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2007-06

 PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271 REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MINUTES June 18,2007- 7:00 PM Paw Paw High School Library Paw Paw, Illinois
Board President David Lilja called the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 to order at 7:02 P.M., on Monday, April 18, 2007.
Those answering roll call were: Bruce Oates, Kim Siemers, Becky Moorehead, David Lilja, and Steve Richey. John Prentice entered at 8:12. Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Mr. Josh Ebener, Patty Torman, Alice Zeman, Mrs. Sarah Pfeifer, Ms. Amelia Gornik, Mrs. Emily Jamroch, Francis Mitchell, Pete Sensenbrenner, David Rogall, Nikki Isakson, Dennis Day, Chris Benson, Kari Benson, Bob Terry, Jerry B., and Charles A.


Bruce Oates, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of May 14, 2007, as presented Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Kim Siemers, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of May 14, 2007, as presented. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Budget Hearing on FY 2007 Budget Amendment: Bruce Oates, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to open the FY 2007 Budget Amendment hearing. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Mr. Priest explained the reasons for amending the budget were rising costs in those areas of:  Operation/Maintenance and the Education Fund   There were no other comments from the Board or the audience. Steve Richey, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to close the hearing on the FY 2007 Budget Amendment. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Steve Richey, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the amended FY 2007 Budget, as presented. Motion passed by a roll call vote. Consent Agenda Items: Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented: A).       Approval of the bills as follows: Ed:                   $ 214,077.26 OP/M:                 $   61,492.22 B/I                   $  - 0 - TRANS:           $         19,094.62 IMRF:              $        6,572.02 S/C:                 $ F/S:                  $      1,091.00 ---------------- Total:                $     302,327.12 
B).      Approval of the Treasurer's Report as submitted by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer,
C). The Financial Reports as presented. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote
Open Forum: A large group of residents of Paw Paw addressed the Board with their concerns regarding the increase in their real estate tax bill. They rose significantly and they wanted to hear from the Board why they increased so much. Mr. Priest explained about bonds the District took out to pay for improvements to the schools, i.e. new boilers, windows, electrical, etc. After a discussion with the Board and the members in the audience, some of the audience members asked what they could do to lower their taxes. Mr. Priest gave them Mr. Jerry Mitchell and Mr. Todd Siebens, representatives from this district, names and told them to call and/or write to them about how schools are funded by the state.
Board Committee Reports: a. Education Committee - did not meet b. Building Committee -Mr. Priest, along with Steve Richey reported that the light improvements to the Jr. High wing are in the works, with bids coming back, and Ficek Electric out of the LaSalle/Peru area, seemed to be the lowest. c. Transportation Committee - no meeting scheduled. d. Policy Committee - did not meet. Items for Discussion: a. Old Business 1. Athletic Director - to be discussed in Closed Session 2. Extra curricular assignments - a list was included in their board packets for their information. b. New Business 1. Policy - First Reading - there were no comments from the board members. 2. Approve lighting renovation in High School Hall - again, Ficek Electric being the lowest bid. 3. Substitute Teacher Pay - Mr. Priest was asking the Board to increase the pay for a substitute teacher from $80.00 to $85.00. This was after looking at what other schools are paying, he thought this would be very competitive - Closed Session 4. Non certified pay - the non-certified salary schedule stays the same which will be about a 3% pay increase. Mr. Priest recommended that those who are off the salary schedule will receive a 3% increase. 5. Fuel bids - there was an enclosure include in the Board Packet. Mr. Priest recommended Rochelle Oil, as they were the low bidders, for 2007-08 school year. 6. Tuition Reimbursement for College Courses - due to a scheduling conflict during the school year, a high school student was unable to take physics at Paw Paw High School. She would like to take it this summer at Kishwaukee College, and wanted to know if the
Board reimburses the tuition for a situation like hers? Mr. Priest suggested the Board could pay the tuition, but not the cost of the books, as students can resell them. This would be voted on in Closed Session. 7. Approve painting of the High School gym - Mr. Priest took bids out for this project, with the lowest bid from Ron Sondgeroth, around $6000. This would be discussed and voted on in Closed Session. 8. Approve outside lighting quote and work - Mr. Priest was recommending Ficek Electric, who had the lowest bid. Some of the board members asked if this included lighting towards the back of the parking lot, and Jr. High wing, as parents do park up there at night during a game, etc. Mr. Priest stated he would talk to them about putting up some kind of lighting. 9. Approve Prevailing Wage Resolution - the prevailing wage list from Lee County was included with the board packet, this is something the Board must do every year. 10. Phone System for School Complex - Mr. Ebener gave a brief description of the phone system he was looking at for the schools. Each classroom would have a phone, and the offices would have the capability to transfer a phone call to that staff member. If they were unable to answer due to teaching, the office could switch to a voice mail so the caller could leave a message. It was brought up about abuse of a phone in the classroom, Mr. Priest stated you could set the phones only to certain area codes, etc. He also went on to say that with the situations at other schools around the country, it might be safer to have a phone in each classroom, for the teacher or someone to call if help was needed. This was something for the Board to discuss. 11. Vote for Board Members of the Northwestern Illinois Association 12. Vacant Board Position - David Lilja read a letter of application for the vacant spot, from Daryl Rosenkrans, who lives in a different township than Wyoming. This would be discussed and voted on in Closed Session. 13. Health Life Safety Amendments - two preliminary amendments were discussed; bleacher repair in the High School and the Science room update. These are from the architect, and they will need to be approved from the Illinois State Board, before the District can proceed further. Mr. Priest would suggest that they start with the Science room first. Principal's Report: Mr. Ebener touched on the Code Red practice drill held recently and commented that new rails in the gym would be nice for the spectators. He was still working on the uniform rotation list, he will see that they receive a copy as soon as it is completed. He didn't have anything more to add to what the Board members received in their packets. He asked if anyone had any questions for him? One of the board members asked if they could get the backboards replaced in the old elementary gym? Mr. Ebener said they were already purchased, thanks to the Sorbet Grant, and were just waiting for installation. David Lilja pointed out that this would be Mr. Ebener's last board meeting for District #271. Superintendent's Report: Anything Mr. Priest had for the Board has been included in the Board Packet. He did inform the Board that just today he received the results of the ISAT tests, and we made AYP (adequate yearly progress) which is a good thing. The test results turned out very well. He will make sure the Board receives copies of the report. Enclosures: There was a thank you from Alice Zeman. Bruce Oates, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn this regular session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 8:52 P.M. Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote. Kim Siemers, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion at 10:12 p.m. to come out of closed session. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote . ACTION ITEMS: Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Prevailing Wage Resolution. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the employment of Dave Smith as Athletic Director for 2007-08. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the employment of Julie Iversen as part-time Athletic Director Secretary. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Steve Richey, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to approve the extra-curricular assignments (see attached) for 2007-08 . Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve and reward the fuel bid to Rochelle Oil for the 2007-08 school year. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Steve Richey, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion to approve the electrical quote to Ficek Electric for the High School hall. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to vote for the candidates for the Northwestern Illinois Association Executive Board as presented. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. David Lilja, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion to approve the 2007-08 Non-certified employee salary schedule. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Kim Siemers, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve 2007-08 substitute pay to $85 per day. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the first reading of the revised Policy Book Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Approval of a quote for painting the High School gym died due to a lack of a motion. Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve outside lighting quote and work by Ficek Electric. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Health Life Safety Amendments as presented. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve Daryl Rosenkrans to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Education. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote. Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion, to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #371, at 10:21 p.m. Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.