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2007-12

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MINUTES
December 17, 2007- 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 7:04 P.M., on Monday, December 17, 2007. Those answering roll call were: Bruce Oates, Becky Moorehead, David Lilja, Steve Richey. John Prentice, and Daryl Rosenkrans. Kim Siemers was absent. Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Mr. Chuck Schneider, Patty Torman, Alice Zeman, Mrs. Moorehead, and Ms. Stump.

Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of November 19, 2007, as presented
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Daryl Rosenkrans seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of November 19, 2007, as presented.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

5. Consent Agenda Items:

David Lilja had a question about the Lee/Ogle ROE Co-Op invoice for the SIP co-op and the video co-op? Mr. Priest explained the charges and why it was two different invoices.

John Prentice, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented:
A). Approval of the bills, with late additions/corrections, as follows:
Ed: $ 233,212.44
OP/M: $ 21,585.98
B/I $ - 0 -
TRANS: $ 35,317.83
IMRF: $ 7527.58
S/C: $ - 0 -
F/S: $ 425.70
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Total: $ 298,069.53

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

6. Open Forum:

No one for open forum.

7. Board Committee Reports:

a. Education Committee – the Committee met in November. Bruce Oates commented that he thought it went very well, with a lot of good ideas brought to the meeting by teachers on the committee. The big discussion was on the math curriculum, with emphasis on the Jr. High level.
The teachers on the committee were going to contact other school districts to find out what they use and come back with ideas at the next meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19th.
b. Building Committee – did not meet.
c. Transportation – did not meet.
d. Policy Committee – Mr. Priest will probably come back to the board in January with new IASB Press recommendations for changes/additions to school board policy.

8. Items for Discussion:

a. Old Business

1. Restructuring of Bond Debit – as previously discussed the Board has chosen Option #1, as outlined by Jamie Racklin at a previous meeting. Mr. Priest has kept the board informed of any new details via the updates.

b. New Business

1. Early Graduation – CS
2. Levy Approval – Mr. Priest reported that the 2007 levy, payable in 2008, would not increase taxes!
3. Resolution to Instruct County Clerk how to apportion 2007 Tax Levy Extension Reductions – Mr. Priest explained this resolution t the Board and what it means to the District.
4. Approve Usage of Temporary Building – this is for the mobile classrooms, one side is used as a classroom for the Jr. High. This paperwork needs to be in to the Lee/Ogle ROE
5. LCSEA and Amboy – Amboy, AFC, and Steward school districts put in writing that they wanted to be removed from the Lee/Ogle LCSEA. Once the LCSEA signs off, it has to go to the state level for approval. We, Paw Paw, Nelson, and Dixon can continue to maintain the present LCSEA co-op, with Dixon District being the hub. A part of the current LCSEA staff will be riffed and our costs should not go up, that the co-op can go on with just three school districts. David Lilja asked if maybe they should be looking at other options, considering a large chunk of the LCSEA will be gone, we still want to keep the level of programs. Mr. Priest said most programs are housed in Dixon now, so there really will not be much change.
6. Approve Abatement of Part of Series 2006 C Bonds Levy –
7. Approve Bus Lease – the Special Education route bus lease is due to be approved. Mr. Priest asked the board that the company, Midwest Transit, was offering to lease it again for 18 months this time, instead of 12 months. He felt it was a good deal and would encourage the Board to approve.
8. Upgrade Internet Connection – this will help the entire school and Sheri, since there is long waiting periods while using it. The teachers are having a tough time using it when they access the SDS programs. It would cost the District $453.00 more per month to upgrade to a T1 line with greater capacity.
9. Mobile Computer Lab – Mr. Priest talked to Apple, and for 30 wireless laptops and two carts and two hub projectors it would cost $35,000. The purpose of mobile labs is so that teachers would structure lab time in the daily schedule and the cart (s) would be rolled into the actual classroom, and students would have more time on them. Micah Seymour informed Mr. Priest he could do it a little cheaper, but Mr. Priest said at this time, he had Mrs. Jamroch looking into a possible grant to pay for the costs.
10. Discuss Little Ten Entrance Fees – Mr. Schneider informed the Board that at the recent Little 10 conference meeting, it was voted on to increase gate fees at conference games. Some Little Ten schools are staying with the old charges of $4.00, $3.00 and $2.00, therefore when you visit other schools for conference games you may be paying less.
11. Mrs. Jamroch’s Grant Report – Mrs. Jamroch is being pro-active looking for new grants all the time. So far she has found grants to pay for new books, videos, classroom equipment, etc.
12. Principal’s Contract – CS
13. Health/Life/Safety Amendment approval – the ROE found fault with two items in our schools: lighting in the cafeteria and the Jr. High gym. Our architect came up with a plan at a cost of $2800, using H/L/S funds.
14. District School Improvement Plan – we received a letter from the ISBE concerning this plan. Mr. Priest had to submit an improvement plan concerning three of the Districts students. The school board needs to approve this plan, if they do not the state raises the penalty level.
15. Approve Life Touch Fundraiser – a contract for pictures for our students for the 08-09 school year. They also do pictures for our yearly yearbook. We have been happy with their work, so the Board needs to approve the contract.

John Prentice at this time, asked if the students and their families could help out with the cost of new mobile computers? This would make students more accountable, and help fund the costs incurred, instead of the District trying to find ways to pay for the lab. Mr. Priest stated he would ask Mrs. Jamroch to start looking for a grant to help pay for part of it or all of it.

9. Principal’s Report

Mr. Schneider reported that the recent “Bulldog Bravo” results were included in the board packet. The DAR winner representing Paw Paw is Alicia Slaughterback, daughter of Tim and Penny Slaughterback. The music concerts were held recently, and the Jr. High boy’s basketball is winding down with Jr. High girls starting in January. The students said good-bye to Lara Alvarez, foreign exchange student from Brazil. Her year in the United States was up in December. Also, the discipline report showed improvement, with the staff helping.

10. Superintendents’ Report:

Mr. Priest included everything in the packet, except the holiday schedule for the District Office.

11. Enclosures:

A thank you note from the family of Nell Flenker (Jill Andersons’ mother)

12. Additional:

John Prentice brought up the issue of the High School JV boys basketball team. Should they play in the Little 10 JV basketball tournament, which would mean some of the JV team could not play in the Christmas Tournament for the Varsity? He has received several phone calls from parents concerning this issue. Who should decide if these players play or not play on Varsity and should they play in the Little 10 tournament, with their team, which is undefeated as a JV team? After much discussion, Mr. Priest suggested a sports committee of board members be established to make decisions, if it should get to that point. The Athletic Director and Coaches should make these decisions, that is what we hired them to do.
Also, Becky Moorehead asked if the lights on the outside of the Jr. High building were operable. Mr. Priest stated they are in working order. Another comment was made by a board member about how hot it was in the Jr. High gym when they were there on a Sunday afternoon. Mr. Priest said someone would look into it.

Steve Richey, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 8:20 P.M.
Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion at 9:27 p.m. to come out of closed session.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote
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14. ACTION ITEMS:

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the request for early graduation.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the Levy for 2007.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the Resolution to instruct the County Clerk on how to apportion 2007 Tax Levy Extension Reductions.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the temporary building usage.
. Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the partial abatement of 2006C bond levy.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the eighteen month bus lease for $12,095 with Midwest Transit.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the Health/Life Safety Amendment #21 for emergency lighting.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the contract for use of additional T1 line.
Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

15. Adjournment:

Bruce Oates, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion, to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271, at 9:38 p.m.
Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

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