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Wilmington Community Unit School District 209U Board of Education met September 9

By Michael Abella | Jan 16, 2020

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Wilmington Community Unit School District 209U Board of Education met Sept. 9.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

The Board of Education of Wilmington Community Unit School District No. 209-U met in regular session on Wednesday, September 9, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. in the Wilmington School District Boardroom. President Cragg called the meeting to order with the following members answering roll call: Anderson, Kunz, Moran, Southall, Stickel and Cragg. Dziuban absent.

A motion was made by Southall and seconded by Anderson at 6:01 P.M. to discuss in closed session and to take action in open session: The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees/coaches; Collective negotiating matters between the Board of Education and its employees or their representatives. Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Anderson and seconded by Stickel to leave closed session at 6:12 P.M. Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

Budget Hearing 6:15 P.M.

Ms. Wandless opened the hearing at 6:15 pm. There were zero guests present. Ms. Wandless presented information on the 2019-2020 budget and closed the hearing at 6:24pm.

Pledge to the Flag 6:30 P.M.

1 guests was present.

A motion was made by Stickel and seconded by Southall to approve the agenda and consent agenda for the Monday, September 9, 2019 meeting of the Wilmington Community Unit School District 209-U Board of Education as presented. All Aye. Motion carried.

Opportunity for Public Input:

None

Administrator Reports:

Mrs. Beth Norman, Bruning Principal reported:

There are a total of 210 students enrolled at Bruning: 57 in Pre-K, 84 in Kindergarten and 69 in First Grade. All students participated in a fire drill on 8/27. The Open House was held on 8/13. Picture Day will be held on 9/10. Kindergarteners and First Graders have been benchmarked in literacy. Pre-K screening was 9/6. We will celebrate Homecoming during the week of 9/30. The first drawing for our new “Pawsitive Behavior” program will be 9/30. First trimester progress reports go home on 9/27. Young Rembrandt’s begins 9/24.

Mrs. Venita Dennis, LJ Stevens Intermediate School Principal reported:

Enrollment at Stevens is as follows: 343 total. Open house was 8/13. AIMS web testing was completed in the first two weeks of school. Kidder Music came and spoke to all fifth grade students about joining Band on 9/9. The Fall fundraiser began on 8/22. The fourth grade will be traveling to Midewin the week of 9/16. Picture day was 8/22. Out of Shelter evacuation was practiced on 8/28. Young Rembrandts will begin on 10/2.

Mr. Adam Spicer, Wilmington Middle School Principal reported: (In writing)

Open House was held on 8/13. The students had the opportunity to meet their teachers, visit the building, and ask questions. We completed numerous safety drills already this year. 8th grade cookie dough fundraiser began 9/9. Magazine fundraiser for yearbook is in full swing. Homework Helpers (after-school tutoring program) began on 8/28. Homework helpers will help students with homework every Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Beta Club inductions will be held on 9/19. Chrome Book carts are up and running for the 6th ,7th , and 8th grade. AIMS web testing was the week of 8/26. The softball team will begin Regional play on 9/21. Girls’ basketball and Speech competitions have begun. Baseball will begin Regional play on 9/28.

Mr. Scott Maupin, Wilmington High School Principal reported:

The WHS School Improvement team is reviewing and updating the School Improvement Plan. We are focusing on improving SAT scores this year. Department meetings are taking place this week. The 2019-2020 Tutorial Program will begin on 9/10. First quarter Progress Reports are due in Guidance by 9/18. The High School enrollment for this year is 410. The theme for Homecoming 2019 is “Dancing through the Decades.” Activities are being planned for each day. The parade will be on 10/4 at 3:00. The dance will be on 10/5 at 7:00. The Illinois Central Conference has begun meeting. Wilmington is hosting all meetings this year. Tri-M inductions will be 9/26. NHS inductions will be 9/25. The PSAT test will be administered to Juniors on 10/16. Fall athletics have begun.

Mr. Mike McCormick, Technology Manager reported:

No report

Ms. Ellen Wandless, Business Manager reported:

 State of Illinois owes us $190,851.55. Last September they owed $471,087.23.

 The budget is ready for approval.

 The Insurance Committee is recommending a renewal package later in the meeting tonight.

 The Board will be asked tonight to renew our Continuing Disclosure agreement with Chapman and Cutler.

Kevin Feeney, Curriculum Director reported:

 Staff Development will take place on 9/11.

 All state and federal grants have been submitted for approval.

 The first round of AIMS web testing has been completed.

 All WHS Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT assessment on 10/16.

