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February 11, 2013– 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, February 11, 2013.  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. Waters, and Mrs. Foose, teachers at Paw Paw Schools.

Approval of the Minutes:

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of January 14. 2013.   

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

Jason Penman, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of January 14, 2013 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 with one change:

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

      Ed.: $  201,508.60 

 OP/M: $    23,214.95        

            TRANS: $    12,081.95   

  IMRF: $      9,660.80      

  TORT: $  - 0 -     

            DEBT SERVICE: $  - 0 -   

   CAPITAL PAYMENT: $        176.10    

            TOTAL: $ 246,642.40  

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:  


Items for Discussion:

Old Business

Senior Class Trip – plans are progressing nicely, with some checks already sent to confirm reservations.  One of the senior class sponsors may come to District Office to ask about the possibility of a credit card to use now to hold rooms at the hotel and the possibility of using  it for meals.  One of the board members mentioned that the class could buy credit cards with so much money on it, which could be purchased ahead of time.  These credit cards can be bought at many places and they could take whatever amount they think they will need.  It was brought up that if they use the credit card and the amount exceeds what is on the card it will not process it.  Mr. Schneider will talk with the sponsors. 

2013-2014 Calendar – Mr. Priest stated this was the school calendar that the Board could approve at tonight’s meeting.  He used an institute day for the first day of school so the students would only have a ½ day of school, but hadn’t figured out what to do about the last day of school.  The state mandates that the first and last day of school be a full day.  Mr. Priest said the board could go ahead and approve this calendar tonight, but there may be changes.

New Business 

Graduation/Promotion Tentative Dates – Thursday, May 23, 2013 for 8th grade promotion and Friday, May 24, 2013 for High School graduation.  Barring any snow days between now and then, this is the dates of graduation/promotion.

IVVC/Junior Graduation Requirements – The new application process is in place.  This will mostly impact new students wishing to attend next year.  What is needed is to have final approval on moving the junior year social studies requirement to also be in the senior year.  Without this change IVVC will be limited to basically seniors.  Mr. Schneider noted that they are getting back applications from students for next school year.  

Junior College Courses – Mr. Schneider said they have found a solution for taking off-campus courses.  We would like to see all students back in our school and taking the classes here at Paw Paw.

Staff Issues - CS

Negotiations - CS

Discipline Report – Seems like it is the same students who are being disciplined. One or two are in the Jr. High and one  Jr. High student, after notifying parents,  has to come to the office after school so his homework is completed.  

Principal’s Report:  

Besides the report in the Board packet Mr. Schneider reported that the “Jump Rope for Heart” sponsored by Ms. Owen, PE teacher at Paw Paw Elementary will be held this week.  The WYSE team placed 3rd at competition held recently at Kishwaukee Jr. College.  Several students placed with one student, John Hoelzer placing 2nd which entitles him to compete in the Sectionals to be held at NIU.  Marcus Hadley and Sera Dalki are the Paw Paw Spelling Bee champs from Paw Paw Schools and are moving on to the Lee County Spelling Bee to be held in Dixon. Two teachers and Mr. Schneider attended the third Common Core networking session held recently at Sauk Valley C.C.  Paw Paw is doing very well in these sessions as a lot of schools aren’t advanced as Paw Paw and therefore, they are using what we have already done as examples.  

The boy’s basketball is wrapping up with Regional’s to start next week in Erie, IL.  The school is providing a “grab and go” lunch bag for after the game, that the cafeteria will make up. The drive to Erie, sight of our regional, is so far and the boys play at 7:30 pm.  Girls regional play, held at Hinckley-Big Rock, was last week with Paw Paw winning the first game but lost to HBR the second game of the Regional.

Superintendent’s Report: 


Education – Mr. Priest stated that they talked about the ISAT testing, which is to start March 4th.  Also, they are sending out letters, which are in the board packet, to parents telling them of the new standards.  The ISAT goals are going to change next year and a lot of schools are not happy with the new goals.  They also talked about the MAP testing with the Elementary completing their winter testing.   The next meeting will be held March 14th at 5:00 PM.

Athletics – Mr. Priest reported that they went over the winter sports and talked a lot about the spring sports.  Numbers for this year’s softball and baseball teams are right on the cusp and numbers for Jr. High track are very low also.  As it gets closer they will have to look at the number of students involved.  Enclosed is the criteria to be followed that the committee came up with for “Athlete of the Year”.  Next meeting will be on March 14th following the Education Committee meeting. 

Transportation – did not meet.

Building – did not meet.

IVVC Report

Mr. Priest talked about the recent meeting at IVVC.  Mr. Pieper made a presentation of the proposed new addition that they would like to build.  They have a commitment from the Somonauk Fire Department to be part of the new building, and the local hospital has stated they would donate to the new addition.  Mr. Pieper says he has money in reserve for this purpose but it will not cover all of it.  Each school district’s Board of Education will have to vote on the addition.

Enclosures: None



Steve Richey left the meeting at 8:15 PM.

Closed Session:

Jason Penman, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 8:00 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:30 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 5-0. 

Action Items:

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the 2013-2014 Calendar.

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


David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit District #271 at 8:31 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 5-0.