Discussion of the need or lack thereof for a 20 year warranty on roof replacements at Harrisburg High School concluded with Superintendent Dennis Smith stating that the warranty functioned as an insurance policy and would prevent unexpected expenses in the future.
After discussion the board accepted the low bid by Joiner Sheet Metal and Roofing Inc. of Greenville. The amount of the bid for roof replacement was $223,422. It included a 20 year warranty. An additional bid of $8,250 from the same company for downspout replacement on the Davenport Gym was also accepted.
Dale Fowler, representing the Delta Regional Authority made a presentation to the board about a 2014 military training exercise that will take place in Harrisburg on the grounds of Harrisburg Middle School. He said the Pentagon had chosen the school grounds as the best location for the regional exercise that will bring 87 Army medical personnel to Harrisburg from June 16 to June 30, 2014.
"They will stay in hotels in the area and set up mobile operations on the school property at that time. From 3,000 to 5,000 local citizens will receive free medical treatment during the days of the exercise," said Fowler.
Smith said, "I am excited. I think this really cool."
Fowler's presentation was simply informational. No action was taken.
Smith stated in his district report later in the meeting that the school board would be able to pay all its bills for the current month. Following that report there was discussion of whether to change the levy for the school district or just accept the State of Illinois EAV. If the board does not feel the state EAV is adequate for the area, the board can set it's own levy in the amount that they will need. "I will choose a proper levy and bring it to you in October for consideration in November," said Smith.
"In November you can decide what to do," he said. "You have the power to raise or lower the taxes that the citizens will pay."
Board member Brian Hester spoke in favor of consideration being given to lower taxes.
Regarding the policies that set fees for student athletes to participate in sports activities Smith said the state has intervened with the board's current policy that is worded in such a way that the students are paying for a required academic program.
"We have to modify the wording so it is clear that the students who are financially able to pay for athletics are paying for an extracurricular activity, not a required academic activity," said Smith after the meeting. The board approved a rewording of the policy statement.
A discussion of the merits of purchasing a baseball field from Harrisburg Township Park took place with board member Tom DeNeal stating his opinion that continuing the policy to pay for each baseball game at $40 per game was better financial option than buying the field outright for over $100,000. The board decided to make a counter offer to the park. DeNeal asked the board to get clarification on how long the school board could continue its rental arrangement with the park department.
Page 2 of 2 - Regarding personnel issues the board moved Jaime Questelle, from Middle School Media to East Side Secretary; Carla Banks, from Westside Kindergarten to Middle School Media; Brooke Harrawood, Westside EOC Aide to Westside Media Aide.
The board accepted following resignations:
Tiffani Stone, Toni Mangels, Rita Niekamp, all EOC Aides.
The board hired: Kathy Hanrahan and Sara DeNeal to split the Middle School drama classes; EOC Aides, Sharri Powell, Sheila Clore, Joslyn Brown; part time EOC Aide Melissa Sullivan.
The board awarded a Middle School Vocal Music Stipend to Melody Ossi.
Approved maternity leave for Amanda Stone and Emma Lane.
Approved a 1.5 percent support staff compensation increase.
Removed one middle school student from the bus for gross misconduct- profanity or disrespect towards the driver. The student is removed from the bus through the end of the year. The board also removed one middle school student for gross misconduct-profanity towards the driver. The student is removed from the bus through the end of the year.