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New Hope Community Consolidated School District 6 Board of Education met November 19

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 10, 2020

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New Hope Community Consolidated School District 6 Board of Education met Nov. 19.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

President Jason Simpson called the meeting to order at 6:12 P.M.

Roll Call:Present:Dan Devous

Jason Simpson

Derek Smothers

Nate Carter

Ryan Green

Ryan Duckworth

Absent:Rhonda Clark

Also Present:Julie Harrelson, Superintendent

Melanie Hill                      Mary Stanley

Megan Spitzner               Brittney Johnson

Ashley Siedler

Ryan Green made a motion to approve the October 15, 2019 regular meeting minutes with one correction noted. In the Superintendent Report, “This is required when requesting more than a 6% increase on the tax levy but does not mean an increase in property taxes.” The percentage should be changed to 5%. Second by Dan Devous.

Voice Vote: Yea:

Dan Devous, Jason Simpson, Derek Smothers, Ryan Duckworth, Nate Carter, Ryan Green

Nay: None

Carried

Mary Stanley addressed the board regarding a 504 plan for her son. A 504 plan is created when there is a medical condition that impedes learning. Ms. Stanley reported having several phone calls and meeting with both Mrs. Harrelson and her son’s teacher regarding the 504 plan. The district has granted her the 504 plan even though they feel one is not necessary for Ms. Stanley’s son. It is also noted that Ms. Stanley has been offered a school social worker to meet with her son on a weekly basis but she has adamantly refused this service. Ms. Stanley also stated that her son is bullied on a regular basis. The only example she could give was an incident that has already been dealt with and she acknowledged that there have been no additional issues. Ms. Stanley was upset that her son was told that he would have to attend an alternative school if his behavior did not improve. The administration reported there have been no additional behavior issues from her son since being told of the possible repercussions if he continued with negative behavior.

Superintendent Julie Harrelson presented the Treasurer’s Report and current financial information. Bank balances as of October 31, 2019.

Fairfield National Bank Checking:$1,080,523.35

IPTIP:$939.27

Fairfield National Bank Money Market:$739,066.16

Nate Carter made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Second by Ryan Duckworth.

Voice Vote: Yea: Ryan Green, Dan Devous, Jason Simpson, Derek Smothers, Ryan Duckworth, Nate Carter

Nay: None

Carried

Derek Smothers made a motion to pay the bills with no additions or exclusions noted. Second by Ryan Duckworth.

Voice Vote: Yea: Dan Devous, Jason Simpson, Derek Smothers, Ryan Duckworth, Nate Carter, Ryan Green

Nay: None

Carried

Mrs. Harrelson presented the Superintendent’s Report; New Hope School received Exemplary School Status, a score comparison with other local school districts was included in the board packet. It is not likely we will keep that status next year due to the amount of growth required to meet again. Fifty percent of the designation score is based upon academic growth in math and ELA. Students will be rewarded with a trip to be announced at the Mrs. Wishy Washy play. The band made an $800 profit from last month’s chili supper and the PTO made a $1400 profit from the auction. McTeacher night resulted in $750 in earnings. Christmas dinner is scheduled for Monday, December 2nd at 6:00 P.M. at Shreve’s Pumpkin Patch. Bus driver update, Mrs. Harrelson has her permit and is awaiting the driving test, a few other people are working on passing the written test.

New Business:

1. First reading of board policy update issue 102.

2. Ryan Duckworth made a motion to adopt eLearning Program for 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022. Second by Ryan Green.

Voice Vote: Yea: Derek Smothers, Ryan Duckworth, Nate Carter, Ryan Green, Dan Devous, Jason Simpson

Nay: None

Carried

3. Nate Carter made a motion to approve an estimate of the aggregate tax levy. Second by Derek Smothers.

Voice Vote: Yea: Ryan Duckworth, Nate Carter, Ryan Green, Dan Devous, Jason Simpson, Derek Smothers

Nay: None 

Carried

4. Dan Devous made a motion to destroy executive session recordings older than 18 months. Second by Ryan Duckworth.

Voice Vote: Yea: Nate Carter, Ryan Green, Dan Devous, Jason Simpson, Derek Smothers, Ryan Duckworth

Nay: None

Carried

5. Dan Devous made a motion to accept bid from Johannes Construction for $262,000 for the new concessions and storage addition. Second by Derek Smothers.

Voice Vote: Yea: Ryan Green, Dan Devous, Jason Simpson, Derek Smothers, Ryan Duckworth, Nate Carter

Nay: None

Carried

Dan Devous made a motion to enter executive session at 6:57 P.M. for individual students and personnel compensation. Second by Ryan Duckworth.

Voice Vote: Yea: Dan Devous, Jason Simpson, Derek Smothers, Ryan Duckworth, Nate Carter, Ryan Green

Nay: None

Carried

Dan Devous made a motion to return to open session at 7:04 P.M. Second by Nate Carter.

Voice Vote: Yea: Jason Simpson, Derek Smothers, Ryan Duckworth, Nate Carter, Ryan Green, Dan Devous

Nay: None

Carried

6. Derek Smothers made a motion to approve $500 bonus to full-time staff for exemplary school status. Second by Ryan Green.

Voice Vote: Yea: Derek Smothers, Ryan Duckworth, Nate Carter, Ryan Green, Dan Devous, Jason Simpson

Nay: None

Carried

Dan Devous made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:06 P.M. Second by Ryan Duckworth.

Voice Vote: Yea: Ryan Duckworth, Nate Carter, Ryan Green, Dan Devous, Jason Simpson, Derek Smothers

Nay: None 

Carried

President Secretary

Call to order

Roll call

Motion to approve the minutes from the previous month with one change noted.

Mary Stanley addressed the board regarding 504 plan for her son.

Motion to approve Treasurer’s Report.

Motion to pay the bills with no additions or exclusions noted.

Superintendent Report: Exemplary school status, chili supper and masquerade auction profits, McTeacher night, Christmas dinner, bus driver update.

New Business:

1. First reading of board policy update issue 102.

2. Motion to adopt eLearning Program for 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022.

3. Motion to approve an estimate of the aggregate tax levy.

4. Motion to destroy executive session recordings older than 18 months.

5. Motion to accept bid from Johannes Construction for $262,000 for new concession and storage addition.

Motion to enter executive session at 6:57 P.M. for individual students and personnel compensation.

Motion to return to open session at 7:04 P.M.

6. Motion to approve $500 bonus for full-time staff for exemplary school status.

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:06 P.M.

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