Life Safety Special Hearing Kicks Off CUSD #399 Board Meeting
Before the regular meeting of the Chadwick-Milledgeville Board of Education on Monday, July 15, 2013, a Special Hearing regarding the life safety amendment for pavement repairs at both school facilities was conducted. The meetings were held at the Milledgeville High School Library starting at 7:00 P.M.
During the hearing, the Board approved the Resolution for Pavement Repair and Replacement Using Life Safety Levy Funds at Both District Buildings. The resolution stated, “It has been determined that there is a substantial, immediate, and unavoidable threat to the health, safety, and/or welfare of pupils due to disrepair of school sidewalks and parking lots at the Chadwick School and the Milledgeville School; that all buildings are in compliance and that repairs must be made to said school sidewalks and parking lots.”
The hearing adjourned at 7:09 P.M.
Following the special pavement hearing, the regular meeting was called to order. During public comments & correspondence, the Board read a Thank you received from Chris Maves for flowers sent by District.
The Board noted how good the District grounds looked and commended Mr. Keith Mayne for doing an outstanding job maintaining the lawns.
After the consent agenda was approved, Supt. Tim Schurman gave the End of Year Summary.
Schurman reported that the fiscal 2013 budget ended the year with a modest surplus. The district received 100.91% of our projected revenues and incurred 96.46% of their anticipated expenses.
Superintendent Schurman noted that with declining revenues from the state and federal governments the district faired very well this past fiscal year. He also commended the work of Valerie Geary, District Bookkeeper and the faculty/staff for helping conserve funds during these difficult times.
Approved resolution to approve Health Life Safety project ten year survey amendments.
Schurman noted that these are the projects approved at the June meeting. By approving the amendments Schurman can submit our Life Safety Project Amendments to the Illinois State Board of Education for approval.
A Resolution to waive Veteran’s Day holiday Monday, November 11, 2013 was considered. Superintendent Schurman noted that this action is required when a school does not observe a federal holiday. However he wanted it made clear that the district will make sure our veterans are properly honored on that day. He elaborated that the staff will plan individual classroom activities and that we will conduct Veteran’s Day Assemblies at both schools to honor those that have served.
Greenhouse project discussion was next. Schurman reported that concerns have been voiced that the proposed project may not be worthwhile or that the end product will be of poor quality. As a result of the discussion administration and staff will pursue construction of a new greenhouse.
During Mandatory Board Member Training discussion, Schurman reported that the purpose of this discussion is to make sure all board members are aware of the new requirements and to garner feedback on how the administration can facilitate training completion.
The Board designated Superintendent Schurman to sign-off on accounts and checks on behalf of the district and Mrs. Rademacher to sign-off on activity accounts and checks.
Approval of the 2013-14 School Improvement Plans for Milledgeville Elementary, Chadwick Elementary, Chadwick Junior High, and Milledgeville High School was next. Schurman reported that four School Improvement Plans have been developed for each of the four schools. Each of the plans includes improvement goals which are developed using survey data and student assessment results.
At Chadwick Junior High we have chosen two goals: transition to the common core and writing/vocabulary improvement. At Chadwick Elementary we have chosen two goals as well: improve math extended response skills and vocabulary improvement. Principal Rademacher reported that Milledgeville Elementary improvement goals include drawing inferences and conclusions from text and math skill improvement with an emphasis on measurement. Milledgeville High School has completed their Rising Star documentation and will focus on leadership, faculty collaboration, and parent involvement.
Approved destruction of closed session audio tapes that are more than 18 months old.
Approved Electronic Funds Transfer Agreement with Magic-Wrighter Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI. Schurman reported that this contract will allow us to set up links on our district web page to allow parents to pay for lunches, student fees, fines, etc… on-line by credit card or to have charges automatically deducted from their bank accounts. In addition, e-mail reminders will be sent when lunch money is running low and receipts will be sent automatically when lunch money is deposited or fees paid.
Approved Superintendent Schurman to seek bids for a new integrated communication, time, bell, and warning systems for the Chadwick and Milledgeville Buildings.
To consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the District or legal counsel for the District, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee or against legal counsel for the District to determine its validity. 5ILCS 120/2 (c) (1), as amended by P.A. 93-0057. Review of closed session minutes.
Voted to go in to closed session at 8:35 P.M. Voted to come out of closed session at 9:14 P.M.
Motions out of closed session:
Accepted the resignation of Mrs. Dawn Hansen as Milledgeville Elementary Art Instructor; Hired Mrs. Laura Readdy of Chadwick as Part Time K-3 Art Instructor; Recalled Mrs. Deb Herin of Chadwick as High School Special Education Aide; Recalled Mrs. AnnEtta Young of Mount Carroll as Chadwick Library Aide; Recalled Mrs. Jenny Merema of Chadwick as Milledgeville Elementary Library Aide; Approved Mrs. Sheila Alexander as Co-Junior High Student Council Sponsor; Approved a leave of absence at the beginning of the school year for 5th Grade Teacher Ms. Amy Strehlow; Approved Mr. Brad Grenoble of Chadwick as an Assistant Football Coach to be paid entirely out of the Football Activity Account.
Legislative Report - Schurman reported that Governor Quinn called a special session to pass pension reform but no progress was made. The Illinois House and Senate can’t agree on what changes should be made to current and future retiree benefits. He also noted that a conference committee was formed with members of both houses of the General Assembly to work out a compromise.
Legal Issues Update - Schurman reported that the new Reduction In Force (RIF) procedure for removing a district’s weakest teachers was upheld recently in a Peoria County Circuit Court.
Principal’s Report - Mrs. Rademacher reported that planning and training continue in preparation for the 1:1 computer initiative at the high school this coming school year. In addition, she reported that she has spent a significant amount of time completing Student Information System (SIS) reports for the state.
Superintendent’s Report - IASB Convention November 22-24, 2013: Schurman reported that reservations have been made for this year’s convention and that we will be staying at the Fairmont Hotel this year.
Summer maintenance work update: Schurman reported that the small gym at Milledgeville will be painted this month and new athletic wall mats will be installed. In addition, the track will be resurfaced July 15-19 and new carpet will be installed in the Milledgeville High School Media Center.
Vacation - Schurman reported that he and his family went on vacation July 2-14 and that the district office staff did a great job holding down the fort while he was gone.
The meeting adjourned at 9:25 P.M. Next meeting: Monday, August 19, 2013 in the Milledgeville High School Library at 7:00 p.m.