Germantown Hills School District 69 Board met October 8
Germantown Hills School District 69 Board met Oct. 8.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
Pledge of Allegiance
S. Nauman L. Edwards J. Hunt
No Members Absent
RECOGNITION OF VISITORS, PUBLIC COMMENT AND CORRESPONDENCE
Visitors were welcomed. Teachers: M. Babcock
A motion was made by L. Edwards with a second by J. Hunt to approve the September 17, 2018 Board of Education Regular Session minutes.
Voice Vote – Motion Passed - (one abstention)
Treasurer’s Report All school board members received a copy of the September, 2018 Treasurer’s Report.
A motion was made by E. McAllister with a second by J. Hanks to approve the September, 2018 Treasurer’s Report.
Voice Vote – Motion Passed
Bills totaling $862,660.50 were approved for payment on a motion by E. McAllister with a second by L. Edwards.
Roll call Vote: Yeas – S. Nauman, L. Edwards, J. Hunt, R. Baker, J. Hanks, E. McAllister and G. Weinman
Motion Passed with 7 votes.
Motion to Approve the FY19 WCSEA Budget
A motion was made by L. Edwards with a second by G. Weinman to approve the FY19 WCSEA Budget.
Roll Call Vote: Yeas – L. Edwards, J. Hunt, R. Baker, J. Hanks, E. McAllister, G. Weinman and S. Nauman
Motion Passed with 7 votes
Motion to Approve Hiring Amy Kaufman as a Part-Time Kitchen Worker
A motion was made by J. Hunt with a second by L. Edwards to approve the hire of Amy Kaufman as a part-time kitchen worker.
Roll Call Vote: Yeas – J. Hunt, R. Baker, J. Hanks, E. McAllister, G. Weinman, S. Nauman, and L. Edwards
OTHER BUSINESS, REPORTS, DISCUSSION AND INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
Legislative Reports – Springfield is a little quiet with the upcoming elections so there is nothing new to report.
Germantown Hills Elementary School
Kate, Dan & I attended the Germantown Hills Metamora Mayor Prayer Breakfast at Metamora Fields on September 19th. As always, it’a pleasure to visit with other community leaders and to hear all the good things that are going on in our communities. It was a special treat to recognize and celebrate Steve for his years of service to our community and the Metamora community at large. Congratulations Steve, we are happy for you.
Strides For School/5K:
The PTO hosted their 7th annual 5K and Kids Run. We didn’t have a lot of runners, but it was a nice day overall.
Scholastic Book Fair:
Mrs. Rajtora has worked many long hours to host an amazing fall book fair.
We have just concluded our fall benchmarking with NWEA/MAP. For the most part, things went fairly smooth. A big thank you to Libby Verkuilen, Jennifer Schroeder and Mike Dexheimer for their organization and commitment of this complicated testing process.
1st grade Rock Star Readers:
Our 1st-grade students enjoyed a day dressing up like rock stars to help emphasize their understanding of the importance of good reading habits.
SIP, September 28th:
Fire Drill #2, and mandated training was completed on this day.
Kate & I attended on implementing the Accelerated Placement Act. We have several resources for us to consider when writing our own policy.
October 5th - Author visit
October 8th - No School
October 9th - Teacher Institute Enrollment/Attendance/Discipline:
K = 84 with 5 sections (1 enrolled out)
1st = 82 with 4 sections (1 enrolled out)
2nd = 84 with 4 sections
3rd = 92 with 4 sections
4th = 97 with 4 sections (2 enrolled out)
TOTAL = 439
Office referrals: (to date)
1 1⁄2 in-school suspensions - disrespecting authority
1-out of school suspension-disrespecting authority/threatening authority
3 detentions (1 after school/2 lunchtime)
o 9 disrespecting authority
o 3 bus incidents
o 2 playground incidents-fighting o 2 lying incidents
o 1 inappropriate language incident
Germantown Hills Middle School
Building and Grounds
● Thank you to Great Oaks Church again for allowing us to host our PTO 5k and Cross Country meets there, including our huge Sectional meet this past weekend.
● MAP testing is complete and teachers have been analyzing the data for their instructional goals and student data meetings. Grade level data meetings will be held during the week of October 15th. Kasey Vande Schraaf will lead these meetings in her new role as RtI Coordinator.
● Shelli and I attended a conference on the Acceleration Placement Act this past week. We will be working together on a district policy to meet the needs of our gifted students. This will include an acceleration referral form, an outline of the evaluation process, and a potential support plan for these students.
● On Tuesday, our faculty will head over to Metamora High School for an area-wide professional development opportunity. We will get a chance to meet with other educators from the schools that feed into Metamora High School. This will allow us to brainstorm ideas and make sure that we are all headed in the same direction.
● Current Enrollment Numbers: 364 ○ 5th - 78
○ 6th- 92
○ 7th- 104
○ 8th- 90 Extracurriculars/Events
● Congratulations to Coach Ballard and the boys baseball team for qualifying for the State Tournament. Great job on a fabulous season!
● Thank you to Mrs. Hand and all the volunteers who helped make our PTO 5k a success!
● Girls basketball is off to a great season. The 7th grade team is currently 3-1 and the 8th grade team is 4-0. Go Warriors!
● Boys basketball has started their open gyms. Coach Garey will begin tryouts on October 15th.
● Thank you to Crystal Rajitora and all of our parent volunteers who helped with the Scholastic Book Fair. We are still waiting on some numbers, but Crystal believes our final sales total will be over $13,000!
Preliminary 2018 Tax Levy Discussion – D. Mair provided a preliminary levy calculation sheet. The preliminary levy calculation reflects an abatement of bond funds from the construction project as well as lowered levies in IMRF, Social Security and Tort due to continued reserves.
Employee Health Insurance Update – Because United Health Care reflected a 45% increase in premiums, we changed providers to Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The increase with BC/BS was 3 – 15% depending on the plan.
MTCO Park and Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge Update – D. Mair updated the board on the status of the Park and the Bridge. He also spoke on the results of his meeting on October 3rd with Darrin LaHood, Ann Sasso and Mike Hinrichsen.
Discussion of 6th – 8th Grade Social Studies Instruction for 2019 – 2020 – D. Mair shared feedback and options for the 2019 – 2020 school year.
Activity Account Journal – All Board members received a copy of the September Activity Account Journal.
OTHER BUSINESS BY BOARD OR ADMINSTRATION
D. Mair – Congratulated S. Nauman who was honored with the Servant Leader award from the Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce.
R. Baker – Plaque and post office mail box from the old library could be donated to the new library.
S. Nauman – Ring road around the school a good possibility for one time arrival/dismissal. A tunnel (used for entry to MTCO Park) could possibly be used as a storm safety area.
A motion was made by E. McAllister with a second by J. Hunt to adjourn the board meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Voice Vote – Motion Passed