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Edwards County Community Unit School District 1 Board met Oct. 21

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 3, 2019

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Edwards County Community Unit School District 1 Board met Oct. 21.

Here is the minutes provided by the Board:

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Edwards County K-12 Band Room by President, Dale Woods. The following members were present: Jayare Buerster, Brian Mewes, Richard Wolfe, Lawrence Speir, Jr., Jo Rector and Andrew Spray. Also present was Superintendent, David Cowger.

Motion was made by Jayare Buerster and seconded by Richard Wolfe to approve the following Consent Agenda items:

Motion to approve the minutes of the September 19, 2019 Public Hearing and the open and closed sessions of the September 19, 2019 Regular School Board Meeting

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report

Motion to approve the Bill List

Motion to destroy board meeting closed session audio recording older than 18 months per State code

Buerster, Speir, Rector, Spray, Wolfe, Mewes and Woods voted yes. Motion passes

Approve

Consent Agenda

Discussion was held regarding the ECHS schedule It was decided to continue to offer the 8 Block schedule at ECHS for the 2020-2021 school year but to continue to study and evaluate which schedule would be best for future years.

Discussion Regarding Echs Schedule

Motion was made by Richard Wolfe and seconded by Andrew Spray to accept the Fiscal Year 2019 Audit/Annual Financial Report.

Brooke of Kemper CPA presented the 2019 Audit and AFR for the District. There were no major findings and the Financial Profile Score remained at the Recognition level. Overall cash on hand increased from 123.11 days to 125.12.

Rector, Buerster, Wolfe, Mewes, Spray, Speir and Woods voted yes. Motion passes

Motion to Accept the Fiscal Year 2019 Audit/Annual Financial Report

Discussion was held regarding bond work from King Financial Consulting Tim King of King Financial Consultants presented bond

Discussion Regarding Bond Work

options and how the bond process works. No formal decisions were made, informational only.

Motion was made by Andrew Spray and seconded by Jayare Buerster to approve a 5 year Pepsi Beverage Company School Agreement.

The renewal with Pepsi only involves the K-12. At the request of WSGS, they opted out of the agreement due to concerns meeting volume requirements.

Speir, Rector, Buerster, Wolfe, Mewes, Spray and Woods voted yes. Motion passes

Approve 5 Year Agreement With Pepsi

Motion was made by Brian Mewes and seconded by Richard Wolfe to approve a Reciprocal Reporting Agreement between the Albion Police Department and Edwards County Sheriff’s Department

The agreement will allow the District and local law enforcements to discuss criminal activities and share information of students in those situations where the school is in a need to know capacity.

Buerster, Wolfe, Mewes, Spray, Speir, Rector and Woods voted yes. Motion passes

Approve Reciprocal Reporting Agreement

The Administrators presented their reports on the following:

• David Cowger – Superintendent

Cafeteria Report

Tax Levy

School Board Members Appreciation Day – November 15th

Preston Nelson – Edwards County K-12 Principal

• Dale Schmittler – West Salem Grade School Principal

• Carrie Wells – Edwards County Special Education Coordinator

• Joe Rivers – EC K-12 Dean of Students

Administration Reports

Motion was made by Richard Wolfe and seconded by Andrew Spray that a Closed Session be called at 8:10 p.m. to discuss the following:

Consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific

Into Closed Session

employees of the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee to determine validity Collective

negotiating matters between the public body and its employees

Discussion regarding probable or imminent litigation Consider Student Discipline Wolfe, Buerster, Speir, Rector, Spray, Mewes and Woods voted yes. Motion passes

Motion was made by Jayare Buerster and seconded by Jo Rector that the Board come out of Closed Session at 8:42 p.m.

Mewes, Spray, Wolfe, Rector, Speir, Buerster and Woods voted yes. Motion passes

Out of Closed Session

Motion was made by Andrew Spray and seconded by Richard Wolfe to accept the following resignations:

Lacey Arnold – WSGS Student Council Sponsor

Julie Cowling – ECHS Student Council Sponsor

Christy Harris – Bus Driver, effective October 3, 2019

Mewes, Speir, Rector, Spray, Wolfe, Buerster and Woods voted yes. Motion passes

Accept Resignations

Motion was made by Richard Wolfe and seconded by Jo Rector to employ the following for the 2019-2020 school year:

Shauna Clodfelter – WSGS Student Council Sponsor

Bryce Buckles – Bus Driver

Mewes, Speir, Spray, Wolfe, Rector, Buerster and Woods voted yes. Motion passes

Employment

Motion was made by Andrew Spray and seconded by Jo Rector to approve the following volunteer assistant coaches/sponsors for the 2019-2020 school year:

EC Archery – Dakota Moore

ECHS Greenhouse – Carissa Kincart, Brian Mewes, Carissa Weaver and Jayare Buerster

Speir, Spray, Rector, Wolfe and Woods voted yes. Buerster abstained and Mewes voted present. Motion passes

Approve Volunteer Assistant Coaches/Sponsors

Motion was made by Jo Rector and seconded by Richard Wolfe to place student ECHS 2019-2020 #1 in alternative placement.

Mewes, Spray, Speir, Rector, Buerster, Wolfe and Woods voted yes. Motion passes

Place Student in Alternative Placement

Motion was made by Brian Mewes and seconded by Richard Wolfe that the meeting be adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Spray, Mewes, Buerster, Wolfe, Rector, Speir and Woods voted yes. Motion passes

Adjourn

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