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2012-10

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES

October 15, 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 7:03 P.M. on Monday, October 15, 2012.  Those answering roll call were:  David Lilja, Becky Moorehead, Jason Penman, Daryl Rosenkrans, and Steve Richey and John Prentice.  Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Principal Chuck Schneider, Patty Torman, Mrs. Moorehead and Ms. Owens, teachers at Paw Paw.

Approval of the Minutes:

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of September 17, 2012, with a correction.   

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

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of September 17, 2012 as presented.

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

Consent Agenda Items:

Mr. Priest informed the Board that they will be approving the Levy in November.  The EAV changed, with the $1.4 million increase in new construction of the windmills and farms and therefore the Board will have to do a Truth in Taxation hearing in November because the Levy will change.

Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items with one change:

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

    Ed.: $  220,323.18

OP/M: $    19,651.77   

            TRANS: $    11,098.48    

IMRF: $      9,520.14         

TORT: $     - 0 -  

   CAPITAL PROJECTS: $     - 0 -     

       WORKING CASH: $    - 0 -

            TOTAL: $   260,593.57

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:  

None

Items for Discussion:

Old Business 

None

New Business 

Annual School Recognition – do this yearly as required by the State.

    Paw Paw Elementary

    Paw Paw Jr High School/High School

Alumni Basketball Game on Senior Night – Ken Edwards, Paw Paw Class of 1994, sent an email asking permission to hold an Alumni basketball game on “Meet The Bulldogs” night.  He had about 16 former alumni that said they would play.  Mr. Schneider said that all former alumni were invited and he didn’t see any problem with the game, and would inform the Coach’s of the game.  The Alumni players could not play against the current basketball players and every one of the alumni players would have to sign a waiver form before their game.  The Board asked if it could be some kind of fundraiser.  Mr. Schneider will get back to Ken Edwards. 

The girl’s team asked if it was possible that they could hold a game against the teachers on that night?   Mr. Schneider said it would have to be High School teachers only, or teachers, employed by the district, that came into contact with High School students during the school day.  They were looking into that to see if it was feasible.

Referendum in the spring election to have Board Members elected at-large and not by township – Mr. Zukowski’s office drew up the question to put on the ballot, again.  The procedure was pretty straight forward.  The board had discussed this before and it would make getting board members easier.  Mr. Lilja asked what they, the Board, could do to help.  It was voted down by just one township, DeKalb, last time it was on the ballot.  Mr. Priest said they would have to be careful as you can explain the question but could not tell anyone how to vote.

 Approve Dr. Pam Rockwood to evaluate the elementary principal – Mr. Priest informed that Dr. Rockwood, of Indian Creek School District agreed to evaluate him as elementary principal.  The State of Illinois says that you must have a Superintendent do the evaluating of the administration.  There was a deadline in October to let the State know who was doing the evaluating. 

 School Board Convention –held the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Patty will get that info out as soon as she gets it from the State, usually the first week in November.  Every board member who is going will get a packet. 

 Softball Coach and Assistant Coach Recommendation – CS

 Coaches – CS

Principal’s Report:  

Besides the report in the Board packet Mr. Schneider pointed out to the Board that the windows uptown at the former hardware store were being painted by students, at the request of the State Bank of Paw Paw.  Once the students are finished painting, under the direction of Mrs. Larson, the bank would treat the students with pizzas.

 

There were two projects going on in the High School.  The Student Council is sponsoring a blood drive in the High School Cafeteria on November 12th and Mrs. Robinson, library aide in the High School, was starting a “Creative Writing” club that will meet after school.  

Also, he met with Sam Dunklau about the upcoming concert in the school going over the guidelines. 

He met with staff about the Education and Athletic Committee.  At the Education meeting they looked at MAP testing and RTi was also discussed.  Math camp was going on now in the Elementary Wing, Mrs. Moorehead gave a brief view of the program for the elementary students.  Next Education Committee Meeting will be November 15th at 5:00 PM.

Mr. Schneider then met with the Athletic Committee meeting after the Education meeting.  They received a report on the fall sports from Dave Smith, Athletic Director.  Also discussed was a parent concern about the Jr. High volleyball program.  The committee also looked at the girls Jr. High basketball program, if the numbers were not up they would be including girls in 5th grade.  

As of yet they did not have a candidate for the High School Cheerleading Coach.  Mr. Schneider was going to talk with the students and inform them of the issue to see if they could come up with someone.  If there were not any candidates coming forward by this Friday, there would not be any cheerleading at the High School level.  

The committee was also going to talk with Tim Schlorff and/or Roger Essman concerning starting up the Paw Paw Soccer league again.  Maybe the numbers would improve at the Jr. High and High School level if Paw Paw had a program that involved the students of this area.

Athletic Committee will hold their next meeting after the Education Committee Meeting on November 15th

 

Superintendent’s Report: 

Committees 

Education –  Mr. Schneider met with them.  Next meeting scheduled for November 15th, at 5:00 PM.

Athletics –  Mr. Schneider met with. Next meeting scheduled right after Education Committee.

Transportation – did not meet.

Building – did not meet.

The annual Health/Life/Safety inspection, conducted by the Lee/Ogle ROE, went well with just a few minor problems.  

The 1% s tax issue for Lee County will be on the November ballot.  This is a new approach to school funding, a one cent county school facility sales tax.  This proposal would create an alternative source of revenue for school districts, which does NOT rely on property taxes.  If the ballot proposal passes, every school district in the county will receive funds from the sales tax.  The funds will be distributed on a per student basis and Paw Paw will receive about $100,000.  Revenue from this tax could only be used to fund school renovations, upgrades, construction and abatement of construction bonds.  Funds cannot be used for teacher salaries or other operating expenses.  The Board suggested that this be put in the Chicago Road Shopper before the election in November. 

Enclosures: None

 

Additional:   

Steve Richey asked who did the maintenance on the school heating and air-conditioning.  Mr. Priest replied Honeywell has the contract.

Closed Session:

Jason Penman, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 7:55 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

Jason Penman, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:32P.M.

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

Action Items:

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve ISBE school recognition for Paw Paw Elementary and Paw Paw Jr./Sr. High School.

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

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the employment of softball coach, Larry Klema.

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

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to employ an assistant softball coach, Mrs. Jennifer Penman.

Motion passed by a roll call vote, 5-0 with one abstaining.

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Becky Moorehead, motioned to approve Dr. Pam Rockwood to evaluate the Paw Paw Elementary School principal.

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

Adjournment:

Jason Penman, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit District #271 at 8:45 P.M.

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