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2012-04

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES

April 16, 2012 – 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 16, 2012.  Those answering roll call were:  David Lilja, Becky Moorehead, Jason Penman, Daryl Rosenkrans, Steve Richey and John Prentice.  Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Principal Chuck Schneider, Patty Torman, Mrs. Waters, Mrs. Williams, Kevin Larimore, Shane McCannon, Toni Pierce, Erin Odle and Jennifer Penman.  

 

Approval of the Minutes:

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of March 19, 2012.   

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

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of March 19, 2012 as presented.

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

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting of March 22, 2012 as presented.

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

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of March 22, 2012 as presented.

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

 

Consent Agenda Items:

 

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

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

    Ed.: $ 216,667.11

OP/M: $   18,034.08       

            TRANS: $   12,245.08     

IMRF: $     8,578.94            

TORT: $  - 0 -        

   CAPITAL PROJECTS: $        105.71  

       WORKING CASH: $  - 0 -       

            TOTAL: $ 255,630.92

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, 6-0.

 

Open Forum:  

 

Shane McCannon, a high school student at Paw Paw, spoke to the Board on behalf of the Exchange Student Program.  He encouraged the Board to approve the Exchange Student Program.   His family was excited about it and felt the same way as he did; the McCannon family is approved to host a young man from Russia.     

 

Items for Discussion:

Old Business 

 Senior Trip – plans have been finalized for the Senior Class trip to Branson, Missouri.  They have the bus and drivers, and they will have a bag check on Thursday morning, April 12th, then stored until they were ready to leave Thursday afternoon.  One student needed a parental signature otherwise all but four seniors would be making the trip.  The bus is due to pull out at 12:15 Thursday April 12th, and would be back on Sunday, April 15th.

  Yearbook Update – CS

  Soccer Co-op with Amboy -   Mr. Schneider met with Mr. Gruber at Amboy High School to finalize plans for next years’ soccer co-op with Paw Paw.  He will be emailing a draft of the final proposal to Board members.  Some of the board members asked about insurance and bus drivers.  Mr. Priest stated that students from Amboy that were playing soccer would be covered under District 271’s insurance.  Amboy would be driving a bus over to Paw Paw for all away games, and their driver could just continue to pick up our players and drive to away games.  Our student athletes would be covered by their insurance if they are on their bus.  As far as the Athletic Handbook, they would follow their own handbook if it involved their players.   This needs to be approved in May so that the conference and the IHSA could approve it in time for the fall of 2012. 

 

New Business 

 

Illinois County School Facility Sales Tax – there is a packet enclosed in the Board packets outlining the program.  The way Mr. Priest explained it all depends on the amount of sales taxes the community generates.  The money generated could be used to abate taxes.  Dixon, being a bigger city, would generate a lot but our share right now could be $125,000.  The county would like a unified front and as Mr. Priest stated “I think it would be a good idea, so please think about it.”  It will be presented at the May board meeting for a vote.

Approve Assistant Track Coach – cs

Approve Volunteer FFA Sponsor – cs

Approve Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach – cs

Foreign Exchange Student Program Discussion and Approval – Mr. Priest said that Shane McCannon did a good job addressing this in open forum.  He thought it was a good program and the Board should approve it.

 Approve First Reading of Policies 2:120, 2:120-E2, 4:170, 4:170-AP2, 4:170-AP4, 5:220-AP, 5:285, 5:285-AP, 6:50 and 6:120. 

 Fuel Bids – Board needs to approve letting of bids and results will be given out at the May Board Meeting.

 Charges for Milk for the 2012-13 School Year – right now we are being charged $.26/$.27 per carton of milk by the milk company, the District is losing money.  Mr. Priest said his recommendation is to raise the price of milk to $.35.  Board could do this in action items.

 Discuss Charges for Lunches for the 2012-12 School year – the ISBE Department of Nutrition just completed their audit of our lunch program, and it was their recommendation that we should raise our prices to eventually meet their guidelines of $2.50 per lunch.  According to them the lunch program should be self-sufficient and we should not have to put funds into that area.  My suggestion, stated Mr. Priest, is to increase lunches to:  $1.85 K-6; $2.10 7-12; and $2.40 for adults.  This will have to be revisited again each spring, as each year the District may have to raise prices to meet the guidelines.

Graduation Issues – there is one student who is in jeopardy of not graduating high school with his class.  This student is in the process of trying to bring that grade up so he would not fail the class.  Otherwise all the seniors will be able to graduate with their class.

