School District of Belleville
Regular Board Meeting
August 25, 2014
Board President P. Scott called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Roll call attendance was taken. Board members present were Marian Viney; Kevin Spiegel; Garth Langhammer; Jeff Campbell; Pam Scott; and Elizabeth Lowery. Angie Edge was absent.
Pam Yoder; Nate Perry; Sally Feeney; Pam Emmerich; Julie Witmer; and Virginia Schween were also present.
The agenda was approved as printed.
There were no visitor comments.
E. Lowery requested to remove the bills from the Consent Agenda.
G. Langhammer made a motion to approve the minutes, seconded by M. Viney. Passed 6-0.
Clarification regarding the purchase of Smartboards was made. K. Spiegel made a motion to approve the bills. Seconded by M. Viney, passed 6-0.
Principal N. Perry said Paige Natzke and Jacob Hackman will serve as the student representatives to the board this year. Orientation for 7th and 9th graders will take place this Wednesday. Mr. Perry provided information regarding the inservice days.
Director of Instruction S. Feeney provided information regarding the two days designated for new staff. Mrs. Feeney said eight staff members will serve as Mentors this year and explained how the District has evolved the program. Mrs. Feeney also reviewed the ACT score report.
Associate Principal V. Schween said all 7-12 staff will be wearing PBIS t-shirts for the first day of school. The PBIS Emphasis for this year is respect, appropriate use of technology, and appropriate use of behavior at assemblies and extra-curriculars.
Principal P. Emmerich introduced herself and re-capped what she has been busy doing since her start. Mrs. Emmerich also provided information on upcoming Intermediate events.
Principal J. Witmer said her office fielded many questions from parents regarding the on-line registration process. Families of younger children are not as familiar with Skyward and the functions available. 4K Ready, Set, Go meetings were held last week with teachers and families. There are currently 72 students enrolled in 4K.
Superintendent P. Yoder thanked all staff involved who gave up hours of their time to assist in the hiring process. Mrs. Yoder also thanked all the secretaries who made registration possible, especially Michelle Flick. Barb Funseth and Jeff Walker have begun working remotely on transportation. The performance contract is underway with the MS roofing. The next step will be the technology infrastructure upgrade.
Superintendent P. Yoder presented a State of the District report as requested by the board. Mrs. Yoder's report summarized several district initiatives, activities, and results since July 1, 2013.
Mr. Tom Cox from ics Solutions Group was present to explain his role in the performance contract. Mr. Cox and a team of engineers and architects will be on site over the next 30-45 days compiling lots of data to be used to report back to the board in early 2015. The report will include structure and life expectancies of current structures.
Communications and Athletic Director B. Campbell presented an example of what the new district website will look like. The new site could be up as early as the end of September. Facebook is just about ready. News feeds will be on both facebook and twitter and will be linked to the website. Mr. Campbell also provided background information on the two coaching candidates.
K. Spiegel made a motion to approve the appointments of Lucas Leu as Assistant Football Coach and Kyle Webber as Assistant Boys Soccer Coach. Seconded by E. Lowery, passed 6-0.
P. Scott made a motion to approve the resignations of Caleb Pagel as Assistant Football Coach; Matt Belknap as High School Social Studies Teacher; and Wendy Broadhead as Cook I. Seconded by G. Langhammer, passed 6-0.
P. Yoder provided background information on the Mr. Cline and said Mrs. Vesperman will be teaching a Spanish overload this year so hiring a part-time person is not necessary. K. Spiegel made a motion to approve the appointment of Scott Cline as .5 FTE High School Social Studies Teacher. Seconded by J. Campbell, passed 6-0.
E. Lowery made a motion to approve Policy 362.1Rule Acceptable Use of the Network. Seconded by P. Scott, passed 6-0.
Principal J. Witmer requested to remove from the student handbook the section regarding food service and negative balances because the guidelines listed are not what is being done. E. Lowery made a motion to approve the 2014-2015 Elementary and Intermediate School Handbooks with removal of lunch language and addition of grab-n-go language. Seconded by G. Langhammer, passed 6-0.
Principal N. Perry explained how the RtI program was used last year and the changes made for this year and how the time will be used. Mr. Perry is requesting to release qualified senior students from this time and explained why. Pros and cons were discussed by board members and administration. K. Spiegel made a motion to approve the 2014-2015 High School RtI program. Seconded by G. Langhammer, passed 6-0.
Superintendent P. Yoder reviewed the proposed 2014-15 budget and addressed specific questions. E. Lowery made a motion to approve the proposed 2014-2015 budget, seconded by M. Viney. Passed 6-0.
Future meeting dates and agenda items were discussed.
K. Spiegel made motion, seconded by M. Viney to move into closed session at 8:56 p.m. for the purpose of considering employment or performance evaluation data of a District level employee; the purpose of considering, and taking action as appropriate, employment of compensation of the Technical Education Teacher; and considering a matter involving an individual student, including discussion related to confidential medical or personal history of the student.
The board returned to open session and adjourned at10:41 p.m. on a motion made by J. Campbell. Seconded by P. Scott, passed 6-0.
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