December

 

Central Community High School District #71

7740 Old U.S. 50, Breese, IL  62230

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

Monday, December 16, 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

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 2019 Tax Levy

6.2              Approve Health Life Safety Amendment #35

                                               

7.0              New Business

7.1              Discuss Exterior Directional Signage

7.2              Approve 2019 Risk Management Plan

7.3              Approve Property/Casualty and Workers Compensation Insurance

        Renewal for 2020-21

7.4              Approve Volunteer Bass Fishing Boat Captains and Coach

7.5              Approve Volunteer for the FFA Program

7.6              Approve Overnight trip for the Illinois Music Education Conference

 

8.0              Principal’s Report

8.1              Approve Early Graduation Requests

 

9.0       Executive Session

 

10.0     Adjournment

 

 

 

 

The Truth in Taxation Hearing was held on December 16, 2019 at 6:45PM in the boardroom. 

 

The proposed tax levy was discussed by Dr. Foutch and the BOE.

 

The board adjourned the Truth in Taxation Hearing on a motion by Richter, second by T. Kampwerth at 6:58PM.   Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

 

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Central Community High School was held on December 16, 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 Kelly Ross and Lynn Garrett.

 

The agenda was 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 minutes of the previous meeting were amended and approved on a motion by Kruse, 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 financial report was reviewed and accepted 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

 

In order to help achieve Board Goal #5: “We will improve our public relations outreach to inform parents and community members about the outstanding activities taking place at Central,” we have decided to work with School Messenger to create and launch a new district website and Central Cougars App for iPhone and Android devices.  The website and App will be much more appealing and user friendly than our current website and I am extremely excited to complete this project.  With that, we have secured funding from the PAWS organization to cover the costs of the website and app development and we are grateful for their support of what I believe will be a “game changer” in regards to our public relations outreach. 

 

Central Community High School has eighteen students named as Illinois State Scholars from the Class of 2019.  This is a great honor and symbolic of the student achievement demonstrated by students at C.C.H.S.  We sent letters of congratulations to the students and their parents on the BOE’s behalf.  

 

The BOE discussed the 2019 Tax Levy at the hearing before the regular meeting.  The original recommendation was the “Levy Option B” however with updated news on the day of the meeting, the new recommendation will be “Levy Option C” because of the new home buildings and the residential reassessments.  No one has contacted me, but it is possible to have visitors during the hearing segment.  (If you have received any inquiries, please let me know.)  All members of the community have the right to visit and express opinions.  Our approach during the hearing should be a gracious and polite effort to explain the circumstances of the levy process and assure constituents that we are doing the best we can and that we are trying to moderate the effects of our budget with their tax burden.  Central has an extremely low tax rate.  (We can remind visitors that we see in our School Report Card information that spending has been very stable at Central over the years.)  A motion to approve 2019 Tax Levy as presented with an 11.41% increase in tax levy payments 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

 

We are happy to report that both of our major summer maintenance projects (Replacement of the exterior doors in the East Gym and sealing and painting the exterior walls on the West Gym) will be able to be funded using Health/Life Safety Funds.  Fortunately, we will not need to spend money out of our Operations and Maintenance Fund to complete these projects.  A motion to approve H/LS Amendment #35 for the replacement of exterior doors in the east gym and the sealing of exterior walls on the west gym was made 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  

 

Since we will not need to use O & M funds for our major summer maintenance projects, and there is a strong possibility that we will have site and construction funds left over after we complete the storage building and concession stand metal siding and roofing projects, Dr. Foutch discussed with the BOE about using those funds to enhance the exterior signage of our building.  Currently, we feel like the biggest need is for ‘Directional Signage” at our entrance and parking areas to help visitors navigate our campus more efficiently.  The estimated budget to install four directional signs would be approximately $6,500.   A motion to approve the purchase of exterior signage 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

 

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.   A motion to approve the 2020 Risk Management Plan 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

 

Our annual agreement with the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative will be expiring on July 1, 2019.  In order to comply with the 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.  It is my understanding that rate increases will be competitive again this year and we recently received over a $6,000 refund from PSIC due to the outstanding Property/Casualty and Workman’s Compensation Claim History at Central.   A motion to approve a 1 year renewal with Prairie State Insurance Coop 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

 

We have had three individuals express interest in volunteering to be Boat Captains for the Bass Fishing Club.  All three individuals are parents of current Central students and they are Jeff Beckmann, Jason Becker, and Chad Foster.  These individuals have all provided proof of the required liability insurance and I will recommend that they be approved as volunteers.  Jeff Beckmann has also expressed an interest in being a volunteer coach for the Bass Fishing Club.  A motion to approve Jeff Beckmann, Jason Becker, and Chad Foster as Volunteer Boat Captains for the Bass Fishing team pending all necessary requirements are met was made by J. Kampwerth, 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

 

A motion to approve Jeff Beckmann as Head Volunteer Boat Captains for the Bass Fishing team pending all necessary requirements are met 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

 

Harley Carlson asked if she could have a parent be approved as a volunteer for the FFA program at Central.  The parent volunteer would be able to help drive students to FFA contests (when two school vehicles were needed) on also work with Harley as she begins the process of creating a Central FFA Alumni and Community Support Network.  Kimberly Wolter (who is the parent of current Central freshman Lauren Wolter) has expressed a desire to volunteer with the FFA program.  A motion to approve Kimberly Wolter as an FFA parent volunteer pending all necessary requirements are met was made by Voss, second by Kruse.  Roll call vote: Aye –Mike Nettemeier, Sean Kennedy, Mary Lou Voss, Amy Kruse, Tanya Kampwerth, Jeff Kampwerth, Tim Richter.  Nay – None

 

Mackenzie Duncan was accepted into the Future Music Educators Seminar at the Illinois Music Education Conference to be held in Peoria from January 30th to February 1st.  This is an immense honor and opportunity for Mackenzie.  The seminar is a highly competitive and selective program: Mackenzie is one of only 2 students in our region and 55 in the entire state that have been selected for this program.  A motion to approve an overnight trip for Mackenzie Duncan to the Illinois Music Education Conference 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

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

 

Mr. Ketchum presented the early graduate requests to the BOE.  A motion to approve the Early Graduation list as presented pending all requirements 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

 

Mr. Ketchum presented the curriculum changes for FY21 and discussed briefly the reasoning for dropped and added classes.

 

Most of the evaluations of the non-tenured and tenured staff has occurred.  For a couple of teachers, maternity leaves have adjusted the timeline.  Mr. Ketchum assured that all requirements will be met before the deadline.

 

Mr. Ketchum briefly mentioned the student spotlights.  Due to the weather, these students will be recognized at the January BOE meeting.  These students were from the Central Lifesavers group as well as the Youth Advisory Council for Senator Plummer.

 

Central has “gave back” in many ways this semester.  A few ways include the Snack Pack program, the Canned Food and Toy Drive and the Cougar Closet.

 

 

The board adjourned the meeting on a motion by Richter, second by T. Kampwerth at 8:02PM.    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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