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Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes –November 20th, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on November 20th, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves–present; Hansen-present; Pinkerton-present; Ruddy-present; Schumm- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Kassie DuMais-ELA teacher

  4. Public Comment: none

  5. Communications-   None

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 10/16/2019 made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve Agenda with changes given at the meeting was made by Schumm, seconded by Hansen.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  8. Superintendent Report-None Superintendent absent.  

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 10/31/19: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet.

  10. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Groves, seconded by Fortner Roll call:  Fortner-yes; Groves–yes; Hansen-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Ruddy-yes; Schumm- yes; Van Weelden-yes Motion carried.

  11. Old Board Business

    1. Handbook-Still waiting to have meeting  

    2. Vacant lot purchase on 7th street-Offered her $2500, she counter offered $4000. Need to look into cost of taxes, tree removal and gravel.

  12. New Board Business

    1. Tax Levy 2019- tabled

    2. State Report Card-IL Empower, School Improvement/Growth, funding – one of the lowest performances in the state. Needs added to December agenda to be discussed with Superintendent.

    3. Roof Proposal\Band Room-funding-Base Bid $38,244, current state money $20,000. Will contact Wallace family.

    4. Cornell Co-Ed Volleyball-Use of Gym-Sounds good.

    5. Lunch provided by Board of Education-last day before break-Board agrees.

    6. Athletic Director-closed

    7. December Calendar

  13. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 © (1)).  Motion made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:47p.m. And returned from @ 7:43p.m. 

  2. Action as a result of Closed Session-None

  3. Approval Items-

    1. Approve E-Learning days for 3 year term (Distant learning Days) - was made by Schumm, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried

    2. Approve Tax levy 2019- Tabled

    3. Approve Cornell Co-Ed volleyball-use of gym- was made by Ruddy, seconded by Groves. Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried

    4. Approve Athletic Director Resignation- was made by Ruddy, seconded by Schumm. Roll call:  Fortner-yes; Groves–yes; Hansen-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Ruddy-yes; Schumm- yes; Van Weelden-yes Motion carried.

  4. Upcoming Items-

    1. Abatement Resolution of Alternate bond-needs done by March 2020

    2. Superintendent evaluation from Board of Education and teachers.

    3. Transportation

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  5. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input –none

  6. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Schumm, seconded by Hansen.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:49p.m.

Open Session Minutes - October 16, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes –October 16th, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on October 16th, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves–present; Hansen-absent; Pinkerton-present; Ruddy-present; Schumm- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: none

  4. Public Comment: none

  5. Communications-   2019 Resolutions report handed out to the board

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 09/18/2019 made by Schumm, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve Agenda with changes given at the meeting was made by Ruddy, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  8. Superintendent Report- $30,000 improvement grant: $20,000 to IPads, $5,000 budget for reading workshop and $5,000 to training. Fire drill went well, Officer Graegert will be coming to go over active shooter alerts. Bill Hoselton, from Henson Robinson, is going to look at the roof. Going to use the $20,000 grant from the state. Boiler is working great.

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 09/30/19: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet.

  10. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Groves, seconded by Schumm Roll call:  Fortner-yes; Groves–yes; Hansen-absent; Pinkerton-yes; Ruddy-yes; Schumm- yes; Van Weelden-yes Motion carried.

  11. Old Board Business

    1. Handbook-Geoff is still working on it and then will get committee and teacher together.

    2. Fall festival-went outstanding

  12. New Board Business

    1. Tax Levy Seminar in Peoria on October 17th-Geoff will be attending, this is a great resource

    2. Parent Teacher Conferences November 5th and 7th, 3-7pm, No school on November 8th

    3. E-learning for Snow days-We will be moving forward

    4. November Calendar

     

  13. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 © (1)).  Motion made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:51p.m. And returned from @ 6:59p.m. 

  2. Action as a result of Closed Session-None

  3. Approval Items-

  4. Upcoming Items-

    1. Tax Levy-Must be completed on or before last Tuesday in December

    2. Abatement Resolution of Alternate bond-needs done by March 2020

       

  5. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input –Coach contacted Judy Farris and she told the board to make a bid for the land across from the school

  6. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:03p.m.

Open Session Minutes - September 18, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes –September 18th, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on September 18th, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves–present; Hansen-present; Pinkerton-present; Ruddy-present; Schumm- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Lori Pope of Mack & Associates, Shannon Hart and Sarah Garretson

  4. Public Comment: Lori Pope of Mack & Associates went over the June 30th 2019

  5. Communications-   Thank you letter from the Cornell Days Committee

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 08/21/2019 made by Schumm, seconded by Hansen.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve Agenda with changes given at the meeting was made by Ruddy, seconded by Schumm.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  8. Superintendent Report- iPads are getting set up. Teacher evaluations have started. New staff is doing great.

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 08/31/19: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet.

    1. Went over in the budget meeting  

  10. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Groves, seconded by Fortner Roll call:  Fortner-yes; Groves–yes; Hansen-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Ruddy-yes; Schumm- yes; Van Weelden-yes Motion carried. 

  11. Old Board Business

    1. Wendy Cooper Retirement gift-Geoff hasn’t gotten gift yet but will get it done this week.

  12. New Board Business

    1. Audit Report –Mack and Associates - Approval of Audit- Audit went will, Thank you Lori

    2. Title I Audit - Robert will be getting back to Geoff with some information about being a full Title I school.

    3. Basketball and Volleyball Coaches - Closed

    4. Handbook Committee - Schedule Meeting - Geoff is going to set up a meeting for the committee. Will also discuss handbook with JR high teachers.

    5. Reimburse Mrs. Janssen for graduate work and textbook purchases-We will reimburse Mrs. Janssen

    6. October Calendar

       

  13. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 © (1)).  Motion made by Ruddy, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:02p.m. And returned from @ 7:50p.m. 

 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session-None

  2. Approval Items

  1. Approve FY 2019-2020 Budget Motion made by Groves, Seconded by Ruddy. Fortner - yes; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Approve 2019 Audit, Motion made by Hansen, seconded by Van Weelden.   Fortner - yes; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Approve reimbursement of Mrs. Janssen for graduate work and textbook purchases for $124.98, made by Ruddy, seconded by Hansen.   Fortner - yes; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  4. Approve Basketball Coaches for 2019-2020 School, made by Van Weelden, seconded by Schumm.   Fortner - yes; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  5. Approve Volleyball Coaches for 2019-2020 school year, Motion made by Ruddy, seconded by Schumm.   Fortner - yes; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

     

  6. Upcoming Items-

     

  7. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input –None

  8. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:59p.m.

Open Session Minutes - August 21, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes –August 21st, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on August 21st, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by Vice President Van Weelden at 6:33 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- absent; Groves–present; Hansen-present; Pinkerton-absent; Ruddy-present; Schumm- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: None

  4. Public Comment: None

  5. Communications-   No Communications.

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 07/24/2019 made by Ruddy, seconded by Hansen.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve Agenda with changes given at the meeting was made by Ruddy, seconded by Schumm.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  8. Superintendent Report- Great start to the school year. All of the new teachers and staff are doing amazing. Reviewed a grant for $20,000 will be getting quotes for the roof. Reviewed reap grant $10,000 will be getting quotes for outside doors. $10,000 for 30 iPads with cases.  Hoping to get more iPads and text books. Audit report will hopefully be at September meeting.

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 07/31/19: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet.

    1. Rough budget was giving to Board to review for the next meeting.

  10. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Groves, seconded by Hansen Roll call:  Fortner-absent; Groves–yes; Hansen-yes; Pinkerton-absent; Ruddy-yes; Schumm- yes; Van Weelden-yes Motion carried. 

  11. Old Board Business:  None

  12. New Board Business

    1. Registration numbers-104 for 2019, little less than the 120 we have in 2018

    2. PE Teacher Seth Ward-great start

    3. Special Education Teachers, Karen Austin, Melissa Haller-Melissa is doing great and Karen will start after Labor Day.

    4. Lead Teacher 2019-2020-Closed

    5. Athletic Director 2019-2020-Closed

    6. Extra-Curricular Positions 2019-2020-closed

    7. Discuss Teaching Credits hours, out of state-We will count all Credit hours from any state

    8. FY1920 Tentative Budget and September hearing-

    9. Wendy Cooper Retirement-We will be presenting her with some gift cards

    10. September Calendar

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 © (1)).  Motion made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:54p.m. And returned from @ 7:03p.m. 

 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session-Approve to Hire Patti Gourley as Part time Cook, Motion made by Schumm, seconded by Hansen.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - absent; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Approval Items

  1. Set Budget Hearing for Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:15pm Motion made by Schumm, Seconded by Groves. Voice vote with all members approving. 

  2. Approve employment of Lead Teacher Kassandra Dumais for 2019-2020, Motion made by Ruddy, seconded by Schumm.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - absent; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Approve PE Teacher Seth Ward for 2019-2020, made by Ruddy, seconded by Groves.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - absent; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  4. Approve Special Education Teachers Karen Austin and Melissa Haller for 2019-2020, made by Ruddy, seconded by Van Weelden.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - absent; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  5. Approve Athletic Director John Roemer for 2019-2020, Motion made by Groves, seconded by Hansen.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - absent; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  6. Approve Employment of Extra Curricular Positions for 2019-2020 as presented on Sheet provided my Schoonover, Motion made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - absent; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Upcoming Items-

  1. Adoption on FY20 Budget-September 18th at 6:15pm

 

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input –Audit at the September 18th meeting and also discuss changing to electronic copies of the board packets.

  2. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Groves, seconded by Hansen.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:12p.m.

Open Session Minutes - July 24, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes –July 24th, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on July 24th, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- absent; Groves–present; Hansen-present; Pinkerton-present; Ruddy-present; Schumm- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: None

  4. Public Comment: None

  5. Communications-   No Communications.

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 06/24/2019 with changes from email made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve Agenda was made by Pinkerton, seconded by Hansen.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  8. Superintendent Report- None all on Agenda and closed

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 06/30/19: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet.

    1. Packet included fund balance report for April, May and June.

    2. Superintendent Schoonover is working on the budget should be available by the end of July.

    3. Going to talk to Lori Pope of Mack & Associates regarding the accounting entries that need to be made for the repurchase of the municipal bond and discussion about future investments options for public schools.

    4. Shannon said the Bond was a $30,000 difference. Shannon and Superintendent Schoonover will be talking with King Financial Group and Lori Pope of Mack & Associates.

  10. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Ruddy, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fortner-absent; Groves–yes; Hansen-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Ruddy-yes; Schumm- yes; Van Weelden-yes Motion carried. 

  11. Old Board Business:  

  1. Summer Work Update-Dan is doing a great Job. Gym floor is finished and looks great. Outside basketball hoop is fixed and the old equipment has been removed. Possibly going to look into extending the parking over by the baseball field.  Schoonover is going to talk to Judy the owner of the property across the street about adding more parking or a bus garage.

  2. Non-Certified Staff Compensation/Salaries for 2019-2020-discuss in close session

  3. Superintendent Compensation-discuss in close session

  4. LCSSU New Facility in Flanagan-Invoiced received from LCSSU for out portion of the Flanagan building Purchase and Remodeling. This will be a one-time payment instead of monthly payments. Schoonover will be going over with Josh from LCSSU. The invoice was for $23,601.00.

 

 

  1. New Board Business

    1. 2019-2020 Registration-Turned out good and was very successful.

    2. Teacher Training and First Day of School, August 15th and August 16th –Everyone is ready to go.

    3. Teacher Resignations: Physical Education-Discussed in Closed session

    4. Junior High Math Position-Approved

    5. 2019-2020 Tentative Budget-Schoonover will have ready next week July 30-Aug. 3rd.

    6. School Improvement Grant-Purchase of IPad-Received a $20,000 improvement grant. Will be purchasing $10,000 in IPads and $10,000 in level reading books. Mary Janssen is helping with these purchases.

    7. Board/Staff Breakfast -730 August 15th –School Board will be suppling breakfast.

    8. August Calendar

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 © (1)).  Motion made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:52p.m. And returned from @ 7:28p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- none

  2. Approval Items

  1. Approve Teacher Registration from Physical Education/Health/Lynette Cavinder, Motion made by Van Weelden, Seconded by Ruddy. Voice vote with all members approving. 

  2. Approve Hiring of Junior High Math Teacher 2019-2020, Motion made by Schumm, seconded by Groves.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Approve Non-Certified staff compensation/salaries for 2019-2020, made by Van Weelden, seconded by Hansen.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  4. Approve Superintendent Compensation, made by Schumm, seconded by Groves.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  5. Approve Purchase of IPADS, Motion made by Schumm, seconded by Hansen.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  6. Approve Expenditure for Purchase and Remodeling of new LCSSU building in Flanagan for the amount of $23,601, Motion made by Groves, seconded by Schumm.   Fortner - absent; Groves - yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy - yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Upcoming Items-

    1. 2019-2020 Tentative Budget-Schoonover will have available week of  July 30th

 

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input –None

  2. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:35p.m.

Special Meeting Minutes - June 19, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes – June 19th, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its Special Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on June 19th, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:15p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner– Present; Groves- present; Hansen-present; Pinkerton-present; Ruddy-present; Schumm-present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. Budget Presentation: Superintendent Schoonover gave us an updated copy of the budget. He also explained to us why the budget was amended.

  4. Public Comment: - there was none.

  5. Motion to adjourn made by Ruddy, seconded by Fornter.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Closed session adjourned at 6:27 p.m.

Special Meeting Minutes - May 15, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes – May 15th          , 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its Special Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on May 15th, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner– absent; Groves- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. Business:

    1. Approve April 2, 2019 Election Results; Hansen, Schumm, and Van Weelden.  Motion to approve was made by Pinkerton & seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  4. Reorganization of the Cornell Board of Education:

    1. Appoint President Pro-Tem for Reorganization: Motion to approve was made by Groves & seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

    2. Appoint Secretary Pro-Tem for Reorganization: Motion to approve was made by Pinkerton & seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

    3. Adjournment (Sine Die) Old board is done Pinkerton thanks Pfaff and Rogers for all her service.  Motion to approve was made by Pinkerton & seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

    4. Call To Order By President Pro-Tem.  All present.

    5. Seat New Board of Education Members.  New members Hansen, Schumm, and Van Weelden to stand and take oath.

    6. Administer the Oath of Office

    7. Roll Call: Fortner- absent, Groves-present, Hansen-present, Pinkerton-present, Ruddy-present, Schumm-present, Van Weelden-present.

    8. Election of Permanent Officers (Positions Held Until April 2021)

  1. President – Nomination was made for Todd Pinkerton.  Motion was made by Groves and seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  2. Vice President- Nomination was made for Will Van Weelden.  Motion was made by Groves and seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  3. Secretary – Nomination was made for Trisha Ruddy.  Motion was made by Pinkerton and seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  4. Treasurer- Nomination was made for Marilea Groves.  Motion was made by Ruddy and seconded by Hansen.  Voice vote will all members approving.  Motion carried.

 

                       i.       Committee Assignments:  

Finance: Pinkerton, Van Weelden & Groves

Building & Grounds: Pinkerton, Hansen & Fortner

Curriculum: Groves, Hansen & Schumm

Transportation: Ruddy, Pinkerton & Fortner

Athletics: Van Weelden, Ruddy & Schumm

                                               

  1. Business:

    1. Approve 2019-2020 Board Meeting Dates, Times and Locations.  A list of the dates was provided and a motion to approve them was made by Hansen and seconded by Schumm.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

    2. Approve Designation of Depositories for Financial Funds.  First Financial in Pontiac and State Bank of Graymont.  Motion made by Groves and second by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

    3. Approve Committee Assignments.  Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

    4. Adopt Board of Education policies of Former boar  Motion was made by Groves and seconded by Hansen.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carrie

  2. Public Comment: - there was none.

  3. Board Member Comment:  President Pinkerton welcomed the new incoming board members and discussed the job duties and the training that needs to be taken. 

  4. Motion to adjourn made by Ruddy, seconded by Hansen.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Closed session adjourned at 6:29 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - May 15, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – MAY 15TH, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on May 15th, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- absent; Groves–present; Hansen-present; Pinkerton-present; Ruddy-present; Schumm- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Dan Leonard and Brenda Underwood.

  4. Public Comment: Dan and Brenda presented information on AWANAS. They are asking if they can use the school again for the AWANA’s program for 2019-2020 school year.

  5. Communications-   No Communications.

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 04/17/2019 made by Pinkerton, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve Agenda was made by Pinkerton, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  8. Superintendent Report- None-Superintendent Schoonover wasn’t present.

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 04/30/19: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Groves had a few question about the moving of the money market account. Will follow up with Schoonover.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Ruddy, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fortner- absent; Groves–yes; Hansen-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Ruddy-yes; Schumm- yes; Van Weelden-yes  Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:  

  1. Awana Program at Cornell Grade School 2019-2020-everything went well and heard amazing things about the program

  2. Mower purchase vs. Mowing contract-wanting to purchase a mower instead of hiring the work out. KSR gave us some good prices.

  3. Cornell Gym Floor refinishing-Half cost funded by PTC. - PTC agreed to pay for half of the 2 coat price.

 

 

  1. New Board Business

    1. Amended Budget-tabled

    2. Waiver of School Code(Article 105ILCSS/10-20, 12A)Approve Students of Employees to attend Cornell Grade School –We are all good with doing this again

    3.  IESA Application for Cooperative Team Sponsorship with Flanagan and Graymont

    4. 8th grade Graduation- this is May 23rd at 7pm

    5. June 2019 Calendar

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 © (1)).  Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:55p.m. And returned from @ 7:03p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- none

  2. Approval Items

  1. Approve Waiver of School Code (Article 105ILCSS\10-20, 12A) Approve Students of Employees to attend Cornell Grade school.   Motion made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.   Fortner - absent; Groves – yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy- yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes. Motion carried.

  2. Approve purchase of Mower of Geoff, Dan and Van Weelden choice - Motion made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pinkerton.   Fortner - absent; Groves – yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy- yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes. Motion carried.

  3. Approve Cornell Gym Floor refinishing-half the cost funded by PTC 2 coats - Motion made by Ruddy, seconded by Groves.   Fortner - absent; Groves – yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy- yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes. Motion carried.

  4. Approve IESA Application for Cooperative Team Sponsorship with Flanagan and Graymont. - Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Hansen.   Fortner - absent; Groves – yes; Hansen – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Ruddy- yes; Schumm – yes; Van Weelden – yes. Motion carried.

  5. Approve Summer School Motion made by Schumm, seconded by Groves. Voice vote with all members approving. 

  6. Approve AWANA program at Cornell Grade School for 2019-2020 Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Hansen. Voice vote with all members approving.

  1. Upcoming Items-

    1. Amended Budget-Shannon and Superintendent Schoonover are working on getting it complete

    2. Milk and Bread bids-Getting quotes

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – None

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Ruddy, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - April 17, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – APRIL 17TH, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on April 17th, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- absent; Groves–present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: No Guests or Visitors

  4. Public Comment: No Public Comment

  5. Communications-   No Communications.

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 03/20/2018 made by Roger, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve Agenda was made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  8. Superintendent Report- Superintendent Schoonover reported that he will talk with Todd Reed about resealing the gyms floors. Also that in the future meetings we need to look into Holiday pay for some of the non-salary employees. We will set up a financing meeting to go over the option for the non-salary employees.

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 03/31/19: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $954,795.58

  2. We are at 71% expenditures. 

  3. We are at 89% revenue. 

  4. Will be amending the budget due to a student with needs that will require special expenses.

  5. Bond money has been moved over to Kings Financial.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Pfaff, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll call:  Fortner- absent; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:  

  1. LAR Testing Completion Update-Wrapping up and should have returned info in 2 weeks

  2. SDS payroll/accounting program purchase-A quote of $12,500, which is startup and training for Shannon.

  3. 2019-2020 School Calendar-Looks good and Teachers have approved

  4. Mower purchase vs. Mowing contract- Superintendent Schoonover will start looking into getting prices to purchases a mower.

 

  1. New Board Business

    1. Non-Certified Staff Retention Recommendations for Employment- closed session

    2. Resignation of LBS1 teacher-closed session

    3. Registration fees 2019-2020-may need to look at raising price in the future

    4. Lunch/Breakfast fees 2019-2020-may need to look at raising price in the future. K-2 will no longer have snack milk.

  1. IESA registration fee 2019-2020-IESA fee is $735, look at adjustment if we don’t have girls 7/8th grade basketball players or boys 8th grade players. Superintendent Schoonover will follow up with students and coaches.

  1. CO-OP paper order 2019-2020-tabled

    1. Special Board Meeting April 24th –Special Board meeting will be May 15th, 2019 at 6pm before our regular May meeting.

    2. May 2019 Calendar

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 © (1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:05 p.m. and returned from @ 7:22 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- none

  2. Approval Items

  1. Approve 2019-2020 School Calendar -Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.

  2. Approve Registration Fee for 2019-2020 School year   Motion made by Groves, seconded by Rogers.   Fortner - absent; Groves – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes. Motion carried.

  3. Approve Milk, Breakfast and lunch price for 2019-2020 School Year Motion made by Ruddy, seconded by Groves.   Fortner - absent; Groves – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes. Motion carried.

  4. Approve Co-Op order for 2019-2020 –Tabled

  5. Approve IESA Registration Fee for 2019-2020 with adjustment if needed. Motion made by Van Weelden, seconded by Rogers.   Fortner – absent; Groves – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes. Motion carried.

  6. Approve Special Board Meeting-May 15th, 2019 at 6:00pm. - Motion made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.

  7. Approval, with regret, of resignation of LBS1 teacher, Bobbi Ransom at the end of 2018-2019 school year- Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving

  8. Approval for Non-Certified Staff Employment for 2019 – 2020 of the following staff made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves- Roll call:  Fortner- absent; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried.

i. Shannon Hart -District Bookkeeper

ii. Sarah Garretson-Administrative Assistant

iii. Christina Bowman-Teacher Assistant

iv. Wendy Cooper-Cook

v. Tiofi Carlson-Cook

vi. Kin Griswold-Cook

vii. Dan Lenoard-Cusodian

viii. John Kiesla-Custodian

ix. Sue Decker-librarian

x. Gail Janseen-Morning Aide

f. Approve SDS payroll/accounting program purchase for $12,500. Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.   Fortner – absent; Groves – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes. Motion carried.

  1. Upcoming Items-

    1. Amended Budget-Shannon and Superintendent Schoonover are working on getting it complete

    2. Milk and Bread bids-Getting quotes

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Superintendent Schoonover thanked Board Members Sara Rogers and Amanda Pfaff for their services as board members.

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - March 20, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – March 20, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on March 20, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves–present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Kendall King, from King Financial Consulting Group, Amy Peterson and Leslie Coughlin. 

  4. Communications- Kendall King passed out information and spoke to the Board about the refinance of Alternative Revenue Bonds that was discussed with the finance committee.  A letter was given to the board from the attending teachers regarding the Lead Teacher.

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 02/20/2019 made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. Motion to approve Agenda was made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Superintendent Report- Superintendent Schoonover reported that he was very proud of the 8th Grade Volleyball team becoming the Vermillion County Champions.  IAR testing has started and will continue after the spring break.  All seems to be going well.  Popcorn Day and 2 p.m. dismissal is on Friday, the 22nd which is the beginning of Spring Break.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 02/28/19: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $932,154.06

  2. We are at 65% expenditures. 

  3. Will be amending the budget due to a student with needs that will require special expenses.

  4. Board Member Pfaff found an invoice for Hubert that didn’t match the totals and had sales tax, will approve with correction. 

  1. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions with correction to Hubert invoice was made by Grove, seconded by Fortner.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business: 

  1. 2019-2020 School Calendar.  Try to stay as close to FCHS as possible

  1. New Board Business

    1. Refinance of Alternative Revenue Bond – Kendall King spoke earlier in the meeting

    2. Teacher Retention Recommendations for Employment -

    3. SDS Payroll/Accounting program purchase – A quote was given of $12,500 for this specialized program- tabled

    4. Finance Committee Report- discussed during King presentation

    5. Snack/Milk Fees - Superintendent Schoonover is recommending dropping snack milk due to losing money.  Stay with snacks that are brought in by families.

    6. Music Teacher resignation – closed session

    7. Custodial Resignation – closed session

    8. Custodial Hire – closed session

    9. Summer Volleyball Camp- Flyer passed out for dates and cost

    10. April Calendar

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Fortner, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:06 p.m. and returned from @ 7:13 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- none

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Approval for Educational Employment for 2019 – 2020 of the following staff made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried.

