Waverly Community Unit School District 6 Board met February 14.
Waverly Community Unit School District 6 Board met February 14.
Here is the minutes provided by the Board:
1. The Board of Education of Community Unit School District #6, Morgan, Sangamon, and Macoupin Counties, Illinois met for the Regular Session at Waverly High School. Board President Joe Sutera called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m., and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
2. Upon roll being called, the following members were present: Valerie Duewer, Mike Keeton, Nick Nelson, Steve Ruholl, Corey Stewart, Joe Sutera, and Gail Turner.
3. Duewer moved, Stewart seconded to adopt the agenda as presented. Roll call: All ayes.
4-1 Introduction of teachers and board members.
4-2 Opportunity of visitors to address the School Board concerning any agenda topic other than personnel.
a. Sarah Daniels was present to discuss the Pre-K grant. Her concern was the decision to have two Pre-k classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. She was worried that it would cause the United Methodist Preschool to close. If the UMP was to close she felt like a lot of preschoolers would be without a preschool since the Pre-K grant only has 20 spots in the morning and 20 spots in the afternoon. She also wanted the board to consider community input into the decision.
b. Members of the Key Club – Caitlin Day, Jackson Huff, Jayci Stewart, and Ryan Talbert were present to discuss the overnight trip for Key Club. They would like permission to go to the conference from March 9th – March 11th in Springfield. This conference would be helpful to their Key Club group to learn new service projects for their club and for the community. They can also get together with other clubs and see what they are doing. The conference also has officer training to help the officers to better complete their tasks in the offices they hold. There will be approximately 16 students attending the conference along with Mrs. Kirchner and Mrs. McGiles as their chaperones. The expense for the conference is being funded by their Kiwanis group, fundraisers, and each student that will be attending. The board requested that they come back in March and tell the board what they learned at the conference.
a. Connie Cody and Abby Dodd were supposed to be present to the board but were unable to attend. They will present in March.
b. Congratulations to Shelly Wagner for Breakfast with Books. It was a huge success and had a wonderful turnout.
c. Kudos to Gavin Hermes and Jayden Turner for making the 8th grade All-Conference team and Noah Lyons for making the 7th grade All-Conference team.
d. Congratulations to the 7th grade Junior High Volleyball team for winning 2nd place at the Morgan County Tournament and the 8th grade Junior High Volleyball for winning 3rd place.
e. There was enough money donated to purchase a Buddy Bench in memory of Karly Pearce to the Chatham School District.
f. Congratulations to Sarah Leonard on the birth of her baby girl, Ellison.
g. Shout out to Sarah Leonard on using No Red Ink and sharing it with other teachers. No Red Ink helps build better writers in students.
4-4 Committee Meetings
a. Val Duewer reported that Four Rivers met and discussed the Early Childhood grant. They have updated their crisis plan. Screenings are down due to individual school districts having their own school nurses on staff. The Four Rivers director received and excellent appraisal. The Mosaic program has been up and running since January 29th. The mosaic program helps counsel behavioral issues.
b. Steve Ruholl reported that CACC met and Mr. Aymer gave a report on the active shooter drill on January 2nd. He also stated that a new cellphone policy was introduced last fall already has 128 violations. Diane Hacker, the nursing director gave her annual state holder report. Director Jodi Ferrell announced that surplus property is being collected. An auction or sealed bid will take place in March or April. Ms. Ferrel announced new LED lights has been installed in the welding lab. The new internet was upgraded to 500 megabits. A new parking lot was put on 4 year study and a new roof was put on a 10 year study. Board policy 2;260 – Uniform Grievance Procedure – Providing breastfeeding accommodations and 8:70 – Accommodating individuals with Disabilities – Blind Accommodation. These board policies were tabled until March for approval.
5. Approval of Minutes of Previous meeting
5-1 Turner moved, Ruholl seconded to approve the minutes for the Regular Board Meeting of January 10, 2018. Roll call: All ayes.
6. Authorization of Payment of Bills
6-1 Keeton moved, Nelson seconded to approve the District’s Accounts Payable and the School Activity Accounts Payable. Roll call: All ayes.
7. Approval of Treasurer’s Report
7-1 Duewer moved, Ruholl seconded to approve the Monthly Financial Report and the Monthly Accounts Report. Roll call: All ayes.
8. Superintendent’s Report
8-1 Dustin Day
a. Corey Stewart is going to be on the High School Handbook Committee.
b. The calendar committee has met and the members consists of Ms. Haas, Mrs. Hermes, and Mr. Day. The committee would like to move the start of school up a week and put in a spring break.
c. The ROE was here on Tuesday, February 13th and the personnel files were all very good. She also wanted to view the library and Special Education classrooms. They also looked at a sample of student files. Greg Nelson will upload the files for compliance on Friday.
d. Students in grades 9-11 will be signing up classes for the 18-19 school year on February 26th.
e. Eighth grade night is set for March 15th.
f. Registration is set for June 5th which is the first Tuesday after school is out. The committee regarding classroom size will meet right after registration. The committee will make recommendations and the administration makes the final decision.
g. Governor Rauner would like to turn the TRS pension plan over to the schools. He would like to gradually have school districts pay for the pensions over four years. The first year would be at 25%, second year is 50%, third year is 75%, and fourth year is 100%. The pension program is broke. With evidence based funding the schools are getting more money but they will be paying more out for TRS pensions.
h. A decision needs to made regarding weighted classes. Mr. Day would like to see only a few classes weighted like Advanced English IV, Calculus, Chemistry II, and Physics. He met with Mr. Hill’s Civics class and they stated that “weighted classes should require the amount of work deserving to be weighted or get rid of weighted classes all together.”
i. Response to Mrs. Daniels, there are 9-11 pre-schoolers receiving no services either at UMP or at the Pre-K program. There are 10-12 on the waiting list. A lot of people don’t have the money to attend the UMP program, but will have the opportunity to attend Pre-K at the school. The committee felt that splitting the Pre-K into two classes will better accommodate more preschoolers that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to attend any preschool.
9-1 Mr. Sutera addressed the board about changing the board meeting in June from June 13th to June 6th. Everyone is going to think about it and make a decision in March.
10. Executive Session
10-1 Keeton moved, Stewart seconded to enter into executive session at 8:11 p.m. to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. Roll call: All ayes.
10-2 Keeton moved, Duewer seconded to return to open session at 9:47 p.m. Roll call: All ayes.
11. New Business
11-1 Turner moved, Duewer seconded to approve authorization to seal closed session minutes from July 2017 – December 2017 because the need for confidentiality still exists as to protect an Individual’s privacy or the District’s interests. Roll call: All ayes.
11-2 Ruholl moved, Keeton seconded to authorize the superintendent to accept bids for a white14 passenger bus. Roll call: All ayes.
11-3 Stewart moved, Nelson seconded to accept D.E. Roofing Co. for the Roof Replacement in the amount of $119,559.00. Roll call: All ayes.
11-4 Duewer moved, Keeton seconded to approve the Key Club overnight trip. Roll call: All ayes.
11-5 Turner moved, Nelson seconded to approve Bennett Electronic Service Company to install Security access control system for the front doors in the Elementary and High School for the Amount of $26,272.00. Roll call: All ayes.
11-6 Ruholl moved, Turner seconded to approve Wayne Hill as a volunteer coach for Bass fishing. Roll call: All ayes.
11-7 Nelson moved, Duewer seconded to authorize the superintendent to sell four used stoves (2 gas and 2 electric). Roll call: All ayes.
12-1 Next Regular Board Meeting is March 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
12-2 The board meeting was adjourned at 10:06 p.m. Roll call: All ayes.