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TP B of Ed Minutes

March 2013

By Wallrich, Kathi

March 13, 2013

Regular

X

 

Ted Conkling

X

Reconvened

 

 

Amy Fecht

X

Special

 

 

Dewaine Haag

X

 

 

 

Kristine Haag

X

 

 

 

Sharon Mogged

X

 

 

 

Cherie Smolkvoich

X

 

 

 

Lloyd Vaughn

X

 

The board meeting started off with the following statement read by Ted Conkling, Board President.

 

I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO WELCOME EVERYONE TO TONIGHT’S REGULARLY SCHEDULED MARCH 2013 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING FOR THE TRI-POINT SCHOOL DISTRICT. 

AS USUAL, ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR TONIGHT’S MEETING.  THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL NOT ENTERTAIN ANY QUESTIONS IN REGARDS TO TONIGHT’S AGENDA.  A PORTION OF THIS MEETING WILL BE DESIGNTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS. 

THE TRI-POINT SCHOOL BOARD HAS RECENTLY HAD TWO SPECIAL BOARD MEETINGS IN WHICH POSSIBLE POSITIONS TO BE REDUCED WERE IDENTIFIED AND THEN DISCUSSED FOR POSSIBLE REDUCTION.  IN EACH SPECIAL MEETING PUBLIC COMMENTS WERE MADE BY ATTENDEES OF THE MEETINGS.  WE RESPECTFULLY THANK ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THOSE TWO SPECIAL MEETINGS.  IN ADDITION, THE SCHOOL BOARD’S NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE MET TWICE WITH THE TPEA’S NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE TO IMPACT BARGAIN THE POSSIBLE REDUCTIONS.  WE THANK THE TPEA’S NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR MEETING WITH US AND WE RESPECT THE COMMENTS THAT THEY MADE IN REGARDS TO THE, AT THAT TIME, POSSIBLE REDUCTIONS.

THE TRI-POINT SCHOOL DISTRICT’S ADMINISTRATION AND SCHOOL BOARD ARE BOTH IN THE BUSINESS OF DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR OUR STUDENTS.  OUR SCHOOL HAS GIVEN TRI-POINT GRADUATES THE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES NECESSARY FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVES.  THIS IS ALWAYS OUR PURPOSE AND GOAL.  HOWEVER, THIS GOAL COMES WITH CHALLENGES TO THIS SCHOOL BOARD.  FOR THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR, THE PROJECTED DEFICIT BUDGET IS $707,506.00, OF WHICH $525,150.00 OF THE DEFICIT IS IN THE EDUCATION FUND, AND $182,356.00 OF THE DEFICIT IS IN THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE (BUILDING) FUND.  AN ADDITIONAL CHALLENGE TO THIS BOARD OF EDUCATION IS THE DECLINING PROPERTY VALUES AND REDUCED FUNDING FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS.  THE INITIAL STATE BUDGET FOR FY14 THAT WAS PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNOR LAST WEEK ALSO HAS A MAJOR REDUCTION TO SCHOOL FUNDING STATEWIDE.  WE HOPE THAT THIS DOES NOT OCCUR AS STATED, BUT IT IS THOUGHT THAT THERE WILL BE SOME CUT IN SCHOOL FUNDING FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.  THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES HAVE INVESTMENTS IN RESERVE AT THIS TIME, BUT THOSE FUNDS WILL DISSIPATE FASTER WITHOUT ACTION BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO REDUCE SCHOOL DISTRICT EXPENSES. TRI-POINT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THIS DOWNTURN IN FUNDING FOR SOME TIME AND HAVE RESPONDED BY CUTTING $387,246.00 IN EXPENSES OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS.  THESE RECENT REDUCTIONS INCLUDED THE ELIMINATION OF 5 TEACHER AIDS, REDUCING THE NUMBER OF COOKS AND CUSTODIANS, ELIMINATING THE FUNDING OF JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL AND ALL CHEERLEADING, OBTAINING NEW INSURANCE CARRIERS FOR STAFF AND PROPERTY, CUTTING FUNDING FOR FIELD TRIPS, ESTABLISHING ONE PICK-UP POINT WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR AFTER SCHOOL EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND AWAY ATHLETIC CONTESTS, AND CONTRACTING FOR A NEW UTILITY SERVICE.  THESE WERE SOUND REDUCTIONS WHICH WERE NECESSARY. 

THE TRI-POINT BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO RESPOND TO THESE CONDITIONS.  CONSEQUENTLY, THE BOARD WILL BE ACTING ON MOTIONS/RESOLUTIONS TONIGHT TO DECREASE SCHOOL DISTRICT COSTS EFFECTIVE WITH THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR.  THE PROPOSED COST REDUCTIONS INCLUDE ELIMINATING 5.5 TEACHING POSITIONS, AND THE ELIMINATION OF THE HIGH SCHOOL AND JUNIOR HIGH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR POSITIONS.  THE TOTAL VALUE OF THESE EXPENSE REDUCTIONS IS ESTIMATED AT $248,000.00. 

ANOTHER ISSUE THAT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS HAD TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION IS OUR STUDENT POPULATION.  THIS BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS WORKED WITH THE ILLINOIS INSTITUTE FOR RURAL AFFAIRS FROM WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY IN REGARDS TO A STUDY ABOUT OUR STUDENT POPULATION.  OUR STUDENT POPULATION HAS DROPPED CONSISTENTLY OVER THE YEARS AS THE STUDY SUGGESTED.  JUST IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, TRI-POINT’S STUDENT POPULATION, K-12, HAS DROPPED A TOTAL OF 92 STUDENTS.  HOWEVER, THE STUDY DOES SUGGEST THAT THE DROP IN STUDENT POPULATION WILL EVEN OUT AND WE SHOULD SEE SOME STABILITY IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.  THIS IS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING AT THE FINANCIAL HEALTH OF OUR SCHOOL AS WELL. 

WITH FEWER TEACHERS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, WE STILL INTEND TO PROVIDE A COMPLETE CURRICULUM.  THE DETAILS AS TO HOW THIS WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED WILL BE WORKED OUT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.  WE HAVE DISCUSSED SOME OPTIONS WITH THE TPEA, BUT WITH THE CHANGE IN TWO-THIRDS OF OUR ADMINISTRATION FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, WE DO BELIEVE THAT SOME OF THE SPECIFICS WILL BE MORE REFINED WHEN THE NEW ADMINISTRATORS ARRIVE AND HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT OUR CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULES.

ONE OTHER ITEM OF IMPORTANCE, ALL OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S BUILDINGS WILL REMAIN OPEN, AND AS OF THIS TIME, THERE ARE NO PLANS BY THE TRI-POINT BOARD OF EDUCATION TO CLOSE ANY OF THE DISTRICT’S SCHOOLS.  THIS IS A VERY LARGE SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT ENCOMPASSES 217 SQUARE MILES WITH FIVE VILLAGES.  IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE REDUCTIONS AS READ IN TONIGHT’S MEETING WILL AID THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN AVOIDING SERIOUS FINANCIAL ISSUES WITHIN THE NEAR FUTURE AND AVOID THE NEED FOR A TAX INCREASE IN THE NEAR TERM, WHICH WE BELIEVE IS BEING SENSITIVE TO ALL OF THE TAXPAYERS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.  WE CANNOT STRESS HOW IMPORTANT THE TAXPAYERS IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE TO OUR SCHOOLS.

ULTIMATELY, THE TRI-POINT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS WITHIN GIVEN FINANCIAL PARAMETERS.   THIS IS TOUGH.  THIS IS EMOTIONAL FOR ALL.  MOST OF THE BOARD MEMBERS ARE GRADUATES OF TRI-POINT OR OTHER SCHOOLS THAT NOW MAKE UP TRI-POINT.  MOST BOARD MEMBERS HAVE CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN, NIECES OR NEPHEWS WHO ATTEND TRI-POINT OR WHO HAVE ATTENDED TRI-POINT.  ANY COST CUTTING MEASURE DOES HIT HOME TO ALL OF US.  TO SUGGEST THE OPPOSITE IS JUST PLAIN WRONG AND WE ARE ALL TAXPAYERS WITHIN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT AS WELL.  I THINK THAT I CAN SPEAK FOR EVERY BOARD MEMBER HERE WHEN I SAY THAT WE ARE IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL.  WE WANT THIS SCHOOL TO LAST FOREVER.  WE HAVE HEARD THE RUMORS FROM NEIGHBORING AREAS ABOUT TRI-POINT AND WE ARE HERE TO STAY. 

WITH THAT WE WILL NOW GET ON TO THE MEETING.

 

Under Principal reports:

Bill Giesa commented on the outstanding National Honor Society ceremony that was held March 7th. Guest speaker Dale Cupples would be hard to beat!  Want to thank NHS Advisor Alison Buckley and members had a great ceremony.

 

Under Superintendent report:

Steve gave updates on the Casualty Insurance and will be expected to vote on that at the April Board meeting.

 

At the February board meeting, Al Deany, Karl Krause and Steve Whitman proposed the possibility of buying property.  The Village of Cullom found a new location for the tower and well.

 

 Fink stated that the School Board received a $1000 donation from Doug Woodson   in honor of his sister Patsy Frame.

 

Under Public Comment:

Kim Mogged made a comment that these cuts would be made in fiscal year 2013-2014 only.

 

She also commented about Bandpoolooza on Friday, March 8. It was an incredible experience for the students. The kids were broken into sections and then they worked with professionals.  It was a great event.

 

Michelle Lancester tried to question about the track being cut and if there cost figure for the boosters.  Ted said this was not a question time but track was not on the agenda.

 

Susan Wilhelm asked it a study could be one for closing the Kempton building to see the economical impact on the district. Elementary teachers teach 10 subjects and clean own room.  Are we draining our resources?


