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February 13, 2012 – 7:00 P.M.

Paw Paw High School Media Center

Paw Paw, Illinois


President David Lilja called the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 to order at 7:03 P.M. on Monday, February 13, 2012.  Those answering roll call were:  David Lilja, Becky Moorehead, Jason Penman, Daryl Rosenkrans, Steve Richey and John Prentice.  Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Principal Chuck Schneider, and Patty Torman.  Mr. Walt Zukowski, Attorney for the District, entered the meeting. 


Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of January 23, 2012.   

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of January 23, 2012 as presented.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.


Consent Agenda Items:


Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented:

A). Approval of the additions/corrections, as follows:

Ed.: $ 216,854.78

OP/M: $   26,246.96      

TRANS: $   12,197.46   

IMRF: $     4,497.96        

TORT: $        


     WORKING CASH: $      


  TOTAL: $ 259,797.16  

B). Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as submitted by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer;

C). The Financial Reports as presented.


Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.


Open Forum:  


No one.


Items for Discussion:


Old Business 

 Senior Trip – plans are going well for the Senior Class trip to Branson, Missouri.

It has been mentioned that Mr. Schnabel will not be able to follow the bus in his own vehicle.  The sponsors thought having a car would be a good idea for emergencies.

Daryl suggested the class rent a car when they get there, therefore saving the cost of gas and wear and tear on a parents vehicle.  After all, the car will just sit at the hotel as they will use the bus for transportation around Branson.  The Board agreed that this might be an idea, as the car would be used just for emergencies!  Mr. Schneider said he would pass on this idea.

 Yearbook Update - CS


New Business 


Staffing – 2012-2012 - CS

Bus Lease – Mr. Priest explained that the lease would be up on one of the Thomas’ buses this summer.  Midstate Buses, out of Princeton, gave a bid on a new leased bus, a full size bus with a chair lift.  The lease on the current small bus with a wheelchair lift will be up.  The District would go down to three regular school routes, therefore two route buses would be traded in along with a spare bus. Also, the current vans lease will be up and he is looking at two small buses to run the Special Education routes.  

Approve 2012-2013 – there are no changes from the previous calendar and it is ready for the Board’s approval.  

I Fiber Agreement – Agreement is in the Board packet.  At this time it is only for the Board’s information, you will not approve or disapprove at this time.

Discipline Report – Mr. Schneider gave a report on the discipline for the month, mostly minor offenses.  The Homework Completion Plan and the support of the staff helped tremendously with the discipline problem. 


Principal’s Report:  


Mr. Schneider reported that the Paw Paw High School WYSE team, under the direction of Mr. Hoelzer, did very well at their recent competition at Kishwaukee, with the team finishing first in their division.  They will compete at Northern Illinois University on March 6th.  Also on March 6th Paw Paw Schools will be hosting the Little 10 Conference Bank Festival.  Each of the LTC Schools select students to participate in a day long rehearsal with a guest conductor and present an evening concert.  Because several of the WYSE students were selected for this and are competing in the WYSE competition the same day, the students need to be back at Paw Paw by 3:00 to at least get in one rehearsal before the evening performance.

Representatives from the State Bank of Paw Paw came to the school recently and made a $250 donation to the FFA Auction.  They also came back later and donated two $50 savings bonds.  We wish to thank the Bank for their generous donation.

Mrs. Howell, PPO member and parent of a student, met with Mr. Schneider and asked if it would be a possibility of sending students to the Larado Taft Leadership Camp held in Oregon. Illinois.  PPO would pay for this and thought maybe this would be something the 8th grade could do next year for a year end field trip.  After much discussion by the Board it was suggested that since it was a leadership camp that maybe it should be geared towards the 6th grade and to go in the fall of a school year.  Also it was discussed maybe a Student Council in the Junior High might be a good idea, and student council could be involved.   This information would be passed on to Mrs. Howell and all plans had to be brought before the Board of Education.  Again, this would be a donation by the PPO.  

Since there has not been any snow days this school year, Mr. Schneider informed the Board that he tentatively chose Friday, May 25th as High School graduation, and Thursday, May 24th as 8th grade promotion.   Even if there was a possibility of any snow days he thought those days would work the best.

Mr. Schneider said that he talked with the Amboy High School principal about the possibility of co-oping soccer with Amboy High School, with practices and games being held at Paw Paw.  He did a survey amongst the student body and incoming 8th graders.  To this date there was a possible 24 students who would participate in soccer for the 2012-13 school year, boys and girls.  Of course this could change, with grades, jobs, etc., but there was enough interest that maybe they didn’t need to coop.  Both Boards of both districts would have to sign an Intergovernmental Agreement if they were to go forward on this.   Mr. Schneider said he would do more investigating before the next Board Meeting.  


Superintendent’s Report: 



Education – Met recently with Mrs. Moorehead from the Board and several teachers.  The 6th grade writing initiative was going well, with all teachers involved on board with the program.  The RTI’s are going strong also.  The general trends are that reading scores are going up and a good sign is that Special Education referrals are down from last year.  Teachers and support staff are working more with the students, more one on one.

Athletics – Met recently and looked at the fall and winter sports programs.  Spring baseball looked promising as they did a sign-up sheet and they had more than enough going out for baseball.  There was a discussion on the Athletic Committee about the volleyball coaches who went out and solicited for donations for a new volleyball net.  The Paw Paw Lions and the Village of Paw Paw indicated they would donate to this cause.  Board members asked if there was a need for a new net and if there was a need, why wasn’t this brought up to the committee or the Board of Education?  Mr. Schneider said he would look into it.


Enclosures: None


Additional:   Mr. Priest, Mr. Schneider and David Lilja went to the visitation of Mrs. Prielipp’s mother after school that day.  The District sent flowers.


Closed Session:


Steve Richey, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 8:05 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.


Steve Richey, seconded Daryl Rosenkrans, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:45 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0. 



Action Items:


Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve bus lease with Midstate Bus Sales, Princeton, for $12,280 per year.

Motion passed by a roll call vote, 6-0.  


Jason Penman, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the 2012-2013 District Calendar.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.




Jason Penman, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit District #271 at 8:50 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.