  1. Bobbi Ransom (Resource/Special Education) - Year 3

  2. John Roemer (Art) – Part Time

  3. Lynette Cavinder (Physical Education) Tenured

  4. Jenni Giertz (Kindergarten) - Year 5 – Tenured

  5. Alyssa Muscato (First Grade) – Year 2

  6. Amy Petersen (Second Grade) – Tenured

  7. Ashley Follmer (Third Grade) – Year 6 – Tenured

  8. Abby Holcomb (Fourth Grade) – Year 7 – Tenured

  9. Mary Janssen (Firth Grade) – Year 5 – Tenured

  10. Kassandra DuMais (Jr. High English) – Year 1

  11. Leslie Coughlin (Science/Social Science) – Year 5 – Tenured

  12. Ginny Jones (Mathematics) – Year 4

  13. Brooke Kurkowski (Resource/Special Education) – Year 2

 

  1. Approval to refinance the Alternative Revenue Bond.  Motion made by Groves, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried. 

    1. Approval of the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar - Tabled

    2. Approval of SDS payroll/accounting program purchase – Tabled

    3. Approval, with regret, of resignation of Music Teacher, Amanda Hall end of 2018-2019 school year – Motion made by Ruddy, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried.

    4. Approval, with regret, of resignation of custodian, Taryn Fortner effective February 28th, 2019 made by Pinkerton, seconded by Groves.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried.

    5. Approval of the hiring of Dan Leonard as custodian, effective March 4th, 2019.  Motion made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried.

    6. Approval of 2019 Summer Volleyball Camp.  Motion made by Fortner, seconded by Groves.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried.

  2. Upcoming Items-

    1. Registration Fees, Lunch/Breakfast Fees

    2. Milk Bids

  3. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – none

  4. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Fortner, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:19 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - February 20, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – February 20, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on February 20, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves–present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Kendal King, from King Financial Consulting Group, Ashley Follmer, Amy Peterson, Sarah Garretson, Shannon Hart & Taryn Fortner.  Taryn asked to speak with the board during closed session.  Kendal King handed out a packet and presented to the Board different options for our bonds. 

  4. Communications- none

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 1/16/2018 made by Ruddy, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. Motion to approve Agenda with changes adding the graduation date onto the agenda, was made by Groves, seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Superintendent Report- Superintendent Schoonover reported that he was very proud of the 8th Grade Volleyball night.  It was a fun night and there was a good feeling of community spirit.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 01/31/19: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $1,023,713.77

  2. We are at 55% expenditures. 

  3. Still watching the operational fund closely. 

  1. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fortner.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; VanWeelden-yes. Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business: 

  1. Parent Teacher Conferences went well.  There was a very good turnout.

  1. New Board Business

    1. Junior High Language Arts Teacher candidate.  Discuss during closed

    2. Statement of Economic Interests forms were passed out to all Board members

    3. Physical Therapy Services 2019-2020 – charging $45 per 15 minute session

    4. 2019 8th Grade Graduation date to be set – Thursday May 23rd was suggested

    5. 2019-2020 School Calendar – Tabled.

    6. March Calendar – Several items needed attention including track meets.  A new copy will be emailed to the Board

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Ruddy, seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:12 p.m. and returned from @ 8:46 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- Superintendent Schoonover to speak to Board President regarding contract decision.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Approval of Kassandra DuMais as Junior High Language Arts Teacher Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried. 

    2. Approval of Results Physical Therapy Services, Dawn Mueller, Physical Therapist of 2019-2020 school year.  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried. 

    3. Approval of 8th Grade Graduation date – tabled

    4. Approval of the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar - tabled 

  3. Upcoming Items-

    1.  Approval for Educational Employment for 2019-2020

    2. Finance Committee to meet

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – none

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pinkerton, seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - January 16, 2019

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – January 16, 2019

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on January 16, 2019.  The meeting was called to order by Vice President Van Weelden at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves–present; Pfaff-late; Pinkerton-absent; Rogers-present; Ruddy- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Ashley Follmer, Abby Holcomb and Shannon Hart.  They asked to speak with the board during closed session. 

  4. Communications- none

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 12/19/2018 made by Groves, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. Motion to approve Agenda with changes of correcting the date on #8, the Fund Balance to December 31, 2018 was made by Ruddy, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Superintendent Report- Superintendent Schoonover reported that we’ve started the 2nd semester and it’s off to a good start.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 12/31/18: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $1,089,195.22

  2. We are at 76% revenues. 

  3. A lot of work on the boiler system has been done recently. 

  1. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Fortner, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-absent; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:  

  1. The Security Cameras are installed and working well.

  2. Smartboards have been installed.  There are a few licensing issues to follow-up on.  Training to come very soon. 

  3. Boiler-Metcalf/Martin- Water treatment.  Due to the sludge build-up, the system needs to be flushed regularly.  An automatic flushing system was installed.

  4. Second Reading Board Policy: PRESS Recommendation Policies; 2:80,2:120,3:40,4:15,4:45,4:130,4:170,5:30,5:60,5:100,5:220,6:20,6:60,7:70,7:100,7:190,7:250,7:260,7:270,7:290,7:305.

  1. New Board Business

    1. Laptop Computers – State Farm.  – Superintendent Schoonover contacted State Farm regarding the grant for 25 more laptops. 

    2. 2019-2020 School Calendar – A committee is being put together to work on the calendar in hopes to be on next month’s agenda

    3. Barickman State Grant for roof – Superintendent Schoonover filled out a Grant for a possibility of a $20,000 grant money, which is intended for the roof. 

    4. Vermillion Conference Tourney – Everything seems to have went well other than the parking situation. 

    5. Special Education Teacher – closed session

    6. Superintendent Contract – closed session

    7. February Calendar – Parent Teacher Conferences set for Feb 5th & 7th.  There may be a possible conflict with a sporting event.

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:55 p.m. and returned from @ 8:12 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- Superintendent Schoonover to speak to employee

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Approval of Board Policy Updates as presented.  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.

    2. Approval of Employment of Special Education Teacher, Brooke Kurkowski, for remainder of 2018-2019 school year.  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-absent; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried. 

  3. Upcoming Items-

    1.  PTC

    2. Calendar

    3. Computers

    4. Grants

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – none

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Rogers, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - December 19, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – December 19, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on December 19, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves–present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Roberta Maubach and Ashley Follmer.  Mrs. Maubach asked if the board would consider letting the Classic Clover 4H Club hold their annual spaghetti dinner at the school as long as all the logistics work out.  The board had no problem with the request.

  4. Communications- none

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 11/14/2018 made by Groves, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. Motion to approve Agenda with changes of adding the Cornell Classic Clover request made by Ruddy, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Superintendent Report- none- absent

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 11/30/18: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $1,152,562.57

  2. Pfaff reported that nothing stood out to her and everything seemed standard

  1. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes, Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes. Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:  

  1. The Security Cameras are installed. 

  2. Smartboards have arrived.  Are to be installed over the Christmas break.

  3. Boiler-Metcalf/Martin- Water treatment.  There was no update since Superintendent Schoonover was absent.  There was a recent check sent to them. 

  4. Second Reading Board Policy: PRESS Recommendation Policies; 2:70, 2:70-E, 2:120-E1, 2:120-E2, 2:240-E1, 2:240-E2, 6:100, 7:10-E, 7:270, 8:90, 8:110, 2:220-E3, 6:80, 6:180, 6:210, 8:70, 2:260, 4:15, 4:110, 4:150, 4:170, 5:20, 5:90, 5:100, 5:200, 5:220, 5:240, 5:290, 6:50, 6:60, 6:150, 6:340, 7:10, 7:15, 7:20, 7:70, 7:180, 7:190, 7:250, 7:260, 7:275, 7:305, 7:340, 2:105, 2:170, 2:260, 4:20, 4:40, 4:80, 4:140, 5:20, 5:200, 6:10, 6:30, 6:60, 6:120, 6:190, 6:230, 6:240, 6:250, 7:50, 8:25. 5:20-E, 3:40-E, 6:135 

  1. New Board Business

    1. First Reading Board Policy:  PRESS Recommendation Policies; 2:80,2:120,3:40,4:15,4:45,4:130,4:170,5:30,5:60,5:100,5:220,6:20,6:60,7:70,7:100,7:190,7:250,7:260,7:270,7:290,7:305.

    2. Cornell Classic Clovers request the use of the facility on Sunday, February 17th, 2019, 8 a.m  - 3 p.m.  The board had no problem letting the 4H club use the facility.  Roberta Maubach would get back with the school after their next meeting to let us know for sure or not.

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:43 p.m. and returned from @ 7:20 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- none

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Approval of Board Policy Updates as presented.  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.

  3. Upcoming Items-

    1.  Superintendent Schoonover’s contract needs to be put on the agend

    2. Secretary and Treasurer need to be selected.

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – none

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - November 14, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – November 14, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on November 14, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves – absent (late); Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Ginny Jones

  4. Communications- Thanksgiving cards to each of the Board members from Green & Assoc.

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 10/17/2018 made by Fortner, seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from 10/24/2018 made by Ruddy, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve the agenda with no changes was made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Superintendent Report

    1. Received $750 Grant money to be used for the Library. 

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 10/31/18: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $1,275,602.66

  2. We are currently at 70% of revenues – looking very healthy right now

  3. A separate check was cut for $520.15 for our accounting program annual contract.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions was made by Pfaff, seconded by Fortner.  Roll call:  Fortner- present; Groves – absent (late); Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy- present; Van Weelden-present. Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Parent Teacher conferences went well.  There were a few that went longer, but that just means they are getting feedback.

  2. The Security Cameras are being installed. There are some up and running.  The office needs a screen to monitor. 

  3. There was another leak in the 4th grade room that was addressed.  Metcalf/Martin will be coming on Friday to work on the pump and replace it on Wednesday.  A proposal for water treatment and run sludge out of the boiler was brought up.  Discussion also took place about using a timer to flush with chemical treatment. 

  4. A quote from Pontiac Granite for the Wallace McIntyre tablet was presented to the boar 

  1. New Board Business

    1. Tax Levy 2018.  The EAV went down, Superintendent Schoonover will be checking into why.  We are tax capped and want to stay below 5%.

    2. Smartboard – purchase & installation.  We still have REAP Grant money to use after installing the security camera and the staff would like Smartboards.  Discussion took place and staff member Ginny Jones had some input to help the board make a decision.  The school would like 7 boards total at approximately $3800 each.  PTC is willing to help with the purchases.  It is beneficial for everyone to have the boards at the same time and be learning how to use the boards all together.  Funding for smartboards not covered by REAP Grant or PTC group will come from district technology budget.

    3. Abatement bond needs approved

    4. First Reading Board Policy:  CGS is behind on these and will be done by December or get fine  The second reading is to be done in December.   PRESS Recommendation Policies; 2:70, 2:70-E, 2:120-E1, 2:120-E2, 2:240-E1, 2:240-E2, 6:100, 7:10-E, 7:270, 8:90, 8:110, 2:220-E3, 6:80, 6:180, 6:210, 8:70, 2:260, 4:15, 4:110, 4:150, 4:170, 5:20, 5:90, 5:100, 5:200, 5:220, 5:240, 5:290, 6:50, 6:60, 6:150, 6:340, 7:10, 7:15, 7:20, 7:70, 7:180, 7:190, 7:250, 7:260, 7:275, 7:305, 7:340, 2:105, 2:170, 2:260, 4:20, 4:40, 4:80, 4:140, 5:20, 5:200, 6:10, 6:30, 6:60, 6:120, 6:190, 6:230, 6:240, 6:250, 7:50, 8:25. 5:20-E, 3:40-E, 6:135 

    5.  Christmas Breakfast from the Board for staff members is set for Friday, December 21st at 7 a.m.  Trisha Ruddy has menu.

    6. December Calendar.  Winter Program is the 13th.  Officially moving the Board meeting to the 19th from the 18th due to a basketball game.     

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Fortner, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:14 p.m. and returned from @ 8:04 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session-

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Approval of Tax Levy 2018.  Motion Made by Fortner, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes.  Motion carried.

    2. Approval of the purchase and installation of 6 Smartboards for classrooms.  Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Van Weelden. Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes.  Motion carried.

    3. Approval of Abate $41,844 of the 2018 Alternative Revenue Bond.  Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Van Weelden. Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes.  Motion carried.

    4. Approval of The Wallace McIntyre Headstone.  Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Van Weelden. Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes.  Motion carried

    5. Approval of the employment of Superintendent of Schools. Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Van Weelden. Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – no; Pfaff-no; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- no; Van Weelden-yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Upcoming Items-

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – none

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - October 24, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – October 24, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on October 24, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 5:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves – present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: none

  4. Communications- To Board President, intention of retirement letter.

  5. Motion to approve the agenda with no changes was made by Ruddy, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  6. Superintendent Report

    1. Filled out paperwork regarding retired teachers working 120 plus and reposted openings in two papers.

    2. Deposit was made into the money market.

  7. Old Board Business:

  1. Boiler Update- Tim Durre getting the boiler ready.   They are doing pipe cleaning, there is sludge buildup.  They would like to do a “pipe crawl” to check for any further leaks and any condensation.

  2. Tricom Security Camera Proposal- The Board discussed the options and would like to move forward on this and also add a door camera. 

  3. Tax Levy Seminar - Superintendent Schoonover went to seminar.  Appears there will be a tax cap.

  4. Co-Ed Open Gym Volleyball – Will be on Saturdays, will not conflict with AWANA, but a time adjustment may need to be made due to basketball practice. The Board feels it’s good for the community.  They will need to abide by all the rules set in place for using the facility.

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Fortner, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 5:51 p.m. and returned from @ 6:18 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- Superintendent Schoonover to talk with teacher regarding disagreement.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Approval of Materials and Installation of Camera Security System.  Motion Made by Rogers, seconded by Groves.  Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes.  Motion carried.

    2. Approval of Co-Ed Open Gym Volleyball.  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves. Roll call:  Fortner- yes; Groves – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers-yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden-yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – none

  4. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pinkerton, seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 6:21 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - October 17, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – October 17, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on October 17, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves – present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy- present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Nick Pick from Tricom Services and Brenda Underwood.  Opportunity was given for public comment.  Nick from Tricom gave a short presentation on the security cameras along with some quotes.

  4. Communications- none

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from September 19, 2018 was made by Groves, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. Motion to approve the agenda with no changes was made by Ruddy, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report.- none (absent)

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of September 30, 2018: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

    1. Pfaff reported that the large check discussed last month had not yet been deposited.

  9. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Van Weelden, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll Call: Fortner – yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy-yes, Van Weelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  10. Old Board Business:

  1. Fall Festival Update – it was thought that it wasn’t as well attended, but may have raised as much as last year. 

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Boiler – Metcalf/Martin – no info

    2. Wallace McIntyre headstone – quotes are ranging from $800 - $1100.  The family has suggested some words they would like to see on the stone. 

    3. Tricom security camera proposal.  (see guest and visitors)

    4. Tax Levy Seminar on October 18th in East Peoria – board hopes Geoff can attend this

    5. Parent Teacher Conferences- October 30th and November 1st. 3p-7p.  No school on Nov. 2nd

    6. Co-Ed Open Gym Volleyball- No info, board wanted to make sure there was no conflict with the AWANA group that meets here on Sundays

    7. November Calendar- Speech Contest Nov 10th

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:04 p.m. and returned from @ 7:48 p.m. 

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  2. Approval Items: None

  3. Upcoming Items:

    1. Tax Levy – Must be completed by last Tuesday of December

    2. Abatement Resolution for Alternate Bond

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – none

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Ruddy, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - September 19, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – September 19, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on 09/19/18.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Ashley Follmer, Leslie Coughlin, Abby Holcomb, Amy Petersen, Mary Jansen, Lynette Cavinder.

  4. Communications - The teachers were given 5 minutes each to speak.  Ashley Follmer addressed the board about the decision regarding the Lead Teacher position.  A list was handed out to the board for their recommendation and asked the board to reconsider. 

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 08/15/2018 was made by Fortner, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. Motion to approve the agenda was made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report:

    1. A couple more students have registered bringing the total to 116

    2. Superintendent Schoonover has been making observations of building, teachers and learners.

    3. Good report for retired teachers and the teacher shortage. 

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of August 31, 2018: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $1,121,074.21

  2. REAP Grant = $39,000

  3. All Title I money came in

  4. Watching upgrades to the building closely.

  5. Spoke with Jason Barickman regarding possibility of Capital money

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions was made by Pfaff, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll Call:, Fortner –yes, Groves- yes , Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden –yes, Motion carried

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Roof Update/Possible Funding from State of Illinois – called roofing company about some more leaks.  They sent someone right away to fix four areas. 

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Contractual agreement between Mack and Associates, P.C and Cornell CCSD 426.  1, 2 or 3 year contract was discussed. 

    2. Transfer of Funds to Money Market was discussed. 

    3. REAP Grant of $39,000- possible items needed was discussed

    4. Digital Camera Security System – Tabled  

    5. PTC Athletic Fee proposal – PTC proposed charging a fee to those who are not helping with concession stand. 

    6. Assistant Cook – discuss during closed

    7. Basketball and volleyball Coaches – discuss during closed

    8. Compensation for Cooks – discuss during closed

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

a.    The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Ruddy seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:01 p.m. and returned from @ 7:38 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- The Board gave Superintendent Schoonover permission to talk to the teachers team regarding Lead Teacher.

  2. Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Approve the FY 2018-2019 Budget was made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve the Transfer of Funds to Money Market of $125,557.01 was made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fortner.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve resignation of Cook, Mandy Gray was made by Rogers, seconded by Pfaff. Motion carried. Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  4. Motion to Approve Volleyball Coaches, Sarah Rients & Brittany Lyons, for 2018/19 was made by Pfaff and seconded by Ruddy.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carrie

  5. Motion to Approve Basketball Coaches, Dan Leonard, Joe Ruddy & Korie Lyons, for 2018/19 was made by Van Weelden and seconded by Groves.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carried.

  6. Motion to Approve Part Time Cook, Tiofi Carlson was made by Groves and seconded by Rogers.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carried.

  7. Motion to Approve Compensation for Cooks was made by Ruddy and seconded by Fortner.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carried.

  8. Motion to Approve Contractual agreement between Mack and Associates, P.C. and Cornell CCSD 426 for three years was made by Pfaff and seconded by Groves.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carried.

 

  1. Upcoming Items:

    1. October Calendar has Parent Teacher Conferences coming up

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – Bus Stop Signs issues – signs not being put out properly

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - August 15, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – August 15, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on 08/15/18.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Shannon Hart, Lauri Pope, CPA with Mack & Associates and Jenni Gertz.

  4. Public Comments – none.

  5. Communications- none.

  6. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 07/25/2018 was made by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve the agenda was made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fortner. Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  8. Superintendent Report:

    1. Back to School Night had a good turnout and a success

    2. Thank  you to the Board for Breakfast

    3. Good Teachers Institute today. 

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of July 31, 2018: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $644,953.44

  2. Lauri from Mack & Associates presented the board with their report, no deficiencies were found and nothing stands out.  Board President Pinkerton found a typo and Lauri will be redoing that particular section and sending them out with the correction.

  3. Board member Pfaff asked about payments on health insurance on staff that have left CGS.  They were paid through July according to Superintendent Schoonover and Shannon Hart.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions was made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call:, Fortner –yes, Groves- yes , Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden –yes, Motion carried

  2. Old Board Business:  None

  3. New Board Business:

    1. Audit Report – went well see Financial Report.  Big thanks to Shannon for her help. 

    2. Back to School Night went well.  There was a good turnout.  There were some kids participating in sports that could not make it.

    3. 115 students registered for the 2018/19 school year

    4. Junior High Language Arts Grade Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Teacher Assistant recommendations- closed session.

    5. Lead Teacher 2018/19 recommendations- closed session

    6. Athletic Director 2018/19 recommendations- closed session

    7. FY18/19 Tentative Budget and September Hearing

    8. September Calendar

  4. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

a.    The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:11 p.m. and returned from @ 8:51 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- none

  2. Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Set Budget Hearing for Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. was made by Fortner, seconded by Groves. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve the employment of Lead Teacher was made Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll Call: Fortner- no, Groves – no, Pfaff –no, Pinkerton- no, Rogers – no, Ruddy – no, Van Weelden- no.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve 2018 Audit was mad by Pfaff, seconded by Fortner. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carried.

  4. Motion to Approve the employment of Special Education Teacher, Deborah Fredricksen, for 2018/19 was made by Pfaff and seconded by Ruddy.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carrie

  5. Motion to Aprrove the employment of Junior High Language Arts Teacher, Brenda Underwood, for 2018/19 was made by Ruddy and seconded by Groves.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carried.

  6. Motion to Aprrove the employment of Teaching Assistant, Kassandra DuMais, for 2018/19 was made by Pfaff and seconded by Ruddy.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carried.

  7. Motion to Aprrove the employment of Athletic Director, John Roemer, for 2018/19 was made by Van Weelden and seconded by Fortner.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden- yes. Motion carried.

 

  1. Upcoming Items:

    1. Adoption on FY18/19 Budget

    2. Building and Grounds committee to set meeting

    3. Lead Teacher job description to be written up

    4. Money Market account info

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – none  

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Fortner, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:57 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - July 25, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – July 25, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on July 25, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by Board President Todd Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Groves – present; Fortner- absent; Pfaff-absent; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-absent, Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: none.

  4. Time was given to our guests for Public Comment.  No comments at this time. 

  5. Communications: there was none. 

  6. Motion to approve Regular Session and Closed Meeting Minutes from 06/20/18 was made by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda was made by Rogers, seconded by VanWeelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  8. Superintendent Report:

    1. Superintendent Schoonover visited Metcalf Martin regarding the possibility of them giving some staff boiler training.  He hopes to go over the proper maintenance procedure with staff.

  9. Financial Report:  Fund Balance Report as of 06/30/2018 is $741,946.13 cash in bank.  Superintendent Schoonover states that the audit went well and a presentation from the auditors is scheduled. 

  10. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions made by Pinkerton, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- absent; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-absent; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

  11. Old Board Business:

    1. Superintendent Schoonover brought the board up to date on all the work that has been done over the summer including ceiling tiles, painting, supplies being inventoried and the floors being done in August.

    2. The 2018-2019 Student Handbook has been updated.  Not much updating needed to take place this year other than dates.

    3. The Title One District Plan also just needed updated on the dates.

  12. New Board Business:

    1. The audit went well, no findings. 

    2. 2018-2019 Registration is set for August 1st and 2nd with approximately 115 kids.

    3. 2018-2019 Tentative Budget was discussed.  Not many changes.  Look over for September approval.

    4. 1st Grade Teacher, Junior High Language Arts Teacher, Art Teacher – for closed session.

    5. Board/Staff Breakfast – 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 15th – bring the same thing as previously brought.

    6. August Calendar – add registration

  13. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:56 p.m. and returned from @ 7:19 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session:  There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to approve Tentative Budget for 2018/19, was made by Groves, seconded by Rogers.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner-absent; Pfaff- absent; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-absent; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    2. Motion to approve to Title One District Plan 2018/19 was made by Van Weelden, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: : Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- absent; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-absent; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    3. Motion to approve the 2018/19 Student Handbook was made by Rogers, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

    4. Motion to approve the hiring of Alyssa Muscato as 1st Grade Teacher was made by Groves, seconded by Rogers.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- absent; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-absent; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carrie

    5. Motion to approve Candidate as Junior High Language Arts Teacher for 2018/19 was tabled.

    6. Motion to approve John Roemer as Art Teacher for 2018/19, was made by Rogers, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- absent; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-absent; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Upcoming Items:  none

    1. Approval of 2018/19 Budget

  4. Open Matters of Discussion: 

    1. Skateboarders were spotted apparently on the roof, the police were contacted.  There was no action due to not knowing who it was.

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Groves, seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned 7:24 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - June 20, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – June 20, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on June 20, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by Board President Todd Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Groves – present; Fortner- absent; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present, Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Ashley Follmer.

  4. Time was given to our guests for Public Comment.  No comments at this time. 

  5. Communications: there were none. 

  6. Motion to approve Regular Session and Closed Meeting Minutes from 05/16/18 was made by Groves, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda was made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  8. Superintendent Report:

    1. The building is getting ready over the summer for the 2018/19 school year.  Painting and other various items are taking place this summer.

    2. Ransom school donated literacy readers to Cornell.  Superintendent Schoonover will be sending out a proper thank you for their gift in kind.

    3. Superintendent Schoonover has been busy interviewing for the open positions.  More interviews are scheduled the rest of the week.

  9. Financial Report:  Fund Balance as of 05/31/2018 is $785,533.65 cash in bank.  The Amended Budget was discussed as well as the Limitations of Cost now being at 3%.  Some questions came up regarding the use of the credit card for extracurricular activities and small purchases.  Tracking of all purchases is very important for proper records keeping.  Superintendent Schoonover will remind all users to keep better track.  TRS loan has been paid off.  The audit is scheduled for July.

  10. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

  11. Old Board Business:

    1. Superintendent Schoonover talked with Odell regarding Co-Op Cross Country.  They are willing to Co-Op with us.  The fee is $90 and transportation will not be provided.    

    2. The pay for the assistant Volleyball Assistant Coach for last year was brought up again.  It was felt that the board may have misunderstood or was misinformed of how many games were attended by the assistant coach.

