Meridian Community Unit School District 15 Board met June 17.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
The Meridian Community Unit School District Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, June 17, 2019 in the Board Room. President Chris Jones called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. The following Members were present: Chris Jones, Becca Kraft, Clint Gorden, Monte Hogan and Kara Morey. Member Herbert entered at 6:42 p.m. and Member Roush was absent. Also present were: Dan Brue, Superintendent; Eric Hurelbrink, High School Principal; Andy Pygott, Middle School Principal; Lori Guebert, Elementary School Principal; Michelle Miller, Recording Secretary.
Jason Brelsfoard presented the board with concerns regarding the high school baseball program.
Mr. Hurelbrink announced the 2nd semester board scholars:
9th Grade- Lucas Clapp, Drew Hurelbrink, Alexi Jones, Delaney Jones, Keagan Kantor, Cole Rappe, Madison Sapp, Nicholas Smith, Lucille Snow, Maria Steiling
10th Grade- Jessica Cuttill, Hallie Gates, Chloe Moyer, Sydney Senger, Hannah Warnick
11th Grade- Amber Coon, Jesse Damery, Madeline Klinger, Alexandra Martin, Savannah Mendenhall, Ella Snow
12th Grade- Hannah Craft, Alexis Rosenberger, Sadie Scott, Abby Smith, Samuel VonBehren
Administrators gave their reports. The middle school summer school program is currently in progress. There are 12 students in the program. Athletic physicals are scheduled for July 23, 3:00-5:00, at the Macon campus. Mr. Brue is meeting with Mrs. Guebert and Paula Ray from the bus garage to discuss a new policy regarding the number of addresses a student has on file for delivery/pick up.
Mr. Brue went over the budget analysis. On a motion by Member Morey, seconded by Member Herbert, the consent agenda was approved which includes the minutes of May 20, May financial reports and June disbursements as follows:
Education $273,157.81 Building $25,182.01
Transport $17,376.55 IMRF $8,789.11
Cap Projects $159.19 Tort $312.50
Life Safety $2,600.00 TOTAL $327,577.17
This does not include one payroll. Also included are the resignations of Traci Freil as high school girls assistant basketball coach, Shannon Houser as middle school boys basketball coach and Erika Dowd as K12 music teacher. Motion carried on a roll call vote 6-0.
The Board set sub committees:
Transportation- Monte Hogan, Adam Herbert, Clint Gorden
Curriculum- Kara Morey, Becca Kraft
Athletic- Adam Herbert, Monte Hogan, Kara Morey
Technology- Matt Roush, Chris Jones, Clint Gorden
Activity- Becca Kraft, Chris Jones, Matt Roush
Policy- Becca Kraft, Chris Jones, Matt Roush
Negotiations- Kara Morey, Matt Roush, Adam Herbert
There was an update on summer maintenance items. Work is almost complete on pond clean up, the garage has been emptied and work on the shed is in progress. Work on the new elementary bathrooms is on track. Gym floors are scheduled for annual finishing in July.
School handbook changes were reviewed. There was lengthy discussion on the procedure for giving over the counter medicines to students. It was the consensus to leave the policy as is and have the policy committee review the district board policy in the future. Mr. Hurelbrink presented two new noteworthy policies to the handbook that were approved. There will be no animals allowed on school property or sporting events, except in the case of a service animal. Beginning with the class of 2022, the high school will switch to a Latin Graduation Honors system versus the traditional Valedictorian/Salutatorian method.
On a motion by Member Herbert, seconded by Member Morey, the student handbook changes were approved as presented for the elementary, middle and high school. Motion carried on a roll call vote of 5 ayes. Member Kraft abstained.
Member Jones reviewed current state and federal legislation.
On a motion by Member Hogan, seconded by Member Morey, the Board approved the transfer of $22,561.52 from the Hi-Tech Savings Fund to the Education Fund. Motion carried on a roll call vote 6-0.
Mr. Brue will begin work on the FY20 budget at the end of June. The district is currently in the process of switching the accounting/payroll/budget software that will become active July 1.
The Board approved the contractual agreements with the ROE #30 to provide Regional Safe Schools Services and other alternative school settings on a motion by Member Hogan, seconded by Member Herbert. Motion carried on a roll call vote 6-0.
The meeting adjourned to executive session at 9:20 p.m. for the purpose of discussing matter pertaining to the employment, appointment, evaluation or dismissal of specific employees or officers, purchase or sale of property, pending legal matters, student discipline and negotiations. Motion carried 6-0.
The following will be employed: Greg Streeval as High School Softball Coach, Micah Sheppard as High School Boys Track Coach, Denna Williams as High School Girls Track Coach, Ashley Dawson as High School Girls Soccer Coach, Tricia Campbell as Middle School Girls Track Coach and Matt Scales as Middle School Boys Track Coach for the 2019-2020 school year contingent upon having enough student participation to field a team on a motion made by Member Hogan and seconded by Member Herbert. Motion carried by a roll call vote of 6-0.
Rick Scrimpsher’s contract as High School Baseball Coach for the 2019-2020 school year will not be renewed on a motion by Member Herbert and seconded by Member Hogan. Motion carried on a roll call vote of 6-0.
The board of Meridian CUSD #15 will keep the presented executive session minutes closed due to the sensitive nature of their content on a motion by Member Gorden and seconded by Member Hogan. Motion carried on a roll call vote of 6-0.
Dustin Clark will be employed as Middle School Boys Basketball Coach for the 2019-2020 school year on a motion by Member Herbert and seconded by Member Hogan. Motion carried on a roll call vote of 6-0.
Eric Hurelbrink will be employed as Boys Athletic Director for the 2019-2020 school year with a stipend of $8000 on a motion by Member Morey and seconded by Member Gorden. Motion carried on a roll call vote of 6-0.
Dan Brue will be employed as Girls Athletic Director for the 2019-2020 school year with a stipend of $5000 on a motion by Member Morey and seconded by Member Herbert. Motion carried on a roll call vote of 6-0.
Michelle Miller and Lori Huggins will be administrative assistants for the Athletic Directors for the 2019-2020 school year with a stipend of $5000 per person on a motion by Member Morey and seconded by Member Herbert. Motion carried on a roll call vote of 6-0.
Various Meridian CUSD #15 teachers will serve as supervisors at events if the Athletic Directors are not available for the 2019-2020 school year at a stipend of $2500 to be split among them. Mike Bender will serve as tournament director for the 2019-2020 school year at a stipend of $1000 on a motion by Member Gorden and carried by Member Herbert. Motion carried on a roll call vote of 6- 0.
Approval of the 2019-2020 school fees as presented, which is the same as the 2018-2019 school year with the exception of a $0.10 increase in lunch price for full paying students to be in compliance with federal reimbursement rates of the school lunch program on a motion by Member Morey and seconded by Member Herbert. Motion carried on a roll call vote of 6-0.
Member Morey, seconded by member Gorden motioned to adjourn meeting at 10:53 pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be July 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm.