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Arcola School District #306 Board of Education met February 12

By East Central Reporter Reports | Mar 21, 2020

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Arcola School District #306 Board of Education met Feb. 12.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of Arcola Community Unit District #306 Arcola, Illinois was called to order in the Media Center at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 for the purpose of regular business.

President Strader called the meeting to order. The following members answered roll call: Crane, Stout, Shonkwiler, Thieman, Wesch, Arrol and Strader.

Others present were: Tom Mulligan, Jennifer Frichtl, Lisa Sigrist, Angie Gentry, Cathy Brimner, David Porter, and Ben Evelsizer.

President Strader recognized the visitors and asked for public comment. There was none.

Dr. Mulligan reported there had been one FOIA request for teacher data and that he had provided the information.

Motion by Thieman, seconded by Shonkwiler, to approve the regular meeting minutes from January 8, 2020 and the Building Committee meeting minutes from February 10, 2020. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Shonkwiler, seconded by Stout, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as of January 31, 2020 as submitted. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Crane, seconded by Stout, to approve the payment of bills as submitted in the amount of $295,978.33. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Thieman, seconded by Crane, to approve the payment of payroll in the amount of $426,206.23. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Business:

Motion by Shonkwiler, seconded by Thieman, to approve the following field trips overnight and/or over 100 miles: AFS Trip to New York; History Class Trip to Hamilton Education Program; Junior High Honor Roll Trip; and the Creative Writing Class Trip to Chicago. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Crane, seconded by Wesch, to approve the use of facility request pending verification of liability insurance by the Miss Arcola Pageant, Golden Apple, Operation Hope, Illinois Black Sox, and the World Record Game, and waive the fee since all the groups are not-for-profit groups. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Stout, seconded by Thieman, to approve the second reading of school board policies from the October 2019 PRESS Packet. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Shonkwiler, seconded by Stout, to approve the purchase of computers from QNS in the amount of $24,441.12 for the new technology lab on the third floor of the high school, $2,811.85 to replace the switch on the third floor, and $7,323.12 for technology for the high school media center. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Stout, seconded by Thieman, to approve the resolution authorizing the abatement of Working Cash Fund for the transfer of $18,542 from the working cash fund to the education fund to be used for technology purchases. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Shonkwiler, seconded by Wesch, to approve the contract with NES Inc. for asbestos removal in the amount of $112,405, which includes the base bid and alternate bid in the elementary school and an additional $3,200 for removal in the teacher workroom. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Thieman, seconded by Shonkwiler, to approve Bid Package No. 1 – Masonry to Wagner Masonry Inc. in the amount of $169,000 for the proposed elementary school addition/renovation project. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Wesch, seconded by Stout, to approve Bid Package No. 2 – Carpentry to Petry-Kuhne Company in the amount of $724,200 for the proposed elementary school addition/renovation project. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Shonkwiler, seconded by Wesch, to approve Bid Package No. 3 – Roofing & Sheet Metal to Industrial Services of IL in the amount of $113,800 for the proposed elementary school addition/renovation project. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Thieman, seconded by Stout, to approve Bid Package No. 4 – Drywall and Paint to Von Alst Operating LLC in the amount of $441,793 for the proposed elementary school addition/renovation project. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Shonkwiler, seconded by Thieman, to approve Bid Package No. 5 – Plumbing to X-Treme Mechanical Inc. in the amount of $116,900 for the proposed elementary school addition/renovation project. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Thieman, seconded by Wesch, to approve Bid Package No. 6 – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning to Reliable Plumbing and Heating Company in the amount of $242,274 for the proposed elementary school addition/renovation project. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Stout, seconded by Shonkwiler, to approve Bid Package No. 7 – Electrical to Anderson Electric Inc. in the amount of $150,012 for the proposed elementary school addition/renovation project. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Shonkwiler, seconded by Thieman, to approve the Resolution authorizing the issue of $2,500,000-$2,700,000 Taxable General Obligation Debt Certificates (Limited Tax), Series 2020, of the Community Unit School District Number 306, Douglas and Coles Counties, Illinois, providing for the security for and means of payment under said Certificates, and authorizing the sale of said Certificates to the purchaser thereof. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Dr. Mulligan updated the board on the feasibility study he and several others had been working on regarding starting a soccer program. He presented the report (20 pages in length) to the board and they discussed the information and his recommendation. In a nutshell, he recommended at this point that the district not move forward with starting a soccer program. When you combine the projected drop in high school enrollment; the challenges with being a dual sport athlete in team sports; and the fact that football is still the most popular choice for our high school boys in the fall; he just couldn't recommend starting a new program that would very likely destroy the football program (and possibly others). There are several factors (such as if we had increasing enrollment or if soccer became the most popular choice by boys in the fall or if our football was ever forced to go to an 8 -man sport) that could impact that recommendation in the future. He suggested to the board that this needs to be monitored on a regular basis.

~~Mrs. Gentry, Principal, Arcola Elementary – Mrs. Gentry reported that students continue to enjoy the recess walking program and that they just surpassed 1,000 miles. The staff has also started a “Wellness Walking” program. Thirty staff members are participating in this semester’s book study. The book “Help for Billy” provides detailed, comprehensive, and logical strategies for educators who work with students impacted by trauma.

~~Mrs. Sigrist, Principal, Arcola Jr/Sr High – Today was the Douglas County Spelling Bee in Arthur. Vicente Medina placed 3rd. The 7th grade boys won the JHOC Tournament by defeating Okaw Valley. Myles Bott was named an All-State Musician by the Illinois Music Education Association. Rider Nation has been spreading positivity by decorating with the restrooms and hallways with positive artwork.

~~Mrs. Brimner, Director of Special Services – The Special Olympics team just competed in the basketball skills competition in January. Several athletes placed in the events. Two athletes won gold and will compete at the state games in March.

~~Dr. Mulligan, Superintendent – Report submitted.

Motion by Shonkwiler, seconded by Stout, to enter executive session at 7:47 p.m. to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees, specific individuals who serve as independent contractors in an educational setting, or specific volunteers of the public body; the placement of individual students in special education programs and other matters relating to individual students; and collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives or deliberations concerning salary schedule for one or more classes of employees. Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1). Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Crane, seconded by Shonkwiler, to return to regular session at 8:43 p.m. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Shonkwiler, seconded by Thieman, to approve the resignation of Garrett Brachbill as Assistant Baseball Coach. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Motion by Thieman, seconded by Shonkwiler, to accept the letter of intent to retire from Mari Beth Hull. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

Announcements: None

Motion by Shonkwiler, seconded by Wesch, to adjourn at 8:45 p.m. Roll call vote: Crane, aye; Stout, aye; Shonkwiler, aye; Thieman, aye; Wesch, aye; Arrol, aye; Strader, aye. 7 ayes. 0 nays. Motion carried.

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