Central Community High School District #71
7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL 62230
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Monday, November 17, 2008 7:30 PM
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
6.0 Old Business
6.1 Summer 08 Project(s) Update
A. Fire Alarm System
B. Surveillance / Entry System
C. Track Project (Approve Payment Application #4)
6.2 Building Committee Report
7.0 New Business
7.1 Preliminary 2007 Tax Levy / Approve Truth in Taxation Hearing
7.2 Approve Resolution for Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan with
7.3 First Reading of Response to Intervention Plan
7.4 Approve Retirement Request
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 November 17, 2008 at 7:30 PM in the boardroom.
Members present were Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn and Tina Winkeler presided. Visitors included Ms. Crissy Toennies, Ms. Cindy Spencer and Kelly Ross.
The agenda was approved on a motion by Tina Winkeler, second by Rick Taphorn. Roll call vote: Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn. Nay – None
The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Mike Nettemeier. Roll call vote: Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn. Nay – None
The financial report was reviewed and accepted on a motion by Mike Nettemeier, second by Tim Richter. Roll call vote: Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn. Nay – None
Mr. Meyer reported that the invitations have been sent out for the “Silver Cougar” reception. It will be held on Thursday, Dec, 11th at 10:00 A.M. All Board Members are invited to join the “Silver Cougars”.
We are still waiting for our property tax funds. We are also not getting some of the state funding normally received at this time of year. That includes the funding for vocational transportation and some special education spending, estimating a total of ~$100,000. At the current status we would come very close to making the December 10th payroll. The past 2 months have incurred larger than normal building and operational expenses. If we receive the tax anticipation warrant for $300,000 on December 3rd, hopefully we will only have the warrants for 2 weeks before we would receive the first payment of the tax levy. First National Bank of Carlyle has offered the lowest interest rate of 3.015% for the tax anticipation warrant.
Gallagher Bassett has completed a Loss Control Survey. A representative visited the school for a day and completed a report based on his review of the school and property. His list of suggestions to improve the risk management of the school was short, which represents the condition of our facility.
A Teacher’s Institute was held on Friday, October 31st. This day was dedicated mostly to technology. Mr. Ken Schonhoff and Mr. Nathan Rueter coordinated the day with multiple workshops presented by our own staff. Thanks to Mrs. Ringwald, Mrs. Wiegmann, Ms. Spencer, Mr. Kruse and Mr. Garrett who served as presenters. Ms. Keri Garrett from the Regional Office also was present to inform our staff about the Electronic Certification System.
The petition period for the April 7th Board of Education Election has begun. The first date to submit the petitions to the office is January 20th.
Currently we have no ESL students at Central. Mr. Steven Heizer, our ESL Aide, has been notified that his services are not needed at this time. Mr. Heizer was on a part-time hourly basis. Mr. Meyer informed the Principal’s office to keep Mr. Heizer’s name on the sub list.
Kyle Kniepmann, a current student at Central, has requested the help of Central to complete an Eagle Scout project. He wants to plant trees around the soccer field. PAWS has agreed to finance the project, paying for the trees.
It has been discussed at previous meetings that the Regional Office will no longer be sponsoring summer school. The local superintendents met to discuss the options and decided that in order for the program to continue, a fee of $300 per student would be needed to pay for the teacher’s salary. Mr. Meyer asked the Board how they felt in regards to the tuition per student and if we wanted to charge those students who are “free and reduced lunch”. The Board agreed to charge all students $300 per class for summer school. The schools will still split the responsibility of hosting the summer school program.
Café Prepay has notified us that they will no longer offer their service free of charge. They want to charge the parents or the school a fee for each transaction. Central has a limited number of students/parents using this program. There were 12 students who used the Café Prepay option in October. Normally that number is 4-6 students per month. Mr. Meyer and Becky Boeschen decided to discontinue this option due to the fees that they now want to charge.
Ms. Cindy Spencer presented to the Board her annual library report. Currently we are getting $0.73 per student for the Per Capita Grant. They have changed this to a $750 minimum grant. Ms. Spencer reviewed her evaluation and what she has purchased over the past year from grant money. There are many resources now available to the students via on-line. Ms. Spencer also reported that the library will be housing new shelving units in the next year. She received some information in regards to some shelving units that were for sale. Our current shelves are in very bad shape. With the help of Duane Eversgerd and Rodney Lohman, we were able to purchase some shelves for $680.
