January

Central Community High School District #71
7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL 62230

BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING
* Tuesday, January 19, 2021 *
7:00 PM

AGENDA

 

1.0

Call to Order

2.0

Roll Call

3.0

Approval of Agenda

4.0

4.0 Approval of Minutes
4.1 Approval of Executive Session 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 Pay Application #5 to Litteken Construction
6.2 Approve Down Payment for Lighted Entrance Sign
6.3 Update on Awning and Entrance Concrete Projects
6.4 Approve Exterior Lighting Bid from Barton Electric

7.0

New Business
7.1 Approve Medical Assistant Job Posting
7.2 Approve Community Bank of Trenton as a district financial institution.
7.3 Discuss the Agricultural Education “3 Circles Grant”

8.0

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 January 19 21, 2021 at 7:00PM in the Media Center.

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter and Sean Kennedy. Jeff Kampwerth was absent.  Visitors included Britni Hogg.

The agenda was approved on a motion by Voss, second by Richter.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

The minutes of the previous meeting were amended and approved on a motion by Kennedy, second by T. Kampwerth.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

The executive sessions minutes of the previous 6 months were kept closed on a motion by Kennedy, second by Voss.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

The financial report and payment of bills were reviewed and accepted on a motion by Kruse, second by T. Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

Dr. Foutch reminded the BOE to fill out their Statement of Economic Interest Form online.  The form can be found at https://www.clintonco.illinois.gov/county-offices/county-clerk/ by looking under “Links” on the bottom right hand side of the page. The title of the form is “Statement of Economic Interest - Electronic.” 

The elementary districts administered the PSAT Test to 8th graders during the 1st week of December.  Although some of the schools were on “remote” during this time, most districts were able to have their 8th grade students come in to take the assessment.  We will use the results of this assessment for class placement and also to measure longitudinal academic growth of our students.  

The annual 8th Grade Information Night will be held on February 11th and 12th.  Due to attendance capacity limitations, we have sent out invites to every 8th grade family with a designated time for them to arrive at the event. We plan on having over twenty-five groups, clubs, organizations, and athletic teams represented at the event and we will also hold small group, voluntary tours of the building to conclude the evening.

We have received new information in regards to the recent COVID stimulus bill that was passed by the federal government.  Although this number is very tentative, it looks like our district will receive a little of $200,000 in stimulus funds.  We plan to place these funds into O & M to help reimburse our district’s COVID related expenses (HVAC upgrades, cleaning supplies, masks, sanitizer, etc.).

We received payment application #5 from Litteken Construction in the amount of $28,367.55.  The remaining balance to finish the project is $12,890.00.  The project is very close to completion and there are just a few “clean-up” items that need to be done prior to final payment and close out.  A motion to approve payment #5 to Litteken Construction for $28,367.55 for the dugout project was made by Ricther, second by Kennedy.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

It is time to take the next step in completing our Entrance Concrete and Welcome Sign Project.  In order for Foppe Visual Communication to begin the process of creating our welcome sign, they require a 50% down payment for the work.  The total cost of the entrance sign will be $18,000.  A motion to approve the down payment of $9000 to Foppe Visual Communication for the Entrance Concrete and Welcome Sign project was made by Voss, second by Kruse. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

Our Entrance Awnings are supposed to be delivered to Litteken Construction on Friday, January 15th.  Litteken will then assemble the awnings in their shop and schedule the installation on site.  Our goal is to have the awnings installed and looking good by our 8th grade Information Night on February 11th.

A motion to approve Barton Electric for the exterior lighting project for $7250 was made by Richter, second by Kennedy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

We have included in your board packet the Job Description for the new Medical Assistant Position.  As discussed last month, this position will not only help our district better meet the healthcare needs of our students, it will also enable us to begin providing a larger selection of Health Occupations Dual-Credit coursework for our students.  Our admin team, counselors, and Mrs. Boruff met with the Dean of Nursing at KC, Julie Obermark, last week.  This meeting was extremely productive.  If we create the Medical Assistant Position, then Central will be able to offer a new EMT Certificate program, Dual-Credit Medical Math, and Dual-Credit Medical Careers coursework in Year 1.  In Year 2, we will add a Medical Assistant Certificate program to those offerings.  Based on a feasibility study by KC, these are all areas where there is a high demand for employment in our community.  A motion to create a Medical Assistant position as presented was made by T. Kampwerth, second by Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

A motion to approve Community Bank of Trenton as an “Approved District Financial Provider” was made by Voss, second by Kennedy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

Harley Carlson is extremely interested in pursuing the “3 Circles” Agriculture Grant from the State of Illinois.  This grant provides pay for Agriculture teachers to work with students (outside of normal school hours) on projects that are FFA, SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience), or agriculture curriculum-related.   This grant is a “matching” grant from the State of Illinois and the district’s expense would be approximately $5,000 per year.  When speaking with Harley about the grant, she mentioned the possibility of using the grant funds to help our district develop and implement a summer apprenticeship and internship program.  She also mentioned that she would be happy to lead that initiative.  The program would involve pairing our students with local businesses who offer employment opportunities in the student’s area of career interest.  For example, if Gateway FS is looking for a Seed Salesman or Soil Scientist (and our program has identified students with an interest in those areas), then Harley would set up the internship and also provide training for students on how to be successful in that career.  The great thing about FFA, SAE, and Agriculture Education in general, is that the curriculum covers much more than simply “farm” based careers.  We could also offer internships as electricians, mechanics, engineers, tech specialists, and multiple areas in the construction trades industry. We envision that our program could offer both paid and unpaid apprenticeships.

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

Dr. Ketchum updated the BOE on the recent Quarantine and E-Learning students.

Freshman Information Night will be 02/10/21 and 02/11/21.  Groups of 25 students with one parent will be attending at different times to accommodate a safe environment.

The Math department met to discuss curriculum adjustments. They will also host a brief Math meeting involving all elementary district 8th Grade teachers on 02/12/21.  This meeting will focus on our new freshman math transition and will ensure everyone has an understanding of our plan and the entry process.  They also discussed a plan for a 3 week opportunity for incoming freshmen to attend an “Academic Camp”.   This camp may allow those freshmen to start in Advanced Plane Geometry.

Master scheduling will begin in March.

We are currently seeking out other dual credit opportunities in the area of Health/Science Technology and also are working with KC to finalize the specifics for 2021-2022.

Dr. Ketchum recognized many Cougars including Chloe Book who signed to play basketball at Millikin University, Ms. Boruff and HOSA for hosting another successful Blood Drive, a “Thank You” to KC for the donation of 4 welders for our Welding program and to Ms. Carlson and her horticulture class for providing assistance to local community members with their landscaping.

The board entered into closed session on a motion by Ricther, second by Voss to discuss personnel. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None  Motion carried at 8:42PM.

The board entered back into open session on a motion by Kruse, second by T. Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None  Motion carried at 9:05PM.

The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by Kennedy, second by Kruse at 9:06PM.    Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 Mike Nettemeier                    Tim Richter                 

Board President                                          Board Secretary


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