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Mt Zion Community Unit School District 3 Board of Education met December 17

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Mar 26, 2020

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Mt Zion Community Unit School District 3 Board of Education met Dec. 17.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

President Todd Garner called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board members present were: Todd Garner, John Flora, Kristi Niles, Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, and Michelle Shumaker. Jeffrey Sams was absent.

Administration present consisted of: Dr. Travis R. Roundcount, Superintendent of Schools; Brian Rhoades, Associate Superintendent of Schools; Gary Gruen, Principal of Mt. Zion Grade School; Cheryl Warner, Principal of Mt. Zion High School.

The Pledge of Allegiance was cited by those present and led by Mt. Zion Grade School third grade students: Zoe Powell and Eli Weber from Mrs. Koslofski’s class, and Madelyn Gipson and Brodie Lillpop from Mrs. Wendell’s class.

The Regular Meeting Minutes of November 19, 2019 were approved as presented by general consent.

The Executive Meeting Minutes of November 19, 2019 were approved as presented by general consent.

Board President Garner stated there were no visitor communications.

Board President Garner recognized Dr. Travis Roundcount who 1) provided an IHSA update, sharing that IHSA recently dropped its plans to redistrict High School football and, as a result, football scheduling and conferences will remain as they have been. 2) introduced Cheryl Warner, Principal of Mt. Zion High School, who provided updates relating to the progress and implementation of Focus Period at Mt. Zion High School. High School Instructors: Nicholas Canaday, Ross Moyer, and Elisa Lewis shared how they are integrating SAT assessment practice, as well as academic and behavioral intervention, into Focus Period to strengthen student achievement for the SAT and beyond. 3) introduced Brian Plummer, Director of Milligan Academy Safe School, who provided an overview of the safe school program and discussed the possibility of creating a transition classroom, which would allow area school districts to send students for a short timeframe for credit recovery and behavior intervention, allowing students to get on track and then return to their home school quickly.

Nathan Brock presented a motion to approve the recommended changes to the 2020-2021 High School Student Course Planning Handbook. Seconded: John Flora. Discussion took place by the Board and Administration. Specifically, Dave Brandon expressed concern that the High School Pilot course “English Language and Composition AP” ought to receive Advanced Placement recognition b the College Board, and urged the District to contac the College Board regarding the re-classification of this course. If it were re-classified to AP status, then students would receive the proper AP recognition when applying for college. Roll Call: John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, yea. Dave Brandon, nay. Motion carried 5-1. (See Book of Attachments.)

Michelle Shumaker introduced a motion to approve the presented District Report Cards and School Improvement Plans for the Mt. Zion School District as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Seconded: Kristi Niles. Superintendent Roundcount stated that Mt. Zion’s K-8 schools achieved commendable status on the 2018-2019 Illinois Report Card, while Mt. Zion High School achieved exemplary status. Congratulations to all of our schools, students, and staff. Roll call: Kristi Niles, Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

Dave Brandon presented a motion to approve payment of the presented list of December 2019 Fund Warrant Checks: 26773-26926. Seconded: Nathan Brock. Discussion took place by the Board and Administration. Roll Call: Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

Kristi Niles introduced a motion to approve payment of the presented list of November 2019 Athletic Imprest Fund Warrant Checks: 12979-12995. Seconded: Michelle Shumaker. Discussion took place by the Board and Administration. Roll Call: Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

Nathan Brock presented a motion that the November 2019 Financial Treasurer’s Report be accepted and filed for audit. Seconded: Dave Brandon. Discussion took place by the Board and Administration. Roll Call: Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, Dave Brandon, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

John Flora introduced a motion to approve the presented resolution authorizing the abatement of our alternate revenue bonds Series 2013. Seconded: Kristi Niles. Discussion took place by the Board and Administration. Roll Call: Todd Garner, John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

Dave Brandon presented a motion to approve the presented resolution authorizing the abatement of our alternate revenue bonds Series 2014A. Seconded: Nathan Brock. Discussion took place by the Board and Administration. Roll Call: John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

Michelle Shumaker introduced a motion to approve the presented resolution authorizing the abatement of our alternate revenue bonds Series 2014B. Seconded: Dave Brandon. Discussion took place by the Board and Administration. Roll Call: Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, John Flora, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

John Flora presented a motion to approve the presented resolution authorizing the abatement of our 2016 bonds with funds on hand in the bond and interest fund. Seconded: Dave Brandon. Discussion took place by the Board and Administration. Roll Call: Kristi Niles, Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

Kristi Niles introduced a motion to adopt the Certificate of Tax Levy as presented, indicating aggregate amounts of property tax necessary to be levied on the District’s 2019 EAV. Seconded: Nathan Brock. Discussion took place by the Board and Administration. Roll Call: Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

Michelle Shumaker presented a motion to approve the presented State Maintenance Grant and to appropriate matching funds to complete the projects contained in the grant. Seconded: Nathan Brock. Discussion took place by the Board and Administration. Roll Call: Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

Nathan Brock introduced a motion to go into Executive Session at 8:39 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the appointment/employment/reassignment/leave of absence/compensation/possible litigation/resignation/discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body. Seconded: Dave Brandon. Roll call: Nathan Brock, Todd Garner John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, Dave Brandon, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

President Garner called the meeting to return to order at 9:27 p.m. Roll call: Todd Garner, John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, present. Absent: Jeffrey Sams.

Dave Brandon introduced a motion to approve the presented personnel-related items, as follows, pending a drug test and background check for new employees.

EMPLOYMENT:

Aaron Behrends

Mt. Zion Jr. High School

Assistant Wrestling Volunteer

Effective December 2, 2019

Christen Cantrell

Mt. Zion Intermediate School

Playground Supervisor, 2 hours per day, $11.59/hour

Effective December 18, 2019

Pam Dugan

Mt. Zion Intermediate School

Food Service Assistant, 3 hours per day

Effective December 18, 2019

EMPLOYMENT OF DISTRICT SUBS (EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY):

Pamela Black

James Coonce

Cameron Mabry

Pamela Marty C

laire Maxwell

David Miller Philip

Riddle Dorothy

Taylor Allison Wilson

Daniel Wulsch

RESIGNATION:

Dennis Vaughn

Mt. Zion High School

Group V - High School Assistant Volleyball

Effective November 26, 2019

Seconded: Nathan Brock. Roll Call: John Flora, Michelle Shumaker, Kristi Niles, Dave Brandon, Nathan Brock, Todd Garner, yea. Motion carried 6-0. (See Book of Attachments.)

President Garner stated there were no items to discuss during General Discussion. Dave Brandon stated there were no correspondence items to share.

President Garner announced Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7:00 p.m. as the next regular meeting of the Board of Education, to be held at the Mt. Zion C.U.S. D. #3 District Office, 1595 W. Main St., Mt. Zion, IL 62549.

The Board of Education Meeting was adjourned by general consent at 9:28 p.m.

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