Mrs. Henschen and Isabella Tryon, representing the Junior High Student council, told the board about their fundraising efforts for the Ronald McDonald House as well as their trip to volunteer there. The student council raised money through a “Penny War” and were able to donate $150 to the Ronald McDonald House. Then 13 members of the junior high student council went and volunteer their time to help clean around the building. The students clean both inside areas as well as some areas outside the building. Mrs. Henschen reported that the employees at Ronald McDonald House praised the students for their hard work and effort. The list of jobs the students were given to do were completed in around 2 hours and it was expected it would take up the entire afternoon.
The curriculum committee reported on the meeting that was held on Tuesday, April 11. The discussion was around the topic of the Jr/Sr High School schedule and trying to work around the large incoming 7th grade class of 33 students. It is causing issues with the scheduling due to the number of students that can be accommodated in the science and computer labs at one time. This limits the number in those areas and makes the scheduling process difficult. It was decided that the administrators and counselor would meet next week to try and come up with a solution.
Elementary principal Mrs. Willman reported on the success of the Scholastic Book Fair. There were approximately 150 people that came through the book fair between Wednesday and Thursday. She also reported that PARCC testing was under way and seems to be going fairly well. There have been some mishaps but the teachers have done very well at handling those and completing the testing.
Mrs. Willman also reported that she had received notice that the elementary had received the Earning for Learning Grant from Consolidated Communication for over $700. This grant will be used to purchase and install software that will allow the teacher to view each student computer screen to better assist and monitor the students as they are working in the computer lab.
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 annual FFA Banquet will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6:00 in the high school cafeteria. FFA Sponsor Bill Harmon tried very hard to stay away from a Wednesday evening, but found it to be unavoidable with all of the spring activities.
Ms. Little also reminded the board of the dates for 8t 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.
Principal Willman gave the board a tentative outline for the possible work coop program that is being requested to reinstate at the high school. This was discussed at the curriculum committee previously. This will required some coursework to be completed by a staff member in order to be qualified to teach this program. These courses are being offered this summer and teacher Megan Hanlon is willing to complete the required courses. The program will not be offered in the 2017-2018 school year so that a more complete plan for the course as well as better preparation for the students to obtain employment as a part of the program. With Board approval the program would begin in the 2018-19 school year.
Superintendent DePatis informed the board that currently the district is owed $179,651 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 up from $149,000 last month. We do continue to receive the general state aid payments but at this time we have not received any reimbursement for the fiscal year for transportation or special education.
Superintendent DePatis also informed the Board that the district had been nominated for the Monsanto Grant again this year and an application has been submitted for a $25,000 grant. If the grant is awarded, the money would be used for Chrome book carts at the elementary as well as license agreements. There is also money allotted in the grant proposal for training for the staff on the use of technology and the Chrome books in the classroom.
The following action was taken by the Board during the meeting.
- Approved the hiring of Stephanie Walton as classroom aide for 2017-2018
- Approved the reinstatement of the work coop program and the necessary coursework to be completed
- Approved the renewal of the agreement with GO Solutions for Medicaid fee for service
- Approve the renewal of the subscription with Common Goal System for student management software. This is a continuation of the current software being used.
- Passed motion to have all executive session minutes remain closed
The current board then adjourned SINE DIE. This was the last official action taken by this board. After this adjournment the new board was seated and includes board members, Ed Goebel, Dale Brockamp, and Gerry Goebel, as well as newly elected members Roberta Harker, Bryan Fesser, Bob Gowin and Ann Ganther. The newly elected members then took that required oath of office and officers were elected. The officers for the new board are: Ed Goebel, President, Dale Brockamp, Vice President and Bob Gowin, Secretary.
The new board then adopted all the board policies, procedures and contracts of the previous board. They also adopted the schedule of meeting dates for the upcoming year through June 2018. Also approved was the proposed calendar for 2017-2018.
The board entered closed session at 9:02 pm and returned to open session at 10:21 pm
After returning to open session the board accepted the resignation of Susan Moomey as custodian, effective May 5, 2017 and the resignation of James Moore as JH basketball coach. The board also accepted the retirement of Tracy Jurgena at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Also accepted was the resignation of Gary DePatis as superintendent, effective June 30, 2017.
The board also approved the hiring of Jessica Derick as head high school volleyball coach and Megan Williams as assistant high school volleyball coach for the 2017-2018 school year.
The next regular Board meeting will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 10:20 PM.