  12. New Board Business:

    1. Resolution to transfer monies from Education Fund to Operation/Maintenance Fund. 

    2. Bus Transportation Intergovernmental Agreement with Flanagan District #74 and Cornell District #426 was discussed.  Due to the increase in gas prices, the cost for transportation has gone up 36%, which is an increase of $4,500.

    3. Abate working Cash Fund.

    4. Title One District Plan. - Tabled 

    5. Teachers Resignations: Art, 1st Grade, Junior High Language Arts to be discussed during closed session.

    6. 1st Grade Teaching Position. 

    7. Music Band Position. 

    8. 4th Grand Band scheduling options were discussed.

    9. Time Clock discussion to take place during closed session.

    10. Non- Certified Staff compensation/Salaries for 2018/19 to be discussed during closed session.

    11. Board of Education meeting dates set for 2018/19.

    12. July Calendar – July meeting bumped a week out.

  13. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Ruddy, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:10 p.m. and returned from @ 8:15 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session:  There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to approve Amended Budget for 2017/18, was made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner-absent; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    2. Motion to approve Resolution to transfer monies from Education Fund to Operation/Maintenance Fund, in the amount of $20,000 was made by Pfaff, seconded by VanWeelden.  Roll call: : Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    3. Motion to approve Teacher Resignation for Art, Junior High Language Arts, 1st Grade was made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

    4. Motion to approve Non-Certified Staff compensation/Salaries for 2018/19 was made by Ruddy, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carrie

    5. Motion to approve Abatement of Working Cash Fund was made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    6. Motion to approve Bus Transportation Intergovernmental Agreement/Flanagan District #74 and Cornell District #426, was made by Pfaff, seconded by Rogers.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    7. Motion to approve Title One District Plan FY19 was TABLED.

    8. Motion to approve hiring Amanda Hall as the music teacher was made by Ruddy, seconded by Grove.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    9. Motion to approve the hiring of 1st Grade Teacher was TABLED.

    10. Motion to approve the Board of Education Meeting Dates for 2018/19 was made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

    11. Motion to approve to pay back pay to the Volleyball Assistant Coach was made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- absent; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    12. Motion to approve the purchase of a Time Clock was TABLED.

 

  1. Upcoming Items:  none

    1. 2018/19 Budget

    2. Student Handbook

  2. Open Matters of Discussion: 

    1. Contract for Auditor is up.

    2. Superintendent Schoonover is waiting for the audit to see where we stand on extra cash in savings account.  

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned 8:24 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - May 16, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – May 16, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on May 16, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by Board President Todd Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Groves – present; Fortner- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present, Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Jenny Giertz and Samantha Woods.

  4. Time was given to our guests for Public Comment.  No comments at this time. 

  5. Communications were brought up during this time.  A thank you note was given to Todd Pinkerton for his work on the bench installation in the front of the school. 

  6. Motion to approve Regular Session and Closed Meeting Minutes from 04/18/18 was made by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda was made by Rogers, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  8. Superintendent Report:

    1. 16 students graduating tomorrow, May 17th at 7 p.m.

    2. Superintendent Schoonover stated that there were 18 potential Kindergarten students for next year. 

    3. Superintendent Schoonover also mentioned that a current student has improved tremendously over the school year.

    4. The Crisis Drill with Officer Donovan went very well.  Staff and students did an excellent job.  An evacuation drill was done at this time, this also went well.  ALICE training to come later.      

    5. May 29th is Field Day from 9-2 with grilling out for the staff and the 30th is the last day of school.  Class picnics will be this day.

    6. Superintendent Schoonover was approached be a student regarding cross-country.  Superintendent Schoonover will check with another school to see if that is even an option.

  9. Financial Report:  Fund Balance as of 04/30/2018 is $858,8365 cash in bank.  We are at 94% revenue, 77% expenditures.  Roof money moved into account and the auditors brought to the attention that the administrative costs cannot go above 5% we are now at 6% according to their numbers.

  10. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions made by Van Weelden, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- yes; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

  11. Old Board Business:

    1. Lunch/Breakfast/Milk fees for 2018/2019 is being recommended to stay the same.   

    2. AWANA Program at the Cornell Grade School is considered a great asset to the community.  The group will need to abide by the contract and show proof of insurance.

  12. New Board Business:

    1. 8th Grade Graduation 7 p.m.  Thursday, May 17th. 

    2. Teacher Contract – Ratified by teachers.  Sheet was passed around for all board members to see. 

    3. Medical Insurance Plan Options sheets were given to the board for comparison.  It was recommended to go with the BCE option at this time.

    4. Summer School Proposal for Mrs. Ransom to teach the summer school this year, starting June 4th – 25th for three hours, 8 am – 11am.  There was mention of a conflict with Community VBS, and it was stated that if a child prefers to attend the VBS, there will be no problems with that. 

    5. Superintendent Schoonover suggested that Athletic Director Position continue to be filled by the current Athletic Director. 

    6. Superintendent Schoonover suggested paying the Assistant Track Coach Stipend to the Head Track Coach, as she coached all season by hersel

    7. A letter from Results Physical Therapy and Fitness was given to the board in regard to providing PT services.  They charge $40 per 15 min as well as time spent in IEP meetings. 

    8. Prevailing Wage Resolution no longer has to go into the newspaper.  It can be posted on the website only now.

    9. June Calendar.

  13. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:18 p.m. and returned from @ 7:36 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session:  There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to approve Mile, Breakfast and Lunch Prices for 2018-2019 School Year was made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- yes; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    2. Motion to approve Teacher Contract for the 2018-2019, 2019-2020 School Year was made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll call: : Groves – yes; Fortner- yes; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    3. Motion to approve Medical Insurance Plan was made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- yes; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- sustain.  Motion carried.

    4. Motion to approve Summer School was made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: : Groves – yes; Fortner- yes; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carrie

    5. Motion to approve Athletic Director for 2018-2019 was made by Van Weelden, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- yes; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    6. Motion to approve Track Coach Stipends for 2017-2018 was made by Ruddy, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- yes; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    7. Motion to approve the Results Physical Therapy, Dawn Muller, Physical Therapist for 2018-2019 school year was made by Pfaff, seconded by Fortner. Roll call: Groves – yes; Fornter- yes; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    8. Motion to approve the Prevailing Wage Resolution was made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pfaff.   Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

    9. Motion to approve the AWANA Program allowing them to use the Cornell Grade School upon signing contract and showing proof of insurance was made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

 

  1. Upcoming Items:  none

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – none

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Ruddy, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned 7:45 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - April 18, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – April 18, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on April 18, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by Board President Todd Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Groves – present; Fortner- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present, Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Abby Holcomb, Dan Leonard & Brenda Underwood.

  4. Time was given to our guests for Public Comment.  Dan Leonard and Brenda Underwood presented to the Board information on AWANA.  The Cornell Community is looking for a place to hold AWANA and has asked the board to consider letting them meet at the school.  The Board will give this request during closed session. 

  5. No communications were brought up during this time.

  6. Motion to approve Closed Session and Regular Meeting Minutes from 3/21/18 with changes to the date was made by Ruddy & seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve Closed Session and Regular Meeting Minutes from 3/28/18 was made by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  8. Motion to approve the Agenda was made by Ruddy, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  9. Superintendent Report

    1. Dates of May 1st or May 7th were suggested by Superintendent Schoonover for the Negotiations team to meet.

    2. Superintendent Schoonover went to training for digital threat and reported that it was very good and informative.  It went over how to determine if you have an actual threat by using digital software.  Superintendent Schoonover intends to give a presentation in the future.

    3. Livingston County Sherriff Dept. will be going over a crisis plan. This will include Lock Down and Evacuation procedures.

    4. Superintendent Schoonover informed the Board that we continue to have water issues.  The drain in the Library, the 5th grade ceiling and the 3rd grade floor.  Any issues tied to the roof need to be addressed and fixed by the roofing company.     

  10. Financial Report:  Fund Balance as of 03/31/2018 is $1,173,539.04.  We are at 90%, 71% expenditures.  Things are looking well. 

  11. Motion to approve the Bills and Requisitions

  12. Old Board Business:

    1. PARCC Testing Completion- This may be the last year for this testing since the contract has ended.  They are looking for something with more immediate feedback.   

    2. Boys Intramural Volleyball – Will do a trial to see how well it takes off, possibly include it with P.E. Programming. 

  13. New Board Business:

    1. Non-Certified Staff Retention Recommendations for Employment

    2. Registration Fees for 2018-2019.  Sheet was attached for the State Recommendations- it was recommended that we stay the same as last year.

    3. Lunch/Breakfast Fees for 2018-2019.  More information is needed to make a decision at this time, tabled.

    4. Cooperative Paper Purchasing Project Co-op Paper Order – 62 cases will be ordered

    5. May Calendar

  14. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:25 p.m. and returned from @ 8:06 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session:  There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to approve the Registration Fee of $70 per child for 2018-2019 School Year was made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll call: Groves – yes; Fortner- yes; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    2. Motion to approve Milk, Breakfast and Lunch Prices for the 2018-2019 School Year – Tabled

    3. Motion to approve ordering 62 cases of paper from the Co-Op Paper Project was made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fortner.  Roll call: : Groves – yes; Fortner- yes; Pfaff- yes; Pinkerton-yes; Rogers- yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden- yes.  Motion carried.

    4. Motion to Approve Non-Certified Staff Employment for 2018-2019 of:

      1. Shannon Hart – District Bookkeeper by Van Weelden, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      2. Sarah Garretson- Administrative Assistant – by Groves, seconded by Pfaff. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      3. Christina Bowman- Teachers Assistant – by Van Weelden, seconded by Ruddy. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      4. Wendy Cooper - Cook – by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      5. Amanda Gray - Cook- by Pfaff, seconded by Groves. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      6. Kim Griswold- Cook – by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      7. Taryn Fortner –Custodian- by Ruddy, seconded by Groves. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – abstain; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      8. John Kisela- Custodian – by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      9. Sue Decker- Librarian – by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      10. Gail Janssen- Morning Aide– by Van Weelden, seconded by Pfaff. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Upcoming Items:

    1. Milk and Bread Bids

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – AWANA to be put on next month’s agenda.  Boys VB without financial support. 

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned 8:17 p.m.

Special Meeting Open Session Minutes - March 28, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes – March 28, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on March 28, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by Board President Todd Pinkerton at 5:15 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Groves – present; Fortner- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present, VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: none

  4. Communications- none.

  5. Motion to approve agenda was made by Pfaff & seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  6. Superintendent Report

    1. Twenty five more laptops have been received and are working well and ready to go.  Superintendent Schoonover will be getting quotes for Non-Profit Bulk Licensing for Microsoft 16 to be installed.

    2. PARCC is done for the 6th, 7th & 8th grades

    3. We have been nominated for the Monsanto Grant again this year; Ashley Follmer will be helping Superintendent Schoonover apply for this.

    4. Superintendent Schoonover and Taryn will be getting in touch with the boiler people to get some specific operating procedures and education on the system.   

  7. Old Board Business: Tabled

    1. Mowing-Bids/Lawnmower discussion – Two bids came in, One from Armored Lawn Care at $170 per mow, and the other was from Dehm at $180 per mow and Leonard came in with Certificate of Insurance and lowest bid. 

    2. Teacher Retention Recommendations for Employment – Discuss during closed

    3. Summer Volleyball Camp – June 11-15.  Flyer had a misprint. 

  8. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 5:25 p.m. and returned from @ 6:05 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session:  There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to Approve the Educational Employment for 2018-2019 of:

      1. Christina Bowman (Teacher’s Aide) year 8 –by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      2. Bobbie Ransom (Resource/Special Education) – Year 2 – by Ruddy, seconded by Rogers. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      3. Kim McHenry (Art) – Year 7 – by Groves, seconded by Fortner. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      4. Lynette Cavinder (Physical Education) Tenured – by Fortner, seconded by Groves. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      5. Jenni Giertz (Kindergarten) – Year 4- by Pinkerton, seconded by VanWeelden. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      6. Samantha Woods (First Grade) - Year 6 – by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      7. Amy Peterson – (2nd Grade) – Tenured – by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      8. Ashley Follmer ( 3rd Grade) – Year 5 – by Rogers, seconded by Van Weelden. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      9. Abby Holcomb (4th Grade) – Year 6 – by Groves, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      10. Mary Jansen (5th Grade) – Year 4 – by Ruddy, seconded by Pfaff. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      11. Tiffany Dukes (Jr. High English/Title I) – Year 4 – by VanWeelden, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      12. Leslie Coughlin (Science/Social Science) – Year 4 – by Pfaff, seconded by Groves. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      13. Ginny Jones (Mathematics) – Year 3 – by Groves, seconded by Ruddy. Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

      14. Laura Spraggon (Resource/Special Education) – Year 5 – by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Groves -no; Fortner – no; Pfaff – no; Pinkerton – no; Rogers – no; Ruddy – no; Van Weelden – no.  Motion carried.

    2. Motion to approve Dick Leonard to mow the lawn for a one year term at the rate of $150 per mow made by Rogers, seconded by VanWeelden.  Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fortner – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

    3. Motion to approve the June 11-15th Volleyball Camp made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving. 

 

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – none

  2. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Fortner, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned 6:14 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - March 21, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – March 21, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on February 21, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by Board President Todd Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Groves – present; Fortner- absent; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present, Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Tiffany Dukes, Jake Hutton, Caige Garzanelli, Abud Abusharekh, Ginny Jones and Amy Petersen.  Opportunity was given for public comment.  The student visitors gave a presentation regarding starting a boys’ volleyball team.  The Board appreciated their time and effort.  Discussion will take place at a later time regarding the subject.

  4. Communications- Letter of resignation.  Details to be discussed in Closed Session.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 02/21/2018 made by Ruddy, seconded by Pinkerton, voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  6. Motion to approve agenda was made by Groves & seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report – none.  Superintendent was not present at this meeting.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 02/28/2018: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet.  No further discussion was made regarding finances. 

  9. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions was made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Groves– yes, Fortner – absent, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy- yes, Van Weelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  10. Old Board Business: Tabled

    1. Mowing-Bids/Lawnmower discussion - tabled

  11. New Board Business:

    1. Teacher Retention Recommendations for Employment.  Tabled until Wednesday 28th

    2. Summer Volleyball Camp – June 11-15 - Tabled

    3. April Calendar.

  12. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:46 p.m. and returned from @ 7:38 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session:  There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Approval for Educational Employment for 2017-2018 – Tabled

    2. Approval of purchase of lawnmower or lawn mowing bid – Tabled

    3. Approval of Volleyball Camp - Tabled

    4. Motion to approve, with regret, Letter of Resignation for assistant track coach made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll Call: Groves – yes, Fortner – absent, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden – yes.  Motion carrie

  3. Upcoming Items:

    1. Registration Fees

    2. Lunch/Breakfast Fees

    3. Milk Bids

    4. Contract Negotiations

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – none

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:39 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - February 21, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – February 21, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on February 21, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by Will VanWeelden at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Groves – present; Fortner- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-late; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present, VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Seth Brown.  Opportunity was given for public comment but none was heard. 

  4. Communications- none.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 01/17/2018 made by Groves, seconded by Fortner with the following corrections:  

    1. The wrong Board Member name was listed & and one left off

Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  1. Changes to the agenda to talk about a mower option was made.  Motion to approve made by Ruddy & seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  2. Superintendent Report.

  1. Superintendent Schoonover talked about the moisture issue in the art room.  There was concern about the air quality.  EML Lab did an air quality test and there was no significant issues to be concerned about.

  2.  Superintendent Schoonover said another roof leak has come up and the roofing company has been notified and will be coming back to look at it.

  3. Superintendent Schoonover recently attended a Superintendent meeting where they discussed Crisis Plans and implementing drills specifically regarding active shooters.

  4. At this same meeting, the topic of cost shift/pension shift came up.  It is Superintendent Schoonover and others strong opinion that this should not happen.  He will stay on top of this subject.

  5. Cornell Mayor, Steve Rapp, asked if the township could use the bus during the July 13 & 14th Garden Walk.  The members of the board thought there might be some liability issues.  Superintendent Schoonover will look further into this. 

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of 01/31/2018: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $ 980,161.19

  2. Lunch bills have decreased since a call went out by approx. $1000. 

  3. We are at 81% revenues received for this school year and 55% expenditures. 

  4. A deposit was made into the roof account

  5. Watching fund 20 closely, currently over $700 on repairs and maintenanc 

  6. Some bills not included with statement for Ricketts. 

  7. A question regarding mileage and jury duty came up.  It was decided that we are not required to pay additional mileage if they receive full payment for their time off.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions with the exception of the mileage was made by Pinkerton, seconded by VanWeelden.  Roll Call: Groves– yes, Fortner – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy- yes, VanWeelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Parent Teacher conferences went well.  Superintendent Schoonover sat in on several.  We had nearly 100% participation.

  2. Someone local approached Superintendent Schoonover regarding doing our mowing.  Some questions came up about liability and then posting of the jo 

  1. New Board Business:

    1. The Facility Team met and a list of items that need to be address was passed around to the board members.  The team will stay on top of these items as needed.

    2. Statement of Economic Interest

    3. Lunch accounts have seen a decline since sending out the call. 

    4. Cornell Public School Calendar for 2018-19 was presented to the board for approval.

    5. A letter of resignation from a teacher was presented to the board.

    6. March Calendar.

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:04 p.m. and returned from @ 7:51 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session:  There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to approve 2018-2019 Calendar was made by VanWeelden, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

    2. Motion to approve, with regret, Employee Letter of Resignation made by Rogers, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll Call: Groves – yes, Fortner – yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Upcoming Items:

    1. PARCC testing set for March 5 – April 20th. 

    2. Contract Negotiations – Finance and Negotiation Team to meet soon.

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – Rogers questioned if there were still flu outbreaks, Superintendent Schoonover said no.  Pinkerton mentioned that we need to be more aware of behavioral issues in the wake of another school shooting.

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - January 17, 2018

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – January 17, 2018

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on January 17, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – present; Groves – present; Fortner- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-absent; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Tiffany Dukes & Mary Janssen.  Opportunity was given for public comment but none was heard. 

  4. Communications- none.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from December 19, 2017 made by Van Weelden, seconded by Ruddy with the following corrections:  

    1. The wrong date was on the closed session minutes

    2. The wrong Board Member name was listed

Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  1. No changes to the agenda Motion to approve made by Pfaff & seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  2. Superintendent Report.

  1. Superintendent Schoonover discussed why he chose to close school.  Bus temperatures and slick conditions.  Safety is always first.

  2.  Superintendent Schoonover said 2nd semester had a good first day.

  3.  Superintendent Schoonover discussed the leak in one of the motors of the boiler.  The science room also had a leak.  Temperatures did drop, but it was not too bad, and it was fixed quickly.  Motor will need to be replaced.  Quote came in at $1200. 

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of December 31, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $ 1,011,445.46

  2. Lunch bills were questioned.

  3. We are at 77% for this school year.

  4. Lawn service bill was questione

  5. Roof fund getting charged a fe  This is being checked into. 

  6. Some credit card receipts are missing, or haven’t been turned in properly to be reconciled with the statement.  Superintendent Schoonover will discuss this with staf 

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Groves– yes, Fortner – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- absent, Van Weelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Second Reading Board Policy: Press Recommendations Policies; 2:260, 4:15,4:110,4:150,5:20,5:90,5:100,5:200,4:170,5:220,5:240,5:290,6:50,6:60,6:150,6:340,7:10,7:15,7:20,7:70,7:180,7:190,7:250,7:260,7:275,7:305,7:340.

  2. Roof Update:  There was one leak, which has been fixed.  No new issues with the new roof.  A card with photo was sent to family of Wallace.   

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Cornell Public School Calendar for 2018-19 Committee.  Talked about changing days of the calendar for 2018-2019 school year.  Will bring the new calendar to teachers and then bring for board approval next meeting.

    2. Parent Teacher Conferences are set February 13th & 15th from 3p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    3. PARCC Testing Window.  Dates will be set up.

    4. IMRF part-time sick days.  By law IMRF for part-time gets 10 sick days.  Full-time receive 12 days.  Superintendent Schoonover is asking that we give them all the 12 days.

    5. Contract Negotiations - Finance and Negotiations Team to meet in April or May.

    6. February Calendar.

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:04 p.m. and returned from @ 7:51 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session:  There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to Approve IMRF part time sick days to 600 hours – 10 days per law made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Groves – yes, Fortner – yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- absent, Ruddy- yes, Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

    2. Motion to approve Board Policy Updates and presented with changes made by Groves and seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Groves – yes, Fortner – yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- absent, Ruddy – yes, Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Upcoming Items:

    1. Contract Negotiations – Finance and Negotiation Team. 

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – Bids for mowers for next month.

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - December 19, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – December 19, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on December 19, 2017.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Groves – present; Fortner- absent; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy – absent; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Mark Wayman.   Opportunity was given for public comment.  Mr. Wayman had a concern about a street light that was flickering at the front of the school.  Board member Pinkerton said that we would check into it. 

  4. Communications- The Student Council made Christmas cookies with a card attached.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from November 15, 2017 was made by Groves, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. No changes to the agenda Motion to approve was made by Pinkerton & seconded by VanWeelden.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report. None.  Superintendent Schoonover was absent.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of November 30, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $1,074,668.34

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Groves – yes, Fortner – absent, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy - absent VanWeelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Title One Plan

  2. Roof Repair update.  As far as the board knows, we believe that the roof repair was successful.   

  3. Board Christmas Breakfast will be held at 6:30 a.m. in the morning for all school staff.

  4. Mower Research.  There were no reports on mowers at this time.

  1. New Board Business:

    1. First Reading Board Policy: PRESS Recommendations Policies; 2:260, 4:15, 4:110, 4:150, 4:170, 5:20, 5:100, 5:200, 5:240, 5:290, 6:50, 6:60, 6:150, 6:340, 7:10, 7:15, 7:20, 7:70, 7:180, 7:190, 7:250, 7:260, 7:275, 7:305, 7:340.

    2. IMRF part time sick days – Tabled

    3. January Calendar.  Some changes to the basketball schedule were brought up.

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:41 p.m. and returned from @ 6:50 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to Approve Title One Plan made by Groves and seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving. 

    2. Motion to approve IMRF part time sick days was TABLED.

  3. Upcoming Items:

    1. PARCC testing. 

  4. Open Matters of Discussion

    1. dress code for staff was brought up.  Pinkerton will talk to Superintendent Schoonover regarding addressing the situation and enforcing the dress code policy.

    2. Gym looks nice.

    3. Evaluations for Superintendent Schoonover will be going out and due back by Jan. 8th.

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Rogers seconded by VanWeelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 6.54 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - November 15, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – November 15, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on November 15, 2017.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- absent; Groves-present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present; Van Weelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Laura Spraggon.  Opportunity was given for public comment but none was heard. 

  4. Communications- none.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from October 18, 2017 was made by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. No changes to the agenda Motion to approve was made by Ruddy & seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report.

  1. Superintendent Schoonover took a moment to wish the Board a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Superintendent Schoonover pointed out the check cut for Henson Robinson Co for the roof replacement and that there shouldn’t be any additional charges moving forward.

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of November 30, 2016: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $1,202,343.14

  2. Reminder that there were a few bigger bills this month with the roof and transportation.

  3. Our revenues received are at 74%.

  4. Still receiving monies from the state.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Fortner – absent, Groves- yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Superintendent  Schoonover  reported that the roof is doing well since they came back and worked on it after a small leak.  They also did some work on the skylight while they were up there at no charge.

  2. Superintendent  Schoonover reported that Parent/Teacher conferences went well overall.  An extended time may be needed for the Jr. High students.

  3. Superintendent Schoonover asked to table the Title One plan due to corrections needed.

  4. Conversation about the Co-Ed volleyball program took place.  Some questions were brought up about proof of insurance.      

  1. New Board Business:

    1. We’re currently needing to get several things done with the boiler.  The age of the boiler has made it necessary to put money into it.  A smoke alarm went off due to a steam pipe bursting.  The problem was located and cost and labor was involved.  It is now fixed. 

    2. Superintendent Schoonover attended a Tax Levy seminar where experts walk you through and answer any questions.  There are also worksheets and formulas that help calculate the Tax Levy 2017 cap.  A copy of the worksheet was attached. 

    3. Superintendent Schoonover wants to be proactive on the abatement bond check deadlines. 

    4. Van Weelden checked on mower costs at Kelly Sauder Rupiper.  Purchasing a mower outright should lessen the cost of mowing over a 5 year span.  Another quote was needed before a decision will be made.

    5. The Board will be making breakfast for the staff on Wednesday December 20th.  Everyone was assigned something to bring.

