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September 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM - Regular Board of Education Meeting

1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Reception of Guests and Public Communications
“A board meeting is a business meeting that is conducted in front of the public, but not a meeting of the public” (Illinois Association of School Boards, 2013). Those who wish to address the Board during the business meeting may do so during this portion of the meeting."
5. Approval of bills for payment             $116,082.79
6. Consent Agenda
6.1. Approval of Payroll                            
Education Fund                                 $ 251,213.40
Building Fund                                    $   19,629.27
Transportation Fund                        $      5,888.21
Total                                                  $276,730.88
6.2. Approval of NES and NJSHS Activity Accounts
6.3. Approval of August 13, 2020, regular meeting minutes; August 13, 2020, closed session minutes; August 25, 2020, special meeting minutes; August 25, 2020, closed session minutes
6.4. Approve First Reading of Policy Updates
Description:  There are some significant changes in this policy update.  Especially important is a new policy 2:265 which applies to new Title IX requirements.  There are now specific procedures to follow in the case of a sexual harassment complaint by anyone, including board members, involved in the school system.
6.5. Approve Second Reading of Policy Changes
Description:  This is for Policy Update 104.  The first reading was approved in August.  There is nothing major in this update.
6.6. Approve Purchase of Chromebooks on Behalf of Sigel St. Michael's
Description:  The entire cost of this purchase will have to come from Sigel's allotment of CARES Act funds.  If they are not allotted enough money to pay the entire cost by March 1, Sigel will owe us the balance at that time.  All purchases with federal grant funds must go through us.
7. Update on Progress of the Greenhouse Plans
Description:  Cody Carman, Kevin Haarman, and I have met to review plans.  Upchurch Architects is willing to help us on a time and material basis to put bid specs together and to make sure the building meets Health Life Safety codes.  I hope to have more information ready by the date of the board meeting.  The biggest dilemma right now is deciding where to place the greenhouse.  we would like to put it where the exercise equipment sits east of the shop.  But, that equipment is set in concrete and can't be relocated according to Dave Donaldson.  If we put it north of the playground equipment, the memorial bench and tree for Evelyn Alexander will need to be relocated.  I have not yet approached the family about that.

I also have an idea for getting some of the greenhouse paid for with TIF funds.  That involves the property south of the shop that sits between the last row of houses and the interstate.  I am not saying it is a good idea, but it is certainly something to consider.
8. Information and Administrative Reports
8.1. Superintendent's Report
8.2. Elementary Principal's Report
8.3. Junior-Senior High Principal's Report
8.4. AD/Dean of Students' Report
9. Review Monthly Cash Flow Report
10. Closed Session for Exception 1, the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body; Exception 2, Collective bargaining matters between the school board and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees; Exception 10 - The placement of individual students in special education programs and other matters relating to individual students; 
Description:  Exception 1 - Recommendation for paraprofessional at NES - Danielle Strohl; Discussion of timeline and process for hiring NES principal (Who is involved? September/October - Accept applications; November - 1st and 2nd interviews; December - Take action on hiring.)
Exception 2 - We would like to discuss with you a conversation we had with representatives of the NTA as it relates to teacher evaluation this year;
Exception 10 - Information about a special education placement that Mr. Haarman and Mr. Rowley have been dealing with.

11. Hire Personnel
Description:  Danielle Strohl as paraprofessional at NES
12. Accept Resignations
13. Approve Volunteers
14. Agenda Items for Future Meetings
15. Adjourn
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