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2007-09

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
SEPTEMBER 17, 2007
PAW PAW HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER – PAW PAW ILLINOIS
7:00 P.M.

       
    The Regular Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 Board of Education was held on Monday, September 17, 2007 in the Paw Paw High School Media Center.  The meeting was called to order at 7:06 P.M. by Board Vice President, Bruce Oates.   Those answering roll call were: Bruce Oates, Kim Siemers, Steve Richey, and Daryl Rosenkrans.  Absent was John Prentice.  David Lilja entered at 7:15 P.M. Becky Moorehead entered at 7:09 P.M.  Also present were Superintendent, Robert Priest; Principal, Chuck Schneider; Alice Zeman; Mary Mendoza; April Moorehead; Pam Marks, Jamie Rachlin and Sheri Fore.
   
    A public hearing on the 2007-2008 Budget was opened at 7:08P.M.
   
    Superintendent Priest reviewed the highlights of the 2007-2008 Budget.  The good news is we will continue to carry very good fund balances.   The interest made off our fund balances will be carried over at the end of the year. If anything unexpected happens during the year, we can do an amendment.  Health/Life/Safety is the only fund to have expenditures over revenue.  Revenues are expected to be $30,928 and the current fund balance is $280,869.  With the two amendments that have been approved, a large part of the fund balance will be used.
    There were no public comments.
    The hearing was closed at 7:13 P.M.

    Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the 2007-2008 Budget as finalized during the public hearing.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Before approving the minutes of the Regular Meeting of August 27, 2007, a correction was noted:
In the third paragraph of the first page change name from Steve Moorehead to Steve Richey.
    Kim Siemers, seconded by Bruce Oates made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of August 27, 2007 as presented.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
   
    Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Closed Session on August 27, 2007 as presented.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:
    Bruce Oates, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the following Consent Agenda Items:
Approval of the bills with late additions and corrections as follows:       
Education:        $197,049.65
O/M:            32,378.31   
Trans:                        13,582.43            
IMRF/SS:                    7,156.64        
H/L/S:                       1,679.11
TOTAL:                $251,846.14

Approval of the Treasurers’ report as presented by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer.

Approval of the Financial Reports as presented.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

OPEN FORUM:
    No visitors with comments.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS:

    Education: The Education Committee met last Tuesday.  Some of the things discussed were the PSAE scores and academic preparedness, test preparation for the current 11th graders, Curriculum Mapping, and assessment tools to determine academic success.  The committee will meet again the beginning of October.
    Building: will be discussed under the H/L/S Amendment.
    Trans: Everything is ok.
    Policy: In another month PRESS will be out and several Board Members and Mr. Priest will need to go through it.

OLD BUSINESS:
    Coaches/extra Curricular Positions – closed session.

NEW BUSINESS:
    Restructuring the Bond Debt – Jamie Rachlin was present to talk to the Board regarding restructuring the bond debt.  Mr. Priest contacted Jamie and asked him to come up with several
plans to reduce the amount the taxpayers are paying on the bond.  Jamie presented several options.  The Board decided to mull over the options until the October Board Meeting before coming to a decision.
    Application for the Recognition of Schools – Mr. Priest fills out on line – needs Board approval.
    IVVC – A concerned parent has complained about the IVVC fees and having to pay the full book rental fee at registration time.   When IVVC fees were increased, the Board at that time moved to only charge for half of the book rental fees at Paw Paw.  Therefore a $40.00 refund should be given to all students who go to IVVC and paid the full amount for book fees.
    School District Report Card – Information was included in the Board Packets.  We made AYP. There was no discussion.
    Standardized Testing Recommendations – Mrs. Jamroch and Mr. Schneider are working together on various ways to assess students’ progress and increase test results.  Some programs being discussed are the AIMS WEB, Explore, PLAN and WIN programs.  The AIMS WEB program will be used for grades 1-8.  Explore will be used for grades 8 and 9.  PLAN will be used for grades 10 and 11 and the WIN program will be used for grades 9-12.  These are tools which allow the teachers to see the progress of the students on a regular basis. 
    Senior Class Fund Raiser- the Senior Class would like to do a Fanny Mae candy fund raiser.
The information was included in the Board packet.
    Health/Life Safety Amendments – The Health Life Safety Amendments have been approved.
Amendment 6 had $19,000 taken out for the repair/upgrade of the Jr. High bleachers. We will still be repairing those.  $60,000 was not allowed to replace the student tables in the Science room.  Enough money was approved for the full replacement of the high school bleachers.  We should have enough money left in the fund balance to replace the student tables.  Mr. Priest will contact the architect and start the process via a resolution.

     LCSEA and Amboy- The Board was given a copy of the Resolution drawn up by Amboy to leave LCSEA.  According to Jim Peters, our attorney, they cannot follow through with the Resolution
because they are requesting that School Code be waived.  School Code cannot be waived. 
The main problem is that Paul Bowler, the former director of LCSEA, could retire and leave LCSEA with a huge retirement amount for around $611,000.  The other member districts are getting their attorneys involved and will not approve the Resolution.   Mr. Priest will keep the Board posted on what’s going on with this.

    PRINCIPAL’S REPORT:

    Mr. Schneider referred to a reading incentive program that Lorrie Hill wishes to implement.
A copy of her letter was included in the board packet.  If the Board has no objection, he will tell her she can proceed.  Also included was a copy of the student council agenda for Homecoming Week and planned activities.  He also referred to the discipline report.  Daryl Rosenkrans requested that an additional item be added to the discipline report under Teacher Consequences to report how many of the incidents reported are by the same student or different students.   Mr. Schneider has handed out many “Bravos” as part of the “Bulldog Bravo” program.

    SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:  Mr. Priest invited the Board to go to Mrs. Pfeifer’s room before the closed session to see the project the Science students have completed.
       
    ENCLOSURES:
    The IASB NW Division meeting – October 4, 2007 – Forreston High School

    Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn to closed session to discuss personnel and probable or imminent litigation at 9:00 P.M.
    Motion passed on a roll call vote.
   
ACTION ITEMS:
   
Bruce Oates, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to come out of closed session at 10:00 P.M.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
   
    Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the recognition of Schools Application for the Elementary and the Jr. /Sr. High School.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the standardized testing recommendations.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve hiring Deb Sensenbrenner as 8th grade sponsor.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the senior class fund raiser.
Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve a Resolution instructing Mr. Priest to contact the architect to prepare the bid documents for the Health/Life/Safety amendments.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    Bruce Oates, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:09 P.M.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.