LP Board Update -- November 20, 2019

During its Regular Board Meeting held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 the Board of Education accomplished the following items.

  1. Approved the minutes of the October 16, 2019 Regular Meeting.
  2. Student Ambassadors Sterling Tunget and Marley Crabbe presented to the Board.
  3. Recognized Chuck Studer of Illinois Valley Regional Airport for his involvement with the creation of the ACC aviation program, state-qualifying cross-country runners and tennis players, Olivia Ernat, Lauren Klein, Ame Ernat, Logan Johnson and Ashley Heagy, and coaches, Aaron Guenther, Scott Blessman, Adam Spencer, Madeline Kennedy and John Beatty.
  4. Sue Stiker spotlighted the Corner Café/Culinary Program, presenting on recent Café activities and preparing cream puffs with students Cheliz Guerrero and Jasmine James.
  5. Approved bills and payroll for LPHS and the ACC.
  6. Tim Custis of Gorenz and Associates presented the Auditors Report.
  7. Received TIF Reimbursement from Village of North Utica (TIFs I & II), City of LaSalle, and Village of Tonica (TIFs I & II), $177,700.76.
  8. Cherpeske presented the Building & Grounds Committee Report.
  9. Morrison presented the Finance Committee Report.
  10. Alcorn presented the Policy Committee Report.
  11. Wrobleski presented the Superintendent’s Report, sharing information on the ROE Compliance Report, working with union leadership on the RIF Joint Review process, positive findings in the school’s exclusionary discipline data, and presenting with Mrs. Cushing and Mr. Sash on the 2019 School Report Card.
  12. Marenda presented the Principal’s Report, sharing information on recent student successes, the Veterans Day Assembly, safety drills, staff development opportunities, the recent Other Musics band concert, and asked Mrs. Cushing to discuss the forthcoming Harbor Homeroom program.
  13. Le presented the Athletic Director Report, sharing information on fall athletic accomplishments, the upcoming Meet the Cavs night for boys basketball, an update on the athletics voucher program, and preparing for the 2019-2020 Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony. Mr. Miller added notes on activities, including the LEAD Youth Activation Summit, Key Club fundraising, and drama club’s play this weekend.
  14. Mentgen presented the Director of the ACC Report, sharing information on new technology in the ACC programs, recruiting students to the ACC programs, and repairs to the Dolan Building’s HVAC system.
  15. Baker presented the Director of Communication Report, sharing information on preparing for the transition to the new website design, live streaming events, and LP Foundation grant requests.
  16. Approved adopting the 2020-2021 Tentative Tax Levy
  17. Approved the Emergency Health Life Safety Amendment: Broken Water Main
  18. Approved 2019-2020 Board Paid Holidays
  19. Approved the 2019 School Report Card
  20. Approved the FY2019 Annual Statement of Affairs
  21. Approved the IL Central Bus Company Contract Extension for 2020-2021
  22. Approved the Intergovernmental Agreement on Deactivation with Lostant Community Unit School District No. 425 and LaSalle-Peru Township High School for the 2020-2021 school year
  23. Approved the Treasurer’s Bond renewal of the Series 2016 and 2017 General Obligation Bonds
  24. Approved the Byrne & Jones Construction proposal to repair the LP track: $148,500
  25. Approved the following appointments:
    1. Mr. Scott Blessman, Assistant Boys’ Swim Coach, for the 2019-2020 school year (replaces Ms. Janna Greanias)
    2. Mr. Tom Pocivasek, Volunteer Assistant Boys’ Swim Coach, for the 2019-2020 school year
    3. Mr. Mark Ficek, Volunteer Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach, effective for the 2019-2020 school year
    4. Mr. Scott Weber, Volunteer Assistant Girls’ Bowling Coach, effective for the 2019-2020 school year
    5. Mr. Cam Mignone, Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach, effective for the 2019-2020 school year
  1. Approved maternity leave for Ms. Vanessa Nikischer (Paraprofessional) on or about December 20, 2019 and planning to return after 6 weeks of leave, with the leave being unpaid per request
  2. Approved the revised Retirement from Ms. Kathleen Yerly (Paraprofessional) to amend ending date to the conclusion of 1st semester 2019-2020 school year
  3. Approved the Crunchin’ Cav Youth Wrestling Program to use LP’s facilities to host their annual wrestling tournament, The Crunching Cavs Classic, on Sunday, January 26, 2020
  4. Approved reviewing and retaining executive/closed session minutes of October 16, 2019 Regular meeting
  5. Authorized destruction of verbatim audio records from executive sessions held prior to May 1, 2018 per the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120