St. Joseph-Ogden High School District No. 305 Board reviews preliminary drawings for the science classrooms/lab project
St. Joseph-Ogden High School District No. 305 Board of Education met Monday, Jan. 23.
Here are the minutes as provided by St. Joseph-Ogden School District No. 305:
St. Joseph-Ogden High School District #305
301 N. Main Street, PO Box 890
St. Joseph, IL 61873
Jan 23 2017 Minutes.doc
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St. Joseph-Ogden CHSD 305
Board of Education
Monday, January 23, 2017
Board Room, Superintendent’s Office
St. Joseph-Ogden High School
Recording Secretary: Suzanne Jean
1. CALL TO ORDER
Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by board president James Rein
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. ROLL CALL
Present: Rein, McCormick, Reese, Mohr, McDermott
Absent: Taylor, Schluter
Also Present: Brian Brooks, Superintendent; Gary Page, Principal
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mr. Brooks recommended approval of the agenda as presented.
To: approve the agenda as presented
Voting Yes: 5
Voting No: 0
5. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
Mr. Brooks reviewed bills and recommended approval of all consent agenda items as presented and amended to include payment of additional bills as listed on the handout given to board members at this meeting.
To: approve the consent agenda as presented and amended to include payment of additional bills as listed on the handout given to board members at this meeting and made a part of these minutes
Voting Yes: Reese, McCormick, Rein, Mohr, McDermott
* Approval of Minutes – December truth in taxation hearing and December regular meeting minutes as presented
* Approval of Bills – as presented and amended
* Approval of Personnel – as presented
Kyle Ayers – Volunteer Drama Assistant
Course Reimbursement Requests from Katie Duitsman and Nicole Chambers
pursuant to written requests included in board packet
Mr. Schluter arrived at 7:06 p.m.
6. COMMUNICATION FROM STA
Mr. Schacht was present.
7. COMMUNICATION FROM VISITORS
8. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/DATES
January 28th – Post Holiday Party at 7:00 p.m.
February 17th – Teacher’s In-service
February 20th – President’s Day ~ no school
February 27th – Regular Board of Education Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
A. Unfinished Business
1. Science Classrooms/Labs Project
Mr. Brooks distributed preliminary drawings for the science classrooms/labs project and discussed what they show. Further information will be provided as the project progresses. The goal is for the project to go out to bid in March or April at the latest so that work can be performed over the summer and the project can be done before school begins next year.
B. New Business
1. Closed Session Minute Review
After review of all closed session minutes up to and including June of 2015, Mr. Brooks recommended that they all remain closed for confidentiality purposes.
To: approve keeping all closed session minutes closed for purposes of confidentiality
Voting Yes: 6
Voting No: 0
2. Closed Session Verbatim Record Destruction
Mr. Brooks recommended that all verbatim closed session minutes prior to July of 2015 be destroyed.
To: destroy all verbatim closed session minutes prior to July of 2015
Voting Yes: 6
Voting No: 0
3. Potential Civics Class Washington D.C. Trip
Social Science teacher Marshall Schacht presented information regarding his Civics class that competed in a “We the People” competition in Chicago. They are eligible to advance to the competition that will be held in Washington, D.C. in April. Student Andrea Coursey was present and discussed how the competition worked. Mr. Schacht distributed handouts showing cost, timeline, and fundraising plans. The trip will be up for approval at the February meeting. Mr. Page praised Mr. Schacht for his work on this with the students.
4. AP Chemistry
Mr. Page presented information concerning adding an AP Chemistry course beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The curriculum is rigorous and will rival Calculus as the hardest course offered. It will also require some summer work. He recommended implementing this as a weighted course in our curriculum. That would bring the number of weighted courses offered at SJO to 11. Department chairpersons will be reviewing weighted classes in the coming year. This matter will be up for potential action in February.
5. Second Quarter Financial Report
Mr. Brooks discussed the FY 2017 2nd Quarter Budget Report contained in the board packet. Expenses are doing fine in all funds except Debt Services. A couple of numbers were off when First Midstate gave us the numbers on the bond refinancing. The money in the fund is adequate but it will exceed the budgeted figure at fiscal year-end. Fire Prevention and Safety might change if an additional security camera project is approved by the state to be paid from that fund.
As to revenues, the news is not as positive. No state revenue has been received for transportation or special education for this fiscal year. We are owed $89,216 in special education and $18,790 in transportation for a total of $108,006. The state is not funding at 100% as they try to make people believe. Furthermore, it is looking like the state is going to bail out the Chicago Teacher Retirement System that Chicago was supposed to levy for and didn’t.
6. Superintendent Evaluation and Contract
Mr. Brooks distributed the superintendent evaluation instrument to each board member and requested that they be completed and returned to Mr. Rein prior to February 22nd.
7. Principal Report
Mr. Page discussed discipline statistics for the first semester. Detentions and Saturday School are mainly from late slips and absences. He attributed the great results to teachers doing a great job in handling their classes and Mr. Smith, Mrs. Rein, and the SAP team also working well in handling discipline issues.
Eighteen students were recognized as Illinois State Scholars for outstanding academic achievement.
Mr. Smith recognized three staff members for various accomplishments; Mr. Retz for National Federation of State High School Associations 2016 Coach of the Year for Illinois Girls’ Cross Country, Mr. Haley for 2016 Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Area Coach of the Year, and Mr. Sutton as Teacher of the Month for Mix 94.5 radio.
10. CLOSED SESSION
To: go into closed session for collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(2) at 8:36 p.m.
Voting Yes: McDermott, Mohr, Schluter, Reese, McCormick, Rein
Open session resumed at 9:50 p.m.
11. ACTION ON CLOSED SESSION ITEMS
12. GOOD OF THE CAUSE
To: adjourn at 9:52 p.m.
Voting Yes: 6
Voting No: 0