The meeting began with a budget hearing concerning the amended FY16 budget. There was no public comment on the budget. Superintendent DePatis noted that the amended budget was necessary due to the issue of $200,000 in Health-Life-Safety Bonds during the year. He also stated that the amended budget was still deficit spending but not as much as was previously thought in the original budget.
Superintendent DePatis reported that the roof repair/replacement to the all-purpose room at the elementary has been completed. This will be paid via the insurance and will cost the district only $1000 for the deductible. A report was given on the extra-curricular committee meeting and the recommendations from that committee will be acted upon later during the meeting.
Principals Christy Willman and Ann Little reported on the MAP scores for the district. These assessments are given to the students in the fall, winter and spring to see the growth that the students have in their learning over the course of the school year.
Mrs. Willman also reported that the asphalt project has been completed on the elementary playground. This will allow for better water drainage from the building gutters and will keep the water from getting down to the foundation of the building.
Ms. Little reported that we saw a decrease in discipline referrals at the Jr/Sr High School over the course of the 2015-16 school year. Also the attendance for those students was up from the previous year.
It was reported that registration for the fall will be mainly online. Parents will still need to come to the schools during the registration dates of August 3-4, 2016 to pay fees. However, this year the parents will be able to go online to update all of their students’ information and emergency contacts prior to coming in for registration. We are in hopes that this will make the registration process much quicker and easier for parent and guardians.
Mr. DePatis also reported that if the State of Illinois does not complete a budget that we will be able to open the doors in the fall. However, if the budget impasse continues as it did this past year that Morrisonville CUSD #1 will exhaust all of the reserves that we have and would have to issue additional Working Cash bonds to finish the remainder of the school year. We are however, in better position that may other school districts across the state, which are more heavily dependent on general state aid. We will continue to monitor the situation and talk to the legislators to help them to understand the situation that many districts are in all across the state.
There was discussion on the fee schedule for the 2016-17 school year which was brought back from the previous month. Mr. DePatis proposed an increase in the registration fee from $67 to $75 for the upcoming year. Also there is a change to the athletic fee. The fee will be $50 per sport with a maximum of $100 paid to Morrisonville CUSD per athlete.
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 meeting.
- Approved the fee schedule for the 2016-2017 school year
- Approve 2nd reading and adoption of the student handbook for FY17
- Approved the prevailing wage resolution as required
- Approved amended budget for the 2015-2016
- Approved the extra-curricular assignments for 2016-17
- Approved the schedule of meeting dates for the upcoming fiscal year
- Approved the salary packages for Principals Ann Little, Christy Willman and Superintendent Gary DePatis for the 2016-17 school year.
The Board entered executive session at approximately 8:45 PM and returned to open session at approximately 10:00 PM.
The next regular Board meeting will take place on TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM. This is a change in the normal schedule to avoid a conflict with the Morrisonville Parade activities.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 10:25 PM.