At the Monday, November 19th Chadwick-Milledgeville School Board Meeting, the MHS FFA students discussed the activities, presentations, concerts, and competitions that they participated in at the convention held October 24-26, 2012. The following students made the presentation: Reid Phillips, Lane Rahn, Lauren Hackbarth, Ashlyn Shores, Baily Queckboerner along with FFA Sponsor Ms. Tara LaFollette.
Pictured left to right: Board President Sandra Baylor-Schmidt, Lane Rahn, Lauren Hackbarth, Ashlyn Shores, Reid Phillips, Baily Queckboerner, and FFA Sponsor Ms. Tara LaFollette.
The regular meeting of the Chadwick-Milledgeville School Board was held Monday, November 19, 2012 at Milledgeville High School.
Consent Items: Approved minutes of the October 15, 2012, Regular Meeting & Closed Session; Approved bills for November, 2012; Approved Treasurer’s Report for October, 2012. As of October 31, 2012, the District has received 54.57% of their projected revenues and made 35.44% of their projected expenditures; Approved Hot Lunch Report for October, 2012; and Approved Student Activity Fund Account Summary for October, 2012.
Under Public Comments, the Board heard an FFA Presentation on attendance at the National Conference. The students discussed the activities, presentations, concerts, and competitions that they participated in at the convention held October 24-26, 2012. The following students made the presentation: Reid Phillips, Lane Rahn, Lauren Hackbarth, Ashlyn Shores, Baily Queckboerner along with FFA Sponsor Ms. Tara LaFollette.
In Old Business, the Board adopted the preliminary 2012-13 Tax Levy. Copies of the levy will be available in the Milledgeville and Chadwick School office for public review. The proposed levy represents a 4.14% increase over the previous year’s levy which is below 5% and therefore does not require a Truth in Taxation Hearing. Superintendent Schurman noted that he expects to see an actual 2-3% increase in EAV. The Board of Education was split on this issue and voiced concern that they may not support future increases in the levy. The board narrowly decided to support the small increase in the levy because of concerns with state funding, declining enrollment, and the possibility of increased pension costs.
Review of 2012 School Report Cards - Chadwick Elementary and Chadwick Junior High made AYP while Milledgeville Elementary and Milledgeville High School did not. Schurman noted that demographic changes are occurring i.e., significant increase in our low income population.
Discussion Nutrition Requirements School Lunch Program - Schurman reported that there have been concerns voiced by parents and students about the new nutritional requirements and menu changes. These changes are mandated by the Federal School Lunch program and our lunch menu is in compliance.
Under new Business, the Board heard the first reading of the board policy updates PRESS Issue #80. Schurman noted that there are numerous non-substantive changes and a few new policies in response to legislation in this policy update. In addition, administrative procedures and personal technology/social media rules were updated.
Board Retreat- Set Date, Time, Location, and Objectives - The board approved Thursday, February 7, 2012 at 4:30 P.M. in the Milledgeville High School Library for the annual retreat. School finance, district goals, and the 1 to 1 technology initiative will be possible topics of discussion.
Appointed District Treasurer Mr. Jerry Carter as Custodian of the District Activity Accounts beginning immediately - Schurman reported that this action is in response to the Audit Report which directed that the Activity Accounts be administered by a person that is bonded.
Approve and Accept the Auditor’s Report for the Year Ended June 30, 2012 - Schurman reported that this year’s audit was very positive and he commended District Bookkeeper Valerie Geary for doing a good job maintaining financial records and accounts. In addition, he reported that procedures for counting money and receipt documentation/sign off have already been instituted.
First reading of Junior High Gifted On-Line Course Policy - Schurman reported that this policy will allow the school to offer gifted students an opportunity to accelerate their academic program. Students that qualify could possibly show competency out of freshman level courses and be able to take college level courses their senior year.
The Board voted to go into closed session at 8:42 p.m., then voted to come out of closed session at 9:02 p.m. Motions out of closed session: Voted to uphold student suspensions from October/November 2012
Under Administrative Business: Report on IASB Convention in Chicago – November 16-18, 2012 - Schurman noted that six of the seven board members attended this year’s convention. Board members attended seminars on school finance, teacher evaluation, Common Core Standards, goal setting, and much more. It was a worthwhile experience for all that attended.
Report on Fall Gate Receipts - Schurman reported that total gate receipts totaled $9,938 which is down $276.85 from the previous year.
Report on School Improvement Teacher Meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2012 - Schurman reported that the focus of the half day in-service was Common Core Implementation and Changing Instruction.
Report on School Improvement Institute held on Friday, November 9, 2012 - Schurman reported that the focus of the day was Common Core Standards and development of Standards Based Quarterly Objectives. Schurman was the keynote speaker for the day. In addition, the high school staff participated in Moodle training conducted by District Technology Coordinator Hunter Allspaugh.
Report on Parent/Teacher Conference Days held on Thursday and Friday, October 25 and 26, 2012 - Schurman reported that there was excellent attendance K-8 and poor attendance at the high school level.
Report on Career Day activities conducted at Milledgeville High School.
Early Step Director’s Report - Schurman reported that the Chadwick-Milledgeville Early Step Program has open slots and encouraged parents of 3 or 4 year olds to contact the school if they would be interested in enrolling their child.
Report on Educational and Legislative Issues - Schurman reported that pension reform is expected to pass the first week of January. The incremental transfer of the State’s portion of TRS to school districts is expected to be the preferred option.
FFA Newsletter - Principal Rademacher praised the new document created by the students participating in FFA. The newsletter shares activities, news, and accomplishments going on in the FFA program.
Principal’s Report - Rademacher reported that Career Day held November 2 went very well and that the freshman and sophomore trips to Adkins Energy and Work in the Real World Expo were well received.
Superintendent’s Report - JH Boys’ Basketball and JH Cheerleading have started and are going well; Superintendents’ meeting November 7, 2012 focused on current legal issues; Veteran’s Day Assemblies were held at both schools. Mr. Lee Gibbs spoke at Chadwick and Mr. Scott Armstrong spoke at Milledgeville.
The Board adjourned at 9:33 P.M. The Next Board Meeting will be held Monday, December 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Milledgeville High School Library.