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West Central Board President Resigns

On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the West Central CUSD #235 Board of Education Dr. Robbins informed the board that she was submitting a letter of resignation from her position as a board member to the board effective Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Dr. Robbins thanked the board for the opportunity to serve on the board and indicted she was resigning her position due to her and her family moving to Abingdon, Illinois.

The board briefly discussed how they will proceed to fill Dr. Robbins' vacant position. It was decided they will put a notification in the local newspapers informing the community of the vacancy and that interested parties should submit a letter of interest to Dr. Brent and those letters should be mailed to the Unit Office.

The deadline for submitting the letter of interest will be 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013. The board will then meet to review the letters of interest received and then determine the next step in the process.

All board members were present at roll call except Mrs. John.

President Robbins led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

The board conducted a public hearing concerning the intent of the board to sell $2,300,000 of school fire prevention and safety bonds. There were no comments offered by members of the board regarding the proposed sell of the bonds, nor was there any written testimony presented to the board regarding this sell of bonds. District resident Barry Bigger did ask several questions regarding the proposed sell of the bonds during the hearing. Dr. Robbins closed the public hearing at approximately 7:09 p.m.

Under good news items the following successes were highlighted:

Under financial activity, the board approved payment of all bills as presented. They approved the June and July 2013 activity accounts for West Central High School, West Central Middle School and West Central Elementary School. They also approved the treasurer's reports for June and July 2013 as presented.

Superintendent Grimm reported that there were not any percentages in the monthly financial report as the budget has not yet been approved. He also reported that as of August 21, 2013 the State of Illinois owes District #235 an amount of $98,015. Of that total, $3732 is carry over from FY13.

The board approved a loan in the amount of $250,000 from the working cash fund to the transportation fund for FY14. This is the fourth consecutive year such a loan is being made. The loan is necessary due to the lack of state reimbursement for transportation

An agreement with McDonough District Hospital was approved to continue providing the random drug testing that has been in place in the district for the last four years. All terms and conditions of the program from FY13 will be carried over into FY14. It was noted that the testing will take place during the months school is in session and that 10 students will be tested each month at a cost of $35.00 per student per test.

A contract with Onward Health Care of Wilton Connecticut was approved for services of a speech and language therapist for the 2013-14 school year.

The board selected Stifel Nicholaus of St Louis, MO as the bond underwriter for the 2013 health life safety 10 year survey bond sale.

In other business:

There were no items noted under future agenda items.

The board did not go into closed session.

The board took the following personnel action:

The board approved a resolution to release closed session minutes as per exhibit "A" and "B"

The board was reminded that their next meeting is Wednesday, September 18, 2013 and that meeting will be held in the elementary cafeteria.

It was pointed out that the board will convene at 6:30 p.m. to conduct a hearing on the FY14 budget. The board will then meet and greet the teachers new to District #235.

Dr. Robbins announced to the board that she has appointed Amy John to the District finance sub-committee.

There being no other business to come before the board, they adjourned their meeting at 8:31 p.m.