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2011-04

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES

April 18, 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 7:02 P.M. on Monday, April 18, 2011. Those answering roll call were:  David Lilja, Becky Moorehead, Jason Penman, John Prentice, Daryl Rosenkrans, Steve Richey, and Rick Siemers.   Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Principal Chuck Schneider, Patty Torman, Mrs. April Moorehead, Mrs. Geri Larson, and Mrs. Deb Sensenbrenner.

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes, with corrections, of the Regular Board Meeting of March 14, 2011.   

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

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of March 14, 2011 as presented.

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

 

Consent Agenda Items:

 

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

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

Ed.: $  213,410.51

OP/M: $    25,975.82

TRANS: $    13,920.94

IMRF: $     6,972.21 

TORT: $     3,579.90

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TOTAL: $ 263,859.38

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:  

 

Deb Sensenbrenner just wanted to thank the Board for all their help for this year’s prom.  As of this date she had between 65-70 people signed up, with a few of them who had not returned the forms and money by the due date, but informed her that they were going.  All the plans were falling into place and she wanted to personally thank the board for their support and help.  Mrs. Sensenbrenner also wanted to make sure the Board did receive their invitations, and to encourage the Board members to attend, even for a short time.

 

Items for Discussion:

 

Old Business - None

 

New Business 

 

Approve final 2010-11 calendar –Hopefully there will be no more “snow” days, so Mr. Priest made the changes for this years’ calendar.   That calendar was included in the Board packet.

Transfer $30,000 from the Working Cash Fund to Education Fund -  Mr. Priest noted that this was done every year about this time, to help the cash flow in the education fund.

Soles4Souls – Mrs. April Moorehead, 3rd grade teacher at Paw Paw Elementary, handed out copies of the 2paw.net bulletin and her thank you to Fastenal Co. of Rockford for their help during her recent Soles4Souls collection drive.  In three short weeks 390 pairs of shoes were collected at drop off boxes in the school.  Once collected, Fastenal Co., donated the time and manpower to ship all the shoes at no charge.    

Little Ten Spelling Bee Report – Mrs. April Moorehead passed out a compilation of the results from the Little Ten Spelling Bee, held at Paw Paw Schools.  She noted that she took over from Mrs. Marks, who was on bed rest pending her delivery date.  Mrs. Moorehead went on to thank Mrs. Marks for having everything in order and ready to go so she could just step in.  One suggestion she would make for next years’ Spelling Bee is that the Jr. High students would have to try out to be on the team for the Spelling Bee.  This year anyone who volunteered could participate, and the lack of attendance and competiveness amongst the team members could be why Paw Paw had such a poor showing.  

Bus lease – Mr. Priest informed the Board that the District is going to lease two new buses, a 71 passenger and a 53 passenger from Midwest Bus Sales in Princeton.  We will be trading in two buses who leases run out at the end of this school year.

Approve employment of District Bookkeeper – Mr. Priest informed the board that he and Mrs. Moorehead did the final interview for a replacement for Sheri Fore.  Chosen to replace her, upon Board approval, is Deann Wheeler from Ottawa.    She will start May 1st, and work with Sheri for the entire month as Sheri will be gone most of June using up vacation days.  Sheri’s last day is June 30.

Approve IHSA membership for 2011-12 – The Board does this every year.

Approve letting of fuel bids for 2011-12 – The Board has to approve letting of fuel bids, with results at the May board meeting.

Set milk price for 2011-12 – Mr. Priest recommends the Board keep the cost at .25 per carton.  

Discipline Report – Included in Board Packet, May report will not look as good as there have been problems in the Jr. High.  The Board will notice a gray bar area, this is a new line item called “classwork”.  The students would rather take a “0” for work not turned in than to do it, so this was included for that reason.

Handbook Meeting – Mr. Schneider thanked Board Members who came to the meeting and said there were several areas that were discussed.  Some of the areas included students not doing their work, eligibility, dress, profanity in the hallways, use of technology in the classrooms (i.e. IPODS, phones etc.), were discussed.  Once Mr. Schneider completes the revisions they will be given to the Board for review.

Negotiations Report – CS

Board Reorganization Meeting – Meetings will be held Monday, May 2, 2011 at 7:00.  This will be to install board members that were voted in at the April elections, and to vote on new officers.  The county clerk will now canvas the votes and give the results to the District. 

The referendum question was voted down because it passed in all townships except in Viola Township where there was a tie.  Therefore according to law it failed since all townships didn’t approve it.  We can put it on the next ballot.

Graduation Dates – The District had two snow days this year so the last day of school, report card day, will be May 26th.  High school graduation will be held on Friday, May 27th, with Jr. High on Thursday, May 26th.  The final adjustments were made to this year’s calendar.

Graduation Issues – CS

Resolution to Support the Truck Stop Construction at Route 30 and I-39 – Mr. Priest informed the Board of a resolution drawn up by the District’s attorney, supporting the county passing the resolution to let the truck stop in Lee County.  The County Board was to vote on it again.

 

Principal’s Report:  

 

Mr. Schneider congratulated Mrs. Larson, Art teacher at Paw Paw, and her students,  for doing so well at the Indian Valley Art Show.  One of our students, Samantha Bentley, received the “Best of Show” award for her artwork.  There are four students who are questionable for graduation in late May.   Also, there have been problems in the Jr. High with discipline.  We have implemented a discipline board just for the 7th graders.  The 8th grade sponsors and the students have a meeting April 27th concerning the 8th grade trip.  All consent forms need to be in for the trip and discussion of the promotion exercises in late May are to be discussed.  Dress attire and rules for this event will be discussed.

 

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, next meeting was scheduled for Monday, May 11.  Discussed was the Map Testing and how to use the results, now that the students have been tested twice this year.  An institute day was scheduled for August so the teachers will see how to interpret the results and use them in their classrooms. 

Athletics – Committee did meet, discussed softball and why they had to forfeit some games.  Mrs. Pierce, next school year’s volleyball coach, asked the committee if the girls could wear spandex shorts for the next volleyball season?  The coaches would make sure they were appropriate dress for young ladies.   Also, Mr. Priest told about his suggestion to one of the people involved in open gym if they charge each person $1.00 each time they use the gym for open gym.  The money could be put in the volleyball fund.

Transportation – No meeting date.

Building – No meeting date.

 

Enclosures:   Thank you from the Essman Family.

 

Additional:   None

  

Closed Session:

 

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 8:08 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

 

Steve Richey, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to come out of closed session at 9:10 P.M.

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

 

Daryl Rosenkrans left the meeting at 9:15 P.M.

 

Action Items:

 

Jason Penman, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the employment of Deann Wheeler as bookkeeper of District #271 at a salary of $35,000.00 per year.

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

 

Jason Penman, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the transfer of $30,000 from the Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund.

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

 

Jason Penman, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the final 2010-11 calendar.

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

 

Jason Penman, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the bus lease of two buses with Midwest Bus Sales.

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

 

Jason Penman, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the letting of fuel bids for the 2011-12 school year.

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

 

Jason Penman, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve keeping the price of a carton of milk at .25 for the 2011-2012 school year.

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

 

Jason Penman, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the IHSA membership renewal.

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

 

Jason Penman, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve a resolution in support of construction of a truck stop at Rt. 30 and I-39.

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

 

Adjournment:

 

David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit District #271, at 9:18 P.M.

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