Mr. Meyer reported on the status of the Summer 08 projects. All projects are still open. M.C. Electric has put in the last door closure and should be prepared to close the project. CTS is still working on the punch list for the surveillance system. They only requested one payment when the project is closed. The final paperwork for the track project has been received. This included an 8-year full surface warranty. A motion to approve the final payment of $6280 to Rooters Asphalt was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Tina Winkeler. Roll call vote: Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn. Nay – None
The Building Committee met on November 8th to discuss potential renovation or maintenance projects for the Summer of 2009. They also discussed the Ten-Year Life Safety Survey items. Most items on the Ten-Year Life Safety Survey have been completed through O&M. The Building Committee decided to ask Todd Jones of MPA to complete estimates for a new gym floor. Mr. Todd Jones will come back to the December Board meeting to present the specifics for the gym floor project.
Becky Boeschen and Mr. Meyer have developed a preliminary tax levy. This is a request for funds needed to maintain and operate our facility. Over 70% of our revenue is derived from property taxes. There are three funds that can be modified for requested funds needed. All other funds are currently at the highest rate possible. Mr. Meyer presented 3 options to the board. The first option was a 10.14% increase in tax levy over last year. This option would be cutting it close to leaving funds “on the table”. The next option is a 14.78% increase in tax levy over last year. Mr. Meyer stated that he feels most comfortable with this option. With this increase, it would be highly unlikely to leave any funds “on the table”. The last option is an 18.00% increase in tax levy over last year. Mr. Meyer thought that this option was too high but wanted to give the board a high option. He also stated that he does not think that EAV will increase as much as this year but would feel most comfortable with the 2nd option to make sure we would receive all the funds we could possibly receive. A motion to authorize a time for a Truth in Taxation Hearing for December 15th at 7:15 P.M. was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Tina Winkeler. Roll call vote: Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn. Nay – None
American Fidelity was present at Central on November 3rd and 4th to discuss with our staff the Section 125 options. This option allows staff to take deductions from their paycheck pre-tax. These deductions included flex spending plans, life insurance, disability and annuities. There were many staff member who took advantage of these options. A motion to adopt a Section 125 plan for our employees was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler. Roll call vote: Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn. Nay – None
Mr. Jones and Mrs. Crissy Toennies presented a summary of RtI. Mrs. Toennies and Mr. Hartmann will be presenting a power point presentation to the Board in December. Mr. Jones presented the board with the RtI Plan and asked the Board to review the plan and be prepared to ask questions and approve the plan next month.
Mr. Ken Schonhoff has submitted his letter of resignation at the conclusion of 2011-12 school year. A motion to approve Mr. Ken Schonhoff’s retirement request was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Tim Richter. Roll call vote: Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn. Nay – None
Central’s first open house for the 2008-09 school year was held on October 28th. Only 47% of our parents attended. Mrs. Chris Shumard mailed out the other report cards for the 53% that did not attend.
The Central Cougar Marching Band participated in the Centralia Halloween parade and came home with four 1st place awards. Congrats to Ms. Vickie Voytas and her “Bandos”.
The Fall Athletic Banquet was held on November 2nd. Our Athletic Director Mr. Al Warnecke needs to be commended for his fine efforts again on making this a well attended banquet.
Congrats to Coach Jim Cook, Assistant Coach Kelly Potthast and the Lady Cougar Volleyball team. They received 2nd place at Sectionals behind the Freeburg Midgets, who continued on to win the 1st place State title.
The board entered into closed session at 9:23 PM to discuss a personnel matter and a transportation issue on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Mike Strieker. Roll call vote: Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn. Nay – None
The board returned to open session at 9:47 PM on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Rick Taphorn. Roll call vote: Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn. Nay – None
The board adjourned at 9:50 PM. on a motion by Rick Taphorn, second by Dave Wellen. Roll call vote: Aye – Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Strieker, Tina Winkeler, Tim Richter, Mike Nettemeier, Rick Taphorn. Nay – None
Mary Lou Voss Mike Strieker
Board President Board Secretary