LP Board Update -- June 23, 2021

During its Regular Board Meeting held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 the Board of Education accomplished the following items.

  1. Held a Public Hearing on the FY 2021 Amended District 120 Budget.
  2. Approved the minutes of the May 19, 2021 Regular Meeting.
  3. Nikki Freeman, parent, shared comments with the Board regarding her concerns about wearing masks in the fall.
  4. Recognized Board Vice-president Mrs. Carol Alcorn for her service on the Illinois Association of School Board’s Starved Rock Region Committee.
  5. Recognized Mrs. Eutis for her role in establishing the Cavs Closet to support students in the district.
  6. Coach Medina and two players, Tre’von Hunter and Sean Whitfield, unveiled the varsity football team’s new uniforms.
  7. Approved monthly LP and ACC bill and financial statements.
  8. Sarver presented the Buildings & Grounds Committee Report.
  9. Wrobleski presented the Superintendent’s Report, sharing information on the latest updates regarding COVID-19 protocols for schools and his frustrations on the inconsistent guidance between athletics and academics, plans to expand the greeters work schedule to a 12-month position, and adding a social-emotional learning interventionist to the staff, which was discussed further by Mrs. Eutis.
  10. Cushing presented the Principal’s Report, sharing information on plans for the coming school year, including registration, new educator orientation, and opening day activities, planning professional development for new faculty programs, update on summer school, filling positions, and announcing that Mr. Le was selected as a New Athletic Director of the Year by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association.
  11. Baker presented the Director of Communication Report, sharing information on summer activities in the communication office and researching methods to expand video streaming capabilities for the district.
  12. Approved the FY 2021 Amended District 120 Budget
  13. Approved authorizing the Superintendent to approve July 2021 LPHS and LP ACC bills up to $2,250,000
  14. Approved Universal Asphalt & Excavating, Inc. to seal coat and stripe the LPHS Sports Complex for $41,846.00
  15. Approved the Quad Locker Room Renovation Change Order #1, Remove and Replace Recessed Soap Dish Holders - $7,359.26
  16. Approved building permit for HLS #18 – Replacement of East Building Chair Lift
  17. Approved the permanent interfund transfer of $30,000 Working Cash Interest to the Education Fund
  18. Approved transferring the capital lease payment of $131,329 from the Education Fund to the Debt Service Fund
  19. Approved a resolution to sell surplus equipment – 1997 Chevy Suburban
  20. Approved a resolution to donate surplus equipment – 200 hard back chairs
  21. Approved creating the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Interventionist Position paid using ESSER funds
  22. Approved the Superintendent’s 2021-2022 bond renewal for $5,276.00
  23. Approved the 2020-2021 District Calendar
  24. Approved the 2021-2022 Event Admission Fees
  25. Approved of 2021-2022 Board Paid Holidays
  26. Approved the 2021-2022 Differential Assignments
  27. Approved awarding the bid for the Pizza Contract to Pizza Hut, Peru, IL for the 2021-2022 school year
  28. Approved awarding the firm bid for the Milk/Dairy Contact to Prairie Farm Dairy, Inc. Streator, IL for the 2021-2022 school year
  29. Approved awarding the bid for Bakery Products Contract to Alpha Baking Company, Inc. Chicago, IL for the 2021-2022 school year
  30. Approved the FY 2022 District Consolidation Plan
  31. Approved recalling the following employees/positions pending their acceptance of employment per the Support Staff Union Contract 2021-2022 school year:
    1. Mrs. Ronda Simcich, Title I Paraprofessional
    2. Mrs. Katherine Baker, S.T.E.P. Job Coach
    3. Currently Vacant, Title I Paraprofessional (replaces Mrs. Brenda Sadnick)
  1. Approved the following reassignment:
    1. Mrs. Jill Fanti, Greeter – 10-month employee to 12-month employee
  2. Approved the following resignations:
    1. Ms. Emily Fritz, Assistant Girls’ Track & Field Coach, effective the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year
    2. Mr. Robert Reese, Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach, effective the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year
    3. Ms. Alexandra West, Assistant Girls’ Track & Field Coach, effective the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year
    4. Mr. Shane Cowsert, Science Teacher, effective the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year
  1. Approved the following appointments:
    1. Mr. Zachary Zrust, part-time teacher for the LP-ACC Illinois Valley Entrepreneurial Opportunities (IVEO) program, effective for the 2021-2022 school year (replaces Mrs. Mary Scott)
  2. Approved paternity leave for Mr. Jason Miller (Teacher/P.T. Director of Activities) on/about October 26, 2021and returning on/about November 4, 2021. Mr. Miller would like to take additional days on or about December 6, 2021 and return to work on/about January 3, 2022. Mr. Miller will be using his accumulated sick days to cover the leave days
  3. Approved reviewing and retain executive/closed session minutes of May 19, 2021, regular meeting
  4. Authorized destruction of verbatim audio records from executive sessions held prior to January 1, 2020, per the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120
  5. Approved appointing Mr. Justin Lewis, English Teacher, effective for the 2021-2022 school year (replaces Ms. Emily Fritz)
  6. Approved a Memorandum of Understanding recommendation with Building Service Employees Local 138 (Security Personnel) – Vacation and Holiday Pay for 12-month employees