Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, November 18, 2013  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              Update on Summer 2013 Commons Area Project

6.3              Approve Maintenance Grant application

 

7.0              New Business

7.1              Preliminary 2013 Tax Levy / Schedule Truth in Taxation Hearing

7.2              Authorize Purchase of Scissors Lift

7.3              Illinois Interactive Report Card Information

7.4              Employ Head Girls Soccer Coach

7.5              Approve Resignation of Extra Duty Assignment

7.6              Approve Retirement Request

   

 

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 18, 2013 at 7:30PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Kris Rickhoff, Tina Winkeler presided.  Mike Strieker was absent. Visitors included Lynn Garrett, Mark and Dawn Tebbe and Kelly Ross.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:                  

 

Mark and Dawn Tebbe spoke to the BOE about their son’s disciplinary actions.  The BOE informed them that they would discuss later in executive session. 

 

There was a great turnout for the first Community Education program held by The School Community Council on Thursday, October 17th.  The College Planning Night went extremely well and was attended by over ninety people.  The Illinois Student Assistance Commission presented sessions on preparing for college for students of different ages.  Following those sessions, a panel of CCHS parents discussed sending their kids to school and the issues that go along with the process.  The S.C.C. is now planning a second event on emergency preparedness for members of our community.  

 

There was also a great turnout for a Financial Aid seminar held here at Central on October 23rd at 7:00 P.M.  It was presented by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (This was in conjunction with Parent Teacher Conferences held 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 25th a very successful Teacher’s Institute was held here at Central with a series of meetings among our faculty members.  The day was focused on a creation of webpages for each subject area to be placed on our website.  Mrs. Lisa Wiegmann and Mrs. Mandy Ringwald presented the training segments and worked with our staff on these pages.  We will be posting them before the end of the semester.

 

We will be hosting a follow up visit by members of the Illinois State Board of Education here on December 16 and 17 regarding last year’s Focused Monitoring Visit for Special Education services here at Central.  We have made several changes to our program and these changes have fulfilled many of the requirements of last year’s recommendations.  The follow up will consists of  looking at more students in our regular education classrooms.     

 

Mr. Meyer attended a safety and security academy training.  It was recommended that we include a set of safety guidelines on our Facility Usage Request Form.  This short simple list of guidelines is good information for those outside organizations that use our school building or grounds and places us in better legal situation should we ever have problems.  We do a good job making our building as secure as we can.

 

The members of the committee established to study the implementation of a new School Management System have been working very hard in a selection process.  They have settled on a handful of prospective systems, heard proposals from them, and even went to an area district to see a system in action.  They made a visit to Salem to check out a system called Skyward.  Mr. Meyer will bring his recommendation back to the BOE in January. 

 

After the recent IASB Fall Dinner Meeting at Wesclin, Mr. Meyer contacted Mr. Larry Dirks, Area Director, and spoke with him about the possibility of providing Board of Education member training here at Central.  If we hosted, and drew some area districts to attend as well, they would be interested in providing an evening or Saturday session to fulfill the requirements at a relatively affordable level.  Mr. Meyer is looking into inviting the school board member of our feeder schools.  Cost of the training would be $100 per member.

 

Mr. Meyer and Becky were contacted by BCBS stating that a fee of 3.25% of individual premium will be added to each employee’s premium starting January 1 for Affordable Healthcare Act. 

They also met with American Fidelity, who manages our 403B, to discuss some minor clerical issues.

 

The Building Committee held its second meeting on Wednesday, November 13th and reviewed some potential facility projects for the Summer of 2014. The committee decided on the following projects:  upgrade to electrical panels, ($144,375), lighting upgrades ($65,000), replacing lock sets ($84,281), new security vestibule entry ways ($37,500), replace bell system ($70,000).  The plan is to do the first 4 next summer. All will be covered under Health/life safety.  Other projects will be replacing flooring.  A motion to authorize preparation of specifications for projects for summer 2014 as discussed was made by Dave Wellen, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff.  Nay – None

 

There are very few updates regarding the Summer 2013 Commons Area project.  We are scheduling the work remaining to be completed on the floor for the holiday break around December 19 & 20.  And, we also have continued to complete some of the finishing touches like the hanging of plaques, pictures, and stage door. 

