District 249 Board of Directors Approves Waiver, Sets 21-22 Meeting Dates | Times-Republic of Iroquois County


The Crescent-Iroquois Community Unit District 249 School Board held a waiver hearing at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, April 19, prior to its regular meeting. Board members Jody Niebuhr, Becky Dirks, Steve Massey, Christi Pheifer and Candi Butzow attended the hearing. Superintendent Rod Grimsley explained the process to the members and explained what the waiver would allow.

After the hearing, the board then began its regular meeting with all of the aforementioned board members present, in addition to Tim Kollmann. Those present recited the pledge of allegiance.

Grimsley led a discussion of non-action items. This included an explanation of the ESSER II funds and how it is hoped to use these funds to upgrade the school’s air conditioning. Once the cost estimates are gathered, the grant application process will begin. It was noted that baseball is to be added to the Unit 9 sports co-op and the tuition fees for next year will remain the same. Board members were encouraged to come up with ideas on how they anticipate the next school year will unfold. This includes things like bringing the school day back from 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. and hopefully more leniency when it comes to play equipment and the like.

The director’s report was read by Grimsley. When it comes to buildings and grounds, Grimsley is still working on a process of storing or shredding old high school records; he’s working with a representative from the Illinois State Board of Education and the EPA to remove hazardous chemicals from the high school building (primarily the science lab and art room). In elementary school, asbestos removal in the old kindergarten room should begin the week after July 4. Once the asbestos is removed, the room will have to replace a new ceiling grid, paint, possibly lights and a floor. Over the summer, part of the work on the ten-year health, safety, life and safety report will begin. For transportation, a discussion took place on what to do with the old white school bus; an updated expense spreadsheet has been shared, and state and federal reporting continues on a monthly basis.

Grimsley read Principal James DeMay’s report. After discussing the total enrollment, the board heard that seven athletes are participating in the women’s basketball program with Unit 9, that seven students are participating in track and field, and next fall the boys will be able to participate in baseball. . Cross Country will be offered at the CCGS, with Heather Johnson as the coach. The smart panel training will take place on Institute Day on May 7.

DeMay’s report for the primary school building indicated that all the exercises required for ROE have taken place, the Crescent-Iroquois Booster Club has hosted a book fair from April 14-15 and a discussion is scheduled to take place regarding school storage areas. The brick building has a lot of mold and mildew and the garage is lacking in space. Over the summer, there are plans to bring the Kindergarten class back to its original room near the gymnasium, with the second year moving to the current kindergarten room and the fourth year moving to the current second year room. Condition tests will take place in the fall. The eighth year graduation ceremony is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 at the CCGS gymnasium. Limited places will be available.

In its first action, the board approved the minutes of the regular meeting of March 15, the treasurer’s report of March 31, the payment of the April invoices, the reports of the advance fund and petty cash; leave closed minutes closed and destroy audio tapes older than 18 months. FY 22 meeting dates approved and all meetings to start at 7:00 p.m. July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20, January 24 (modified due to Martin Luther’s leave King), February 22, March 21, April 18, May 16 and June 20.

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The fees for the next school year will remain the same: high school registration, $ 55; Kindergarten-fourth grade, $ 25; fifth to eighth grade, $ 60. The cost of a breakfast will be $ 1.85, a lunch will cost $ 2.60 and milk is available for 35 cents each. Membership and fees for the IESA for the next school year have also been approved.

The council approved Russell Leigh and Associates to perform the district audit, approved the addition of baseball to the sports co-op with Watseka 9 unit, and approved the exemption request for section 5 / 10-20.12a of the code school. This waiver will allow full-time employees to enroll their children in District # 249 without having to pay tuition fees.

The council opened an executive session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or termination of specific district employees or district legal counsel, including the hearing of testimony about a complaint filed against an employee or against a district attorney. district to determine its validity. However, a meeting to consider a pay increase for a specific employee of a public body subject to the Local Government Pay Increase Transparency Act cannot be closed and should be open to the public and displayed and held in accordance with the Local Government Pay Increase Transparency Act. to this law.

Following the executive session, the board returned to the regular session and approved the hiring of Samantha J. Thomas as a teacher for the next school year.

A special meeting has been set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 to allow the council to reorganize after the election.

The adjournment took place at approximately 8:25 p.m., with the next meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 17.



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