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2008-08

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES
August 18, 2008 – 7:00 P.M.
Paw Paw High School Media Center
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 7:03 P.M. on Monday, August 18, 2008. Those answering roll call were: David Lilja, Kim Siemers, Steve Richey, and Daryl Rosenkrans, Bruce Oates and John Prentice. Absent was Becky Moorehead. Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Mr. Chuck Schneider, Patty Torman, Alice Zeman, Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Grzanich teachers at Paw Paw Elementary School.

Steve Richey, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of July 21, 2008, as presented.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting of July 25, 2008.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of July 21, 2008, as presented.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

5. Consent Agenda Items:

Kim Siemers, 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: $205,833.84
OP/M: $ 97,317.11
B/I: $ - 0 -
TRANS: $ 18,804.04
IMRF: $ 5,727.03
TORT: $ 198.00
F/S: $ 39,358.45
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TOTAL: $367,238.47

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:
None

8. Board Committee Reports:

a. Education Committee – has not met
b. Building – has not met
c. Transportation – has not met.
d. Policy – has not met.
e. Athletic – has not met.

9. Items for Discussion:

a. Old Business
1. Coaches/Extra Curricular Assignments – CS

b. New Business
1. Windmill Presentation – Mr. Priest did some research into a windmill for the District. He received a letter back from the State, about a grant that he was looking into concerning putting up a windmill for the District. He would need more information and facts before he could apply again for the grant. It would be an expense for the District.
2. 403b Plan – copy in the Board Packet. This is a requirement of the Federal Government, that all school districts have to comply by January, 2009. The districts need to have a retirement plan in place.
3. Employment of Aide for SE student – CS
4. Kindergarten aide – there are 25 students enrolled in the kindergarten class this school year. Mr. Priest was asking for approval to hire an aide for that classroom.
5. PKD Lease – enclosed in the packet was a copy of the lease. Mr. Priest was including a raise in the rent, as they are wonderful landlords, and have tried to keep up with the maintenance. The rent has not risen in the last few years.
6. Committee Meeting Schedule:
Education – Monday, September 22, 6:00 p.m. (fourth Monday of the Month)
Building/Transportation – Wednesday, September 3rd – 4:30 p.m.
Policy – do not need to meet at this time
Athletic – Thursday, August 21st – 6:30 p.m.
7. Board Goal Meeting – set up at next board meeting. Board members should come with a meeting date in mind, preferably on a Saturday.
8. Tentative Budget Presentation - Mr. Priest reported on the new budget. Remember, a budget is what we think we will need to run the District; it is not carved in stone, and will change over the year. Right now it looks like the District will end with healthy balances.
9. ISAT and PSAE results – Mr. Schneider reported on the recent release of the test scores from 07-08. Both schools made “Adequate Yearly Progress”, and we did well in the math test scores. Reading scores, at some levels, were not the best. Mr. Priest, Mr. Schneider and the staff are already looking into ways of improving those scores. They will be in touch with other Districts that have excelled in Reading, what they are doing to improve in that area.
10. Risk Management Policy – this is from our attorney. We are required to have this policy in our district. It helps protect the District, for example if someone accuses the District of using TORT money for something other that what is was intended. The 1st reading will be at the next board meeting.
11. Memorial Wall Progress – John Prentice reported that the initial stages were complete, they have the diagram of the Paw Prints, outlined in gold, for $500 or more in donations; silver for $300 or more; and bronze for $150 or more. These paw prints will be displayed on the wall in the entry way of the high school and can be purchased by
anyone living or in memory of a deceased alumni. Flyers will be ready for the Labor Day celebration, to inform the public of this project.
12. Energy Report – each year Sheri does an energy report for the Board. Electrical rates have increased which resulted in the district paying much more for the usage.
13. Art Club Proposal – Mrs. Oates, a parent of a student at Paw Paw, submitted a request for starting an Art Club this school year. The Board asked Mr. Schneider if funding was a consideration; and if there was a sponsor for this club? Mr. Schneider replied that if the club was a go, first consideration for the sponsor should be the art teacher. He would look into it and report back to the Board in September.
14. Sophomore Class Fundraiser – the current sophomore class wanted to do the same fundraiser that they have in past years, Butter Braids coffeecakes. The previous classes did very well when they sold them in the past.

10. Principal’s Report:

Mr. Schneider spoke about the first day of school, so far, so good. He handed out the enrollment, for 08-09, 308 students, with one being a Foreign Exchange student from France. A big thank you goes to Julie and Penny for all of their hard work getting registration off and running. Also, all summer work was completed or near completion; new lockers, outside lights, building clean and ready, except the Science room, which was not completed due to the remodeling of that room; new bleachers in gyms were completed, all electrical work, etc. Window shades from some rooms are on backorder, and are to be delivered soon.
11. Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Priest commented on the completion of projects in the building; the bleachers, which have been completed, the roof, which would be completed in a few days and the nearly finished science room. He invited the entire Board to visit the remodeled science room, as all of the furniture had been installed.

12. Enclosures:

None

13. Additional:

14. Closed Session:

Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 8:32 P.M.
Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion at 9:03 P.M. to come out of closed session.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote..

15. Action Items:

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the employment of an instructional aide for the Kindergarten class.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the employment of Erin Odle as Varsity Volleyball Coach for 2008-09.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the lease PKD lease with Reynolds Church.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the Sophomore Class Fundraiser for 2008-09.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

15. Adjournment:

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion, to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit District #271, at 9:05 P.M.
Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.