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2007-03

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MARCH 19, 2007

PAW PAW JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA - PAW PAW ILLINOIS

7:00 P.M.

            The Regular Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit School
District #271, Board of Education,

was called to order on March 19, 2007 at 7:04 P.M.  in the Paw Paw Jr./Sr.
High School Media Center, Paw Paw, Illinois.  Those answering roll call
were:  David Lilja, Kim Siemers, Becky Moorehead, John Prentice, and Steve
Richey.  Absent was Bruce Oates.  Also present were: Superintendent, Robert
Priest; Principal, Josh Ebener; Alice Zeman; Chuck, Stephanie and Joshua
Schneider; Heather Nelson; April Moorehead; and Sheri Fore.

             John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to
approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of February 19, 2007 as
presented.            Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

            Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve
the minutes of the Closed Session of February 19, 2007 as presented.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

            John Prentice, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to approve
the Consent Agenda Items as follows:

A)           Approval of the bills with late additions:

Ed:                $203,146.05

O/M:                 45,664.90

TRANS.:          26,141.57

IMRF/SS:           7,259.65

Total:            $282,212.17

B)           Approval of the Treasurer's Report as presented by the District
Treasurer, Eunice Rogers.

C)           Approval of the Financial Reports as presented.
            Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

            OPEN FORUM:

                   Alice Zeman stated she will be making a DVD tape on
Wednesday in the music room of two of the younger children singing for the
upcoming Centennial Celebration.  She will get parental waivers.

She also asked Mr. Priest if she could interview him to get his perspective
on the future of the District.

                   Mr. Priest introduced Mr. Schneider, new Jr./Sr. High
School Principal, his wife and son. Mr. Schneider told the Board he and Mr. Ebener
are working together on a transition plan.   He has met some of the staff and
support staff and will be bringing lunch from Subway for all the staff on Wednesday. 

            BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS:

                   Education - The Education Committee met March 6th.  There
has not been a lot of time to work on the curriculum mapping; therefore this
will be the focus for the rest of the year on SIP days.   The School Report
Card is finally here.   ISAT's were taken last week and will be finished
this week with a few make-up tests for absent students.  The SAT program for
the seniors was discussed.  There was also some discussion on forming a
Technology Committee in order to update our Technology Plan which has to be
done by next year. This committee will be comprised of Board Members, Staff,
and Community Members. 

                   Building - The Building Committee has not met.  They will
meet next on Wednesday, March 28, at 4:30 P.M.

                   Transportation -   Will be discussed at the Building
Committee Meeting.

                   Policy - Last Saturday's meeting was cancelled.  The next
meeting will be April 14, at 9:00 P.M.

            OLD BUSINESS:
                   The revised proposed 07/08 calendar has been revised
cutting Christmas break short with the students coming back January 3rd.

            NEW BUSINESS:

                   Approve volunteer assistant coach - closed session

                   Staff recommendations for 2007-2008 - closed session

                   Technology Committee - Every five years we have to update
the Technology Plan.  This has to be done through a committee and as stated
earlier needs to be comprised of Board Members, Administration, Staff and
Community Members.  Kim Siemers and Bruce Oates will be the board members on
the committee.  Mr. Ebener stated at this time that he has some
recommendations such as having drops in all classrooms in order to have four
or five computers per classroom; have telephones in all classrooms; and
upgrade the existing computer labs.  He also would like to see upgrading
software in the office to allow parents to go on line to see their students'
grades.  Mr. Priest is actually looking into that software soon.  Micah has
found out about 30, 2 yr. old Macs that are for sale from another district.
Do we want to continue with Macs or change to PC's?  

                   Resignations - Bus Driver, PE Teacher, Principal, and
Spanish Teacher.  Closed Session

                   Transition Grant -  Todd Sieben has sponsored a bill
which would give AFC transition money. Mr. Priest spoke with him and
was reassured that our transition money will not be shared with them.

                   SAT Program Revisions - Students will be given a pass or
fail grade.  The requirements to participate have been revised.   There will
be a certain amount of writing involved such as keeping daily records.  A
written application is required and must be submitted to the guidance
counselor.  Acceptance to the program will be on an individual basis.

