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2013-05

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

May 20, 2013

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 May 20, 2013, in the Library of the Paw Paw Jr. / Sr. High School.  The meeting was called to order by David Lilja, President, at 7:00 p.m.  Those answering roll call were:  Steve Richey, Jason Penman, Dave Lilja, Chris Jones, and Daryl Rosenkrans.  Becky Moorehead arrived late at 7:20 p.m. due to another emergency meeting.  Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Principal Charles Schneider, Dee Wheeler, District Bookkeeper, Liz Lemmon, and Malorie Dragonuk.  Guests included Walt Zukowski, attorney for the School Board, Jodi Howell, Judy Prielipp, Cindy Prodzenski, Nicolette Woolstencraft, and Tammy Safranek.  

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:

Jason Penman, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting of May 6, 2013.  Motion passed on a 5-0 roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of Closed Session of May 6, 2013, 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 on a 5-0 roll call vote.

After arrival, Becky Moorehead pointed out an error to add Dave Lilja as an attendee.  The minutes were approved as proposed and amended.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  • Approval of the Bills with late additions:

 

Education:               $230,219.75

O/M:     22,579.41

DEBT SERVICE:     30,440.63

TRANS:     12,299.79

IMRF:     11,448.38

CAPITAL PROJECTS  

FIRE SAFETY           746.38    

TOTAL:             $307,734.34

 

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

 

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

Mr. Priest pointed out that the State Financial Calculations were contained in the Board packet.  He pointed out to the Board that the expense to revenue ratio was going down in the four (4) range.  Last month there was a cash-on-hand correction.  He mentioned that they had been at four (4) were dropping to 3 (three).

OPEN FORUM: 

Jodi Howell addressed the Board regarding the issue of subjects of art, music & Spanish.  She also expressed concern regarding the riffed teachers and if any resolutions had been made since the March Board Meeting.  She was informed that per the agenda that both the Ag and music teachers were to be rehired.

Nicolette Woolstencraft spoke on behalf of the art program.  She felt the program was great and had spent 4 years in Mrs. Larson’s class.  She mentioned that she had her own art show and passed out letters to the Board Members supporting Mrs. Larson.

Cindy Prodzenski spoke on behalf of Mrs. Larson.  She stated that Mrs. Larson was an awesome teacher and felt it was a sin to lose Mrs. Larson and art.

Tammy Safranek brought up the subject of cuts to the non-certified staff and perhaps cutting coaches instead of teachers.  She informed that the subject of cutting coaches had come up, and indeed the combining of duties with fewer coaches had happened.

Jodi Howell mentioned combining kindergarten and first grades with current aides and was told this was the plan at this point.

Dave Lilja introduced Walt Zukowski.  Walt addressed the Board Members and stated that he appreciates representing the District.  He distributed a handout of pending legislation and those that will help schools.  He answered questions addressed to him regarding the pending legislations.  He pointed out that particular attention should be made to HS 983.  This legislation would only pertain to the City of Chicago.

OLD BUSINESS:

None.

NEW BUSINESS:

1.  Resignations – Mr.  Priest stated that resignations of Superintendent and Technical Specialist would be acted upon in Closed Session.  

2.  Employ Teachers-Employ music and agriculture teachers-Closed Session.

3.  Approve Ten-Year Health and Life Safety Survey –Mr. Priest stated that the Building & Grounds Committee had met.  There are three categories:  Immediate (one year), Intermediate (five years), and long-term (10 years).  He stated that they agreed on what needed to be done and the steps to make it happen.  Mr. Priest stated that he will post the Ten-Year Life and Safety Survey on-line.

4.  Maintenance Grant- Mr. Priest explained that it is a matching grant.  The architect and the Building & Grounds Committee met.  Proposed maintenance would cost $100,000.  The cost would be split 50/50 between the District and the State.  The State would approve the grant and District would have two years to use money.  Application goes in by the end of the month.

Tuck pointing the brick as discussed would cost $41,000.  The grant would also allow attention to many items on the immediate list.

5.  Interim Superintendent – Closed Session.

6.  Coach Staffing Level Recommendations –Mr. Priest pointed out changes as recommended in Board packet.  It needed to be discussed in committee and would be back on the agenda next month.

7.  Appoint Junior Class Sponsor-Closed Session.

8.  Student IVVC Request-Closed Session.

9.  Approve Award of Fuel Bid-Hintzsche was only vendor to send in a bid.

10. Graduation Update- Mr. Schneider reported everything was on track and good to go.  He mentioned that weather was supposed to be cool.

11.  Negotiations-Closed Session.

12. Approve 2013-14 Student Handbook-Chris Jones had suggestions for Athlete of the Year where grades would have an impact on participation.  It was in second reading.  They would delay until June and could change at any time in the future.

13. Students’ Discipline Issues-Closed Session.

14. Discipline Report-Mr. Schneider reported that discipline was going well.  Main problem seemed to be homework.  There were fewer Saturday detentions.  Liz Lemmon offered some insight at Mr. Schneider’s invitation. 

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT

Mr. Schneider reported that the State was in process of picking out whether to go with Integrated Math or traditional Math.  He reported that Oleg, our foreign exchange student, had left but plans to be back as he was accepted at NIU.  Another foreign exchange student was presented but was too late for this Board Meeting.  It will be presented next month.  Mr. Priest stated he spoke with Julie Fowler concerning this.  Mr. Schneider said the State FFA Convention was coming up and needs Board approval.  He reported that the 8th grade class trip to Wisconsin Dells went well, and invited Malorie Dragonuk to offer comments.  She spoke briefly and thanked Daryl Rosenkrans for driving the bus.  Senior class needed to close out their account.  The students would get to choose to what funds they want additional money disbursed.   Mr. Schneider stated that the key cards had been distributed to 90% of the staff and was working well so far.  He also reported that the gym floor was still wet.  They had someone coming in on Wednesday and would have to wait and see what was reported after that visit.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Mr. Priest reported that no committee meetings were held except for the Building & Grounds.

ENCLOSURES

The new Board Meeting Schedule and the Memorial Wall Report were enclosed as pointed out by Mr. Priest.

CLOSED SESSION

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 8:02 P.M. for personnel, probable or imminent litigation.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Daryl Rosenkrans left at 9:00 P.M.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Chris Jones, made a motion to come out of closed session at 9:05 P.M.  Motion passed on a 5-0 roll call vote.

ACTION ITEMS

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to accept and approve Superintendent’s resignation.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to accept and approve Technical Specialist’s  resignation.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to award fuel bid to Hintzsche Oil. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to approve Ten-Year Health Life Safety Survey.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to approve submission of Maintenance Grant to the State Board of Education.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to approve the staffing level of coaches as recommended by the Administration.  Motion called but did not pass.  Motion died.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to appoint Jenny Oros as Junior Class Sponsor.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to approve Justen Penman’s IVVC Request.  Motion passed on a 4-1-0 roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to approve the 2013-14 Student Handbook.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to employ music teacher.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to employ agriculture teacher.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to consider Mr. Robert Priest as a candidate for the position of Interim Superintendent for the 2013-14 school year.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Chris Jones, seconded by Dave Lilja, made a motion to impose extra-curricular discipline as recommended by Board.  Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

ADJOURNMENT

Chris Jones, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:12 p.m.  Motion passed on a 5-0 roll call vote.