Chadwick-Milledgeville School Board Meeting Synopsis
MHS music department was honored for their accomplishments at the recent Chadwick-Milledgeville School Board meeting. The band and choir students earned Second Place in the state in Class D. Also, the MHS Choir placed 1st in the 2013 IHSA Music Solo and Ensemble Contest in Class D. From L to R are: Margo Weber- Choir Director, Rebecca Alexander- Student Representative, Cheryl Neumann- Band Director, and Dave Wagenknecht- Vice President of the School Board.
Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399 Board of Education met May 20, 2013 in the Milledgeville HS Library.
The Board approved the agenda, with the addition to the closed session agenda: discuss individual student academic matter.
Approved Minutes of the April 15, 2013 Regular Meeting & Closed Session and the April 29, 2013 Special Board Meeting; Payment of Bills for May, 2013; Treasurer’s Report for April 2013; Hot Lunch Report for April 2013; and Student Activity Fund Account Summary for April 2013.
During Public Comments, Congratulations to the Music Department on winning Second Place State Trophy in the Class D IHSA Sweepstakes Contest.
Thank you from Mrs. Katie Wilkinson for flowers sent by the District.
Under Old Business, presentation was made by high school staff on the 1:1 initiative and the use of Moodle to deliver instruction.
Mr. Jason Pasch High School Social Studies Teacher demonstrated how to use Moodle platform software. The presentation focused on how teachers will deliver instructions using Moodle, how students will access it, take tests, blog, and submit homework. The high school staff is excited to launch the 1:1 initiative next school year and will start the year with a 1:1 lap top “Boot Camp” the first week of school next year. Approved resolution to purchase 185 Lenovo lap top computers from PC Mall.Gov . Superintendent Schurman noted that these lap tops will be used for the 1:1 initiative being launched next year at the high school.
Approved four year lease contract with Providence Capital Network, LLC to purchase the Lenovo lap top computers. Superintendent Schurman noted that the district will make four payments of $24,740 for a total cost of $98,960 for the purchase of 185 Lenovo lap tops which will be distributed to all high school students next year.
Approved Press Board Policy Update Issue #81 Second Reading: Superintendent Schurman said that the following policy changes are highlighted in this update: policy on students bringing their own technology to school; use of technology/electronic devices; student records procedure; identity protection; bus procedures; waiver of student fees; criminal offender notification laws; tobacco free workplace; changes to community use of facilities; and parent involvement. Please review the policy changes and provide feedback at the meeting.
In New Business, the Board approved FFA State Convention Plans for June 11-13, 2013. Superintendent Schurman noted that FFA Advisor Ms. Tara LaFollette and 13 students will attend the convention in Springfield, Illinois next month.
Authorized Superintendent Schurman to Seek Bids for Bread, Milk, and Gasoline/Fuel for the 2013-2014 School Year; Approved summer technology work, purchases, and upgrades proposal.
District Technology Coordinator Mr. Hunter Allspaugh presented a list of hardware, software, and supply purchases to be made over the coming summer. The proposed technology purchases total $60,040.
Approved proposed Chadwick student handbook changes - Superintendent Schurman noted that the Chadwick Handbook changes are as follows: Principal discretion on whether or not a student with five detentions will be allowed to go on a field trip. In addition, the eligibility language was changed to match when we run the report and the days a student will be ineligible. Principal Rademacher reported on numerous changes to the high school handbook and they are as follows: updated classroom expectations, changed homeroom time, adjusted graduation requirements by increasing electives .5 credits and removing the computer requirement, teacher aide program changes, updated cheating/plagiarism policy, updated electronic device policy, new policy on student e-mails, no food or drink allowed outside of cafeteria, stricter policy on students displays of affection, new school dance policy, dress code adjustments, and technology use policy revised/updated.
The Board also: Approved resolution to continue membership in the Regional Office of Education/KIDS Audio-Visual Cooperative; Accepted report of receipt from ISBE of full Recognition of all District Schools for the 2012-13 School Year; Approved Prevailing Wage Resolution for 2013-14; Approved renewal of the Golf Coop with Eastland School District #308 for the 2013 & 2014 fall seasons; Approved resolution to change the name of the Prairie Plot Activity Account to Greenhouse Activity Account; Approved removal of the computer requirement for all high school students beginning with the 2013-14 school year; and Approved change in 3rd grade supply fee and addition of a 4th grade supply fee.
The Board then Voted to go into Executive Session at 8:40 P.M. Voted to come out at 9:45 P.M.
Motions out of closed session:
Hired Mrs. Shanna Withrow from Dixon, Illinois as High School Special Education Teacher for the 2013-14 school year; Hired Mrs. Cheryl Neumann as ½ time Junior High Computers teacher for the 2013-14 school year which will make her a fulltime teacher; Accepted the resignation of Nancy Jogerst as Play Director; Accepted the resignation of John Nesemeier as High School Girls Basketball Coach; Upheld student suspensions.
In Administrative Business, Report on District’s Equalized Assessed Valuation and Tax Rates, Superintendent Schurman noted that the District’s Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) increased by 4.13% and that the overall tax rate decreased by a little less than 1cent.
Pre-K report - Superintendent Schurman reported that the consortium has received most of the grant funding from the state this year. In addition, next year’s grant application is currently being completed by Director Pam Delp and will be submitted soon.
Current legal issues update - Superintendent Schurman reported Erin’s Law will require Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum be taught at every grade level Pre-K through twelfth grade.
Legislative issues update - Superintendent Schurman reported that pension reform issue continues to be a primary focus of the legislature however nothing has been officially passed as of this date.
Health Care Reform Update - Superintendent Schurman reported that the new requirements will result in increased insurance costs for the district starting in January 2014. Specifically the District will have to provide single health insurance coverage to any employee working over thirty hours per week. Nine additional employees will receive health insurance starting January 2014.
Principal’s Report - Principal Rademacher reported that Senior Scholarship Night was a success and that over 100 scholarships were given out totaling over $16,000. In addition, she reported that the Varsity Girls Softball team won the Highland Regional this past weekend.
Superintendent’s Report - Free Throws For Heroes-high school boys basketball team raised $290.25; Market Day program raised $1,514 this year; Carroll County Government Day was held on May 7, 2013; Last Day of School May 28, 2013 (2:00 P.M. dismissal); Class trips have been completed and went very well.
Graduation/Promotion - 8th grade May 24, 2013 7:00 P.M. Chadwick JH Gym; High School May 19, 2013 2:00 P.M. MHS Gym; Staff Appreciation Dinner will be Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Oakville Country Club.
The Board meeting was adjourned at 9:49 P.M.
The next Boarf meeting will be held Monday, June 17, 2013 at 7:00 P.M at the Milledgeville High School Library.