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WC To Lease 16 School Busses
At the regularly scheduled November 18, 2014, meeting of the West Central CUSD
#235 Board of Education, the board approved three, one-year agreements with
Midwest Bus Sales for school busses for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018
The lease amount for 16, 71 passenger busses for each yearly lease will be
$228,240, which is the same amount that the district has paid for the last two
The district will also lease a 20 passenger mini bus with a wheelchair lift for
the same time period as the 71 passenger busses for a cost $13,950 per year
which is the same amount that the district has paid for the last two years.
The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. in the WCES Cafeteria by Board
President Dr. Lonnie Brent, with all board members present.
Dr. Brent led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Under Good News Items, the following items were highlighted:
The WCMS Veterans Day program was highlighted both in terms of the quality of
the speaker and the exceptional behavior of the middle school students
Rachel Reynolds was recognized as being the WRAM/WMOR and Frontier
Communications Teacher of the Week last week
It was reported that a United School District parent called the district to
compliment 8th grade boys basketball Coach Josh Harris for providing playing
time to a WCMS player.
The board approved the agenda with no changes or additions.
Under Recognition of Audience Requests for Presentation Dr. Brent recognized
Jason Guyton who was in attendance to address the board on Agenda Item XII. WCMS
The board approved the following items under the Consent Agenda:
The minutes of the regular meeting of October 15, 2014; the special meeting of
October 30, 2014 and the closed session of October 30, 2014
An agreement with America's Best Water Treaters, Inc. for service on the
district boilers for one year.
The board approved the payment of all bills as presented and approved the
activity accounts for each building as presented. The October treasurer s
report was approved as presented.
Superintendent Grimm reported to the board that the revenue received to budgeted
revenue expected is at 61.86%. Actual expenditures for the first third of the
fiscal year are at 30.41% of budget. Superintendent Grimm also reported that as
of Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the State of Illinois has vouchered $380,781 to
the comptroller s office. The district has not yet received this money.
In other business the board:
- approved extending the current agreement for snow removal for the north campus
with Mark Muhleman of Stronghurst. Mr. Muhleman will be paid $270 per snow event
of 2 or more for snow removal for the south campus and $65 per event of 2 or
more for snow removal (on an as needed basis) for the Media campus.
- approved the 2014 Tentative Tax Levy. This year s tentative tax levy calls for
an extension amount of $4,667,294 which is an increase over the 2013 levy
extension amount of 4.95%. The board will vote to approve the final 2014 Tax
Levy at the December 17, 2014, board meeting.
- approved a resolution authorizing the use of a local realtor to sell four lots
the district owns that sit adjacent to the current baseball diamond. The
agreement is for 120 days and calls for a commission not to exceed 7%.
- approved a recommendation from the administration to split our current three
Kindergarten sections into four sections beginning on January 5, 2015. It was
noted that parents will be informed of this decision by the board by letter.
- Parents will be asked to volunteer their children for the move to the new
section. If there are not a sufficient number of volunteers, criteria will be
developed to identify those students who will then be moved into the new
section. Progress on this initiative will be reported to the board at their
- heard reports from building principals Mrs. Lafary and Mr. Nichols.
- reviewed the written report submitted from WCHS Principal Mr. Schneider.
- reviewed the Curriculum Report as submitted by Mr. Grimm, the Technology Report
submitted by Mrs. Frakes and the Special Ed Report as submitted by Mrs. Smith.
- discussed concerns identified by Jason Guyton pertaining to the WCMS Football
Games. Specifically, Mr. Guyton inquired as to whether or not a different
practice schedule could be developed that provided more practice time for the MS
football team so that they had more than 10 practices before their first game. "
asked District Athletic Director Randy Frakes and WCMS Principal Jeff Nichols to
research alternatives for consideration and to report back to the board.
- reviewed a proposed revision to Board Policy 8:30, Community Relations
Visitors to and Conduct on School Property. Specifically the proposed revision
deals with parents or spectators who are ejected from an extracurricular event
whether that event is at home or at another school district. The proposed
revision would suspend the spectator from the next scheduled event for that
sport or activity. Failure to abide by the suspension for the next event by the
spectator involved will result in a more formal type of sanctioning by the board
as is currently allowed by this policy. The revision to this policy will be
brought back to the board at the December meeting for second reading and
- was presented a brief report on the new implemented Integrated Math curriculum.
The report will be discussed in more detail at the December board meeting.
The board took the following action regarding personnel:
- Approved a Leave of Absence for WCHS Special Ed Teacher Karen Gall
- Employed Telisha Fedele as WCMS Associate; Cheryl Bielser as a long term sub;
Jamie Hennings as a WCES Kindergarten Teacher beginning Monday, January 5, 2015
and Cindy Wilkins as WCHS Associate
- Employed Quinn Leath as WCMS Seventh Grade Boys Basketball Coach; Jon Slover as
WCMS Sixth Grade Boys Basketball Coach
- Accepted the resignation of Terry Painter from his position as volunteer
assistant WCHS Bowling Coach
The board took no action on the employment of a WCES Assistant Principal or on
the approval of administrator contracts.
The board entered Closed Session to discuss matters pertaining to personnel at
approximately 7:15 p.m. The board exited Closed Session at 8:20.
The board was reminded that their next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday,
December 17, 2014. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the WCES
There being no other business to come before the board, the meeting was
adjourned at 8:21 p.m.