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2008-03

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING
MARCH 17, 2008
PAW PAW JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER – PAW PAW, ILLINOIS
7:00 P.M.



The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 was called to order on March 17, 2008 at 7:02 P.M. by Board President, David Lilja. Those answering roll call were: Daryl Rosenkrans, Steve Richey, John Prentice, Becky Moorehead, Kim Siemers, and David Lilja. Absent was Bruce Oates. Also present were: Superintendent Robert Priest; Principal, Chuck Schneider; Alice Zemen; Sue Lilja; April Moorehead; Beth Stump; and Sheri Fore.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of February 11, 2008 as presented.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting of February 25, 2008 as presented.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of February 11, 2008 as presented.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:


John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the consent agenda items as follows:

A) Approval of the bills with late additions:
a. Education: $217,872.26
b. O/M: 32,921.48
c. B/I: 175.00
d. Trans: 23,474.50
e. IMRF/SS: 7,210.29
f. H/L/S: 9,147.95
TOTAL: $290,801.48

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

C) Approval of the Financial Reports as presented.

Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

OPEN FORUM:

Alice Zeman thanked the Board for the use of school grounds for the Community Easter Egg Hunt. She also donated DVD’s on Waubonsee to both libraries.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS:

EDUCATION – need to wait for Bruce Oates to determine date and time. The last meeting was canceled due to the weather.
BUILDING – TRANSPORTATION – Meeting was set for Monday, April 7th at 5:00 P.M.
POLICY MEETING – Have not met yet. A meeting needs to be scheduled.
ATHLETIC – Meeting scheduled for March 31 at 6:00 P.M.

OLD BUSINESS:

Calendar for 2008-2009 – The proposed calendar will have the last full week in March for Spring Break.
Mr. Priest is recommending that we have the last full week in March every year in order to be in line with IVVC’s schedule. This enables our students who attend IVVC to have their spring break at the same time as all other students.
Leland and Earlville are already doing this. Easter break would consist of Good Friday and the Monday after Easter.

NEW BUSINESS:

Approve Jr. High Track Coaches – closed session
Approve Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach – closed session
Approve Volunteer Baseball Coach – closed session
Staff Recommendations for 2008-2009 – closed session
Resignations – closed session

Health/Life/Safety Contracts – Sickley Construction won the bid for our Health/Life/Safety program consisting of the science room and the High School and the Junior High School gyms at $232,463.00.
Driessen Construction was very close but blew the bid on Alternate # 2. The winning Base Bid came in at $209,998.00, Alternate Bid #1 at $8,182 and Alternate Bid # 2 at $14,783.00.

Health/Life/Safety Amendment for High School partial roof replacement - Mike Alstadt is also working on Health/Life/Safety Amendment for part of the High School roof. We have received $64,000 from the LUST fund (reimbursement for the tank projects) which will help pay for this project. This does not include the roof over the gym.

Handbook Meeting March 25, 2008, 6:00 P.M. – the handbook needs to be reviewed. If you want any changes please give them to Mr. Priest before the meeting.

Memorial Fund/Donations - John Prentice spoke about having some sort of a memorial to recognize those people who make donations to the school. Several ideas were discussed. John is going to get some prices to bring back to the Board.

Sports Boosters and Outside Score Board – Sue Lilja representing the Athletic Boosters, informed the Board that the Boosters have enough money to purchase an outside scoreboard for soccer, baseball and softball. The big question is the electrical. Mr. Priest has contacted Ficek Electric and they have told him that it would cost approximately $6000.00 or more to bring power to a scoreboard. One suggestion is to buy a generator. The general consensus is to table this until we can determine the electrical options. Sue also reported that the Boosters will be repaying the Board the $1000.00 start up fee given to them several years ago.

The eighth grade trip will be to Mt. Olympus at the Dells. They are requesting approval for the use of a school bus and driver.

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

Mr. Schneider passed out the April and May schedule of events and a draft of a letter that will be sent home with seniors and eighth graders regarding graduation and the expected mode of appropriate dress apparel for the graduation ceremonies. The dress code also applies to Junior and Seventh Grade Attendants. Please let him know if you have any changes or comments to anything in the letters. If there are no issues, the letters will be sent home to parents.

Paw Paw students placed 2nd in the Little Ten Spelling Bee. Mr. Schneider has begun interviewing for the math and music positions.

SUPERINTENDEN’S REPORT:

According to the School Board Association Newsletter, school boards can decide Drivers’ Ed fees without a waiver. It is therefore time to look into raising our fees for next school year to possibly $100.00.
Last Friday Earlville Bank called Sheri in the morning and told her that they had failed to do the direct deposit the day before. Sheri had to void that payroll and cut checks since the direct deposit would not be available until Monday. The bank president acknowledged that they were at fault and that they were sorry. They agreed to reimburse our employees for any overdraft notices received. They did not offer to wire transfer to each individual’s account which they could have done. In short they did not offer a solution only said they were sorry. Mr. Priest allowed any employee that needed to deposit his/her check to leave early. He is going to write a letter to the Board of Directors stating his displeasure with the way the whole situation was handled.

ADDITIONAL:

John Prentice brought up the possibility of having a fence in front of the dugouts and having a homerun fence. There is nothing in the rule books about having a fence in front of the dugout. It would be nice to have a homerun fence. One of the options is a hinged plastic pull across fence. It was suggested to look into the price for something like that or of other types of fences.

Steve Richey, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 8:25 P.M.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Kim Siemers, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to come out of closed session at 9:15 P.M.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

ACTION ITEMS:


Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to honorably dismiss Certified Personnel.
Susanne Bertenshaw.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to honorably dismiss Educational Support Personnel: Tina Phipps, Mary Mendoza.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the re-employment of Certified Personnel as recommended by the Administration for the 2008-2009 school year: Jill Anderson, Emily Jamroch,Laurel Eichelkraut,Sarah Pfeifer,Jan Bieser,Tamara Geer,Carol Barron,Lynda Lemat,John Hoelzer,Dawn Schmitt,Brooke Grzanich,Gerlyne Larson,Susan Beckstrom and Tiffany Williams.
Recommended for Tenure for the 2008-2009 school year – April Moorehead.
Recommended Non-Tenured Teachers for fourth year probation for 2008-2009 school year- Blake Strong,Beth Stump, and Alan Faber.
Recommended non-tenured teachers for third year probation for the 2008-2009 school year – Amelia Hemmen,Pam Marks, and Heather Nelson.
Recommended Non-Tenured Teachers for second year probation for the 2008-2009 school year – Brandon Harbecke,Troy Linden and Lori Hill.
Recommended Part-time Tenured Teacher for rehire for the 2008-2009 school year – Kathleen Russell.
Recommended Part-time Non-Tenured Teachers for rehire for the 2008-2009 school year – Judy Brinkmeier and Shirley Vivian.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve re-employment of Educational Support Personnel as recommended by Administration. See attached list.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve Mary Mendoza as a Co-Jr. High Track Coach.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve Brandon Harbecke, as a Co-Jr. High Track Coach.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve David Lilja, as a volunteer Softball Coach.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve Justin Barnas as a volunteer Baseball Coach.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to accept Mark Dreyer’s resignation as Paw Paw Schools’ Music Teacher.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to accept Maywonne Dorsey’s resignation as High School Noon Supervisor and P.E. Supervisor.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement with Indian Creek for a Social Worker for the 2008-2009 school year.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the use of a school bus and driver for the Eighth Grade Trip.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the 2008-2009 Calendar.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 at 9:22 P.M.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.