    6. December Calendar: The Board will meet on the 19th, not the 20th.

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Rogers, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:20 p.m. and returned from @ 7:30 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session – none.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to Approve Tax Levy FY17 made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll Call:, Fortner – yes, Groves- yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy-yes, Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

    2. Motion to approve Abate $43,562 of the 2017 Alternative Revenue Bond made by Pfaff and seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll Call:, Fortner – yes, Groves-yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy-yes, Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

    3. Motion to approve Assistant Volleyball Coach for 2017-18 School Year made by Van Weelden, seconded by Rogers.  Roll Call: Fortner-yes, Groves- yes, Pfaff-yes, Pinkerton-yes, Rogers-yes, Ruddy-yes, Van Weelden-yes.  Motion carried.

    4. Approve Title One Plan – table

  3. Upcoming Items:

    1. Thanksgiving break.

    2. Tax Levy to County Clerk   

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – none.

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pinkerton, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

 

Open Session Minutes - October 18, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – October 18, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on October 18, 2017.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Groves – present; Fortner- absent; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy- present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Bobbi Ransom.  Opportunity was given for public comment. 

  4. Communications- Copies of the Daily Leader featuring articles about Coach and the roof were passed around. 

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from September 20, 2017 was made by Ruddy, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. No changes to the agenda Motion to approve was made by Pinkerton & seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report.

  1. Superintendent Schoonover reported that the Fall Festival raised $2600.00. There was a good turn out and that the Pie in the Face was a big hit!   

  2. Superintendent Schoonover reported that he spent time with Pontiac learning about their STEM and 1 on 1 programs.  

  3. Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for the 24th and 26th from 3 – 7 p.m. 

  4. An issue with the basketball hoop being slanted was brought up.

  5. Superintendent Schoonover mentioned the two articles that were in the Pontiac Daily Leader and talked to the reporter about future mention of Cornell when the need arises.  

  6. Superintendent Schoonover will be scheduling the boiler training for himself and Taryn.

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of September 30, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  826,477.00

  2. We are at 40% revenue

  3. A need to discuss the alternative fund bond was brought up.

  4. Attending a seminar in East Peoria regarding tax levy – we are tax cappe 

  5. EAV went up, CPI went up, doing well.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll Call: Groves – yes, Fortner – absent, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy-yes, VanWeelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Roof Completion- there are a couple leaks with the new roof.  The roofing company will assess and Superintendent Schoonover will follow up as needed. 

  2. Fall Festival Update – as reported, $2600.00 was raised and it was well attended. 

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Coach Van Weelden gym dedication will be Saturday, October 21, at 2 p.m. open to the public. 

    2. Tax Levy-Seminar on October 19th in East Peoria.

    3. 1 on 1 Technology will be moving forward.  Hoping to receive 25 more computers from State Farm in January. 

    4. Title One District Plan – tabled so board can read over it.   

    5. Parent Teacher Conferences- October 24th & 26th

    6. Co-Ed Open Gym Volleyball- Board agreed that they would have to follow terms of policy to use the gym. 

    7. November Calendar

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:09 p.m. and returned from @ 7:19 p.m. 

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  2. Approval Items:

  1. Approve Co-Ed Open Gym Volleyball made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves. Roll Call; Groves- yes, Fortner – absent, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy-yes, VanWeelden – yes.  Motion carried. 

  2. Motion to Approve Title One District Plan - Tabled

  1. Upcoming Items:

    1. Tax Levy – Must be completed by second Tuesday of December

    2. Abatement Resolution for Alternate Bond

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Time to order tree in Wallace’s name.

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pinkerton, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:24 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - September 20, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – September 20, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on 08/20/17.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- absent; Groves- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present; VanWeelden-absent.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Leslie Coughlin.

  4. Communications- Board was asked to sign a thank you card for a donation towards the roof project.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 07/26/2017 was made by Groves, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. Motion to approve the agenda was made by Ruddy, seconded by Pfaff. Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report: 

a. Superintendent Schoonover reported that the roof projected is on target.

b. The hot water heater went out due to a leak.  It is a 500 gallon heater.  Ricketts installed a new one. 

c. Last week a fund drive for hurricane victims raised $1400!

d. One month into the school year and things are going well.

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of August 31, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $885,740.01

  2. See special Budget meeting notes for further information.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisition was made by Groves, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll Call:, Fortner –absent, Groves- yes , Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy – yes; VanWeelden –absent, Motion carried

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Roof work has begun.

  2. Tuck Point work is finished and the job was well done by Abraham.

  3. Second Reading Board Policy: Press Recommendation Policies; 2:20-E3, 2:260, 6:80, 6:180, 6:210, 7:275, 8:70

11.  New Board Business:

            a. Testing Information – This will be the last year for PARCC.  It was mentioned that the teachers              like benchmarking better.

            b. October Calendar

    12.      Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

                a. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment,                 compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 6:48 p.m. and returned from @ 7:21 p.m. 

13.    Action as a result of Closed Session- Pay increase after probation period for new hire kitchen staff was made by Groves and seconded by Rogers.  Roll Call: Fortner- absent, Groves – yes, Pfaff –Absent, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden-absent.

14.      Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Approve FY 17/18 Budget was made by Pfaff, seconded by Rogers. Roll Call: Fortner- absent, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- absent

  2. Motion to approve Board Policy Updates presented was made by Ruddy and seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.

  3. Motion to Approve Head Coach for Volleyball as Sarah Reints was made by Ruddy and seconded by Groves. Roll Call: Fortner- absent, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- absent

  4. Motion to Approve Head Coach for Basketball as VanWeelden for 8th grade was made Pinkerton, seconded by Rogers.  Roll Call: Fortner- absent, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- absent.

  5. Motion to Approve Head Coach for Basketball as Jones for 7th grade was made Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Fortner- absent, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- absent.

  6. Motion to approve a Part Time Cook for 2017-18 School Year was made by Pfaff and seconded by Pinkerton.  .  Roll Call: Fortner- absent, Groves – yes, Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- absent.

15.      Upcoming Items:

            a. Tax Levy info in Peoria

b. Fall Fest

16.      Open Matters of Discussion – Roof

17.      Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - August 16, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – August 16, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on 08/26/17.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Shannon Hart & Lauri Pope, CPA with Mack & Associates

  4. Communications- none.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 07/26/2017 was made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. Motion to approve the agenda was made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton. Motion carried.

  7. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of July 31, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $475,688.87

  2. Lauri from Mack & Associates presented the board with their report, no deficiencies were found and nothing stands out. 

  3. Watching janitorial supplies, inventory was taken, only order as needed

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions excluding Arthur & Gallagher bill was made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll Call:, Fortner –yes, Groves- yes , Pfaff –yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy – yes; VanWeelden –yes, Motion carried

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Roof work will begin at the end of September /early October.  Should take a week to 10 days total and a call to the attorney regarding working while school is in session will be made.

  2. Tricom Services has finished the access points and it’s working well.

10.  New Board Business:

  1. Audit Report – went well, see Financial Report

    1. 112 students registered for the 2017/18 school year

    2. Tuck Point Work by Abraham Masonry – they gave us a proposal of $1550.00

    3. Lead Teacher 2017/18 recommendation- closed session

    4. FY17/18 Tentative Budget and September Hearing – Amanda Pfaff, Shannon and Geoff went over together

    5. First Reading Board Policy: PRESS Recommendation Policies; 2:20-E3, 2:260, 6:80,6:180, 6:210, 7:275,8:70.

    6. September Calendar

 

11.      Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

a.    The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:30 p.m. and returned from @ 7:55 p.m. 

12.      Action as a result of Closed Session- none

13.      Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Approve FY 17/18 Tentative Budget was made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes

  2. Motion to Approve to Set Budget Hearing for Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. was made by Fortner, seconded by Groves. Voice vote with all members approving.

  3. Motion to Approve employment of Lead Teacher was made VanWeelden, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –Absent, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

  4. Motion to Approve Tuck Point Work Proposed by Abraham Masonry was made by Ruddy, seconded by Fortner. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –Absent, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes. 

  5. Motion to Approve 2017 Audit was made by Pfaff and seconded by Fortner.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –Absent, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

 

14.      Upcoming Items:

a. Adoption on FY17/18 Budget

15.      Open Matters of Discussion – We were all happy to hear that Nick Fortner’s daughter is doing well and making progress.  She should be able to return to classes in 6 weeks time.  

16.      Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Fortner, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - July 26, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – July 26, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on 07/26/17.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- absent; Groves- present; Pfaff-absent; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: none

  4. Opportunity was given for public comment - none.

  5. Communications- none.

  6. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 06/21/2017 was made by Groves, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve the agenda was made by Ruddy, seconded by Groves. Motion carried.

  8. Superintendent Report. –

    1. Superintendent  Schoonover reported that the gym floors will be done this coming Saturday July, 29th.

    2. Taryn Fortner and John have been working hard getting the school prepared.  The garden and playground area look real good. 

    3. Superintendent  Schoonover, Taryn and Shannon are going to State Farm warehouse on Thursday to look for donations of tables and chairs.

    4. Registration went well, 112 kids registere 

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of May 31, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $556,454.63

  2. Audit went well.  Auditors will report to us next month.

  3. Watching building fund, not alarmed.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Rogers, seconded by VanWeelden.  Roll Call:, Fortner –absent, Groves- yes , Pfaff – absent, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy – yes; VanWeelden –yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Summer Work/Gym Floor Refinish.   The floor work will start on Saturday and the cost will be picked up by the PTC.

  2. 4 bids came in for the roof. 

  3. Summer School Dates will be August 7-10 with the hours of 8 am- 10 am at $25 hr.

  4. We will move forward on the wireless internet access points and use REAP monies if ERATE doesn’t cover it. 

  5. 2017-2018 Student Handbook was discussed and a conversation came up regarding “cold shoulder” tops. 

12.  New Board Business:

 

  1. Audit

    1. 2017-2018 Registration

    2. 2017-2018 Tentative Budget Changes – General State Aid- Illinois Budget - Tabled

    3. Special Education Teacher- Make official

    4. Board/Staff Breakfast set for Wednesday, August 16th at 7:30 – Trisha to send out the list of who’s bringing what.

    5. August Calendar

 

13.      Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

a.    The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Ruddy, seconded by VanWeelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:08 p.m. and returned from @ 7:31 p.m. 

14.      Action as a result of Closed Session- none

15.      Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Approve Roof Bid and New Roof Installation was made by Groves, seconded by Rogers. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – absent, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes

  2. Motion to Approve Access Points Installation from Tricom Services was made by Rogers, seconded by Groves. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – absent, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes

  3. Motion to Approve Summer School Compensation for Staff was made VanWeelden, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –Absent, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

d.    Motion to Approve 2017/2018 tentative Budget- TABLED

e.    Motion to Approve Student Handbook was made by Ruddy, seconed by Fortner.  Voice vote                             with all members approving.

f.    Motion Bobbi Ransom as Special Education Teacher for 2017-2018 School Year was made by    Pinkerton, seconded by Groves. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff –Absent, Pinkerton-   yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

 

16.      Upcoming Items:

            a. 2017-2018 Tentative Budge Approval

17.      Open Matters of Discussion – Skating on new floor was discussed  

18.      Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Rogers, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - June 21, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – June 21, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on 06/21/17.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present; Groves- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Seth Brown

  4. Opportunity was given for public comment - none.

  5. Communications- none.

  6. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 05/17/2017 was made by Pinkerton, seconded by Ruddy.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve the Special Board Meeting Minutes from 05/17/17 was made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton. Motion carried.

  8. No changes to the agenda were made and a motion to approve was made by Groves & seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried

  9. Superintendent Report. –

    1. Superintendent Schoonover informed the board what a mess the state is in regarding no budget.  He has put together a budget for the school year based on no funding from the state.

    2. Taryn Fortner has been filling in as a temp custodian for the summer.  She is working well with the other custodian and they are ahead of schedule. 

    3. The new copier from Watts has arrived and working well.

    4. Someone has accepted the open position for the LBS1 job. 

  10. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of May 31, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $598,013.25

  2. A deposit was made of $70,000

  3. We are due $240,000 from the state. 

  4. There was a question regarding over-billing for speech and language - Superintendent Schoonover will check into that.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Pinkerton, seconded by Groves.  Roll Call: Fortner – yes, Groves- yes , Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy – yes; VanWeelden –yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Superintendent Schoonover will approach the PTC regarding picking up the cost for the whole amount of the gym floor refinishing.  Hoping to get it done by the last week of July, first week of August. 

  2. The ad for roof bids went into the paper and ran for 10 days; there were no bids that came in.  He did receive a call from someone in Georgia with a lot of questions, but no bid followed.  Pinkerton asked Superintendent Schoonover to contact TomKat for an official bid. 

  3. The position was just filled for the LBS1 today, not ready to discuss pay for summer school tonight.

  4. We are expecting approximately $7000 for ERATE to help cover the cost of the wireless access points, we also have REAP funds that can be used if neede 

  5. Second Reading Board Policy: Press Recommendation Policies; New Board Business: 2:20,4:90,5:30,7:20,7:180,2:70,2:70-E,2:120-E2,2:240-E1,2:40-E2,6:100,7:10-E,7:270,8:90,8:110.

13.          New Board Business:

  1. Teacher Contract Negotiations Ratified, all went well.

    1. 2017-2018 Tentative Budget was discussed and already worked on with intern.

    2. Discussed Abate Working Cash Fund

    3. Discussed Access Points and wireless internet

    4. A recommendation for custodian will be discussed in closed session

    5. Non-Certified staff compensation/salaries for 2017-2018 will be discussed in closed session

    6. Minor changes will take place in the student handbook this year, mostly wordin Superintendent Schoonover will get the board copies of the handbook

    7. July Calendar

 

14.      Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

a.    The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:18 p.m. and returned from @ 8:13 p.m. 

15.      Action as a result of Closed Session- none

16.      Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Approve Teacher Contract for 2017-2018 school year made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

  2. Motion to Approve Psychologist Contract was made by Pfaff seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

  3. Motion to Approve Pathologist Contract was made Groves and seconded by Fortner.  Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

  4. Motion to Approve the employment of Taryn Fortner was made by VanWeelden, seconded by Groves. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

 

  1. Motion to Approve Second Reading Board Policy: Press Recommendation Policies 2:20,4:90,5:30,7:20,7:180,2:70,2:70-E,2:120-E2,2:240-E1,2:40-E2,6:100,7:10-E,7:270,8:90,8:110; made by Pfaff, seconded by Rogers. Voice vote with all members approving.

  2.  Motion to approve Non-Certified Staff Compensation/Salaries for 2017-2018 was made by Ruddy, seconded by Fortner. . Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

  3. Motion to approve the refinishing of the gym floor was made by VanWeelden and seconded by Pinkerton. . Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

  4. Motion to approve the Student Handbook – tabled

  5. Motion to approve Abolishment of Working Cash Fund was made by Pfaff and seconded by Groves. . Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

17.      Upcoming Items:

            a. 2017-2018 Tentative Budge

18.      Open Matters of Discussion – new members and Board Training

19.      Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - May 17, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – May 17, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on 05/17/17.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fortner- present (late); Groves- present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; Ruddy-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Leslie Caughlin, Elisa Palmer (Intern). 

  4. Opportunity was given for public comment - none.

  5. Communications- none.

  6. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 04/19/2017 was made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. Motion to approve the Special Board Meeting Minutes from 04/30/17 was made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton. Motion carried.

  8. No changes to the agenda were made and a motion to approve was made by Pfaff & seconded by VanWeelden.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried

  9. Superintendent Report. –

    1. Superintendent Schoonover reached out to the owner of the property across the street.  At this time, she is not intending to give the land away, but may be willing to sell it by June.

    2. May 18th is graduation.  Practice and a luncheon took place today.

    3. A Special Education position is still open with only a couple hits since posting. Superintendent Schoonover will contact ISU to see if they may have any leads. 

    4. We don’t currently have anyone to fill the summer school position, when we get the Special Education position filled we will consider doing an “Early Start” prior to school starting for those in nee

    5. Superintendent Schoonover wanted to congratulate J.D. Ruddy for making it to State in track.  His mother thanked Superintendent Schoonover for the send off. 

  10. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of April 30, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $715,115.94

  2. We are due $230,000 from the state. 

  3. They still haven’t balanced the budget.  Contact your state representative about balancing the budget.

  4. There was a question regarding a check made out to State Bank of Graymont for $2047.00

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Fortner – yes, Groves- yes , Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Ruddy – yes; VanWeelden –yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Non-Certified Staff Retention Recommendation for Employment.

  2. Gym Floor Refinish-Update:  An estimate of $3000.00 for 3 coats of sealer, no paint, came from Forney & Reed from Flanagan.  They have done the Flanagan gym floor.

  3. The Roof Bid will go out in publication starting June 3rd for open bids.

  4. Second Reading Board Policy: Press Recommendation Policies; 2:100, 3:70, 4:15, 4:130-E,  5:120, 5:230,5:285,5:300,6:70,7:100

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Teacher Contract Negotiations- Finance and Negotiation Team- Tentative Contract with CEA-Monday May 22nd at 6:00 p.m. A union representative will be here.

    2. An Audit Engagement Letter will be signed and go to the banks for permission for an audit.

    3. Physical Therapy Contract stayed the same rate as last year $40 per 15 min.

    4. Graduation – Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7 p.m.

    5. Field Day – Tuesday, May 23rd with a cook out.

    6. End of Year Assembly- Wednesday, May 24th

    7. Wireless Internet will need 6 access points in the building at least.  ERate  or REEP money will help pay for this.

    8. IESA fees 2017-2018 come to $735.00

    9. Copy Machine Contract with Watts will increase $6 per month with 2 new machines.

    10. Summer School Dates/Pay for Teacher – move to June meeting

    11. A copy of the Prevailing Wage Resolution was sent around.

    12. Athletic Director Position 2017-2018 was posted internally

    13. First Reading Board Policy: Press Recommendation Policies; 2:20,4:90,5:30,7:20,7:180,2:70,2:70-E,2:120-E2,2:240-E1,2:40-E2,6:100,7:10-E,7:270,8:90,8:110.

    14. Milk and Bread Bids were sent off

    15. June Calendar

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:13 p.m. and returned from @ 7:45 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- none

  2. Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Approve Tiffany Dukes as Athletic Director 2017-18 made by VanWeelden, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.

  2. Motion to Approve Results Physical Therapy Contract made by Pfaff, seconded by Groves. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

  3. Motion to Approve Prevailing Wage Resolution made by Pinkerton, seconded by Rogers. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

 

  1. Motion to Approve Copy Machine Contract with Watts made by Ruddy, seconded by Fortner. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

  2. Motion to Approve IESA Fees 2017-18 made by VanWeelden, seconded by Pinkerton. Roll Call: Fortner- yes, Groves – yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers – yes, Ruddy – yes, VanWeelden- yes.

  3. Motion to Approve Audit Engagement Letter made by Pinkerton, seconded by Groves. Voice vote with all members approving.

  4. Motion to Approve Second Reading Board Policy: Press Recommendation Policies; 2:100, 3:70, 4:15, 4:130-E,  5:120, 5:230,5:285,5:300,6:70,7:100 made by Pfaff, seconded by Fortner. Voice vote with all members approvin

  5.  Motion to approve Non-Certified Staff Employment for 2017-2018 for

  1. Shannon Hart – District Bookkeeper–by VanWeelden, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll call:  Groves -yes; Fornter – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Sara Garretson- Administrative Assistant-  by Pfaff, seconded by Groves.  Roll call:  Groves – yes; Fornter – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Christina Bowman –Teachers Assistant by VanWeelden, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll call:  Groves-yes; Fornter – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  4. Wendy Cooper – Cook by Rogers seconded by Goves.  Roll call:  Groves-yes; Fornter – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carrie

  5. Amanda Gray- Cook–by Fornter, seconded by Rogers.  Roll call:  Groves-yes; Fornter – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  6. Connie Walker – Cook by Ruddy, seconded by Fornter.  Roll call:  Groves- yes; Fornter – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy-yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  7. Jude Morrisey - Custodian by Groves, seconded by Fortner.  Roll call:  Groves – no; Fornter – obstain;–  Pfaff – no; Pinkerton – no; Rogers – no; Ruddy- no; Van Weelden – no.  Motion carried.

  8. John Kisela – Custodian by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Groves – yes; Fornter – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  9. Sue Decker- Librarian by VanWeelden, seconded by Ruddy.  Roll call:  Groves – yes; Fornter – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  10. Gail Janssen- Morning Aide by Groves, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Groves – yes; Fornter – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Ruddy- yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  1. Upcoming Items:

    1. Summer

    2. Intern helping with cleaning up the budget

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – new members and Board Training

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Ruddy, seconded by Groves.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - April 19, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – April 19, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on 04/19/17.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – present; Fortner- present; Kindermann-present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present;  Rogers-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Trisha Ruddy, Marilea Groves, Ashley Follmer, Tiffany Dukes and Larry Tombaugh. 

  4. Opportunity was given for public comment.   The board heard Mr. Tombaugh’s presentation for a TomKat Roof at this time.  It was very informative and he gave each member a packet of information.  Among some of the high points, Duro-Last Rubber is non-flammable, has welded seams and it will take less than a week to complete.  It comes with a 15 year 100% guarantee. 

Ashley Follmer also addressed the board with a request to extend her maternity leave until after Christmas.  Jane Roeschley will be her sub until her return.

  1. Communications- Thank you note from Coach VanWeelden.

  2. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 03/15/2017 was made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  3. No changes to the agenda Motion to approve was made by Pinkerton & seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  4. Superintendent Report. –

    1. Kindergarten Roundup was a big success.  There are 14 incoming kindergarteners.

    2. We are a month away from graduation. 

    3. Negotiations are coming up, possibly the 2nd week of May.

    4. There are some concerns with the doors.  Superintendent Schoonover met with a locksmith who gave a rough estimate of $3300 for the Front, South, Kitchen and Teachers Lounge doors to be redone. 

  5. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of March 31, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $787,112.17

  2. We’re at 96% of total revenue for this school year.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kindermann- yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden –yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. PARCC Testing completed.  The kids did good and the computer stations went well.

  2. Roof Update, Mr. Tombaugh spoke during public comment on the TomKat roof.  Ultimate Roofing was discussed, they are a foam roofing material, not rubber.  The high points would be a 10 year warranty and roughly under $50,000.  We will post a bidding process in the paper according to protocol.

 

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Non-Certified Staff Retention Recommendations for Employment

    2. Registration Fees – no changes

    3. Lunch/Breakfast Fees- no changes

    4. First Reading Board Policy: Press Recommendation Policies; 2:100, 3:70, 4:15, 4:130-E, 5:120, 5:230, 5:285, 5:300, 6:70, 7:100

    5. Mowing Bid from Dehms Lawncare and Landscaping- stays the same as last year $130 per mow.

    6. Cooperative Paper Purchasing Project Co-Op Paper Order – running low on paper, needed to place an order.  Ordered 40 cases

    7. Summer Volleyball Camp- Current coach, Sarah Reints, wants to hold a summer volleyball camp here July 24th – 28th.  There would be three age groups, three different times and three different costs.

    8. Gym Floor Refinishing Update – it was done 17 years ago, got an estimate of $12,175 and the Cougar would cost extra.  It would take 4 hours and days to cure.  Discussion took place regarding the cost.

    9. A special Board Meeting will take place on April 27th at 6:30 to appoint the new Board Members.

    10. May Calendar

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:45 p.m. and returned from @ 8:44 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- Add “I” to approval items

  2. Approval Items:

  1. Motion to approve, with regret, resignation of teacher Amanda Coonan effective end of school year, May 24th made by Kinderman, seconded by Pfaff – voice vote wilt all members approving

  2. Motion to approve Summer Volleyball Camp from July 24th – 28th made by Pfaff and seconded by Fortner, voice vote with all members approving.

  3. Motion to approve Registration Fees for 2017-2018 school year to stay the same made by Pfaff, seconded by Kinderman, voice vote with all members approving.

  4. Motion to approve Milk, Breakfast and Lunch prices stay the same for school year 2017-2018 made by Rogers, seconded by Van Weelden, voice vote with all members approving.

  5. Motion to approve the mowing bid by Dehm’s Lawncare and Landscaping made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fortner.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to approve Co-Op Paper Order was made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff, voice vote with all members approving.

  7. Approval for roof work was tabled.

  8. Approval of Non-Certified Staff Employment for 2017-2018 was tabled.

  9. Motion to approve extended maternity leave for Ashley Follmer was made by Rogers, seconded by Kinderman, voice vote with all member approving.

  1. Upcoming Items:

    1. Milk & Bread bids

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – none

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by VanWeelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:49 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - March 15, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – March 15, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on 03/15/17.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – present; Fortner- present; Kindermann-present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting: Trisha Ruddy, Amy Petersen, Shannon Hart, Marilea Groves and Samantha Foley. 

