The Board began the meeting by approving the Consent
Agenda which included payment of bills and sales tax revenue report.
There were no questions on the Consent Agenda.
Under Reports, Mr. Lamkey spoke of the vast progress at the high
school construction site. The roof has been completed and workers
are closing in outside walls, pouring concrete, completing HVAC and
electric work and roughing in plumbing. Mr. Lamkey suggests having
the April Regular Board Meeting at the high school so Board Members
may tour the construction site first hand.
Mr. Lamkey reviewed the work of the district leadership team and the
building leadership teams. Members of the high school team are: Mr.
Copley, Mrs. Grunder, Mr. Morgan, Mrs. Selinger and Mr. Waterkotte.
The grade school team members include Mrs. Burgard, Mrs. Kloba, Miss
Lex, Mrs. Lora, Mr. Newton, Miss Powell and Mrs. Switzer. District
leadership team members include Mr. Lamkey, Mr. Cowan, Mrs. Mott,
Mr. Morgan, Mr. Newton, Mrs. Fricke, Mr. Copley, Mrs. Grunder, Mrs.
Kloba and Miss Powell. Parents, students and community members will
occasionally be asked to serve on the team as well.
Under New Business, Superintendent Lamkey introduced a discussion
topic concerning tax abatement. Board members shared ideas about
abating taxes for the upcoming year. Mr. Lamkey will gather more
information from the county and the board will give the concept
further consideration at the April Regular Meeting of the Board.
The district special education cooperative, Tri-County Special
Education Association (TCSEA), came to an agreement on a memorandum
of understanding with its bargaining unit to raise salaries for
school psychologists and social workers who serve the cooperative.
There is such a shortage in these fields, that TCSEA felt it
necessary to raise salaries in order to retain current staff and
attract future candidates. The Mt. Pulaski Board approved the
memorandum of understanding 6-0.
The next item under New business concerned the Strategic Planning
Report which was the product of the February 22nd Strategic Planning
Meeting. Patrick Allen, of the Illinois Association of School
Boards, facilitated discussion from that February meeting, gathered
data and summarized the participants work into a report.
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The school district will now hand this report over to the
district leadership team to form the Mount Pulaski CUSD 23 District Improvement
Plan. This plan will guide school improvement planning for the next 3-5 years
for the district. Goal areas include School and Community Relations, District
Finance, Student Achievement and Curriculum, Facilities and Programs/Services.
Mr. Lamkey then discussed the COVID-19 Virus (coronavirus). In
this discussion, Mr. Lamkey discussed the actions taken by the district which
include satellite lunch services, home instruction, early closure and the two
week closure issued by Governor Pritzker. Mr. Lamkey commended the entire staff
for their efforts to pull together and prepare for this unprecedented closure.
Superintendent Lamkey stated “I am so proud of how our staff and students have
handled this situation. While these decisions are difficult, we need to have a
global perspective about why these restrictions are necessary.” School is
currently slated to return to session on March 31st, but the Board fears this
closure could run even longer.
On a more positive note, the Board approved the Personnel Report 6-0 hiring Meg
Meeker as junior high science and Alisha Wahls as junior English language arts.
Mr. Newton added that he and Mrs. Lora were very pleased with the process and
results. An another hire included Marty Spears as a part-time bus driver and Mr.
Allen will add an additional instructional period to his schedule as an
Agriculture Teacher bringing him to 7/8 time. Grade school teachers, Mrs.
Switzer and Miss Powell were also granted tenure.
The Board entered executive session to discuss the employment and evaluation of
district staff. Upon returning to open session, the Board renewed Superintendent
Fred Lamkey’s contract running through June of 2023.
Mrs. Mott discussed an Illinois Association of School Boards professional
development opportunity in August. Board members were checking calendars for
their availability. The meeting then adjourned at 7:25 PM.
The next meeting will be on Monday, April 20, 2020 in the district office at the
Mt. Pulaski Grade School.
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