Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, November 19, 2012  7:30 PM

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              Building Committee Update / Authorization to Prepare Specifications

6.2              Approve Authorization to Support City of Breese Tax Increment Finance Agreement #2

6.3              Update on Village of Germantown Request for Extension of Tax Increment Finance Agreement

 

7.0              New Business

7.1              Preliminary 2012 Tax Levy / Truth in Taxation Hearing

7.2              Illinois Interactive Report Card Information

7.3              Approve Resolution of Support for Trenton Education Center

7.4              Accept Resignation of Teacher Aide (In-School Suspension Supervisor) / Asst. Football

7.5              Employment of Teacher Aide (In-School Suspension Supervisor)

7.6              Approve Maternity Leave / Request for Temporary Release from Extra Duty Assignment

 

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 November 19, 2012 at 7:30PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler and Rick Taphorn presided.  Visitors included Kelly Ross, Cindy Spencer, Greg Kruse and Susanne Christ.

 

The agenda was amended and approved on a motion by Mike Nettemeier, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

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

 

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

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:                   

 

Susanne Christ from Kaskaskia College presented to the BOE some concepts and request an official action of support for their efforts to build the Trenton Regional Education Center.  Trenton is for the Western Clinton County population.  Breese has the most heads in classes at Trenton.  Associates degrees are now attainable at the extension centers.  The Trenton building used to be Illnois Power building however they have outgrown it.  The requested resolution allows KC to use our name on the brochures, showing support.  A motion to adopt resolution of support for the Trenton Regional Education Center was made by Mike Nettemeier, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

We are making slow progress with outstanding student fees.  We have sent a letter to all seniors who have large bills in excess of $300 to offer an opportunity at payment arrangements. (Sent 18 letters.)   A second collection letter will be sent to all with outstanding fees at the end of the semester. There was a Financial Aid seminar held here at Central presented by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission on October 23rd.  This was in conjunction with the Parent Teacher Conferences that same evening.  The program reviewed the completion of financial aid forms, when and how to apply, scholarships, grants, work study programs, and other information necessary to help parents pay for post-secondary pursuits.  Ms. Trisha Lohman coordinated the event.  On Friday, October 26th we had a Teacher’s Institute here at Central with a series of meetings among our faculty members.  We listened to presentations on Drug and Alcohol Use, Teen Depression and Suicide, and Technology and Cyberbullying. 

 

Mr. Meyer discussed the ISBE Focused Monitoring Visit for Special Education services that we have been selected for here at Central.  We will be hosting an ISBE team here from December 11-13.  The visit can be likened to an “audit” of our assignment of students in their least restrictive environment.  The “red flag” shows up when the % of students are spending 80% of their time in special education classroom.  They will file a report after they interview the staff and administrators.

 

Mrs. Cindy Spencer presented information regarding our library system.  She is using a new instrument this year.  Cindy discussed the Learning Environment Evaluation form. She also discussed the online Student Resource program via our website.   

 

The Building Committee held its second meeting on Monday, November 13th and reviewed some potential facility projects for the Summer of 2013.  There were 4 different projects – electrical panel upgrades, lighting upgrades, lockset upgrades, renovations to commons area.  The members of the committee recommended to renovate the commons area.  We currently have a good situation with O&M fund and/or Life Safety fund.  Working Cash reserve could also help us.  A motion to authorize the preparation of specification and letting of bids for 2013 summer project for the renovation of commons area was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer discussed the first Joint Review Board meeting for the city of Breese for the Tax Increment Finance Agreement (TIF #2) they are currently developing.  Membership and offices of the Board were established and the plan for the TIF Agreement was presented including all details of the program.  All taxing bodies were present at the meeting.  Our support of the TIF Agreement is being sought at this meeting. Their rep talked about the plan.  It is a site specific TIF, undeveloped and is 23 acres in size.  If no building takes place there, we lose nothing.  The plan is a 23 year plan.  A motion to authorize a vote of support for TIF #2 at upcoming Joint Review Board meeting was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

