Rock Island-Milan School District No. 41 Board hears update on high school improvement plan
Rock Island-Milan School District No. 41 Board of Education met Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Here are the minutes as provided by Rock Island-Milan School District No. 41:
ROCK ISLAND-MILAN SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 41
BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING
November 22, 2016
The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Rock Island-Milan School District was held Tuesday, November 22, 2016 in the library at Rock Island High School. The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance and was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Linda K. Dothard.
Members Present: Dr. James E. Bishop, Ms. Linda Dothard, Mr. Kevin Nolan, Mr. David Rockwell, Dr. Tiffany Stoner-Harris, Mr. Earl L. Strupp, Jr., Mr. James E. Veasey, student members Donnell Clark and Jada Veasey
Member Absent: Student Member Man Lun
Others Present: Dr. Michael Oberhaus, Mr. Robert Beckwith, Mr. Troy Bevans, Mr. Egan
Colbrese, Ms. Carmine Draude, Dr. Kathy Ruggeberg and Ms. Alicia Sanders
Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Mr. Jim Veasey and seconded by Mr. Earl L. Strupp, Jr. to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of November 8, 2016 as presented (including executive session minutes to remain confidential). All members present voting “Aye,” the President declared the motion carried.
Student members reported on the “Fearlessly Girl” event led by Olympic tennis player Madison Keys; and debates in Chicago over the weekend.
Board members reported on the following events and activities: anti-bullying class at Rock Island High School; meeting with RIHS principal Mr. Moore; visit to the Thurgood Marshall Learning Center; meetings with Principal Tia Edwards and Assistant Principal Jadiem Wilson at the Rock Island Academy; the Red-Gold Football game; attendance at the Triple I conference in Chicago; and the national NABSE conference in Tampa, Florida.
Andrew Hains reported that the association took a group of six teachers to the Ethnic Minority Leadership conference, which fostered leadership among young teachers.
Dr. Oberhaus referred to the winter programs and encouraged board members to attend. Our winter sports are about to begin. With winter approaching he has to make decision on whether to keep schools open or close them. If the decision is made to close schools, parents will be notified by our robo-calling system. Media will be contacted and our website will be updated. Within our school calendar the emergency days are placed during second week of spring break.
Dr. Oberhaus provided an evidence-based funding proposal handout to all board members. The district can reduce outstanding debt with the passing of the 1% sales tax. Bob Beckwith will address this at a special meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 23 at the Administration Center.
Action on Routine Matters
A motion was made by Mr. Dave Rockwell and seconded by Mr. Jim Veasey to approve the agenda as presented. A voice vote was called showing all members present voting "Aye". No "Nay" votes being cast, the President declared the motion carried.
A motion was made by Mr. Dave Rockwell, seconded by Mr. Jim Veasey and unanimously carried by a roll call vote to approve the following item as a blanket motion:
VII. A. That the Board of Education authorize Bills for Payment dated October 31, 2016 in the amount of $5,247,037.67.
Operations – Naming of the Rock Island High School Fieldhouse
The following citizens addressed the Board of Education in support of naming the Rock Island High School Fieldhouse or basketball court after former boys’ basketball coach Duncan Reid:
Tanner Reid, 1014 W. Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa.
Steve Clark, Streamwood, Illinois.
Kevin Hird, 3309 – 33rd Avenue Ct., Rock Island, Illinois.
Tom Wise, 519 W. Locust Street, Geneseo, Illinois.
Dave Chambers, 3212 – 36th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois.
Pryce Boeye, 8801 – 28th Street Ct., Milan, Illinois.
Chris Allison, 1604 – 36th Street, Rock Island, Illinois.
Ed Veasey, 2504 – 15th Street. Apt. #4, Rock Island, Illinois
Laurie Figley, 2845 – 11-½ Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois.
President Dothard thanked everyone for their comments and stated that a committee will be
formed according to the direction of Board Policy.
The Board took a 10-minute recess at 7:20 p.m.
Education – Rock Island High School-School Improvement Plan
Mr. Eric Moore and his team provided an update to the Board on the implementation of the School Improvement Grant at Rock Island High School.
A copy of the presentation is kept on file with the official minutes at the Administration Center.
Work Session – Strategic Plan 2017-2020
The strategic planning team presented the draft 2017-2020 plan to the Board of Education. A copy of the presentation is kept on file with the official minutes at the Administration Center.
A motion was made by Mr. Kevin Nolan and seconded by Mr. Earl L. Strupp, Jr. to move to executive session to discuss litigation and negotiations. All members present voting “Aye”, the President declared the meeting in executive session at 8:47 p.m.
A motion was made by Mr. Jim Veasey and seconded by Mr. Kevin Nolan to return to open session. All members present voting “Aye”, the President declared the meeting in open session
at 9:36 p.m.
A motion was made by Mr. Earl L. Strupp, Jr. and seconded by Dr. James E. Bishop to adjourn the meeting. All members present voting “Aye”, the President declared the meeting adjourned at 9:36 p.m.
Ms. Linda Dothard, President
Mr. Robert Beckwith, Clerk