May

The Board of Education of Central Community High School met for a special Board Reorganization meeting on May 3, 2021 at 6:00PM in the Media Center.

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth, and Tanya Kampwerth.   Visitors included Kori Voss, Brian Hunt and Angie Kohlbrecher.

A motion to amend and approve the Agenda was made by Kruse, second by Richter.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth.  Nay – None

A motion to approve the election results was made by J. Kampwerth, second by Voss.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth.  Nay – None

A motion to nominate Mike Nettemeier as Board President was made by M. Voss, second by Richter.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to nominate Mary Lou Voss as Board Vice-President was made by Richter, second by Kruse.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to nominate Tim Richter as Board Secretary was made by J. Kampwerth, second by M. Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to appoint Tim Richter, Amy Kruse and Jeff Kampwerth to the Building Committee was made by K. Voss, second by M. Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to appoint Mary Lou Voss, Kori Voss and Tanya Kampwerth to the Finance Committee was made by J. Kampwerth, second by Kruse.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to appoint Mary Lou Voss, Tim Richter and Jeff Kampwerth to the Insurance Committee was made by Kruse, second by K. Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to appoint Mary Lou Voss as the Hearing Officer was made by Richter, second by J. Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to appoint Mike Nettemeier as the KSED Governing Board Member was made by Voss, second by Richter.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to appoint Kori Voss as the Handbook Committee member was made by Kruse, second by Richter.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to appoint Mary Lou Voss as the Joint Committee member was made by J. Kampwerth, second by T. Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to appoint Mike Nettemeier and Amy Kruse as Committee to Support Central member was made by K. Voss, second by Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to appoint Becky Boeschen as the Recording Secretary was made by Ricther, second by J. Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

A motion to approve the resignation of Crissy Toennies as the Head Volleyball Coach was made by Kruse, second by Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None

The board entered into executive session on a motion by Voss, second by J. Kampwerth to discuss personnel/coaches.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None  Motion made at 6:20PM

The Board entered back into open session on a motion by Voss, second by J. Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss.  Nay – None  Motion made at 6:47PM

The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by J. Kampwerth, second by Voss at 6:50PM.    Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Tanya Kampwerth, Kori Voss. Nay – None

Mike Nettemeier                               Tim Richter                            

Board President                                       Board Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL 62230

BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING
 Monday, May 17, 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

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 Cougar Statue Project

6.2 Approve resolution providing for the issue, in one or more series, on a taxable or tax-exempt basis, of General Obligation Refunding School Bonds of Central Community High School District Number 71, Clinton, Bond, and Madison Counties, Illinois for the purpose of refunding outstanding obligations of the District and for the levy of direct annual taxes sufficient to pay the principal and interest on such bonds.

6.3 Discuss Bid for Painting of Exterior Doors and Windows

7.0

New Business
7.1 Schedule Hearing to Amend FY21 Budget
7.2 Employ “Zero Period” Physical Education Instructor
7.3 Employ Head Volleyball Coach
7.4 Create Summer Math Academy Instructor Position
7.5 Create Summer Extended Learning Special Education Instructor Position

7.6 Create Grant Funded Non-Certified Instructional Support Tutor Position

7.7 Approve Posting of Full-time Maintenance Position Vacancy

7.8 Employ Temporary Non-certified Summer Maintenance Positions

7.9 Employ Temporary Non-certified Summer Tech Support Positions

8.0

Principal’s Report

8.1 Approve 2021-22 I.H.S.A. Membership

9.0

Executive Session

10.0

Adjournment

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on May 17, 2021 at 7:00PM in the Media Center.

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth and Kori Voss. Visitors included Mara, Tom and Clare Koerkenmeier, Lynn Garrett and Kelly Ross.

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

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

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

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

Dr. Ketchum recognized Clare Koerkenmeier.  Clare is ranked #1 in the Class of 2021.  She has been involved in the Scholar Bowl, piano, Band, Spanish Club and PCCS.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and a 2021 Illinois State Scholar.  Clare plans to attend Missouri S&T in the Fall to major in Biological Sciences.  Dr. Ketchum also recognized Erica Schomaker (absent because of a college trip to University of Mississippi).  Erica is ranked #2 in the Class of 2021.  She has been involved in Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Spanish Club, PCCS and the Pit Crew.  She is also a member of the National Honor Society and is an Illinois State Scholar.  Erica plans to attend University of Mississippi in the Fall of 2021 to major in Biological Sciences.

