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2009-11

PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
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 November 16, 2009 at 7:03 P.M.  by Board President, David Lilja.  Those answering roll call were: David Lilja, Becky Moorehead, Kim Siemers, Jason Penman, Daryl Rosenkrans (left 9:10) and John Prentice.  Absent was Steve Richey (entered at 7:16 P.M.).   Also present were:  Superintendent Robert Priest, Principal Chuck Schneider, Sarah Pfeifer, Jan Bieser and Sheri Fore.

        A motion was made by Kim Siemers, seconded by Jason Penman, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of October 19, 2009 as presented.
        Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
       
    A motion was made by Kim Siemers, seconded by Jason Penman, to approve the Minutes of the Closed  Session of November 17, 2009 as presented.
        Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

        Becky Moorehead seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as follows:
    •    Approval of the bills with late additions and correction.
    •    Education:        $371,423.58                   
    •    O/M:                48,645.07                                      
    •    Bond/Int.           195,302.88                                                     
    •    Trans:                           38,777.41                                                                      
    •    IMRF/SS:                7,950.39
    •        Tort:                   3,412.00                                               
TOTAL:        $665,511.33                              
                                                       
    •    Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as presented by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer.
    •    Approval of the Financial Reports as presented.
        Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

OPEN FORUM
        Sarah Pfeifer thanked the Board for allowing her to attend the Science Teachers’ Conference.  She also reported that she was able to bring back $700.00 worth of free items to be used in her classroom.

        Also at this time Mr. Priest presented Becky Moorehead with a pen from IASB  for attending the Master School Board Member Leadership training.

OLD BUSINESS
        H1N1 Vaccinations – Lee County Health Department was here last week to give vaccinations to those children who were signed up to receive it.  There were well over a hundred vaccinations given with very few upset children.   About 42 children under 10 will receive the second shot when it is available.  Parents will be notified.
   
    NEW BUSINESS: 
 
    •    Assistant Coach for HS Cheerleading Recommendation and Discussion.   The Athletic Committee discussed whether there should be an assistant coach for cheerleading.  There are about 20 girls and boys participating this year.   Mr. Schneider and David Smith will help make a decision as to whether this will be a paid or volunteer position.
    •    Employ 7th Grade Jr. High Girls’ Basketball Coach – closed session
    •    Athletic Personnel – closed session
    •    First Reading of Policies : 2:40, 2:110, 3:40, 4:30, 4:40, 4:100, 4:140, 4:140-E1, 5:30, 5:100, 5:120-AP2, 5:250, 5:280, 5:330 and 7:190.  We have received these changes from Press which mainly involve personnel and non-certified.  There were no huge surprises.  There have however been some major changes to the Freedom of Information Rules.  Mr. Priest encourages board members to go to one of the sessions at the convention regarding Freedom of Information.
    •    Levy Resolution – Mr. Priest explained the proposed levy of $1,867,174.  The CPI is one tenth of one percent.  He reminded the Board that in 2006, $109,000 was abated.  The money needed was paid out of the Ed Fund.  This year he is reducing the abatement to $50,000.   There will be $10,505.00 more from new construction.  It looks like next year there will be a negative CPI but our EAV may increase due to 18 new wind mills being constructed in our district.
    •    Approve Resolution providing for the issue of General Obligation Refunding School Bonds of the District and for the Levy of a direct annual tax sufficient to pay the principal and interest on said bonds.  We will be refunding $1,600,000.  AFC’s share of the bonds will be broken out.   We will be totally cut loose from AFC.   The savings over the life of the outstanding bonds will be $100,000 or $10,000 a year.   There is a rate setting meeting Friday.  It looks good that we will have an A rating.  Ann Koch will e-mail Mr. Priest with the rates.
    •    Approve lease for a 21 passenger wheel chair bus from Central States Bus Sales, Inc. for 3 years at $9,792.84 per year beginning in July 2010.  We are doing this now so we do not have a repeat of last year which left us without a bus.
    •    Auditor Discussion – Lane Abrell, Superintendent of Leland paid $12,000.00 this year for the audit and they had to apply for a 2-month extension in order to get their Annual Financial Report to the State.   Mr. Priest pointed out that our AFR was done on time and that while our auditors are expensive they do a good job.  In addition to the audit they also keep track of our fixed assets and reports that are required for GASB 34.  GASB 34 helps in getting good bond rate. The bound report is not done by about one third of school districts.  We get many requests for the bound audit during the year.  
    •    Approve the Seniority List – Board member John Prentice asked when teachers are tenured.
Mr. Priest went on to explain that teachers are considered tenured whether Board action has been taken       or not on the first day of the fifth year.
    •    IASB Convention – Board members have been given their convention packets.
    •    Discipline Report – included in the board packet.
   