Under Committee Reports:

Kris stated that the building committee met February 20 and comprised a list of upcoming projects that they would like done during the summer months.  Dewey informed that the largest project would be the tile replacement at the Cullom gym.

 

Under New Business:

Emily Jehle talked about the trip for the seniors on May 16. They plan to rent a bus from Dames Bus Service and leave the Cullom building at 7 a.m. and return at 10 pm.  They plan to go to St. Louis, MO to the Forrest Park area to see with the zoo, History and Science museum.

 

Kacey Haag spoke about the National Honor Society upcoming run 5K in May. She was seeking a monetary donation/sponsorship from the Board.  Ted said the board would give a donation but did not set a dollar amount.

 

There was discussion on pay for the replacements for Patsy Frame’s position with pay of $164 per day compared to a current substitute teacher rate of $80 something per day

 

Visitors: Joan Kane, Michael Kane, Kaylyn Davis, Kim Mogged, Julie Read, Dale Cupples, John Edwards, Allison Buckley, Lanya Wooddell, Becky Allen, Kate Walter, Michelle Lancaster, Kenzie Krause, Emily Jehle, Shirley Knilands, Larry Knilands, Tim Ifft, Trisha Haag, June Haeme, Rhonda Wilkerson, Susan Wilhelm, Ann Nugent, Terry Hughes, Valerie Wahls, Andrea Lane, Linda Corban, Doug Haag, Katy Haag, Lynne Feldkamp, Todd Meister, Casey Meister

Members

Motion #1

Motion #2

Motion #3

Motion #4

Motion #5

Motion #6

 

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Ted Conkling

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Amy Fecht

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Dewaine Haag

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Kristine Haag

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Sharon Mogged

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Cherie Smolkovich

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Lloyd Vaughn

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

 

Motion #1

Motion Made By:

Kris Haag

Second By:

Lloyd Vaughn

 

I move to approve the consent agenda as presented.

 

Motion #2

Motion Made By:

Sharon Mogged

Second By:

Cherie Smolkovich

 

I move to employ Ashley Nissen, Anne Nugent, and Kate Walter as certified tenured staff members effective with the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Motion #3

Motion Made By:

Cherie Smolkovich

Second By:

Sharon Mogged

 

I move to employ Mary Mangan as a 4th year non-tenured certified staff members effective with the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Motion #4

Motion Made By:

Lloyd Vaughn

Second By:

Kris Haag

 

I move to employ Richard Bell, Tonya Smith, Amy Steidinger, and Krista Webb as 3rd year non-tenured certified staff members effective with the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Motion #5

Motion Made By:

Sharon Mogged

Second By:

Lloyd Vaughn

 

I move to employee Austin McDowell as a 2nd year non-tenured certified staff member for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Motion #6

Motion Made By:

Kris Haag

Second By:

Lloyd Vaughn

 

I move to approve the honorable dismissal of the following tenured teachers: John Edwards and Sally Perce.
 

 

Members

Motion #7

Motion #8

Motion #9

Motion #10

Motion #11

Motion #12

 

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Ted Conkling

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Amy Fecht

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Dewaine Haag

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Kristine Haag

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Sharon Mogged

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

Cherie Smolkovich

X

 

X

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

X

 

Lloyd Vaughn

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

 

Motion #7

Motion Made By:

Kris Haag

Second By:

Amy Fecht

 

I move to approve the non reemployment of the following first year non-tenured teachers:  Tim Burel and  Rhonda Wilkerson and the following second year non-tenured teacher:  Becky Allen.

 

Motion #8

Motion Made By:

Sharon Mogged

Second By:

Dewaine Haag

 

I move to approve the dismissal of the following fourth year non-tenured teachers:  Casey Meister and Valerie Wahls.

 

Motion #9

Motion Made By:

Sharon Mogged

Second By:

Kris Haag

 

I move to approve Casey Meister as a part-time teacher for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Motion #10

Motion Made By:

Lloyd Vaughn

Second By:

Dewaine Haag

 

I move to eliminate the positions of junior high school athletic director and high school athletic director for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Motion #11

Motion Made By:

Sharon Mogged

Second By:

Dewaine Haag

 

I move to renew membership for the Tri-Point School District in the Illinois High School Association for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Motion #12

Motion Made By:

Cherie Smolkovich

Second By:

Amy Fecht

 

I move to approve the Senior Trip for the Class of 2013 as presented.


 

 

 

Members

Motion #13

Motion #14

Motion #15

Motion #16

Motion #17

Motion #18

 

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Yea

Nay

Ted Conkling

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Fecht

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dewaine Haag

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristine Haag

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Mogged

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherie Smolkovich

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lloyd Vaughn

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion #13

Motion Made By:

Sharon Mogged

Second By:

Amy Fecht

 

I move to revise the hours for the Food Services Director’s position from part-time to full-time for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year at a salary of $17,953.04.

 

Motion #14

Motion Made By:

Lloyd Vaughn

Second By:

Dewaine Haag

 

I move to end the meeting @ 7:34.

 

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