The Clinton County Academic Excellence Banquet was held on Wednesday, May 5th.  There were fifteen students from Central recognized with their parents at the event.  This was the 23rd Annual celebration of the four schools

On Wednesday, May 13th we hosted our 15th Annual Academic Achievement Awards program.  It was a great success with many special guests in attendance to present scholarships at the function.  Fifty students were awarded in various ways for four years of excellent work.  We had several special awards and scholarships this year.  We calculated that the scholarships accepted by our Seniors reached an unbelievable value of over $2.3 million in award earnings.      

The Committee to Support Central continues to focus on increasing opportunities for students and promoting Central in the community.  The “Cougar Pride” program is a success and will continue to create an opportunity for businesses and individuals to become a member at various levels of contribution (Gold, Silver, and Bronze).  Next year, the CSC will partner with PAWS in a joint fundraising effort where donors can contribute to both groups with one form.  The Committee to Support Central now stewards eleven scholarships and holds over $180,000 in fiduciary accounts with us.

We are waiting for confirmation on the allocation of funds from the Perkins and the Career and Technical Education grants with the C.T.E. program for next year.  (We are hoping for approximately the same as last year.)  However, even if that transpires, without a budget in the State of Illinois, those funds will not be dispersed until a later point in time.  If you recall, we have for several years offset some of those funds to pay for tutorial services.  The Response to Intervention Program continues to be effective here at Central. 

We expect to receive approximately $455,000 in ESSER III stimulus funds in the coming months.  These funds can be spent on supplementary education programs, to improve air quality, to enhance technology, or any other items that could lead to a reduction in COVID exposure for students.  It is extremely important that we create a plan where these funds are used with maximum efficiency.  Since funds may be used for various building and maintenance items, it is important that we hold a building committee meeting to discuss our options.  

Tom Foppe called me on Monday, May 10th to let me know that the foundry had informed him they were having difficulty meeting our statue build deadline.  Multiple excuses were given (mainly COVID related) and Tom stated that he was pushing the foundry to get the project done.  Dr. Foutch explained to Tom that a delay was completely unacceptable and that everyone involved with the project would be extremely unhappy if the statue was not installed by May 27th.  We began this project and paid our first installment for the statue in September.  We were guaranteed that the statue could be completed by our graduation date and now (2 weeks before the event), Dr. Foutch was informed that there is a delay. The Board decided on a plan to get the Cougar statue to school as soon as it is ready.

Dr. Foutch discussed a resolution which allows the district to refinance our outstanding bonds.  This resolution is somewhat flexible and will allow Dr. Foutch to work with Bernardi Securities to ensure that we maximize our potential savings through the refinance.  As you know, interest rates are currently very low and are expected to remain that way for a period of time.  There is no reason to “rush” into refinancing the bonds because every day that we move closer to the recall date we do incur some cost savings.  With that, this resolution allows our district the flexibility to quickly move on a refinancing deal if indicators show that the interest rates will be trending upward in the near future.  The district will be able to save between $300,000 and $400,000 by refinancing our bonds at the right time.  A motion to approve a resolution providing for the issue, in one or more series, on a taxable or tax-exempt basis, of General Obligation Refunding School Bonds of Central Community High School District Number 71, Clinton, Bond, and Madison Counties, Illinois for the purpose of refunding outstanding obligations of the District and for the levy of direct annual taxes sufficient to pay the principal and interest on such bonds was made by Amy, second by Mary Lou.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None

We recently received a bid from Albers Painting to paint and re-caulk all of our exterior doors and windows.  Dr. Foutch would like to change the color of our doors and windows to black.  This color change would result in a much more updated appearance to the exterior of our building.  The bid amount was $19,445.00.  When speaking with Albers, they stated that the project would involve a considerable amount of labor due to the need for sanding and caulk removal.  We could easily budget for this expenditure in the FY22 budget.  A motion to approve Albers Painting for the exterior doors for $19,445 was made by Mary Lou, second by Jeff.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None

A motion to approve Brian Short as the instructor of Zero Hour P.E. Class for FY22 was made by Tim, second by Amy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None

A motion to employ Cathy Kohnen as Head Volleyball Coach was made by Mary Lou, second by Kori.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None

It was a board goal to create summer academic academies for incoming freshman students.  To implement our Summer Math Academy, we will need to create a Summer Math Academy Instructor position.  Qualifications needed to apply will be a professional educator licensure in the area of mathematics.  The pay for the position will be the same hourly rate that we pay our drivers education “behind the wheel” instructors in the fall, which is $27.65.  All resources needed to implement this program (teacher pay, classroom materials, etc.) have already been allocated through our ESSER II Grant funds.  A motion to create a Summer Math Academy Instructor position was made by Tim, second by Tanya.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None

