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2008-09

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY – September 15, 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 September 15, 2008, in the Media Center, at 7:03 P.M. by Board President, David Lilja. Those answering roll call were: David Lilja, Becky Moorehead, John Prentice, Steve Richey, Bruce Oates, Kim Siemers and Daryl Rosenkrans (entered at 7:04). Also present were: Superintendent, Robert Priest; Principal, Charles Schneider; Alice Zeman; Laurel Eichelkraut; Jan Bieser; Jodi Cronkrite; Margaret Sullivan and Sheri Fore.

PUBLIC HEARING ON THE 2008-2009 BUDGET

A public hearing on the 2008-2009 budget was opened at 7:04 P.M. Mr. Priest explained the proposed budget outlining the changes that have been made by the State to the accounting program.
Tort has been designated as Fund 8. Fund 6 has been renamed Capital Improvements and Fund 3 has been renamed Debt Service. The Ed Fund shows a deficit of $94,850 between expenditures and revenues. We are transferring $80,000 from Working Cash to the Ed Fund and will have a balanced budget. There will be a small surplus in O/M. We will be fine in the other funds but if needed will utilize working cash. There will be a surplus in IMRF so Mr. Priest plans to reduce the IMRF levy. Health Life Safety will be used up because of the science lab and the roof repairs. This fund can only be used for State of Illinois approved Life Safety projects. Overall we should still have a good balance from all funds even though the coming year revenues from the State have been decreased. Title I funding was decreased significantly.

At this time comments were invited from the public and there were none.

The hearing was closed at 7:13 P.M.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adopt the 2008-2009 Budget as finalized during the public hearing.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Kim Siemers, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of August 18, 2008 as presented.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the Closed Session minutes of
August 18, 2008 as presented.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented:
a. Approval of Bills with late additions and corrections:
Ed.: $253,669.64
O/M: 34,347.18
Debt Service: 175.00
Trans.: 17,221.00
IMRF/SS: 7,751.76
Tort: 522.00
H/L/S: 117,644.33
TOTAL: $431,330.91

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: No one chose to speak.

Margaret Sullivan and Jodi Conkrite, student teachers, were introduced.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Education – have not met.
O/M and Transportation – have met. There was some minor leaking to the new roof from the recent hard rain. Kevin from Sterling Roofing was called and it was nothing major. Mr. Priest gave kudos to Lilja Tiling for the tiling that was put in and prevented more water problems.
Policy – need to meet.
Athletic – meet next week.

OLD BUSINESS: - NONE

NEW BUSINESS:

Application for the Recognition of Schools: this was included in the packet and we do this every year.
We have to approve and include the approval date on both applications (Paw Paw Jr/Sr High School and Paw Paw Elementary).
PKD Lease – closed session
Board Goal Meeting – a meeting was scheduled for October 4, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.
Risk Management Policy – First Reading – please bring back any comments or changes.
Approval of 403b Plan - We do not have a choice in doing this. In order to be in compliance with the Fed we have to have a plan and have it approved.

Memorial Wall Progress – There is a meeting this Thursday night with the Committee. Things seem to be moving along and feedback has been good. John Prentice will have additional information at the Thursday meeting. Alice Zeman stated she has heard positive comments.
Science room update – there are still a few things to be completed but science classes have been running and using the lab. The water has not been hooked up to date.

PRINCIPALS’ REPORT
In addition to Mr. Schneider’s written report:
Open House was successful but some parents were kept away by the rain and the fact that there was a conference event the same evening. Dave Smith, Julie, volunteers and coaches did a fine job hosting the Volleyball Tournament. Those attending the tournament were impressed with our facilities. Concessions went very well. The Kaiser family donated a flag pole and flag in memory of Darrin Kaiser who passed away in March of 2008. The choir did a nice job at the dedication ceremony. The yearbooks are out. Amelia Hemmen and the Yearbook Club did a good job. Glen Essex was recognized by an art gallery due to his work displayed at the Indian Valley Art Show. The cheerleaders will be having a garage sale this Saturday. The bell system was knocked out but was up and running by noon. The score table for the Jr. High has been ordered.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Mr. Priest commended Mr. Schneider on doing a good job at the flag ceremony. Mr. Priest was unable to attend since the auditors were here for the exit audit. The audit went well with no major areas of concern.
He also stated that the Website is looking really good and mentioned a “thank you” from Dan Kaiser.

We have sent a letter to Alice Zeman inviting her to the Memorial Wall Committee meeting.

ISAT Results are in and there were some big improvements.

ADDITIONAL

One question arose. May students play sports with the Adult Sunday League? The Board has said no to students being involved in the Sunday Adult Leagues. Also, should there be skateboarding allowed on the basketball court? Mr. Schneider would appreciate a directive from the Board.

CLOSED SESSION

Kim Siemers, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 7:44 P.M.
Motion passed unanimously on a voice vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:40 P.M.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

ACTION ITEMS

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve hiring Nina Castaldo as Kindergarten Classroom Aide for the 2008-2009 school year.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the First reading of the Risk Management Policy.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the 403b Plan as presented.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve school recognition for Paw Paw Elementary and Paw Paw Jr/Sr High School.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 P.M.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.