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Minooka Community High School District 111 Board of Education met November 19

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Feb 13, 2020

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Minooka Community High School District 111 Board of Education met Nov. 19.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Mike Brozovich. The meeting was held in the Library at

South Campus due to an unforeseen incident at central campus rendering the building inaccessible for the evening. A physical quorum was present with the following board members answering roll call:

                                               YES                   NO

 Mike Brozovich                    X

 Laura Hrechko                     X

 Patti Ruettiger                                              X

 Dee Crye                             X

 Cherie Barnes                     X

 Wendi Arlis                          X

 Dustin Heap                        X

Additionally present were:

 Brent Edwards                    X

 Janel Grzetich                    X

 Bryan Zwemke                   X

 John Troy                           X

 Kenny Lee                          X

 Colleen Ward                     X

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

COMMUNICATIONS/RECOGNITION

Board members were pleased to congratulate and recognize students who placed in the Local 597 welding competition:

o Advanced Category

 Drake Walker-1st Place

 Nick Olsen-3rd Place

o Intermediate Category

 Luke Boerema-1st Place

DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Science Department Chair Donna Engel and Teacher Brad Dorick addressed the board to provide the department highlight for the month. Information was provided on the success of the Science Academy as well as some of the interesting aspects of science classes working in forensics.

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER APPRECIATION DAY

Dr. Lee took a moment to recognize the board as November 15 was School Board Member Appreciation Day. Dr. Lee thanked the board on behalf of the administrative team for all their time, meetings, review of materials, etc., in their voluntary service.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

There were no comments from the audience.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Administrative reports were provided to the board members in the packets and Superintendent Lee reviewed the highlights.

CONSENT AGENDA

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Hrechko, to approve the consent agenda as presented:

A. Open Session Minutes

1. October 9, 2019 – Committee Meeting

2. October 16, 2019 - Regular Meeting

3. October 23, 2019 – Technology Committee Meeting

B. Financial Reports

1. Payment of Bills/Total

2. Employee Payroll

3. Imprest Fund Report/Total

4. Activity Fund Report

5. Treasurer’s Report (Cash/YTD – Exp/Rev)

C. Resolution Authorizing Representation in Property Tax Proceedings as Presented

D. Reciprocal Reporting Agreement as Presented

Voting Aye: Arlis, Heap, Crye, Hrechko, Barnes, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 6:30 p.m.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Educational Foundation Update:

Dr. Lee reported that the Minooka Community High School Foundation for Educational Excellence last met on November 12. The foundation continues to plan their upcoming event, which is their annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, to be held on December 7, 2019. Tickets are available on the foundation website, which can be accessed at: http://www.mchs.net/foundation. The board also learned that the foundation continues to accept grant proposals from interested teachers. The grant applications and information may be accessed on the foundation website as well.

Strategic Plan Update:

It was reported that the Strategic Goal Leaders continue to meet as we progress through the school year. Dr. Lee also reported that in line with the Strategic Plan, Mrs. Soliman will provide a report on Strategic Goal 2 at this meeting. The board also received information regarding the upcoming release of the district scorecard that measures progress on the strategic plan, as well as the recently released Illinois School Report Card.

Policy Review:

Dr. Lee reported on the policy review which included mandatory board member training, student attendance and truancy, and release time for religious instruction/observance.

2020/2021 Curriculum Proposal:

The curriculum proposal was provided in the board packets and is being recommended for approval under action items as presented (meaning to proceed with changing the name of the course regarding Pre AP).

Cultural Assessment:

Discussion took place regarding the cultural assessment proposal, particularly regarding the cost of approximately $38,000, and Dr. Lee noted that he had distributed additional information based on questions raised at the committee meeting. Consensus was reached to continue to research options, although to note the time sensitivity of the program.

Tentative Levy:

The 2019 Tentative Levy Calculation was included in the board packets. Mr. Troy noted that Kendall and Will estimates have been received and a new calculation page will be sent as soon as the estimates are received from Grundy County. It is anticipated that the dollar amount will be lower than what is shown.

Bleacher Project:

Information was provided in the board packets regarding the bleacher project. Mr. Troy reported that the cost presently is $1,693,410, but that is still in negotiations. Mr. Troy added that the company is sending samples of the colors on the actual material of the bleachers for viewing.

