Summary of the Regular Eastland Board of Education Meeting
President Bill Woessner called to order the Regular Meeting of the Eastland Board of Education for May 15, 2013. The Board approved the Treasurer’s Report and the payments of all bills and claims for the month. They also approved the minutes of the April 17, 2013 Regular meeting and the May 1, 2013 Special Meeting to Reorganize the Board, and a Prevailing Wage Resolution for the 2013-14 school year.
During Board Input, Superintendent Hansen noted the dates for 8th grade promotion (Tu, May 28), high school Baccalaureate (Su, May 19), and high school graduation (F, May 24). All of these events will start at 7:00 p.m. He also reminded members about the last day breakfast for all staff scheduled for Thursday, May 30th, at 8:00 a.m. There was a brief discussion about mandatory board training, and possible dates for Facility and Curriculum Committee meetings.
During Communications, Dr. Hansen shared an invoice from Pearl City for 50% of the Speech Co-op costs, a copy of his response to a Freedom of Information Act Request regarding administrator and teacher salaries, a copy of an e-mail received by Cory Walters from a group of students in Nebraska who had visited the information links on his page of the District website, and a copy of the ISBE Special Education Indicators audit report from the State Board of Education showing perfect ratings in all evaluated indicators.
In Old Business, the Board heard reports on K-12 Physical Education Indicators of Success for the 2013-14 school year. 12% of K-2 students met the National Fitness standard. Each student seems to have a strong area of concern. The biggest areas of concern are flexibility, upper body strength, speed and change of direction. Only 4 students (1.5%) met the presidential fitness goal in all four tested areas. Students in grades 6th-8th saw all categories of the combine showing improvement. Many all-time records were set along with many students personal best scores were achieved.
Continuing in New Business, the Board discussed next steps to take in the sale of the Eastland Elementary School in Lanark. No bids were received for the building after initial efforts to advertise and solicit bids. The Board directed Superintendent Hansen to seek the services of a realtor familiar with sale of commercial properties and to report back in June.
The Board approved motions to add Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country for 9-12 grade students and a Lego League robotics team for 7-8 grade students starting in 2013-14. The continuation of these programs in the future will be evaluated in terms of viability; if after two years either of the programs cannot sustain participation numbers sufficient to field competitive teams, the programs will be discontinued.
The Board also approved renewal of 2-year co-operative agreements with Pearl City for High School Speech Team, and Chadwick-Milledgeville for Boys’ and Girls’ golf. They also approved all registration fees for 2013-14 with no increases other than the 10 cent increases in meal prices. These increases in meal prices are required by the federal government until the actual meal prices are equal to the per meal reimbursement that the district receives for free and reduced lunches.
As a final item in Old Business, the Board approved discontinuing the practice of holding a formal 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony in 2014. The motion was approved by a vote a 6-yes, 1-no. Principal Burkholder explained plans to hold an 8th grade Honors Night in conjunction with a Fine Arts Concert and Festival in May, similar to the Pops Festival currently held for grades 9-12.
Dr. Hansen shared that he has requested bids for property, liability and casualty insurance for 2013-14, but has yet to receive any quotes. He expects quotes from Trissel, Graham and Toole and the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative for the June meeting. The Board also heard a 1st reading of proposed policy revisions. Approval of these changes will be scheduled for June.
Continuing, the Board approved a request for Booster Club Sponsorship from the Lanark and Shannon Summer Baseball and Softball programs. They also heard a first reading of proposed changes to the Teacher Evaluation Plan for 2013-14. Changes include a proposed change to the criteria for receiving an excellent summative rating starting in 2014-15, and protocols for peer evaluation of non-tenured staff and the use of student growth measures as a factor in teacher ratings. Approval of the plan will be scheduled for the June Board of Education meeting.
After public comment, the Board approved a motion to enter closed session at 8:20 p.m. to discuss:
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. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1).
The Board exited closed session at 8:54 p.m. and approved the following actions:
Approved the retirement request of Peter Junius as Regular Bus Route Driver effective May 29, 2013 and his continued employment as a substitute bus driver for the 2013-14 school year; Approved the non-renewal of Karen Miller as a sub-custodian effective May 30, 2013; Approved the hire of Bill (William A.) McLain as High School English/Language Arts Teacher for the 2013-14 school year; Approved a motion to continue posting a vacancy for an elementary music teacher for 2013-14; Approved the hire of Tyler McLain as a summer tech helper for 2013; Approved and accepted the resignation of Brian Bull as Assistant Football Coach for the 2013 season; Approved and accepted the resignation of Becky Roethe as Middle School Quiz Bowl Coach for 2013-14; Approved the hire of Jamie Graf as High School Musical Director for 2013-14.
Approved continuing to post vacancies for an Assistant High School Volleyball Coach for the 2013 season; a 7th grade Girls’ Basketball Coach for the 2013-14 school year; an Assistant Speech Team Advisor for the 2013-14 school year; an Elementary Music Teacher and Beginner Band Director for the 2013-14 school year.
Approved posting vacancies for an Assistant Football Coach for the 2013 season; a Boys’ / Girls’ Cross Country Coach for the 2013 season; a Lego League advisor for the 2013-14 season; a Middle School Quiz Bowl coach for the 2013-14 season; a Head High School Scholastic Bowl coach for the 2013-14 season.
Differential Renewals and Assignments for several teachers at EHS, EMS, and EES for the 2013-2014 school year were approved.