PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
BOARD OF EDUCATION
March 18, 2013
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 March 18, 2013, in the Library of the Paw Paw Jr. / Sr. High School. The meeting was called to order by David Lilja, President, at 7:00 p.m. Those answering roll call were: Steve Richey, Jason Penman, John Prentice, Becky Moorehead, and Daryl Rosenkrans. Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Principal Charles Schneider, Dee Wheeler, District Bookkeeper, Travis Kemmerer, and Geri Larson.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:
Becky Moorehead mentioned an error on Page 4 Action Items. The minutes stated “David Rosenkrans” and should have read “Daryl Rosenkrans”. Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of February 11, 2013, with stated change. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Steve Richey, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting of February 25, 2013. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of Closed Session of February 11, 2013, 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.
John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the minutes of Closed Session of February 25, 2013, 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.
CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:
- Approval of the Bills with late additions:
- Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as presented by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer.
- Approval of the Financial Reports as presented.
Becky Moorehead inquired as to why some of the bills were listed on both the current bills and on the list of bills paid after the previous Board Meeting. Dee Wheeler, District Bookkeeper, explained that this occurred due to the early date of the previous month’s Board Meeting. Mrs. Moorehead stated that was what she had thought. Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda items as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Mr. Priest pointed out that the State Financial Calculations were contained in the Board packet. He pointed out to the Board that there were three sheets of calculations for their review.
Jody Howell addressed the Board regarding the issue of ants in the cafeteria. She also stated that there was a community-wide concern regarding the proposed cuts to the art and music programs in the next school year. Dave Lilja explained that there was an issue with using only non-toxic solutions for the ant problem while school was in session. She was informed that Orkin was coming in over Spring break to treat for the ant problem.
Cassie Eppard expressed her concerns regarding the rumor of budget cuts. In particular, she was concerned whether there would be cuts in the Special Education programs as she had a student who received assistance under these programs. Dave Lilja responded that there were not to be any cuts to the Special Education programs.
Nick Kohlmeyer stated to the Board that he was new to the area and had a student currently in kindergarten. He was concerned about the rumors of the school closing. Mr. Priest stated that the school was not closing, and the cuts had to take place because the State was using State Aid to fix the pension problem.
Cassie Eppard inquired about the vote on the one percent (1%) sales tax. Mr. Priest explained that the increase would go to reduce our bonds.
Dave Lilja stated that there were seven RIFs on the agenda tonight. He explained how the RIF process worked and how it did not mean that it was an absolute conclusion. Mr. Priest input that the RIF process was necessary to give adequate notice to the teachers of the possibility, and a lot would be determined with conclusion of contract negotiations.
With the proposed cuts, Jody Howell expressed concern over bus monitors. She felt that it was an unnecessary expense. She was under the impression that all our buses had monitors. It was explained to her by Mr. Priest that a bus monitor was only present on one bus for safety reasons and not a standard practice.
Danielle Allen expressed her concerns about cuts to music and art. She felt they were important in the school’s curriculum, as well as Spanish. She asked if there was a percentage in mind for the cuts. Dave Lilja stated that contract negotiations would make a big determination on these percentages and suggested that they come to next month’s Board Meeting.
Cassie Eppard inquired whether there was some mandate regarding foreign language. There was discussion on two years being required either in college or at high school level.
Nick Kohlmeyer asked about the first grade teacher being cut. Jody Howell asked about the possibility of a half-day kindergarten or a K-1 split. Mr. Priest stated that there would be the possibility of a kindergarten and first grade combined class, but it was not happening yet.
Dave Lilja suggested that everyone should contact their Congressman with their concerns and gave a website where any Congressman could be contacted. Mr. Priest input that there was going to be another cut to State Aid, a cut of eighteen percent (18%) to Education Fund, and cuts to Transportation Fund as well. He explained in detail the RIF process. There was much discussion, and concerns expressed regarding cuts.
The possibility of a co-op was brought up by Cassie Eppard. She expressed her concern regarding the things she felt that the school should have as part of its curriculum. Another alternative was to raise taxes. It was mentioned that this was up for vote.
Mrs. Allen suggested cutting the guidance counselor. She stated that the counselor had never been a help to her student. She also said that no support or help had been offered for college preparation, etc. She stated that Mrs. Waters had helped her daughter and other students with college letters. Mr. Priest asked that she write a letter stating these statements and send it to him.
1. Senior Trip-Tammy Safranek stated that the seniors were scheduled to leave on Friday and back on Monday. She said everything was under budget, and the itinerary was set with 27 of 30 students scheduled to go.
1. Staff Recommendations – 2013-2014-Closed Session.
2. Approve IHSA Membership-Mr. Schneider stated that the IHSA had to be approved.
3. Graduation Dates –Mr. Schneider stated that 8th grade promotion was set for May 23rd and high school graduation on Friday, May 24th. Daryl Rosenkrans and John Prentice will present diplomas at 8th grade promotion, and Dave Lilja and John Prentice will present high school diplomas.
4. Personnel Issues- Closed Session.
5. Negotiations – Closed Session.
6. Discipline Report –Mr. Schneider addressed the Board regarding discipline report. He stated that homework was better and that copies of the report were included in the Board packet.
Mr. Schneider stated that the FFA auction went well, and the high school musical was a great success.
He informed the Board that both WYSE and the Academic Bowl had wins. Under Shannon Wiercinski, the Academic Bowl was won by Paw Paw.
Mr. Priest reported that the Education Committee met, and MAP testing was taking place this Spring. He stated that ISAT computer was ready to send. He mentioned that RtI had good gains. Progress monitoring would continue to show children needing assistance.
He informed the Board that Common Core was in alignment, and PARCC Assessments were taking approximately nine hours. It was slated to begin in 2014-15 school year. He stated there was a link on the website for the survey.
Mr. Priest reported that Athletic Committee met, and Athletic Director, Dave Smith, reviewed winter sports. Spring sports were discussed and Athlete of the Year was selected. Mr. Priest informed the Board that Mrs. Pierce was taking players to a volleyball camp in Rolla, MO. They are going to pay for the camp themselves.
No Building or Transportation Meetings were held.
The Academic Bowl win was discussed and why they would not be able to go to State. John Prentice stated that it was past time for the IHSA/Little Ten to be set up so they could go to State.
Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 8:03 P.M. for personnel, probable or imminent litigation. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Becky Moorehead, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:26 P.M. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Becky Moorehead, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to dismiss tenured certified employees, Heather Nelson and Geri Larson. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Becky Moorehead, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to dismiss non-tenured certified employees, Patricia Brummel, Malorie Dragonuk, Travis Kemmerer and Heather Walsh. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Becky Moorehead, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to dismiss non-tenured certified, part-time employee, Kim Waters. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Becky Moorehead, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to re-employ certified personnel as recommended by administration (to include Emily Jamroch). Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Becky Moorehead, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to approve IHSA membership. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:34 p.m. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.