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Blue Ridge Community Unified School District 18 Board of Education met November 20

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 7, 2020

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Blue Ridge Community Unified School District 18 Board of Education met Nov. 20.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

I. Call to Order

Board President, Dale Schneman called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

II. Roll Call

Board Members in attendance were Carlos Burton, Kenna Dunlap Johnson, Chelsie Leffelman, Dion Lathrom, Franci Miller and Dale Schneman.

Maureen Gilbert arrived at 7:01 p.m.

Also in attendance were Superintendent Susan Wilson, Principal John Lawrence, Principal Katie Nichols, Principal Ryan Peyton, and Recording Secretary Kristi Woliung.

III. Public Comments/Recognition of Guests

Krista Voyles Steve Adams Kent Kull Scott Stanifer Hillary Stanifer Emmie Stanifer Drew Stanifer

*Motion was moved from open session*

Motion by Franci Miller 2nd by Maureen Gilbert to approve the employment of

 Hillary Stanifer, Superintendent, District

Effective July 1, 2020, as presented.

Voice vote. 6 ayes 1 nay Motion carried

IV. Presentations

A. PMA presentation

Stephen Adams, representative from PMA, presented to the Board about their Bond Advisory Service. This type of service can be used to bid the refunding (refinancing) of bonds. Blue Ridge has a bond issue that is eligible for refunding in the fall of 2020.

V. Communications

A. School Board Member Appreciation Day

Mrs. Wilson thanked the Board of Education members for the work they do for the district. Tonya Evans provided delicious cookies for everyone at the meeting.

VI. Committee Reports

The finance committee met prior to the November 20 Board of Education meeting to discuss the levy and audit.

The insurance committee met on November 12 and 15.

The policy committee will be sent recently received policy updates.

VII. Old Business

A. Approve IASB Conference Delegate for the Joint Annual Conference

Dale Schneman cannot attend the IASB Conference as previously planned so a new delegate needs to be appointed.

Motion by Dale Schneman 2nd by Kenna Dunlap Johnson to approve the resolution to appoint Dion Lathrom as the delegate to the IASB Delegate Assembly.

Roll call vote. 7 ayes 0 nays Motion carried

VIII. New Business

A. Discuss for Approval Tentative Tax Levy and Set Date of December 18, 2019 for Approval of Tax Levy

Mrs. Wilson presented the proposed tax levy to the Board.

Motion by Franci Miller 2nd by Maureen Gilbert to approve the tentative tax levy and set the date of December 18, 2019, for approval of the tax levy for Blue Ridge Community Unit School District #18, as presented.

Roll call vote. 7 ayes 0 nays Motion carried

B. Review for Approval 2018-2019 Annual Audit and Shared Service Report Fiscal Efficiency Schedule for Blue Ridge CUSD #18

The Audit for FY2019 was presented by the district’s auditor, Kent Kull. Two audit findings were noted: 1) the Annual Statement of Affairs was not submitted timely, and 2) the Capital Projects fund was overdrawn.

Motion by Carlos Burton 2nd by Maureen Gilbert to accept and approve the District Audit and the Shared Service Report and Fiscal Efficiency form for Blue Ridge Community Unit School District #18 conducted by Mose, Yockey, Brown, and Kull, LLC, Shelbyville, IL for the 2019-2020 school term, as presented.

Roll call vote. 7 ayes 0 nays Motion carried

IX. Administrative Reports

A. Superintendent

Mrs. Wilson presented her report and highlighted a few areas. The tax levy was discussed and will be formally adopted at the December 18 board meeting. She also reviewed the results of the school assessment report. All 3 schools received commendable ratings. Our district participates in the ROE 17 Fuel Consortium to purchase fuel for our fleet.

1. 2019 Assessment Report 2. School Report Cards

3. Fuel Consortium Pricing

B. Principals

1. Mr. Ryan Peyton, Ruth M. Schneider Elementary School

2. Mrs. Katie Nichols, Blue Ridge Intermediate & Junior High School 3. Mr. John Lawrence, Blue Ridge High School

C. Curriculum

D. Technology

E. Operations and Maintenance

F. Transportation

G. Food Services

X. Approval of Consent Items

Motion by Franci Miller 2nd by Kenna Dunlap Johnson to approve the consent agenda items listed on attachment A as presented.

Roll call vote. 7 ayes 0 nays Motion carried.

A. Minutes from Regular and Special Board of Education Meetings B. Financial Reports

C. Bills and Payroll

D. School Improvement Plans

E. School & District Report Cards

F. Ratification of Suspensions

G. Resignation of District Employees H. Request for Leave

XI. Closed Session

Motion by Kenna Dunlap Johnson 2nd by Dale Schneman to move from open session to closed session at 8:29 p.m.

Roll call vote. 7 ayes 0 nays Motion carried.

A. The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the District, or legal counsel for the District, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee or against legal counsel for the District to determine its validity. 5ILCS 120/2(c) (1).

1. Employment, Superintendent, District

2. Employment, Chemistry Teacher, BRHS 3. Employment, Volleyball Coach, BRIJHS 4. Employment, Boys Track Coach, BRHS 5. Employment, Extended Technology Help

B. Probable Litigation

C. The placement of individuals in special education programs or other issues related to individual students.

XII. Open Session

Motion by Carlos Burton 2nd by Dion Lathrom to move from closed session to open session at 9:10 p.m.

Voice vote 7 ayes 0 nays Motion carried

Motion by Franci Miller 2nd by Kenna Dunlap Johnson to approve the employment of

 _________________________, Head Volleyball Coach, BRIJHS

 Dave Kramer, Head Boys Track Coach, BRHS

for the 2019-2020 school term, as presented. Voice vote. 7 ayes 0 nays Motion carried

**Motion moved to after public comments**

Motion by _________2nd by __________ to approve the employment of  Hillary Stanifer, Superintendent, District Effective July 1, 2020, as presented.

Voice vote. _______ ayes _______ nays

Motion by Dale Schneman 2nd by Dion Lathrom to approve the superintendent to hire for the Head Volleyball Coach, BRIJHS prior to the next Board of Education meeting.

Voice vote. 7 ayes 0 nays Motion carried.

Motion by Franci Miller 2nd by Kenna Dunlap Johnson to approve the employment of

 Cullen Scurlock, Chemistry Teacher, BRHS For the 2020-2021 school term, as presented.

Voice vote. 7 ayes 0 nays Motion carried

XIII. Good of the Cause Discussion

Mr. Lawrence discussed the possibility of playing 8 man football in the near future. A few surrounding schools are going to this, due to low numbers, to keep the program alive. Mr. Lawrence will be bringing more information to the December board meeting.

A. Board position on Proposed IASB Resolutions

The Board discussed, along with the principals on how the Triple I delegate would handle Q & A sessions at the conference.

XIV. Adjournment

Motion by Dion Lathrom 2nd by Kenna Dunlap Johnson to adjourn the meeting at 9:21 p.m.

Roll call vote. 7 ayes 0 nays Motion carried

https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?mk=50350555&fn=minutes.pdf

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