Cumberland CUSD No. 77 details recent education board meeting
The Cumberland CUSD No. 77 board of education met Thursday, July 16.
Here are the meeting minutes as provided by the Cumberland CUSD No. 77 board of education:
Cumberland CUSD #77
July 16, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Jack Ingram. Members present included Ben Bland, Steve Layton, Kim Starwalt, Bob Blade, Anita Hayden, and Pam Ross. Student Council Representative Megan Walsh. Administration present included Todd Butler, Superintendent; Stacy Keyser, Middle School Principal; and Daniel Huffman, Elementary Principal.
President Ingram welcomed the visitors. Visitors present were Janet Blade and Sherry Parker.
President Ingram reviewed the Consent Agenda items:
Approval of the minutes: 6/25/15 regular meeting, 7/1/15 Transportation Committee
meeting, 7/16/15 Curriculum Committee meeting, 7/16/15 Finance Committee meeting, and the 7/16/15 Policy Committee meeting
b. Review financial and budget reports
c. Approve current invoices for payment
d. Act upon the Ethics and Gift Ban Policy
e. Seek bids for bread, milk and fuel
f. Act upon resolution to keep Executive Minutes Closed
A motion was made by Steve Layton and seconded by Bob Blade to approve the Consent Agenda A-F. All members present voted “Aye”.
Roofing project is back on track after dealing with rainy weather and a couple of issues with interior ceiling tiles and drywall. All is in place to get things finished.
Parking lot: The project is going well. We will see NeCo Asphalt here in the next week or so to finish the project. “NeCo and Mt. Carmel Corporation are true professionals who will get us a great product”.
President Ingram mentioned that there will be a new committee formed called “The Continuous Improvement” Committee. This committee will be comprised of board members, administration, staff, member(s) of the student body, and community members. The committee’s focus will be to “take the pulse” of the district and discuss ways we can continue to make our schools better. There will be more discussion about this new committee soon. The committee will be appointed by its definition tonight and appointments will be made at next month’s meeting.
The following information is provided by chairs of the various board committees as a result of the curriculum, finance, transportation, and policy committee meetings.
Curriculum Committee Notes:
Eureka Math will be adopted as the math curriculum for grades K-5 this year and grades 6-8 next year. Mrs. Keyser and Mr. Huffman provided a lot of research and discussion on this particular curriculum.
Reading Street will be the Reading curriculum choice for grades 1st-5th. First, Fourth, and Fifth grades are already using this curriculum. This completes the reading curriculum in grades 2 and 3 after one classroom in each grade provided a pilot for the last several years.
Both of these curriculum adoptions will allow Cumberland students and teachers to more closely align with Common Core Standards and district curricular alignment.
Finance Committee Notes:
Discussion was held about the upcoming fiscal year budget. More information will be presented at future meetings.
Transportation Committee Notes:
Discussion was held about the alignment of our routes from 13 routes to 12 routes for the 2015-16 school year. Bus #28 has had some issues. There is discussion about taking that bus out of the fleet so we will not have to worry about big expenses with repairs on that bus.
Policy Committee Notes:
Policies will be brought to the next meeting for the first reading of some policy changes.
High School Board Report submitted by Kevin Maynard
Registration for the upcoming school year will take place on August 4th from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
2. Teacher Institute will take place on August 20th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3. August 21st will be the first day of pupil attendance. Dismissal will occur at 2:09 for High School students.
4. High School students will have their school pictures taken on August 25th by Interstate Studio for the 2015-2016 school year.
5. No classes on September 7th for Labor Day.
6. I would like to thank Wendell Kemper, George Hensley, April White, Dave Nees, and all the others for their efforts on the summer maintenance and cleaning. The High School Building looks good for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
The official IHSA start of the 2015 football season will begin on August 10th.
Cumberland High School will have its first football game on August 28th at Decatur LSA.
The official IHSA start of the 2015 volleyball season will begin on August 12th.
Cumberland High School will have its first volleyball game on September 1st at Charleston.
The official IHSA start of the 2015 cross country season will begin on August 12th. Cumberland High School will have its first cross country meet on September 3rd at Newton.
Middle School Board Report submitted by Stacy Keyser
Thanks again to the custodial and secretarial staff for all of their hard work, patience, flexibility, and dedication with all of the projects going on all over campus! You are making the school look great and help so much to get things ready for our students!
