Crete Monee Community Unit School District 201U Committee of the Whole met October 10.
Crete Monee Community Unit School District 201U Committee of the Whole met Oct. 10.
Here is the minutes provided by the Committee:
CALL TO ORDER-At 6:30 p.m.
Jennifer Gasbarro Nelson Albrecht Jeanine Galbraith Cheryl Roop
Mike Turay Lyle Neal Ken Surma Laura Hirsch
Pam Pansa Ellen Belotti Keith McLean Juan Lyle
Nakia Hall Maurice Brown
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Mission Statement was read aloud.
It was moved by Turay and seconded by Albrecht:
“To move agenda item 5 - PUBLIC COMMENT to precede agenda item 4 - HUMAN RESOURCES.”
On voice vote, ayes were unanimous. Motion carried.
Catrina Johnson-Here to gain a better understanding of why National Investigations Inc. has been hired
Feels that a certain demographic is being targeted; concerned that there are those who will not feel welcome – she is fearful that students will feel unwanted and “less than”
o President stated that the district is not targeting; all will be reviewed Rev. James Hunt-Board policies
Understands that Board members are not able to respond to issues that have been discussed in closed session; however, he is asking if Dr. Cunningham has failed to meet any expectations as listed in BP 2:130 (Board-Superintendent Relationship)
o Board members did not reply
Technology Staffing Needs
Points of Discussion:
District administration presented a proposal for additional staff needed within the Technology Department
o Infrastructure needs greater support in conjunction with the number of devices this department has to support throughout the district
o In talking with district cabinet, this is a good time to look at reorganizing the department to gain better coverage by adding:
Three technicians; two in buildings and one to cover the “Help Desk” (this position would be housed at Central Office)
Senior Network Administrator (currently have two; one has resigned and is finished at the end of this week)
Annual cost of this proposal is approximately $113,000
Are the buildings capable of supporting what the staff needs, in regards to infrastructure, wiring?
o District administration just met with Sentinel; the district is set regarding infrastructure
Are the salaries set a fair market value – are we getting what we pay for?
o District administration stated that there are base qualifications; some of our systems are specific to our network and there would be a small learning curve
Are we using systems that are the best bang for our buck? Yes
Do we keep a “bench stock” of common, spare parts?
o This is an area that needs improvement; a minimal amount of common replacement components is key – optimal storage of these items would be at district office
What has our capital outlay been for equipment over the past few years?
o A ballpark figure would easily be roughly $2M
A valid reason to offer and explain to the public is that the district has spent this amount on technology; approval of spending $113K on staffing to support this technology would be justifiable
Board member asked for clarification on how salaries were decided upon for support technicians and director’s assistant; does not believe that the director’s assistant should be paid more than a support technician
District administration is asking the Board to approve the posting of these positions
o Board agrees that the three technician positions can be posted
Crete Elementary Staffing Update
Points of Discussion:
Three teachers are on the Personnel Report of October 17, 2017; currently working as guest teachers in the building
There will be a “Meet & Greet” night for these three classroom teachers; the Board would like notification of these times
Did parents have any input to determine which students are moving to another classroom teacher versus staying with the same teacher
o Administration stated that data regarding class composition was taken into consideration when determining the needs of all involved
Various clubs/teams-Board member would like a discussion to determine what level of involvement the Assistant Principal of Athletics has in each of these entities
o Board member distributed a document used by one of the High School clubs to ask specific questions
President Gasbarro suggested postponing this discussion until Assistant Principal of Athletics is able to attend the meeting to offer more detailed information when questions are posed
District administration will talk with HS Principal and Assistant Principal to gather information to share at the November COTW; both will be notified that their attendance is expected
o How are participation fees determined; Board members want the name of a contact for the middle school and the high school
Add a discussion of the dress code to the November COTW
Board member had an inquiry concerning IDs at the middle school; issue at hand – student photos that were placed on the current ID were photos from several years ago
o IT Director will check into this; district administration has included new ID machines/software in FY18 budget
o New system will be maintained appropriately to avoid this issue in the future
Board member requested Dr. Clark contact her to discuss the FOIA request regarding a mailing
Board member asked what the status is for the items on the surplus sale list
o None of the items were able to be sold
o Update will be brought to the Board at December 2017 Regular meeting on how long the process will take to empty the Sixth Grade Center building
Board member asked if there are any consequences to employees who do not report issues
o District administration stated that depending on the severity, this would be handled on a case by case basis
There is a need to appoint one additional SPEED representative from our Board; Mr. Turay is currently one of our representatives: President Gasbarro asked if anyone is interested
o This will be on the agenda of October 17, 2017
President would like to review policies regarding PUBLIC COMMENT, as well as how to handle situations when employees and/or board members are verbally attacked
At 8:00 p.m., it was moved by Turay and seconded by Galbraith:
“To retire to closed session for the purpose of discussing the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees [5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1)].”
On roll call, the following answered aye: Turay, Albrecht, Roop, Galbraith, and Gasbarro. Nays: None.
Absent: Brown and Hall. Motion carried.
At 9:04 p.m., it was moved by Turay and seconded by Albrecht:
“To return to open session.”
On voice votes, ayes were unanimous. Motion carried.
It was moved by Turay and seconded by Roop:
On voice votes, yeas were unanimous. Motion carried.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:04 p.m.