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2006-04

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MINUTES
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 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 7:03 P.M., on Wednesday, April 26, 2006. Those answering roll call were: David Lilja, Bruce Oates, Kim Siemers, Becky Moorehead, John Prentice and Steve Richey. Also present were Superintendent Mr. Priest, Mr. Noard, Patty Torman, Alice Zeman, Jan Bieser, Josh and Shelly Ebener.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of March 15, 2006, as presented.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote

Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of March 15, 2006, as presented.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting of March 25, 2006, as presented. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of March 25, 2006, 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 March 29, 2006.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:

Mr. Priest informed the Board that Sheri completed a cash flow report for their information. If all continues well, the District will be in good shape financially.

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: $ 196,201.08
OP/M: $ 619,061.92
B/I $
TRANS: $ 21,598.32
IMRF: $ 6,030.76
S/C: $
F/S: $
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Total: $ 842,892.08

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:

Alice Zeman told the Board that in her daily walks in the morning at the school, she noticed that there needs to be handicap bars in one of the women’s bathrooms. She wasn’t in the men’s restrooms so she couldn’t comment on that, but felt that maybe there needed to be bars placed in the teachers restroom. Mr. Priest thanked her and stated he would have the new architect look into bars for the handicap.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS:

a. Education Committee – no meeting was scheduled
b. Building Committee – no meeting was scheduled
c. Transportation Committee - Mr. Priest informed the Board that they are having trouble with the new bus used for the special education route. Because of all of the problems with this new bus, if Midstate does not take steps to correct these problems, we may return it for a new one at the end of the lease, which is in February 2007.
d. Policy Committee – the committee members agreed to set a meeting date at the May board meeting. Right now there is too much going on to fit in another meeting.

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Coaching assignments will be discussed in closed session.

2. Architect Search – approval for new architect will be discussed in closed session.

3. Negotiations – closed session.

4. Performance Contract - performance contract is up and running. Report on asbestos in the old building is good, not a lot of asbestos except in a few places. Honeywell will start to remove old boiler. The board asked Mr. Priest to check into who has to dispose of the old boiler, and old aluminum windows. Mr. Priest said he will get back to the Board on whose responsibility it will be to dispose of the old materials.

5. Calendar for 2006-07 – Mr. Priest did a survey amongst the certified staff on calendar A and calendar B. Eight are for calendar B, six for calendar A. Since it is too close to call, he suggested the board make the final decision. Board member John Prentice expressed his opinion on why school should start later. Bruce Oates suggested since there is going to be a lot of improvements made to the building this summer, the later start date might be more appropriate. It will give the contractors more time to complete all the projects. The calendar will be voted on in action items.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Bus Lease – Mr. Priest is talking with another bus company, Midwest Bus Sales out of Princeton, not to be confused with Midwest Transit. They are bringing a Thomas bus to our school so the drivers can test drive a new bus, and give their opinions. Midwest Bus Sales is offering a better lease than Midwest Transit. He will get back to the board after the test drive.

2. Disposal of excess equipment - there is a lot of excess equipment in the outlying storage buildings. Mr. Priest is asking the Board if they will agree to his disposing of some of the old and outdated items. John Prentice stated he has no problem with it but if there is any track equipment to let him know, as the Jr. High track program is in need of any equipment. This will be addressed in action items.

3. Drivers Education - Mr. Noard informed the Board that all sophomores have completed the school monitored driving time and have been entered into the state license web site. He took a poll of the upcoming sophomores and all but one are in favor of the driving portion of their license could be done over the summer.

4. IHSA Membership Renewal – standard procedure, the Board approves this every year.

5. Summer Maintenance Help – because of the improvements going on over the summer, it was discussed that it would be necessary to hire more summer help than usual, to get the school back into shape for the 06-07 school year. The board agreed and will vote on this in action items.

6. Consideration of Resolution – action item

7. Teacher Employment – closed session.
8. Principal Employment – closed session.

9. First Reading of Policies 7:70 and 6:50.
 
10. Approve Renewal of Workers Compensation Self-Insurance Trust (WCSIT) – action item

11. Approve Board Legal Liability Insurance Renewal – action item.

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

Mr. Noard asked for Board Member volunteers to hand out diplomas at the graduation/promotion. David Lilja volunteered for the High School graduation on May 26th, and John Prentice volunteered for the Jr. High promotion on May 25th.

Prom will be held on May 13th, and Mr. Priest will be there instead of Mr. Noard. Mr. Noard’s daughter is graduating from college on that day. The prom committee has ordered another limo to accommodate numbers. The High School band and chorus did very well at the recent competition held in Morris, placing 2nd. Thank you to Mrs. Ladendorf for her hard work and dedication. The Juniors are in the process of taking the PSAE tests. Also, Mr. Noard wanted to remind the Board of the concerts coming up on the schedule. Grades 5-12 band and choral will be on May 3rd, and grades K-6 spring concert will be on May 10th.

On May 5th and 6th, the seniors will be on their class trip to the Wisconsin Dells. The 8th grade trip will be for a day, also to the Dells/

Mrs. Beckstrom, Jr. High teacher will be holding a mathathon with the students. All proceeds from this benefit will go to the St. Jude’s Children’s’ Hospital, in Memphis.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

Registration for the 2006-07 school year will be August 14 and 15. Mr. Priest will be holding a meeting on May 2nd at 6:00 to go through the student handbook for next school year. A committee has been formed and the board is invited to attend also.

Mr. Priest introduced Mr. Josh Ebener, principal candidate, and his wife Shelly, who are visiting the school and board meeting.

There was concern from a board member regarding the frequency of fundraising in the community. Maybe the issue of student fundraising needs to be taken under consideration.

John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn to closed session to discuss personnel, negotiations, and probable or imminent litigations at 8:06 p.m.  Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion at 9:33 p.m. to come out of closed session.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

ACTION ITEMS:

Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the following coaches for the 2006-07 school year:
Micah Seymour, Jr. High Soccer
Dave Smith, Varsity Soccer
Carlos Buelvas, Assistant Soccer
Jenny Oros, 8th grade volleyball
Blake Strong, H.S. Varsity Basketball
Laurie Woolstencroft and Terri Robinson, Poms

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve Calendar A for the 2006-07 school year. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve Ms. Catherine Boyer, for the 2006-07 school year as the PE/Health/Drivers Ed teacher. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the IHSA membership renewal. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to authorize the disposal of surplus, antiquated, and non-functional equipment by the superintendent.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve resolution to sell bonds.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to approve the first reading of Policies 7:70 and 6:50.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

John Prentice, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to approve the Renewal of Workers Compensation Self-Insurance Trust (WCSIT).  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Board Legal Liability Insurance Renewal.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve Mr. Robert (Josh) Ebener as Jr. High/High School Principal for 2006-07.  Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271, at 9:50 p.m.