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2011-02

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES

February 14, 2011 – 7:00 P.M.

Paw Paw High School Media Center

Paw Paw, Illinois

 

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, February 14, 2011. Those answering roll call were:  David Lilja, Becky Moorehead, Jason Penman, John Prentice, Daryl Rosenkrans and Rick Siemers..   Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Principal Chuck Schneider, Patty Torman, Mr. Allan Faber, FFA teacher at Paw Paw High School.

 

Mr. Priest informed the Board of the leak in the heating system in Mrs. Jamroch’s room.  It was a pinhole size but it leaked fluid out into her office.  This leak affected the elementary wing, the cafeteria, and offices in the cafeteria.  Notes were sent home advising parents to dress their students warmly and classes in the elementary wing were moved to warmer rooms.  Hopefully this will be fixed by Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Rick Siemers, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting January 24, 2011, as presented.  

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Rick Siemers, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of January 24, 2011 as presented.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Steve Richey entered the meeting at 7:10

 

Consent Agenda Items:

 

Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented:

A). Approval of the additions/corrections, as follows:

Ed.: $ 250,533.78 
OP/M: $   25,184.98       

Capital Imp. $  - 0 -      

TRANS: $   14,080.66       

IMRF: $     9,915.86

  Tort: $  - 0 -                                 

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TOTAL: $ 299,715.28

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, 7-0.

 

Open Forum:  None.  

 

Items for Discussion:

 

Old Business 

Negotiations – CS

Second Reading of Policies 7:40-AP2 and 7:40 AP2-E.  The Board has the copies and need to approve policies if there are no changes.

Softball Coach – CS

HS Volleyball Coach for 2011-12 – CS

JH Volleyball Coach for 2011-2012 – CS

 

 

New Business 

 

2011-12 Calendar – Mr. Priest addressed the calendars that were in the board packet.  He tried to keep it close to this years’ calendar.  Veterans Day falls on a Friday and he did schedule no school on that day.  Teachers did say they liked the Veteran Day assembly, and it was suggested to have it on Thursday, November 9th.    Board member said the calendar has always rubbed him the wrong way because school starts so early.  He always liked starting after Labor Day.  Mr. Priest did tell him that the day after Labor Day this year was September 8th!  He also explained the reason we did start so early was due to the IVVC schedule and IHSA rules concerning the start of play for Jr. High.  They cannot play till school is in session, and IVVC starts in August, and they will have to run the buses just for those kids, as we have to get them to school to make the bus to IVVC.  Also the teachers would like semester exams to fall before Christmas break.  Why do we have to have semester exams asked one board member?   It was up to the board if they would like to table the vote on the calendar till next month, therefore giving the Board Members time to really think it through.  It was suggested maybe starting a week later, August 22nd?  Mr. Priest will come back with some different alternatives for the board to vote on as he doesn’t have to have the calendar in to the ISBE for a while.

2011 Class Schedule – Mr. Schneider spoke on the schedule.  We have two class schedules we can look at, same as we have now or changing the schedule to a ½ time Spanish teacher instead of full time because of the number of students in Spanish Classes.  Right now we have two people who can teach Spanish.  The administration will make the final decision based on the numbers, if it would be fiscally sound to employ a full time or a part time Spanish teacher. 

Bookkeeper Search Report – Mr. Priest reported that we have received and continue to receive applications for the bookkeeper position.  Hopefully, he will bring a few candidates names at the next board meeting.  So far there were a few really good candidates.

Breakfast Mandate Petition – Mr. Priest reported because of the number of Free/Reduced students in the elementary wing, we are mandated to serve breakfast next school year.  We petitioned Amy Jo Clemmons Lee/Ogle ROE Director, asking to waive that mandate as we cited in the letter the cost to this District would be detrimental.  We are waiting to hear back from her office.  

Energy Report – Kudos to Sheri for putting together a yearly report on the costs the district incurred this past year.  Some of the rates went up but those were offset by some of the others that went down.   There have been some changes in the heating and cooling system in the schools, and they have paid off. 

Assistant HS Baseball Coach – CS

Graduation Dates – Because of the two snow days the last day of school, report card day, will be May 26th.  Because of exams, which some students need, high school graduation should probably be held on Friday, May 27th, with Jr. High on Thursday, May 26th.  These dates will be confirmed at the March meeting as we need to decide for parents and vendors and hopefully, if there are any more snow days they will know by then.  

Senior Prom Discussion -   There was a meeting with sponsors and parents of the Juniors and Seniors explaining this years’ prom.  Apparently some seniors expressed their unhappiness about this year’s plans and thought they may have their own prom somewhere else!  The Juniors put the prom on each year for the senior class and it is their decision, just like when the seniors were juniors they decided on a prom for the outgoing senior class.  If some of the seniors do their own prom, it will not be school sanctioned.

Graduation Concerns – CS

Discipline Report – It was included in the board packet.  Mr. Schneider said it was the usual issues and when comparing it to last year there were no significant increases or decreases.

 

Principal’s Report:  

 

Mr. Schneider congratulated the WYSE team which finished 2nd at the recent competition at Kishwaukee College.  Several of their students finished in the top 3 in different categories, and therefore earned the right to compete at NIU in March.  Also, February 21-25 was FFA week, and Mr. Faber had several activities planned for the high school students, with an assembly on Friday morning which all the students would participate in, including elementary.  Cinderella, the play, was under way with rehearsals and that will be presented the weekend of March 11th.  Senior night went well and Mr. Schneider thanked Mrs. Eppard and the cheerleaders for coordinating the event.  John and Patsy Marks were honored at this time for all that they have done for the athletes and students during the time their sons were in school.  They were given a gift card at a restaurant as a small token of appreciation for hosting many get-togethers at their farm and doing so much for the kids.

 

Superintendent’s Report:

 

Mr. Priest told the board that his report was in their packets and that he had already updated the board on what was going on in the schools.

 

 Committees

Education – Committee did meet, and they talked about the upcoming Institute Day and curriculum mapping.  Some of the members felt the teachers didn’t really want to talk about next year’s schedule.  That could be due to the fact that there may be some positions RIF’d.  ISAT testing at Paw Paw Schools would be held starting Feb. 28th – March 4th.

Athletics – Committee did meet, discussed all the winter sports that were currently winding down.  Also talked about cheerleading and all IHSA sanctioned competitions.  The athletic director will be deciding what competitions the cheerleaders can participate in next school year.   The home schooled student who wanted to participate in Jr. High sports has not been heard from since the initial conversation.   Next athletic meeting is scheduled for March 10th.  

Transportation – No meeting date.

Building – No meeting date.


Enclosures:  None

 

Additional:   None

 

Closed Session:

 

Steve Richey, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 8:25 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

 

Jason Penman, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:47 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 7-0. 

 

Action Items:

 

John Prentice, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the adoption of Polices: 7:40-AP2 and 7:40 AP2-E.

Motion passed by a roll call vote, 7-0.  

 

Motion to approve the 2011-2012 school calendar was tabled. 

 

John Prentice, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the employment of Tami Geer as High School Softball Coach for this school year.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 7-0.

 

John Prentice, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve Toni Pierce as the High School Varsity Volleyball Coach for 2011-12.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 7-0.

 

John Prentice, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve Erin Odle as Jr. High Volleyball Coach for 2011-12.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 7-0.

 

John Prentice, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the employment of Roger Essman as Assistant Baseball Coach for this school year.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 7-0.

 

Adjournment:

 

John Prentice, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit District #271, at 8:55 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 7-0.