 

A motion to approve maintenance grant application was made by Dave Wellen, second by Kris Rickhoff.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer and Becky worked to develop a preliminary tax levy for the BOE.  (The 2013 Tax Levy is for funding to be collected in 2014.  We are fortunate that our estimated assessed valuation continues to grow.  (It will almost certainly grow again this year.)  However, we still must maintain a goal to establish a levy request that garners our total revenue potential and, without any information on which to base this, it must be sufficient.  I would like to remind you that a poor decision could mean a scenario that sets a request for funds too low and leaves potential dollars inaccessible.  A good decision is especially important to a district such as Central because of our reliance on local revenue and the decline in general state aid from the State of Illinois.  A levy is simply a request that we make at an inflated level to ensure we access the revenue available according to the eventual assessment of property.  We have looked at trends over the past few years and seen great inconsistency in assessment.  Since we can’t count on consistent information from the Office of Assessments, it even makes the process more uncertain.  A motion to approve preliminary levy of 12.94% and set Truth in Taxation hearing for Dec 16 at 7:15PM was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Mary Lou Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff.  Nay – Dave Wellen

 

Mr. Meyer discussed the purchase of a scissors lift for maintenance and custodial work here at Central.  Several years ago we purchased a telescoping lift, and it has served us well.  However, the prices of scissor style lifts have declined and it would provide us with greater versatility and allow for much safer usage.  We could utilize it indoors and outdoors.  And, it would virtually eliminate the usage of scaffold.  A motion to seek prices and purchase a scissors lift was made by Tim Richter, second by Kris Rickhoff.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer reviewed the Interactive Illinois Report Card (IIRC) system.  He showed the new Public Report Card information regarding our school district.  The new system is presented in a very user friendly format and can give a great deal of information for everyone.

 

A motion to employ Keith Patterson as Head Girls Soccer coach pending all necessary requirements was made by Mary Lou Voss, second by Kris Rickhoff.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve Mrs. Kelly Timmons resignation as Assistant Volleyball coach was made by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff.  Nay – None

 

A motion approve retirement of Mr. Jim Falconio with a retirement date of 2017 was made by Tim Richter, second by Tina Winkeler.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff.  Nay – None

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Thanks to Al Warnecke for preparing the Senior Night information on Friday, October 25th at Astroth Field.  The senior cheerleaders were followed by the football manager and football players prior to the game while the soccer, golf, & cross country teams were honored at halftime.  Thanks to Kurt Peters for assisting Mr. Jones as well. 

 

Central’s Band received a 2nd Place Trophy at the Saturday, October 26th Centralia Halloween Parade. Congratulations to Eric Chrostosky and the Cougar Band!!

 

On Saturday, November 2nd, Central had the boys and girls cross country teams competing in the Edwardsville Sectional.  Unfortunately, we did not have anyone finish in the top ten as an individual but both squads represented Central in fine fashion!  Congratulations to Coach Kurt Peters on his heading his first season in Cross Country and congratulations to both the boys and girls squads as well!  Our Cougar football team was also competing in the first round of the IHSA football playoffs Vs. Mt. Carmel at Mt. Carmel.  We were defeated by a touchdown as the coaches and their team gave a valiant effort!!  Congratulations to Coach Short; his assistants and the team finishing their season with a 6-4 record!

 

The Annual Fall Athletic Banquet was held on Wednesday, November 6th at the Albers American Legion Hall.  Over 385 meals were served as we honored the athletes in golf, x-country, soccer, volleyball, football, & football cheerleaders!  What a great evening of fellowship and stories told by the coaches!!  Thanks to A.D., Al Warnecke for organizing the event.

 

Our Cougar Band Director, Eric Chrostoski and the Cougar Band scheduled a performance tour of all feeder schools beginning Tuesday, November 24th and Monday, November 18th.  What great ambassadors of Central High School the Cougar Band and their Director were on these two whirlwind days!

 

As you know, the Central Lady Cougar Volleyball Team completed a great season finishing 3rd in the IHSA Class 3A Volleyball Tournament in Bloomington on Saturday, November 16th.  In the program, it has the enrollment of the competing teams.  We are at 559 and everyone else was over 1000 students!!  Congratulations to Coach Cook ; Coach Potthast; and the Lady Cougar Volleyball Team on their 36-6 season!!  What a thrill it was to drape the third place medals over our coaches and team members as the IHSA Division 7 Board Member Saturday evening!!  Very proud principal of the Lady Cougar Volleyball Team!!!

 

The board entered into executive session at 9:47 PM on a motion by Mary Lou Voss, second by Kris Rickhoff to student disciplinary issues. Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff.  Nay – None

 

The board entered into regular session at 10:16 on a motion by Mary Lou Voss, second by Kris Rickhoff.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff.  Nay – None

 

The board adjourned at 10:17 PM on a motion by Tina Winkeler, second by Tim Richter.  Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Kris Rickhoff.  Nay – None

 

 

           

 

Mike Nettemeier                     Mike Strieker                          

Board President                                  Board Secretary