April 21, 2016
The Morrisonville Board of Education met on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Unit Office. The following Board members were present: Ed Goebel, Dale Brockamp, Bob Gowin, Bryan Fesser, Gerry Goebel and Bobbie Harker. Also present were Superintendent Gary DePatis, Principal Ann Little and Principal Christy Willman.
The following people addressed the Board concerning the topic of potential reorganization of the Morrisonville School District: Rick Cina and Janet Walch. Also addressing the Board concerning the upcoming baseball coop with Panhandle was Melissa Davidson.
Board members Dale Brockamp and Bobbie Harker reported on the meetings with Panhandle and Taylorville. They reported that at this time the Panhandle Board has not been approached by the community concerning any reorganization between the districts. One concerned that was voice during the meeting was the lack of incentive funding that would normally accompany a consolidation. That would be a loss of approximately $1.5 million over four years. This funding loss is due to the lack of a FY16 state budget.
The meeting with Taylorville was around the offer from Taylorville to allow Morrisonville student to attend some classes at Taylorville HS with a rate per class/per student/per semester. There was no discussion at all concerning a deactivation of any part of the Morrisonville school district.
The Curriculum committee reported on their meeting from April 12, 2016. Several topics were discussed at the meeting. The committee members stated that it was a very good discussion and they felt very positive about the meeting.
Principals Christy Willman and Ann Little gave verbal reports to the Board on upcoming events as well as the activities of the building since the last meeting. Mrs. Little reported that we have seen an increase in attendance for the Jr/Sr. High School over the past month. She also reported that the Peterson Scholarship funds were received from the estate and are now in the bank for this annual scholarship program. Ms. Little informed the board of the required annual safe schools meeting that was held with local emergency responders.
Mrs. Willman reported on a successful Scholastic Book Fair as well as the receipt of a grant from Consolidated Communications for 3 additional Chrome books, which will be ordered soon. She also informed the board about the recent Pre-K ECERS visit, in which the auditors said they would like to see the Pre-K room have some additional space. They reported that they is sufficient space but would like to see more. This is not possible within the current building constraints.
Bot principals reported that PARCC testing was nearly complete and seemed to be going well in both buildings. There were no major technology issues during the testing to this point.
Superintendent Gary DePatis reported the abatement of the upcoming building bond payment was filed with the county clerk in both Christian and Montgomery counties. This $30,000 abatement that was approved at the February meeting will lower the tax rate for the upcoming real estate tax bills.
Mr. DePatis informed the board concerning a new, upgraded teacher evaluation tool that the administrative team feels would be much better for the district and it would be up for approval later in the meeting. It is called EvaluWise and is an online evaluation tool that will incorporate our evaluation rubric and we hope will make the process easier for staff. He also reported that the proposed calendar for 2016-17 matches the calendar for Panhandle in an effort to align these so that we are better able to share academic courses. Superintendent DePatis also informed the board that Senator Andy Manar will be coming to the district on Thursday, April 28th to tour the facilities. Sen. Manar is interested in seeing all the schools in his district so that he is better informed on how certain legislation may affect the schools and their students.
The following action was taken by the Board during the meeting.
- Approved the Consent Agenda which includes the payment of bills and the minutes of previous Board meetings.
- Approved the 2nd reading and adoption of policies that were brought before the Board at the March meeting.
- Approve the purchase of the EvaluWise subscription for teacher evaluation.
- Approved the annual membership in both the IHSA and IESA organizations.
- Approved the proposed calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.
- Accepted the terms for the annual audit with Lively, Mathias, Hooper and Noblet for FY16.
- Approved a new course offering for the upcoming school year in the Social Studies department. It is a semester course to run opposite of Sociology.
- Accepted the Annual Safe Schools report
- Approved the personnel report and rehired non-certified staff for the 2016-17 school year.
The Board entered executive session at approximately 9:05 PM and returned to open session at approximately 11:15 PM.
The next regular Board meeting will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 11:30 PM.