PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
BOARD OF EDUCATION
NOVEMBER 26, 2012
PAW PAW HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER – PAW PAW, ILLINOIS
The Regular Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 Board of Education was held on November 26, 2012, in the Library of the Paw Paw Jr. / Sr. High School. The meeting was called to order by David Lilja, President, at 7:02 p.m. Those answering roll call were: Steve Richey, Jason Penman, John Prentice, and Daryl Rosenkrans. Becky Moorehead arrived after roll call at 7:05 pm. Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest; Principal Charles Schneider, Dee Wheeler, District Bookkeeper, Shannon Wiercinski, Heather Walsh, Regional Superintendent Amy Jo Clemens, Senior Advisors Erin Oates and Tammy Safranek, and three students (Lindy Oates, Shane McCannon, and Sam Dunklau).
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:
Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of October 15, 2012, as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the minutes of Closed Session of October 15, 2012, as presented. “The minutes of the closed session of these meetings shall be confidential and closed to the public until such time that the Board of Education determines that it is no longer necessary to protect the public interest or privacy of an individual by keeping them confidential.” Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING
Mr. Priest made a presentation to the Board on the proposed 2012 tax levy for the District. A copy had been provided in the Board packet. Lee County has a tax cap that means the tax increases must be no more than 5% or the CPI over last year’s extension. Last year’s CPI was 3%. However, this year the District’s EAV increased by $1.47 million; and the District may exceed the limit due to the windmills that came online. Mr. Priest stated this was a positive thing as it would help the District recoup some of the five million we lost.
There is a 6.97% increase in the extension from last year, which necessitates a Truth in Taxation Hearing. Property tax revenue increased $128,579 over last year. The increase will help in balancing next year’s budget. This year’s budget had an $80,000 deficit , and if we keep costs down, the District will be close to being a balanced budget.
Mr. Priest opened the floor for comments from the audience or from the Board and Administration. No one had any questions or comments.
Becky Moorehead, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to close the Truth in Taxation Hearing. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:
- Approval of the Bills with late additions:
DEBT SERVICE: 353,315.63
- Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as presented by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer.
- Approval of the Financial Reports as presented.
Mr. Priest mentioned the Board Summary Expenditure Report, pointing out to the members the nearly $200,000 decrease in salaries between this and last year’s YTD totals, reflecting the District’s continued effort to cut spending and expenses. Steve Richey, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda items as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Steve Richey, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda items as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
GUEST MRS. AMY JO CLEMENS-LEE/OGLE ROE SUPERINTENDENT:
Mrs. Clemens provided a printed hand out from her office, which outlined the services the Regional Office offers and supports. The backside showed a map and listed the District’s enrollment information. She gave a brief presentation outlining services in detail. She informed the Board that Whiteside was closing but was not sure whether they would join our District.
1. Approve 2012 Levy – Information provided in packet.
2. Resolution Regarding: Paw Paw Community Unit School District No. 271 at Large Election of Board Members – Information from attorney provided in packet. Will be on Spring ballot.
3. Senior Trip –Lindy Oates, senior class President, addressed the Board regarding the upcoming Senior Class Trip. A handout was provided to the Board that outlined the prospective destinations, a tentative itinerary, and costs involved. Senior advisors, Erin Oates and Tammy Safranek, offered input on the issues of chaperones, transportation, and cost effectiveness. There was discussion amongst the Board and questions were addressed to the senior class advisors. At this point, it was a preliminary look at what the class is considering for their trip. Lindy stated that there would be a vote amongst the students to determine what destination they would select for the trip.
4. Approve Student Work Coop Request – Closed Session. Sam Dunklau was invited to stay after the meeting to discuss with the Board.
5. Assistant JHS Girls’ Basketball Coach – Closed Session.
6. Approve HS Cheerleader Coach– Closed Session.
7. Athlete of the Year Discussion –Mr. Priest opened the discussion by informing the Board that were some issues involving the selection of the Athlete of the Year. There were some problems with the point system wherein some students were accruing more points based solely on the merit of participating in more sports and at both the JV and Varsity levels. It was brought up by the Board that perhaps the determination should involve no JV sports, just Varsity. Mr. Priest stated that Dave Smith is currently working on revising the points system and is a work-in-progress.
8. Parent/student Request to Waive Prom Attendance Rules-Closed Session.
9. Coaches-Closed Session.
10. Review and Approve Seniority List-Mr. Priest informed the Board to review the seniority lists contained in the Board packet.
Mr. Schneider addressed an issue that has arisen with IVVC and graduation requirements in PE. In the past, the requirement was waived if the student could not fit it into their schedule. This practice will not occur any longer. They are currently working on some options to solve this problem and will be addressed further. He felt this should be brought to the Board’s attention. Mr. Schneider also mentioned that they will be taking a trip in January/February to look at programs and allowing juniors to attend IVVC.
Mr. Schneider mentioned that two students, Sam Dunklau and Ian Dobler, made IMEA all-state musicians. He also reported that the blood drive collected 37 units, which translates into 108 lives saved. He noted this was a substantial increase from the previous one and commended the efforts of Dawn Schmitt and Emily Jamroch. Dave Lilja commented that possibly they could schedule the drive between fall and winter sports as some athletes were unable to give due to athletic practice, etc.
Sam Dunklau informed the Board that “The Wall” concert was successful and raised $400 for the John Cina Music Endowment Fund.
Mr. Schneider reported that Mrs. Brummel applied for and received a start-up grant for $500 for a garden. The garden is a competition where Paw Paw HS could receive a $5,000 prize. Mr. Schneider brought up that Kathy Novotney, who is replacing Luke Allen, is working with Mrs. Brummel on programming FFA towards her areas of expertise.
Education Committee met and Common Core was discussed. Mr. Priest stated that Common Core was moving along. He stated that he had attended some meetings, and everyone was working hard. Mr. Priest asked Mrs. Wiercinski for her input and touched upon the Math Committee, RtI and progress monitoring. He reported that the Elementary School was currently participating in math camp.
Mr. Priest reported that Athletic Committee met and discussed the Athlete of the Year and reviewed winter sports and coach recommendations that would be voted on that night.
Dave Lilja brought up a subject of interest, stating that he had heard of a school that required community service hours for graduation. Mrs. Wiercinski stated that she attended high school in Hoffman Estates and that they had a requirement for thirty hours of community service. Opinions were expressed that they thought it was a good idea.
Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 7:55 P.M. for personnel, probable or imminent litigation. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:55 P.M. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the 2012 Levy. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve resolution regarding: Paw Paw Community Unit No. 271 at large election of Board Members. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve student work coop request. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve Emily Owen as JHS Girls’ Assistant Basketball Coach. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve Heather Walsh as HS Cheerleading Coach. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve Seniority List for 2012-2103. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to deny request for waiver of prom attendance rules regarding guests 21 years of age or over. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:59 p.m. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.