Coal City Community Unit School District #1 Board Study Session of the Whole met Feb. 26.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
President Miller called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Coal City Community Unit School District #1 District Office Board Room. In attendance were Board members Robert Bianchetta, Jeff Emerson, Mary Gill, Shawn Hamilton, Quint Harmon, Chuck Lander, and Ken Miller. Also, in attendance were Superintendent Kent Bugg, CSBO Jason Smith, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Tammy Elledge, Special Populations Director Sandy Smith, and Board Secretary LaWanda Gagliardo. President Miller lead the Board and other member in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Discussion on Proposed Summer Trip for Coalers with Character
Principal Spencer was in attendance to introduce Brad Boresi and two student athletes Nolan Berger, and Grace Norris. They outlined the details of their planned trip to Denver, Colorado July 30 – August 1, 2020. This trip will be at no cost to the district. The organization is planning on various fundraisers to offset the cost to students by up to 50%. Board member Jeff Emerson would like to meet with Dr. Bugg and Mr. Boresi to discuss possible expansion of the program, due to the positive impact it’s having with the students.
Discussion on Budget Efficiency Committee Report
Dr. Bugg presented the final recommendations from the Budget Efficiency Committee. The committee is comprised of Board members, certified and non-certified staff. The committee discussed short-term and long-term options for the Board to consider. Dr. Bugg and the Board were both pleased with the discussion that took place, and the options that were presented.
Discussion on Review of Board Policy 7:40--Nonpublic School Students, Including Parochial and Home-Schooled Students.
Dr. Bugg provided a summary of Board Policy 7:40-Nonpublic School Students, Including Parochial and Home-Schooled Students, and his survey results of neighboring school districts. After weighing the options, the Board decided no further action will take place. Dr. Bugg will contact the requesting family with the Board’s decision.
Discussion on the District's "Facilities Assessment Plan"
Jason Smith discussed the Facility Assessment Plan findings based on the data from Cordogan & Clark (School District Architect). Dr. Bugg and Jason Smith reviewed the capital projects identified in this plan by building, and reminded the Board of the process used to prioritize capital projects.
Discussion on Review of Grundy County Tax Objections within District #1
Dr. Bugg presented information received from the Grundy County Board of Review to show the tax objections valued at $100,000 or more, and the Board is okay with moving forward after reviewing the documents.
Discussion on House Public Utilities Committee Hearing
Dr. Bugg updated the Board on the House Public Utilities Committee Hearing in Chicago. The subject matter from the committee hearing was the recent FERC decision and reforming the current capacity auction. The committee meeting notes were prepared by FAIRCOM's lobbyist; McGuire- Woods and were presented for review. Dr. Bugg will attend future hearings to provide the Board with updates.
The monthly revenue and expenditure summary reports for January were enclosed for review. Detailed reports were available in the Business Office for review prior to the meeting. The Treasurer’s report, investment report and lunch program report for January are also enclosed for review.
Items not known at agenda preparation time
Dr. Bugg discussed the need for a special Board meeting on March 18 at 6:00 p.m. to award bids for summer capital projects.
Sharing Ideas / Information
At 7:21 p.m. a motion made by Chuck Lander and seconded by Shawn Hamilton to go into closed session for the purpose of considering information regarding the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees.
Ayes: Chuck Lander, Shawn Hamilton, Robert Bianchetta, Jeff Emerson, Mary Gill, Ken Miller Absent: Quint Harmon
Chuck Lander moved and Robert Bianchetta seconded to adjourn at 7:51 p.m. the Board Study Session of the Whole Meeting.