Synopsis of the Chadwick-Milledgeville School Board Meeting
Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399 Board of Education met at 7pm Monday, August 19, 2013, at the Milledgeville High School .
After approval of the consent agenda, the Board heard Comments from the Public. A Thank you was received from Ms. Amy Strehlow for flowers received, and from Mrs. Stacy Bontz for flowers received.
In Old Business, approved health/dental/life insurance benefit renewal for 2013-14 school year with health and dental carrier Blue Cross Blue Shield and Dearborn National for life insurance. Superintendent Tim Schurman noted that insurance benefit costs only increased a total of $5,846.80 over the previous which represents approximately a 2% increase in premiums.
Discussion regarding the 1% Sales Tax meeting to be held September 4, 2013 at the West Carroll School District offices. Superintendent Schurman and Board Member Elmer Rahn will attend the meeting at West Carroll.
Approved Chadwick Junior Tackle to use the athletic storage shed in exchange for paying to install electric service to the building. Superintendent Schurman noted that the Junior Tackle program has generously purchased equipment for the high school program in the past and that having electric service installed at the high school is a great bargain for the District.
In New Business, the Board approved placing the proposed fiscal 2013-14 budget on display. Superintendent Schurman noted that the proposed budget will be available for review in the Chadwick and Milledgeville building offices between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday for public review for the next 35 days. He also reported that the budget is very tight due in part to the decision to spend money on security, technology, and building improvements. The totals represent a conservative view of revenues and an overall increase in expenditures. The proposed budget is balanced and projects a modest surplus.
Heard a report on the Opening Day Institute held Monday, August 19, 2013. Superintendent Schurman reported that the staff received training on the Common Core Standards and how to create learning modules. In addition there were meetings held regarding technology, RtI, and school improvement.
In a report on 2013-14 projected enrollments for the coming year, Superintendent Schurman said that overall district enrollment is virtually unchanged and is projected to be 523 students this year.
Appointed through resolution Superintendent Tim J. Schurman to review the draft audit
RESOLUTION: We hereby appoint Superintendent Tim J. Schurman to review approve and accept the draft audit state financial report for the current fiscal year, and to sign the transmittal letter to our auditors, Benning Group, CPA within a five day period.
Approved Application for the Recognition of Schools with the Illinois State Board of Education for the 2013-14 School Year.
This action is required on a yearly basis and affirms that the District is in compliance with state and federal laws, policies, and mandates.
The Board also discussed extracurricular golf coop transportation.
Approved Life Safety Amendment for the Chadwick School north wall reconstruction. Superintendent Schurman reported that the north wall at Chadwick was discovered to have Lentils that needed to be replaced and as a result the structural integrity of the wall was compromised so it was necessary to initiate work immediately. Brown Construction has managed the project and they have done an outstanding job. The work should be complete by the first day of school.
The Board entered closed session at: 8:25 P.M to consider information regarding the appointment, employment, or dismissal of an employee or officer. They came out of closed session at: 8:35 P.M.
Motions out of closed session:
- Hired Mr. Steve Ulman of Polo on an as needed basis as a Junior High Special Education Aide for the 2013-14 School Year.
- Hired Mrs. Sarah Pacelt of Crystal Lake as High School Science Instructor for the 2013-14 School Year.
- Hired Mrs. Kelly Zoulek of Sterling as Milledgeville School Head Cook for the 2013-14 School Year.
- Hired Brad Grenoble of Chadwick as High School Boys Freshman/Sophomore Basketball Coach for the coming 2013-14 season.
- Hired Mrs. Sheila Alexander and Mrs. Cheryl Neumann as Co-Sponsors of Junior High Student Council for the 2013-14 school year.
The School District Audit was Thursday and Friday, August 8-9, 2013. Superintendent Schurman reported that the audit went smoothly and that a draft copy of the audit should be received in early October.
In his Report on Educational and Legislative Issues, Superintendent Schurman stated that no progress has been made on pension reform and that it will be unlikely that anything will occur prior to completion of the 2014 elections.
In the Principal’s Report, Principal Rademacher said that the 2013 Girls Softball team received the Team GPA Award from the IHSA. In addition, she reported that orientation and 1:1 lap top distribution went very well.
In the Superintendent’s Report regarding Building Status, Superintendent Schurman reported that all work is complete and he complimented the custodians on doing a fine job this summer.
New Meals Plus cafeteria management program installed and training is complete.
6th Grade Orientation was held August 13.
The meeting adjourned at 8:46 P.M. The next regular Board meeting will be held Monday, September 23, 2013, starting at 7:00 P.M. with the Special Budget Adoption Hearing in the Milledgeville High School Library (following budget hearing). Regular Meeting in the Milledgeville High School Library immediately after.