November 16, 2016 Regular Meeting

CALL TO ORDER

President Stephanie Guerrero called the November meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Board members present were: Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, Leonard Williams, and Brad Centola.

 

ADMINISTRATION

Also present: Superintendent Bob Meadows, Sangamon Valley East Principal Valerie Janvrin, Sangamon Valley Middle School Principal Cody Trigg, Sangamon Valley West Elementary Principal Brian Britton, and Sangamon Valley High School Principal Jonathan Field. 

 

PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

Mr. Britton led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

VISITORS

President Guerrero recognized and welcomed the visitors.  Visitors present were: Joseph Scanavino, Rita Scanavino, Nathan Highley, Maria Perez, Bradley Centola, Mindy Hood, Will Hood, Mike Hortin, Heidi Beck, Shane Beck, Jill Lee, Debbie Pulliam, Danielle Hausman, Seth Barr, and Krystle Tidyman.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Mrs. Beck addressed the Board to request clarification on the district’s attendance policy, specifically, medically excused absences and make-up privileges as it pertains to her student.  Board President, Stephanie Guerrero, explained that because the request requires discussion of confidential student information, Board members are not permitted to respond during open session. The issue will be addressed in closed session.

 

EYE ON THE STORM

Mr. Britton discussed the Veteran’s Day Assembly that was held on Thursday, November 10, 2016, in Illiopolis.  He noted that this was the first year the district presented a Veteran’s assembly that included K-8 students from SVEE, SVWE, and SVMS, and that it was well received by the Veterans attending.  He thanked the staff and administration for their support to make the assembly a success.

 

Mr. Meadows recognized Stephanie Guerrero and Martha Leeper for their inclusion in the Master Board Member Program through the Illinois Association of School Boards. 

 

Mr. Joe Scanavino thanked the Board for their support of the SAPP program at SVHS.  He introduced 2015-2016 SAPP participants, Nathan Highley and Maria Perez, who described the highlights of the trip to Madrid that took place in May. 

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Leonard Williams moved and Jeff Stahl seconded the motion to approve the Consent Agenda.  Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, and Leonard Williams.  All voted in favor.  Motion carried 

 

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

Mr. Meadows updated the Board on the progress of the Science Lab. He stated that the drywall has been completed and painting will be started.  Mr. Meadows noted that the project is only slightly behind schedule, but is still anticipated to be completed by the first day of second semester.  Pictures will be updated on the district website soon.  

 

Mr. Meadows informed the Board that the Bus Garage Roof has been replaced by Muehlebach Roofing.

 

Mr. Meadows requested approval from the Board to pursue fundraising and grants to be used for the construction of a greenhouse at SVHS.  Mr. Meadows noted that this item is included in the agenda under New Business.

 

Mr. Meadows updated the Board on the Health Life Safety Survey.  He explained that he has obtained a list of projects to be completed by October 2017, as well as a list to be completed by 2021, in order to retain compliance.  Pending projects include: door repair at SVWE and SVHS and the installation on fire extinguishers at SVEE.  Mr. Meadows stated that the lists have been shared with Board members, Mike Staab and Michael Oakley, who will prioritize the remaining items.

 

Mr. Meadows noted that the current board packet included a copy of a letter from the Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney recommending the release of the closed session minutes from November 2015.  Mr. Meadows stated that he made contact with the State’s Attorney office and the issue will be included on the December agenda for Board discussion.

 

Mr. Meadows thanked Board member, Leonard Williams, for providing  information explaining the district’s tax rates and rationale, as well as a worksheet to assist in understanding the computation of General State Aid.  Mrs. Guerrero suggested the Board review the handout and hold any necessary discussion at next month’s meeting.

 

PARCC RESULTS

Mr. Field updated the Board on PARCC results for the district.  He stated that the district was the 3rd highest in the county for College Readiness at 34%.  He noted that the graduation rate saw an increase from 77% to 83%.  Mr. Field also explained that the PARCC test will be replaced for Juniors this year with the SAT and will be funded by the state.

 

DISTRICT GOALS

Martha Leeper moved and Mike Staab seconded the motion to approve the board goals 1-4: Facilities, Finance, Student Achievement/Curriculum and Community/District Relations as presented.  All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

Mrs. Leeper updated the Board on the upcoming Joint Annual Conference.  Included in this conference, will be the opportunity to vote on 29 proposed amendments to the IASB constitution.  These amendments serve to align the constitution with current practices that are already in place, remove archaic language, or provide clarifications of current terminology.  Mrs. Leeper recommends approval of all amendments proposed.  Six position statements were summarized and adopt/do not adopt proposals presented to the Board, as well.

 

Leonard Williams moved and Brad Centola seconded the motion to approve Martha Leeper as the Board’s voting member for the 2016 Resolutions Committee.  All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

TAX LEVY

Martha Leeper moved and Mike Staab seconded the motion to adopt the 2016 Tax Levy payable in 2017. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, and Leonard Williams. All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

LEASE AGREEMENT

Leonard Wiliams moved and Jeff Stahl seconded the motion to approve the bus leasing agreement with Midwest Transit Equipment for the 17-18 and 18-19 school years for the amount of $321,544. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, and Leonard Williams. All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

GREENHOUSE - SVHS

Mike Staab moved and Brad Centola seconded the motion for approval to seek grants for the construction of a new greenhouse at SVHS. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, and Leonard Williams. All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

CONCESSION STAND

Mike Staab moved and Jeff Stahl seconded the motion to seek bids for the construction of a new concession stand with restroom at SVHS. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, and Leonard Williams. All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

HEALTH LIFE SAFETY SURVEY SVEE

Martha Leeper moved and Leonard Williams seconded the motion to approve the 10 Year Health Life Safety Survey for SVEE. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, and Leonard Williams. All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

HEALTH LIFE SAFETY SURVEY SVHS

Leonard Williams moved and Martha Leeper seconded the motion to approve the 10 Year Health Life Safety Survey for SVHS. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, and Leonard Williams. All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

ILLINOIS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS MONTH

Martha Leeper moved and Mike Staab seconded the motion to approve the resolution to designate November 2016 as Illinois School Board Members Month. All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Jeff Stahl moved and Brad Centola seconded the motion to enter closed session at 8:03 p.m. for the reasons stated on the agenda. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, and Leonard Williams.  All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

CLOSED SESSION ADJOURNMENT

Leonard Williams moved and Mike Staab seconded the motion to reenter open session at 8:50 p.m. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, and Leonard Williams.  All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

CLOSED SESSION MINUTES

Mike Staab moved and Jeff Stahl seconded the motion to accept the closed session minutes as read in closed session. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Mike Staab, Jeff Stahl, and Leonard Williams.  All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

EMPLOYMENT

Jeff Stahl moved and Mike Staab seconded the motion to employ Autumn Pfeiffer as an 8 hr./day Night Custodian at SVHS. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, and Leonard Williams.  All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

 

FMLA REQUEST

Mike Staab moved and Michael Oakley seconded the motion to approve the 12 week FMLA request for Lori Leeper to begin on or around January 13, 2017. Roll call vote: Ayes- Stephanie Guerrero, Martha Leeper, Michael Oakley, Brad Centola, Jeff Stahl, Mike Staab, and Leonard Williams.  All voted in favor.  Motion carried

 

ADJOURNMENT

Leonard Williams moved and Martha Leeper seconded the motion that the meeting be adjourned at 8:55 p.m.   All voted in favor. Motion Carried.

 

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.