Becky Boeschen and Mr. Meyer worked to develop a preliminary tax levy.  (The 2012 Tax Levy is for funding to be collected in 2013.)  We are fortunate that our estimated assessed valuation in the district continues to grow.  (It is likely to grow again this year.)  We did consider a reduction in the levy for the Tort and Immunity Fund this year.  We have budgeted and changed our tort fund to lower the big balance. We have not raised this extension request the past few years although we are spending more of it for salary in an effort to decrease the balance in the fund.  Our surplus balance will be exhausted at the completion of FY13 and future extensions will cover expenses for now.  The percentages have been justified by our risk management plan.  After consideration of the circumstances and the climate of the times for revenue, I do think we need to maintain the request at the same level for future use.  Taking all things into consideration, given the lack of any information upon which to base our decision, and the inconsistency upon which assessment has been the past few years, I do not feel we have any choice but to set the levy at a substantial amount to be secure in our request.  Other area school districts are also following this philosophy and say they are levying high.  We have to establish a revenue request that will able to garnish all funds. This is not a quadrennial year, but a year that they are re-evaluating the businesses.  A motion to approve 2012 Tax Levy of 14.15% and schedule Truth in Taxation for December 17 at 7:15:00 PM was made by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer reviewed the Interactive Illinois Report Card (IIRC) system.  The report card showed demographics of the district, trends in test results, and productivity in comparison to other local districts.  Mr. Meyer also shared some information regarding the changes that are coming to the entire School Report Card system next year.  Much of the revision that will be made is centered on the movement away from No Child Left Behind.  The new School Report Card will contain an entirely different set of data and information for the public’s review. 

 

A motion to accept resignation of Corey Smith for Teacher Aide for In-School Suspension position and parking lot supervisor was made by Rick Taphorn, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

A motion to employ Charles Bair as Teacher Aide for In-School Suspension position and parking lot supervisor was made by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

A motion to accept the resignation of Mr. Nathan Rueter as Assistant Baseball Coach was made by Mike Nettemeier, second by Rick Taphorn.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve Katie Florczyk's maternity leave and relief of extra duty assignment of Assistant Musical Director was made by Mike Strieker, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve retirement request from Mr. Robert Pierce for 2015-16 was made by Tim Richter, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Our Cougar Boys’ Soccer Team competed for the sectional title vs Alton Marquette after defeating Mater Dei at the regional competition.  The Cougars fell short of winning 1-0.   This team advanced further than any other soccer team in Cougar history. 

 

Central’s Fall Parent/Teacher conference were held October 23rd.  About 50% of the parents came to talk to the teachers and pick up the report cards.       

 

Our HOSA group and Mrs. Rittenhouse hosted Central’s Blood Drive on October 25th.  Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center coordinated the event.  We collected 88 units of blood. 

 

The Cougar Pep Band performed at the IHSA State Volleyball Tournament on Friday.  The band was selected last spring.  Central received many compliments via phone calls and emails regarding the bands performance that day. 

 

Mrs. Kujawa and Mrs. Porterfield took 2 students to the Science Quiz Bowl sponsored by APPSI.  Jonathan Witte and Sarah Kreke were the participating students.  Jonathan Witte took 2nd place at the event and won $300. 

 

The Scholar Bowl team is off to a great start.  They won the Clinton County tournament on November 14th. 

 

 

The board entered into executive session at 9:18 PM on a motion by Tim Richter, second by Tina Winkeler to discuss Worker’s compensation settlement, employees’ insurance request and the Activities Manager position.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

The board came out of executive session at 10:11 PM on a motion by Mike Nettemeier, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

The board adjourned at 10;12 PM on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Mike Nettemeier.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler.  Nay – None

 

           

 

Mary Lou Voss                     Mike Strieker                          

Board President                                  Board Secretary