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2007-05

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MAY 14, 2007

PAW

PAW HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER – 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 at 7:04 P.M by Board Vice President, Bruce Oates.  Those answering roll call were Bruce Oates, Kim Siemers, Becky Moorehead and Steve Richey.  Absent was David Lilja (entered 7:45 P.M.) and John Prentice (entered 8:50 P.M.). Also present were Superintendent, Robert Priest; Principal, Josh Ebener; Kelly Lampson; Mary Dodaro; Mark Dreyer; and Sheri Fore.
           Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of April 16, 2007 as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Becky Moorehead, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Closed Session of April 16, 2007 as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
           
Steve Richey, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as follows:
a.)                Approval of the Bills with late additions:

ED:                 $252,943.42

O/M:                   21,383.57
           
B/I:                      63,068.71 
             
TRANS:             20,549.26
           
MRF/SS:               7,838.91
           
F/S:                        3,318.41
             
TOTAL:         $369,101.78

 b.)                Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as presented.
c.)                Approval of the Financial Reports as presented.

Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

OPEN FORUM:

            Mary Dodaro was present to request that the parents who have been sponsors with the same group since 8th grade be allowed to continue as their sponsors for sophomore year.  Mary stated that the parents understood that it is in the teachers’ contract to do extra activities.  However, she is requesting that at least one parent be allowed to serve with the teacher sponsor and have a vote on decisions made for that class.  Mary was told the Board would take her request under advisement.

 BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS:

           Education:  The Education Committee discussed many items such as curriculum mapping, the new grade scale for Junior High and High School, the Junior High and High School schedules and the Middle School concept.  At this time, schedules were passed out to the Board.  Mr. Ebener stated that teachers are to let him know if they have any concerns with the schedule before giving it to Mrs. Jamroch to finalize.  Also discussed was a New Teacher Orientation which Mrs. Jamroch is putting together.  The Committee also thought it would be beneficial to have a School Improvement Team who would report monthly to the Board.

           
Building Committee:  The Building Committee has not met.  Mr. Priest stated that there are several items on the agenda that address building issues such as summer help and the roof work, the gym ceiling and the painting to be done this summer.
            Transportation:  The Transportation Committee has not met.
            Policy:  The Policy Committee has finished updating and reviewing the policy book.  Everyone should have a copy soon and the first reading will be next month.

             ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE OF THE BOARD:

           Steve Richey, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to adjourn to sine die at 7:26 P.M.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Steve Richey, Kim Siemers, and David Lilja, newly elected board members were sworn in.
            Nominations for President Protempore: 
          Nominated Candidate:  David Lilja.
            There were no other nominations:
            Kim Siemers, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion that David Lilja be unanimously elected President Protempore. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Nominations for Secretary Protempore: 
            Nominated Candidate:  Kim Siemers.
            There were no other nominations.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion that Kim Siemers be unanimously elected Secretary Protempore. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            President Protempore, David Lilja, requested nominations for Board President. 
            Kim Siemers nominated David Lilja.
            There were no other nominations.
            Steve Richey, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion that David Lilja be elected unanimously as Board President for a two-year term. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Nominations for Board Vice-President: 
            Steve Richey nominated Bruce Oates.
            There were no other nominations.
            David Lilja, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion that Bruce Oates be elected unanimously as Board Vice-President for a two-year term. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Nominations for Board Secretary: 
            Bruce Oates nominated Kim Siemers.
            There were no other nominations.
            Becky Moorehead, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion that Kim Siemers be elected unanimously as Board Secretary for a two-year term. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Kim Siemers, seconded by David Lilja made a motion to accept the Board Meeting Night, Time and Place as presented with August 20 being changed to August 27. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Kim Siemers, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to adopt all existing Board Policies and Job Descriptions. (Student Handbook will be discussed when John Prentice arrives.)  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by Steve Richey to approve the law office of Walter Zukowski, as the District’s Attorney, Basalay, Cary and Alstadt as the District’s Architect and Lindgren, Callahan, VanOsdol as the District’s Auditor. (Bruce Oates requested to discuss the auditors in closed session). Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Kim Siemers, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve The Paw Paw State Bank as Official District Depository for District Funds, and District Depository for Activity and Imprest Funds. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Appointment of Board Representatives to IVVC, LCSEA, and IASB and Board Committees:
            LCSEA – David Lilja    IVVC – Steve Richey   IASB – Bruce Oates
            Education – Bruce Oates, Kim Siemers
            Policy – Becky Moorehead, John Prentice
            Building – Steve Richey and David Lilja
           
Transportation – Steve Richey and David Lilja
            NEW BUSINESS: 
            Second

Reading of Handbook – tabled until John Prentice arrives.
            Mr. Priest stated that we will be transferring the interest income from the bond and interest fund and the transportation fund to the education fund at the end of the fiscal year.
            We will need to amend the budget mainly due to the performance contracting bills.  There are also some other areas to be adjusted or amended.
            
Summer Work – Mr. Priest is requesting 4 summer workers for the custodians and 1 summer worker for Mr. Faber.  There is a lot of painting to be done this year. The gym will be repainted and a new logo used.  It was decided that Mr. Priest should see what kind of bids he can get to do the painting professionally especially the gym ceiling since it is so high. The students will paint the rooms.  In order to get everything done Mr. Priest then asked if he could have 6 students for the summer and the Board agreed.
           The vacancy for the Board seat will be advertised.   A candidate cannot be from Wyoming Township but should be from Viola, Willow Creek, West Brooklyn or Paw Paw Townships .  The Board will receive applications and interview for the vacancy. Mr. Priest will check with the clerk for registered voters.
Junior High School and High School Schedules – Mr. Ebener has already discussed the schedules and some of the issues with lunch times and end of the day periods.
           
The final 2006-2007 calendar needs to be approved.
            Bids need to be let for fuel.
            The recommendation is to raise the milk price from 20 cents to 25 cents.
            Mr. Priest is recommending the purchase of the Web Base Software from Specialized Data Systems.   Once this is approved training sessions will be arranged for the staff.  Penny Slaughterback and Sheri Fore will do the training at the Lisle office.  It was suggested to have a night for parental training as well.
Logo – Jeff Politsch developed a new logo which was included in the Board Packet.  This would be included with the new paint job in the gym.
            IHSA Membership – this is approved every year.
            Employment of a Spanish Teacher – closed session
            PE Teacher – closed session
            PRINCIPAL’S REPORT: 
            Mr. Ebener is recommending that we renew our membership in IHSA for the 2007-2008 school year.  If we wish to join the ISEA for Junior High Basketball we will have to begin the season about two weeks later but then continue for 2 weeks longer.  If we join the ISEA we would be able to participate in a state tournament at the end of the year.   Mr. Priest and Mr. Ebener met with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and we will have a Code Red day with the Paw Paw Emergency Squad and the Sheriff’s Department sometime before the end of the year. Registration will be August 8 & 9th.
             SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: 
           Mr. Priest has heard from the architect and we may be able to get the bleachers and the science lab done with all healthy/life safety funds.
            Also there was an enclosure from Alice Zeman requesting the use of a bus for the Centennial Celebration for a tour.  Heidi McKee will drive.
            John Prentice entered at 8:50 P.M.
           
The Board returned to the student handbook.  After some discussion several changes were suggested. On page 12 take out the paragraph at the end of the page regarding unwrapped food and open drink containers.  On page 10 add new GPA.  On page 3 of the Extra- Curricular section add to number 9 – students may apply for a waiver of sports fees. On page 5 of the Extra-Curricular section – Athletic Rules and Regulations – number 2 – Missing Practice/Game – add or two study sessions.
            Steve Richey, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 9:20 P.M. for discussion of personnel and probable or imminent litigation.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
           
Kim Siemers, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to come out of the closed session at 10:08 P.M. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            ACTION ITEMS: 
            Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Student Handbook with changes. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to hire Brandon Harbecke as a Spanish Teacher for the 2007/2008 school year. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to transfer interest from the Bond and Interest Fund and from the Transportation Fund to the Education Fund. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to hire Troy Linden as a PE/Health/Driver’s Ed teacher for the 2007/2008 school year. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to schedule the Budget Amendment Hearing on Monday, June 18, 2007. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the renewal of the IHSA Membership for the 2007/2008 school year. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to set the milk price at .25 for the 2007/2008 school year. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to purchase web based student and financial software from Specialized Date Systems. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
           
Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the bulldog logo as presented as the official logo of Paw Paw C.U.S.D. #271 and sports teams. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the final official 2006/2007 School Calendar. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
            Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:23 P.M.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.