The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education heard more about school re-organization options, school startup, approved a tentative budget and junior high softball cooperative.
Michelle Henniger from the Illinois State Board of Education gave a presentation on the various school re-organization options. She clarified some issues and outlined the incentives available from the state when schools re-organize. Henniger focused her discussion on consolidation, deactivation and cooperative options, hitting the highlights about who and where decisions are made and how they must be organized and voted on.
About 17 Palestine people and seven Hutsonville attended the presentation with several being members of the Committee of Ten or school officials.
Both school principals reported that things were off to a good start at the high school and grade school. Tangi Waldrop did suggest that those people having trouble with the Schoolway app need to scroll down for more options. Robbie Kline said they are tweeking the new drop off and pickup system, but it is working well.
Superintendent Chris Long mentioned that Robinson Unit 2 Superintendent Josh Quick was inquiring about possible interest in other county school boards to discuss the 1 percent sales tax and general school re-organization options and status. Palestine board members said they would be interested in attending.
In old business, the board approved policy changes that were formally listed after previous readings.
The board authorized the superintendent to post the tentative 2017-18 year budget. Long said while expenses are based on expectations they have not been given any direction from the state on revenue and are basing those numbers on a best guess. He also mentioned cuts to the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax, which would mean a reduction of revenue of several thousand dollars for the district.
Expected total expenditure in each fund posted in the tentative budget are, Education-$2,401,945; Operation and Maintenance-$113,200; B/int-$234,000; Transportation-$187,700; IMRF-$180,800; Tort-$227,500; FPrev-$15,243; for a total of $3,360,388, and estimated revenue of $3,423,212.
The budget will need to be posted for 30 day before it can be approved, which pushes back the next board meeting to Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The junior high softball program was approved as a trial program for the 2017-18 school year. The season started prior to board meetings so it is retroactive.
A memo of understanding dealing with the GATA program for the State of Illinois was approved for the South Eastern Special Education organization as a matter of documentation.
Maggie Illyes was employed as a pre-k aide. Mary Williamson was employed as a substitute bus driver. Scott Mendenhall was employed as a full time route driver. Dustin Miller was employed as a volunteer high school football assistant coach.
Tangi Waldrop's letter of retirement was accepted. She plans to retire from Palestine Unit 3 in 2020-21
Greg Downes, band director at Palestine Unit 3, was granted his rescindtion letter of retirement received earlier as per contract guidelines.
The board authorized the posting of a fifth and sixth grade volunteer assitant basketball position.