Pleasant Plains Community Unit School District 8 Board of Education met Oct. 28.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
The following members were present: Kyle Nestler, Rachel Jachino, Mari Handy, Brad Cowan, Cayla Keyes, Tracy Reiser-Weiters, and Gregg Humphrey
Administrators present: Superintendant Matt Runge, Bill Dargert, Luke Brooks, Heather Greer, Jamie Yates, Jill Fessler and Brent Grisham
Visitors present: Members of Staff and community
The consent agenda was presented and included approval of Regular Session Minutes of 9-23-19, Agenda, Claim/Accounts, and Treasurer's Report.
Mrs, Jachino made the motion to approve the following:
1. Approval of Agenda 2. Regular Minutes for 9-23-19 3. Approval of Claims and Accounts 4. Approval of Treasurer's Report
Mrs. Keyes seconded the motion and roll was called.
Yea: Jachino, Keyes, Cowan, Handy, Nestler, Reiser-Weiters, President Humphrey
Motion carried: 7-0-0
Encouraging Words from the Board; Mrs. Keyes and Mr. Nestler wanted to say thank you to Mr. Yates and the PTC for the Trunk or Treat event at the Elementary. Mr. Nestler also thanked the student council for the fall party. Mr. Cowan gave a shout out to the bus drivers. They are doing an outstanding job, Mrs, Handy stated that she thought the transition from middle school to high school was a very good experience for our students. She also went on to say that she thought we had some of the best counselors in our school district
Superintendent Runge reported to the Board that the BLDD Presentation will be presented at the November board meeting. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on November 7th and 8th. Also the School Board Conference will be November 21-24.
Mr. Dargert reported to the Board the ROE and the state fire marshal have completed their Health Life Safety Inspection walk through. He reported the fences have been installed around the new bus lane an will be safer for the bus and car traffic around the Farmingdale campus, in the food service Mr. Dargert recognized Patsy Theilen and her staff. The food service at the high school has increased in participation. Lastly he mentioned that he will be attending the Midwest Facilities Seminar which is geared to the operations and management of educational institutions. This information will introduce us to the new trends in school construction and maintenance as we move forward with our building plans.
Mr. Brooks reported to the Board teachers donated $1000, out of their Make A Difference fund to Adysen Lowery, a current PPHS student battling cancer, Beta Club is also working on a donation. FFA had two students earn their state degrees at the IL State FFA Convention, won horse judging contest, attended the LLCC Ag Program Expo, and hosted an Ag Sales Contest.
Mrs. Greer reported to the Board that Plains United held a "Fans in the Stands" event on October 6th. The annual MS/HS choir concert was held at the high school on October 9th with a Disney themed performance, PBIS school wide celebration was held October 18th. Students who were referral free and passing all of their classes were able to enjoy a movie celebration along with snacks and drinks. Mrs. Greer congratulated Jack Willenborg, Caroline Willenborg, and Teagan Galloway. These three students participated in the MS State Cross Country Meet, The Middle School Baseball team received 4th place in the State Tournament. The Middle School Softball team lost in the regional championship, although they did defeat Lincoln Magnet in the quarter-finals and Quincy Catholic Schools in the semi-finals after to losing to them both in the regular season. PPMS had a strong representation in IESA fall sports. Mrs. Greer reported that there are a lot of activities planned for Red Ribbon Week. Dr. Abraham will speak to the students about the dangers of vaping. Also, eight 8th grade students attended the Sangamon County Schoolmasters Leadership Conference. These students were chosen for being leaders in the classroom, responsibility, etc. These students were Michael Carter, Jack Willenborg, Hannah Wachtveitl, Sydney McAfee, John William Penick, Grace Reiser, Whit Maish, and Tessa Guccione.
Mr. Yates reported to the Board that PTC sponsored their 6th annual Trunk or Treat. The annual PTC/Farmingdale Carnival is to be hosted on November 2nd. Also, Farmingdale has participated in practice fire drills and armed code red drills, The students and staff took these drills very seriously and did a great job.
Mrs. Fessler reported to the Board preliminary assessment scores from the IAR, ISA, DLM, and the ACCESS test have been received and will be shared with parents during conferences. She also shared that this is the first year we will be administering the Panorama survey for grades 3-12. The results of this survey will help to identify deficits in such areas as teacher/student relationships, sense of belonging, and engagement. Also, The Inclusive Curriculum Law will be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year.
Mrs. Reiser-Weiters made the motion to acknowledge receipt of the FY 19 Audit. Mr. Cowan seconded the motion and roll was called.
Yea: Reiser-Weiters, Cowan, Handy, Keyes, Nestler, Jachino, President Humphrey
Motion carried: 7-0-0
President Humphrey made the motion to approve the Adoption of a resolution providing for the issue of $10,550,000 General Obligation School Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2019C of the District for the purpose of Improving the sites of and altering, repairing and equipping school buildings and facilities of the District, and providing for the levy of a direct annual tax to pay the principal and interest on said bonds. Mrs. Keyes seconded the motion and roll was called.
Yea: President Humphrey, Keyes, Cowan, Handy, Nestler, Jachino, Reiser-Weiters
Motion carried: 7-0-0
President Humphrey asked for a motion to enter Executive Session to consider the following subjects: Personnel.
Mrs. Jachino made the motion to enter Executive Session. Mr. Nestler seconded the motion and roll was called.
Yea: Jachino, Nestler, Cowan, Handy, Keyes, Reiser-Weiters, President Humphrey
Motion carried: 7-0-0
Board entered into Executive Session at 7:03 p.m. Board returned to Open Session at 7:06 pm
Mrs. Handy made the motion to Approve the employment of Julie Shultz as high school P.E. teacher, Mrs. Jachino seconded the motion and roll was called.
Yea: Handy, Jachino, Cowan, Keyes, Nestler, Relser-Weiters, President Humphrey
Motion carried: 7.0-0
Mr. Cowan made the motion to approve the employment of Ryan Roscetti as high school boys basketball volunteer assistant coach. Mrs. Keyes seconded the motion and roll was called.
Yea: Cowan, Keyes, Handy, Nestler, Jachino, Reiser-Weiters, President Humphrey
Motion carried; 7-0-0
Mrs. Handy made the motion to Adjourn. Mrs. Jachino seconded the motion. Motion carried on a Voice Vote. Meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.