April 17, 2019 Regular Meeting

Call to Order

President Stephanie Guerrero called the April meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Board members present were: Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy and James Kent. Absent: Cynthia Ervin and Jeff Stahl.

Administration

Also present: Superintendent Bob Meadows, SVP Principal Bethany Wellbaum, SVIS/MS Principal Brian Britton, and SVHS Principal Jonathan Field.

Pledge to the Flag

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

Visitors

President Stephanie Guerrero recognized the visitors.  Visitors present were: Seth Barr, Lacey Wood, Monica Cummings, Debby Hawkins, Sarah Wheeler, and Sharon Uslan.

Sarah Wheeler, Monica Cummings, and Debby Hawkins addressed the Board to discuss the Fountas and Pinnell reading program as well as give an update on the successes and challenges of implementing attendance centers at the Intermediate School.

ENGIE

Martha Leeper moved and Glenda Weldy seconded the motion to select ENGIE as the chosen qualified provider to provide energy efficiency and building modernization services to the District in one or more project phases over the next ten years. Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

WHEREAS, the District desires to reduce energy and operating costs through a modernization project as outlined in Public Act 87-1106 Article 5/19b of the Illinois School Code; and

WHEREAS, a public notice requesting proposals was advertised; and

WHEREAS, proposal(s) were received as requested and opened; and

UPON MOTION;

  1. The District names ENGIE as the chosen “Qualified Provider” to provide energy efficiency and building modernization services to the District in one or more project phases over the next ten years.

  2. The District authorizes the Superintendent to proceed with the following:

  • Begin exclusive discussions with ENGIE to finalize the scope, cost, and savings associated with the Phase One project

  • Develop the final Phase One agreement with ENGIE

  • Hire a third-party architect to approve the savings calculations associated with this project and provide a letter to the Superintendent at a cost that is not to exceed $2,000

RESOLVED, that the District Board shall review the Phase One contractual information before the final agreement is signed.

Diesel, Gasoline, Propane Bid

James Kent moved and Erech Pierson seconded the motion to award the diesel fuel, unleaded gasoline, and propane bids to Evergreen FS for the 2019-20 school year.  Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Boys Basketball

Erech Pierson moved and Glenda Weldy seconded the motion to form a committee to discuss the interest/feasibility of a cooperative agreement for Boys Basketball with Tri-City. Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Roof Replacement

Martha Leeper moved and James Kent seconded the motion to table the discussion for the roof replacement at the HS until the May Board Meeting.  All voted in favor.  Motion carried.

Student Discipline Hearing

James Kent moved and Martha Leeper seconded the motion to appoint Stephanie Guerrero as hearing officer for the student discipline hearing. Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Executive Session

Glenda Weldy moved and Erech Pierson seconded the motion to enter closed session at 6:27 p.m. for the reasons stated on the agenda.  Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Closed Session Adjournment

Erech Pierson moved and James Kent seconded the motion to re-enter open session at 6:41 p.m.  Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Closed Session Minutes

Martha Leeper moved and Glenda Weldy seconded the motion to accept the closed session minutes as read in closed session. Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Student Discipline Student SV2019-3

Erech Pierson moved and James Kent seconded the motion to expel student # SV2019-3 for two years from April 17, 2019, to April 1, 2021, based on a preponderance of the evidence presented in the expulsion hearing and based on the Board’s determination that the student engaged in egregious conduct, that the student’s continued presence at school poses a threat to school safety of other students and staff and substantially disrupts the operation of school. The Board further finds that given the severity of the student’s gross misconduct, there are no other appropriate disciplinary interventions available and that the presence of the student at school will foster a culture that the student’s behavior at school is acceptable and tolerated.  The expulsion shall be held in abeyance only if the student will enroll in an alternative school during the period of his expulsion.  Student #SV2019-3 may return to Sangamon Valley on April 1, 2021 pending successful completion and a recommendation from the alternative school. Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Employment

Martha Leeper moved and Glenda Weldy seconded the motion to employ Holly Russell as an at-will, benefited bus driver. Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Resignation

James Kent moved and Erech Pierson seconded the motion to accept the resignation of Jeffry Nees as an at-will, full-time night custodian effective May 3, 2019.  Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Resignation

James Kent moved and Martha Leeper seconded the motion to accept the resignation of Jessica Whightsil as HS Freshman Volleyball Coach effective immediately. Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Consent Agenda

Martha Leeper moved and Glenda Weldy seconded the motion to approve the Consent Agenda.  Roll call vote: Ayes-Stephanie Guerrero, Erech Pierson, Martha Leeper, Glenda Weldy, and James Kent.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Eye on the Storm

Mr. Field updated the Board on recognition and honors received by the following SV students and staff: Luke Stacey, Isaac Fleck, Taylor Page, Karina Forshee, Madison Kokal, Mackenzie Kokal, Joe Scanavino, Britney Cowan, and Gregory Higby.

Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Meadows discussed the proposed summer work items for each campus.

Mr. Meadows updated the Board on the Food Service bid.

Mr. Meadows discussed the Site visit to Bement and Central A&M High Schools.

Board reorganization meeting is scheduled for April 24, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

Next regular meeting is scheduled for May 8, 2019.

Adjournment

Erech Pierson moved and Glenda Weldy seconded the motion that the meeting be adjourned at 7:26 p.m.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.