ESSER Grant funds will also be used to provide Extended Learning Opportunities in the summer for the special needs students in Mrs. Weh’s class.  The plan is for these students to meet at Central a couple times a week (throughout the summer) to help make up for lost instructional time (due to COVID quarantines) and also to help prevent any further learning loss.  Again, in order to implement this program, we will need to create a Summer Extended Learning Special Education Instructor Position.  The qualification needed to teach this program will be a professional education licensure with LBS1 endorsement.  This position will also be paid the same hourly rate as our summer driver education teachers.  A motion to create a Summer Extended Learning Special Education Instructor position was made by Amy, second by Jeff.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None

Due to liability concerns, our Career and Technical Education Cooperative has made the decision to reimburse districts for tutoring expenses instead of employing the tutors directly through the Cooperative.  For example, the tutor at Central, Dawn Becker, is technically an employee of the CTE Coop – not of Central Community High School District #71. Since the CTE Coop does not carry liability insurance (and does not have the funds to purchase said insurance), their legal counsel has advised them that it is not in their best interest to employ the CTE tutors directly.  At the recent CTE Board of Control Meeting, it was decided that it would be best for each district to employ the tutor and add them to the district payroll.  CTE would then reimburse the districts for the expense. A motion to create a Grand Funded Non-Certified Instructional Support Tutor Position was made by Tanya, second by Amy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None  This position will be 100% grant supported and will require no additional expense of district funds.

As many of you know, Jim Stroot plans to retire during the first week of June. In order to try and fill this position, we will need to get the vacancy posted as soon as possible.  It is becoming more and more difficult to fill 2nd shift maintenance positions and I do not have the highest confidence in our ability to find a quality candidate prior to the beginning of the summer maintenance period.  Dr. Foutch has already informally reached out to a couple of individuals who have applied for positions in the past and all those individuals have taken other jobs (that they don’t intend on leaving).  Good workers are incredibly difficult to find right now.

In order to cover all our bases, Dr, Foutch believes it will be best to employ 2 students as temporary summer maintenance help (in order to fill the void until we find a candidate to fill Jim’s position).  He is extremely concerned that if we do not have sufficient help this summer, we may lose our best 2nd shift maintenance man, Dave Ratermann.   Dave is absolutely outstanding and he is also being recruited by other employers in our area.  If he is left “short handed” this summer, that would not be a good thing.  After speaking with Clay, he stated that it would be a huge help for the crew to have students remove all the classroom furniture, clean it, and put the rooms back together after Dave and Jon are done stripping and waxing the floor.  Also, if we do find a quality candidate to take Jim’s place, we could easily pay for the extra expense of student summer maintenance workers with ESSER grant funds.  Either way, this move will help us keep the good employees we have and also not require additional district funds.  A motion to employ student workers Nate Raker and Miles Kampwerth as temporary summer maintenance workers was made by Mary Lou, second by Amy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None

As we did last summer (at a considerable cost savings for the district), we would like to again hire 2 non-certified Summer Tech Support positions.  If you recall, the district had always hired certified staff (Mandy Ringwald) for this work in the summer.  The use of certified staff for tech work was unneeded and unnecessarily costly.  Our non-certified Tech Support staff last summer did absolutely exceptional work and the expense was approximately half of the hourly rate that we had spent in previous years.  Dr. Foutch wrote these positions into our ESSER II grant and the pay will be entirely covered by stimulus funds.  A motion to employ Dylan Hollenkamp and Shane Caraker as Summer Tech Support was made by Jeff, second by Kori.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

Dr. Ketchum updated the Board on the Quarantine numbers and the 2021-2022 enrollment projections.

Dr. Ketchum reviewed the Student Handbook revisions.  A motion to approve the Student Handbook revisions as presented was made by Tanya, second by Tim.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None

We recently got word that we have 2 additional students who are Illinois State Scholars, making a total of 18 Illinois State Scholars.

Dr. Ketchum recognized the FFA program for many accomplishments. 

Mrs. Shanafelt did an awesome job planning the 2021 Prom.

Mr. Jewel deserves praise for the outstanding Music Concert that happened on May 14th.  Also, great job to Mrs. Wessel for putting on an Art Show the same night in the Commons.

The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by Jeff, second by Tanya 8:36PM.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Kori Voss, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None

Mike Nettemeier                          Tim Richter                        

Board President                                      Board Secretary

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