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2005-10

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MINUTES
Monday, October 24, 2005– 7:00 PM
Paw Paw High School Library
Paw Paw, Illinois

Board 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, October 24, 2005. Those answering roll call were: Kim Siemers, David Lilja, Becky Moorehead, Steve Richey, Bruce Oates, and John Prentice. Also present were Superintendent Mr. Priest, Mr. Noard, Patty Torman, Tammy Safranek, Jamie Kromm, Carolyn Bond, Emily Jamroch, Laurie Woolstencroft, Tina Bettner, Danielle Bettner, Samantha Bettner, Ariel Stemen, Brandi Infante, and Karen Plioplys.

President Lilja opened the public hearing on the waiver at 7:04 p.m. Mr. Priest explained that they had approved the Waiver to Seek a 7th Board Member in September, but needed to hold a public hearing on this waiver for any discussion. He also explained the process of filing the waiver with the state and how long it will take. There were no comments from the audience and the Board, therefore the hearing was closed at 7:05.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn to closed session for Student Matters, at 7:05 p.m. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Kim Siemers, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:00 P.M. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of September 19, 2005, as presented.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote

Kim Siemers, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Committee as a Whole Board Meeting of October 15, 2005, as presented.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Closed Session of September 19, 2005, as corrected.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Mr. Priest asked if there were any questions concerning the bills for the previous month. There was some discussion about the expense of running copies in the schools and if the contracts with R.K. Dixon could be renegotiated. Mr. Priest stated he would look into the contracts. Also, the Board wanted to know what Mr. Balder ordered, as far as new weights, for the P.E. department. Mr. Noard was able to give them the information about the new equipment.

Kim Siemers, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented:
A). Approval of the bills as follows:
Ed: $ 207,687.12
OP/M: $ 25,148.79
B/I $ - 0 -
TRANS: $ 16,793.39
IMRF: $ 6,709.47
S/C: $ - 0 -
F/S: $ 5,335.15
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Total: $261,673.92
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.

OPEN FORUM:

Mrs. Laurie Woolstencroft, advisor for the Pom Pon squad, introduced herself and stated she was on the agenda, and would address the Board later under New Business.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Education committee recently met and the topic of discussion was curriculum mapping. The teachers are considering mapping two subjects a year, since the more they do the more proficient they will become. The committee also discussed the classroom books to be replaced for 06-07: K-6 Social studies; 5-12 Social Studies and Language Arts. The next meeting for the committee was scheduled for November 30th, at 7:00 p.m.

David Lilja spoke for the Building Committee, and reported that plans were underway for a sidewalk from Chapman Street to the Junior High wing. It should be completed in the next week. Instead of blacktop the committee decided on cement, as it would hold up better, and considering the size of the sidewalk and the wear and tear, cement would be a better choice.

Mr. Priest informed the Board that the school bus for the Special Education route had been ordered. It would be here, probably after the first of the year.

The next meeting for the policy committee was scheduled for November 5th.

INVESTMENT OPTIONS:

Mr. Bob Anderson, President of the Paw Paw Bank, spoke to the board on an investment option that would give the District a better rate of interest. The board would take it under advisement and talk it over with the Superintendent.

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Coaching assignments will be discussed in executive session.
2. There was some discussion on whether to use blacktop or cement for the new basketball court currently being erected on school property. John Prentice suggested he discuss it with the mayor, as cement would probably be a better choice, longer wear, etc.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Employment of Spanish Teacher will be discussed in closed session.
  2. Employment of Instructional Aide will be discussed in closed session.
  3. The new sidewalk would be poured on Thursday/Friday, and the frame removed in time for school on Monday.
  4. The Library Grant will be completed and forwarded.
  5. Nikki Woolstencroft spoke on behalf of her mother, who is the Pom Pon advisor, about the purchase of new uniforms. She handed out the catalog showing new dance pants and two new shirts that the squad had chosen. The Paw Paw Lions Club have already agreed to pay half the cost of the uniforms. Nikki askedthe Board if they would be willing to purchase the other half of the cost of new uniforms. They have not purchased any new uniforms since the addition of poms to the extra-curricular list. The cost to the Board would be approximately $400. Nikki also informed the Board that they arelooking into competing in a couple of area dance competitions, for example at Oregon and the Little Ten Competition. The contributions for new uniforms willbe voted on under action items. Mr. Noard will inform them of their decision the next day.
  6. Mrs. Jamroch spoke to the Board about the Senior Class trip in the spring. The class has chosen an overnight trip to the Wisconsin Dells. The rules that the Board set in place last year will be the same for this year. If the Board agrees, she will make the room reservations right away as time is running out to get in this spring.
  7. Mr. Priest gave the Board the results of the recent audit. It was a very good report, with just a few minor adjustments that central office needed to make concerning signing of district checks. At the recommendation of the auditor, a person outside of the District Office should be signing checks. Therefore, instead of one signature on imprest checks, there will now be two and Sheri will continue to cut payroll and accounts payable checks but the District Treasurer will now sign all checks.
  8. Mr. Priest gave a brief report on the levy resolution. There will have to be a levy hearing, in December before the Board approves the document. He will have to publish the notice of the hearing in a timely manner.
  9. Packets for the Joint Conference in November will be delivered to all Board Members, once we receive the information from ISBA.

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

Mr. Noard reported that Parent/Teacher conferences were scheduled for November 3rd and 4th. There is a breakfast scheduled October 31st, for those students who met or exceeded the state standards in the recent testing. The teachers will be working on enhanced curriculum mapping during the school improvement day on October 31st.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Mr. Priest informed the Board that a meeting has been scheduled for January 11, 2006 with all Boards from Paw Paw, Leland, and Earlville. The Superintendent of Earlville initiated this. It will only be for discussion and information.

John Prentice brought up about a bubble on the floor in the new wing outside the girls locker room, going into the gym.

Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to adjourn to Closed Session at 9:93 P.M. for probable and imminent litigation, personnel, and student matters.  Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

Kim Siemers, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to return to the Regular Meeting at 10:30 p.m.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

ACTION ITEMS:

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the employment of the following extra curricular staff :

  • Jacob Eich – Jr. High Assistant Boys Basketball Coach
  • Carlos Buelvas – High School J.V. Boys Basketball Coach

Motion passed unanimously by a role call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the resignation of Doug Balder as High School J.V. Boys Basketball Coach.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the employment of Kathy Kellen as an instructional aide.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve hiring Carlos Buelvas as the High School Spanish teacher.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the construction of a sidewalk from Chapman Street to the Junior High Building for the sum of $7560.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve Eunice Rogers, School District Treasurer, to be the signer of all checks with the exception of imprest and activity accounts.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the Levy Resolution.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to wave vaccinations for students A, B, and C.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the Senior Class Trip in the spring.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the Board paying for half the cost of the new Pom Pon uniforms.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the investment of $1,000,000.00 in C.D.’s with the State Bank of Paw Paw.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271, Board of Education, at 11:00 P.M.  Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.