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					Wethersfield Board of Education
439 Willard Street
Kewanee, IL 61443



                                  MINUTES OF THE AUGUST 12, 2010 REGULAR MEETING


Vice President Schwerbrock called the August 12, 2010 Regular Meeting to order at 6:36 PM with the following members present:
Brody, Bryan, Fargher, Swedman, and Schwerbrock. Also in attendance were: Principal Friedman, Principal Johnston, Supt.
Kazubowski, Star-Courier Correspondent Dave Clarke, and WKEI Correspondent Jacob Waters.

REGULAR BUSINESS

Nelson and Kenney arrive at 6:37 PM.

Consent Agenda

A motion was made by Bryan and seconded by Brody to approve consent agenda items: Minutes of the July 8, 2010 Regular Meeting;
and Bills, Financial Reports, Investment Report, and Student Activity Fund Report. On a roll call vote the following members voted
“Yes:” Brody, Bryan, Fargher, Nelson, Schwerbrock, Swedman, and Kenney. The motion carried 7-0.

Correspondence

There was no correspondence that required board action.

Comments from Visitors

There were no comments from visitors.

Board Reports

President Kenney asked Board Members to share any reports on matters related to various committees and organizations. Bryan
reported that PATT set their yearly budget, elected new officers, that a membership drive netted 80 new members, and that the
enrichment program was changed to include a parent component. Fargher reported that Athletic Boosters were meeting this evening.

OLD BUSINESS
FY 10 Audit

Supt. Kazubowski reported that our FY 10 audit took place on July 26 and 27, and that the audit went well. He commended Rose
Jackson and Diana Galloway for their efforts in preparing for the audit, especially in the documentation of Federal ARRA Funds that
had to be accounted for separately in our books. He communicated a few of the recommendations the auditor would like to see
changed in the future and also provided a copy of the audited end of the year fund balances.

Summer Projects Update

Supt. Kazubowski provided an update on the roofing projects. He reported that Dave Talbot and Steve Berlinski completed the Moss
Gym roof sealant and that it appears to be fixing the dripping caulk issue we were experiencing. He also communicated that a meeting
was held with Brockway earlier in the day and that they felt, pending the cooperation of weather, that the roofing projects should be
completed within 2 weeks. Mr. Kazubowski also reported on a change order that was approved that involved the lowering and tuck
pointing of the Blish Buidling chimney as well as a change order we are expecting due to the original blue prints of the building not
matching what was found on the roof when ventilation holes were placed in the building facia. He communicated the change needed
to make the correct air flow ventilation in the facia of the building required more hours and more lumber than the original bid specs
showed. He thought he would have an update on added costs by next board meeting.

Hospital EAV Update

Supt. Kazubowski shared correspondence that he has had with Kewanee Hospital administration in regards to a few questions our
attorney had about the Hospital’s tax exempt application. He reported that he invited the Hospital’s CFO and other administrators to
come to our board meeting this evening, but he did not hear back one way or another. He also expressed his frustration in having the
Hospital communicate with him since the meeting he attended that took place in early July.               He communicated that he was on
WKEI’s People to People last week and that he explained the Hospital EAV dilemma similar to how it was explained in the Star
Courier, in the district’s newsletter, and on the district’s website. He also stated that at this point there is really nothing new to report
and that it still appears we will not know any more until the first of the year. Discussion ensued.

A motion was made by Swedman and seconded by Fargher to authorize Mr. Kazubowski to contact our attorney to see if he would
write a letter asking for answers to 1) the total income of the Hospital and 2) was the birthing center of the Hospital also included in
the tax exempt application. On a roll call vote the following members voted “Yes:” Bryan, Fargher, Nelson, Schwerbrock, Swedman,
and Kenney. On a roll call vote the following member voted “Abstain:” Brody. The motion carried 6-0 with 1 abstain.

State Funding/State Budget

Mr. Kazubowski reported that the State took out $1.5 billion dollars in bonds that allowed them to make the 2 nd scheduled payment
from last year’s categoricals.

Mr. Kazubowski shared various correspondence that he received about the State budget for this fiscal year. He reported that State
Superintendent Koch communicated that we should once again expect delays in categorical and grant payments and to rely on local
funding for our cash flow needs. As has been communicated all summer, the budget that was passed is a fictitious budget because the
revenue is not going to be there to support the expenses that are part of the budget.

Mr. Kazubowski also shared information about the Federal Education Jobs Bill that was just passed. He said that it is unclear how
much revenue the bill will bring to our district and how the revenue will need to be spent. He communicated that he would hopefully
provide additional information at our next meeting.

Employee Health Insurance Update

Supt. Kazubowski communicated that the insurance committee met with Ron and Matt Jones on August 5 for the purpose of setting
insurance rates for 2010-2011. He reminded board members that starting this year there would be a cap of $6,100 that the district will
pay towards individual health insurance premiums. He shared that renewal rates are projected to go up 6% this school year and that
this is lower than the 10%-12% increases we have been experiencing. He reported that he has shared this information with the
insurance committee and is waiting for a response back, and that if the committee is alright with renewal rates he would begin the
process of communicating with all staff members.

