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
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
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
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
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
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