August

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

BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING
Monday, August 17, 2020 (7:00 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

                          5.5            Information

 

  6.0            Old Business

                          6.1            Approve Bid for School Maintenance Grant Project – Baseball Dugouts

                          6.2            Update on Exterior Renovations - Entrance Canopies

                          6.3            Approve down payment for Cougar Statue

 

  7.0            New Business

                          7.1            Review Preliminary FY20 Budget and Approve Budget Hearing

                          7.2            New CCHS Board Policy Manual – First Reading

                          7.3            Discuss District Goal Setting for 2020-21

                          7.4            Employ Assistant Boys Soccer Coach

 

 

  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 August 17, 2020 at 7:00PM in the Media Center.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The BOE received a copy of our Faculty and Staff Directory. Dr. Foutch encourages the BOE to contact him or Dr. Ketchum with any questions or concerns first, but they have the necessary contacts and information should they have a need to communicate with one of these people. He also gave them a copy of the Faculty Handbook and the Student Handbook.

 

Dr. Foutch commended the Maintenance and Custodial staff for their work this summer in preparing our facility for the upcoming year.  Joe Lampe and Clay Ski did a great job coordinating work on general maintenance in addition to working with several projects this summer.  This was a huge task for them due to the substantial changes that had to be made to start school.  The entire staff did a great job in preparing everything (both inside and outside) and completing the cleaning, waxing, painting, preparing anti-virus materials for classrooms, moving tables and chairs, etc.  Simply, the guys went above and beyond this summer.  Joe Lampe, Mike Thole, Jim Stroot, Clay Szczeblewski, and Mike Hellmann deserve to be commended for their efforts.  Also, our new hire Dave Ratermann is off to an outstanding start.  He is a hard worker who has fit in well with the crew.

 

Our in-person and online registration processes last week worked very well in getting schedules out and completing schedule changes for students.  One important note, we registered an eye opening 634 students.  We had 10 more freshman students register than we were expecting and our student population continues to grow.   With this being the first year for online registration, some “hiccups,” were expected but everything went fairly smooth.  We received extremely positive feedback in regards to our online registration process and my recommendation would be to continue it in the future.  Currently, we are emphasizing the completion of physicals for 9th graders, and the completion of the meningococcal vaccine for seniors, prior to the start of school.

 

The Committee to Support Central continues to meet quarterly, promote Central, and work at generating scholarship opportunities for our students.  The CSC is currently discussing methods of promotion for Central programs and activities.  We have also offered the Cougar Pride program again this year.  Last year, there were sixty-four Gold, Silver, and Bronze level members.  They have created several scholarship opportunities for students and contributed to programs over the years with some of the Cougar Pride contributions.  They plan on possibly coordinating their efforts with our P.A.W.S. group in the future.  The CSC also filmed a promotional video on August 11th (through a partnership with the Breese Chamber of Commerce), and upon final editing that video will be released via social media.

 

As always, this summer has been a big deal in the Technology program.  Anthony and his “Dream Team” of Shane Caraker, Dylan Hollenkamp, and Jonathan Durbin have done an excellent job preparing for the new school year.  The Technology program we offer our students and staff at Central is outstanding and better than any other school in the area.  This was most certainly demonstrated during the recent COVID-19 related school closure.  We are an advanced technological school and need to get better and better as the rapid pace of technology continues to build.

 

Dr. Foutch provided the BOE with our most recent COVID-19 related status updates.    

 

For our school maintenance grant/PAWS baseball dugout project, we had four contractors show up for the pre-bid meeting.  A motion to approve Litteken Construction for the dugout project for the amount of $128,900 was made by Kruse, second by Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth.  Nay – None

 

We also are currently accepting bids for the “Canopy” project for our exterior entrances.

 

The other exterior project that was approved at our July board meeting was the addition of a Cougar Statue outside of the Main Gym Entrance.  To begin the process of creating the cast for that statue, Foppe Visual Communications is requiring the district to pay approximately 1/3 of the cost of that project up front. A motion to approve the down payment for the cougar mascot project for $6333 was made by Kennedy, second by Voss. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth.  Nay – None

 

Becky Boeschen and Dr. Foutch presented the Preliminary FY 20 Budget figures.  The new Evidence Based Funding (EBF) system was implemented last year, but our increases in revenue from the state were flat with our total increase in state funding expended to be $36, 279.62.  Even with this increase, we are still roughly $1.4 million below our designated Funding Adequacy target.  We also never know how much to expect in actual mandated categorical payments, so the unknown continues to create difficulty in preparing a budget. With that, in order to uphold our responsibility to the taxpayers, we must create a budget assuming the “worst case scenario” in regards to both our potential revenues and expenditures.   Local sources of revenue are the easiest to predict and will still be the largest percentage of our income as a district.  As always, we will plan for revenue streams that are conservative and work throughout the year to reduce spending in a myriad of ways.  Expenditures are where we have a better understanding of budget figures.  We will have additional salary and benefit expenses due to raises and costs of operation.  As we always do, efforts will continue to control expenditures in all areas.  The Education Fund is of most concern this school year due to the expected potential increase in our substitute teacher costs.  Our student population has also increased by 54 students over the last two years and that will result in additional funds being needed for classroom materials and supplies. It is likely that we will end the year this year with less reserves than last year. We will have to watch the budget extremely closely in all Education Fund related expenditures.   A budget hearing was set for September 21st at 6:45PM.

 

The district began subscribing to the Illinois Association of School Board’s PRESS Policy Update service.  We began that subscription this summer and Dr. Foutch has gone through the process of updating our entire Board Policy Manual.  It is now more important than ever that the district implement board policies that are based on the most current updates in the Illinois School Code. 

 

The board and administration will be developing new district goals every year.  Dr. Foutch believes that we can complete this process without additional assistance from the IASB.  A meeting is scheduled for September 9 at 6:00PM to make new goals.

 

A motion to employ Morgan Adams as Assistant Boys Soccer Coach was made by J. Kampwerth, second by Kennedy. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemer, Sean Kennedy, Amy Kruse, Mary Lou Voss, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth.  Nay – None

 

 

 

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Dr. Ketchum informed the BOE of the updated student count for the year.  Our current total enrollment is 631 including 5 off-campus students.

 

The teachers and Dr. Ketchum have been working on the E-Learning plan.  Dr. Ketchum briefly explained that plan.

 

The E-Learning Team will be meeting on Wednesday, July 22 @ 1:00pm to utilize the most updated guidance from ISBE, along with our Back to School Plan, to adjust our E-Learning Plan accordingly for 20-21.   

 

Dr. Ketchum then briefly reviewed the 2020-2021 School Improvement Plan.  A motion to approve the 2020-2021 School Improvement plan was made by Voss, second by J. Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemer, Sean Kennedy, Amy Kruse, Mary Lou Voss, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth.  Nay – None

 

The board entered into closed session on a motion by Voss, second by T. Kampwerth to discuss the delayed start of school and the plans to return to school. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None  Motion carried at 8:03PM.

 

The board entered back into open session on a motion by  J. Kampwerth, second by Kennedy.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth.  Nay – None  Motion carried at 8:51PM.

 

The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by Kennedy, second by Voss at 8:52PM.    Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth.  Nay – None

 

Mike Nettemeier                    Tim Richter                   

Board President                                  Board Secretary

 

 

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