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    The Regular Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 Board of Education was called to order by Board President, David Lilja, at 7:04 P.M. on February 9, 2009.  Those answering roll were: Daryl Rosenkrans, Steve Richey, Becky Moorehead, Kim Siemers, and David Lilja.  Absent were John Prentice (entered at 7:14 P.M. ) and Bruce Oates (entered at 7:30 P.M. ).   Also present were:  Superintendent, Robert Priest; Principal, Charles Schneider; Mary Mendoza; Blake Strong; Allen Faber and Sheri Fore.


    Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of the
Regular Board Meeting of January 12, 2009 as corrected.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
    Kim Siemers, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Closed Session Minutes of January 12, 2009 as presented.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.


    Becky Moorehead, seconded by Kim Siemers, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented:
    Approval of the bills with late additions and corrections:
    •    Education:    $247,084.43       
    •    O/M:                62,697.28                                             
    •    TRANS:        23,536.26                      
    •    IMRF/SS:          7,453.18                        
    •    TORT:                 843.00          
    •    H/L/S:            18,270.30     
TOTAL:        $359,884.45

    Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as reported by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer.
    Approval of the Financial Reports as presented.
        Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

    None  -  Mr. Priest commented that Alice Zeman who is ill would still like to be kept informed.
Mr. Priest then suggested that Mary Mendoza would possibly be willing to be the correspondent to the paper regarding school news. She agreed.

Education – The elementary teachers have visited other schools with high reading scores to bring back ideas for use in our own reading program.  Also discussed were textbook adoptions. Mr. Priest said curriculum mapping and the ways other schools use their maps and upgrade them was discussed at the weekly elementary staff meeting.  Testing was also discussed.
Building  and Transportation – have not met
Policy – have not met.
Athletic – The Athletic Committee discussed skill sets.  The head coach will work with coaching staff on what the expectations are.  This will give athletes an idea of what skills are expected of them at different levels.  Right now this will be done for basketball and volleyball only.  The job description was discussed.

    2008-2009 Calendar – Because of snow days the calendar will need to be amended.  Mr. Priest gave a copy to Sarah Pfeifer to see if the association thought it was ok and she said it looked alright as it stood.  With the four days added the last day of school will be June 2nd  if we don’t use anymore snow days.

    2009-2010 Calendar – Mr. Priest asked the Board to look at the proposed 2009/2010 calendar.  If there are any concerns, please let him know.  Spring break has been coordinated with IVVC.  Veteran’s Day and Casmir Pulaski Day are both waived for next year.  We also have to renew the waivers next year.

    High School Schedule – the schedule for next year was included in the Board Packet.  The schedule has gone through a lot of hands . Pam Marks worked with the elementary teachers and everything stays pretty much the same for elementary regarding specials.

    Second reading and approval of Board of Education Policy:  4:20 – Risk Management

    Graduation Dates- 8th Grade Promotion – May 28, 2009
                     High School Graduation – May 29, 2009
We could still have one more snow day and have graduation dates stay the same.

    Proposed staffing and program for next school year - The staff will stay essentially the same except for Carol Barron retiring at the end of this school year.  Not this coming year, but the next, we may be looking at reducing staff due to class size.

    Phone Notification System – We are looking at Alert Now to provide emergency notification.
 They provide a service that would notify parents and staff if there is a no school day because of weather or other reasons.   This could also be targeted to specific groups for notification purposes.    The cost will be $2.00 per student.  There would be no charge for staff. 

    Stimulus Money - We have received notification that we could receive money from the stimulus package:  $10,000 in Title I funds, $53,400 in construction and $37,700 IDEA funds.   The ROE has informed Mr. Priest that if we have any ready to go projects we should also submit them  for some of the stimulus funds.  Honeywell should qualify for that.

    Senior Night Recognition– Saturday, February 14th is Senior Recognition Night.  All but 2 seniors will be recognized.  Of those 2, one has to work and the other one is not interested.

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT – The winners of the Spelling Bee are Matt Swed grades 1-5.  Heather Nelson is the elementary sponsor.  Henrietta Seymour won in the grades 6-8 category.   They will travel to Dixon for the County Spelling Bee. The WYSE team received a 2nd place.  Eight grade girls placed 3rd
in the Plano tournament and the High School Boys’ Basketball Team placed 3rd in the Little 10 Conference.  There are tentatively 18 enrolled in IVVC.  At this time we’re not sure if tuition is going to go up.  The cheerleaders competed in IHSA competition in Peoria.  They did a great job even though they did not place.  The school has purchased a new Nikon camera which came out of activity funds.  It will be available for check out to school organizations.   Micah has already taken some pictures with it.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – The good news is we are saving on heating gas.  We are spending more on electrical but the rates have gone up considerably.  The cost difference would be higher  if we had not done the energy saving projects with Honeywell.   It will be interesting to see the electrical after Honeywell does the junior high.  There are two thank you notes from the Prentice and Jacox families.

ADDITIONAL - Steve Richey asked if a few more people could be shown how to run the PA system. Mr. Schneider said there are a few technical glitches to work out.

Kim Siemers, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 7:47 P.M. with a short break for personnel, probable or imminent litigation and student issues.
    Motion passed on a voice call vote.

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to return to the Regular Meeting at 9:03 P.M.
    Motion passed on a roll call vote.

Kim Siemers, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Second Reading of Board of Education Policy: 4:20 – Risk Management.
    Motion passed on a roll call vote.

Steve Richey, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:04 P.M.
    Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

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