 All State and Federal grants have been submitted

 Test scores from last school year were reviewed at the meeting. 

Dr. Matt Swick, Superintendent Reported:

 Dr. Swick provided Fund Balances as of August 31, 2019.

 Illinois Freedom of Information Act Report:

One FOIA Request was received from Jonathan Masci at New York University, requesting information about initial charter school applications from January 2013 to February 2017. Kevin Feeney responded via e-mail with the requested information.

 Last year was the twenty-fourth year that we offered the staff flu shots. I believe that they were worthwhile. Last year the Board paid for half the cost of the flu shot for the employee. I would like to offer them to our staff again this year. The shots will be given on October 16 at 3:00 in the District Office, at a cost of $24 each (Board pays $12.00 and Employee pays $12.00.) Unless I hear from you, we will plan on the Board paying half the cost again this year.

 The Three Rivers Division Fall Dinner Meeting is on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport, IL. Registration is at 6:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:15 p.m.

1. Recommended approval for the following consent agenda items as presented:

Regular Meeting of August 12, 2019; Closed Meeting of August 12, 2019; Approve Building Principal’s reports; Approve Curriculum Director’s Report; Approve Technology Director’s Report; Approve Business Manager’s Report; Approve Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent’s Report; Approve Treasurer’s Reports for August; Ratify Payroll Direct Deposit in the amount of $270,209.34 for the August 15, 2019 payroll; Ratify August 30 payroll remittances, September bills, and August 30 payroll remittances in the amount of $854,873.22; Ratify Payroll Direct Deposit in the amount of $271,032.59 for the August 30, 2019 payroll; Authorize the signing of the September 13, 2019 and September 30, 2019 payrolls to be ratified at the October meeting; Approve the Imprest Fund Report for the month of August in the amount of $2,155.00; Approve the Monthly Financial Report for August; Approve the Student Activity Fund Reports for August and authorize the continuance of investments of unencumbered funds; Approve Additions to the 19-20 Support Staff Substitute List: One Substitute Food Service employee; Approve the following fundraisers: WHS: Boys’ Basketball, Basketball Clinic, Sept. 28 and Oct. 6, 2019, WHS: Senior Class, T-Shirt Fundraiser, Sept.-Oct, 2019, WHS: Spiritline, Fan Shirts, Oct. 14-30, 2019, WHS: Cheer, Sell Previously Worn Warm-Ups, Bows and Uniforms, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, 11, 25, 2019 Home Football games, WHS: Arts, 5K Family Run and Cookout, Sept. 28, 2019, WHS: Volleyball, Volley for a Cure, Oct. 1-15, 2019, WMS & WHS, Music Boosters, Sock Sale, Fall and Early Winter WMS: Music Boosters, Chili Supper, October 4, 2019, WHS: Sophomore Class, Homecoming ticket sales, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2019; Approve the following Building Use requests: SIS: Girl Scouts Activities and Meetings, Sept. 12, 26, Oct. 10, 24, Nov 14, Nov 21, Dec. 5 and 19, 2019, 2:50 PM- 5:30 PM, WHS: Boy’s Basketball Clinic, Sept. 28, 2019 and Oct. 6, 2019, 9:00AM- 12:00PM, WMS: Bobcats, Trophy Handout, November 16, 2019, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, WHS: Tri-M, Tri-M Inductions, Sept. 26, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, WMS: Music Boosters, Chili Supper, October 4, 2019, 3:30 PM- Half-Time of Varsity Game

WHS: Sophomore Class, Homecoming Dance, Oct. 5, 2019, 6:30 PM- 10 PM; Approve the sale or disposal of property: Boys soccer uniforms; Approve the following Donations: None; Approve the Salary Compensation Reports: Public Act 96-0434, Illinois School Code 5/10-20.47 and 5/34-18-38, Public Act 97-0609; Approve the Backpack Buddies Program for Bruning and SIS; Approve seeking bids on a four-year farmland lease; Approve second reading and adoption of Board Policies as Amended and Presented During the First Reading

1. 4:190 Targeted School Violence Prevention Program

2. 6:135 Accelerated Placement Program;

Approve First Reading of Board Policies as Amended and Presented:

1. 4:190 Targeted School Violence Prevention Program

2. 6:135 Accelerated Placement Program;

Approve First Reading of Board Policies as Amended and Presented:

1. 2:110 – Qualifications, Term, and Duties of Board Members

2. 2:140 – Communications To and From the Board

3. 2:140E – Exhibit, Guidance for Board Member Communications, Including E-Mail Use

