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The Chrisman School District held their monthly meeting on July 13th. The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting minutes and financial matters that included imprest fund reimbursement in the amount of $2,202.05.
Online registration for the 2022-2023 school year will begin on July 14th. Office staff will return to work on July 25th. Registration at Chrisman Elementary & Chrisman JH/HS will be on July 26th and 27th from 1:00 p.m. To 7:00 p.m.
The Elementary School is currently looking for a guidance counselor and a speech/language pathologist as well as sub drivers and bus drivers that are interested in driving extracurricular activities.
Principal Kelly Schluter made the necessary changes in the elementary school handbook to reflect what is suggested by Illinois Principals Association Online Model Handbook to make sure the district’s handbook is up to date and legally compliant.
An overview of these changes were provided for the board to provide specifics. Schluter also added that she would like to make a few minor changes to the handbook as well.
One of the changes would be “lunch” detentions rather than “recess” detentions. If a student receives a detention, they would eat their lunch in a separate place, away from the cafeteria, and still get to go to recess after their lunch period (twenty minutes) is done. “This helps us stay in compliance to ensure that students are getting their minimum of thirty minutes of recess daily,” Schluter said.
Another change would be if the Junior High/High School grading scale is changed, the elementary school would follow the new scale as well.
Breakfast and lunch prices will be going up, per state guidelines and numbers were received. Breakfast will be going from $1.85 to $2.00. Lunch will be going from $2.95 to $3.15. Adult breakfast will now be $2.20 and lunch will now be $3.50.
After the Elementary School received the SEL Grant, Schluter knew that an after school program was something that she wanted to try to implement at the elementary level. “With the help of Ken Crawford and other local churches, we are in the beginning stages of planning an after school program for the 22-23 school year,” Schluter said.
The program will take place at the Chrisman Elementary School each day from 3:00 p.m. To 5:30 p.m. This will be funded by the SEL Grant and offered to all the families free of charge. “We plan to have a snack, homework assistance, and other activities for the students,” Schluter said. “This should prove to help a lot of families in our community with child care after school.”
The School Facilities Sales Tax Revenue was received at the end of June in the amount of $13,697.06. The district has collected a grand total of $592,449.98 in sales tax revenue for school facilities for an average of $12,639.60 per month.
The parking lot at the Chrisman Junior High/High School is close to completion. “The striping is scheduled to be completed prior to the start of school,” Superintendent James Acklin said. “The new HVAC system in the high school gym is scheduled to start soon.” The solar project is currently being held up due to solar panel supply chain issues.
A second reading of the board policy updates were made available. Changes were made to policy numbers 7:285 Anaphylaxis Prevention, Response and Management Program; 2:230 Public Transportation at School Board Meetings; 4:70 Resource Conservation; 5:80 Court Duty; 6:80 Teaching About Controversial Issues; 6:290 Homework; 7:15 Student and Family Privacy Rights; 7:270 Administering Medicine to Students; 3:70 Succession of Authority; 5:110 Recognition of Service; 5:240 Suspension; 5:70 Religious Holidays; 6:140 Education of Homeless Children; 6:330 Achievement and Awards and 6:70 Teaching About Religions. The board approved the second reading.
A revised schedule of the School Board Meeting dates were provided for members, beginning with the August meeting.
As discussed at last month’s meeting, the Board approved the contract with Proximity Learning to deliver instruction for High School ‘Introduction to Business’ and ‘Computer Science’ classes for the 22-23 school year. This will cost the district a total of $28,849.98.
The elementary school has received a quote from Heart Technology to supply security cameras for a total of $22,858.26. For the same system, Beck Tech’s quote was over $27,000. The ISBE has recommended that the grading scale be changed to align with the current policies. The change was approved. Fuel Bids as well as Milk/Food Bids were also approved.
Per school code, school board must review executive session written minutes every six months to determine if there is a continuing need for confidentiality. Acklin recommended the release of the executive session minutes from January 2022 to June 2022.
The verbatim record of executive session can be approved for destruction no less than eighteen months after the completion of the meeting recorded. Approval was granted for the destruction of the records prior to January 2021.
The Junior High has received a quote for a heavy duty deadbolt lock upgrade for the Junior High classrooms that can be activated by the push of a button. The cost for each unit is $395.85 and the district would need units for eleven classrooms.