four years of excellent work. 

           

The School Community Council met on May 4th to evaluate the activities of the past year and to develop some ideas for community education programs for next year.  They would like to continue programs that encourage parental participation.  The group was a valuable source of feedback for the Qmlativ system this year.  The SCC has given some valuable feedback and input on some other programs to the School Improvement Team.

      

The Committee to Support Central continues to focus on increasing opportunities for students and promoting Central in the community.  They now steward eight scholarships and hold almost $100,000 in fiduciary accounts with us.

 

The Joint Committee (with a few adjunct members) has been meeting often over the past two months in order to create a new methodology for incorporation of student performance growth into our teachers’ evaluations.  We feel that we have come up with an effective instrument and procedures for doing this given the circumstances.  The entire procedure will be brought to a future Board meeting this summer for approval after a review by our School Attorney and reciprocal agreement with the Association.

        

Over the past two months, the Illinois State Board of Education completed an audit and monitoring review of several parts of our system including General State Aid (2012-13), Transportation – Regular and Vocational (2012-13), Transportation – Special Education (2012-13), Title I - Low Income (2013-14, and Title II - Teacher Quality (2013-14).  Most of these are now completed by electronic collection of data.  Several of our people were involved in communicating information over the course of these reviews (especially Mrs. Boeschen) and findings were very positive.  We had few findings with only minor effects or changes during the process. 

 

We have received notice from the Village of Aviston that planning studies have been initiated to determine the feasibility of a Tax Increment Financing district.  The suggested TIF is large and takes up an area that holds some concern for taxing bodies.  The creation of TIF areas are always of concern to school districts and taxing bodies and we will keep you posted as this develops.

 

Mr. Kevin Wills of First Midstate was present to discuss the refinance of current bonds to reduce the costs to the school district over the next three years. He reviewed the procedures we will need to complete over the next few months to take advantage of currently low interest rates. 

 

As an update on the Summer 2015 Electrical and Lighting Project, the work will be completed with limited interruptions to summer activities and working hours.  There will be some flexibility necessary on the part of our coaching staff in open gyms and other activities.  And, there might be periods or parts of days that office work could be shortened or interrupted completely.  The Building Permit has been received and all documentation is in place.  Todd Jones and the staff at FGM Architects will be managing the project and will be here at least once weekly to review progress and work as it is complete.  In several other building matters for the summer, we are focusing some work in the West Gymnasium with a replacement of the scoreboard, mats on north and south wall, minor painting work on the floor, and wall painting by our staff.  Depending upon budgetary situations, we may also purchase some new chairs/desks for various classrooms.  Outdoor issues will probably focus on parking lot (oil and chip, blocks, etc.) and dugouts.  The general maintenance topics that always persist will also be addressed such as painting of various areas, reseal of floors, landscape, etc.    

 

Last month, personnel from Athlete’s Advantage and St Joseph’s Hospital presented their new IMPACT Program designed to deal with concussion type symptoms for athletes and return to play procedures.  A motion to approve the IMPACT program for mandatory use in our athletic programs in addition to our contract extension was made by Rickhoff, second by Richter.   Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A Full Membership Meeting of the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative was held on Friday, May 8th.  Renewal rates for 2015-16 were as follows:  Property and casualty rates show increase of ~$7000.  Our lost fund contribution increased about $4000.  Cyber insurance $1800.   Work comp claims decreased $3250.  This will be our tenth year of membership in the cooperative.  With the recent significant claim having been made in the P/C program, our loss fund contribution has increased.  (This is the nature of cooperative insurance.)    

 

Throughout the year, we have discussed the need to schedule a Budget Amendment Hearing prior to the end of the fiscal year.  The June meeting will be our last opportunity to do this.  A motion to Set Budget Amendment hearing for June 15th ath 7:15PM was made by Winkeler, second by Rickhoff.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

We are required to adopt the annual Prevailing Wage Ordinance that states the district will pay prevailing wage in this area for laborers, workmen, and mechanics employed on public works construction projects.  A motion to adopt prevailing wage ordinance was made by Voss, second by Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The Illinois School Board Association annually charges dues for membership.  We have always paid this amount to remain members and take full advantage the services.  A motion to approve ISBA membership and dues was made by Rickhoff second by Meier.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

At the April meeting, the Technology staff presented and one of the topics that was touched upon was the development of a new Acceptable Use Policy for students and staff members at Central.  Mrs. Wiegmann has done a great job in developing a new policy utilizing new information and updates to keep with ever changing technological issues.  We have had Miller/Tracy/Braun review it and they found only minor revisions necessary.  A motion to approve new Acceptable Use Policy as presented was made by Winkeler second by Rickhoff.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The Prairie State Insurance Cooperative (P.SI.C.) requires a complete appraisal of facilities once every eight years.  Since we have not had one completed since 2007, we were due for this process.  Mr. Meyer briefly reviewed the appraisal. 

 

We have significant student interest for the “Zero Period” Physical Education course again in 2015-16.  A motion to approve Brian Short as Zero Period instructor pending enough enrollment of students was made by Voss second by Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to reappoint Mr. Art Kampwerth as FY16 Treasurer for salary of $1800 was made by Richter, second by Rickhoff.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

On Thursday, April 23, 2015 the Senior Class went on their WE Day to the Centralia Movie Theater and Rec Center.  The students were able to choose from a host of movie selections offered.  Following the movie, the students and chaperones (Mrs. Henry, Mr. Peters, Mr. Kruse, Mr. Shubert, Mr. Jon Howard, Mr. Jon Dierkes, and Mrs. Decker) headed to the Rec Center for Pizza.  Following lunch, the students enjoyed some basketball, volleyball, swimming, or just social time!  

 

Also on April 23rd, Central had its induction of our members for the National Honor Society.  Twenty-three new members were sworn in as Central High School National Honor Society members!  Thanks to Emily Kreke (Class of 2006) for delivering a great speech to the attendees!  Thanks to Trisha Lohman, Jr./Sr. Counselor for coordinating the event!    

 

Prom was held on Saturday, May 2nd at Central.  Thanks to Erin Pettus for making this year’s prom a success!  Congratulations to the members of the prom court and our new Queen, Courtney Fisher and King, Dillon Albers.  I’d like to also thank the many faculty members who served as valets and supervisors at the dance. 

 

On Monday, May 4th, representatives from the Carlyle Corps of Engineers presented their Water Safety Course to all physical education classes at Central throughout the day.  This is the third year the Corps has scheduled presentations at Central.  Water safety awareness is critical to our students with Carlyle Lake 15 minutes away and so many of our families spend time on the lake.

 

On Tuesday, May 5th, Central’s Scholar Athlete, Sophie Rickhoff was recognized at Busch Stadium and recognized in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  Sophie and members of her family were joined at the game by Mr. Rueter and Mr. Jones.  Congratulations to Sophie and her parents!!    

 

 

The board adjourned at 9:24 PM on a motion by Voss, second by Rickhoff.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

           

Mike Nettemeier                    Mike Strieker

Board President                                  Board Secretary