ACTION ITEMS

Village of Channahon – IGA re: Abatement Ordinance Resolution:

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Crye, to approve the Village of Channahon Intergovernmental Agreement regarding an Abatement Ordinance Resolution as presented. Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:00 p.m.

US Cold Storage Tax Abatement Agreement:

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Heap, to approve the US Cold Storage Abatement Agreement as presented. Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:01 p.m.

Curriculum Guide:

MOTION: by Hrechko, seconded by Heap, to approve the 2020/2021 curriculum guide as presented. Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:01 p.m.

Transportation Handbook:

This was not ready for approval at this time.

Snow Bid:

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Hrechko, to award the snow removal bid to Roberts Snowplowing as presented. Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:03 p.m.

Tentative Levy:

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Heap, to approve posting of the tentative levy as presented. Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:03 p.m.

Skyward HR and Financial Software:

MOTION: by Barnes, seconded by Crye, to approve purchasing Skyward HR and Financial Software as presented. Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:03 p.m.

Cultural Assessment:

This was not ready for approval at this time.

Bleachers/Press Box:

MOTION: by Heap, seconded by Hrechko, to approve the contract for the bleacher project at a cost not to exceed $1,693.410. Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:04 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Heap, to adjourn the meeting to executive session for the purpose of discussing matters related to minutes; the appointment, compensation, discipline, dismissal, employment and performance of specific employees of the District; the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body, and negotiations. Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:05 p.m.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Heap, to return the meeting to open session. Hearing no objections, the motion was approved. Time: 7:19 p.m.

ACTIONS FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION

Closed Session Minutes

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Barnes, to approve the closed session minutes as presented:

 October 9, 2019, Committee Meeting

 October 16, 2019, Regular Meeting

Hearing no objections, the motion was approved. Time: 7:19 p.m.

Personnel

Resignations:

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Heap, to accept the following resignation(s) as presented:

 LeFlore, Alexandra - English Teacher - eff. at the conclusion of the school year

 Seets, Kevin - Custodian - eff. 12/3/19 (due to retirement; revision to original) Hearing no objections, the motion was approved. Time: 7:20 p.m.

Leaves of Absence:

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Heap, to approve the following leaves of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as presented:

 Caliban, Jean – Custodian from approximately 10/11/19 – 1/3/20 (60 days)

 Krol, Karolyn – Teacher-Spanish from approximately 12/18/19 – 1/8/20 (6days)

 Meadows, Katie – Teacher-Spanish from approximately 2/21/20 – 4/29/20 (40 days)

 O'Brien, Chris – Teacher-English from approximately 12/9/19 – 12/20/19 (10 days)

 Ziel, Julie – Teacher-CTE from approximately 3/30/20 – 5/29/20 (40 days)

Hearing no objections, the motion was approved. Time: 7:20 p.m.

Employment:

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Hrechko, to approve the employment of the following support staff member(s) as presented, pending proper paperwork and background check deemed favorable by the MCHS #111 Administration:

 Carlson, Kathleen - Interventionist-Reading (SS2 - $17.23/hr.)

Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:21 p.m.

MOTION: by Barnes, seconded by Arlis, to approve the employment of the following transportation staff member(s) as presented, as at-will employees, pending proper paperwork and background check deemed favorable by the MCHS #111 Administration:

 Kirsch, Marlene - Bus Aide ($53.64/4 hrs.)

Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:22 p.m.

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Barnes, to approve the following extracurricular appointments for the 2019/20 school year as presented, pending proper paperwork and background check deemed favorable by the MCHS #111 Administration:

 Minor, KJ Wrestling Asst. Coach Group I/Step 1 ($4,746.20)

 Pejkovich, Joel Wrestling Asst. Coach Group I/Step 2 ($4,746.20)

 Bouie, Josh Wrestling Asst. Coach Group I/Step 1 (1/2; $2,373.10)

 Residori, Jacob Wrestling Asst. Coach Group I/Step 1 (1/2; $2,373.10)

 Eaton, Jeff Musical Tech Dir. Group V/Step 1 ($2,096.00)

 Morris, Mitchell Wrestling Volunteer

 Charlebois, Jeff Wrestling Volunteer

 Hill, Kalvin Wrestling Volunteer

Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:24 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: by Arlis, seconded by Heap, to adjourn the meeting. Voting Aye: Heap, Barnes, Hrechko, Crye, Arlis, and Brozovich. Motion carried. Time: 7:24 p.m.

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