    PRINCIPAL’S REPORT
        In addition to his written report, Mr. Schneider reported that the Veteran’s Day Program was very nice with Veterans present from the WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and Middle East Wars.   Kishwaukee College is offering a dual credit program and all students must be enrolled in a dual credit course.  A survey will go out to determine if there is enough interest to have the morning speech class.  There must be a minimum of 9 students.  Meet the Bulldogs went well with kudos going out to Julie and Dave.  There was a nice turnout at the Sports Award Night. The boosters have sold about $3000.00 worth of Bulldog items since the beginning of the year.  Ken Kaiser has donated a 25” TV.

    We are waiting for hook-up wiring for the scoreboard.  A robo call will go out to Jr. High and Elementary parents regarding the Jr. High and Elementary Yearbook.  We need a minimum of 45-50 orders.  Lorries Hill does a great job.The Little Ten Choir Competition went very well.  Paw Paw had the largest choir.  Paw Paw will be hosting the event next year.

    SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
    Mr. Priest estimated the cost of the dugouts with materials and labor will be $3298.00.

    COMMITTEE REPORTS
   
    EDUCATION – The next meeting is December 7, 2009.  Discussed at the last meeting were: the Science sequence and how it could be made more stringent, kids getting necessary courses for the PSAE and for college and MAP Testing. A Map Testing Committee was formed and will meet November 30th.  Beth Foose is meeting with Pam Rockwood, Superintendent at Indian Creek.  They are in their 3rd year of MAP Testing.
   
    ATHLETIC- Athletic Committee met and talked about the Athletic Director Job Description, the Cheerleading Assistant and the 7thgrade Girls’ Basketball Coach.  The Fresh/Soph Boys’ Basketball team numbers have changed.  There are only 5 freshman signed up for Basketball, no sophomores.  They could still play and use a couple of juniors and the foreign exchange student but will have to forfeit the games.
   
    TRANSPORTATION and BUILDING/GROUNDS –  Bus routes are being studied and we have preliminary information from the bus drivers.  The morning routes seem more problematic than the afternoon routes due to the distance of the routes not the number of students on the buses.

    ENCLOSURES – NONE
   
    ADDITIONAL – NONE

    CLOSED SESSION

     Steve Richey, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 8:00 P.M.
to discuss personnel and probable or imminent litigation.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to come out of closed session at 9:00 P.M.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    ACTION ITEMS

    Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the employment of Wayne Pierce as the 7th Grade Jr. High Girls’ Basketball Coach.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the First Reading of Policies:  2:40, 2:110, 3:40, 4:30, 4:40, 4:100, 4:140, 4:140-E1, 5:30, 5:100, 5:120-AP2, 5:250, 5:280, 5:330 and 7:190.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
   
    Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Resolution providing for the Issue of General Obligation Refunding School Bonds of the District and for the levy of direct annual tax sufficient to pay the principal and interest on said bonds.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Levy Resolution for the 2009 levy.
    Motion passes unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Seniority List as presented.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve a lease with Blue Bird for a 21 passenger wheel chair bus for $9,792.84 for the next three years with delivery July 2010 and a balloon payment of $29,885.00 due the end of the lease.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:12 P.M.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.