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The Chrisman School Board held their monthly meeting on March 14th. The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting minutes along with approval of financial matters including the imprest fund reimbursement in the amount of $3,496.37.
Upcoming events at the Chrisman Elementary include Grand Canyon University providing lunch for the staff on March 22nd. Preschool Roundup/Screenings will be on March 23rd. Dental Exams by the Edgar County Health Department will take place on March 24th. 3rd Quarter Honor assemblies take place on March 25th. Good Behavior parties will take place from March 29th-31st.
The district is still in need of sub bus drivers and drivers interested in driving for extracurricular events. The elementary school will be taking their IAR test from March 28th to April 1st. The fifth grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment in April.
At the Junior High/High School, March 19th brings the FCCLA Trivia Night at 5:30 p.m. Spring picture day will be on March 25th. ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ will be on March 25th and 26th at 7:00 p.m. From March 28th to April 4th, the Junior High students will take the IAR Test. Prom will be April 2nd and Spring Break will be April 11th to 15th.
After meeting the Facilities Committee and a few more county-wide meetings, Huber along with the committee, plan to create a ‘wish list’ together, should funding ever become available in the future. Those items include a backup emergency boiler for both buildings and LED signs for both buildings that can be used by the city as a PSA for any emergency announcements needing to go out to the community.
The March sales tax revenue for school facilities for the district was $13,907.32 for a continued average of $10,000 per month.
The district received and opened three bids on March 8th for the Junior High/High School parking lot project. The low bidder was Open Road Paving with a base bid of $425,523.83, which is nearly $25,000 under the districts budget number.
Open Road also has recommended adding an inch of level binder to the milled section of existing asphalt prior to installing the fabric overlay for an alternate bid of $38,454.96 or $463,978.79. Board member Cody Denton moved to approved the parking lot bid from Open Road with Jim Spesard seconding the motion. All members voted aye.
David Pistorius was at the meeting to help walk the board members through the process of the selling of bonds the district had acquired. The board was asked to consider the approval of the issuance of $450,000 in General Obligation School Bonds to be used to fund the parking lot project.
After premium costs are taken out, the district will have $434,000 to apply to the project. Chrisman’s Longview Bank branch has agreed to purchase the bonds with an interest rate of 1.99% over a five year payback period. Karen Webster made the motion to approve the Bond Resolution with John Rogers seconding the motion. The motion was approved.
Ben Jenness recently met with the engineer regarding potential electrical panel upgrades in the High School Gymnasium. The power boxes and electrical panels are original to the gym and are a safety issue that will definitely require upgrading in the district decides to pursue air conditioning in the gym.
Jenness estimates the cost of these upgrades at $32,200. The engineer has put together a Health/Life Safety amendment in order to be able to expend HLS dollars on this project. John Rogers moved to approve the HLS Amendment as presented. Jim Spesard seconded the motion.
Mrs. Brown mentioned to the board that she would like to take seven students to the Annual FCCLA State Conference in Springfield on April 7th through 9th. John Rogers moved to approve the trip with Cody Denton seconding the motion. All members voted aye.
Board President Karen Webster moved to adjourned General Session and moved into executive session.
In executive session, the board approved the resignation on Alex Barnes as High School Social Studies Teacher, High School Athletic Director and Junior High Girls Basketball Coach.
The board also approved the resignation of Andy Ruff as Junior High Athletic Director. Rose Hollingsworth also resigned as High School Volleyball Coach and Hannah Eddy resigned as High School Assistant Volleyball Coach. Jody Kirby was approved as the Junior High Athletic Director.
Brittany Ford was approved as Junior High Volunteer Assistant Cheer Coach and Nancy Crawford was approved for the Junior High/High School Secretary.
Karen Webster moved to approve that the board found out that student number 271 did commit the offenses of which she was accused, which constitutes gross disobedience or misconduct. A motion was made that the student be expelled for two years.
Dennis Tingley moved to approve increasing extracurricular driver bus pay for $15.00 at a minimum of four hours. Reed Nolen made a motion to approve the purchase of a mower for the Elementary School not to exceed $12,000.00. Karen Webster moved to approve a stipend for Head Softball Coach in the amount of $2,970.00. All motions were approved.