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2006-01

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 18, 2006
PAW PAW HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER – PAW PAW, ILLINOIS
7:00 P.M.

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 was held on January 18, 2006, in the Paw Paw High School Media Center, Paw Paw, Illinois.

Board President, David Lilja, called the meeting to order at 7:04 P.M. Those answering roll call were: David Lilja, Kim Siemers, Becky Moorehead, John Prentice, and Steve Richey. Bruce Oates entered at 7:05 P.M.  Also present were: Superintendent, Robert Priest;Alice Zeman;Ted Photakis;Jan Bieser;Sue Beckstrom;Mark Dunklau;Sam Dunklau and Sheri Fore.

Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of December 19, 2005 as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of December 19, 2005 as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Kim Siemers, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as follows:

  • Approval of the bills with late additions:
    • Ed: $186,730.05
    • O/M: 33,375.05
    • B/I: 113,113.14
    • Trans: 16,039.99
    • IMRF/SS: 5,603.71
    • F/S: 1,324.67
    • TOTAL: $356,186.61
  • Approval of the Treasurer’s Reports as presented by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer.
  • Approval of the Financial Reports as presented.

Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Superintendent Priest reported that we are on track with expenditures except for a few areas where we have overspent more than anticipated. For example, the December heating bill was double what we paid a year ago at the same time.

OPEN FORUM
There was no one who wished to speak to the Board.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS

EDUCATION:
There are some issues regarding the high school schedule and teaching staff. The next meeting will be January 26, 2006, at 7:00 P.M.

BUILDING COMMITTEE:
Mr. Priest, Dave Lilja and Steve Richey walked around the school and found some minor things that need attention. The light fixture in the parking lot and all outside lighting should be working soon.

TRANSPORTATION:
The new bus hasn’t come yet. There is a need to discuss leasing a big bus for next year. We would need to order one soon in order to have it by August.

POLICY MEETING:
February 4, 2006, 9 A.M. to 12 noon.

PMA PRESENTATION:
Fenil Patel gave a presentation on financial planning and investing through the Illinois School District Liquid Assests Fund. The district would not have to invest with the fund in order to use the financial planning services. The cost for the financial planning service, if not a member, would be $11,500.00 the first year. If a member, the cost would be $7500.00. Yearly renewal for the service would be $6000.00 for a member, $9000.00 for a non-member. This service could be used for long-range planning using our current data.

OLD BUSINESS:

Coaches/extra curricular positions – closed session

Architect Search and Process - A letter has been sent to at least 14 firms and the search has been posted in the paper. February 2, 2006 is the deadline. We should begin getting calls from architects wishing to come and go through the buildings.

Negotiations – closed session

2nd. Reading Policy 4:91 – Action Item

NEW BUSINESS:
Special Ed – We are investigating, with the attorney, the situation with LCSEA. The attorney is reviewing the agreement and will get back to Mr. Priest with his preliminary thoughts. We will have to quit the end of this year, June 30, 2006. We will probably break even by running our own special education program.  There is cost involved.

Employment of PE teacher – closed session

Approve the Seniority List – Action Item

Review Closed Session Minutes - Mr. Priest has reviewed the past 6 months of closed session minutes and recommends that they be kept closed. Action Item

Resolution to solicit bids for high school building improvements to improve energy conservation and savings. Action Item

Ted Photakis will fax a list of vendors to the District Office in order to send them the bid information. The request for bids will also be published in The Telegraph with the proposals due February 10, 2006.

Resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds of Community Unit School District #271, Lee and Dekalb Counties, Illinois, in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $2,100,000.00, pursuant to the Local Government Debt Reform Act of the State of Illinois, as amended. Action Item

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT
Principal was not present.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

IVVC is recommending 6 meetings a year of the Executive Board instead of 12 meetings a year. This will require amending the joint agreement which has not been amended since 1979. There are other items that need to be changed as well.

IVVC Minutes – enclosed in the Board Packet.

ADDITIONAL

A board member brought up about using Sound and Lights money in the activity fund to fix the stage track lighting before the play.

Kim Siemers, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion at 8:09 P.M. to adjourn to closed session for personnel, negotiations, and probable or imminent litigation. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion at 9:30 P.M. to come out of closed session. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

ACTION ITEMS

Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion, to accept the resignation of Tyler Torman as Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the employment of Justin Schimandle, as a PE Teacher for the remainder of the year. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion, to keep the closed session minutes confidential. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion, to approve the second reading and adoption of Board of Education Policy #4.91. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the 2005-2006 Seniority List.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Resolution to solicit bids for the high school improvements to improve energy conservation and savings.Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the resolution to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds of Community Unit School District #271, Lee and DeKalb Counties, Illinois, in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $2,100,000.00, pursuant to the Local Government Debt Reform Act of the State of Illinois, as amended. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to accept the resignation of John Diebold as Assistant Baseball Coach. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

David Lilja, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 at 9:35 P.M. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.