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2015-02

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES

February 16, 2015

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 called to order on Monday, February 16, 2015 by David Lilja, President, at 7:03 p.m. Those answering roll call were:  Steve Richey, David Lilja, Chris Jones, Becky Moorehead and Daryl Rosenkrans.  Jason Penman entered at 7:04.  Also present were Superintendent Mr. Stan Adcock, Principal Charles Schneider, Patty Torman, and Mrs. Siemers, teacher at Paw Paw; Ms. Anne Noble, Managing Director of Stifel and Nicolaus, underwriters of school bonds; Mr. Walt Zukowski and Mr. Nathan Washburn, attorneys for the District; and Mrs. Karen Vlasaty.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:

Steve Richey, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of January 12, 2015 as presented.   

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 12, 2015 as presented.

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

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the Special Board Meeting Minutes of January 31, 2015.

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

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented:

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

Ed.: $ 193,656.63

OP/M: $   36,029.10

DEBT SERVICE: $   96.462.00 TRANS: $     9,107.70     

IMRF: $     6,865.70    

TORT: $     2,996.93   

CAPITAL PROJECTS: $        122.78  

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  TOTAL: $ 345,240.74

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 

Presentation and Consideration of Working Cash Bond and Refunding of Previous Bonds – Ms. Anne Noble of Stifel and Nicolaus, underwriters of school bonds, after a quick research, presented several scenarios for the Board to consider. First, was the question can we legally borrow the full million and second, the fact that it looks like the current bonds we have outstanding will come due in 2017-2020 and will it cause our tax levy and taxes to increase substantially?  Mr. Adcock cautioned the board on this and stated that we need to step back from the bond process and look at the bigger picture overall.

Discussion and Recommendation of RIF for 2015-16 – CS

New Business

Approval and Adoption of IASA Vision 20/20 Resolution – this is a resolution put forward by the Illinois Association of School Administrators, which is essentially a plan to “take back conversation about education in the State of Illinois,” to make education a priority.  Your approval of, and adoption of, simply states that you support Vision 20/20 and statements contained therein.

Approval of Senior Class Trip – details of the trip to Wisconsin Dells was presented last month, but need official board approval.  

Discussion and Possible Approval of Student Petitions – CS

Approve 2015-16 School Calendar – Mr. Adcock asked the teachers for their input.  Mr. Schneider put together the calendar while also trying to implement some of the teacher’s suggestions.  The Board is to vote on it tonight.

Approve School Bus Lease Agreement – This year we have two buses with leases that expire.  They are the 63 passenger handicap accessible bus and the other 24-passenger short bus, that is not being used on a daily basis.  We could lease new comparable to what we have for a period of three years and rotate buses after that, or we could buy the small bus for $29,000, but that is more than the 3-year lease.  The large bus is more expensive as companies have begun air conditioning all handicap accessible buses.  We do not typically air-condition larger buses as it is cost prohibitive, but it is getting harder to find this type of bus without that added on to the cost. The board will vote on this tonight.

Discussion and Possible Approval of Sprinkler Maintenance Agreement – It has been several years since we had a maintenance agreement for the sprinklers,  and we are now starting to develop problems.  We have a bid for $640 for a one-year agreement or $620/year for a three year agreement.  This is a safety issue and cannot be ignored.  

First Reading of Bullying Policy 7:180 – Included in your board packet.  This was approved last year, but we are required to have a policy which complies with a new law for procedures. 

Discussion and Possible Approval of State Curtain Replacement Bid – We have a bid for replacing the stage curtain.  This may seem extravagant expenditure but the current curtain is dry rotted and falling apart.  We have a donated fund that will be used for the purchase of a new curtain.

Accept Resignation of High School Volleyball Coach – CS

Principal’s Report:  

Mr. Schneider stated that Senior Night was to be on Friday, February 20th, and the awards banquet will be March 18th, at 6:00 PM.   The FFA was to meet with Mr. Schneider for FFA week, which was the week of February 23rd.   

He asked if promotion could be moved to Thursday, May 28th for 8th grade, and Friday, May 29th for High School graduation.  Since we now have three snow days, the last day of school will be May 27th, with teacher’s institute May 28th, and the exam schedule will reflect that.

Randy Ikeler did the re-wiring of the stage, and did a wonderful job.  He will make a drawing of the entire stage, showing electrical breakers and where each one goes to what light.

Kishwaukee Country Club did not put us on the calendar for May 9th, even though they had our down payment.  We have to pick either May 2nd, or May 16th, our DJ can do our prom on either date.  The board consensus was the 16th of May. 

 

Superintendent’s Report: 

Mr. Adcock wanted to point out the letter to our District from the Illinois State Board of Education that we will be required to do the PARCC testing.  He stated that if we run into problems with the computers we will not waste our time on it!  PARC testing is scheduled for March 9th thru the end of the month.

Enclosures:

Thank you from the Cradduck family.

Closed Session:

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to adjourn to closed session for personnel and probable/or imminent litigations of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 8:31 P.M. 

Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

Daryl Rosenkrans left meeting at 9:05 PM.

 

Steve Richey, seconded Jason Penman, made a motion to come out of closed session at 9:36 P.M.

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

 

Action Items:

Jason Penman, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion and adopt the IASA 20/20 Resolution as presented.

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

Chris Jones, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the Senior Class Trip as presented.

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

A motion to approve the Student Petitions was tabled.

Jason Penman, seconded by David Lija, made a motion to approve the 2015-16 Calendar as presented.

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

Becky Moorehead, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the School Bus Lease with Midstate Bus Sales out of Princeton.

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

Chris Jones, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the Sprinkler Maintenance Agreement.

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

Steve Richey, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to approve the Stage Curtain Replacement Bid as presented.

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

Steve Richey, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to accept the resignation of the High School Volleyball Coach, Mrs. Toni Pierce.

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

Adjournment:

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit District #271 at 9:44 P.M.

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