  4. Opportunity was given for public comment.   There was none.

  5. Communications- Dehm’s Landscaping sent in a quote which will go on next month’s agenda.

  6. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from 02/22/2017 was made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  7. No changes to the agenda. Motion to approve was made by Pinkerton & seconded by Kindermann.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Superintendent Report. –

    1. Golliday Plumbing came in to look at the intake tank and will get back to us with a quote. 

    2. In regards to the VanWeelden gym naming, the Class of 69’-70’ will be donating a plaque and will ask to have Diaz draw up a quote for painting floor art if we decide to have the court stripped down completely and refinished this summer. 

    3. Still haven’t heard anything regarding the Pharis property.  No communication has taken place.

    4. Everything is going well, with the warmer weather there is excitement in the air.  Lots of events are in place including PBIS bowling, assembly, pies in the face and Spring Break just around the corner.

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of February 28, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $855,741.89

  2. We’re at 60% for this school year.

  3. Superintendent Schoonover is watching the operations and maintenance budget closely.

  4. Superintendent Schoonover mentioned the Facility team met and there are several things that will be needing attention in the future.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kindermann- yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden –yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. PARCC Testing update, Junior High will take their tests starting March 27th with K-5 following.  They just need a tech piece and they are ready to go.

  2. Roof Update, The Facility Team is moving forward on sections.  Contact information was given to Superintendent Schoonover.  They were contacted and are planning on coming out to the school as soon as the weather gets better. 

  3. February 28th, Millikin School of Education Visit Summary- Superintendent Schoonover interviewed 4 candidates. Superintendent Schoonover was very impressed and although we currently don’t have any openings, it is a great networking opportunity.  Superintendent Schoonover also made connections with the School of Music. 

  4. 2017-18 School Calendar – Spring break will coincide with FCHS.  Start date will be 2 days different than FCHS. We will also be taking the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off.

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Teacher Retention recommendations for Employment

    2. Finance and Negotiation Team Committee Report – Transfer funds to Investment Fund alternative Revenue Bond Information.  Recommendation to shift money to and investment fund.

    3. April Calendar – Booster dinner will be April 9th

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

a.The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:13 p.m. and returned from @ 7:57 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session- none

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to approve Educational Employment for 2017-2018 for

i.Christina Bowman (Teachers’ Aide) –tabled until April for non-teacher staff

ii.Amanda Coonan (Resource/Special Education) – Tenured by Kinderman, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

iii.Kim McHenry (Art) – Year 6 by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

iv.Lynette Cavinder (Physical Education) – Tenured by VanWeelden, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

v.Jenni Giertz (Kindergarten) – Year 3 by Pfaff, seconded by Kinderman.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

vi.Samantha Foley (First Grade) – Year 5 by VanWeelden, seconded by Kinderman.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

vii.Amy Petersen – (2nd Grade) – Tenured by Rogers, seconded by VanWeelden.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

viii.Ashley Follmer ( 3rd Grade) – Year 4 by VanWeelden, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

ix.Abby Holcomb ( 4th Grade) – Year 5 by Fortner, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

x.Mary Jenseen ( 5th Grade) – Year 3 by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

xi.Tiffany Dukes (Jr. High English/ Title I) – Year 3 by Pinkerton, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

xii.Leslie Coughlin ( Science/ Computers) – Year 3 by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

xiii.Ginny Jones ( Mathematics) – Year 2 by VanWeelden, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

xiv.Laura Spraggon (Resource/ Special Education) – Year 4 by Pfaff, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

xv.Seth Brown (Music/Band) – Year 2 by Kindermann, seconded by Rogers.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

b.    Motion to approve adjustment to staff members TRS and paycheck by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

a.Motion to approve money transfer of $70,000 to Investment fund by Pinkerton, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fornter – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

b.Motion to approve 2017- 2018 School Calendar by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.

  1. Upcoming Items:

    1. Registration Fees

    2. Milk & Bread bids

    3. Lunch/Breakfast Fees

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – none

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by VanWeelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - February 22, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – February 22, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on 2/22/17.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – present; Fortner- absent; Kindermann-present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; VanWeelden-absent.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Trisha Ruddy, Ginny Jones & Dave Melvin.  Opportunity was given for public comment.   Mr. Melvin inquired about the property across the street in regards to the repaving on the streets this upcoming summer.  The school has not heard of any decisions made on that property.

  4. Communications- The 8th grade students received a NAEP certificate of participation and received credit for community service for participation as well.  Superintendent Schoonover thanked the board for all they did during his grandfathers passing.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from January 18, 2017 was made by Pinkerton, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. No changes to the agenda. Motion to approve was made by Kindermann & seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report. - none

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of January 30, 2017: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $930,773.82

  2. We’re at 52% for this school year.

  3. Superintendent Schoonover is almost certain there will be a property tax freeze.

  4. Superintendent Schoonover mentioned we will be seeing a larger bill from Tricom for setting up all of the laptops we just received.

  5. A meeting  of the Financial Committee is to be scheduled regarding moving some of the surplus

  6. Discussion over mileage and turning in mileage on a monthly basis took place

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – absent, Kindermann- yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden –absent, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. The Facility Team met to discuss the Intake Tank and Roof.  Superintendent Schoonover talked to the insurance company about the deductable on intake tank.  Hold for approval after we get more estimates.  Superintendent Schoonover talked with Superintendent Farris on some suggestions and a foam roof was discussed, also working in sections.

  2. The Reader’s Workshop visit to Glenn Elementary School is still getting organized.

  3. E-Rate update on February 27th.  Superintendent Schoonover will fill out the application and the 2nd training is in April. 

  4. Contract Negotiations are set for Late April/early May for the teachers

  5. 2017/18 School Calendar – Spring break needs to coincide with FCHS.  Start date will be 2 days different than FCHS.

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Amendments to the FY17 School Calendar – 2 snow days used.  Last day on May 24th with Report cards distributed on the 25th.

    2. PARCC Testing Dates set for March 2th – April 14th

    3. February 28th Superintendent Schoonover is set to go to Millikin University for School of Education Interviews

    4. Waste Removal Contract from Republic Services is set for $155 per month.  The rate is to stay the same. 

    5. March calendar

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

a.The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:33 p.m. and returned from @ 8:19 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session

    1. Add approval F to approval items.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to Approve Amendments to FY17 School Calendar made by Pinkerton, seconded by Pfaff. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – absent, Kinderman- yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – absent.  Motion carried.

    2. Motion to approve Republic Services Waste Removal at cost of $155 made by Pfaff and seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – absent, Kinderman- yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – absent.  Motion carried.

    3. Motion to approve purchase of Boiler Water Intake Tank – TABLED

    4. Motion to approve Superintendent Schoonover’s trip to Millikin (School of Education) to interview teaching candidates on February 28th made by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton.    Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – absent, Kinderman- yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – absent.  Motion carried.

    5. Motion to approve Superintendent Schoonover’s 2017-2019 contract made by Pfaff, seconded by Kinderman.   Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – absent, Kinderman- yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

    6. Motion to approve the dedication of the Cornell Grade School gymnasium court in honor of Will VanWeelden was made by Pfaff and seconded by Pinkerton.  All in favor, motion carried. 

  3. Upcoming Items:

    1. PARCC Testing

    2. Contract Negotiations

    3. Teacher Retention Recommendations for Employment

  4. Open Matters of Discussion –

    1. Lunch balance letters went out

    2. ISU internship at CGS with Superintendent Schoonover 

    3. Inquiries over 8th graders taking freshmen math course

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:31 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - January 18, 2017

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – January 18, 2017

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on January 18, 2017.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – present; Fortner- present; Kindermann-absent; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present; Rogers-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Mrs. Janssen.  Opportunity was given for public comment, but none was heard. 

  4. Communications- Christina Bowman sent a Thank You to the board for the breakfast.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from December 21, 2016 was made by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. No changes to the agenda. Motion to approve was made by Pfaff & seconded by VanWeelden.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report.

  1. Superintendent Schoonover talked about the new law regarding lead testing of the water.  This is to be done annually and cost was a concern. 

  2. Superintendent Schoonover would like the facility team to meet regarding the roof.  Suggests working sections at a time due to cost.

  3.  Superintendent Schoonover reached out to the Wallace family regarding the tree in Williams name and brought them up to date about the roof.

  4. A trip to State Farm for 25 laptops and some furniture is in the near future for Superintendent Schoonover.

  5. Superintendent Schoonover gave an update on the family that suffered a fire.   

  6. Superintendent Schoonover went over the disciplinary sheet for this month.  A discussion on disrespect will take place in closed session

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of November 30, 2016: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $890,522.06

  2. We are currently at 55% of budget.  Seems to be right on target.

  3. A receipt for an item was missing from one of the bills, Superintendent Schoonover will check into that.

  4. An additional bill for volleyball uniforms came in. PTC will be contacted to see if they will help cover that bill.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kindermann- absent, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Roof Fund is at $61,000.  Again, Superintendent Schoonover will visit with the Wallace family to bring them up to date and meet with the facility team.

 

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Cornell Public School Calendar for 2017-2018 – Draft was passed out and the recommendations from the staff were heard

    2. Intake Tank for Boiler- The board went to go look at the actual boiler to get a better understanding of what we’re talking about.  Discussion took place on how to move forward.  Superintendent Schoonover passed out a quote he had received.

    3. Reader’s Workshop Visit for 3-5th Grade Teachers in February- A scheduled trip for the teachers will be made and a follow up by that leader to come to Cornell were discussed.  There will need to be substitutes on that day, but the workshop is free for us.

    4. Contract Negotiations – Finance and Negotiation Team - This team agreed to meet soon.

    5. February  Calendar:

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

    1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Fortner.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:29 p.m. and returned from @ 7:37 p.m. 

  3. Action as a result of Closed Session- There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  4. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to Approve the purchase of a new Intake Tank for boiler was tabled.

  5. Upcoming Items:

    1. PARCC  Testing – March and April are when the PARCC testing are scheduled to be done.

  6. Open Matters of Discussion –

    1. Pfaff brought up the selling for food items prior to the half hour window that the regulations require.  Superintendent Schoonover will discuss this matter with the groups involved.

  7. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - December 21, 2016

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – December 21, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on December 21, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – present; Fortner- present; Kindermann-present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present;  Rogers-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Trisha Ruddy & Amanda Coonan.  Opportunity was given for public comment but none was heard. 

  4. Communications- The Student Council sent the board a Christmas card.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from November 16, 2016 was made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. No changes to the agenda Motion to approve was made by Kindermann & seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report.

  1. Superintendent Schoonover talked about the fire that a family had suffered and that the school and community has come forward to help out with needed supplies.  The Student Council took the 7th grader shopping as well.

  2.  Superintendent Schoonover mentioned the passing of Wallace McIntyre, a generous donor and former Cornell student.  His family sent Superintendent Schoonover an email expressing how much he enjoyed talking of Cornell and how important education was to him.  A memorial in his name was discussed by the board.

  3.  Superintendent Schoonover talked about the intake tank on the boiler which seems to have a slow leak.  It will be addressed over the holiday break while everyone is away and hoping it can be welded in place of being replaced.

  4. The roof fund is at $61,385

  5. Superintendent Schoonover thanked the board for the breakfast that they treated all the staff to this morning.

  6. Superintendent Schoonover went over the disciplinary sheet for this month.

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of November 30, 2016: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  $951,853.74

  2. Bond payment statement went to wrong address.  Superintendent Schoonover went to Graymont State Bank and talked to them regarding the error.

  3. We’re at 48% for this school year.

  4. Bond is showing negative balance at this time. Incoming CSFT Revenues will correct this in the coming months.

  5. Superintendent Schoonover talked about the grants for E-RATE; the intense work that needs to go into it, but it’s well worth it.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by VanWeelden.  Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kindermann- yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Superintendent  Schoonover  would like to get the Tax Levy for FY 17 approved tonight and deliver it tomorrow.

  2. Superintendent  Schoonover  would like to abate for full amount of $45,287 for the FY16 bonds and approved tonight as well.

  3. Superintendent Schoonover passed around an email from Chris at Twin City Energy regarding the renewal contract.  He explained why we should go with the ENERGY ONLY at .03576 and lock it in as soon as possible.

  4. Superintendent Schoonover talked to the auditor regarding the question the board had about the increase in Capital Outlay and it was explained that the increase to $5000 from $500 is actually a better thing to do and easier to inventory those types of items. 

  5. Second Reading Board Policy: Press Recommendation Policies; 2:10,2:125,2:125-E1,2:125-E2,2:125-E3,2:200,2:220,2:220-E1,2:220-E2,2:220-E4,2:220-E5,2:220-E6,2:220-E7,2:220-E8,4:60,4:110,4:175,5:100,5:125,5:185,5:190,5:250,5:260,5:280,5:330,6:15,6:50,6:60,6:145,6:6:160,6:170,6:340,7:50,7:60,7:70,7:250,7:260,7:305,7:310,8:30

  6. Superintendent Schoonover attended the E-Rate workshop on December 14th and it was excellent.  The next one is in February.  This grant is income based.  He met some contacts and was hoping to visit some to see how they use it.

  7. Publish Roof Fund.

  1. New Board Business:

    1. January Calendar:

  2. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

a.The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:10 p.m. and returned from @ 7:23 p.m. 

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session:

    1. Motion for a 2-year contract for Superintendent Schoonover  made by VanWeelden, seconded by Pinkerton. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kinderman- yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Approval Items:

    1. Motion to Approve Tax Levy FY17 made by Kinderman, seconded by Pinkerton. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kinderman- yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – yes.  Motion carried.

    2. Motion to approve Abate $45,287 of the 2016 Alternative Revenue Bond made by Pfaff and seconded by Kinderman.  Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kinderman- yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Upcoming Items:

    1. Cornell Public School Calendar Approval was tabled until Flanagan-Cornell approves theirs. 

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – Kindermann metioned that the parking situation was an issue.  Superintendent Schoonover was going to check into some options and also options about a bus barn, which moving the buses will free up some parking space.

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - November 16, 2016

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – November 16, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on November 16, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – present; Fortner- present; Kindermann-present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present;  Rogers-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Trisha Ruddy & Laura Spraggon.  Opportunity was given for public comment but none was heard. 

  4. Communications- All board members received a Thanksgiving card from Green Associates.  A card along with snacks and drinks were provided by the Kindness Committee.

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from October 19, 2016 was made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. No changes to the agenda Motion to approve was made by Kindermann & seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report.

  1. Superintendent Schoonover talked about the Kindness committee.  A student council ran program to promote kindness.

  2. Superintendent Schoonover said that Veterans Day Program was successful.   The kids sang and they served approximately 50 meals.  His 99 year old grandfather was there and enjoyed his time spent at Cornell Grade School.

  3. The Speech Contest was also a success.  He was grateful for all the work that went into it.   All the kids did a great job and represented the school very well.  Superintendent Schoonover mentioned that it was well organized and he was very proud of everyone involved.

  4. Superintendent Schoonover presented Deficit Annual Financial Report (AFR) summary information.  Said he watching the Operation & Maintenance closely. 

  5. Superintendent Schoonover talked about basketball season and said things were off to a good start.

  6. Superintendent Schoonover went over the disciplinary sheet for this month.  There are still issues coming from students’ failure to bring materials. There were also a couple other issues that will be discussed during closed session.

  7. The Leave/Replace substitute for 4th grade has come in for some training and let Superintendent Schoonover know that she was very impressed with Cornell Grade School and is looking forward to working there.

 

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of October 31, 2016: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  1,056,290.52

  2. Watching the Supplies-Maintenance closely

  3. Office fundraiser was a popcorn fundraiser, not Yankee Candle.  That’s just what the name was entered originally.

  4. Galliday was in to fix hot water issue, but that may not have fixed the problem. 

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kindermann- yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. A rough estimate for services on the roof – without visiting the premises it could range anywhere from $12,000 - $15,000.  Certain procedures need to be followed, fees are based according to what actually needs to be done.  A photo of the top of the school was handed out to the board.  All fees are based on square footage.  Discussion took place.

  2. Superintendent Schoonover received this information from both Green Assoc. and Upchurch.

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Tax Levy FY17:

    2. First Reading Board Policy: Press Recommendation Policies; 2:10,2:125,2:125-E1,2:125-E2,2:125-E3,2:200,2:220,2:220-E1,2:220-E2,2:220-E4,2:220-E5,2:220-E6,2:220-E7,2:220E8,4:60,4:110,4:175,5:100,5:125,5:185,5:190,5:250,5:260,5:280,5:330,6:15,6:50,6:60,6:145,6:6:160,6:170,6:340,7:50,7:60,7:70,7:250,7:260,7:305,7:310,8:30:

Pfaff asked who follows up on these.Superintendent Schoonover is to follow up to make sure we are in accordance. 

  1. Abatement of FY16 Bonds:  $450,000 Bond – make sure we ABATE with county the whole amount by February, but vote on in December.

  2. Energy/Electric Renewal/Contract Update- Engie Energy:  Superintendent Schoonover contacted Twin City Energy who suggests we do the Energy Supply Only vs. the All In Commodity Rate.  Superintendent Schoonover was to follow up to find out the difference.  There was a significant difference between the two.

  3. E-Rate Workshop/Gant: Discussed telecommunication services up to 90% off.  Federal Funding is out there to help with access points and such.  Superintendent Schoonover will be going to training in December to learn more about this.

  4. Resolution to increase Capital Outlay and increase Fixed Asset Threshold  was discussed.

  5. Board Christmas Breakfast for the staff:  Wednesday, December 21, 2016 @ 7:15 a.m. 

  6. December Calendar:

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

a.The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:49 p.m. and returned from @ 8:49 p.m. 

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  2. Approval Items: TABLED

  3. Upcoming Items:

    1. Approve Tax Levy FY17

    2. Approve to Abate $45,287 of the 2016 Alternative Revenue Bond

    3. Increase fixed Asset threshold

  4. Open Matters of Discussion – Kindermann commented on the great job the school did as a whole for the Speech Contest.

  5. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:51 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - October 19, 2016

Cornell Grade School District #426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – October 19, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held it monthly Board meeting at the Cornell Grade School on October 19, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – present; Fortner- present; Kindermann-present; Pfaff-present; Pinkerton-present;  Rogers-present; VanWeelden-present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guest and visitors to the meeting: Trisha Ruddy, Abby Holcomb & Samantha Foley.  Opportunity was given for public comment.  Abby Holcomb expressed her and Mrs. Follmer’s gratitude to the board for attending the Reading Conference.  Samantha Foley announced that Cornell Grade School will be hosting the Speech Contest on November 5th and are looking for volunteers to help out that day.

  4. Communications- none

  5. Motion to approve the Regular & Closed Minutes from September 21, 2016 was made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. 

  6. No changes to the agenda Motion to approve was made by Kindermann & seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendent Report.

  1. Superintendent Schoonover showed the board a spread sheet on disciplinary issues.  The report shows that a large majority of the issues come from students’ failure to bring materials to class.  This report covers all classes from the beginning of the year. 

  2. Superintendent Schoonover discussed the Tax Levy Seminar in Peoria.  Attentive levy discussion to take place @ next meeting.  EVA is down and could result in less tax dollars to school- approximately 2% decrease. 

  3. A server transfer took place which will free up more space and provide more speed that was needed.  Access points were changed, so wifi signals should be better. 

  4. A money market for the Roof Fund was set up with a new total of $62,128.24.  This needs to stay in for 90 days @.5% growth.

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of September 30, 2016: Financial reports were provided to the board in the board packet. 

  1. Cash in Bank =  820,905.58

  2. Will add roof fund money market acct to Fund 20 account

  3. Watch election, State government closely to see if we will get all of our payments.

  4. Energy bill up $700.  Air conditioner ran more and sump pumps running continuously for some time could be reason why.  Superintendent Schoonover will check to see if rates increase substantially. 

  5. Page 30 was paid for out of LD Classroom supplies, was coded wrong on credit card bill

  6. Superintendent Schoonover still working on getting fund balance numbers from Lauri Pope

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kindermann- yes, Pfaff – yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – yes, Motion carried. 

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Roof Fund, Bid updates, Money Market – Superintendent Schoonover reported that he received an example of advertisement from PTHS on getting bids for the roof fund.  It was suggested that we contact Farnsworth Group regarding an architect. 

  2. Fall Festival Update – PBIS committee did a great job again.  Best year yet at raising funds, approximately $3100.00 was raised. 

  3. AG Building Update - This has been completed and Superintendent Schoonover is doing a walk thru tomorrow.  Thanks to Rick Bennett for help with getting stuff out. 

  4. Assistant Volleyball Coach – to be discussed in closed session

  5. Volleyball Uniforms – the new uniforms are in and all were impressed

  1. New Board Business:

    1. Alternative Revenue Bond-History, Definition, CSFT vs. Levy  $450,000 G.O. Bonds(Alternative Revenue Source), Series 2011, of Community Consolidated School District Number 426, Livingston County, Illinois DATED: May 1, 2011. At the time of this bond issue by the District filed a levy for this issue with the County Clerk. Currently a 2016 levy of $45,287.50 is on file with the County Clerk for collection in 2017. For an Alternative Bond such as this, the levy needs to be abated in its entirety prior to the County Clerks Deadline.

    2. Tax Levy-Seminar on October 18th – talked about in Superintendent Report.

    3. Parent Teacher Conferences- October 27th & 28th

    4. Insurance Plans, Comparisons- Staying with same one.  Superintendent Schoonover will talk to insurance representative; will also request the rep to come to future board meeting. 

  2. Transition of Board Secretary – Sara Rogers

  3. November Calendar – As presented

  4. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

a.The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the "appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 ©(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:37 p.m. and returned from @ 7:54 p.m. 

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  2. Approval Items:

  1. Motion to approve Brittany Helander as the 2016-17 Assistant Volleyball Coach made by VanWeelden, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll Call: Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kinderman- yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden – yes.  Motion carried. 

  2. Motion to Approve Health Insurance Plan made by Fortner, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll Call; Fitzsimmons – yes, Fortner – yes, Kindermann- yes, Pfaff- yes, Pinkerton- yes, Rogers- yes, VanWeelden- yes.  Motion Carried. 

  3. Motion to Approve Sara Rogers as the District Board Secretary made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  1. Upcoming Items:

    1. Tax Levy – Must be completed by second Tuesday of December

    2. Resolution to increase Capital Outlay

    3. Increase fixed Asset threshold

  2. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – none.

  3. Adjournment; Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.

 

Open Session Minutes - September 21, 2016

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Budget Hearing – September 21, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on September 21, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:15 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Fortner - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. Budget Presentation:

  • 80% of Expense is for school personnel.

  • All of the CFST revenue and expense accounts have been broken out into 3 accounts.

  • Expense account 20.2542.110.1 was changed from $4,000 to $10,000.

  • Expense account 10.4120.310.5 for the Sp Ed- Physiologist is now contracted through Flanagan.

  • Revenue account 30.7230.121 was changed from $45,000 to $0.00 and expense account 60.1290 was changed from $45,000 to $0.00

  1. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Jennifer Giertz. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard.

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 6:32 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - August 17, 2016

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – August 17, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on August 17, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by Vice President Van Weelden at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Fortner - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present at 7:38pm; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting: Lauri Pope, Shannon Hart, and Ashley Follmer. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard. 

  4. Communications – Card from William McIntyre, son of Wallace McIntyre was presented.  When the card was received there was a substantial donation of $40,000 to our Roof Fund from Wallace. 

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from July 20, 2016 made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to approve the made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of July 31, 2016:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet along   and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. Cash on hand is $374,014.97

  2. Note: On the treasures report, the first column should read Beginning Fund Balance July 1, 2016 and not July 1, 2015.

  3. The Gray’s Garage bill is not very detailed. This bill regards to the work that was done on the activity bus.  The work was then outsourced by Gray’s Garage to Lynn’s Chevrolet. At this time, the tornado had caused minor damaged.  The damage was fixed by Lynn’s.  Mr. Schoonover is requesting an itemized bill from Gray’s Garage. 

  4. There is one more Gavin Landscaping bill for August from the last few times they moved.   

  5. BDI Plumbing bill was for the toilet in the girl’s bathroom.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Fortner - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - absent; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Opening School Information-110 students have been registered for the 2016-2017 school year.  This increased by 10 students from last year.  Student Council has been putting on the PBIS Cougar Camp. This is going very well and giving students an opportunity at leadership development.  The 2:00 PM dismissal time this week has really helped the teachers get together and get meetings scheduled.

  2. Roof fund-Total fundraising to date is $57,350.  Thanks to the efforts of Board member Will Van Weelden for taking the time and process to send out 1000 letters to alumni.  Past and current community members are truly coming together in efforts to help fund a new roof.  It was discussed to open a Money Market account to deposit all fund.

  1. New Board Business

    1. Audit Report-FY16 Audit – Lauri Pope, of Mack & Associates who conducted our FY15 audit, was present and provided a short presentation of their findings.  She went thru the Audit Financial Report which was provided to the Board at tonight’s meeting. Each individual fund balance was separated out showing their respective increase/decrease; a report was included breaking down where our money was received between Federal and State sources.  In addition, a document was provided stating that there are risks with our lack of segregation of duties/internal control as a result of our minimal staff on hand. There were also a few other minor risks but those have already been addressed and fixed by administration and office staff.

