Board of Education Meeting Briefs—June 2024

 

  • As outlined in the District’s Facility Improvement Plan, new classroom furniture is being purchased and following an update on the K-5 furniture project at the Board’s Study Session meeting on May 29, the Board approved furniture upgrades at a cost of $644,460.28. Jason Smith, the District’s Chief School Business Official reported mock classrooms were set up for staff to see the functionality of the furniture and there will be professional development opportunities demonstrating the maximum utilization of the new classroom furniture. 
  • July 1 through June 30, 2025 was established as the fiscal year. And, the  Board set its  meeting and study session of the whole dates for 2024-2025.
  • A three year agreement with Skyward for ERP software as approved by the Board at a cost of $99,187. 
  • As requested by the Illinois Department of Transportation, fiscal year 2025 hazardous bus route rubrics were prepared and approved by the Board of Education. 
  • The Board entered into a three year agreement with GoGuardian for student web monitoring and filtering at a total cost of $59,790. 
  • Board members approved adding a self-contained special education position at the early childhood center for the 2024-2025 school year. 
  • A series of resolutions were approved ahead of the start of a new fiscal year. Those resolutions include naming depository of student activity funds, appointing treasurers and respective bonds and authorizing signatures on student activity accounts.  Naming depositories of school funds, approving the treasurer, authorizing signatures and respective bonds on the Coal City Community Unit School District 1 banks accounts. Additionally, appointing an IMRF agent, distributing interest earned on scholarships’—Anderson, Kaplan and Rashke, distributing corporate personal property replacement tax monies, designating a homeless education liaison and to regulate expense reimbursement.  
  • Approval was given for the Health and Life Safety Report. 
  • At the recommendation of Luke Krippel, director of special populations, the Board approved an agreement with Sunbelt Staffing, LLC to assist the district with nursing services over the summer. 
  • Approval was given to file the quarterly dropout report with the Regional Office of Education for the quarter ending May 28. 
  • The school site donation from the village of Coal City totaling $17,630 and from the village of Diamond in the amount of $3,687.60 was approved. 
  • An agreement between the District and MMC Educational Consulting & Staffing was approved for school psychology services. 
  • Renewal of the PRESS Plus subscription was approved at an annual cost of $4,300.
  • Approval was given to the Title I Plan. All district’s requesting Title I federal funding must have an approved plan on file with the state. 
  • Superintendent Chris Spencer provided the Board with updates on the Facility Improvement Plan and Staffing. 
  • Certified staff employed for the 2024-2025 school year with an anticipated start date of Aug. 12 are  Annie Ternes, high school band director and intermediate school music teacher; Christopher Cook, high school science teacher: Luke Hittle, high school math teacher, and Brenna Noffsinger, seventh grade English/language arts teacher at the middle school. 
  • Employed in support staff roles for the upcoming school year are Megan Muntz, occupational therapist at the early childhood center, elementary and middle schools; Holly Stellano student services secretary at the high school; Michelle Lovell, special education aide at the early childhood center, and Kali Roed, full-time classroom aide at the early childhood center.
  • Approved the employee transfer of Andrea Huston from student Services secretary at the high school to Coaler Academy teacher’s assistant.
  • Leave requests were approved for Allison Dobson, occupational therapist assistant for the district, from approximately Aug. 12 through Nov. 6 and Amy Gaffigan, fifth grade teacher, from approximately Oct. 9 through Feb. 11, 2025.
  • Retirement requests were accepted from high school custodian Denise Esparza, effective May 31; elementary school classroom aide Sue Hancock, effective June 30, and Tracy Warner, head secretary at the Early Childhood Center effective at the conclusion of the 2024-2025 school year. 
  • The Board accepted the extra curricular resignations of: Danielle Meyer, middle school cheerleading coach; Jennifer Munsterman, middle school student council sponsor, speech sponsor, spelling bee sponsor, speech coach and BSAP sponsor; Pam McMurtrey, middle school yearbook sponsor, and Emily Halliday, assistant high school track coach.
  • Extra-curricular assignments approved for the 2024-2025 school year:  Amber Ryle, high school basketball/competition cheer coach; Savannah Jacobs and Madeline Enervold, high school winter guard sponsors; Katie Thetard, freshmen class sponsor; Kim Sondgeroth, sophomore class sponsor; Brenna Noffsinger, middle school yearbook sponsor;  McKenna Wankowski, middle school literary contest sponsor and math contest sponsor; Michelle Sobieck, middle school spelling bee sponsor; Willow DeKriuff, middle school basketball cheer sponsor; Pam McMurtrey, seventh grade ASAP coordinator, and Kerry Yedinak, middle school student council sponsor. 
  • Board members approved administrative contracts for Luke Krippel, director of Special Populations and Rebecca Pendergast, Early Childhood Center assistant principal.
  • The Board recognized members of the high school and middle school track and field teams who qualified for the Illinois High School Association [IHSA] State Championships, IHSA state qualifying members of the bass fishing team, middle school scholastic bowl team and the Coal City Theatre Department's production of “Mary Poppins” that was nominated for three Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards.

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session on Monday, July 1 with the Study Session of the Whole meeting slated for Wednesday, June 26. Both meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in the District Administration Center Board Room.