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2007-10

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MINUTES
October 22, 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 7:04 P.M., on Monday, October 22, 2007. Those answering roll call were: Bruce Oates, Becky Moorehead, David Lilja, Steve Richey. John Prentice, and Daryl Rosenkrans. Kim Siemers was absent. Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Mr. Chuck Schneider, Patty Torman, Alice Zeman, Mrs. Geri Larson, Mr. Blake Strong and Mr. Claude Oesterreicher.

John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of September 17, 2007, as presented
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of September 17, 2007, as presented.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

5. Consent Agenda Items:

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented:
A). Approval of the bills, with late additions/corrections, as follows:
Ed: $ 245,847.48
OP/M: $ 25,591.67
B/I $ 175.00
TRANS: $ 21,523.91
IMRF: $ 7,065.81
S/C: $ - 0 -
F/S: $ 158.00
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Total: $ 300,361.87

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

6. Open Forum:

Alice Zeman, who walks in the morning around the community, has noticed the garbage outside on school property and around the park. She asked if maybe the school could put out a public notice to the students about littering and keeping their community clean. The Board thanked her for her concern.

7. Board Committee Reports:
a. Education Committee – Bruce Oates commented on what they accomplished at the meeting in September. He thought it was very productive as they covered many topics, including gifted education, and how to identify these students, ways to meet their needs etc. Also, developing writing skills for the students to help with ISAT scores. The faculty members are going to go back to their colleagues for more ideas to improve these skills. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 29th at 5:30 p.m.
b. Building Committee – Mr. Priest suggested that they make it a Building/Transportation meeting, since it is the same members. Next meeting, Wednesday, November 14th at 5:00 p.m.
c. Transportation Committee – will meet with Building Committee on November 14th.
d. Policy Committee – Mr. Priest stated that a new Press Release has not been sent out recently from the IASB. There will be new policy in some areas, and until the general assembly has voted on them, IASB will wait. Board members should meet at that time, as there will be new items to discuss, i.e. a moment of silence before school.

8. Items for Discussion:

a. Old Business

1. Coaches/Extra-Curricular positions – to be discussed in Closed Session.

2. Restructuring of Bond Debt – Mr. Priest went over all the options that Jamie Rachlin had presented at the last board meeting. “We need to make a decision before early spring”, he stated. David Lilja stated he preferred option #1, and the rest of the Board concurred.

b. New Business

1. Approve Fundraiser for Libraries – this falls under the legal obligation the Board has to approve any fundraiser that may raise $1000 or more. The Board will vote on this in action items.
2. Valedictorian language in the Handbook – because of concerns of a student coming into the district and not completing at least seven semesters of schooling at Paw Paw, and having a high GPA, could qualify for Valedictorian/Salutatorian. Mr. Schneider did the homework on this and rewrote the policy, which states that a student, to be considered for Valedictorian/Salutatorian , has to enter Paw Paw High School before second semester of the Sophomore year. This is considered to be a fair practice to all students. If they entered later, an acknowledgement of his/her accomplishments will be made by the Board.
3. Health/Life/Safety Amendments – these amendments include the science lab, bleachers, in both gyms, etc. They have been approved, and are in the hands of the architect.
4. LCSEA and Amboy – included in the Board packets was an article from the Telegraph about Amboy and another school District that wanted to pull out of the LCSEA co-op. The LCSEA assured their membership that all legal issues and staff concerns will be addressed legally before the withdrawal. The remaining school districts will not be saddled with all debts incurred while these school districts were members. John Prentice asked if this would affect the PKD school and would our costs go up with districts detaching? Mr. Priest stated it would not affect the PKD, as that was a grant from the state that we oversee. Costs to the remaining Districts will not go up with these Districts detaching.
5. Request for leave of absence – closed session
6. Resignation – closed session
7. ISDA Insurance Renewal – the District does this every year
8. District School Improvement Plan – we received a letter from the ISBE concerning this plan. Mr. Priest had to submit an improvement plan concerning three of the Districts students. The school board needs to approve this plan, if they do not the state raises the penalty level.
9. Approve Life Touch Fundraiser – a contract for pictures for our students for the 08-09 school year. They also do pictures for our yearly yearbook. We have been happy with their work, so the Board needs to approve the contract.

9. Principal’s Report

Mr. Schneider included reports on some of the activities in the Board Report. He reported that the moment of silence, which is now required of all school districts in Illinois, has been implemented; he reported on the Jr. High Bulldog Bravo, which was held last week, seemed to work well at that level. Also, Paw Paw is hosting the volleyball regional, and everyone has to pay the entry fee according to IHSA guidelines for tournament play. Jr. High cheerleaders did not have enough uniforms for this season, due to the no cut policy, so Mr. Schneider ordered shirts and shorts for the girls. One of the board members commented on only two home games for the Jr. High season, and Mr. Schneider stated that he noticed that also and had phone calls in to various people in the conference, to get an answer.

10. Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Priest asked the Board if they would like to schedule a board workshop with Dawn Miller? He contacted Ms. Miller and she is willing to come out to meet with our board to discuss whatever topic they felt could benefit the board. Becky Moorehead thought it would be a good idea, so Mr. Priest suggested he look into it, and report at the next board meeting.

11. Enclosures:

The Drama Club notice, announcing the spring play, was included in the Board packets from advisor Mrs. Hoelzer.
Thank you from the Mark Dunklau family, he was very humbled that the Board sent something at the recent passing of his mother.

John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 8:06 P.M.
Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion at 8:56 p.m. to come out of closed session.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote
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14. ACTION ITEMS:

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the coach and extra curricular positions.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the library fundraiser.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the senior class fundraiser.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the handbook change concerning Valedictorian/Salutatorian.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the leave of absence for a staff member
. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to accept the resignation of Deb Jacox, Sophomore Class Advisor.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the ISDA insurance renewal.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the District School Improvement Plan as presented.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

15. Adjournment:

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion, to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271, at 9:00 p.m.
Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

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BOARD PRESIDENT BOARD SECRETARY