4. 2:230 – Public Participation at Board of Education Meetings and Petitions to the Board

5. 6:15 – School Accountability

6. 5:180 – Temporary Illness or Temporary Incapacity

7. 6:40 – Curriculum Development

8. 6:340 – Student Testing and Assessment Program

Act on the Consent Agenda: A motion was made by Southall and seconded by Stickel to approve the Consent agenda items as presented for the Monday September 9, 2019 meeting of the Wilmington Community Unit School District 209-U Board of Education. Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Anderson and seconded by Southall to approve Mr. Spicer’s recommendation to ratify the employment of Katie Long as a Wilmington Middle School Assistant Track Coach for the 2019-2020 school year at Step 1 on the salary schedule. Employment is pending the compliance with all federal, state, and local guidelines. Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Southall and seconded by Moran to Authorize the Submission of the FY-19 Audit Report and the Printing of the Annual Financial Report. Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Southall and seconded by Moran to approve Resolution 11-19: Adoption of the 2019-2020 Budget Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Southall and seconded by Anderson to approve the Insurance Committee’s renewal recommendation:

 to keep the medical, dental and COBRA insurance rates the same as of September 1, 2018, based on our current balances

 to implement a specific deductible of: $50,000

 to retain CIGNA as the PPO, effective October 1, 2019

 to continue the U.S. Imaging Program

 to continue Teledoc (formerly called Consult-a-Doc) for employees covered under the plan and to offer the Teledoc program to other 209-U employees at a cost of $2.50 per month, per employee

 to continue offering the Zest Health app to all plan participants

 to continue offering the Dental PPO-SA Plus as part of our current plan.

 to continue using MedalistRx for Prescription Drug coverage, and continue a 20% copayment plan for prescription purchases.

Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Southall and seconded by Anderson to approve the participation and expenses of Tina Brownlee for the Gordon Food Service Food Show October 2-3, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Stickel and seconded by Southall to approve Mr. Maupin’s and Ms. Carey’s overnight field trip request to llinois State University in Normal, Illinois for the 45th Annual Illinois High School Theater festival from January 9-11, 2020. Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Southall and seconded by Stickel to approve the application for the School Library Grant – FY 2020. Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Anderson and seconded by Southall approve the participation of Tina Brownlee at the HPS conference on November 5-6, 2019 in Thompsonville, MI. Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Stickel and seconded by Southall to approve hiring Chapman and Cutler to complete and file our Continuing Disclosure report for fiscal year 2020. Anderson- aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Kunz and seconded by Stickel to approve the irrevocable notice of retirement from Ed Hanlon. It is also recommended that Ed Hanlon receive 6% salary increases on the previous year’s TRS reported earnings, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, and concluding at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. Anderson-aye, Dziuban- absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Stickel and seconded by Southall to approve Resolution 12-19: the creation of Building Trades Consultant position and Job Description. Anderson-aye, Dziuban- absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Southall and seconded by Stickel to approve Mr. Maupin’s recommendation to hire Mr. Rick Smith as a Wilmington High School part-time non-union employee, for up to 144 hours to be worked throughout the 2019-2020 school year, at a rate of $40.00 per hour, to provide oversight and consultation on the construction of the 2019-2020 Building Trades house. Employment is pending the compliance with all federal, state, and local guidelines. Anderson-aye, Dziuban-absent, Kunz-aye, Moran-aye, Southall-aye, Stickel-aye and Cragg-aye. Motion carried.

Discussion Items - President's Prerogative

Board Policy – Stephanie Southall and C.J. Dziuban: None.

Facilities Update/Construction Committee – Terry Anderson and Ben Stickel: None. 

Foundation for Excellence – Tim Cragg: The next meeting will be on Monay. 

Handbook Committee – Ben Stickel and Erin Moran: None

IASB Delegate/Legislative Liaison – Peggy Kunz: None

Negotiations Committee – Terry Anderson and Peggy Kunz: None

TAB/Leadership Committee – Tim Cragg: None

Three Rivers Governing Board – Terry Anderson: Dinner meeting on 10/1/19.

WILCO Board of Control – Peggy Kunz: There will be a meeting later this month.

Correspondence:

The following thank you notes have been received:

1. One thank you card was received for the $50 donation that was made to the Will County Humane Society in memory of Patricia Owen.

A motion was made by Southall and seconded by Moran at 7:05 P.M. to adjourn until the regular meeting on October 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Closed Session will be at 6:00 PM. All aye. Motion carried.

https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?mk=50346125&fn=minutes.pdf

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