    2. Registration Numbers-Discussed in 9a.

    3. Lead Teacher-Will be discussed in closed sessions.

    4. FY17 Updated Tentative Budget and September Hearing-There has been very few updates to the tentative budget since the last meeting. Hearing will be set for September 21, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

    5. Testing Information- PARCC-The High School PARCC test is no longer mandatory in schools.  There has been some speculation that the Elementary and Junior High Schools will follow suit.  Mr. Schoonover is watching this closely.  The 2015-2016 test scores are coming in.  A presentation to the board will follow when all scores are in and final.

    6. First Reading Board Policy: PRESS Recommendation Policies;  2:70, 2:70E, 2:120-E1, 2:120-E2, 2:240-E1, 2:240-E2, 6:100., 7:10, 7:10E, 7:270, 8:90, 8:110.

    7. August Calendar- This should have stated September calendar that is as presented.   

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:57 p.m. and returned from @ 8:40 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion to Approve FY17 Tentative Budget made by __________, seconded by __________.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fortner – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried. TABLED

  2. Motion to Approve to set Budget Hearing for Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 6:15 PM made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve Lynette Cavinder as the 2016-2017 Lead teacher made by Van Weelden, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Fortner – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Adoption on FY17 Budget –

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – None. 

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:42 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - July 20, 2016

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – July 20, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on July 20, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Nick Fortner-Appointed Board Member

  3. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - absent; Fortner - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  4. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting: Shannon Hart The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed.  Shannon Hart would like us to revisit the way Non Certified Salaries are weighted. Since there are not evaluations, how are we determining the amount of raises for each non certified employee? She suggested reviews and evaluations done to ensure that employees are getting the appropriate raise. 

  5. Communications – None. 

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from June 22, made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Superintendent Report

  • Go Fund Me fundraiser is doing very well.  Member Van Weelden has done several things to send out letters to Alumni.  Our fundraising total is up to $5800 with all donations.

  • Activity bus window was broken when the tornado went through Pontiac in June.  It was being serviced at Gray’s Garage but they had to send it to Lynn Chevrolet for additional work.  Gray’s did not notify the school that it was being sent to Lynn.

  • There are nine boys playing baseball this year.  Mr. Schoonover would like the board to consider using the activity bus to get the boys to practice since practice is from 8am-10am. 

  • We are being penalized 2757.95 from TRS for 2015-2016. This was from a teacher that retired and the salary over the last 4 years increased by 6%. 

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of June 30, 2016:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  • Mr. Schoonover asked the auditor about the Go Fund Me account to confirm we are doing it accurately.  She said to add the account into the Building and Grounds account.

  • Audit went well and Lori will be attending the next meeting to go over with the Board.

  • Fund Balances look good.  Building and Grounds will need to be watched.

  • Mr. Schoonover asked auditor about the levy for the capital improvements.  He’s going to get better clarifications.

  • General State Aid was passed and we should expect to see $206,000

  • Budget is in the black for the 2015-2016 school year.

  • Reap grant- They have a past administrator on the account therefore it needs to be reactivated.  Superintendent is working on getting this switched.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - absent; Fortner - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Nutrition Program Review- Kitchen audit has a few action plans that need to be addressed in the next few months.  Verification needs to be done every year by the Superintendent.  The Wellness Policy needs to be updated.  Also, the food safety plan needs some attention.

  2. Summer work update - Things are going well.  A Building and Grounds Committee meeting will meet to go over the projects.    

  3. Gym Floor Update- The gym floor looks great and the process went smoothly.

 

  1. Monsanto Grant Update-Unfortunately, we did not receive this $10,000 grant. 

  1. New Board Business

    1. Auditor Visit-July 19th

    2. Registration Information (7/21 4-7pm; 7/22 9-12pm)

    3. New Physical Therapist contract

    4. D and B Landscaping Lawn Care

    5. Studies Weekly-Teacher Resource/Curriculum for students

    6. Tentative Budget Draft

    7. Breakfast for the Teachers-August 15th@ 7:30am

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann_, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 8:07 p.m. and returned from @ 9:18 p.m.

  1. Action as a result of Closed Session.

  1. Motion to Approve 15F on Approval items made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  1. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion to Approve Physical Therapist Dawn Mill Contract for 2016-2017 made by Pinkerton, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – absent; Fortner – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve Studies Weekly made by Kindermann, seconded by Rogers.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – absent; Fortner – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve to resignation of Head Volleyball Coach made by Kindermann, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  4. Motion to Approve resignation of Assistant Volleyball Coach made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  5. Motion to Approve D and B Landscaping Mowing Contract effective August 21, 2016 and discontinue Gavin Landscaping effective August 20, 2016 made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – absent; Fortner – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to Approve Superintendent/Principal 1.5% salary increase for 2016-2017 made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – absent; Fortner – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

 

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Approval of Tentative FY 17  Budget for Adoption in September

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Lead teacher position for the next year needs to be looked into.  Welcome Nick Fortner to the school board.

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 9:24 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - June 22, 2016

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Budget Hearing – June 22, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on June 22, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:18p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Kindermann - absent; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - absent; Van Weelden - present.

  3. Amended Budget Presentation: Changes made to the levy totals to match the actual levied total. The salaries for Superintendent and Administrator accounts were swapped out.

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard.

  5. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 6:24 p.m.

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – June 22, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on June 22, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Kindermann - absent; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Trisha Ruddy

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed and Trisha Ruddy wanted to ask if we as a board can discuss the transportation for boy’s school baseball because we have several boys going out for it this year.

  5. Communications – Thank you letter from Debbie Nussbaum for the retirement gift. 

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from May 18, 2016 made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fitzsimmons .Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of May 31, 2016:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. Cash on hand is $535,530.13.

  2. As of June 1st, we are at 88% expenditures.

  3. REAP revenue still expected to come in approximately $16,980.  We also still have Title I money coming in.

  4. Mr. Schoonover gave a report on meeting with the Governor Rauner.  Pretty grim reports, both sides using budget as a tool to get what they want.  Good possibility that K-12 budget will not be passed before school starts. He will propose a budget for both scenarios: one with the state budget, one without a budget.

  5. Operation Fund (20 Account) we are over and need to watch closely.

  6. District will end the 2015-2016 year in the Black.

  7. Dawn Hoerner found an old check from 2006 that was never deposited. Auditor advised re-issuing a new check. 

  8. Dairy Queen Payment was for teacher appreciation.

  9. Fuel receipts for activity bus were discussed.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Kindermann - absent; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Superintendent Report

  1. Thanks to everyone who helped during the end of the year and field day.

  2. Graduation went well.

  3. Proud of the teachers for finishing strong with students.

  4. Go Fund Me account is at $1575. The website has a glitch and people haven’t been able to donate.  Mr. Schoonover working on getting that addressed.  He has to create a new fund to make sure it stays set aside

  1. Old Board Business:

  1. Tri-Com Bill- March 10th Invoices:   These were not actually approved last month after have Nick come in and explain them.

  2. Building and Grounds Committee-Projects for summer: Ag Building needs to be cleaned out.  Set committee meeting to discuss gym bleachers painted and finished already.

 

  1. Sealing Gym Floor:  Set for July 7th and 8th

12.    New Board Business

a.       Prevailing Wage Resolution

b.       Abate working cash fund:

c.       Assistant Track Coach Pay:

d.       Non-Certified Staff Compensation/Salaries for 2016-2017

e.       2016 – 2017 School Board Dates: Staying the same, 3rd Wednesday at 6:30pm.

f.        July Calendar:

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:03 p.m. and returned from @ 7:52 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  2. Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Approve 2015-2016 Amended Budget made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Kindermann – absent; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve Prevailing Wage Resolution as presented made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve Resolution to Abate the Working Cash Fund as of June 30, 2016 and transfer all the funds to the Education Fund made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Kindermann – absent; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  4. Motion to Approve 2016-2017 Cornell Board Meeting dates made by Pinkerton, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  5. Motion to Approve Tri-Com Bill for March 10th Invoices made by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Kindermann – absent; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to Approve Sealing of Gym floor made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Kindermann – absent; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to Approve hiring of Seth Brown for the 2016-2017 Music teacher made by Rogers, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Kindermann – absent; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  8. Motion to Approve hiring of Virginia Jones for 2016-2017 Jr. High Math teacher made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Kindermann – absent; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  9. Motion to Approve 2015-2016 Assistant Track Stipend to Christina Bowman made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Kindermann – absent; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  10. Motion to Approve 2016-2017 Non Certified staff salaries as presented made by Rogers, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Kindermann – absent; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  11.  Motion to Approve Nick Fortner for the vacant board member seat made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fitzsimmons. Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. 2016-2017 Tentative Budget – Will have in July.

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – None. 

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - May 18, 2016

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – May 18, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on May 18, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - absent; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Trisha Ruddy and Nick Pick with Tri-Com

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed. Nick Pick with Tri-Com had presented all of the bills that were for the new bell and phone system.  He thoroughly went through all of the invoices and described in detail what they were for.  When he gave the original quote, he was not aware that the system was currently not working. He was under the impression that most of the wiring was good and that the reason for the $3400 over the quote was to replace most of the wiring.

  5. Communications –Thank you letters from several teachers that were in appreciation of the meal that was provided during Teacher Appreciate Week. Letter of Resignation from Ginny Jones, resigning from the Board of Education effective immediately.

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from April 20, 2016 made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda with changes.  Adding 12G. Nominate Treasurer, 15I. Approve Letter of Resignation of Ginny Jones from BOE, and 15J. Approve Treasurer. Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of April 30, 2016:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. Cash on hand is $574,866.57.

  2. The amended budget was discussed in detail.  Board Member Pfaff had stated that 28 lines items have been adjusted.  These lines were not all stated on the explanation sheet from Superintendent Schoonover.  It was also stated that the revenue levy amounts are inaccurate.  We are not receiving any more money for the levies but the amounts do not reflect that.  It was discussed and the board had agreed that they would like Mr. Schoonover to revert back to the original numbers and make adjustments for the accounts that have to be changed leaving the other accounts as is.

  3. Mr. Schoonover is checking into what the Replacement Tax is.

  4. We are 77% through the year and are at 74% expenditures.

  5. All 8th grade lunch bills have been paid.  It was discussed about revamping the notification of lunch bills

 

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions including the State Bank of Graymont Bond interest payment for $9200.00 made by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - absent; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Superintendent Report

  1. Attended the LCSSU meeting and they had went over the proposed budget.

  2. Attended the ROE meeting

  3. Mack & Associates 3-year contract was missed in October.  Mr. Schoonover had signed it and returned to them in order to get us renewed for next year.  Mr. Schoonover was aware that he did this without board approval. 

  4. During the March meeting, it was voted 6-1 not to renew a Resource teacher.  Per state law, the teacher should have received a certified letter within 45 days of end of school term.  The teacher was informed verbally but was not sent a certified letter.  Per Statue, she will be employed by Cornell Grade School for the 2016-2017 school year.

  1. Old Board Business:

  1. Tentative Amended Budget:   Discussed during finance report.

  2. Graduation - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM- Be here at 6:30 PM.

  3. Field Day – May23rd

  4. End of Year Assembly - May 24th      

e.       Hand Rails-Gymnasium: Thank you to Todd Pinkerton, Matt Pfaff, and Amanda Pfaff for installing those. 

f.        Teacher Contract Negotiations-Finance and Negotiation Team-Tentative Contract with CEA: This committee met and reached an agreement.

g.       Building and Grounds Committee - Projects for Summer

h.       Employee Letter of Resignation: Music and Band teacher, Krista Chmiel resigned.

i.         Debbie Nussbaum Retirement Open House (May 23 from 4-7 pm) Luncheon (May 25th at 11:30 am at Pour Richards in Odell).

 

12.   New Board Business

a.       Move June 15th board meeting to June 22nd – This will also be the budget hearing.

b.       IESA Fees 2016-2017:$735 for all sports. 

c.       Summer School Dates/Pay for Ms. Coonan-: June 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30 from 8:00 am -10:00am.

d.       Gym Floor Seal - Estimate: $1300 from Quality Floor Care. 

e.       Non-Certified Staff Retention Recommendations for Employment: Discussed in closed sessions.

f.        June Calendar

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 8:57 p.m. and returned from @ 9:41 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion to Approve Contract with CEA for 2016-2017 made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve 2016 Summer School dates and pay for Ms. Coonan made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve Tentative Amended Budget made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – no; Jones – absent; Kindermann – no; Pfaff – no; Pinkerton – no; Rogers – no; Van Weelden – no.  Motion carried.

  4. Motion to Approve moving June 15th board meeting to June 22nd made by Rogers, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  5. Motion to Approve sealing of gym floor pending reference check made by Pfaff, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to Approve IESA Fees for 2016-2017 made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to Approve Krista Chmiel’s letter of resignation with regret made by Pfaff, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  8. 1. Motion to Approve Shannon Hart for District Bookkeeper FY17 made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

2. Motion to Approve Sarah Garretson for Part-time Secretary FY17 made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

3. Motion to Approve Christina Bowman for teacher assistant FY17 made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

4. Motion to Approve Wendy Cooper for Kitchen staff FY17 made by Rogers, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

5. Motion to Approve Mandy Gray for Part-time Kitchen Staff FY17 made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

6. Motion to Approve Connie Walker for Kitchen Staff FY17 made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

7. Motion to Approve Judy Morrissey for Custodian FY17 made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – no; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – no.  Motion carried.

8. Motion to Approve John Kisela for Custodian FY17 made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

9. Motion to Approve Sue Decker for Librarian FY17 made by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

10. Motion to Approve Gail Janssen for Part-time morning aide FY17 made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – absent; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

  1. Motion to Approve Ginny Jones letter of resignation from the BOE made by Pfaff, seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve Amanda Pfaff as Treasurer for the BOE made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Amended Budget Hearing June  

  2. Prevailing Wage Resolution

  3. 2016-2017 Tentative Budget

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Geoff Schoonover will check into how to fill the vacancy board seat.

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 9:58 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - April 20,2016

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – April 20, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on April 20, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:31 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones – present at 6:40 p.m.; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  None

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard.

  5. Communications – Student Council sent a thank you note and picture in appreciation of approval for attending the State Convention in Springfield

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from March 16, 2016 made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda with changes to 11.  Adding 11F-Kitchen Audit made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of March 31, 2016:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed:           

  1. Cash on hand is $633,256.57.

  2. There were several additional bills for Tri-Com. Many of these invoices were for unexpected additional fees/materials/labor for the bell system. It was decided that we would want a full explanation of these charges before we pay them.

  3. Ricketts Refrigeration is a new vendor that worked out very well.                                                                                

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions excluding six invoices for Tri-Com totaling $2,633.58 made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Kindergarten Roundup-9 Kindergartners

  2. Amended Budget

  3. Statement of Economic Interest

  4. Graduation-Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:00PM

  5. Second Reading Board Policy: PRESS Recommendation Policies

  6. Hand Rails-Gymnasium

  7. PARCC Testing Completion

  8. Contract Negotiations-Finance and Negotiation Team-Collective Bargaining Dates

  9. Building and Grounds Committee-Facility Use Guidelines

 

11.   New Board Business

a.       School registration fees- Recommended by Mr. Schoonover to leave fees as they are.

b.       Milk, Breakfast and lunch prices-Recommended by Mr. Schoonover to leave breakfast and lunch prices as they are.

c.       Teacher Retention Recommendations for Employment-Lynette Cavinder-Physical Education

d.       Debbie Nussbaum Retirement Open house (May 23 4-7pm) Luncheon (May 25-11:30 Pour Richards in Odell)-The Board is welcomed at both the Open House and Luncheon.

e.       May Calendar: As presented.

  1. Kitchen Audit- The state auditors notes indicated several areas that require immediate changes.  Additional discussion about the changes will be necessary pending office state report.

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 8:19 p.m. and returned from @ 9:52 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Lynette Cavinder made by Jones, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve Board Policy Updates as presented made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve Registration fees for 2016-2017 school year made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  4. Motion to Milk, Breakfast, and lunch prices for 2016-2017 school year made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  5. Motion to Approve Facility Use Guidelines Policy update made by Van Weelden, seconded by Rogers.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Amended Budget

  2. Milk and Bread Bids

  3. Non Certified Staff-Recommendations for Approval

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Ms. Coonan and Mr. Schoonover discussed summer school.  There will be 6 students attending summer school. The dates are still being worked out. The Building and Grounds committee will be doing a walk through the school in the next few weeks to look at any projects that need to be done over the summer

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 9:57 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - March 16, 2016

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – March 16, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on March 16, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Trisha Ruddy and Shannon Hart.

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard

  5. Communications – Thank you letter from the family of Mrs. Hart for the flowers. 

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from February 17, 2016 made by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda with changes from February 31, 2016 to February 29, 2016. Also, 14a. xi. From Year 2 to Year 3, made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of February 29, 2016:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. Cash on hand is $677,283.28.

  2. K-12 grade funds will be coming in this year although the state budget has not been approved yet. Funds for school year 2016-2017, may not be available from the state, since they still don’t have a budget. 

  3. 59% expenditures as of March 7th.

  4. The amended budget is still being worked on.

  5. Continuing to watch the Operation fund closely.

  6. The Tri-Com bill for the new bell system was over quote approximately $1,000, since some new wiring had to be purchased and installed.

 

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Amended Budget

  2. Amended School Calendar

  3. Hand Rails-Gymnasium:  These have been ordered.  PTC has approved to split the cost with the school for these.

  4. PARCC Testing Update: The testing has gone well and they have not had any problems.     

e.    $10, 0000 Monsanto Grant: This grant application has been completed.  The intentions are to get it submitted in the next couple days. Several area farmers have recommended our school

f.        February 23rd, Millikin Bootcamp Summary: Received a contact from Millikin Education Program.  Mr. Schoonover can receive resumes from them when needed.

g.       Intercom Bell System Update: They are continuing to work our minor glitches with Tri-Com. Everything seems to be working well for the most part

h.       Crisis Plan Committee/Walkie Talkies: Walmart has 12 walkie talkies for $169.00.  These will work for our needs. 

11.   New Board Business

a.       Kindergarten Roundup will be Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 5pm-6pm for 2016-2017 Kindergarteners.

b.       Website Training and Updates: Shannon Hart has been working to get our website up to date with information.  Some board members have recognized the change that is more user friendly.

c.       Teacher Retention Recommendations for Employment: Discussed in closed sessions.

d.       Contract Negotiations-Finance and Negotiation Team: Teacher representatives are getting their things together and meeting.  Finance Committee will meet next month. 

e.       Press 1st Reading: Will scan and mail out the new policies to save paper since they are lengthy.

f.        Reimbursement Classwork by Teachers: Ms. Coonan

g.       April Calendar

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:25 p.m. and returned from @ 8:00 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

 

  1. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Christina Bowman made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Amanda Coonan made by Pfaff, seconded Fitzsimmons: Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Kenney – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Kim McHenry made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff; Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Jenni Giertz made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff:  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Samantha Foley made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fitzsimmons: Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Amy Petersen made by Rogers, seconded by Pinkerton: Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for   Ashley Follmer made by Van Weelden, seconded by Rogers:  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Abby Holcomb made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons: Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Mary Janseen made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons:   Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes;   Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Tiffany Dukes made by   Kindermann seconded by Fitzsimmons: Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Leslie Coughlin made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fitzsimmons: Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Laura Spraggon made by   Kindermann seconded by Pfaff:Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – no; Kindermann –no; Pfaff – no;  Pinkerton – no; Rogers – no; Van Weelden – no.  Motion carried

 

Motion for Educational Employment for 2016-17 for Krista Chmiel made by Kindermann seconded by Pfaff: Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

  1. Motion to Approve Amendments to the FY17 School Calendar with 2:00pm dismissal August 16-19th made by Kindermann, seconded by Jones.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion to approve purchase of walkie talkies by Kindermann, seconded by Jones. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion to approve to reimbursement of classwork by teacher - Ms.Coonan made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Amended Budget

  2. Milk and Bread Bids

  3. Registration Fees

  4. Lunch Fees

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – None. 

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - February 17, 2016

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – February 17, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on February 17, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones – present (at 7:44 pm); Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  None

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard.

  5. Communications – None

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from January 20, 2016 made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden, Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of January 31, 2016:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. Cash on Hand balance is $712,506.53.

  2. 51% Budget has been used so far.

  3. The first semester LCSSU bills are for 7 students.

  4. TriCom bill was for the labor on the Firewall from last month.

  5. Background screening is for a substitution cook.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Hand Rails-Gymnasium- Have not heard back from PTC to see if they could assist in funding some of this improvement. It was decided we only need 12 instead of 16.

  2. Intercom Bell System Update-Working very hard to get this installed quickly.  Some of the wiring is very old and has to be replaced.  This will be additional cost when the final bill comes in.  Testing will be done the next few days to see if things are working properly.  Hoping the entire system will be up and running next week. 

  3. Contract Negotiations-Finance and Negotiation Team- Teachers are preparing and getting a team together. 

11.   New Board Business

a.       Readers’ Workshop Visit to Glenn Elementary School –Three teachers attended this development opportunity.  Three more will be going in March.  Superintendent Geoff Schoonover is hoping to have some teachers put together a presentation to the board to show what they’ve learned at this workshop.  They have come back with new ideas and are excited to implement some changes in the classroom.

b.       School Report Card-Presentation in Computer Lab-Quick overview of the online program that illustrates Cornell Grade School report card.

c.       Amended School Calendar FY17-Received an additional change to the Flanagan-Cornell #74 school calendar.  There were also some suggestions from the teachers.

d.       PARCC Testing and Dates-March 7-18th – Preparing and getting ready to take these test next month.

e.       Crisis Team Committee- Working together to put together a plan.  Communication is an issue.  Committee is working on trying to find reliable communication tools to use throughout the school since cells phones are not reliable.

f.        Teacher Evaluations-There are two teacher evaluations left to finish.

g.       February 23, Millikin Boot camp-Geoff Schoonover would like to attend this Alumni workshop.

h.       First Read Board Policy-Press Recommendation Polies; 2:20, 4:60, 4:90,5:30, 5:260, 7:20, 7:180, 7:240-As presented.

i.         Field Trips-Request for the 6th-8th grade to attend a field trip at Tri-Valley on May 13th.  This is a Civil War reenactment.

j.         March Calendar-

k.       Employee Letter of Resignation-Debbie Nussbaum has submitted her letter of resignation after the 2015-2016 school year.  She is retiring from teaching.

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Kindermann.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 8:27 p.m. and returned from @ 9:00 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Approve Amendments to FY17 School Calendar as presented made by __________, seconded by __________.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.TABLED

 

  1. Motion to Approve 6th-8th grade field trip to Tri-Valley to see the Civil War reenactment upon full funding from alternate sources made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

  1. Motion to Approve, with regret, the Employee Letter of Resignation from Debbie Nussbaum effective after the 2015-2016 school year made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion to Approve to PTC/District purchase and installation of Hand Rails in Gymnasium made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion to Approve reimbursement for classwork by teacher made by __________, seconded by __________.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.TABLED

 

  1. Motion to Approve Geoff Schoonover’s attendance at Millikin Bootcamp made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

 

 

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Amended Budget – Will need to be done by the June with a hearing done before hand.

  2. Teacher Retention Recommendations-Geoff Schoonover will bring his recommendations to the March meeting.  The board will then vote.

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Need to get Superintendent Evaluations ready to be submitted to the board and teachers. Kindermann will provide this information in the near future.

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 9:08 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - January 20, 2016

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – January 20, 2016

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on January 20, 2016.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 7:15 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting: Richard Cooper.

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed:  Richard Cooper, Cornell School Bus driver has requested that we look into getting a bus barn for the buses.  During winter, it becomes extremely difficult to get the snow and ice off the buses and adds extra time to the day.  

  5. Communications – None

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from December 16, 2015 made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of December 31, 2015:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. Cash on Hand is $819,396.37.  This amount does not reflect the transfer of $45,670.25 to our money market, as that was done on 1/20/2016.

  2. The staff billing is more than normal because some stipends have been paid out.

  3. Tri-Com bill is for security system and filter placed on all computers.   This is a new issue and has nothing to do with the other updates and fixes made recently.

  4. Daily Leader bill was for the Tax Levy to be published.

  5. Getz charge was for inspecting fire extinguishers.  Last month they were out for annual inspection of building.  It was suggested that maybe they can do both in one trip and perhaps this may save some money.

  6. Chuck Harder was out to fix the kitchen water heater.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Jones.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Freezer and Cooler in kitchen: Popejoy came out to reseal the freezer and cooler.  Also, a new drain catcher was installed.  Zach was the technician and they were very happy with his knowledge and explanation that was given

  2. Bell System Update and Quotes: Received two quotes for new bell and intercom system.  First quote was from Tricom for $14,934.35 which included 6 new phones along with the system. Second was Bennett Electronics for $13,730.00 which included 2 new phones.  Mr. Schoonover recommends Tri-Com. He suggest that we use REAP Grant money to pay for this essential security function. He has spoken with someone from the REAP team who does believe this would be acceptable for the grant.