Multi-Age Classroom

Mrs. Friedman provided the board with an update on enrollment numbers at the early elementary grades. She reported that due to low
enrollment numbers in 1st grade and large enrollment numbers in 2 nd grade we would not run our multi-age classroom this year but
instead have 3 sections of 2nd grade.

Other Old Business
Mr. Kazubowski shared a scheduling conflict that exists with P/T conferences on October 20 and a home volleyball game we
have against Princeville. He reported that up to this point Mr. Hulick has been unsuccessful in rescheduling the game due to
conflicts Princeville has on our open dates and that regionals for Volleyball start the following Monday so the game could not
be moved to later in the season. Discussion ensued. It was the consensus of the board to play the game as scheduled.

Mr. Kazubowski communicated that Homecoming Skit Night would be taking place on Wednesday, October 6 instead of the
traditional Thursday due to a scheduling conflict.

Mr. Kazubowski reported that he has been in contact with Cerno’s to serve their pizza once per month on our every Thursday pizza
rotation on the cafeteria ala-carte line. Brian Crabtree from Cerno’s is in the process of gathering the necessary paper work and State
food safety requirements before they decide if they are going to join our rotation.

NEW BUSINESS

Approve Board Policies

A motion was made by Bryan and seconded by Schwerbrock to approve board polices: District Preface, 1-100, 1-200, 2-180, 2-300, 3-
710, 4-200, 4-210, and 4-00. On a roll call vote the following members voted “Yes:” Brody, Bryan, Fargher, Nelson, Schwerbrock,
Swedman, and Kenney. The motion carried 7-0.

Presentation of Tentative FY 11 Budget

Supt. Kazubowski provided a Power Point presentation that reviewed the proposed FY 11 Budget. He reminded the board of the
many uncertainties in the year’s revenue sources due to the Hospital EAV dilemma and the State fiscal crisis. He communicated that
as the budget now stands he is projecting worst case scenario for Local revenue due to the Hospital EAV dilemma and State revenue
due to the State fiscal crisis. He asked for board input on projected worst case scenarios in regards to general state aid and State
categorical payments as currently we will be required by the State to complete a budget deficit reduction plan. Discussion ensued.

Mr. Kazubowski reminded members that the Budget Hearing is scheduled for September 9, 2010 at 6:30 PM in the Unit Office. The
Budget was placed on display beginning August 6th and will remain on display for the required 30 days prior to the Hearing.

Other New Business

There was no other new business.

Comments from Visitors

There were no comments from visitors.

CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Bryan and seconded by Fargher to enter into Executive Session at 8:12 PM for the employment of personnel
and contract negotiations. On a roll call vote the following members voted “Yes:” Brody, Bryan, Fargher, Nelson, Schwerbrock,
Swedman, and Kenney. The motion carried 7-0.

OPEN SESSION

A motion was made by Bryan and seconded by Fargher to return to Open Session at 9:05PM. On a roll call vote the following
members voted “Yes:” Brody, Bryan, Fargher, Nelson, Schwerbrock, Swedman, and Kenney. The motion carried 7-0.
Employment of Personnel

A motion was made by Bryan and seconded by Brody to accept with regrets the resignation of Lynda VanAntwerp as kindergarten
aide effective immediately. On a roll call vote the following members voted “Yes:” Brody, Bryan, Fargher, Nelson, Schwerbrock,
Swedman, and Kenney. The motion carried 7-0.

A motion was made by Nelson and seconded by Swedman to recall Cyndi Addis as kindergarten aide for 7 hours per day and to recall
Patrick Peach as special education aide for 4 hours per day. On a roll call vote the following members voted “Yes:” Brody, Bryan,
Fargher, Nelson, Schwerbrock, Swedman, and Kenney. The motion carried 7-0.

A motion was made by Brody and seconded by Fargher to approve the list of co-curricular positions for the 2010-2011 school year as
presented. On a roll call vote the following members voted “Yes:” Brody, Bryan, Fargher, Nelson, Schwerbrock, Swedman, and
Kenney. The motion carried 7-0.

A motion was made by Nelson and seconded by Swedman to approve the list of volunteer 5-8 grade football coaches as presented,
volunteer cross country coach Justin Landweihr, paid assistant track coach Justin Landweihr, and paid assistant softball coach Katelyn
Corwin for the 2010-2011 school year. On a roll call vote the following members voted “Yes:” Brody, Bryan, Fargher, Nelson,
Schwerbrock, Swedman, and Kenney. The motion carried 7-0.

A motion was made by Fargher and seconded by Brody to accept with regrets the resignation of Dave Draminski as volunteer football
coach effective immediately. On a roll call vote the following members voted “Yes:” Brody, Bryan, Fargher, Nelson, Schwerbrock,
Swedman, and Kenney. The motion carried 7-0.

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Brody and seconded by Schwerbrock to adjourn at 9:08 PM. On a roll call vote the following members voted
“Yes:” Brody, Bryan, Fargher, Nelson, Schwerbrock, Swedman, and Kenney. The motion carried 7-0.




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                                                        Dan Bryan, Secretary       Date

				
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