November

Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, November 18, 2019  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

2.1              Financial Report

2.2              Payment of Bills

2.3              Recognition of Visitors / Public Comment

2.4              Communications / Correspondence

2.5              Information

 

3.0              Old Business

3.1              2018-19 Renovations and Building Additions

A.    Building Additions – Approve Application for Payment #15 and Final

3.2              Report from Building Committee Discussions

3.3              Bass Fishing Club

 

 

4.0              New Business

4.1              Preliminary 2019 Tax Levy / Schedule Truth in Taxation Hearing

4.2              Approve Authorization to Seek Proposals on West Gym Roof Walls Painting and Sealing

4.3              Approve Authorization to Seek Proposals on Refinishing East Gym Floor

4.4              Employ Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach

4.5              Approve Retirement Request(s)

 

   

5.0              Principal’s Report

 

6.0              Executive Session

 

10.0     Adjournment

 

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on November 18, 2019 at 7:00PM in the boardroom. 

 

Members present were Mike Nettemeier, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter, Jeff Kampwerth and Sean Kennedy.  Visitors included Kristen and Jean Ess, Mollie and Jill Johnson, Steve Ellis, Elle Huelsmann and Jen Wilken.

 

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 Kruse.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

The financial report was reviewed and accepted on a motion by Richter, 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

 

Mr. Ketchum and Dr. Foutch continue to work on 2019-20 evaluations of our staff.  Mr. Ketchum observes and evaluates teachers in the annual evaluation cycle and Dr. Foutch annually completes an evaluation process of the non-certified staff.  We will have these completed in February so the Board of Education can act on reemployment in March.

 

There was a College Planning Night held at Central on November 7th at 7:00 P.M.  The program was sponsored by the School Community Council and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The program reviewed the completion of financial aid forms, when and how to apply, scholarships, grants, work study programs, and other information necessary to help parents plan for post-secondary pursuits.  We also had a panel of parents (who have recently went through the college planning process) talk about their experiences. 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences were held on Tuesday, October 22nd.  Although we fell short of having all parents visit with teachers at these conferences, they still provide the opportunity for parents to have those personal, direct conversations to hear about their child’s status and progress in their classes.  We feel our conferences are extremely valuable and a chance to open our doors to parental involvement and collaboration.

 

Members of the math department have been engaging in the Curriculum Study Cycle this year.  Our math teachers have done an excellent job studying curriculum, instructional practices, and course offerings.  In past years, departments that have engaged in this process have requested new textbooks and supplies upon completion.  Due to budget constraints in our education fund, Dr. Foutch has worked with the math teachers to delay the purchase of a large scale “new” textbook adoption.  Our primary goal was to ensure that the delay did not negatively impact student learning and we have created an excellent win-win situation for our district, teachers, and students. 

 

For the 2020 – 2021 school year, the teachers have requested that we make curriculum changes to our freshman level Algebra A and B curriculum.  This change will require the purchase of only a new Pre-Algebra textbook series at the approximate cost of $5,000.  This will be a very positive change for the department and give us the best bang for our buck.  Given that the prior planned textbook adoption would have cost the district approximately $90,000, we should be able to see an approximate savings of $85,000 in our education fund.  Dr. Foutch emphasized that this savings will in no way negatively impact student learning.  The $5,000 investment will significantly improve our students’ achievement in math.  A motion to approve the purchase of new pre-algebra textbooks for ~$5000 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

 

As we have begun the metal siding and roofing project on the concession stand and storage building, we have run into some issues that must be addressed.  When the buildings were constructed, there was no building rap installed and we have found a substantial amount of rot around the bottom of the concession stand and around the man doors on both buildings.  This will result in replacing of both doors and the replacement of additional sheeting and moisture protection on the concession stand.  Millennium Construction must also install building wrap on both buildings in order to meet building codes.   Along with those items, in the bid specs, there were items left off (such as new soffit and fascia) that will need to be included in the project in order for the buildings to look completely finished when the job is done.  These items, along with some other changes that will need to be made to adequately complete the project, will result in an additional expenditure estimated around $18,298.  Even with this number added to our original bid, we will still be under the bids received last school year.  Dr. Foutch made the decision to move forward with these items to ensure that, when completed, the job would be done the right way and we can have a product that we are proud of. A motion to approve the additional work on the concession building and storage building was made by Kruse, 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 18-19 Renovations and Building Additions have been completed and we only have one final pay application to approve.  We received payment application #15 and final from Millennium Construction.  A motion to approve final payment #15 to Millenium Construction for $100,283.91 was made by Voss, 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 Building Committee held its first annual meeting on Wed., October 30th in order to discuss potential projects and building issues.  Obviously, the discussions were impacted greatly by the 18-19 Renovations and Building Additions.  However, there are still some small matters to be accomplished within the Ten-Year Health/Life/Safety requirements and other HLS matters to be addressed from recent visits.  We also discussed some short and long term goals for the facility. The BOE discussed the overall Building Plan as put forth by the committee.

 

A motion to authorize a Bass Fishing Club at Central 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 – NoneDrFoutch has been informed that the IHSA requires each Boat Captain to have a minimum $100,000 Personal Liability Insurance Policy.

 

 Mrs. Boeschen and Dr. Foutch have worked to develop a preliminary tax levy for review (The 2019 Tax Levy is for funding to be collected in 2020.)   Although at a smaller rate than in some years past, our estimated assessed valuation continues to grow.  As in the past, the process forces us to set our request at a higher level than will ever actually be extended to us.  Unfortunately, this gives people the impression that what we will     request is seen as a large actual increase in extension, while what we will actually receive is not the same level.  A levy is simply a request that we are forced to make at an inflated level to ensure we access the revenue available according to the eventual assessment of property.  We have always looked at trends from the past few years and see some inconsistency in assessment.  We still must maintain a goal to establish a levy request that garners our total revenue potential and, with little information on which to base this, it must be sufficient.  Dr. Foutch reminded the BOE that a poor decision could mean a scenario that sets a request for funds too low and leaves potential dollars inaccessible.  A decision to adopt a sufficient levy is crucial for a district such as Central because of increases in annual expenses and our reliance on local revenue.  Depending upon new Evidence Based Funding formulas, state funding levels may grow, but it is likely to be very limited growth for us and we will still likely increase in our dependence upon local tax revenues.  A motion to set a Truth in Taxation hearing on December 16, 2019 at 6:45PM was made by T. 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

 

We have been working with Todd Jones to determine what steps need to be taken to seal and protect the exterior walls on the West Gym.  We received good news and Todd believes that we will only need to reseal and paint the metal.  This was great to hear due to the fact that the other option would be to replace all of the metal siding.  A motion to approve authorization to seek proposals on the sealing and painting of exterior walls of the West gym was made by J. Kampwerth, second by Richter.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Largely, the same process also needs to be accomplished for the seeking of proposals to refinish the East Gym Floor.  As we discussed in the Building Committee Meeting, it is time to sand, paint, and reseal that floor. A motion to approve the authorization to seek proposals on refinishing the East Gym Floor was made by Richter, second by Kruse.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None  Also, prior to completing this project we will need to replace the double door entrance on the south side of the east gym.  This project will require for a section of the gym floor to be cut out and replaced.  Once this is complete, we will sand and refinish the entire gym floor surface and   you will not be able to see the repaired area.  If we wait to replace the double door until after the gym floor is refinished, then there will be a very visible (and unsightly) “patch” in that area.

 

A motion to employ Neil Budde as a volunteer assistant softball 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

 

A motion to approve the request of intent to retire from Kurt Peters at the end of the 2022-2023 school year was made by Richter, second by Voss.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Ketchum met with the School Improvement Team on Wednesday, November 6th.  They discussed the next steps in the development of an 8 period instructional day beginning in 2020-2021.  The member of the S.I.T team will continue to work with their departments to finalize a recommended class list, allowing the development of the 2020-2021 Master Schedule.

 

Mr. Ketchum will continue to look at additional possibilities for certificate programs to ensure that our students are college or career ready.

 

All head coaches met with Mr. Hamon on October 25th to discuss Core Values and Student Leadership.  The BOE had a lengthy discussion about the new process and topic. 

 

Mr. Ketchum spoke about the huge success of the Chance to Dance, organized by Mrs. Weh.

The board entered into closed session on a motion by Richter, second by T. Kampwerth to discuss non-certifieds contracts. 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 J. Kampwerth, second by Richter.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy. Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None  Motion carried at 7:55PM.

 

The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by Kennedy, second by Kruse 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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