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2013-11

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

NOVEMBER 18, 2013

PAW PAW HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER – PAW PAW, ILLINOIS

7:00 P.M.

The Regular Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 Board of Education was held on November 18, 2013, in the Library of the Paw Paw Jr. / Sr. High School.  The meeting was called to order by David Lilja, President, at 7:04 PM.  Those answering roll call were:  Dave Lilja, Steve Richey, Jason Penman, Chris Jones, Becky Moorehead, and Daryl Rosenkrans.  Also present were Interim Superintendent Robert Priest; Chuck Schneider, Principal; and Dee Wheeler, District Bookkeeper.  Guests were Travis Kemmerer and Geri Larson, teachers.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of October 21, 2013.  Motion passed on a 6-0 roll call vote.

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting of November 4, 2013.  Motion passed on a 6-0 roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to approve the minutes of Closed Session of October 21, 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 on a 6-0 roll call vote.

Jason Penman, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to approve the minutes of Closed Session of November 4, 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 on a 6-0 roll call vote.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:

A.  Approval of the Bills with late additions:

Education:               $231,456.75

O/M:         19,334.35

DEBT SERVICE:   360,440.63

TRANS:     15,185.22

IMRF:                     8,907.97

CAPITAL PROJECTS  

TORT                     1,270.44              

TOTAL:                           $636,595.36

B.  Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as presented by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer.

C.  Approval of the Financial Reports as presented. 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda items as presented.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

OLD BUSINESS:

1.  Baseball/Softball Cooperatives-A letter from Pam Rockwood, Indian Creek Superintendent, was included in the packet wherein they she stated that they did not feel comfortable with the cooperative at this time as the cooperative would move them into another class.  Mr. Priest stated it would be discussed further in the Athletic Committee Meeting.

2.  Superintendent Search-Mr. Priest informed the Board that four on-line applications had been started.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.  2013 Levy –Mr. Priest stated that there were calculations and information contained in packet pertaining to the 2013 tax levy.  He stated that they were straight forward.  He explained that the tax cap can’t increase over five percent (5%).  He informed the Board there were examples in the packet, and there was a 39% increase in last year’s.  Mr. Priest stated that EAV was down $70,000, but the extension went up because of the formula.  He also mentioned that the windmills helped tremendously and was classified as new construction.  

2.  2013-14 Seniority Lists-Mr. Priest informed the Board that the list had to be approved each year and a copy had been handed out.

3.  Request form the Earlville School District Concerning School Choice –An e-mail from Wade Winekauf had been received regarding school choice and asking if our District would take children from Earlville.  Mr. Priest explained the District would get taxes, and they would have to bus the students.  Mr. Priest recommended we not do this.  He said a year ago he would have recommended yes based on State Aid and increased enrollment but not at the present time.

4.  Senior Trip-Mr. Schneider stated that two requests had been received from class sponsors.  He said if the Board had no problem with the requests that the class would vote on one of the two.  He informed the Board that they currently had $12,428 in the fund.

5.  Assistant Coach for HS Boys’ Varsity Basketball – Closed Session.      

6.  IASB Conference- Conference was to be held this coming weekend, and plans were made for everyone to meet at Harry Carey’s for lunch at noon.

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT

Mr. Schneider gave kudos and recognition to Mr. Kemmerer for the students’ performance at the Little 10 Choir festival.  Mr. Kemmerer was asked to add his remarks. He complimented our students as having the best behavior at the festival.  He also mentioned an impromptu piano performance by John Hoelzer that went extremely well.  It was also that a very good showing was made by both the junior high school and high school

Mr. Schneider reported that the PPO had a meeting and asked about having a bake sale.  He also informed the Board that Lee County Sheriff’s Department now has our frequency.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Mr. Priest stated the Athletic Committee met last week.  He stated that Dave Smith went over winter sports.  More discussion would take place during closed session.  A letter was received from Pam Rockwood stating that Indian Creek was no longer interested in a co-op with our District.  A hand out from Mr. Schneider showed co-op enrollment class and how they affect different school combinations, and that a co-op had a two-year minimum.  

The Board was informed that the website calendar had been updated.    Mr. Schneider stated that a banner was ordered as co-champion Little 10 Basketball.  In addition, it was stated that the broken sink issue had been resolved.

ENCLOSURES

a.  Levy Calculations

b.  Indian Creek Letter Referencing Co-op

c.  Proposed Principal Contract

ADDITIONAL

Mrs. Moorehead asked if anything regarding the Homecoming Mess had come to our attention and some discussion was made with nothing definite having been discovered.

CLOSED SESSION

Jason Penman, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 7:35 p.m. for personnel, probable or imminent litigation.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:09 p.m.  Motion passed on a 6-0 roll call vote.

ACTION ITEMS

Dave Lila, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve to approve the 2013 Levy.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the 2013-2014 Seniority List.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to approve Administration’s recommendation concerning attendance of elementary students from Earlville District 9 due to school choice mandates . Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Dave Lilja, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve recommendation concerning Assistant HS Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote. 

ADJOURNMENT

Jason Penman, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:17 p.m.  Motion passed on a 6-0 roll call vote.