Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, November 17, 2014  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              Update on Summer 2014 Roof Project /

Approve Application for Payment #2

6.2              Building Committee Update

 

7.0              New Business

7.1              Preliminary 2014 Tax Levy / Schedule Truth in Taxation Hearing

7.2              Approve Audit Renewal Proposal

7.3              Illinois Interactive Report Card Information

7.4              Employ Assistant Girls Soccer Coach

7.5              Employ Assistant Track Coach

7.6              Approve Retirement Request(s)

   

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 17, 2014 at 7:30PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter presided.  Visitors included Crissy Toennies and Kelly Ross.

 

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

 

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

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:                   

 

There are not a lot of changes since last month regarding outstanding student fees.  A second collection letter will be sent to all with outstanding fees at the end of the semester. On Friday, October 3st we had a Technology Teacher’s Institute here at Central with a series of meetings among our faculty members.  The day was focused on an update of webpages for each subject area.  We had some update and training on Qmlativ and a series of roundtables during which our Technology people held discussions with each subject area of teachers.  Mrs. Lisa Wiegmann and Mrs. Mandy Ringwald presented the training segments and worked with our staff on these pages.  We will be posting them and making changes to the website before the end of the semester.                    

                       

We had the annual Loss Control Service visit with Mr. Anthony Antonellis of Gallagher Bassett Services on November 5th.  Mr. Meyer recently received his report.  His report summarizes the items designed to lower exposure to insurance claims that have been addressed from previous visits and those recommended this year that we will address.  We had 5 individual items that were minor that were of concern.  One of the items of concerns was safe guarding our bleachers that are more than 30” in height. We always try to stay on top of issues which develop and our employees are to be commended for the condition of our building and equipment. 

 

There are very few updates regarding the Summer 2014 Roof project at this time.  The recent rains, although fairly light, have produced no leaks and all seems to be in good order.  All change order paperwork has been processed and other documents (i.e. lien waivers, certified payrolls, etc.) are being finalized.  We have received Application for Payment #2 in the amount of $39,671.07 to review for our approval at the meeting.  This would leave a balance to finish (including retainage) of $71,841.78 on the project.  Mr. Meyer spoke to Todd Jones and he has not received any updates since last month.  He also has not received much paperwork from Krehrer.  A motion to approve payment #2 to Kehrer Roofing for $39,671.07 was made by Mary Lou Voss, second by Mike Strieker.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The Building Committee held its first meeting on Monday, November 10th and members have reviewed some potential facility projects for the Summer of 2015.  Possible projects are electrical panels and new lighting.  The estimate last year for this work was $200k.  Mr. Meyer is getting updated estimates from Todd.  Other items include floor covering replacement in some rooms.  As a reminder to everyone, we did receive a School Maintenance Grant last year of $50,000 that was earmarked for the original projects (electrical, lighting, security doorways).  If we do not utilize it as a matching grant situation for that purpose, we will be required to return it.  There have also been indications that another grant program may be released in the spring.  This could be another opportunity to obtain revenue for a project this summer. 

 

Mr. Meyer reviewed the Tax Levy information.  However, we still must maintain a goal to establish a levy request that garners our total revenue potential and, with little information on which to base this, it must be sufficient.  A decision to adopt a sufficient levy is crucial for a district such as Central because of our reliance on local revenue and the decline in General State Aid from the State of Illinois.  Without any sign that GSA will be reinstituted at the foundation level, we will consider to grow in our dependence upon local tax revenues.   As in the past, we will need to set an amount and request more than we will ever actually be extended.  The unfortunate side to this is that it gives people the impression that what we will request is seen as a large actual increase in extension,… while what we will receive is not the same level.  We have looked at trends over the past few years and see great inconsistency in assessment.  Since we can’t count on consistent information from the Office of Assessments, it even makes the process more uncertain and confusing to the public. 

 

Mr. Meyer discussed his reasoning behind increasing the Tort and Immunity Fund levy.  We have held the line on this request and expenditure over the past few years.  It is one area that we can raise a levy request and rate without limitation.  It will be necessary for us to look at a slight increase in that levy due to increases in expenses.  Given our administration of a risk management survey and the conservative approach that we have taken with responses (payment of salaries on the documented time spent in risk management activities), we feel it is justifiable to make an adjustment.  A motion to set Truth in Taxation hearing for December 15th at 7:15 for a preliminary tax levy increase of 11.24% was made by Mary Lou Voss, second by Mike Strieker.  .  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler

 

We received a renewal from Scheffel Boyle to complete our annual audit for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 fiscal year audits.  They are proposing a 2% increase each year.  That will mean a cost of $7,600, $7,750, and $7,900 respectively.  This is a very low increase for the contract and very competitive given the size and type of our budget and financial circumstances.  We are still paying a very competitive amount as compared to other districts.  A motion to approve renewal with Sheffel Boyle for annual audit with a 2% increase each year was made by Tim Richter, second by Kris Rickhoff.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Mr. Meyer reviewed the Interactive Illinois Report Card (IIRC) online.  This system has developed most of the demographics of the district as compared to other school districts.  The system is presented in a very user friendly format and can give a great deal of information for everyone in an electronic presentation. 

 

A motion to employ Taylor Buehne as Assistant Girls Soccer Coach was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Mary Lou Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to employ Brian Short as Assistant Track Coach was made by Tim Richter, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Each November, we usually receive letters requesting approval for retirement and the payment of the salary enhancement program at the conclusion of this year.  At this time, Mr. Meyer received no letter but he anticipates receiving one request effective at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year before December 1st. 

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

There was no principal’s report. 

 

The board entered into executive session at 9:15 PM on a motion by Mary Lou Voss, second by Dave Wellen to discuss personnel issues and Breese TIF. Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The board entered into regular session at 9:29 PM on a motion by Tina Winkeler, second by Dave Wellen.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The board adjourned at 9:30 PM on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Mary Lou Voss.  Roll call vote:  Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Dave Wellen, Tina Winkeler, Mary Lou Voss, Mike Strieker, Kris Rickhoff, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

           

Mike Nettemeier                     Mike Strieker          

Board President                                  Board Secretary