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Illini West School Board

Jan. 23rd

The regular meeting of the Illini West High School District 307 of Hancock County was called to order by Tracey Anders, board president at 7:01 p.m. on January 23, 2013.

Present were: Tracey Anders, Mark Burling, Tom Holtsclaw, John Huston, Beth Pence, R.D. Trout - Absent Janet Vass

Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all in attendance

Motion by Vass, second by Holtsclaw to approve the minutes of the regular meeting and executive session minutes of December 19, 2012 and the special meeting and executive session minutes of January 8, 2013. Motion carried.

Approval was given for the payment of bills in the amount of $307,712.47.

Approved the agenda as presented.

Students of the Month - Dylan Chandler and Alyssa Willey were recognized as January Students of the Month. Alyssa was here with her parents and a certificate was presented to her.

Public Comments: Tami Kaminski had questions regarding the referendum. She asked if the seller was willing to sell less acres than originally negotiated. The board addressed the question and answered several other questions.

Assistant Principa/Athletic Director:

In Mr. Dion's report he noted the upcoming Senior Nights. He has been notified by IHSA that Illini West will be able to host a softball

regional this spring. He met with other athletic directors last week to solidify the conference situation and is working on the athletic schedule for 2013-14 and noted that the schedule for 2014-15 is already in place.

Principal:

Mr. Gooding discussed the 8-Block schedule and plans for more

visits to surrounding schools currently using the 8-Block system. He noted that there will be some adjustments to the ISAT cut scores. Upcoming events include Financial Aid Night on

January 30th and a Dual Credit Info night on February 4th, followed by Freshmen Orientation.

Deb Miller from Carl Sandburg will be on hand to speak about the dual credit classes offered by Carl Sandburg. Board Minutes January 23, 2013

Discussion:

•2013-2014 School Calendar - Mrs. Schilson noted that rather than having 1/2 days for school improvement, there will be 4 full days next year. This allows the teachers more time to get

things done and it will prevent the students from spending more time on the bus than in class on school improvement days. Basically everything else remains the same as far as the calendar.

•Referendum Update - Mrs. Schilson discussed the new question which will be on the April 9th ballot. It will be worded exactly the same as before with the exception of the dollar amount,

which is being reduced from $9,000,000.00 to $8,000,000.00. Referring to page 59 of the board packet, she reviewed the list of items that could be reduced or removed from the project in order to cut the $1,000,000.00 from the plan.

She noted that Amy Graham is willing to be the chairperson once again for the steering committee for the Carthage area.

Robert Clifton has suggested that there be a chairperson from Dallas City and the board will need to find a chairperson from the La Harpe area as well. The board agreed that names would be given to Kim to contact about this.

The following consent agenda items were approved:

a. Approve Fundraising Requests

1. First Tech Challenge

Selling T-Shirts, February 2013, funds to be used to buy supplies for the robotics team to prepare for competition and for an overnight trip to Bettendorf, IA to compete in qualifying tournament

2. First Tech Challenge

Selling hot chocolate, February 2013, funds to be used to buy supplies for the robotics team to prepare for competition and for an overnight trip to Bettendorf, IA to compete in qualifying tournameBabysitting Children for Funds, Saturday, February 9, 2013, funds to be used to purchase items for a dance for special needs kids in the spring

3. Key Club

Selling Carnations and Suckers for Valentine's Day, January 28 - February 1, 2013, funds to be used for various supplies, projects and donations that they deem necessary

4. Illini West Softball

IW Softball Concession Stand, March thru June 2013, funds to be used to purchase softball equipment

5. Illini West Softball

Selling Coca-Cola Products, January 25 - March 29, 2013, funds to be used to purchase equipment and items to be used by the softball program

6. Baseball

Selling Coca-Cola Products, January 25 - March 29, 2013, funds to be used to purchase needed equipment and items that can benefit the baseball program

7. Baseball

Selling Illini West Baseball Apparel, January 25 - March 29, 2013, funds to be used to purchase needed equipment and items that can benefit the baseball program

The board accepted the resignation of Joe Dion, Sr.

The board left regular session for the purpose of entering into executive session at 7:37 p.m. to discuss:

a. The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity.

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They left executive session for the purpose of returning to the regular meeting at 9:02 p.m.

Action

a. Hired Zach Huston as Head Baseball Coach for 2012-13.

b. Hired Steve Wood as Assistant Softball Coach for 2012-13.

c. Hired Jeri Schuster as Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach for 2012-13. The board adjourned at 9:07 p.m.14)