Cairo Association of Teachers - Newsletter



CAT Tracks for August 17, 2006
REGULAR BOE MEETING

The Cairo Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2006. Below is an annotated agenda to serve as minutes...


Cairo School District No. One
"MAKING A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE!"
Cairo Community Educational Center, Board Room
2403 Walnut Street
Cairo, Illinois 62914
Telephone 1-618-734-4102
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CAIRO BOARD OF EDUCATION
CAIRO SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER ONE
REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2006

6:00 P.M.

AGENDA

I. Call To Order - 6:03 p.m.

II. Roll Call - Griggs, Burris, Brown, Posey, Huff, and Gooden were present. (Mallory arrived later.)

III. Recognition of Guests/Comments From Public And Employees - Tammy Terry asked to speak to the BOE during closed session. Her request was granted.

IV. Approval of Previous Minutes - Motion was made, seconded, and approved.

  1. Regular Minutes of July 20, 2006
  2. Closed Session Minutes of July 20, 2006
  3. Special Minutes of July 24, 2006
  4. Special Meeting Closed Minutes of July 24, 2006
  5. Special Minutes of July 27, 2006
  6. Special Meeting Closed Minutes of July 27, 2006
V. Approval of Agendas - Motion was made, seconded, and approved.
  1. Regular Meeting
  2. Closed Meeting

VI. Approval of Treasurer's Report - Motion was made, seconded, and approved.

VII. Approval of Payment of Bills/Payroll - Since the bills were not included in the BOE packets distributed earlier, the Superintendent suggested that the approval of bills be tabled until later in the meeting so that members might have ample time to review them. The BOE agreed.

VIII. Informational

  1. Facilities update - The superintendent report the following:
    a. Not as much painting done as hoped; plan to continue.
    b. Carpeting completed at Emerson.
    c. New blinds should be installed at Bennett in a couple of weeks.
    d. Surveillance cameras installed at CJSHS.
    e. Floors stripped of years of old was...look very good.
    f. Leak at Emerson school...onto new carpet...damaged some equipment and books. Looking into a quick temporary fix since more rain is expected. Hoping to get another two or three years out of the roof. There was some discussion that the "quick fix" would be a waste of money...wouldn't hold. However, the consensus was that something had to be done...ASAP...to prevent further damage until a more permanent repair/replacement could be performed.
  2. Student Enrollment - Good news...enrollment is up over this time last year...from 503 students to 530 students.
  3. First Day of School - The first day went very well.
  4. Personnel Update - All positions are filled at this time.
  5. Missed opportunity - Did not find out until after the back-to-school breakfast that U.S. Senator Barack Obama and other dignitaries were in Cairo to announce the new biodiesel plant...might have been able to get them come to the breakfast to meet/address the staff.
  6. New Biodiesel Plant - Logically, they will find a way to avoid taxes...which is bad for the District. However, do not wish to stand in their way and, in fact, hope to establish a working relationship with them...job training and the like.
  7. Open House - CJSHS will have open house on August 29th from 6p.m. to 8 p.m. Emerson and Bennett will have open house on the same night again as it worked well last year. That night will be on September 19th...Emerson from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Bennett from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  8. Automated External Defibrillator (AED) - State law requires that a trained person be on site for every event held on school property. Therefore, coaches, principals, and the athletic director will be trained in its use on August 24th.
  9. Power Surge - Hit Bennett School last week, knocking out telephones and damaging coolers and computers.
  10. The FOP wants the BOE to set a date to meet...to discuss long range planning...to insure that everyone is on the same page.
  11. Booster Club - A Cairo tradition...an ebb and flow...active some years...inactive others. We want an active booster club. The next meeting will be on August 21st at 6 p.m. at CJSHS.
  12. CJSHS Required Classes - Some confusion and discrepancies have been resolved which will necessitate the amendment of the CJSHS handbook...to show a requirement of 4 years of English, 3 years of Mathematics, and 2 years of Science. A review of the records indicates that despite the mix-up, all students are on track to meet those requirements.
  13. Superintendent Whitledge reported to the BOE on what he characterized as "exciting times"...namely, that the Cairo District was partnering with the Illinois Education Association to implement a mentoring program for nontenured teachers...teaming them with veteran teachers to bring them "up to speed" more quickly than if left to develop through a trial-and-error process. Mr. Whitledge also touted the program as proof of the teacher union's interest and commitment to the success of students.
  14. Checks Deposited - District Account
    66,005.00 - Title I Low Income
    80.00 - School Breakfast Incentive
    2,367.00 - Title VI Rural Education
    14,221.48 - Personal Property Replacement Tax
    840.00 - Tech Prep/Dual Credit - Shawnee College
    50.00 - Rent - Laidlaw

IX. Requiring Action/Decisions By Board of Education

  1. A motion was made, seconded, and approved to hold a public hearing on the 2006-2007 budget at 6 p.m. on September 20, 2006.
  2. Consider Job Descriptions - Tabled until after closed session.
  3. Personnel employment, release, resignation, compensation, discipline - Tabled until after closed session.
  4. Consideration of sale of Garrison property - Tabled until after closed session.

X. Closed Session - The BOE entered closed session at 6:53 p.m. The BOE exited closed session at 9:08 p.m.

Superintendent Whitledge made the following recommendation which were approved by the BOE:

  1. Payment of bills (which had been tabled previously).
  2. Adopt the job description for Maintenance Supervisor and authorize the superintendent to interview applicants for the position after negotiations with Local 773 (if requested). No recommendation for Maintenance Supervisor at this time.
  3. Employ Zachary Schumacher as teacher for the 2006-07 School Year.
  4. Employ personnel for extra duty positions "as presented".
  5. Grant unpaid leave of absence for Faye Oliver until December 31, 2006 with the understanding that she will notify the District by December 1st of her intentions for January 2007.
  6. Accept resignations:
    a. Kim Lowe as teacher's aide
    b. MacArthur Lyas as custodian
  7. Employ Ken Hamilton for 100 days to provide counseling services at CJSHS.
  8. No recommendation on the sale of the Garrison property.

XI. School Board Assn. - None

XII. Old Business - None

XIII. Adjourn - 9:15 p.m.

CLOSED SESSION IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSIDERING INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THE APPOINTMENT, EMPLOYMENT, PERFORMANCE OR DISMISSAL OF INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEES WHICH MAY BE OF A TEMPORARY CONFIDENTIAL NATURE, STUDENT DISCIPLINE, PLACEMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS, DISCUSSION OF LITIGATION PROBABLE, IMMINENT, FILED OR PENDING AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING OR RELATED ISSUES.