The middle school staff will be focusing on a theme this fall that is based on ideas presented in the book “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon. The concepts outlined in this book will help us to continuing to help foster a positive place for students and teachers to work together to accomplish great things! I have extra copies of the book for anyone who wishes to jump on board our energy bus.
Soon our fall sports (baseball, softball, and cross country) will begin their seasons.
Please plan to attend one of the following parent/player meetings if you wish to participate:
Baseball: Monday, July 20 at 6 p.m. at the Toledo Res
Softball: Tuesday, July 21 at 6 p.m. at the Toledo Legion
Cross Country: Tuesday, July 21 at 6 p.m. at the Toledo Res
Students are reminded that they must have a current school physical on file prior to the first day of practice. Softball may start practice on Monday, July 27. Baseball and Cross Country may start practice on Monday, August 3.
**Cumberland Middle School is still seeking interest in the following coaching positions:
Assistant Girls Volleyball Coach, Head Girls Basketball Coach, and Assistant Girls Basketball Coach. Interested individuals should apply in writing to Mrs. Keyser as soon as possible, please.
Thanks to Mrs. Carr for adding the fall sports schedules and other updates to the middle school website.
Registration will be on Tuesday, August 4 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the High School cafeteria. If you cannot attend this registration date, please come into the office following this date to complete your child’s registration.
Elementary Board Report Submitted by: Daniel Huffman
The janitors have made a lot of progress in the elementary areas of the building. Extra deep cleaning has been possible since they are ahead this summer and waiting on the roofing project.
Registration will be held on August 4 from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria.
A notice has been placed in the local newspapers asking parents/guardians of Kindergarten and any new students to district to call the school to arrange a pre- registration appointment so registration day will be quicker for them.
The parent portal will be opened for parent/guardian viewing of your child’s classroom placement after registration.
Maintenance and crews are working on several projects on the inside and outside that will improve our school for the coming school year and the future.
The secretaries have been working hard preparing for the new school year. Many of the teachers have been out visiting and helping the new teachers get a head start for the year.
Teacher institute will be held on August 20, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
The first day of school will be August 21, 2015 from 8:00-2:20.
I have had a great experience transitioning into my new job. Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. I truly appreciate all the kindness and support that Stacy,
Diana, Janel, Wendell, Sheila, Susan, Gail, Erin, Steve, George, Mike, and Todd have given me.
A motion was made by Anita Hayden to approve the removal of Todd Hall from the grade school activity account and to add Daniel Huffman to the grade school activity account, with authorization to sign grade school activity account checks. It was seconded by Pam Ross. All present voted “Aye.”
At 7:14 p.m., Steve Layton moved to enter into closed session for the purpose of discussion of employment, appointment, resignation, evaluation of personnel, matters relating to an individual student, and negotiations. Ben Bland seconded the motion. All present voted “Aye.” The Board entered into open session at 7:34 p.m.
Kim Starwalt made the motion employ Justin Roedl as HS athletic director. It was seconded by Ben Bland. All present voted “Aye”.
Steve Layton made the motion to employ Mitchell Martin as HS boys’ assistant basketball coach. Ben Bland seconded the motion. All present voted “Aye”.
Bob Blade made the motion to accept the resignation of Steve Sherwood as a bus driver. It was seconded by Anita Hayden. All present voted “Aye”.
Steve Layton made motion to post the position of bus driver. It was seconded by Pam Ross. All present voted “Aye”.
Bob Blade made the motion to accept the resignation of Chasity Dunaway as middle school girls’ basketball head coach. It was seconded by Anita Hayden. All present voted “Aye”.
Steve Layton made the motion to approve a 1.5% salary increase for Mike Oakley, Wendell Kemper, Gail Bierman, Erin St. John, Steve Wheeler, Kevin Maynard, and Stacy Keyser. It was seconded by Ben Bland. All present voted “Aye”.
Kim Starwalt made the motion to approve a posting of a position for a grade school full time aide. It was seconded by Pam Ross. All present voted “Aye”.
Steve Layton made the motion to adjourn. It was seconded by Ben Bland. The meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.
Respectfully submitted this day July 16, 2015.
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