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Abingdon Community Unit School District 217 Board of Education met June 12

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 15, 2019

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Abingdon Community Unit School District 217 Board of Education met June 12.

Here is the agenda provided by the board:

1. The regular meeting of the Abingdon-Avon CUSD 276 Board of Education was held on June 12, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with Brooks presiding. The following members were present: Mason, Quinn, Serven, Hess, and Brooks. Mr. Craver and Mrs. Terwilliger were absent.

Abingdon-Avon High School Cheerleading were present as Scheduled Visitors.

Additions/Deletions to the Agenda was made as follows: 

7.1 April 30 - Special Meeting Minutes 

10.15 Kindergarten Classroom Aides 

10.16 Disney Trip 

10.17 Graduation 2020

2. A motion was made by Mr. Quinn and seconded by Mr. Mason to approve the Agenda. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

3. A motion was made by Mr. Serven and seconded by Mr. Quinn to approve the Consent Agenda. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

4. Principals Andrews and Anderson presented their monthly building-level Principal Reports. Mr. Weedman was not present.

5. Curriculum Director MacGregor was not present.

6. Superintendent Curry presented the monthly Superintendent Report and discussed the following: 

1. Financial Update:

1.1 Fund Balance Update - $13,390,641.97 

1.2 Amended FY19 Budget – Dr. Curry noted that the proper posting did not make it into the paper on time. The proper posting has been sent to the R-M and will meet the 30 day minimum requirement. Dr. Curry received the approval from ISBE to amend the budget after June 30th. The amended budget hearing will be on Monday July 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm at Hedding Grade School 

1.3 Early Taxes Late and on Paper Impact to the FY19 Budget – On paper we will be short $2,174,000 in early tax money. Dr. Curry noted that the auditors implied that this will not be a financial finding because it is out of the control of school districts when the Counties collect and disperse tax dollars.

2. Prevailing Wages - Dr. Curry noted that, in the past, there was a resolution this time of year – but schools are no longer required to pass a resolution.

3. Summer Project Update – Dr. Curry noted the following:

3.1 Roof Work Update - Started at Abingdon-Avon High School last week. Work has been delayed at Hedding Grade School due to supply issues. Work will begin on Friday. 

3.2 Boiler Piping Update - Has started and is progressing quickly 

3.3 Security Camera Upgrade Update - Started Tuesday and is progressing 

3.4 Fire Alarm Panel Upgrade Update - Started at Hedding Grade School

4. Competitive Cheer Discussion: Dr. Curry asked the Board to consider the request from the May meeting and be able to take action in July. 

5. 2019-2020 Insurance Proposal – Dr. Curry noted that the annual premium increased by $14,859.

6. Uniforms – Volleyball uniforms need replaced, Softball hasn't been replaced since co-op, Middle School Track and Cross-Country need replaced

7. Threat Assessment Seminars – Dr. Curry noted that he and the entire Administrative Team attended a Level 1 Behavioral Threat Assessment Seminar. The seminar was good for the team, especially our newer administrators. During the seminar the principals created Threat Assessment Team Documents, a “see something - say something” email address, and a potential anonymous reporting form

8. 12 Mos. CD with ABC Bank – Dr. Curry noted that we received a very competitive 2.75% rate from Abingdon Banking Center.

9. Mandatory Student Lunch Increases – Dr. Curry noted a.10 increase

10. Carpet Upgrade for Abingdon-Avon High School Library – Dr. Curry shared samples and the projected cost of ten-thousand dollars. Dr. Curry supports the carpet upgrade, but recommended tabling this purchase until the lay-out of AAHS is finalized. The district is working with Klingner Architect, Michael Fries on security upgrades. These upgrades may cause changes to the current room set-up.

11. Delayed Starts – Dr. Curry discussed the idea of implementing delayed starts for the upcoming school year. Delayed starts would allow for the weather to change from unfavorable to favorable in the early morning. Wind-chills of -25 at 7:00 AM are often warmer and safer for student travel by 8:30 am. Also, delayed starts would give the township and highway departments more time to clear snow from roadways. Dr. Curry added that parental concerns should be considered prior to implementing. A question of support will appear in the 2019-2020 school registration process.

12. Start and end times for 2019-2020 - Dr. Curry presented the idea of starting the school at AAMS five minutes earlier and ending 10 minutes earlier. There is no loss of instructional time in the plan over last year's instructional minutes. The shuttle situation causes an extended wait time at the end of the instructional day at Hedding Grade School.

13. Cameras in the Auditorium - Principal Weedman and Technology Director Rogers recommend adding two infrared cameras to the HS Auditorium.

14. Open ELA Reading Curriculum – Dr. Curry, Principal Andrews, and Principal Anderson presented a third-fifth grades reading curriculum to the Board. The principals highlighted the merits of the reading program.

15. Kindergarten Classroom Aides – Principal Andrews stated that the Kindergarten teachers have requested a classroom aide in each room and the rationale behind the request.

16. Disney Trip - Dr. Curry and Choral Director Roberts informed the Board of the intent to take students to Walt Disney World in Florida to study, perform, and experience Disney this coming summer.

17. Graduation 2020 - Dr. Curry and Principal Weedman noted that the 2019 Graduation went well and that neither has received negative feedback regarding the Boards determination to move the graduation ceremony to the Sunday after Mother's Day. Dr. Curry recommended the same concept for the 2020 Graduation.

7. A motion was made by Mr. Serven and seconded by Mr. Hess to go into Executive Session at 7:35 p.m. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

8. A motion was made by Mr. Mason and seconded by Mr. Hess to return to Open Session at 8:36 p.m. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

9. A motion was made by Mr. Serven and seconded by Mr. Hess to approve the June 2019 Personnel Report. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

10. A motion was made by Mr. Quinn and seconded by Mr. Mason to Table the approval of the Amended FY 2019 Budget until after the rescheduled hearing. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

11. A motion was made by Mr. Mason and seconded by Mr. Hess to approve the 12 Month CD Agreement with Abingdon Banking Center. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

12. A motion was made by Mr. Serven and seconded by Mr. Mason to approve the 2019 2020 Insurance Coverage Package as Quoted by Harmon Insurance. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, present; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

13. A motion was made by Mr, Hess and seconded by Mr. Mason to approve State Mandatory Minimum Student Lunch Increases of 10/lunch for FY 2020. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, nay; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, nay. Motion passed.

14. A motion was made by Mr. Quinn and seconded by Mr. Hess to Table the approval for Carpet Upgrade for Abingdon-Avon High School Library. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

15. A motion was made by Mr. Serven and seconded by Mr. Quinn to approve the Disposal of Surplus Property. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

16. A motion was made by Mr. Quinn and seconded by Mr. Hess to approve the New Uniforms as presented for Middle School Cross-Country, Middle School Track, High School Volleyball, and up to $5400 for High School Softball. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

17. A motion was made by Mr. Mason and seconded by Mr. Quinn to approve the Purchase of Open ELA Resource (EL) Reading Curriculum for Grades 3-5. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

18. A motion was made by Mr. Mason and seconded by Mr. Quinn to Adjourn at 8:45 p.m. Roll call: Mason, yea; Quinn, yea; Serven, yea; Hess, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

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