The Fieldcrest CUSD 6 Board of Education held its regular Board meeting on February 28, 2018. Members present were Mykin Bernardi, Scott Hillenburg, Joe Kirkpatrick, Charles Lohr, Kimberly McKay, Tim McNamara and Beth Palm. Also present were Superintendent Dr. Daniel L. Oakley, Intermediate School Principal Molly Allen, and Primary School Principal Jason Chaplin, and several teachers, students and community members.
The Board begin the evening with closed session to discuss "the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of a specific employee or legal counsel for the public body; and pending or probable litigation against, affecting or on behalf of the public body" (5 ILCS 120/2c(1)), "security procedures, school building safety and security" (5 ILCS 120/2c(8)), and "student disciplinary cases" (5 ILCS 120/2c(9)).
Upon return to regular session:
Mr. Chaplin, along with Mrs. Klendworth, Mrs. Knoerle, Mrs. Dodge, and several primary students presented their Wax Museum to the Board of Education.
Mrs. Allen, along with Mrs. Korstick, Mrs. Lawrence, and Mrs. Moritz, presented what they have been able to accomplish with grade level realignment this school year.
The Board heard from three community members during public comments: two regarding building concerns, and one regarding the ALICE protocol the district is implementing.
In Board action during regular session, the Board: approved the consent agenda; approved the superintendent's annual evaluation; approved the annual Fieldcrest Student Council request to attend the Student Council State Convention; approved the Public School Calendar for the 2018-2019 school year; approved a health insurance-related resolution for IMRF following the recent IMRF audit; accepted Collin Kuehn's bid for mowing Fieldcrest properties for the 2018 mowing season; accepted Watts Copy Systems bid for 48-month copier service starting April 1; approved an updated FY19 Public School Calendar; and moved to pursue a referendum for new building construction to replace the current Fieldcrest Middle School and Fieldcrest High School.
In personnel action, the Board: hired Libby Goodwin as Payroll/HR Bookkeeper; and recognized Joy Hakes, Julie May, and Alan Stenzel for their service to the district.
Dr. Oakley reviewed the major findings in the IMRF audit. The district is now required to keep a spreadsheet showing the separate revenues and expenditures in the IMRF and SS streams, even though the state budget forms place these altogether in Fund 50. The audit hit several other small but easily correctable items.
Dr. Oakley also noted next month is the annual month for any Reductions in Force or releases for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.
Several Board members made short comments at the end of the meeting.
The Board will meet next in regular session on March 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm, with open session starting at 6:30 pm in the high school band room. The meeting will include a public hearing at 6:30 pm regarding a budgetary items, the Waiver of Administrative Costs per Pupil, as required by ISBE.