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2012-03

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

MARCH 19, 2012

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 March 19, 2012, in the Library of the Paw Paw Jr. / Sr. High School.  The meeting was called to order by David Lilja, President, at 7:02 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. Guests attending were Beth Foose, Geri Larson, Roger Essman, Dave Smith, and W. Hoy.

 

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of February 13, 2012, as presented.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

Jason Penman, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of Closed Session of February 13, 2012, 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:                $250,428.60

O/M:       23,112.92

DEBT SERVICE:                                0.00

TRANS:       17,472.79

IMRF:       13,580.62

TORT                 0.00        

TOTAL:               $304,594.93

 

 

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

 

A question was raised regarding a charge on the Capital One credit card.  It showed a hotel expense from the IMEA conference.  Mr. Priest and Mr. Schneider explained the charge was for the students who attended and their families.  

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

 

BUDGET HEARING ON TRANSFER OF FUNDS:

 

A.  Open Hearing-Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to open the hearing.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

Mr. Priest presented financial information to the Board regarding the $1,000,000 currently borrowed and how current trends indicate that the budget will be $300,000 short.  This deficit necessitates transferring funds from the Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund.  He also stated that next year expenses will be cut by $200,000.  

 

B.  Close Hearing-Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to close the hearing.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

C.  Approve Transfer of $300,000 from the Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund-Jason Penman, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to approve the transfer of funds from Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

 

OPEN FORUM:  

No one.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

1.  Senior Trip – Mr. Schneider informed the Board that Paula Schnabel has an itinerary and presented copies for any questions.  Dave Lilja asked about any issues there might be due to the tornado.  Mr. Schneider stated that calls had been made and that all was fine.  Mr. Lilja also brought up departure time issues.  Mr. Schneider stated that Friday was a half day of school.  They would leave at 5:00 a.m. and have all day.  Also Mr. Schneider stated they could be let out of school early as long as there were no issues with grades or attendance.  A vote will be taken on the times.  There are 18 students and 6 adults making the trip.

2.  Yearbook Update – Closed Session.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

1. Staff Recommendations- 2012-2013 – Closed Session.

2.  Approve Resignation of Nurse-Mr. Priest informed the Board that the school nurse submitted her resignation.  He stated that they were currently looking for someone to fill this position.

3.  Approve IHSA Membership – Done.

4.  Volleyball Nets – Mr. Priest led discussion regarding the letter to Athletic Committee requesting purchase of new volleyball nets.  Nets were to be used only for activity groups, the school and students.  The old ones would be held back for use by others.  The high school set is adjustable and costs $8,550.  With the steel poles, the set is $9,000.  Dave Lilja questioned the cost in view of the necessity to cut expenses.  It was brought up the nets were interchangeable and could be used as backup.  Becky Moorehead and John Prentice offered input.

5.  Soccer Co-op with Amboy – Mr. Priest led discussion on the soccer co-op with Amboy.  There are mixed feelings, and Mr. Schneider pointed out first rights of refusal.  He continued that each grade was polled and 16-18 students are interested.  The poll says there are enough.  There is only one senior and five 8th graders.  The list shows 26 players, but three are not on there that would like to participate.  There are also three girls.  Mr. Schneider said that Amboy will bus the students here for practice and games.  He estimates that will be approximately six to eight players.  Coach Roger Essman addressed the Board.  He stated the co-op would bring a competitive push that is needed.  There is not much incentive if they play every game due to lack of players.  Coach Essman expressed concern regarding grades issues.  Mr. Schneider stated that his is thinking about increasing eligibility.  Mr. Penman expressed his opposition to the co-op.  Mr. Lilja expressed his thoughts stating “what is best for the kids?”.  He stated that many smaller schools are forming co-ops.  It was brought up that the co-op would renew every two years.  Athletic Director Dave Smith addressed the Board and expressed his support of the co-op with Amboy.  He feels it is necessary to stay competitive in the division.  The players would benefit because they would have to work harder and win the position to play.  Daryl Rosenkrans addressed extra expenses that may be incurred and was discussed by the Board.  Mr. Priest brought discussion to a close by stating the need to decide on the co-op and then the logistics. 

6. Purchase of Chemistry Textbooks – Education Committee had recommendation for new Chemistry textbooks.  The cost is $3,678 for a set.  There was also a tentative recommendation of new Science teacher.

7. Graduation Dates – May 24th is last day.  High school graduation is May 25th with 9:30 practice.  Junior high graduation is May 24th with practice on May 22nd.

8. Graduation Issues – Mr. Schneider stated that one student is border line but feels the student is “on track” now.  Two seniors have an attendance problem, and Mr. Schneider has spoken to the parents.

9.  Personnel Issues-Closed Session.

10.  Discipline Report-There is increases in homework detention in the junior high.  Mr.  Schneider states that grades are better than one year ago.  He stated there was some disruption in class but was handled effectively.            

 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT

 

Mr. Schneider mentioned $800 for coin program  by the Student Council.  Junior high has IGSMA Division 1 rating and will go to State on April 30th.  Junior 10 Spelling Bee will be in Somonauk and will attend with Pam Marks.  John Hoelzer, PPHS WYSE team member, advanced to State as an individual.  Junior class and sponsors are working on prom meeting.

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

Mr. Priest reported that the Handbook Committee will meet on April 5th at 6:00 p.m.  The Education Committee met, and the National Spanish Test will be taken.  RTI is going well.  Both the junior high and elementary school are showing growth.  ISAT’s are done.   Athletic Committee met and discussed winter and spring sports.  District will have a track team and a second coach.  Chicago Road Shopper now prints PPHS sports advertising.  Meeting  April 10th at 5:00 p.m.  It was decided that keeper of the stats would not be paid and film recorder would be voluntary also.  Transportation Committee had not met.  The Building Committee will have a meeting on April 3rd to discuss $55,000 grant for school improvements.  A new bell and PA system will be addressed.  Mr. Schneider stated that Ficek will give a quote.  We have another vendor and would like to quit current vendor.  Mr. Priest stated that the key system would also fall under this grant.  

 

ENCLOSURES-Thank you from Judy Prielipp for mother’s passing.

 

ADDITIONAL – None.

 

CLOSED SESSION

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 8:30 P.M. for personnel, probable or imminent litigation.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to come out of closed session at 9:02 P.M.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

John Prentice, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to dismiss tenured certified employee (Emily Jamroch).  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to dismiss non-tenured employee (Dawn Heavilin).  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve resignation of school  nurse.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve IHSA  membership.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Steve Richey, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to approve purchase of high school chemistry textbooks.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 6-0.  

 

Dave Lilja, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve administrative staff recommendations and rehires.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Dave Lilja, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve senior trip departure at 12:15 p.m.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 6-0.  

 

Steve Richey, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to continue investigating soccer co-op with Amboy.  Motion passed on a roll call vote 5-1.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:08 p.m.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote, 6-0.