                   Architects Recommendations and Cost Estimates for the HS
Entrance and the Science Lab- We have figures from the architects on the
high school entry estimated at $30,000 to $45,000.   There are 3 estimates
for the science lab.  The highest estimate is $130,000.00 and would include
everything being upgraded.   The general consensus is to do the lab and get
everything done.  Mr. Priest will contact the architect to write a H/L/S
amendment to defray part of the cost.  

                   State Report Cards - State Report Cards are finally here.
We have done well.  All grade levels have met AYP.  Our overall performance
has gone up from 66.9% to 82.3%.  We have shown good growth and are taking
strides towards being better. 

                   Employment of Principal - closed session

Craig Bresson Scholarship Proposal - Craig Bresson's parents have met with
Mr. Ebener and would like to establish a scholarship fund in memory of their
deceased son.  The scholarship fund will provide $500.00 to a student chosen
each year for the next 10 or 15 years.
Mr. Ebener and Craig's parents discussed the criteria and how students will
be chosen.  Students will be nominated and then chosen by a committee.  If
the Board approves, the criteria will be fine tuned.   The Board indicated
Mr. Ebener should proceed.

                   Stipend - Senior Trip Chaperones - Kim Siemers stated
someone brought this to her attention and asked that it be brought up to the
Board.   A short discussion followed with no action being taken.

            PRINCIPAL'S REPORT:

                   Mr. Ebener reported that the 8th grade trip will be on a
school day with the students not getting back until midnight.  He brought it
up to the Board since the trip is out of state.  There are enough
chaperones. The 8th graders have been enjoying open campus for lunch on
Fridays, as their reward, since they met or exceeded on the ISATS last
spring.  The senior class is sponsoring a Battle of the Classes on Tuesday,
March 20, at 6:00 P.M.  The FFA Auction is March 24 at 6:30 P.M. The Spring
Sports Banquet is March 26 at 6:00 P.M.   At this time, several board
members commented on the detentions/Saturday School/suspensions. It is
important to be consistent with punishments.  Lastly a parent has brought up
a concern with the school being more accommodating to students who do not
physically go to school here and make them feel more welcome.  Mr. Priest
indicated this should be continued in closed session.

            SUPERINTENDEN'S REPORT - Everything has already been discussed.

                   A motion was made by Kim Siemers, seconded by John
Prentice, to adjourn to Closed Session  to discuss personnel, negotiations
and probable or imminent litigation at 8:45 P.M. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

            ACTION ITEMS:

                   A motion was made by Kim Siemers, seconded by Steve
Richey, to come out of Closed Session at 9:35 P.M. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   A motion was made by Becky Moorehead, seconded by John
Prentice: To honorably dismiss Tenured Certified Personnel:
Susanne Bertenshaw
                   To honorably dismiss Non Tenured Certified Personnel:
Alicia Jordal
                   To honorably dismiss Educational Support Personnel - Tina
Phipps
                   To approve the re-employment of Certified Personnel as
recommended by the Administration
                   See attached.
                   To approve the re-employment of Educational Support
Personnel as recommended by the Administration.  See attached.
                   Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
approve David Lilja as volunteer Assistant Softball Coach. Motion passed by a roll call vote. 
David Lilja - abstained.
                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
accept the resignation of Josh Ebener, as Paw Paw Jr. Sr. High School
Principal, effective June 30, 2007. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
accept the resignation of Cathy Boyer, PE, Health, and Drivers' Ed Teacher
effective, the end of this school year. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
accept the resignation of Korey Kincaid, bus driver, effective March 30th. Motion passed
unanimously on a roll call vote.
                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
approve the high school SAT Program as revised. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
approve Charles Schneider's employment and contract as Principal for the Paw
Paw Jr./Sr. High School for the 2007/2008 year. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
accept the resignation of Carlos Buelvas as Paw Paw High School Spanish
Teacher, effective the end of the school year. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
adjourn the meeting at 9:38 P.M. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.