Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, May 15, 2017  7:00 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       Update on Summer 2017 Projects

6.2       Update on 2018-19 Renovations and Building Additions

6.3       Approve Board Member Expense and Compensation Policy (Second Reading)

6.4       Prairie State Insurance Cooperative Renewal Update

 

 

7.0       New Business

7.1       Technology Report / Approve 17-18 Plans and Purchases

7.2       Approve Resolutions on Permanent Transfer of Funds

7.3       Schedule Hearing to Amend FY17 Budget

7.4       Adopt Prevailing Wage Ordinance

7.5       Employ “Zero Period” Physical Education Instructor

7.6       Approve Reemployment of Teacher Aide for 2017-18

7.7       Authorize Special Education Teacher Aide Position(s)

7.8       Authorize Response to Intervention Teacher Aide Position

7.9       Appoint Treasurer for FY18

7.10     Accept Resignation of Non-Certified Aide

 

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 15, 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 Lisa Wiegmann, Mandy Ringwald, Cody Imming, Angie Kohlbrecher, Mike Kampwerth, Kelly Kampwerth, Ken Zurliene, Brad Varel, Donna Timmermann, Jeff Timmermann and Kelly Ross.

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 Voss, 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 Meier.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

The BOE allowed a few of the visitors to speak briefly.  Mr. Mike Kampwerth of M&K Bus Service asked questions regarding the transportation bid process.  Mr. Ken Zurliene voiced his opinion on the recent transportation bids. 

Mr. Meyer updated the BOE on the continuous effort to collect outstanding fees.  We are down to 2 seniors who still owe fees.  Mr. Meyer is confident that all senior fees will be paid before Graduation ceremonies..

Although we have not received the Summary Report of ACT Testing Score Results for the national testing site administrations this spring, we have received individual scores for our students.  (The Summary Report will give us our average for all students tested and their highest score averages as a group this year.)  Without that information, we can’t give you summary information for the Class of 2018.  However, we can let you know that we have had eight students receive a score of 30 or higher and twenty-five students earn a 25 composite score or higher so far this year.  This is an outstanding achievement and reflective of the great things our school is doing with instruction and academic achievement. 

The C.C.H.S. School Improvement Team will be meeting again this summer to refine strategies and prepare plans for staff development.  We are implementing new materials in some of the Career and Technical Education programs and beginning the adoption of materials in other CTE programs for next year.  As usual, we accomplished a great deal but remain focused on new goals to make our school better next year. 

We are waiting for confirmation on the allocation of funds from the Perkins and the Career and Technical Education grants with the C.T.E. program for next year.  (We are hoping for approximately the same as last year.)  However, even if that transpires, without a budget in the State of Illinois, those funds will not be dispersed until later point in time.  If you recall, we have for several years offset some of those funds to pay for tutorial services.  The Response to Intervention Program continues to be effective here at Central.  We may have some changes in the tutorial program next year with personnel.  Dr. Tony Smith, Illinois State Superintendent of Schools, outlined the potential impact of the partial proposed budget by the new administration.  It eliminates funding for many programs and flow through dollars to the states.  Most notable to us would be Title II funds that we currently use to pay for a portion of a teacher’s salary aimed at class size reduction and school improvement purposes ($22,000).  We also have received information that REAP funding may be cut or that qualification requirements may be increased.  (This is over $36,000 in current funding at Central used for technology and salary for Response to Intervention tutoring purposes.)  There is no word yet on any possible impact to Title I funding for next year.  (Central receives over $44,000 for our program in the Language Arts Department.) 

Mr. Meyer reviewed information from Kaskaskia College regarding a recent extension in timeline issued by the Higher Learning Commission for dual credit credentializing requirements.  The new timeline is much more relaxed for those teachers to get on a Professional Education Agreement (PEA) with the college to obtain necessary credits to cover dual credit instruction.  The extension now covers those teachers to the Fall 2022 as opposed to the upcoming Fall 2017 original deadline.  Current teachers now have until this fall to begin that process and new instructors must initiate a plan prior to teaching dual credit courses.

Mr. Eric Chrostoski has approached Mr. Meyer with information that a neighboring metro east school is selling their marching band uniforms.  This school purchases after short periods of time in a rapid cycle thus leaving uniforms for sale in near excellent condition.  We have begun preliminary discussions about purchasing their uniforms.  Our current uniforms are over twenty years old, getting dated, worn, and minimal in numbers due to alterations.  We have discussed starting some type of preparation in budget or fundraising to make the purchase of new uniforms.  This might be a great opportunity to get slightly used uniforms that are in our same colors, with more flexibility in numbers, and a more contemporary look for marching band at a much reduced expenditure.

Over the past few months, with the help of others, a variety of smaller projects have been coordinated for completion during the upcoming Summer of 2017.  These include installation of new stage lighting (completed), upgrade to the CTS camera surveillance (completed), batting cage turf area (completed), painting and finishing of the West Gym Floor (scheduled), replacement of Commons Area water fountains (scheduled), replacement of the west serving line hot wells in Kitchen (scheduled), repair/replacement of sound system in Commons Area/West Gym (awaiting proposals) and replacement of some classroom floor coverings (waiting determination). 

One other item we had scheduled for replacement was the dust collector system in the woodshop.  After doing some investigation, Mr. Ellis received some proposals that were not financially feasible at this time considering we still have a relatively functional unit.  So we will postpone that project.

 Mr. Todd Jones of FGM Architects was present to discuss an update on 2018-19 Renovations and Building Additions, specifically on the outdoor renovations.  The figures gave us a concept of expenses and a potential list of items better completed “on our own” as opposed to being a part of the debt service and this project.  It will also narrow down a “cap space” of remaining funds for Part III and IV of the overall project.  Staff members here have met with Todd and his staff twice and each time it has been an excellent exchange of sketches and ideas concerning the size, usage, flow, and conjoined function of these additions of space.  The Media and Technology Center is proving to be a difficult grasp for usage since we are attempting to project the future use.  The Band and Music facility is been pretty straightforward in its design with revisions each time.

