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Community Unit School District No. 1 Board of Education met February 26

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Community Unit School District No. 1 Board of Education met Feb. 26.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

The Board of Education of Community Unit School District No. 1, Coles and Cumberland Counties, Illinois met in special session on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Administration Building – 410 West Polk Avenue, Charleston, Illinois 61920

At 5:22pm, President Coe called the meeting to order and asked for roll call.

The following members were present:

Jason Coe, President

Scott Clarke, Vice President

Susan Daniels, Secretary

Charles Jarrell, Treasurer

Brian Gough

Matt Titus

The following member was absent:

Eva Ritchey

The following staff members were present:

Todd J. Vilardo, Superintendent

Chad Burgett, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services

Kristen Holly, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

Tim Keefe, Charleston Middle School Principal

Visitors 0 and 0 Members of the Press

The purpose of the special meeting was to hold a student disciplinary review hearing on student #25611. The parents were in attendance.

At 5:23pm, President Coe recommended that the Board of Education adjourn into closed session to hear testimony regarding a student disciplinary case pursuant to the Open Meetings Act – 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(9). Mr. Gough moved and Mr. Jarrell seconded the motion.

On roll call vote:

AYE: Gough, Jarrell, Clarke, Titus, Daniels, Coe

NAY: none Abstain: none

Motion carried

At 5:24pm, Mr. Gough made a motion to reconvene from closed session. Mr. Jarrell seconded the motion.

On roll call vote:

AYE: Gough, Jarrell, Clarke, Titus, Daniels, Coe

NAY: none Abstain: none

Motion carried

Back in open session, Mr. Gough moved and Mr. Titus seconded the motion to appoint President Coe as presiding officer for student discipline hearing

On roll call vote:

AYE: Gough, Titus, Clarke, Jarrell, Daniels, Coe

NAY: none Abstain: none

Motion carried

At 5:25pm, President Coe recommended that the Board of Education adjourn into closed session to hear testimony regarding a student disciplinary case pursuant to the Open Meetings Act – 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(9). Mr. Gough moved and Mr. Jarrell seconded the motion.

On roll call vote:

AYE: Gough, Jarrell, Clarke, Titus, Daniels, Coe

NAY: none Abstain: none

Motion carried

At 6:02pm, Mr. Gough made a motion to reconvene from closed session. Mr. Jarrell seconded the motion.

On roll call vote:

AYE: Gough, Jarrell, Clarke, Titus, Daniels, Coe

NAY: none Abstain: none

Motion carried

Back in open session, President Coe made a motion and moved that student #25611 be found to have committed an act of gross disobedience or misconduct such that an out of school suspension was justified by the evidence. Mr. Jarrell seconded the motion.

On roll call vote:

AYE: Coe, Jarrell, Clarke, Gough, Titus, Daniels

NAY: none Abstain: none

Motion carried

At 6:03pm, President Coe moved that the Board of Education reconvene in closed session pursuant to the Illinois Open Meetings Act – 5 ICLS 120/2(c)(9) to determine what, if any, discipline might be appropriate. Dr. Clarke seconded the motion.

On roll call vote:

AYE: Coe, Clarke, Gough, Jarrell, Titus, Daniels

NAY: none Abstain: none

Motion carried

At 8:37pm, President Coe recommended that the Board of Education reconvene from closed session.

Mr. Jarrell moved and Dr. Clarke seconded the motion.

On roll call vote:

AYE: Jarrell, Oakley, Coe, Daniels, R. Miller

NAY: none Abstain: none

Motion carried

Back in open session, President Coe stated that the Board deliberated upon the appropriate consequence for the act of gross disobedience or misconduct and violation of school rules by student #25611. In doing so, the Board considered the following five factors:

1) the egregiousness of the student’s conduct;

2) the history or record of the student’s past conduct;

3) the likelihood that such conduct will affect the delivery of educational services to other children;

4) the severity of the punishment; and

5) the interest of the child.

Mr. Gough made a motion and moved that the suspension of student #25611 be ratified and confirmed and that the suspension would be upheld as presented. Mr. Jarrell seconded the motion.

On roll call vote:

AYE: Gough, Jarrell, Titus, Daniels

NAY: Clarke, Coe Abstain: none

Motion carried

President Coe provided rational detailing the specific reasons why removing student #25611 from the learning environment was in the best interest of the school, as well as the rationale as to the specific duration of the suspension.

President Coe asked for a motion to approve the written decision detailing the specific reasons for why removing student #25611 from the learning environment was in the best interest of the school, as well as the rationale as to the specific duration of the suspension. Mr. Gough moved and Mr. Jarrell seconded the motion.

On roll call vote:

AYE: Gough, Jarrell, Clarke, Titus, Daniels, Coe

NAY: none Abstain: none

Motion carried

President Coe stated that this would conclude the disciplinary case for student #25611.

At 8:52pm, Mr. Titus moved and Dr. Clarke seconded the motion to adjourn from the Special Board Meeting.

On roll call vote:

AYE: Titus, Clarke, Gough, Jarrell, Daniels, Coe

NAY: none Abstain: none

Motion carried

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