PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271
BOARD OF EDUCATION
JANUARY 14, 2013
PAW PAW HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER – PAW PAW, ILLINOIS
The Regular Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 Board of Education was held on January 14, 2013, in the Library of the Paw Paw Jr. / Sr. High School. The meeting was called to order by David Lilja, President, at 7:00 p.m. Those answering roll call were: Steve Richey, Jason Penman, John Prentice, Becky Moorehead, and Daryl Rosenkrans. Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Principal Charles Schneider, Dee Wheeler, District Bookkeeper, John Hoelzer, Geri Larson, Lynda LeMat, David Seifert, and Nick Kessler. In addition, Pat Brummel, FFA Advisor, and four members were in attendance.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:
Becky Moorehead, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of December 17, 2012, as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Jason Penman, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the minutes of Closed Session of December 17, 2012, as presented. “The minutes of the closed session of these meetings shall be confidential and closed to the public until such time that the Board of Education determines that it is no longer necessary to protect the public interest or privacy of an individual by keeping them confidential.” Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS:
- Approval of the Bills with late additions:
DEBT SERVICE: 92,462.50
- Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as presented by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer.
- Approval of the Financial Reports as presented.
Steve Richey, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda items as presented. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Mr. Priest addressed the Board concerning the District’s financial profile. Paw Paw had been placed on the State’s “watch” list. He explained that the District would have to come up with a three-year plan for reduction of deficit. Mr. Priest mentioned that the Fund Balance to Revenue ratio had declined as well as the Cash-on-Hand, and the Expense to Revenue had increased. He added that there is a $675,311 difference since last year.
1. Senior Trip-Mr. Schneider informed the Board that the intent forms were due on Saturday. Becky Moorehead questioned the brewery tour, and the Board had some discussion regarding this issue.
2. Second Reading of Policy 5:330 Revision.
1. Closed Session Minutes Confidentiality – Because people’s names were involved, no Closed Session minutes were opened up.
2. 2013-2014 Calendar – Handout included in Board Packet. Mr. Priest mentioned that the beginning of the year required five clock hours. The district is going to have a half service day on the 19th.
3. FFA Auction –Mrs. Brummel and four FFA members spoke to the Board regarding the auction that will be held on March 16, 2013, and what they hoped to achieve and learn from the experience. Mrs. Brummel remarked on how well the members have done and worked as a team. She mentioned that she has been assisted and learned from the members also.
4. Sales Tax Ballot Question Resolution – It would raise $100,000 for the District. Has to pass by the majority of the voters in the District and failed by a large margin (approximately 2,000).
5. School Safety Resolution in Support of NRA Position Statement – John Prentice addressed the Board regarding the Alliance Report. This involves arming personnel for protection. It will be proposed but does not mean it will become law. There was much discussion amongst the Board, and Jason Penman inquired on hiring a security guard and what the salary would be. It was estimated to be $30,000 to $40,000 per year. There was discussion on the safety during the evenings. It was mentioned that studies show that school violence usually occurs during the day.
6. Staff Issues– Closed Session.
7. Discipline Report –Mr. Schneider addressed the Board regarding discipline report. He mentioned that discipline in the classrooms was due to both teachers and students knowing and meeting expectations.
Mr. Schneider stated that there was a good start for the second semester. He mentioned the upcoming dates for the Spelling Bees and Common Core training.
Mr. Schneider stated that there would be a Crisis Lockdown Drill that would be assisted by the Lee County Sheriff and the Illinois State Police departments. It would be considered a “soft lockdown”. State Trooper Tim Reppin of Paw Paw offered safety and security services and included an emergency contact number. Mr. Schneider proceeded to discuss the card entry system and its pending installation. He handed out key cards for review and explained the system.
Mr. Schneider mentioned Kishwaukee classes and how students would have to go beyond math, English, science and an elective in order for us to get a credit for the day.
Mr. Priest reported that the Education Committee met, and MAP testing was taking place and would be compared to fall scores. He mentioned that RtI helped in different grades. Mr. Priest stated that Common Core was doing very well and that teachers were bringing the information back to their fellow teachers. He added that progress monitoring would continue.
PARCC Assessments are slated to begin in 2014. ISAT’s are too easy and will be rescoring them to be more difficult. Mr. Schneider reported that students grades 6 through 12, teachers, and parents of students would take survey, available February and March. Mr. Schneider would be attending Danielson training
Mr. Priest reported that Athletic Committee met, and Athletic Director, Dave Smith, was in process of reviewing winter sports. Dave Smith provided a rough draft for Athlete of the Year procedure. The Board discussed playing time. Dave Lilja brought up the point system. An all-academic award was to be reviewed by Mr. Schneider. Tie breaker was brought up. Mr. Priest stated they would take it back to committee for further discussion,
No Building or Transportation Meetings were held.
a. Letter from PPEA requesting to start negotiations.
Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to adjourn to closed session at 8:05 P.M. for personnel, probable or imminent litigation. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Steve Richey, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:40 P.M. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve keeping closed session minutes confidential. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve resolution in support of the NRA’s recommendation for school safety be sent to IASB. Motion was called, but did not pass. Motion died.
Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve a resolution to place a question on the April 9, 2013, ballot for one percent sales tax. Motion passed on a roll call vote of 5-1.
Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve Policy 5:330 revision. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Steve Richey, seconded by Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:43 p.m. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.