Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

February 17, 2014

Brookwood Jr. & Sr. High Offices – Large Conference Room

I.                   Call To Order

The meeting was called to order by President Kurt Radke at 7:06 p.m.

II.                Roll Call

Board members present were, Mrs. Wang, Mr. Giese, Mr. Brieske, Mr. Radke and Mr. Bauman.  Administration present was Mr. Burhop, Mr. Pettit and Mrs. Luebke.

III.             Legal Meeting Determination

Motion to approve this as a legal meeting with proper notice was made by Mr. Giese, seconded by Mr. Bauman. Motion passed unanimously.

IV.             Approval of the Agenda

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

V.                Approval of the Minutes

Motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of January 13, 2014 was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

VI.             Reports

A.    Financial Reports

1.         Vouchers Payable

Motion to approve vouchers #32418 through #32617,  Void Check #32441 - $45.00, #32442 - $55.00, #32443 – $85.00, #32444 - $45.00, and #32507 - $75.00, for a total adjusted voucher amount of $774,647.42 -- was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

2.                  District Receipts and Disbursements

Mr. Burhop highlighted property tax revenues, special education aid and a payment in lieu of taxes as main revenues for January.

3.                  Cash Flow Report

Mr. Burhop described the cash flow situation where the district would have $223,481.82 on hand at the Bank of Ontario after tonight’s vouchers were paid. The district also has $402,614.29 in American Deposit Management General Fund. The district also has $105,353.42 in the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Kendall-Wilton.

B.     District Administrator’s Report

Mr. Burhop introduced the Board to the preliminary 2014-15 school district budget.  He informed the Board that salaries and health insurance rates were held at 2013-14 levels.  Once health insurance rates were known, revisions and adjustments would be made to the budget.  Mr. Burhop also briefed the School Board on the upcoming membership audit.  Introductions to three school board policies; 443.1 – Student Dress Code, 522.8 – Staff Dress Code, and 675 – Outstanding Check Policy, were made.  Approval of these three policies would be made at a future board meeting date.

C.    Principal’s Report

Mr. Pettit reported on numerous Jr. & Sr. High School activities which included the Polar Plunge, Brookwood FFA Speaking contest and other FFA activities, the Empty Bowls project, and Wellness Day.

D.    Elementary Principal’s Report

Mrs. Luebke reported on numerous elementary activities highlighted by the Olympic Reading Challenge, the 3rd Grade Invention Fair, Read Across America activities in early March, and the meeting with parents over the Math Expressions program.

E.     Activities Director Report

Ken Clinton’s report highlighted Wonewoc Center moving to the Ridge and Valley Conference for football only starting in 2015.  He also informed the board of the Brookwood conference champion wrestlers and the success of hosting the Conference Wrestling Tournament.

VII.          Public Comments

There were no public comments

VIII.       New Business

A.    Approve Changes to the 2013-14 School District Calendar

Mr. Burhop explained to the Board that the school would meet the state requirement for days and hours of instruction under the following changes:  move the March 21 In-service date for teachers to Saturday, March 22 and have Friday March 21 a full day of school with students. Also, change Monday, April 21 from a vacation day to a full day of school with students.  Any additionally missed full days of school from February 18 until the end of the school year will be made up in June.  Motion to approve the changes as presented was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

B.     Approve Spring Coaching Contracts

Motion to approve Spring Coaching Contracts in Baseball, Softball and Track as presented was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously

C.    Approve Addition of Freddie Neumann to Football Plaque Memorial

Motion to approve the addition of Freddie Neumann to the Football Plaque Memorial was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Giese. Motion passed unanimously.

IX.             Closed Session

Motion to move into closed session under Section 19.85(1)(c) to discuss the performance evaluation of the District Administrator, and to consider approving/issuing preliminary notice that the board is considering nonrenewal of a specific employee’s teaching contract was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Roll call Vote:  Mrs. Wang – Yes, Mr. Brieske – Yes, Mr. Giese – Yes, Mr. Radke – Yes, Mr. Bauman - Yes.

X.                Reconvene to Open Session

Motion to reconvene into open session was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

Motion to approve a preliminary notice of nonrenewal of a teaching contract to Sheridan Smith was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

XI.             Adjourn

Motion to adjourn at 9:25 p.m. was made by Mr. Giese, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.