October 2013

Board Minutes - October 17, 2013


The regular meeting of the Board of Education of School District 165 was held in the Carbondale Community High School Cafeteria, 1301 East Walnut Street, Carbondale, Illinois, on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Upon roll call, the following members were present:

Linda Flowers Francis Tsung

Joe Hudgins Brian Woodard

Mike Neill

The following members were absent:

Kathy Bootiotis Vicky King

Also present were:

Stephen Murphy CCHSEA Represented

Steve Kosco Carbondale Times Represented

Daniel Cross

Vice President Linda Flowers acted as President Pro Tem in President Vicky King's absence. Member Mike Neill acted as Secretary Pro Tem in Secretary Kathy Booziotis' absence. President Pro Tem Flowers declared a quorum present and the regular meeting of October 17, 2013 was called to order.

Minutes: The minutes of the regular scheduled meeting of September 19, 2013, were approved as distributed.

Old Business: There were no old business items.

Library Media Center Newsletter: The Board received the Library Media Center Newsletter for their review.

2013 ISLMA/Upstart Award: Media Center Coordinator, Stephanie Parton, was chosen as a 2013 Illinois School Library Media Association/Upstart Award Winner for her Walk for Water Program.

Public Comments: There were no public comments.

Payment of Bills: Motion by Tsung, seconded by Neill, to pay the remaining bills for the month of September, 2013; and, those available for payment for the month of October, 2013. Roll call: Flowers, Hudgins, Neill, Tsung and Woodard voted yes. Nay, none. Motion carried.

Superintendent Murphy advised the Board that he would like to schedule a special Board meeting in the future to conduct a district finance study group where Financial Officer, Steve Kosco, will present an overview of the district finances for the Board. Member Hudgins said he would be very interested in the meeting.

Audit Engagement Contract Extension: Motion by Hudgins, seconded by Woodard, to accept the audit engagement contract extension from Emling & Hoffman, P.C. as presented in Mr. Kosco's memo with authorization for the superintendent to sign the contract. Roll call: Hudgins, Neill, Tsung, Woodard and Flowers voted yes. Nay, none. Motion carried.

2013-14 District Goals: Motion by Hudgins, seconded by Woodard, to approve the 2013-14 district goals as presented:

1. We will continue to analyze, address, and respond to issues associated with No Child Left Behind and other federal and state initiatives.

2. We will actively work to enhance the diversity of our workforce, including the recruitment and retention of ethnic minority staff.

3. We will continue to maintain the positive financial position of the district.

a. We will develop a public relations plan for the district.

Roll call: Neill, Tsung, Woodard, Flowers and Hudgins voted yes. Nay, none.Motion carried.

Member Hudgins said goals are great but an action plan is better. He suggested a Board Retreat to discuss ideas to achieve the goals.

2013-14 Library Grant Application: Motion by Woodard, seconded by Tsung, to submit the Annual Library Grant Application and affirm that the Illinois School Library Standards have been reviewed and library services meet or have made progress toward meeting the standards. Roll call: Tsung, Woodard, Flowers, Hudgins and Neill voted yes. Nay, none. Motion carried.

2014 ISBE Energy and Maintenance Grants Application and Correspond. Life Safety Amendments: Motion by Neill, seconded by Tsung, to authorize Lunsford Architects, Inc. to prepare and submit the 2014 Energy and Maintenance Grants Application and corresponding Life Safety Amendments as presented in Mr. Kosco's memo. Roll call: Woodard, Flowers, Hudgins, Neill and Tsung voted yes. Nay, none. Motion carried.

Employment of Personnel and Approval of Volunteer Coaches: Motion by Woodard, seconded by Tsung, to employ the following 2013-14 Extra-Duty Personnel and approve the list of 2013-14 Volunteers as presented:

a. 2013-14 Extra-Duty/Extended-Time Personnel

Skills USA Club: Dallas Terry (Decrease Mr. Terry's full stipend to a 1/2 stipend) and Bian Rick (1/2 stipend)

Asst. Girls Basketball Coaches: Lori Opp and Loneesha Carter

Asst. Wrestling Coaches: Jerry Richards, Ian Willis ($1,000.00), Nick Stearns ($1,000.00), Michael McCann ($2,337.00)

Head Boys/Girls Bowling Coach: Marty Robinson ($5,200.00)

Asst. Boys/Girls Bowling Coach: Chelsea Walker ($2,506.00)

Asst. Softball Coach: Larry Moon ($1,926.50) and Krystal Emrick ($1,926.50)

Weight Room Supervisor-Winter: Sean Jeralds ($1,926.00)

Weight Room Supervisor-Summer: Sean Jeralds ($1,926.00)

b.2013-14 Volunteer Coaches

Darryl Leftwich: Boys/Girls Soccer

Tom Brooke: Boys/Girls Tennis

Max Kuenneke: Boys/Girls Tennis

Roll call: Flowers, Hudgins, Neill, Tsung and Woodard voted yes. Nay, none.Motion carried.

For Your Information Items:

IASB Report to Membership: The Board received a copy of the IASB Report to Membership in their Board packet.

TRS Town Hall Meeting: The Teachers Retirement System will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013, in the CCHS Auditorium.

ISBE Board Meeting: The Illinois State Board of Education will hold a State Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in the CCHS Media Center. Superintendent Murphy has not yet received an agenda for the meeting.

Democracy School Reception: The Board received invitations to the CCHS Democracy School Reception to be held on November 7, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CCHS Media Center.

November Board Meeting: The November Board of Education meeting will be Thursday, November 21, 2013.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.