At last month’s meeting, the Board received a first reading document on a prohibition of Board member compensation and for reimbursement of expense procedures. A motion to approve prohibition of Board member compensation and for reimbursement of expense procedures policy was made by Richter, second by Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

A Full Membership Meeting of the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative was held on May 12th.  Mr. Meyer presented to the BOE the renewal information and rates for the 2017-18 year.  This will be our twelfth year of membership in the cooperative.  (If you recall, we approved a one-year renewal for 2017-18 with P.S.I.C. back in December.)  Overall, the rates in total stayed pretty unchanged.  Workers Comp rate decreased even though we had an increase to the MOD factor and Property and Casualty slightly increased. 

Mrs. Lisa Wiegmann and Mrs. Mandy Ringwald from our Technology presented to the BOE the efforts this past year and discuss the direction of our programs for the summer and into next year.  They provided a  summary of the “State of Technology” in our district and a review of upcoming plans in order to keep the Board informed.  Technology is a major commitment of the district, and the system through which our organization operates.  They reviewed the status of One-to-One Chromebook implementation. They also gave information about all of the other technology related things we will be addressing over the next year.  A motion to approve the "State of Technology" and future plans of technology was made 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

Over the past year we have discussed at several points in time the need for a transfer of funds to equalize several different matters.  The need to do this has been developing for several years and is based upon many factors, the most important of which is the deficit spending we experienced in FY16.  We also have the impending expenditures for the One-to-One Chromebook “project” as part of this situation and the ever growing size of our Working Cash fund circumstance.  It is time to “balance” some fund amounts that place us in a better position for budgeting in FY18.  After giving the situation some considerable deliberation and time for our fiscal year revenues and expenditures to become more determined, Mr. Meyer made a recommendation that will help our beginning balances for next year.  A motion to approve a resolution to transfer $100k from O&M to Education fund and to transfer $200k from Working Cash to Education fund was made by Kennedy, second by Richter.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

A motion to set a budget amendment hearing for 6:45PM on June 19, 2017 was made 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

A motion to adopt the annual prevailing wage ordinance 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

A motion to employ Mr. Brian Short as Zero Period instructor pending enough enrollment 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 re-employ Mrs. Jen Butler as Special Educ aide was made by Voss, second by Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

A motion to authorize and advertise for special education aides was made 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

A motion to authorize and advertise for RTI aide was made by Kennedy, second by Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

A motion to appoint Mr. Art Kampwerth as Treasurer 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

A motion to approve resignation of Ms. Anne Loepker, special ed aide was made by Voss, second by Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

The evening of April 20th, Central held its induction of our members for the National Honor Society.  Thirty-one new members were sworn in as Central High School National Honor Society members.  Thanks to Lauren Budde, (Class of 2008), for delivering a great speech to the attendees!  Thanks to Trisha Lohman, Jr./Sr. Counselor for coordinating the event.

On May 2nd, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Carlyle Lake Project visited Central and talked to the students about Water Safety.  Their National Water Safety Team and The Corps Foundation has created a campaign "Life Jackets Worn Nobody Morns" to target young adults, and used this new campaign for high school presentations.   Spring is here and many students will have the opportunity to take part in water related activities, and according to the Center for Disease Control, each year over 3,400 people drown in the United States. Drowning is the SECOND leading cause of accidental deaths for persons 1-14 years of age and the sixth leading cause for all ages. With Central students being in close proximity to Carlyle Lake, they want to make sure the students know the dangers and know how to keep themselves safe around the water.

 

On Tuesday evening, May 2nd  Central’s Scholar Athlete, Kolby Schulte was recognized at Busch Stadium and recognized in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  Kolby and members of his family were joined at the game by Mr. Shubert and Mr. Jones.  Congratulations to Kolby and his parents, Sharon & Leo Schulte of Bartelso.

 

Prom was held on Saturday, May 6th at Central.  Thanks to 1st year sponsor, Ami Shanafelt for making this year’s prom a success!  Congratulations to the members of the prom court and our new Queen, Sydney Becker and King, Joe Ratermann.  As always, our Cougar parents came through with an excellent post prom event as well!  Over 275 students signed up to attend prom.  Thanks to the junior class representatives for decorating as they presented a very memorable prom for the juniors and seniors.

 

Central held its retirement dinner at Bent Oak G.C. on Monday, May 8, for Carol Bequette (14 years) as para professional and Jan Rittenhouse (42 years) as Health Occupations instructor and school nurse.  Many current and retired members of Central’s faculty attended the event.  After and great meal and sharing of some great stories, the two were presented with a clock from Mr. Meyer.   Jim Falconio, Central’s other retiree could not make the event due to conflicts.  Congratulations to all three on their retirement! 

 

On Friday, May 12th, Central’s Band performed before a large audience at 7:00 P.M.  Several seniors and their parents were recognized during the performance.  Congratulations to Conductor, Eric Chrostoski and his student teacher on a well prepared spring concert.  The Central Band and chorus entertained the audience with excellent numbers! 

 

The board entered into executive session on a motion by Voss; second by Kennedy to discuss personnel, visitor participation, student matters.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None  Motion carried at 10:04PM.

 

The board entered back into regular session on a motion by Richter; second by Kampwerth at 10:26PM.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None 

 

The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by Kennedy; second by Voss at 10:27PM.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dennis Meier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

Mike Nettemeier                      Tim Richter          

Board President                                  Board Secretary