Senior Student Extra Curricular Concerns – cs

Handbook Meeting Report – Board Members, administration and some additions from the Student Council made up the meeting held recently to go over the District’s handbook. Mr. Schneider is making corrections/additions, mostly to do with attendance, in the current handbook and it will be presented to the board in May.   

Approve Final 2011-2012 Calendar – included in your board packets.  There was not any snow days this school year so the last day of school is May 24, 2012.  Mr. Priest will submit it to the ISBE.

Approve ISBE Maintenance Grant Application – Architect did the legwork on this grant and all it needs is Board approval before it is sent downstate.  Some of the work items covered by the grant could be the keyless doors in the entire school, and a new PA system for the high school.

Issue Concerning a Certified Staff Member – cs

Hiring for Open Teaching Positions – cs

Extra-curricular Hiring Recommendations for 2012-13 – cs

Discipline Report – Mr. Schneider stated that a rundown was in the Board packet, seems to be going better this year as opposed to the same time as last year.

 

Principal’s Report:  

 

There is a Principal’s Board Report in their Board Packets, Mr. Schneider touched on a few items in that report. He passed around a memorial plaque honoring Jan Bieser’s many years of service with the Patriot Pen Essay Contest.  The plaque was presented to Jan’s family during the Patriot Pen Essay recognition ceremony.  The plaque will be displayed in the Jr. High School.  Allee Marshall of Paw Paw, was the winner of the Essay contest.

Our students did very well in the Indian Valley Art Show held recently at DePue High School.  The artwork of many of our students is on display in the hallway by the art room.  Next year Paw Paw will host the Indian Valley Art show. 

The Board needs to be thinking about the unused funds left by graduating classes in previous years.  There is $1448.70 in the account.  There have been several suggestions on what to do with it; one being it should be given out as a scholarship to graduating seniors.  There is policy for this already in place.

We will need Board Members as presenters for the promotion and graduating exercises in May.  Steve Richey volunteered to give out diplomas for the graduation ceremonies and Daryl Rosenkrans for the 8th Grade Promotions.

Superintendent’s Report: 

 

 Committees 

Education – Met recently and discussed the recent MAP testing, and Rti’s. Next meeting for the education committee will be Monday, May 7th, 5:00 p.m.

Athletics – Met recently and looked at all the spring sports and coaching.  They also discussed the soccer co-op with Amboy.  A thank you to Mrs. Waters for getting articles published in the Chicago Road Shopper.  This will be a weekly spotlight on the student athletes, and items about the current sports programs.  Discussed also was an assistant track coach for this year and all the coaching positions for next school year

Transportation – discussed was the reduction of one bus route next year and also the trading of the white vans for small yellow buses.  Also, plans were discussed for trading in the small handicap accessible bus for a new bigger bus that is handicap accessible.

Building – the PA system needs a new upgrade and a keyless entry into the building, so they will know who enters the building at any time.

 

Enclosures:

There was a letter from Walt Zukowski thanking the District for their business and a letter from the HOPE Organization to Mrs. April Moorehead, who spearheaded the pajama drive, thanking the District for the donation of pajamas.

 

Additional:   None

 

Closed Session:

 

Steve Richey, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 7:52 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

 

Steve Richey, seconded Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to come out of closed session at P.M.

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

Action Items:

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the first reading of Policies 2:120, 2:120-E2, 4:170, 4:170-AP2, 4:170-AP4, 5:220-AP, 5:285, 5:285-AP, 6:50 and 6:120. 

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

 

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to have administration request bids for fuel.

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

 

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve foreign exchange student for the 2012-12 school year.

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

 

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, motioned to set milk prices for the 2012-2013 school year at $.35 per carton of milk.

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

 

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, to set lunch prices for the 2012-13 school year at $1.85 for K-5, $2.10 for 6-12, and $2.40 for adults, an increase of $.10.

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

 

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve Mr. Faber’s resignation and accompanying agreement pending a mutually satisfactory agreement between the District’s Attorney and the I.E.A. Attorney.

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

 

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve assistant track coach, Ms. Wendy Rissman. 

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

 

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the volunteer assistant softball coach, based on Mr. Schneider’s decision. 

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

 

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve as a volunteer FFA Sponsor, Jeff Svendsen.

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

 

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the final calendar for 2011-2012.

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

 

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the ISBE Maintenance Grant Application as presented. 

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

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the extra-curricular recommendations for 2012-13 as presented. (See attached sheet)

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

 

Adjournment:

 

Steve Richey, seconded by Becky Moorhead, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit District #271 at 9:00 P.M.

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