Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, September 15, 2008  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              Approve  FY 09 Budget

6.2              Summer 08 Project Update

- Approve Application for Payment

 

7.0              New Business

7.1              Approve Resolution to Transfer of Funds

7.2              Approve Application for Recognition of Schools

7.3              Update on Utility Rate Increases

7.4              Approve Maternity Leave Request

 

8.0              Principal’s Report

 

9.0       Executive Session

 

10.0     Adjournment

 

The Budget Hearing was called to order at 7:15 p.m.   There were no visitors.  The hearing was closed at 7:30 p.m. on a motion by Dave Wellen, second by Mike Nettemeier.   Roll call vote:  Aye – Mike Strieker, Rick Taphorn, Tim Richter, Tina Winkeler, Mary Loss Voss, Dave Wellen and Mike Nettemeier.  Nay – None

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on September 15, 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. Angie Witte (CCEA rep), Kelly Ross and Dale Holtmann with J.W. Boyle.

 

The agenda was amended with 7.5 Review of School Report Card and approved 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

 

The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved 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

 

The financial report was reviewed and accepted on a motion by Mike Strieker, 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

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Dale Holtmann from J.W. Boyle was present to discuss the audit.  Mr. Holtmann briefly reviewed through the financial statements with the Board of Education and stated that the audit went very smoothly with only a few minor issues to correct.  Mr. Meyer reported that J. W. Boyle always is very accommodating to work with and appreciates their willingness to work around our schedule. 

 

Mr. Meyer discussed the outstanding student fees.  Initial deposits from schedule pickups and receipts were higher again this year because more parents are paying at the schedule pickup.  The “1st Bill” has not been sent out yet but will go out later this month.   

 

Mr. Jones will be evaluating a few teachers this year again.  Currently we have 4 teachers who are eligible for tenure at the end of FY 09. 

 

There will be a Flu/Pneumonia Clinic held at Central on Thursday, October 16th.  Mr. Meyer informed the Board that if any Board member or their family would like to get the vaccination, fill out the form and return to him.  Thanks to Mrs. Jan Rittenhouse for setting this up each year.       

 

In April 2009, there will be another Board of Education election.  There are 4 members whose terms are ending this spring.  Mr. Meyer reminded those four members that he will have forms for re-election soon.  Those forms need to be picked up by October and filed by January.  If any of those members decide not to run for re-election, please notify Mr. Meyer as soon as possible.          

 

Mr. Meyer received verification that Central will be receiving the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) again this year from the U. S. Department of Education.  We will use these funds (~$28,733) to supplement our technology expenses.   

 

Mr. Meyer reviewed the formula for the General State Aid payments that are due to us this year.  The formula uses EAV, current ADA and also factors in free and reduced students.  We will be receiving less GSA payments this year due to our “larger ability to pay through local resources”.      

 

The Committee to Support Central has been meeting on a more regular basis.  The next meeting will consist of organizing the group and adopting some by-laws.  Mr. Meyer suggested inviting the committee to one of the Board of Education meetings to meet and greet the committee. 

 

There was an informational meeting in St. Rose September 15th at 6:00 to discuss the School Facilities Tax.  Representatives from Stiefel Nicolaus were there to give a brief overview of the tax and answer any questions.  There are 2 school districts that have already passed a resolution for this tax.  Mr. Meyer, along with several other Board Members, attended this meeting.               

 

Last week one of our water heaters went out in the boy’s locker room.  Duane Eversgerd sought out estimates to replace the water heater.  R&B Plumbing will be installing the new water heater for $7,250.  The old water heater was 18 years old.    

 

Becky Boeschen reviewed the FY 09 Budget with the Board at the Budget Hearing.  It is projected that at the end of FY09, there will be a surplus of $119,248.  Mr. Meyer reminded the board that we always are very conservative with our budget, estimating low revenues and high expenditures.  There are a couple of funds that are estimating deficit spending, however that is with very conservative figures.  A motion to approve the FY09 Budget was made 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

 

M.P.A. is in the process of closing out the Fire Alarm project.  There were only 2 items left on the punch list, which involved a door closure and a wall panel.  Mr. Meyer is hoping by October, the surveillance system will be complete.  Currently CTS is trying to resolve some issues with the cameras and the clarity of the cameras.  Apparently “more juice” is needed to make the picture more clear and accurate.  Mr. Todd Jones received a letter form Rooters, who received a letter from Fisher Track regarding the imperfection on the track.  Fisher offered to extend the warranty from 5 years to 8 years.  The Board discussed the offer and advised Mr. Meyer to meet with all groups to discuss other offers/resolutions.  A motion to approve the final payment of $10,855.50 to MC Electric on the Fire Alarm System pending finalization of paperwork was made by Mike Nettemeier, 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. Meyer recommended to the Board an inter-fund transfer from Working Cash to Health/Life Safety to cover the expense of the Summer 08 projects.  This year we would like to transfer $125,000.  We will then repay this loan next year when we receive tax levy monies for 2008-09.  As you remember, we will be repaying an outstanding loan of $100,000 from last year when we receive tax levy monies this year – which is estimated to be in December.  A motion to adopt a resolution of a loan from FY09 Working Cash fund to the Health/Life Safety fund for $125,000 for Summer 08 projects was made by Mike Nettemeier, 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

 

Annually the Board of Education needs to take formal action to file for an Application for Recognition of Schools with the Illinois State Board of Education for 2008-09.  This assures the I.S.B.E. that we are following all the guidelines and school code requirements.  A motion to file an application for Recognition of Schools with the Illinois State Board of Education for 2008-09 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. Jim Riddle met with Mr. Meyer and Becky Boeschen to discuss the current electric rates.  Mr. Riddle informed Mr. Meyer of a rate increase that will take effect in January 2009.  There has not been an increase in rates since 1987.  The increase is expected to be 12.35% ($13,628).  Central is one of the largest in the Co-op currently.  The other option is to annex with the City of Breese. 

 

Mrs. Katie Florczyk has submitted a request for maternity leave on the upcoming birth of her first child.  She is due to deliver in mid-October.  The search is still on-going to fill her position while out on leave.  A motion to approve maternity leave request for Mrs. Katie Florczyk was made by Mike Nettemeier, 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

 

Mr. Meyer discussed with the Board the School Report Card which was just recently received.  Scores were higher than expected but didn’t meet the qualifications for a “We Day”. 

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Jones commented that we are nearing our 20th day of school and it has been a great start.  He thanked all employees for making the start as smooth as possible.                

 

Reps from Big Brother Big Sisters program have been at school during lunch hours signing students up for the program.  Local grade schools enjoy this program and have commented that they look forward to the kids each year.  Our students do a great job representing Central and mentoring the younger students.                       

 

Mr. Jones informed the Board of some upcoming dates at Central.  Those included the Central vs. Mater Dei Volleyball game on September 20 and the Central vs. Mater Dei Football game on September 26.            

 

The board entered into closed session at 9:02 PM to discuss Student matters on a motion by Dave Wellen, 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

 

The board returned to open session at 9:23 PM on a motion by Tim Richter, 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

 

The board adjourned at 9:24 PM. on a motion 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

 

 

Mary Lou Voss                     Mike Strieker                          

Board President                                  Board Secretary