Central Community High School District #71
7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL 62230
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Monday, October 15, 2012 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 Tax Increment Finance Agreement Extension Request
6.2 Update on School Board Election Information
7.0 New Business
7.1 Review School Report Card and IIRC Information
7.2 Approve Audit Renewal Proposal
7.3 Review Enrollment Projections
7.4 Building Committee Report
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 October 15, 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 and Vickie Voytas
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 Rick Taphorn. Roll call vote: Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn. Abstain – Tina Winkeler Nay – None
The financial report was reviewed and accepted on a motion 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
Total balance of outstanding bills is $43,600. That compromises of 207 students. We are slightly above the collecting of what we were last year. Mr. Meyer reports that he believes the credit card machine and the new registration schedule has helped in collecting fees. Mr. Meyer reminded the BOE of the Semi-Annual Conference and Dinner Meeting at Damiansville Elementary on Wednesday, October 24th at 5:00 P.M. The presentation will focus on Collective Bargaining and Legislative Updates. We have scheduled the annual Loss Control Service visit with Mr. Anthony Antonellis of Gallagher Bassett Services for November 5th. The report will summarize the items that they recommend we address for risk management that lower exposure to insurance claims. Mr. Brian Guthrie of the Regional Office of Education made his annual Compliance Visit on September 24th. This year’s visit was a “Mini compliance”. We have not yet received the report for health life safety.
We have had our indoor and outdoor bleachers inspected by Langhorst Construction of Arnold, Missouri. They have determined a list of necessary and suggested repairs to equipment. The total cost will be about $2,100. Most of the repairs are relatively minor (seat clips, end caps, broken seats), but we do need a new gearbox, bushing, and outriggers for operation of telescoping transition in the West Gym. We also have had some recent problems with the Fire Alarm system. A panel in the system went bad and needed replacement. This caused a rash of other problems including bad relays, door holds, alarms, and strobes. The cost reached about $4,200 and has been repaired by M.C. Electric and Simplex. There is a correction to last month’s approval of a bill. The final bill to Calhoun Construction for the summer restroom renovations should have included a credit. Therefore, we have had a revision to the last payment amount and it will end up being $39,279.71 as opposed to the $43,841.71 as approved last month for summer project. On October 26th we have a full Institute Day for our teachers and the School Improvement Team has planned a day of presentations centered on “life as a teen”. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office is speaking on the signs of Drug/Alcohol Abuse. The CHADS Organization will be here to talk about Bullying and Teen Suicide. And, an expert from the University of Illinois-Springfield will be here to discuss Cyberbullying, Social Media, and The Age of New Technology. Mrs. Rueter has pushed forward and the C.C.H.S. Spanish Club has been born. She has over 80 members; they have done two activities already (including Fright Fest at Six Flags), and selected officers. Mrs. Rittenhouse is setting up a flu shot clinic at Central. All employees and Board members are eligible to receive the vaccination.
Mr. Meyer shared some information from Brian Braun regarding the Germantown TIF agreement. The EAV of the TIF area for the past 2 years is roughly $37,000 each year. Mr. Meyer explained to the BOE the discussion he had with Brian Braun. The type of agreement we have with the city of Breese is no longer permissible. However we can enter into agreement with a city or village asking for investment of capital assets. Mr. Braun was concerned about what Germantown Elementary is doing. Our options are: we can say no, we can say yes, we could ask them to enter in to agreement with investing to capital asset or we can ask them to make an offer to us on a flat intergovernmental agreement. The BOE opted to ask them to make an offer to us on a flat intergovernmental agreement.
Mr. Meyer reminded the Board members who are up for re-election that he has packets available for them. If any of the Board member up for re-election do not plan on running again, it would be helpful to know that information.
The Illinois State Board of Education has released Report Card information for all districts. Mr. Meyer briefly reviewed the contents of our Report Card at Central and also shared other information from the Interactive Illinois Report Card (IIRC) regarding comparisons to other districts. This will also be placed on our website. Currently, 96% of schools in Illinois are failing and there are no waivers this year. Our parental contact % is at 49% - very low because we didn’t do a good job of keeping records. Our average class size is low. We are young with teaching experience. And our operating expense per pupil is at the same level as last year. A motion to approve our report card from Illinois State Board of Education 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
We have received a renewal from J.W. Boyle and Company to complete our annual audit for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal year audits. They are proposing a 1.5% increase each year. That will mean a cost of $7,390 and $7,500 respectively. This is a very low increase for the job 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 the renewal for audits with J.W. Boyle and Company for 2013 and 2014 for $7,390 and $7500 respectively was made by Tina Winkeler, second by Mike Strieker. Roll call vote: Aye –Mary Lou Voss, Dave Wellen, Mike Nettemeier, Mike Strieker, Tim Richter, Rick Taphorn, Tina Winkeler. Nay – None
Mr. Meyer shared with the Board of Education some enrollment projection figures based on information from the elementary districts and other sources. Obviously, the farther ahead we work, the less accurate projections can be expected. We also have a lower number of new transfers coming to the district than in the past. Plans for future financial, staff employment, and facility decisions could depend largely on enrollment changes. The total number of grade school students is flat.
The Building Committee met on Tuesday, October 9th to consider recommendations for projects to be completed this upcoming year and long term planning for the facility. The committee looked at the 10 year survey and we have completed everything on the list in 6 years. They also looked at past discussions on other projects. The committee discussed the commons floor as being a possible project next summer. Todd Jones will be bringing back estimates on numerous projects.
The Advanced Composition, Communications, and Pop Culture students made their annual trip to District 12 to kick off the Young Author Writing Program on September 28th. Mrs. Shanafelt and Mrs. Pettus took the groups to both campuses.
Homecoming week and the Homecoming Dance was a success. Thanks to Andrea Bequette, the Student Council and the chaperones for a great week and dance.
There was School Improvement Early Dismissal on October 5th. Mrs. Spencer gave a power point presentation on various data bases for the teachers to use. Mr. Peters, Mrs. Kujawa and Mrs. Toennies presented to the faculty various teaching methods.
Central FFA’s Soil Judging team were the Section 22 Land-Use Champions. Competition was held at the Mondt Dairy Farm
The board adjourned at 8:55 PM on a motion 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
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