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2011-11

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

NOVEMBER 21, 2011

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 November 21, 2011 in the Library of the Paw Paw Jr. / Sr. High School.  The meeting was called to order by Becky Moorehead, Vice-President, acting as President Pro-tem, at 7:03 p.m.  Those answering roll call were:  Becky Moorehead, Jason Penman, John Prentice, Daryl Rosenkrans, and Steve Richey.  Also present were Superintendent, Robert Priest; Principal Charles Schneider, and Dee Wheeler, District Bookkeeper. President David Lilja was absent.  Guests attending were Deb Sensenbrenner, Paula Schnabel and her daughter, Alex, Liz Lemmon and Dawn Schmitt.

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:

 

John Prentice, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of October 17, 2011, as presented.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of Closed Session of October 17, 2011, as presented.  “The minutes of the closed session of these meetings shall be confidential and closed to the public until such time that the Board of Education determines that it is no longer necessary to protect the public interest or privacy of an individual by keeping them confidential.”  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  • Approval of the Bills with late additions:

 

Education:               $262,205.87

O/M:     24,842.96

TRANS:     15,122.67

IMRF:       9,079.31        

TOTAL:             $657,066.44

 

 

  • Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as presented by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer.
  • Approval of the Financial Reports as presented. 

 

Steve Richey questioned the bill paid to Employee Benefits Corporation (EBC).  Mr. Priest explained to the Board how the $1,500 reimbursement for medical expenses works through EBC.  

Jason Penman, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda items as presented.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

OPEN FORUM:  

No one.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

  • Yearbook Update – Kim Waters completed last year’s yearbook and sent to printer.  
  • Approve Levy Resolution– Mr. Priest discussed how the levy would impact the School District.  He explained that because Lee County residential values dropped, EAV was reduced by $5,000,000.  However, with the changes in valuation rates, the District will get $39,000 more.
  • Transportation Handbook – Mr. Schneider explained the changes in the handbook.  Daryl Rosenkrans and Becky Moorehead pointed out some typographical errors in the draft copy.  Mr. Schneider will check Disciplinary Actions and Appeals.
  • Senior Trip – Mr. Schneider had a handout that included information on each point.  Class sponsors, Deb Sensenbrenner and Paula Schnabel, were present to discuss the trip with the Board and answer any questions.  A senior, Paula’s daughter Alex, was also present.

a. Destination – Senior class has elected to go to Branson, Missouri, instead of Great America.  They would like to go in April so extra time is not needed to make the trip.  They would depart on Thursday after school and return on Sunday.  Ms. Sensenbrenner presented their estimation of activities and expenses.

b. Method of Transportation – One bus will be used but a second driver would be needed as back up.  Angie Lampson will be the driver and will donate her time.  Daryl Rosenkrans volunteered to do so also.  There was discussion on taking a separate vehicle to have for hauling additional items or luggage and in case of emergency.

c. Food – The sponsors were planning on taking food with or preparing it there.  Mrs. Moorehead offered some input on this from last year’s trip.  There will be two cabins that each accommodates 13.   The cabins have a big room and a refrigerator. 

d. Chaperones – Number of chaperones needed was discussed.  It was stated that they rather have more than less.  It was determined with drivers, Angie and Daryl, sponsors and spouses that they would have enough chaperones.

  • Approve HS School Improvement Plan – Mr. Priest explained to the Board that the high school did not make AYP, so an improvement plan is required.  He turned the discussion over to Dawn Schmitt, Liz Lemmon and Chuck Schneider as they had attended some meetings on developing School Improvement Plans.  Mrs. Schmitt stated that because we are a rural area, it is difficult getting people here and training staff.  Ms. Lemmon talked about the impact of allowing class time for homework.  There was also discussion on the homework completion and detention policy. It appears to be helping students to complete their homework, and both parents and teachers are supportive of the policy.

6.  Appoint Board Member to Joint Committee with PPEA as a part of PERA legislation – Mr. Priest discussed how the RIF list would be smaller and would be determined by     evaluation.  He explained that a joint committee comprised of Board and Association members would meet before December 1st.  Dave Lilja was appointed and approved.  If he cannot serve, Becky Moorehead volunteered to represent in his stead. Dawn Heavilin, Tiffany Williams, Liz Lemmon, Mr. Priest and Mr. Schneider comprise the rest of the committee.

7. First Reading of policies: 2:250, 2:250-AP1, 6:150, 7:305, 7:305 AP and 7:300-E1.

8. Bus Driver Resignation – Dawn Foster resigned as a bus driver.  She has accepted a position with Mendota School District.  She will be a sub driver for the District.  Angie Lampson will be replacing Dawn.  

9.  Approve payment for completion of 2010-2011 Yearbook-Closed Session.

10.  Approve Seniority List – John Prentice initiated discussion on RIF, and it was discussed  in detail.

11.  Discipline Report – Mr. Schneider reported that high school numbers are better overall.  Three students have served Saturday.  Students should know that the numbers are reset.  Steve Richey mentioned that he had a discussion with one parent who was supportive of the District’s new policy on homework.

12.  Approve contract/payment for the production of “Grease” – Requires Board approval.

 

It was brought up to the Board whether or not the District would allow the use of school facilities to raise funds for scholarship.

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT

 

Mr. Schneider discussed the Homework Completion Plan, with input from Liz Lemmon, who stays late twice per week to supervise detention.  Mr. Schneider commented that after-school detention has dropped.  As a result, grades and skills are increasing.  Ms. Lemmon commented that students are also made to stay after for not performing well.

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

Mr. Priest reported that both the Education and Athletic Committees had met.  He remarked that Mrs. Siemers was progress monitoring every three weeks and ninety percent (90%) are improving.     

Beth Foose is helping with Math.  Utilizing Aimsweb monitoring and MAP Scores.  It was noted that a Transportation and OM meeting were due.

 

ENCLOSURES

 

ADDITIONAL - Steve Richey brought up the question of Poms.  It was mentioned that a potential sponsor might have been found and could possibly start immediately.  A question was raised regarding why there are no Junior High cheerleaders at away games.  Mr. Schneider replied but said he will re-evaluate the situation.

 

CLOSED SESSION

 

Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 8:23 P.M. for personnel, probable or imminent litigation.

Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

 

Jason Penman, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:55 P.M. 

Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the first reading of Board Policies:  2:250, 2:250-AP1, 6:150, 7:305, 7:305 AP and 7:300-E1.

Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Paw Paw HS School Improvement Plan.

Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the 2011 Levy. 

Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve Transportation Handbook.

Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve seniority list.

Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve payment for the completion of the 2010-2011 Yearbook.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve contract/payment for the production of “Grease”.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve PPEA use of facilities for a scholarship fundraiser.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to accept resignation of Dawn Foster and retain as a sub bus driver. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 5-0.

ADJOURNMENT

John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:59 P.M.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.