Mrs. Schmedeke, had 3 members of the high school student council at the meeting to talk about things they have been doing within the school district. Members present were Sean Goebel, Natalia Cina and Maria Brockamp. The students told about the Earth Day activities that the student council coordinated. High school students took on clean-up projects around Morrisonville. These included the Morrisonville Cemetery, Methodist Church, Morrisonville Elementary, Morrisonville, High School as well as the First National Bank and People’s Bank. The students also did clean-up at several homes in town to assist local community members. These activities were all done in honor of Earth Day 2017.
The student council also brought some ideas as suggestions for potential changes for the school district’s lunch program. The ideas came from brain storming with other students at the junior high and high school levels. These suggestions will be shared with the cafeteria staff as we look toward the 2017-2018 school year. Student council also requested that they be allowed to take a trip to the St. Louis Zoo on May 26, 2017.
Science teacher Janet Walch also reported to the board that there were 7 student that participated in Senior Project this year and they all had very good experiences. These experiences allowed the seniors to get a taste of a possible future career that they have some interest in pursuing. This continues to be a very beneficial program for the students at Morrisonville High School. Mrs. Walch also told the board that this year’s senior trip was to King’s Island in Ohio. She said the students represented Morrisonville very well during their trip and the parents and community should be very proud of all of them.
Mrs. Walch also took 4 of her chemistry students to Eastern Illinois University to compete in a chemistry competition that is held annually. The students were Adam Deal, Adam Sullivan, Joanna Williams and Cameron Krager. Although, there were only 4 students on the team from Morrisonville and they competed against several teams that were much larger the students from Morrisonville finished in first place overall. This is very exciting for the students and the entire school can be proud of their accomplishment.
The HR committee reported that they have met several times in the past few weeks. The topics they have been working on are contract negotiations as well as the search for a new superintendent to replace outgoing superintendent Gary DePatis. The district has received many applications and they will be working to decide what applicants they will bring in for interviews.
The building and grounds committee had met with members of the village board concerning the drainage in front of the high school as well as potential options for curbing there. The committee said they would like to look into a potential project in cooperation with the village board.
The elementary awards assembly is scheduled for Friday, May 19 at 1:00 pm, which is the last scheduled day of student attendance for the 2016-2017 school year.
Principal Little reported to the board that the excess equipment from the Ag shop had been sold and made approximately $1200 that will be used back in the program for needed equipment moving forward. She also that the music department fundraiser was successful and the student performance was outstanding.
Ms. Little also reminded the board of the dates for 8th grade promotion and high school graduation. Those dates are Thursday, May 25 for the 8th grade and Friday, May 26 for the high school. Both ceremonies will begin at 7:00 PM.
Elementary principal Mrs. Willman reported that the end of year activities are going well and that Kindergarten orientation went very well. There were 16 families that attended. Mrs. Willman also reported that she is working on potential swimming lessons for the 3rd grade students next year. She thanked Board member Bob Gowin for the information on this potential activity. She is working on scheduling this as well as looking at ways to defer the costs for the district and students. This will be done as part of their PE program. The lessons would be done through the YMCA in Taylorville.
Superintendent DePatis informed the board that currently the district is owed $142,923 from the State of Illinois for payments that have been vouchered by the State Board of Education but not yet paid by the Comptroller due to lack of available funds. This is down from $179,651 last month. At this time there are 2 quarterly payments for mandated categorical reimbursements that the district has yet to receive. We have received one of these payments but there is a fourth one yet to be vouchered.
Mr. DePatis also presented the preliminary amended budget for FY17 that will be approved following a budget hearing at the June 15th meeting. He told that board that the differences in revenue are due to the lack of payments from the state for the reimbursements. There were also some areas in which the amended budget showed decreases in expenditures from the original FY17 budget due to lower utility costs and other cost saving measures.
Superintendent DePatis also gave a brief overview of the health insurance renewal. Mr. DePatis met with the insurance committee to review the renewal options and the chosen option is being presented for approval to the board later in the meeting. Mr. DePatis also presented the fee schedule for 2017-2018. At this time the only change is an increase in the lunch prices. This is due to the state cafeteria audit which was conducted this year. Supt. DePatis explained that there is a formula that each district is required to us to help them determine the lunch price annually. This calculation showed that Morrisonville needs to increase lunch prices by $0.10 at each level. This will make the price $2.05 for the elementary, $2.30 for the JH and HS and $3.10 for adult lunches.
Mr. DePatis also explained that the number of policy updates this month are much more than normal. However, these changes are mostly due to changes in the law at both the federal and state levels. The updates are required to keep the district in compliance with these legal changes.
The following action was taken by the Board during the meeting.
- Approved Debra Forbes as treasurer for 2017-2018
- Approved final calendar for 2016-2017
- Approved the renewal of the health insurance program for the employees
- Approved the agreement with the Regional Office of Education for the newly implemented facilities tax in Montgomery county.
- Approved the fee schedule for 2017-2018
- Approved first reading on policy updates
- Accepted the review of Policy 7:180 – Prevention of and Response to Bullying
- Approved hiring workers for summer help
- Approved the FFA trip to Six Flags for May 30, 2017
The next regular Board meeting will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 10:50 PM.