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Abingdon-Avon Community Unit No. 276 Board of Education met November 13

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 15, 2020

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Abingdon-Avon Community Unit No. 276 Board of Education met Nov. 13.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

1. The regular meeting of the Abingdon-Avon CUSD 276 Board of Education was held on November 13, 2019. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with Brooks presiding The following members were present: Craver, Quinn, Hess, Serven, Mason and Brooks. Mrs. Terwilliger was absent.

Public Comments were made by the following:

-Colleen Hall: Mrs. Hall spoke in opposition of Early Release Wednesdays. 

-Jared Quinn: Coach Quinn spoke on the need for the district to do more to enhance our appearance, student opportunities, and facilities. 

-Cara Serano and Jennifer Mangeiri-Littell: Both spoke regarding the KWSED Comm Classroom at Hedding Grade School. 

- Mike Anderson: Mr. Anderson spoke regarding a previous land sale, automobiles that were scrapped, the current math curriculum at the Hedding Grade School and his thoughts district finances.

3. Scheduled Visitors: Lauralyn Farwell from Keystone Power Holding – Ms. Farwell presented on Block one pricing for a 700MW Solar project at AAHS. Keystone Energy projects a $290,000+ plus saving over the 25 lifespan of a potential contract. This is potential action item for the Board's next meeting.

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

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

6. Principals Andrews, and Anderson presented their monthly building-level Principal Reports. Mr. Weedman was absent. - Principal reports can be found on the district website at https://www.d276.net/o/district/browse/54598

7. Mrs. MacGregor presented the Curriculum Director monthly report. Curriculum Director report can be found on the district website at https://www.d276.net/o/district/browse/54598. Additionally, Mrs. Macgregor and Dr. Curry discussed the current math and ELĀ curricular upgrades made across the district the past three years, current IAR scores. Mrs. Anderson and Dr. Curry noted several actions taking place to address the test scores at AAMS.

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

1. Financial Update:

1.1 Fund Balance Update as of Today - $15, 032,175.99 (11/13/2019) 

1.2 Second Reading of Press Policies: 8:95

2. Summer Project Update:

2.1 Roof Work Update – Dr. Curry noted that the last step in the roof process is the manufacturer walk-through and certification. This is scheduled for 11/21/2019. 

3. Staff members of the Month for November - Sponsored by Tompkins State Bank - Mrs. Tracy Kitch - Middle School Teacher and Mrs. Charity Pieper - Classroom aide at AAMS. 

4. Vehicle Updates:

4.1 Bids - Dr. Curry noted that due to a delivery issue, all bids were rejected and will be reposted. 

4.2 Driver Education Car Lease - Dr. Curry noted discussed the lease option presented by Galesburg Toyota for a driver education car. 

4.3 UTV with Snowplow Discussion - Dr. Curry noted the speed and maneuverability of such a vehicle will be a more efficient use of the maintenance department's time in managing snow removal in parking lots, on sidewalks, and the HGS playground. This is a potential action item at the Board's next meeting. 

5. Bowling Alley Agreement - Dr. Curry noted the importance of the bowling alley for the high school teams practice and home meets. 

6. Sponsorship Update:

6.1 Galesburg Toyota 

6.2 Video Board - Dr. Curry noted that the video board has 5 sponsorship spots. Currently there are 4 committed sponsors and two who are in discussions for the final spot. The idea of a no-cost 8'x4' video board that can be used for sporting events, graduation, and as a video production tool for students was not unanimously supported by the Board. A segment of the Board was currently not in favor of adding the no-cost video board as an enhancement to the AAHS gymnasium. This is a potential action item at the Board's next meeting 

7. Early Dismissal Updates

7.1 SIP Days – 11:35 Dr. Curry noted that all 12 day SIP days will dismiss at 11:35 going forward. 

7.2 Early Release Wednesday Jan-May - 2:00 p.m. Dr. Curry noted that the district intends to use one early release day per month in the second half of the school year (like last year) for professional development and collaborative opportunities for staff. 8. Board Professional Development

8.1 Joint Annual Conference 

8.2 IASB In-house Workshop - Week of January 13th Dr. Curry asked the Board to commit to an in-house workshop. The Board agreed on the week as presented. 

9. School District ESSA Designations - Dr. Curry noted that this discussion item was discussed at length during the Curriculum Director's report. 

9.1 Definitions 9.2 Factors 9.3 Presentation of Data

9.4 Plans Going Forward 10. Presentation of the FY 2019 Financial Audit - Dr. Curry noted that the district received the highest level of financial status: Recognition. He noted the current borrowing limit of $12,400,000.00+. He also pointed out that the district received $1,250,000.00+ Early Tax Dollars – Late. The unpredictability of the tax receipts can occasionally cause such disparities in revenue from June to July.

11. Presentation of the 2019 (for 2020) Tentative Tax Levy - Dr. Curry presented four levy options ranging from a 1.38% to 4.99% increase based on an EAV numbers that may change prior to the next meeting.

9. A motion was made by Mr. Hess and seconded by Mr. Quinn to go into Executive Session at 9:00 p.m. Roll call: Craver, yea; Quinn, yea; Hess, yea; Serven, yea; Mason, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

10. A motion was made by Mr. Serven and seconded by Mr. Quinn to return to Open Session at 10:50 p.m. Roll call: Craver, yea; Quinn, yea; Hess, yea; Serven, yea; Mason, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

11. A motion was made by Mr. Serven and seconded by Mr. Craver to approve the October Personnel Report. Roll call: Craver, yea; Quinn, nay; Hess, present; Serven, yea; Mason, present; and Brooks, nay. Motion failed.

12. A motion was made by Mr. Craver and seconded by Mr. Mason to approve the Tentative 2019 (for 2020) Tax Levy (B as presented). Roll call: Craver, yea; Quinn, yea; Hess, yea; Serven, yea; Mason, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

13. A motion was made by Mr. Serven and seconded by Mr. Quinn to approve Press Policy 8:95. Roll call: Craver, yea; Quinn, yea; Hess, yea; Serven, yea; Mason, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

14. A motion was made by Mr. Quinn and seconded by Mr. Hess to approve the FY 2019 Financial Audit. Roll call: Craver, yea; Quinn, yea; Hess, yea; Serven, yea; Mason, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

15. A motion was made by Mr. Craver and seconded by Mr. Hess to Reject all Bids as presented for New Van(s). Roll call: Craver, yea; Quinn, yea; Hess, yea; Serven, yea; Mason, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

16. A motion was made by Mr. Craver and seconded by Mr. Serven to approve the Bowling Team/Abbe Lanes Use Agreement Terms. Roll call: Craver, yea; Quinn, yea; Hess, yea; Serven, yea; Mason, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

17. A motion was made by Mr. Quinn and seconded by Mr. Hess to consider approval of Driver Education Care Lease as presented. Roll call: Craver, yea; Quinn, yea; Hess, yea; Serven, yea; Mason, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed.

18. A motion was made by Mr. Quinn and seconded by Mr. Craver to Adjourn at 11:00 p.m. Roll call: Craver, yea; Quinn, yea; Hess, yea; Serven, yea; Mason, yea; and Brooks, yea. Motion passed

Anthony Brooks, President

Frank Craver, Secretary

November 2019 Personnel Report

Recommended for Employment:

Toni Mason - Substitute ELA at AAMS (Spring 2020)

Recommended for Volunteer Status: Tony Dorethy – Volunteer Bowling Coach 2019-2020

Recommended for continued Extra-Curricular Employment: N/A

https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/539271/Board_Minutes_Nov._13__2019.pdf

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