LP Board Update -- August 22, 2019

During its Regular Board Meeting held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 the Board of Education accomplished the following items.

  1. Approved the minutes of the July 17, 2019 Regular Meeting and the August 2, 2019 and August 13, 2019 Special Meetings.
  2. Student Ambassadors Jaidynne Lash, Erin Leschewski, and Matt George presented to the Board.
  3. Received TIF reimbursements from City of LaSalle – TIF I Intergovernmental Agreement ($42,389.32) and Village of North Utica – TIF II ($22,678.48)
  4. Sparks presented shared the Board President’s Report, including a moment of silence for the late Jeff Dankert, who reported on LPHS in the NewsTribune in recent years, and welcoming new administrators to LPHS.
  5. Alcorn presented the Policy Committee Reports
  6. Morrison presented the Finance Committee Report
  7. Wrobleski presented the Superintendent’s Report, sharing information on the tentative budget planning, the East Gym/Industrial Wing renovation plan and financing with additional information provided by district architect Mike Kmetz and bond agent John Vezzetti, concussion committee meeting updates, and getting back to school for the 2019-2020 school year.
  8. Marenda presented the Principal’s Report, sharing information on the start of the school year, administrative retreat reflections, and getting to know some of LP’s standout student programs.
  9. Le presented the Athletic Director Report, sharing information on start of the year athletic activities, Meet the Cavs, preparing to host the golf regional and volleyball supersectional, recognizing the academic achievements of the spring ’19 athletic programs, changes connected to switching into the Interstate 8 Conference, including plans to raffle four LPHS gym signs provided by former NIBXII school districts, the upcoming Chris Herren student/community presentations, and plans for the 2019-2020 LPHS Hall of Honor.
  10. Mentgen presented the Director of the ACC Report, sharing information on an exemplary review of the nursing program by IDPH, greater than expected student enrollment in ACC courses, the new aviation course, and recent facility maintenance.
  11. Baker presented the Director of Communication Report, sharing information on website changes, stadium seating, turf donations, and classroom activities.
  12. Amended the agenda to include approving stadium seating pricing proposal.
  13. Adopted a resolution to approve the tentative LPHS budget FY 2020 and place it on public display
  14. Adopted a resolution to approve the tentative ACC budget FY 2020 and place it on public display
  15. Approved the East Gym/Industrial Education Renovation Project
  16. Approved the East Gym/Industrial Education Renovation Project Financial Plan
  17. Approved submitting the recommended East Gym/Industrial Education Health/Life Safety Work to the ISBE
  18. Approved the District’s Annual Review of Safety Plans, Protocols, Procedures, and School Safety Drills Report
  19. Approved increasing health insurance premiums by 4% for 2019-2020
  20. Approved the Delta Dental Insurance Renewal for 2019-2020
  21. Approved the Dimond Bros. Insurance Consulting Contract for 2019-2020
  22. Approved the Healthiest You Contract for 2019-2020
  23. Approved Employee Computer Purchase program
  24. Approved selling used Chromebooks to the public
  25. Approved updating Board Policy 3:30 – Organizational Chart
  26. Approved the Blood-Borne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan for 2019-2020 school year
  27. Approved the following reassignments:
    • Mr. Michael Heiden from 1st Floor Afternoon Shift (2) to 1st Floor Afternoon Shift (1), effective August 22, 2019 (replaces Mr. Paul Wisen)
  28. Approved the following appointments:
    • Ms. Monica Kreiser, Activity Fund Treasurer (replaces Mrs. Diane Bergagna)
    • Ms. Sammi Herron, Volunteer Assistant Volleyball Coach, for the 2019-2020 school year
    • Ms. Madeline Kennedy, Assistant Girls’ Track & Field Coach, for the 2019-2020 school year (replaces Ms. Alexandra West)
    • Mr. Paul Lebryk, Assistant Girls’ Track & Field Coach, for the 2019-2020 school year (replaces Ms. Kourtney Ewald)
    • Mrs. Jennifer Heagy, Volunteer Assistant Girls’ Swim Coach, effective for the 2019-2020 school year
    • Ms. Kristen Koukol, Student Aide Paraprofessional, effective for the 2019-2020 school year (replaces Mrs. Nicole Hurst)
    • Ms. Abigail Moskalewicz, Assistant Special Olympic Coach, effective the 2019-2020 school year (replaces Ms. Amery Ziel-Cole)
    • Mrs. Angelique Depenbrock & Mrs. Nancy Kochis to split the Science Research Club, effective for the 2019-2020 school year
    • Mr. Andrew Scoma, 1st Floor Afternoon Shift Custodian (1) , effective August 22, 2019 (replaces Mr. Michael Heiden)
  1. Approval of the following resignations:
    • Mr. Nick McLaughlin, Volunteer Football Coach, effective August 21, 2019
    • Mr. Adam Spencer, Assistant Boys Track Coach, effective May 15, 2019
  2. Approved accepting with regret the retirement of Ms. Kathleen Yerly (Classroom Paraprofessional) effective the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year
  3. Approved maternity leave for Mrs. Alyssa Cherveny (FCS Teacher) on or about October 21, 2019 and planning to return on January 6, 2020, second semester. Mrs. Cherveny will use her accumulated 28 sick days and the remaining time off will be unpaid.
  4. Approved paternity leave for Mr. Jim Cherveny (Drivers Education Teacher) on or about October 21, 2019 and returning on or about November 4, 2019. Mr. Cherveny will be using his accumulated sick days to cover the 10 days of leave.
  5. Approved a request for LEAD to attend Unified Champion Schools, Youth Activation Committee boot camp in Normal, IL on Friday, August 23rd through Saturday, August 24th, with an overnight stay on Friday, August 23rd. All expenses are covered through Special Olympics of Illinois, excluding transportation.
  6. Approved a request for the Lady Cavalier Volleyball Team to participate in the 2019 Springfield Lutheran Crusader Classic volleyball tournament on Friday, August 30th, and Saturday, August 31st, with an overnight stay on Friday, August 30th. All expenses are covered through the program’s fundraising.
  7. Approved the stadium seating pricing proposal.
  8. Approved reviewing and retaining executive/closed session minutes of July 17, 2019 Regular meeting.
  9. Authorized the destruction of verbatim audio records from executive sessions held prior to February 1, 2018 per the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120.
  10. Approved the recommended discipline for Student #1, transfer to the LaSalle County Regional Office of Education Safe Schools Program for a continuing period of time no less than ending December 31, 2019.