  3. Public School Calendar:  As presented

11.   New Board Business

a.       School report card: Presentation at the next board meeting.

b.       Fire Wall and Filter: Tri-Com has put in a new security and filter system for Cornell’s fire wall.

c.       Hand Rails-Gym-Two quotes were received by Amanda Pfaff for hand rails in the gymnasium. E.T. Paddock Enterprises, Inc. quote for 16 hand rails is $2960.00. Buckeye Bleacher Repair, Inc. handrail are $2560.00 for 16 rails.

d.       Contract Negotiations Finance and Negotiation team will be meeting soon to talk about the process.

e.       Monsanto Grant: $10,000 Grant for Math and Science through farmer nominations.  Working on the details.

f.        February Calendar

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 8:45 p.m. and returned from @ 9.04 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion to Approve FY17 School Calendar as presented made by Jones, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve the purchase, installation, and training of bell and intercom system from Tricom for $14,934.35 made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve purchase and installation of Hand rails in Gym made by __________, seconded by __________.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons; Jones; Kindermann; Pfaff; Pinkerton; Rogers; Van Weelden.  Motion TABLED

  4. Motion to Approve purchase of Meraki Firewall/Filter via Tri-Com for $4,600.00 made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

 

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Amended Budget –Will need to have hearing before March meeting.

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – The bus barn was discussed briefly.  Geoff will contact Flanagan to see what their opinion is since they own the buses, hire and pay the bus drivers, and maintain the buses.

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - December 16, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – December 16, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on December 16, 2015.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. There were no guest or visitors for the meeting.

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard:  Jack Bristow of LLAC had called and spoke with Shannon regarding our Student of the Month publication in the Pontiac Daily Leader. Jack feels we have a great program and are doing a great job. Student Council would like to go Springfield for state convention in April.

  5. Communications – Letter from Debbie Nussbaum requesting some time off in February.

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from November 18, 2015 made by Jones, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of November 30, 2015:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet.

  9. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  10. Old Board Business:

  1. Second Reading Board Policy: PRESS Recommendation Policies;  2:150, 2:200, 2:220-E2, 4:170, 5:90, 5:100, 6:15, 6:50, 6:160, 6:315, 6:320, 7:50, 7:100, 7:130, 7:140, 7:290, 7:300, 7:305, 7:340, 8:30:   

  2. FY17 Tax Levy Information is ready to be submitted after approval.  This will be taken to the County Clerk office.

  3. Moving monies to Money Market from District Account

  4. Amended Budget:      

                                                                           i.      Limitation of Administrative Cost

                                                                         ii.      Title One Adjustment-$30,000 revenue

                                                                        iii.      REAP(Rural Education Achievement Program)-revenue  $16,968.00

                                                                       iv.      Adjust repair/maintenance grounds fund 20.2543.323

e.       Board Christmas Breakfast

11.   New Board Business

a.       FY17 Bond Abatement: $35,000 was paid and next June $46,000 will be due.

b.       Freezer and Cooler in Kitchen is having issues again.  Popejoy is coming back out to take a look at this.

c.       Bell System: We currently have no bell system that is functioning correctly. Geoff will call and get some quotes from a few businesses.

d.       Public School Calendar for the 2016-2017 is being worked on. Geoff is working closely with Superintendent Jerry Farris, so hopefully we will be on the same schedule as FC74.

e.       Administrative Assistants Recognition: It was discussed that Geoff was going to invite the Administrative Assistants to lunch at Bernardi’s. When a date has been set, he will let the board know in case anyone is able to join that day.

f.        January Calendar is attached.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Jones.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:37 p.m. and returned from @ 8:22 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion to Approve FY17 Tax Levy made by Pinkerton, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve Board Policy Updates as presented made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve the transfer of $45,670.25 from Cash on Hand to Money Market Account made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Jones.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  4. Motion to Approve to Abate $46,000 of FY17 Alternative Revenue Bonds made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  5. Motion to Approve Board Public School Calendar made by __________, seconded by __________.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried. TABLED

  6. Motion to Approve Administrative Assistant Gifts made by __________, seconded by __________.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried. TABLED

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Amended Budget

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Long time teacher and Assistant Principal for Flanagan-Cornell #74, Mrs. Beverly Hart is ill. Please be thinking of her.

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Kindermann.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:30p.m.

Open Session Minutes - November 18, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – November 18, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on November 18, 2015.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:31 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden – present (at 6:34pm).

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Shannon Hart

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard.

  5. Communications – Card from the Gurdak Family.

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from October 21, 2015 made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Jones.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda with changes of 11.A to FY17 Tax Levy Information and 15A to FY17 Tax Levy Final Approval made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of October 31, 2015:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. Bill for Music Shoppe was for the purchase of a powered mixer for the gym.  This is a sound system in the gymnasium.  The old system was not working well and with repair cost, it would be financially better to purchase new one.  REAP money was used to pay for this.

  2. TriCom expenses are getting to be quite an expense.  They’ve done a tremendous job getting us up and running with technology.  This account will be monitored closely.

  3. Textbook account is running slightly over budget.  Superintendent does not believe we will need to order any more textbooks this year. 

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Moving monies to Money Market account:  Superintendent spoke with Randy Merker regarding moving money to our savings.  He recommended that we move money if interest rates are up.  If our school is in a financial position to do so, our board would like to move some monies over in the next few months. 

  1. New Board Business:

  1. FY16 Tax Levy Information: The 2017 Proposed Tax levy was reviewed.  An estimated $953,334 will be submitted for tax levy.  Truth in Taxation would be at 4.95% capped.

  2. Amended Budget-

  1. Limitation of Administrative Cost: State mandated regulation states that the Superintendent salary cannot be more than 7% of budget.  When the budget was approved the salaries for Superintendent and Principal were switched.   The salary does not change however the amounts for these accounts will be switched on the amended budget.

  2. Title One Adjustment-$30,000 Revenue: Received an additional check from the Federal Government for Title One.

  3. REAP (Rural Education Achievement Program: Will adjust this to have an additional $16,000 revenue.

  4. Adjust Repair/Maintenance Grounds fund 20.2543.323- We’ve had several additional maintenance and repairs.  For example, mowing was needed several more times than normal.

  1. First Reading Board Policy: PRESS Recommendation Policies; 2:150, 2:200, 2:220-E2, 4:170, 5:90, 5:100, 6:15, 6:50, 6:160, 6:315, 6:320, 7:50, 7:100,7:130, 7:140,7:290, 7:300, 7:305, 7:340,8:30 :

  2. Scootpad Contract- Geoff Schoonover attended a presentation of the new and improved Scootpad program.  He is very impressed with the tools this program has to offer.  The contract would give 110 student licenses and would cost $650 for a one year contract or $1200 for a two year. His recommendation is a one year contract.

  3. Veterans’ Day Assembly: Went very well, but have received feedback that community members like the assembly and traditional lunch at the school.  Geoff was unaware of this tradition. A School Improvement early dismissal day had been scheduled last year by the prior administrator.  He recommends keeping tradition for future years and having the afternoon lunch.

  4. Vision 20/20-Unified front to support Public Education.  The board requested more time to review the information that was emailed to us regarding this.

  5. Board Christmas Breakfast/Lunch – On December 18th breakfast will be provided for the Cornell Grade School staff.

  6. December Calendar

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 8:03 p.m. and returned from @ 8:49 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion to Approve Scootpad License for a 1 year contract made by Pinkerton, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve Head Custodian Job Description/Expectations as presented made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. FY16 Tax Levy Final Approval – Will need to be approved in December.

  2. Abate the FY16 Bonds-­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Will need to be approved in December.

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Suggestion of adding hand rails in the gym was made by Pfaff.  The board agreed that we would like to look into those.

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - October 21, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – October 21, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on October 21, 2015.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; VanWeelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Trisha Ruddy and Nete Traugott-Olsen.

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard. 

  5. Communications – None. 

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from September 23, made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Jones, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of September 30, 2015:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. The maintenance account will need to be watch closely this year. Approved budget amount this year is $7000 compared to $13,000 in prior year.

  2. Popejoy bill was for a toilet and labor.

  3. Watts Copy system is a monthly contract fee and if we go over certain amount then we get charged for additional usage.

  4. Lynn Chevrolet bill was for the inspection on the activity bus.  This failed inspection and a part had to be put on to meet code.

  5. Yankee Candle activity account paid for some Social Studies text books for 5th grade and for upfront costs for 8th grade trip to ISU plays.

  1. Superintendent Report:

  1. Music Instruments-PTC paid $1000 for repair. Total bill was for $1300

  2. Technology-Smart Board bid from Tri-Com came in at $6000 for one board in the junior high.  Will continue to look at other companies for bids.

  3. RTI-Response to Intervention has been in the initial stages assessing all students. 

  4. Parent Teacher Conferences will take place October 29th and 30th.

  5. Crisis Plan Update- Has met with Joe Ruddy and talked about Fire and Substance plan.  Discussed was where children would need to be outside and how far away from the building.  All plans have been gone over with staff.  Next step is to go over a lockdown plan. 

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; VanWeelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Fall Fest-October 19:  Was a great success.  Profit around $2000 this year.

  2. Book Fair-October 19-23

  3. Second Reading Board Policy  

  1. New Board Business:

  1. November Calendar: Attached in packet.  Sports will be in full swing.

  2. Parent Teachers Conferences

  3. Athletic Committee: Meeting next month to go over the schedule

  4. Tax Levy Update: Geoff will be going to a meeting next week with Randy Merker.  This has to be approved in December.  More information to come.

  5. Athletic Coaches-Boys Basketball Assistant Coaches: Dan Leonard and Chad Jones

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Kindermann.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:50 p.m. and returned from @ 8:14 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion to Approve Dan Leonard as Assistant Basketball Coach for the 2015-2016 school year made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; VanWeelden – yes.  Motion carried.

Motion to Approve Chad Jones as Volunteer Assistant Basketball Coach for the 2015-2016 school year made by VanWeelden, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; VanWeelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  1. Motion to Approve Board Policy Updates as presented made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve the change in Certified Music teacher from .50 to .60 full time employment for 2015-2016 salary made by Pinkerton, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – no; Jones – no; Kindermann – no; Pfaff –no; Pinkerton –no; Rogers-no; VanWeelden-no. Motion failed.

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Tax Levy- Must be completed by second Tuesday of December 

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Superintendent had received a phone call from Lily Beth Gumra, ISBE informing us that the Title I Federal revenue has increased.   Also discussed the website being updated with minutes. 

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - September 23, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Budget Hearing – September 23, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on September 23, 2015.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:16 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. Budget Presentation:  Geoff Schoonover spoke a few words about the budget.  He was pleased that our budget is a balanced budget. He will continue to monitor the Operation and Maintenance Fund. The General State Aid went up 3% going from 89% to 92%.   

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard:  Trisha Ruddy asked why the track salary is $1,000 less than basketball.  Geoff had explained that the track season is shorter and that it is negotiated during contract time.

  5. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Pinkerton, seconded by Jones.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – September 23, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on September 23, 2015.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; VanWeelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Shannon Hart, Trisha Ruddy, and Lori Pope. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard

  4. Communications – Ray Zimmerman from Flanagan, IL passed away.  He was a long time board member for the FCHS. We would like to send flowers to send our condolences.

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from August 19, 2015 made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Superintendents Report

  1. Music Instruments- An estimate of repair for Cornell Grade School owned instruments was presented to the board.  Geoff had indicated that fund raising money and PTC would also be an option to fund this request.

  2. Phones-Heart Technology pricing-Phone systems are really old. They do not have Caller ID or Voicemail.  Geoff is getting bids for an upgrade.

  3. Technology- Working with teachers to look at technology products to use Reap money to fund.

  4. Gas Leak- Geoff is putting together a crisis team.  He is also meeting with teachers to brain storm and get ideas to improve situations that have occurred.

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of August 31, 2015:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. Discussed that expense are up a little but because of the start of the year expenses are generally more at the being for startup cost.

  2. The new laminator purchase was a little higher than thought.  The one they wanted to buy was on back order.  They needed a working laminator and went ahead and purchased.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Open House Update:   Pleased with turn out. It was an excellent evening

  2. FY15 Budget

  3. Testing Information PARCC

  1. New Board Business:

  1. FY15 Audit Presentation: Mack & Associate’s accountant, Lori Pope, was present to give annual presentation. She stated the Cornell Grade School is doing very well.  They had no major issues or concerns. Lori went over the packet in a high level format.  She was very pleased with our year and felt really good about what we are doing with our school financially.

  2. First Reading Board Policy: PRESS Recommendation Policies;  2:160, 2:160E, 2:260, 4:50, 5:50, 5:170, 5:270, 5:290, 6:140, 7:10, 7:40, 7:260, 7:310, 7:325, 8:10, 8:

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by VanWeelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 8:04p.m. and returned from @ 8:23 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion to Approve FY16 Budget as presented the made by Pfaff, seconded by Jones.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve FY15 Audit made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve the Volleyball Coach Resignation made by __________, seconded by __________.  Voice vote with all members approving. This was already in her resignation letter.

  4. Motion to Approve Volleyball coach, Lynette Cavindear for 2015-16 School year made by Jones, seconded by VanWeelden.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  5. Motion to Approve Assistant Volleyball coach, Mary Janssen for 2015-16 school year made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to Approve Basketball coach, Will VanWeelden for 2015-2016 School year made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – abstain.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to Reimburse Ashely Follmer, 3rd Grade Teacher $500 for approved course work credit from Concordia University made by Kindermann, seconded by Rogers.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

 

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Fall Fest will be held October 19 at 5:00pm.

  2. Ag Expo–1st thru 5th grade will be going to the 4H Park to take part in this great learning opportunity

  3. Friday, October 2nd -  Homecoming Parade in Flanagan.  Students 6th-8th will attend.

  4. Global Connect- Working through some issues, but will get those fixed as soon as possible.

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – VanWeelden brought up the idea of asking some Business’s in community to meet with the school board to brain storm on ideas for our community and school to be on the same page.

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

 

Open Session Minutes - August 19, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – August 19, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on August 19, 2015.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:30 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Shannon Hart. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard. 

  4. Communications – None. 

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from July 22, 2015 made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to approve the Agenda with changes to 13. H-Approval of Board Policies-

made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.

Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of July 31, 2015:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet along with the 2015-2015 Proposed Budget provided and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. Discussion of the purchase of textbooks.

  2. Shannon will be doing a journal entry for the prior year transportation credit.

  3. Many questions were asked regarding the proposed budget including the account for CSFT Contracted Services. Question was raised if we should be using this account.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff - yes; Pinkerton - yes; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  1. Opening School Information:   Looks to be a great start so far.  Teachers appreciated the breakfast

  2. Laminator has been purchased and the teachers are using.

  3. Auditor Visit-Moved to September 23rd Meeting  

  1. New Board Business:

  1. Move September 16th Board of Education Meeting to September 23rd

  2. Registration Numbers-99 students for the start of the year.

  3. August calendar change– Open house Monday August 31, 2015 at 6:00pm to 7:30 pm

  4. FY16 Updated Tentative Budget and September hearing –

  5. Testing Information-PARCC – There will only be one window of testing for the 2015 – 2016 school year.

  6. Junior High Science Position

  7. Application for the Recognition of Schools-  

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:57 p.m. and returned from @ 8:33 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion to Approve FY16 Tentative Budget made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve to change September Board of Education Meeting to Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6:30 PM made by Pinkerton, seconded by Jones.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve Budget hearing for Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6:15 pm. made by Van Weelden, seconded by Kindermann.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  4. Motion to Approve the resignation of Junior high Science teacher, Caitlyn Schreiter made by Pfaff, seconded by Kindermann.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  5. Motion to Approve to hire Leslie Coughlin as Junior High Science Teacher for the 2015-16 school year made by Van Weelden, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to Approve Application for the Recognition of Schools made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to Approve reimbursement of $500 to Ashley Follmer, 3rd Grade Teacher, for Approved Course work credit from Concordia University. TABLED

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Adoption of FY16 Budget

  2. FY15 Audit Information on Sept 23   

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – None

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:49p.m.

Open Session Minutes - July 22, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – July 22, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on July 22, 2015.  The meeting was called to order by Vice President Van Weelden at 6:33 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – absent; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Shannon Hart, Mary Stoiber, Jenni Giertz, and Tiffany Dukes. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed:  Each new staff member present spoke a few words to introduce themselves to the board. Shannon Hart feels like our current insurance is a hassle when trying to speak with someone regarding issues.

  4. Communications – None. 

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from June 17, 2015 made by Pfaff, seconded by Kindermann.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to approve Special Session Minutes from June 29, 2015 made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda with changes adding 16c. Approval of County Sales Facility Tax Resolution made by Kindermann, seconded by Jones. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Superintendent Report-

  • New Staff Transition

  • Update on Summer Cleaning

  • Insurance Coverage

  • Update on Garden Clean up

  • K-12 Education Budget-State of Illinois-92% Pro-Ration up 3% from 89% last fiscal year

  • Kitchen Freezer malfunctioned due to a bad switch.  Several thousands of dollars’ worth of food was spoiled. The backup light was still lit up, and did not indicate to anyone that the freezer was down.

  1. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of June  30, 2015:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. We came in 6.04% under budget. 

  2. Auditor was in and everything looked well. 

  3. Tentative Budget will be ready in a couple of weeks.

  4. Geoff attended a Finance meeting today in Peoria that had a wealth of information.

  1. Motion to approve Tentative Budget for FY16 -TABLED

  2. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Jones, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton - absent; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Old Board Business:

  1. Summer work update   

  2. Maintenance Grant

  3. Second Reading Board Policy  

  1. New Board Business:

  1. Opening School Information -August 18, 2015 will be the first day of school for students. Teachers will report August 17,2015

  2. Discussion on Laminator- The current laminator broke. Requesting to purchase another.

  3. Discussion on Refinishing Gym Floor – It is too late to do this year.  We will get something on the schedule soon for next summer. CMI was very busy and could not get us on this schedule this year.

  4. CSFT Distribution Agreement

  5. Auditor Visit – Went well. We should have a good report this year.

  6. Registration Information (7/23 – 7/24) –

  7. Tentative Budget – Will have soon for our first review. He will email us that information when it comes available.

  8. Breakfast for The Teachers- August 17th @ 7:30 AM

 

 

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden . Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:48 p.m. and returned from @ 9:09 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  1. Motion to Approve Wendy Cooper Non Certified Salary increase of 1.69% for FY16 made by Pfaff, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – absent; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

2. Motion to Approve Sarah Garretson Non Certified Salary increase of 1.69% for FY16 made by Pfaff, seconded by Rogers.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – absent; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

3. Motion to Approve Shannon Hart Non Certified Salary increase of 1.69% for FY16 made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – absent; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

4. Motion to Approve Jude Morrisey Non Certified Salary hourly adjustment made for FY16 made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – absent; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

5. Motion to Approve John Non Certified Salary increase of 1.69% for FY16 made by Van Weelden, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – absent; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

6. Motion to Approve Connie Walker Non Certified Salary increase of 1.69% for FY16 made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – absent; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

7. Motion to Approve Christina Bowman Non Certified Salary increase of 1.69% for FY16 made by Kindermann, seconded by Jones.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – absent; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

  1. Motion to Approve Deb Nussbaum from fulltime to half/part time made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden  .  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – absent; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried

  2. Motion to Approve County Sales Facility Tax Resolution made by Kindermann, seconded Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Approval on Tentative FY15 Budget for Adoption in September –

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – None

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Kindermann.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 9:18 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - June 17, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – June 17, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on June 17, 2015.  The meeting was called to order by President Pinkerton at 6:31 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton - present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - absent.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Shannon Hart. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed and Shannon Hart commented on how the PTC has approved for the gym floor to be buffed.  CMI will be coming in to do this work.  She also stated that she did not send out the School Kit packets this year since there will be several new teachers, she would not have the new hired teacher supply list.

  4. Communications – Resignation letter from Jamie Wykes

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from May 20, 2015

made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  1. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  2. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of May 31, 2015:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. There was some confusion over the Treasurer’s Report Cash on Hand not matching the summary reports.  Cash on Hand is reporting that we are approximately $112,000 ahead of this time last year.

  2. Budget Revenues Expenditures Report is showing that we are 92% thru the year and have received 99% of budgeted revenues while exhausting 86% of budgeted expenses.

  3. Cafeteria Financial Report is reporting a negative YTD balance of nearly $26,000.

  4. Activity Fund Monthly Report –It was discovered there was a typing error.  The comment about the 8th Grade expenses should have been a total $132.86, not $1322.86.

  1. Motion to approve the Bill made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann - yes; Pfaff - yes ; Pinkerton - no; Rogers - yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

  2. Old Board Business:

  3. New Board Business:

  1. Review Closed Session Minutes

  2. Verbatim Closed Session Minutes  

  3. Student of the Month – Was Marley Highland and Wyatt Kuhlmann

  4. First Reading Board Policy

  5. Non Certified Employment for 2015

  6. Staff Resignations- Jamie Wykes and Christy Ahrends as Teachers.  Ashley Follmer from assistant volleyball coach.

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Jones, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:47 p.m. and returned from @ 8:42 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Approve Closed meeting minutes for the past six months to remain closed made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve that all Verbatim Closed meeting minutes prior to Decemeber 2013 are destroyed                           made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

  3. 1. Motion to Approve Wendy Cooper for Kitchen staff FY16 made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

2. Motion to Approve Sarah Garretson for Part-time Secretary FY16 made by Jones, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

3. Motion to Approve Mandy Gray for Part-time Kitchen Staff FY16 made by Kindermann, seconded by Pfaff.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

4. Motion to Approve Cindy Hart for Part-time Kitchen Staff  FY16. No motion.

5. Motion to Approve Shannon Hart for Bookkeeper FY16 made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

6. Motion to Approve Gail Janssen for Part-time morning aide FY16 made by Pfaff, seconded by Rogers.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

7. Motion to Approve John Kisela for Custodian FY16 made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

8. Motion to Approve Judy Morrissey for Custodian FY16 made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

9. Motion to Approve Connie Walker for Kitchen Staff FY16 made by Pfaff, seconded by Pinkerton.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

  1. 1. Motion to approve teacher resignation letter with regret from Christy Ahrends made by Kindermann, seconded by Jones. Roll Call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

2. Motion to approve teacher resignation letter with regret from Jamie Wykes made by Pfaff, seconded by Fitzsimmons. Roll Call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

3. Motion to approve teacher resignation letter as assistant volleyball coach from Ashley Follmer  made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton. Roll Call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes;  Kindermann – yes; Pfaff-yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – absent.  Motion carried.

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Building and Grounds Meeting discussed Plumbers and a few things that need to be done around the school. Tom Bennet, Illinois State Representive spoke and gave us an update about what is going on in Springfield.

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Pinkerton, seconded by Fitzsimmons.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - May 20, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – May 20, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on May 20, 2015.  The meeting was called to order by Vice President Van Weelden at 6:31 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Geoff Schoonover, Sam Foley, Carol Gurgone, DJ Cook, and Mary Beth Lundy. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard. 

  4. Communications – None.

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from April 15, 2015 made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to approve Special Session Minutes from April 30, 2015 with made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Rogers.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda with changes made by Kindermann, seconded by Fitzsimmons. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of April 30, 2015:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet provided at the meeting and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed: 

  1. Cash on Hand is reporting that we are approximately $83,000 ahead of this time last year.

  2. Budget Revenues Expenditures Report is showing that we are 83% thru the year and have received 96% of budgeted revenues while exhausting 78% of budgeted expenses.

  3. Cafeteria Financial Report is reporting a negative YTD balance of nearly $24,000.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kindermann - present; Pfaff - present; Pinkerton – present; Rogers - present; Van Weelden - present.

   Motion carried.

  1. Old Board Business:

  1. Athletic Committee Meeting:   We will continue to Co-op girl’s softball and boy’s baseball.  PTC will help pay for some of the expenses.

  2. Milk Bids for 2015-2016 Prairie Farms submitted a bid

  3. Graduation-May 28, 2015  

  1. New Board Business:

  1. Students of the month were Trace Garzanelli and James Trainor.

  2. Athletic Banquet was held.  Students were a huge help with setting up tables and chairs

  3. School Registration and School Kids will go home with the students.  They are close to being completed by Shannon.

  4. MAP Testing results were not as expected this quarter since the PARCC testing occurred prior to MAP Testing. Students’ scores went down and they believe this is from all the testing done this month.

  5. Prevailing Wage Resolution will need to be approved tonight.

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Jones, seconded by Pfaff.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:13 p.m. and returned from @ 8:21 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session.

