December

Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, December 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

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 2020 Tax Levy

    6.2 Approve Payment Application #4 to Litteken Construction

    6.5 Discuss exterior lighting bid from Kohrmann Electric

      7.0    New Business

    7.1 Approve purchase of new textbooks for Math Department

    7.2 Approve 2021 Risk Management Plan

    7.3 Approve Property/Casualty and Workers Compensation Insurance Renewal for 2021- 22

    8.0    Principal’s Report

    8.1Approve Early Graduation Requests

    9.0    Executive Session:Exception 1 (Personnel)

    10.0   Adjournment

A special meeting for Truth in Taxation was held on December 21, 2020 at 6:45PM in the Media Center.

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter and Sean Kennedy.

 Dr. Foutch reviewed the tax levy proposals discussed last month.

 The board adjourned the hearing on a motion by Voss, second by Kennedy at 6:59PM.    Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth and Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on December 21, 2020 at 7:00PM in the Media Center.

 Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter and Sean Kennedy.  Visitors included Kevin Crask (7:04).

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

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

 We recently received some outstanding news from the Community Bank in Trenton, IL.  Central High School was selected by the bank to receive Targeted Impact Grant Funds in the amount of $8,250.  This is a “no strings attached” grant that was issued to schools who have had “extraordinary expenses related to COVID 19” while promoting “equity and opportunity” for their community.

 Illinois State Scholars are typically announced prior to the December Board Meeting, but due to the delays in PSAT testing (from April 2020 to October 2020), there has also been a delay in announcing which students meet the criteria. 

 Dr. Foutch reviewed the 2020 Tax Levy information.  Many “black box” advertisements have been in the paper from local school districts who have adopted tentative levies similar or even higher than our proposal. Dr. Foutch also wrote a “Letter to the Editor” to try and better explain the process to our community. A motion to adopt tax tevy as presented with a proposed 12.4% increase in property taxes was made by Voss, second by Jeff.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 The dugout project is moving along.  Litteken Construction has submitted Payment Application #4 in the amount of $22,738.41 A motion to approve payment #4 to Litteken Construction for $22,738.41 for the Dugout project was made by Kennedy, second by T. Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 Dr. Foutch briefed the BOE on a lighting bid from Kohrmann Electric.  This project would include lighting the new sign on the west gym exterior, the Al Warnecke Stone by the baseball field, and also the new scoreboard.  Included in this bid is a small project to install an outlet in our outside freezer.  We need the outlet to install “heating tape” to some lines in the freezer to keep them from frosting over and creating issues.

 The curriculum study cycle has been taking place in both the math and science departments this school year.  The math teachers have submitted a proposal for new textbooks.  The major curriculum change in math involves the possibility of adding a dual-credit statistics class. The rest of the textbook purchases in math are due to necessary renewals of the College Placement Math Online Textbook.  The licenses for those books are purchased on a 7 year cycle and will need to be renewed to have the books available for next year.  The total expenditure for new textbooks in the math department is $51,509.03.  A motion to approve purchase of new Math textbooks for $51509.03 was made by Kennedy, second by T. Kampwerth. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 The science department is making major revisions to their general science and biology curricula.  These changes are needed due to the implementation of the dual-credit Biology 101 and 102 courses next year.  The group is working to ensure that the curriculum offers the appropriate scaffolding of skills from the first biology course to the capstone of receiving dual credit.  The department has been working extremely hard to make decisions about our new biology program, but they are having difficulty finding a textbook that meets all of their needs.  This may result in the teachers choosing to create their own curriculum (from various available resources) to ensure that our lessons are tailored in a way that best prepares students for success in Biology 101 and 102.  Also, Mrs. Kohnen has engaged in the process of completely revamping our freshman General Science courses to ensure that our students receive instruction in the earth, space, and physical sciences.  Previously, there was unneeded overlap between General Science and Biology and omissions of other very important science topics.  Mrs. Kohnen is correcting that curricular issue and she deserves our recognition for not only noticing the problem, but also her willingness to dedicate extra time to creating a solution.  

Each calendar year, we have adopted a Risk Management Plan for our facility and personnel.  It is this plan and the documentation we receive that provides us with the necessary system to justify expenditures of Tort Immunity Funds on salaries and other expenses.  We will be completing a survey and time study of our employees during the month of January in order to develop the documentation on the appropriate salary expenses.  The plan was drafted and adopted with guidance of our school attorney.  A few years ago, we added several individuals to the listing including our Technology staff, Guidance Counselors, and Office Personnel since they are also involved in liability reducing and control duties.  These people do activities each day that protect us from concerns and should be part of the Risk Management Plan.  Our auditors confirmed the appropriateness of this direction and continue to support this expenditure of funds.   We request a considerable levy amount of funds used for salaries in risk reducing activities.  Some of the Tort and Immunity Funding pays for our insurance costs, legal fees, and could be utilized for claims against the district.  The rest is spent on the sum of salaries determined by the plan.  As long as we remain conservative on expenditures from this fund, and stay consistently lower than the information from the survey mentioned above, we are justified in doing so. A motion to adopt the 2021 Risk Management Plan as presented was made by Kennedy, second by Kruse.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 Our annual agreement with the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative will be expiring on July 1, 2020.  In order to comply with bylaws of the cooperative, we are required to notify PSIC of our intention to renew or give an intention to withdraw six months prior to expiration.  This information is necessary for them to send out requests for proposals from aggregate providers.  The projected rate increase for this year will depend upon the climate of the industry and the bidding process that the A.J. Gallagher administrators will be able to draw from all providers.  A motion to approve the annual renewal with PSIC was made by J. Kampwerth, second by Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None 

 PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 Dr. Ketchum informed the BOE of the early graduate candidates.

 Dr. Ketchum also briefed the BOE on the updates of the quarantine students as well as the E-Learning students.  Approximately 50% plan to return on January 4, 2021 (following the Holiday Break).

 The School Improvement Team met on 12/09/20 and had a conversation regarding the need to modify normal final exams.  Our 8th grade Information Night will be held over two nights in February.

 Dr. Ketchum touched Academic planning for FY22.

 Our Fall athletes were recognized with a brief write-up for each sport.

 A motion to approve all Early Graduates as presented was made by Kruse, second by T. Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 The board entered into closed session on a motion by J. Kampwerth, second by Kruse to discuss personnel. Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None  Motion carried at 8:01PM.

 The board entered back into open session on a motion by Voss, second by J. Kampwerth.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None  Motion carried at 8:20PM.

 The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by Kennedy, second by Voss at 8:21PM.    Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Jeff Kampwerth, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

Mike Nettemeier                    Tim Richter                   

Board President                                     Board Secretary

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