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West Central Approves Mission Statement, Beliefs, Strategies; Rejects Bus Bids

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher

At the April 18th #235 West Central school board meeting, the Board of Education approved the district's mission statement, its statement of beliefs and strategies for future action that were developed at the March 23rd and 24th planning retreat in Oquawka.

Copies of these documents will be shared with all staff in the very near future.

The district's mission statement will now be: "Providing Oppor-tunity, Expecting Excellence". (see page 7 for future details)

The board briefly discussed bids for transportation services for the southern portion of the school district. As a result of the conversation, the board rejected both bids that had been submitted in response to the request for bids.

The board referred the matter back to the board's transportation sub-committee for further review.

The subcommittee is to determine whether or not the bid specifications can be altered significantly to reduce the cost of contracting the transportation and study what it would cost to bring all transportation services in-house.

Under Good News Items the following was offered:

The board briefly discussed the district's strategic planning retreat. Specifically the board was asked how they wanted to go about dealing with the six strategies that were identified by the participants at the Strategic Planning Retreat.

It was suggested that the first strategy that deals with "Providing adequate facilities to support our current and future programs" will be co-chaired by Board members Mark Torrance and Brad Arnold and that the fourth strategy "Developing and Expanding Partnerships" with organizations that supports our mission (ie: social agencies, parents/guardians, service clubs, businesses, higher education, alumni, etc.)" will be co-chaired by board member Richard Clifton and board member elect Doug Sams.

There was also discussion on the remaining four strategies that were identified and it was suggested that these be worked on as time and resources allow.

The board was reminded of their re-organizational meeting Thursday night, May 3rd at 7 p.m. in the West Central Elementary cafeteria in Stronghurst.

By consensus the board gave Supt. Grimm permission to draft a tentative 2007-08 board meeting date calendar which will be presented to the new board for approval May 3. It was also suggested that at the May 3rd meeting, the board will be asked to approve four different ad-hoc committees that will deal with building & grounds, transportation, and policy and partnerships.

The board entered closed session to discuss matters pertaining to personnel at 9:07 pm. While in closed session the board heard a complaint from a district parent about certain staff members. The board returned to open session at 10:33 p.m. and took the following action:

In other business:

Under recognition of audience request for presentation, the board heard from Carl Sandburg College Envoy, Sam Sudhakar and West Central High School art teacher, Cherry Simmons on our student's performance at a couple of recent art shows.

She showed several pieces of art work that West Central students recently completed.

The board approved the payment of all bills, the March activity account summary, Feb-March Treasurer's Report and the consent agenda as presented which included:

Minutes of March 21 and April 10 meeting (closed and open); Request for facility usage by Dick Goff, and Resolution for National Teacher Appreciation Week and Day.

The board was reminded that their next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2007.

That meeting will be held in the elementary cafeteria and will begin at 7 pm.

There will also be a special meeting for re-organization on Thursday, May 3 at the same time and place.

The board adjourned at 10:43pm.