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The Chrisman School Board held their monthly meeting on October 17th. The meeting began with the approval of the consent agenda and financial matters, including imprest fund reimbursement in the amount of $5,619.86.
Recent events at the Chrisman Elementary School was provided by Principal Kelly Schluter. Parent Teacher Conferences were held either in person or by phone on October 19th and 20th from 2:40 p.m.- 6:45 p.m. The Scholastic Book Fair took place from October 18th to 20th. First Quarter honors assembly was held on October 20th and the students had no school on October 21st.
Upcoming events include the Chrisman Fire Department helping the students with a fire drill on October 27th and Good Behavior Parties on October 28th. The students will be able to participate in the Fall/Halloween Costume Parade on October 31st at 8:30 p.m.
The district isn’t in need, but could always use additional drivers for full time, part-time or for extra curriculars.
Mrs. Schluter also wanted to extend a thank you to Kelsey Potter and Randi Tingley for being the fearless leaders of the after school program. “They have devoted a lot of time and effort into making sure this program runs smoothly,” Schluter said.
Recent events at the Chrisman Junior High/High School were provided by Principal Nicole Cox. Recent events include ALICE training with Police Chief Tom Dolan on October 12th. “We tested on the Crisis Go app to make sure everyone knows how to use it if needed,” Principal Cox said. The ROE Health/Life Safety Visit was held on on October 13th and the Ghost Rally on October 15th.
Upcoming events include Small Town Throw Down on November 4th, Junior Carnival on November 5th, No school on November 8th due to Election Day and a Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 11th at 2:05 p.m.
The Cardinal Cupboard is up and running and is being accessed daily by multiple students. The QNS sign in the front of the building is needing some work. The program used is no longer being updated. At the time of the meeting, the time and date were only able to be displayed.
In matters of the Superintendents report, the district has received $15,155.90 in county sales tax revenue for the month, giving the district an average of over $14K per month this fiscal year.
The solar project looks like it may break ground by the end of October. The preliminary site work will begin with some trenching and tree removal, followed by the installation of framework. “Due to a four month lead time on transformers, we don’t expect the solar array to be operational until sometime in April,” Superintendent James Acklin said.
All current board members, except for John Rogers and Jim Spesard are up for re-election this April. For those who are interested in running, petitions are currently available at the County Clerk’s office and will need to be filed with the County Clerk between December 12th and 19th of this year.
At the October meeting, the BOE had the decision to make on the best possible use for the FY23 $50,000 school maintenance grant. The district received a quote from Bacon and Van Buskirk for the window replacement for the High School wing. They are also waiting on a quote from Jenness Electric for the HVAC upgrade for the High School wing. “Approving the grant does not obligate us to taking on a project or to a dollar amount, but does get us in line for state funding,” Acklin said.
The district has also received a quote from S and S Builders Hardware to replace all the door knobs/locks in the High School wing. This upgrade will convert the old style knobs to ADA levers to allow for the doors to be locked om the inside without a key. Of the total cost, the district has been approved to spend $24,750 from the Health Life Safety Fund.
The FY23 School Year Improvement Plan is an ISBE requirement that must be approved in order to access grant funding that has been applied to improving instruction in the Junior High. “This is the last year that we have to file a plan,” Acklin said. “I recommend the approval of the aforementioned school improvement program.”
The school treasurer will be on vacation in November and will be unable to sign checks for the November meeting. The BOE approved Mr. Acklin as temporary signatory for the November 2022 meeting.
With Cox bringing up the sign, Mr. Acklin acknowledge that the sign may be nearing the end of its useful life. Mr. Huber brought this to the board attention prior to the last school board election. It was decided at that time to postpone that expenditure.
“I have contacted Watchfire Signs in order to secure an updated quote,” Acklin said. “We may be able to use our potential FEMA funds for this project.”