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2015-09

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES

September 21, 2015– 7:00 P.M.

Paw Paw High School Media Center

Paw Paw, Illinois

President Becky Moorehead called the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, September 21, 2015.  Those answering roll call were: Becky Moorehead, Jason Penman, Heidi McKee, Chris Jones, Steve Richey and Daryl Rosenkrans. Also present were Superintendent Stan Adcock, Mr. Chuck Schneider, Emmylou Truckenbrod, Jeff Svendsen, Dawn Foster, Sundai Hawbaker, Karen Vlasaty, Brandy Ness, Kathy Anderson, Justin Voss, Josh Sarver, Sue Johnston, Cindy Hemphill, Vicky Leppanen, Kristy Schlorff, Krsiti and Chris Fairchild, Cyndie Prodzenski, and Lisa Mikkelson.

Public hearing concerning the 2015-16 Budget was opened to the public at 7:01 PM. There were no public comments. Hearing was closed at 7:05 PM.

 

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to adopt the 2015-2016 Budget as finalized during the public hearing.

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

Jason Penman, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of August 17, 2015.   

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

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the Closed Session minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of August 17, 2015 as presented.   

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

Consent Agenda Items

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

    Ed.:   $ 540,919.92

OP/M: $ 59,709.44

DEBT SERVICE: $ 265,536.75

            TRANS: $ 100,534.03

IMRF: $ 131,786.37

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT: $ 7,039.38

       WORKING CASH: $ 690,065.02 

TORT: $ 24,356.83        

              FIRE SAFETY: $ 4,832.45

            TOTAL: $ 1,824,780.19

B). Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as submitted by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer;

C). The Financial Reports as presented.

Jason Penman, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented.

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

Open Forum: 

Dawn Foster presented the Board a packet about starting a Scholastic Bowl team for JH. Mr. Schneider is already looking into it and they could possibly have a team competing in January 2016. She also questioned why the Homecoming Court must purchase a ticket to the dance to be on the court. It was explained that Student Council made this a mandate in the past to ensure that the Court participates in all Homecoming events. Tickets to the dance are used to offset the cost of the dance, otherwise the excess is taken from each classes fund.

Brandy Ness had concerns about the bus stop on Wabansi Trail, young kids without supervision were having to cross Chicago Rd at pickup and she felt it was not safe. She recommended the bus stop be eliminated or having pickup at the cul de sac as before. A sign for the bus stop was also mentioned. The matter was referred to the transportation committee for review and recommendation to the Board for final disposition. The Board will discuss on a later date. Mr. Schneider and Mr. Adcock stated they would research and develop other possible solutions.

Cindy Hemphill and other parents were present to voice their concerns about the Junior High lunch times. The students have 30 minutes to eat and have recess, but some are more concerned about recess at the time and will dump their trays early so they can go to recess earlier. Mr. Adcock stated that the students are encouraged to finish their lunch and are not required to finish early and they may take more time if needed. 

Chris Fairchild had concerns about the under classmen playing Varsity games while the upper classmen sat on the bench. He believes that the Juniors and Seniors should be picked first to play Varsity games and then Freshmen and Sophomores to play if needed. It was explained to him by the coach that the best players are chosen in order to win the games, but he believes upper classmen should play Varsity games if they are on the team. Try-outs were suggested if only the best players were going to be used.

 

Items for Discussion

a.  Old Business

1.  Update on LCSEA Negotiations (CS)

2.  Update on ISBE Complaint (CS)

b.  New Business

Discussion and approval of FFA to attend National Convention in Louisville, KY

Approve Applications for Recognition of Schools

Discussion of Bus Route Stop for Wabansi Trail

Discussion and possible approval of Lawn Care bid

Discussion and approval of new tractor purchase

Discussion and approval of hazardous waste removal

Discussion of Bus Route Pay (CS)

Discussion and approval of Press Plus Policy Service Membership

Approve Retirement Request (CS)

Approve Maternity Request (CS)

Approve resignations, extra-curricular positions and volunteer coaching positions (CS)

Principal’s Report:

Currently looking for other schools to participate in the Scholastic Bowl between January and March 2016. The Open House brought up questions on transitions from Junior High and ideas will be looked into. There were some scheduling conflicts with junior high coaches and there will be switching of some games and a fill-in coach to accommodate. Paw Paw Schools will be part of the Hometown Throwdown by WTVO. Two students are working on a video to submit about Fall sports under the supervision of Paul Strohman. The school with the most views wins. Beginning with the incoming 2016-17 class, a Civics class will be required for graduation. State superintendent is telling schools to brace themselves for the PAARC test results, the preliminary numbers were disappointing. 

Superintendent’s Report:

Target Stores has discontinued its Take Charge of Education Program. The school was receiving quarterly checks for about $50-$100. The Fall IASB NW Division Dinner is Tuesday October 27, 2015 at Winnebago HS. The district will pick up the cost if any board members wish to attend. A new law has passed requiring a Civics class starting with next year’s incoming freshmen. Mr. Schneider and Mrs. Jamroch have looked it over and can fit it into our current offerings. The proposed property tax freeze is almost certain to be passed. This should not affect us because of our PTELL restrictions, but there could be some impact we are currently not aware of now. Several new laws will have an impact on our district. Parents can no longer opt out of immunizations for religious reasons, they must have a health care provider sign a “Certificate of Religious Exemption”. Alcohol use on school grounds has a new standard stating “alcohol consumption only need to be detectible”. School suspensions/expulsions will be severely restricted. There will be a PRESS Policy out next year and additional guidance from ISBE. The Board is now permitted to go into closed session to discuss school building safety and security. We may now become an At-Large District by either 2/3rds majority vote or a majority in each township.

Enclosures:   None.

 

Additional:   None.

 

Closed Session:

Steve Richey, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 8:17 P.M.

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

Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to come out of closed session at 9:14 P.M.

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

Personnel (5ILCS 120/2 Paragraph 1)

Probable or imminent litigation (5ILCS 12/2 Paragraph 11)

Action Items:

Jason Penman, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to Approve FFA use of school bus to attend National Convention in Louisville, KY. 

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

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to Approve Applications for Recognition of Schools.

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

Heidi McKee, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to Approve purchase of new John Deere Tractor from Holland and Sons in Mendota, IL.

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

The motion to approve Lawn Care Contract with Kern Lawn Care for $275/mowing was tabled at this time.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to Approve Hazardous Waste Removal Bid by AMS Environmental for $2732.

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

The motion to approve Increase of Bus Route Pay by $10/Route was tabled at this time and moved to the transportation committee.

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to Approve Subscription to IASB Press Plus Policy Service.

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

Jason Penman, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to Approve the Retirement Request from Emily Jamroch to Retire at the end of the 2017-2018 School Year.

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

Jason Penman, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to Approve Maternity Leave Request from Heather Nelson.

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

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to Approve extra-curricular positions and volunteer coaching positions.

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

Adjournment:

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit District #271 at 9:31 P.M.

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