  2. Approval Items:

  1. Motion to Approve to Accept Milk Bid from Prairie Farms for the 2015-2015 school year made by Pinkerton, seconded by Kindermann.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pfaff – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Rogers – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve Prevailing Wage Resolution made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. Transfer of Funds

  2. Abolish Working Cash

  3. End Second Maintenance Grant

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – None

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Fitzsimmons, seconded by Kindermann.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - April 15, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – April 15, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on April 15, 2015.  The meeting was called to order by President Snyder at 6:59 p.m.

  2. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kenney - present; Kindermann - present; Pinkerton - present; Snyder - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:  Geoff Schoonover, Amanda Pfaff, Trisha Ruddy, and Sara Rogers. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard

  4. Communications – None. 

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from March 18, 2015 made by Kenney, seconded by Snyder.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Kenney, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  7. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of March  31, 2015:  Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed:     

  1. Cash on Hand is reporting that we are approximately $24,000 ahead of this time last year.

  2. Budget Revenues Expenditures Report is showing that we are 75% thru the year and have received 91% of budgeted revenues while exhausting 74% of budgeted expenses.

  3. Cafeteria Financial Report is reporting a negative YTD balance of nearly $22,000.

  1. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions excluding  the Mid-American bill for $1189.23,

made by Kindermann, seconded by Kenney.  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kenney - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pinkerton - yes; Snyder - yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  1. Old Board Business:

  1. Athletics: Will Van Weelden has looked into the prices of having our own Baseball team.  The cost to start the program up would be approximately $2,000.

  1. New Board Business:

  1. Mowing Bids Two bids were submitted.

  2. Summer school Dates/Costs will be in June for 16 days at 2 hours per day.

  3. Free/Reduced Lunch Programs – We receive $3.04 per lunch for Free/Reduced Program.  NBy Federal school requirements, we are expected to increase our rate by $0.10/ year until we match the federal rates.  We will be increasing the cost to $2.70/lunch next year.

  4. School Registration Fees –Suggest to keep the registration fees at $70 per student

  5. Graduation is scheduled for  Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM

  6. PARCC Testing has been completed for the Performance Based Assessment section of the PARCC testing.  The End of the Year section will begin on April 27, 2015.

  7. MAP Testing’s final section will begin May 12, 2015.

  8. Milk Bids

  9. Student of the month was Maddison Howell and Carleigh Pfaff

  1. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  1. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).  Motion made by Kenney, seconded by Pinkerton  Voice vote with all members approving.  Entered Closed Session @ 7:21 p.m. and returned from @ 8:32 p.m.

  1. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  2. Approval Items:

  1.  Motion to Approve mowing bids for Gavin’s Lawncare and Landscaping for a 3yr contract at $130 per occurrence made by Van Weelden seconded by Fitzsimmons  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  2. Motion to Approve summer school dates/pay for Miss Coonan  for $25 per hour at 2 hours a day for 16 days in June made by Kenney, seconded by Kindermann  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  3. Motion to Approve Superintendent to Accept Milk & Bread bids  made by Kindermann, seconded by Kenney.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  4. Motion to Approve Raising price for a school lunch from $2.60 to $2.70 made by Kenney, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried. Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried.

  5. Motion to Approve to hold a special meeting for Monday April 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM made by Kindermann, seconded by Snyder.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to Approve to hold a special meeting for Monday April 27, 2015 at 4:45 PM made by Pinkerton, seconded by Snyder.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  1. Upcoming Items:

  1. – None at this time.

  1. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Rob Snyder asked if we as a board would mind if he gave his daughter her diploma in May.

  2. Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Pinkerton, seconded by Kenney  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Open Session Minutes - March 18, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – March 18, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on March 18, 2015.The meeting was called to order by President Snyder at 6:59 p.m.

  2. Roll call:Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kenney - present; Kindermann - present; Pinkerton - present; Snyder - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:Sara Rogers, Trisha Ruddy, Mr. and Mrs. Holcomb, Amanda Coonan, Amy Petersen, Ashley Follmer, and Amanda Pfaff. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard.

  4. Communications – Mrs. Sullivan’s proposed bill for the items that were thrown away accidently by staff this fall.

  5. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from February 18, 2015

    made by Kenney, seconded by Pinkerton.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Motion carried.

  6. Motion to approve Special Session Minutes from February 25,26, and March 5, 2015 with changes added March 11, 2015 Special Meeting minutes as amended made by Kenney, seconded by Pinkerton.Voice vote with all members approving.Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Pinkerton seconded by Kenney Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of February 28, 2015:Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed:

  9. Cash on Hand is reporting that we are approximately $39,000 ahead of this time last year.

  10. Budget Revenues Expenditures Report is showing that we are 67% thru the year and have received 89% of budgeted revenues while exhausting 67% of budgeted expenses.

  11. Cafeteria Financial Report is reporting a negative YTD balance of nearly $19,000.

  12. Bills-Gem’s Carpet Cleaning was for cleaning the computer lab chairs. Ladeairous Physical bill is lower since fewer students being seen.

  13. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kenney seconded by Van Weelden. Roll call:Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kenney - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pinkerton - yes; Snyder - yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  14. Old Board Business:

  15. Athletic Committee Meeting:Will Van Weelden is going to look into the cost to start our own baseball team.Community members feel we will have enough participation over the next several years. We could continue the softball co-op program with Flanagan-Cornell #74.

  16. New Board Business:

  17. Mowing Bids

  18. PARCC Testing is going very well.

  19. Educational Staff will be discussed in closed sessions.

  20. Students of the Month were Brianna Stipp and Hannah Jones.

  21. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  22. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).

  23. Security procedures and response to an actual, threatened or reasonably potential danger to the safety of staff, students, the public and school property. Motion made by Kindermann seconded by Kenney Voice vote with all members approving.Entered Closed Session @ 7:10 p.m. and returned from @ 7:35 p.m.

  24. Action as a result of Closed Session. Motion to approve suspension of Robert Mixen from all school events for one year starting March 18, 2015 made by Kenney, seconded by Pinkerton.Voice vote with all members approving.Motion carried.

  25. Approval Items:

  26. Motion to for Educational Employment for 2015-16 for Christina Bowman made by Van Weelden seconded by Jones: Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

    Motion to for Educational Employment for 2015-16 for Amanda Coonan made by Kenney seconded Van Weelden: Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

    Motion to for Educational Employment for 2015-16 for Kim McHenry made by Kindermann seconded by Kenney:  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

    Motion to for Educational Employment for 2015-16 for Jamie Wykes made by Kenney seconded by Pinkerton:  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

    Motion to for Educational Employment for 2015-16 for Chirsty Ahrends made by Kindermann seconded by Kenney: Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

    Motion to for Educational Employment for 2015-16 for Samantha Foley made by Van Weelden seconded by Pinkerton: Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

    Motion to for Educational Employment for 2015-16 for Abby Holcomb made by Van Weelden seconded by Jones:Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

    Motion to for Educational Employment for 2015-16 for   Ashley Follmer made by Kindermann seconded by Pinkerton:  Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

    Motion to for Educational Employment for 2015-16 for     Caitlyn Wood made by Van Weelden seconded by Kenney:   Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

    Motion to for Educational Employment for 2015-16 for Laura Spraggon  made by   Kindermann seconded by Fitzsimmons:Roll call:  Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.  Motion carried

  27. Motion to Approve to Accept Mowing Bids by Kindermann seconded by Kenney.Voice vote with all members approving.Motion carried.

  28. Motion to Approve to hire Geoff Schoonover as Superintendent/Principal of Cornell CCSD#426 commencing July 1, 2015 and to enter into a two (2) year contract for his services with compensation for the 2015-2016 to be a total package of approximately $105,000 and the subsequent school year to be negotiated between the Board of Education and Mr. Schoonover made by Kenney seconded by Pinkerton. Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried

  29. Upcoming Items:

  30. Milk and Bread Bids – Milk bid will be coming from Prairie Farms and may need to raise milk prices for the K, 1st, and 2nd snack milk.Right now it is $50 a year per student.

  31. Registration Fees

  32. Lunch/Breakfast Fees will be going up $0.10 per year in by Federal Law in order to get the Free and Reduced Program.

  33. Field Trips:

  34. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – Van Weelden congratulated the 2014-2015 Volleyball team for an outstanding year.He also thanked Mr. Bean for being in attendance at all the games and all the work put into it.

Open Session Minutes - February 18, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – February 18, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on February 18, 2015.The meeting was called to order by Vice President Kenney at 7:00 p.m.

  2. Roll call:Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kenney - present; Kindermann - present; Pinkerton - present; Snyder – present (at 7:40 PM); Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:Jamie Wykes, Mr. and Mrs. Holcomb, Amy Petersen, Lynette Cavinder, Trisha Ruddy, Sam Foley, Brian Woods, Shannon Hart, and Amanda Pfaff.

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed.Lynette Cavinder wanted to thank the board for allowing the Student Council kids to attend an overnight State Convention.She was concerned that they were not able to find a male chaperone to attend with them.The board felt it was not needed since several signed contracts were in place to prevent any misconduct by students.If a student were to misbehave a phone call home to a parent would be made and they would have to come get the student.Jamie Wykes wanted to show a united front to support a new Superintendent.She was concerned with the Interim possibilities and how it would work having an administrator in the building only a few days a week.She stated that they really need someone who is familiar with PARCC testing and Common Core. Shannon Hart expressed her concern about learning all the little things that occur that we may not be thinking about in the office.Amy Petersen felt like Mr. Bean has been a huge help in her classroom in so many ways.

  5. Communications – Athletic Surveys that were submitted by parents.

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from January 21, 2015 made by Kenney, seconded by Fitzsimmons.Voice vote with all members approving.Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve Special Session Minutes from January 27, 2015 and February 9, 2015 made by Kenney, seconded by Van Weelden.

  8. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Kenney, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of January 31, 2015:Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed:

  10. Cash on Hand is reporting that we are approximately $53,000 ahead of this time last year.

  11. Budget Revenues Expenditures Report is showing that we are 58% thru the year and have received 87% of budgeted revenues while exhausting 59% of budgeted expenses.

  12. Cafeteria Financial Report is reporting a negative YTD balance of nearly $16,000. Total outstanding cafeteria balances are currently at approximately $2400.

  13. Bills –CenterPoint Energy bill has double this month.Mr. Bean spoke with Chris Landstrum and they believe this bill will go down.The IASA payment is a reissue from a payment that was made last September but was lost in the mail. MidAmerican Energy bill will not go down until the new rate becomes effective in May.Music Instructor salary was paid because Gardner did not tell Shannon to stop paying.They will take off the total paid.

  14. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Van Weelden.Roll call:Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kenney - no; Kindermann - yes; Pinkerton - yes; Snyder - absent; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  15. Old Board Business:

  16. Athletics Surveys were sent home to all parents and only 4 were received back.Mr. Bean will set up a meeting to see if there is more interest The board will need to make a decision by May

  17. Teacher Evaluation will be done by the next board meeting

  18. New Board Business:

  19. MAP Testing is going well and will be completed by Friday.

  20. Economic Interest Forms have not been received from the County yet.

  21. Student of the Month – Was Alexandra Hansen and Dallas Kmetz

  22. Employee Resignation –Tiffany Sullivan submitted a letter of resignation effective 2015-2016 school year to be able to stay home with her son and travel with her husband.

  23. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  24. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Jones.Voice vote with all members approving.Entered Closed Session @ 7:19 p.m. and returned from @ 7:21p.m.

  25. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Jones.Voice vote with all members approving.Entered Closed Session @ 7:30 p.m. and returned from @ 9:12 p.m.

  26. There was no action as a result of Closed Session

  27. Approval Items:

  28. Motion to approve teacher resignation letter with regret from Tiffany Sullivan made by Van Weelden, seconded by Snyder.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  29. Upcoming Items:

  30. Teacher Retention Recommendations

  31. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – None

Open Session Minutes - January 21, 2015

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – January 21, 2015

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on January 21, 2015.The meeting was called to order by President Snyder at 7:19 p.m.

  2. Roll call:Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kenney - present; Kindermann - present; Pinkerton - present; Snyder - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:Cindy Hart and Amanda Pfaff.

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard.

  5. Communications – None

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from December 17, 2014 made by Kenney, seconded by Pinkerton. Voice vote with all members approving.Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve Special and Closed Minutes from January 7, 2015 made by Kenney, seconded by Snyder. Voice vote with all members approving.Motion carried.

  8. Motion to approve the Agenda made by Kenney, seconded by Snyder. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  9. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of December 31, 2014:Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed:

  10. Cash on Hand is reporting that we are approximately $45,000 ahead of this time last year.

  11. Budget Revenues Expenditures Report is showing that we are 50% thru the year and have received 76% of budgeted revenues while exhausting 52% of budgeted expenses.

  12. Cafeteria Financial Report is reporting a negative YTD balance of nearly $15,000. Total outstanding cafeteria balances are currently at approximately $2400.

  13. Bills –Ladeairous Physical starting to dismiss students therefore we should see a reduction in our regular bills; TriCom came in and redid all of the passwords and checked permissions on the computers.

  14. A new Activity Account report is included in the board packet. It was noted that the miscellaneous account for ($702.61) was for the annual AR trip and a check from PTC has been received to cover these expenses.

  15. Bank statements are included for our checking, reserve, and maintenance grant showing accrued interest and December 31st balances.

  16. Budget is included in packet. Kitchen food and supplies accounts are doing great as we are half way thru the year.

  17. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kenney, seconded by Snyder.Roll call:Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kenney - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pinkerton - yes; Snyder - yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  18. Old Board Business:

  19. Athletics – A potential cost breakdown was provided my Mr. Bean for the next year athletics. This cost analysis includes the Co-op program.There was a 25% increase from 2013-2014 to 2014-2015 and a projected increase was in the analysis.Before a decision was made on any athletic programs Mr. Bean will reach out to the PTC to see if they would want to help with any cost.Mr. Bean is sending a survey home to parents to determine how much interest there really will be. The cost to pay the Co-op fee through the IESA is $200 for 3 sports. At this point there is not a Scholastic Bowl coach and only 5 students participating.This could prove to be difficult as it takes 5 students to be on the panel during meets.

  20. Second Reading Board Policies – No changes since the last meeting.

  21. New Board Business:

  22. Review July 2014 – December 2014 closed session minutes – Advise that all closed session minutes remain closed.

  23. Verbatim records prior to June 2013 – Advise that these are destroyed.

  24. Student of the month – The December SOM were Breanne Swanberg and Mariah Fletcher.

  25. February Calendar – Included in the board packet.

  26. Employee Resignation – A letter of resignation was presented to the board from Mr. Bean effective at the end of his contract on June 30, 2015.

  27. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  28. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).Motion made by Pinkerton, seconded by Kenney.Voice vote with all members approving.Entered Closed Session @ 7:46 p.m. and returned from @ 8:24 p.m.

  29. Action as a Result of Closed Session:

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    Approval Items:

  31. Motion to Approve Amended Board Policies as presented made by Snyder, seconded by Jones.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried

  32. Motion to keep closed all Closed Session Minutes from July 2014 – December 2014 made by Kenney, seconded by Snyder.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  33. Motion to approve that all Verbatim Closed Session Meeting minutes prior to June 2013 to be destroyed made by Pinkerton, seconded by Snyder.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  34. Motion to Approve Superintendent’s Letter of Resignation made by Kindermann, seconded by Kenney.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – no; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – no.Motion carried.

  35. Upcoming Items:

  36. IESA Membership

  37. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – None.

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Open Meeting Minutes - December 17, 2014

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – December 17, 2014

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on December 17, 2014.The meeting was called to order by President Snyder at 7:00 p.m.

  2. Roll call:Fitzsimmons - present; Jones - present; Kenney - present; Kindermann - present; Pinkerton - present; Snyder - present; Van Weelden - present.

  3. The Board welcomed the following guests and visitors to the meeting:Trisha Ruddy and Amanda Pfaff.

  4. The opportunity for Public Comment was allowed but none was heard.

  5. Communications – A few letters were received from staff as well as a petition signed by teachers to be discussed in Closed Session.

  6. Motion to approve Regular and Closed Minutes from November 19, 2014 made by Kenney, seconded by Snyder.Voice vote with all members approving.Motion carried.

  7. Motion to approve the Agenda with changes (previously updated to include 14g. Motion to Approve Superintendent Contract for the 2015-16 School Year as well as tonight’s addition of 14h. Motion to Approve Jenny Kindermann as Board Secretary Commencing with the January 2015 Board Meeting) made by Kenney, seconded by Van Weelden. Voice vote with all members approving. Motion carried.

  8. Financial Report – Fund Balances as of November 30, 2014:Financial reports were provided in the board packet and in particular the following was clarified and/or discussed:

    -Cash on Hand is reporting that we are approximately $56,000 ahead of this time last year.  In addition, the negative balance in the Bond and Interest Fund will be offset with a transfer of CFST monies that is currently in the Building Fund;

    -Budget Revenues Expenditures Report is showing that we are 42% thru the year and have received 75% of budgeted revenues while exhausting 45% of budgeted expenses;

    -Cafeteria Financial Report is reporting a negative YTD balance of nearly $13,000.  Insurance is double for the month since we were billed for both our expiring Humana and new BC/BS coverages.  Total outstanding cafeteria balances are currently at approximately $1900.  It was again re-iterated that the students of any families with past due balances will not be allowed to walk at graduation and their transcript will not be available for transfer to their next institution.  A positive note is that our National School Lunch and Breakfast revenues are higher at this time due to the increase of families on the Free and Reduced Program;

    -Bills – Bennett Electronic is the corrected bill from the installment of security cameras and monitor in which half is being paid by grant dollars; FC74 includes a monthly transportation bill as well as co-op fees that were due even though the Board voted not to participate in the co-op, however we will still have a little savings in transportation since the District is not be responsible for transporting those students who chose to participate; Performance Food was to replace some food following the freezer kicking out; Getz consisted of the annual fire inspection; Neutron was for 8 automatic aerosol dispensers in the bathrooms; Pontiac District 429 are standard hearing and vision screenings for our students; SchoolPad was a learning tool for CCLS that goes along with MAP testing which included 3 training sessions – being covered thru Title II Grant dollars - will annually cost $3-400 annually which is based on the number of kids and this should replace  Renaissance Learning; Serv-U was to purchase the milk cooler that we previously received a grant for; TriCom made many service calls but we are in good shape in terms of our computer system now;

    -Budget – Included in the board packet and the $4150 laptop purchase in the prior month should be applied to REAP Grant;

    -A new Activity Account report is included in the board packet.  Mr. Bean will report to the Board as to what $1206.98 expense consisted of in the Miscellaneous Account;

    -Bank statements are included for our checking, reserve, and maintenance grant showing accrued interest and November 30th balances;

    -Credit Card – Cherry Red Roasters was food for the P/T Conferences;

    -BCBS – Bill is included in the board packet for our new health insurance coverage commencing in December and shows the breakdown of the expense per employee which is now based on the age rather than everyone being charged at the same individual or family rates. 

  9. Motion to approve the Bills & Requisitions made by Kindermann, seconded by Pinkerton.Roll call:Fitzsimmons - yes; Jones - yes; Kenney - yes; Kindermann - yes; Pinkerton - yes; Snyder - yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  10. Old Board Business:

  11. Tax Debt Extension Base Resolution – Further discussion was held regarding this topic.It was confirmed that if $200,000 was placed on the ballot, we could levy annually up to this amount but not to exceed an aggregate of the PTELL amount of approximately $941,000.It was discussed that the community voted to approve an influx of $500,000 in tax funds several years back which was the original amount placed in reserve, and that was expected to be the final straw in terms of financing to keep the grade school open.Upon further discussion, the Board decided to postpone this topic to a later election after more information is available and there is more opportunity to educate the community.

  12. Board Christmas Breakfast – The Board will be providing the Staff breakfast on December 19th at 6:45 a.m. followed by a gift exchange.It was decided amongst the Board who will be bringing what although most board members will not be able to attend because of work.

  13. FY16 Tax Levy Information – Included in the board packet is the proposed levy with no changes from last month’s meeting.All paperwork is ready to be signed by the Board President and Secretary so Mr. Bean can turn into the County as required.There is an action item on tonight’s agenda to approve as presented.

  14. Employee Non-Resident Tuition Waiver – Our waiver has passed and is good through 2018-19 for students of full time employees wishing to attend Cornell, although they will still be responsible for ordinary school and cafeteria fees.

  15. Intergovernmental Agreement with Gardner South Wilmington – To be discussed in Closed Session.

  16. New Board Business:

  17. FY16 Bond Payment – This is an annual decision of the Board whether to abate any, a portion, or all of the payment of our Alternative Revenue Bond for the upcoming FY.Following recent discussions, we will need to abate the entire amount and use our CSFT monies to pay for, of which there is an action item on tonight’s agenda.

  18. Teacher Request for Class Reimbursement – To be discussed in Closed Session.

  19. First Reading Board Policies – There have been many recommended updates to our BPM and included in the board packet is a summary as well as details of each.Mr. Bean briefly went thru although there is nothing of great influence to our District.

  20. Public School Calendar – The proposed Pubic School Calendar for the 2015-16 school year is included in the board packet.It has been discussed with the staff as well as Jerry Farris, thus is in alignment with District FC74.There is an action item on tonight’s agenda and if approved, Mr. Bean will turn into the State as required.

  21. Athletics for 2015-16 – Our co-op agreement with FC74 is ending for baseball, softball, and girls’ basketball.At this time, we tentatively have the following interest in each of those sports for the next school year:softball - 6 girls consisting 2 each in 5th, 6th, and 8th grades; baseball – 9 boys consisting of 1 in 5th, 6 in 6th, and 2 in 7th; girls’ basketball – 2 with 1 in each 5th and 8th although Mr. Bean believes the 8th grader is not sincere in their desire to play, and as previously discussed, girls can choose to play with the boys if they desire to do so.Boys’ basketball is making a strong recovery and will have 16 players but only 6th and 7th grade schedules.Volleyball will only have 12-14 players (including next year’s 5th graders) and will be playing 7th and 8th grade schedules.We will continue to see volleyball struggle for numbers since there are very few girls in the lower grades for the next 3 years.It was discussed to possibly look into co-oping volleyball but there are a lot of students from the other schools participating so playing time for our children may be limited.

  22. Student of the Month – The November SOM were Braden Tangman and Amira Dana.

  23. January Calendar – Included in the board packet.

  24. Motion to go into Closed Session for Personnel Matters:

  25. The Board of Education will go into closed session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of Cornell Grade School (5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(1)).Motion made by Kenney, seconded by Snyder.Voice vote with all members approving.Entered Closed Session @ 8:07 p.m. and returned from @ 9:38 p.m.

  26. Action as a Result of Closed Session:

  27. Motion to Approve Superintendent to hire part time Janitor made by Kenney, seconded by Kindermann.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  28. Approval Items:

  29. Motion to Approve Resolution providing for and requiring the submission of the proposition of establishing the District’s debt service extension base to the voters of Community Consolidated School District Number 426, Livingston County, Illinois at the consolidated election to be held on the 7th day of April, 2015 – Tabled.

  30. Motion to Approve FY16 Tax Levy made by Kenney, seconded by Snyder.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  31. Motion to Approve to Abate $43,944 of the FY16 Alternative Revenue Bonds made by Snyder, seconded by Kenney.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  32. Motion to Approve Public School Calendar made by Snyder, seconded by Kindermann.Voice vote with all members approving.Motion carried.

  33. Motion to Approve Teacher Request for Course Payment per union contract made by Van Weelden, seconded by Kenney.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – yes; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – yes; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  34. Motion to Approve Intergovernmental Agreement with Gardner-South Wilmington for the 2014-15 School Year made by Jones, seconded by Pinkerton.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – no; Kindermann – yes; Pinkerton – yes; Snyder – no; Van Weelden – yes.Motion carried.

  35. Motion to Approve Superintendent Contract for the 2015-16 School Year made by Van Weelden, seconded by Fitzsimmons.Roll call:Fitzsimmons – yes; Jones – yes; Kenney – no; Kindermann – no; Pinkerton – no; Snyder – no; Van Weelden – yes.Motion failed.

  36. Motion to Approve Jenny Kindermann as Board Secretary commencing with the January 2015 Board Meeting made by Kenney, seconded by Pinkerton.Voice vote with all members approving.Motion carried.

  37. Upcoming Items:

  38. Review Closed Session Minutes.

  39. Verbatim Closed Session Minutes.

  40. Open Matters of Discussion – Board Input – None.

Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Kenney, seconded by Snyder.  Voice vote with all members approving.  Meeting adjourned at 9:44 p.m


Open Session Minutes - November 19, 2014

Cornell Grade School District 426

Board of Education Monthly Minutes – November 19, 2014

 

  1. The Board of Education of Cornell Community Grade School District #426 held its monthly Board meeting at the Grade School on November 19, 2014.The meeting was called to order by President Snyder at 7:10 p.m.

  2. Roll ca