January

Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

* Tuesday, January 21, 2020 *

7:00 PM

 

AGENDA

1.0       Call to Order

 

2.0              Roll Call

 

3.0              Approval of Agenda     

 

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              Update on Interior Directional Signage Plan

 

 

7.0              New Business

7.1              Approve Authorization on Transportation Service Bid Process

7.2              Discuss PRESS Policy Service Agreement

7.3              Approve Intergovernmental Agreement Resolution with Career and Technical Education

7.4              Approve School Maintenance Grant

7.5              Approve volunteer coach for Boys’ Basketball

7.6              Discuss Greenhouse Plan for the Agriculture Program

 

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 21, 2020 at 7:00PM in the Media Center

 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth and Sean Kennedy.  Visitors included Britni Hogg, Brynne Luebbers and family, Riley Fisher and family, Izzy Melton and family, Avery Budde and family, Christian Frein and family, Katie Helmink and family and Maggie Schrage.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mr. Ketchum recognized the students who are involved in the Central Lifesavers group and the Youth Advisory Council for Senator Plummer.

 

Mrs. Britni Hogg presented information regarding our library system regarding the condition of the Per Capita Library Grant program.  She also shared other information on the direction of the library under her leadership. 

 

The elementary districts administered the PSAT Test to 8th graders during the 3rd week of December. This was the first year that 8th grade students took the PSAT.  In past years, the students took the EXPLORE test.  This fall, the decision was made to switch to the PSAT to better align to the assessments given to high school students.  

 

The annual 8th Grade Information Night was held on Wednesday, January 8th.  We had a great crowd of incoming students and their parents.  Over twenty-five groups, clubs, organizations, and athletic teams were represented and provided informational tables for the students/parents at the event.  We also held voluntary tours of the building to conclude the evening and almost everyone remained to participate. 

 

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases the Financial Profile Designation for all school districts.  Dr. Foutch reported to the Board of Education that our designation remains the highest possible rating of “Financial Recognition,” and that the district earned a perfect 4.0 overall rating.   

 

When analyzing the monthly bills, Dr. Foutch noticed that we have seen a significant increase in our “Land Line” phone costs from AT&T.  The bill for the month of December was over $2,300.  Dr. Foutch is in the process of collecting bids from other phone companies to try to bring down these costs.  After speaking with other companies, it looks like we are going to be able to save a substantial amount of money.

 

We are currently in the process of getting directional signs made for the interior of the building.  These signs will provide visitors with information in regards to the location of our media center, band hall, east gym, and other locations.  This signage is desperately needed throughout the building and we should have enough funds left in site and construction to cover the costs.

 

The Illinois Association of School Boards offers a Board Policy Service that is extremely beneficial to districts.  IASB’s PRESS Policy subscription ensures that the Board Policy Manual is up to date and includes all mandatory legal and procedural items.  The PRESS updates are meant to serve as a supplement to our current policy manual and all of our adopted policies (specific to District #71) would remain in effect.  The prorated cost for the remainder of this fiscal year would be $490 and the annual fee would be $980 thereafter.  A motion to approve the purchase of the PRESS Board Policy Subscription service was made by Voss, second by Kennedy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The Illinois legislature recently announced that they would be providing funds for a new round of School Maintenance Grants.  The new grants would be formatted as “matching” grants - up to $50,000.  Dr. Foutch wrote the grant last week and would like to use the funds to construct new dugouts on the varsity baseball field.  The estimate to complete this project would be $91,800 with the grant covering $45,900 of those costs.  Also, our P.A.W.S. organization has made a commitment to cover the other half of that total.  A motion to approve the School Maintenance Grant application for Baseball dugout project was made by Richter, second by Kennedy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

A motion to approve Brandon Book as an assistant volunteer boys basketball coach pending all necessary requirements are met was made by Kennedy, second by Kruse.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Over the last few months, Dr. Foutch has been having conversations with Mrs. Carlson about the improvement of our agriculture curriculum.  Mrs. Carlson is very interested in creating a first-class horticulture program at Central and she is passionate about how this program could increase opportunities for our students in agriculture related industries.  In order to create this program, Mrs. Carlson has expressed the sincere need for a greenhouse.  She also stated that the unused “courtyard” space on the east side of the school would be a perfect location for her proposed “Greenhouse Classroom.”  Mrs. Carlson has created a budget for the project and she believes that she could build and supply this classroom for $35,000.  Mrs. Carlson would like to work with the Farm Bureau to solicit funds to complete this project.

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Ketchum reported that the counselors will begin holding classroom meetings during the final week of January and all student scheduling forms are due back by February 12, 2020.  Our School Improvement Team (S.I.T.) has engaged in additional discussion around the 8 period day and the specifics of how to schedule the 8th period to best support all students.

 

Teachers who were still waiting to complete their final SLO are now working on those during January.  Mr. Ketchum noted that our teachers who were scheduled to be evaluated this year have been proactive with the evaluation process and understand the importance of planning and organization.

 

Many “giving back” opportunities happened around the holiday season.  HOSA Students, under the leadership of Ms. Boruff, presented Coping 4 Kids/Coping 4 Life with a check from all money earned during their 12/04/19 Blood Drive here at Central CHS.  Jamie Kohrmann, owner of Covered in Chocolate, visited Central on 1/13/20 and dropped off all items that were purchased by the proceeds from her holiday fundraiser.  All items directly support our Central Cougar Supply Store.  A special thank you goes out to Ms. Benhoff and Ms. Boruff for coordinating with Ms. Kohrmann and for their ongoing support and oversight of our Central Cougar Supply Store.  Due to the generosity of multiple Central Cougars and Coping 4 Kids/Coping 4 Life, we were able to provide complete Holiday Food Baskets for 7 families that have a student or students attending Central CHS.  The baskets were full of food and thoughtfulness as we tried to make sure families were able to have an enjoyable Holiday Season without the financial burden.  Upon delivery of the baskets, families were extremely grateful and we hope to increase this list each year to provide additional support to as many willing families as possible.

 

Mr. Ketchum congratulated the Cougar Cheer Team on hosting and superb cheer competition on January 5, 2020.  He also noted the great event put on by PAWS on January 4, 2020 - the Annual PAWS GBB Shootout.  Thank you to the Central Cougar Performing Arts Department for a wonderful Winter Concert on January 6, 2020  Specifically, our Percussion, Chorus, and Full Band performed beautifully and represented Central in an extremely positive way!  Since this concert was rescheduled from December, our student performers and Mr. Chrostoski had little to no time to practice after break; however, the show was performed without missing a beat and sounded awesome!

 

 

The board entered into closed session on a motion by T. Kampwerth, second by Kruse to discuss transportation contract negotiations. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None  Motion carried at 8:25PM.

 

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

 

We will complete the three-year agreement with our transportation providers at the conclusion of this school year.  Therefore, it is time to prepare a bid package for bus transportation.  BOE.   A motion to approve an authorization to start seeking transportation bids was made by J. Kampwerth, second by Kennedy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by Richter, second by Kennedy at 8:43PM.    Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Mike Nettemeier                    Tim Richter     

Board President                                  Board Secretary

 

 

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