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2006-09

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

SEPTEMBER 18, 2006

PAW PAW JR/SR 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 was held on September 18, 2006 in the media
center of Paw Paw Jr/Sr High School, Paw Paw, Illinois.  The meeting was
called to order at 7:02 P.M.  Those anwering roll call were:  David Lilja,
Bruce Oates, Kim Siemers, Becky Moorehead, and John Prentice.  Board member,
Steve Richey was absent.   Also present were:  Superintendent, Robert
Priest; Principal, Josh Ebener; Alice Zeman; Judy Brinkmeier; Shirley
Vivian; Kathleen Russell and Sheri Fore.

         John Prentice, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion
to open a public hearing on the 2006-2007 budget at 7:03 P.M.
                   Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   Mr. Priest gave a brief explanation of the proposed
budget.   The interest that was shown on the budget sent to the Board by Mr.
Priest is not on the State form due the excel program not allowing the
entry.  In the spring we will amend the budget to show the interest going to
the Ed fund from the other funds.  It appears there will be a $70,000.00
deficit but that will be covered by the interest transfer.  In the O/M fund
it appears there is an $878,140.00 deficit from revenues under expenditures.
However, the performance contracting bonds that were sold are in the
beginning fund balance since we received that money last fiscal year.  There
is a small deficit in the Transportation fund.   There are no caps on the
IMRF/SS fund.  It looks like we will be fine there.  Working Cash is
continuing to grow and we will continue to leave the money there until it is
needed. There will be a deficit in the Fire/Safety Fund, revenues to
expenditures but that fund is healthy.  We can only spend these funds with
H/L/S approval for certain projects.

                   We are in relatively good shape, although we shouldn't
spend money frivolously. There were no public comments.

                   Kim, Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
close the Budget Hearing at 7:10 P.M.   Motion passed
unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion
to adopt the 2006-2007 Budget as finalized during the Public Hearing.
                   Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of August 21, 2006 as
presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   John Prentice, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to
approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting of August 30, 2006, as
presented.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote

                             Kim Siemers, seconded by David Lilja, made a
motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session Meeting, August 21,
2006, as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:

                   Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice made a motion
to approve the Consent Agenda items as follows:

a.       Approval of the bills with late additions and corrections.

                   ED:                  $222,583.81   

                   O/M:                  457,322.17

                   TRANS:              12,368.08

                   IMRF/SS:                            6,803.92               

                   TOTAL           $699,077.98

b.      Approval of the Treasurer's Report as presented by Eunice Rogers,
District Treasurer.

c.       Approval of the Financial Reports as presented:

                   Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   OPEN FORUM:

                   Alice Zeman wanted to know if she needed permission from
the Board to use the 3rd grade students on a promotional DVD for Paw Paw's
125th Celebration.  Mr. Priest will investigate with the attorney.  

                   Shirley Vivian, Judy Brinkmeier, and Kathleen Russell
were there to give a Reading Curriculum Presentation later on in the
meeting.

                   BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS:

                             Education:  The Education Committee has not
met.  It was decided to set the Education Meeting for September 28, 2006 at
5:30 P.M.

                             Building:  The electrical problem was fixed
although they were not quite sure what the problem was.   The hard rain on
Labor Day caused flooding in the school and this is the second time it has
happened in four years.  If the rain is hard enough next time the water
could  flow into the high school.  We have a quote from a tiling service and Mr.
Priest is recommending that we fix the drainage problem.  The estimate is
$11,000.00.  This is informational only for tonight.

The boiler room should be done by the end of this week.   Also, there are
some panels that need to be replaced.  They were punctured in shipping.

                             Transportation:  The Special Ed bus we are
currently leasing is in good shape so the recommendation is to extend the
lease and if it continues to do well to purchase it at a reduced price.

                             Policy - There is a meeting September 30, 2006.
A Board member commented on the handout from the PKD and asked if it should
be approved as part of the District Policy.  Mr. Priest stated the PKD
policy should go through our Board since we are the administrating district.
This will be discussed further at the Policy Meeting.

                   READING PRESENTATION:

                   This past summer Kathleen Russell and Judy Brinkmeier,
Title I teachers, and Shirley Vivian, Reading Improvement teacher, worked on
the Reading Curriculum.  Their goal was to provide teachers with a reading
curriculum guide. After many hours of work, they have completed a guide for
each teacher and Judy stated she has already seen a lot of teachers using
the guide.  Kathleen Russell explained to the Board what is being done with
the guided reading program and the AR books.  Shirley Vivian works mainly
with the Jr. High students in encouraging them to read.   Mr. Priest stated
how fortunate our district is to have all three of these ladies in our
school. 

                   OLD BUSINESS:

                   Coaches/extra curricular positions - cs

                   The basketball court has been striped and we have
contacted someone regarding the plaque.  It will most likely be attached to
the concrete.

                   Board goals - There will be a meeting October 14, 2006 at
9:00 A.M. from 9-12.

                   NEW BUSINESS:

Board Meeting Change -The October 16, 2006 Board Meeting date is being
changed to October 23, 2006.  There were no objections.

                   FFA National Convention - Mr. Faber is requesting that
students be allowed to go to the convention again this year.  It is in
Indianapolis.  Board members and administrators are invited for a one-day
trip to the convention.

                   School recognition - on the process this year, we had to
list our paraprofessionals and have the signature of the Board President.

                   Custodial/Liability - Mr. Priest and Mr. Ebener have
discussed the situation of who locks up the buildings at night after
activities and other liability issues that could arise after school.  One
solution would be to have a custodian on site from 3-11:00 P.M.  Mr. Priest
is suggesting that we have Kathy Mangan go to fulltime for this shift.  She
would also be able to take over more of the custodial tasks and free up
Steve and Kerry to do more maintenance.  Cathy Mangan is interested.  The
general consensus is to go ahead with this suggestion.

                   Sports Activity Remuneration - The Board has received an
enclosure in the Board packet with a proposal for reimbursing people who do
score keeping, books etc.  In the past there has been an inconsistency in
how we handled this matter.  The proposal presented seems reasonable.

      Life Safety Amendment # 5 Completion Approval: - Action Item.

                   We still need to look into upgrading the Science room
which is in very poor condition.  Mr. Priest indicated he will contact the
architect.

                   PRINCIPAL'S REPORT:

                   The Board wanted to know if the list of detentions in the
written report was for the same offender.  Mr. Ebener said there was one
repeat offender.  Repeat offenders will have a Saturday School.   Also, do
we want to look at Coke for a new score board?  It involves signing a
contract with them which is what we did for the score board we currently
have.  The Board seems to be interested in finding another solution.  The
soda and snack machines are going to be moved into the cafeteria and
machines will be reduced from 3 to 2.

                   SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT: The Board has all the
information.

                   ENCLOSURES:  The walkers have requested use of the
facility for walking in bad or cool weather.  Mr. Priest has already
approved their request.

                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
adjourn to Closed Session at 8:39 P.M. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   Kim Siemers, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to
return to the return to the Regular Meeting at 9:17 P.M. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
        
                   ACTION ITEMS:

                   Becky Moorehead, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion
to approve the school recognition document. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   Becky Moorehead, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion
to approve the FFA Club's attendance to the FFA National Convention. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   Becky Moorehead, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion
to approve rescheduling the October 16, 2006 Regular Board Meeting to
October 23, 2006. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
                
                   Becky Moorehead, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion
to approve the Extra-Curricular positions as attached. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   Becky Moorehead, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion
to approve stipends for assistance at sporting events as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   Becky Moorehead, seconded by Bruce Oates, made a motion
to approve the Completion Statement for Health/Life Safety Amendment # 5.
                   Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

                   Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion
to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 P.M.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.