Orion Community Unit School District 223 Board of Education met Jan. 15.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
The meeting was called to order at the District Office, 1002 11th Avenue, Orion, Illinois, at 7:30 p.m. by Board President Nedved. Present were members Abbott, Cooper, Kayser, Monson, Nedved, and Nightingale. Absent was member Kane. Member Monson left the meeting at 8:27 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Board President Nedved announced that the Board had met in executive session at 6:35 p.m. – 7:27 p.m. to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the District or legal counsel for the District, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee or against legal counsel for the District to determine its validity; and discussion of lawfully closed meeting minutes, whether for purposes of approval by the body of the minutes or semi-annual review of the minutes as mandated by Section 2.06.
Motion by Nightingale, second by Kayser to approve the consent agenda. The consent agenda included approval of minutes of December 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m., regular meeting; December 18, 2019, 6:42 p.m., executive meeting; December 18, 2019, 7:39 p.m., regular meeting; approval of prepaid bills: $43,039.73; approval of December, 2019 Payroll Benefits: $38,370.48; and approval of January 2020 bills: $65,114.42, totaling $146,524.63; approval of December 30, 2019, payroll: $274,599.14; approval of January 15, 2020, payroll: $268,385.43; approval of activity fund financial statements from C.R. Hanna Elementary School, Orion Middle School, and Orion High School; approval of district financial reports; and approved Robert Nicholson as a High School Boys’ and Girls’ Volunteer Bowling Coach for the 2019-2020 school year. Ayes: Abbott, Cooper, Kayser, Monson, Nedved, and Nightingale. MOTION CARRIED.
Middle School Principal Nelson announced that Orion Middle School was recently notified as a recipient of Coulter Trust funds. Dr. Nelson also announced that the OMS Lego Robotics Team, The Archibots, will be competing in the State Championships on January 18 in Elgin, IL. Middle School Counselor, Stacey Burgert, gave a presentation on bullying. C.R. Hanna Principal Lowe announced that C.R. Hanna was recently notified as a recipient of Coulter Trust funds and Nelson funds. High School Principal DeBaillie also announced that Orion High School was recently notified as a recipient of Coulter Trust funds.
Jeff Sandberg from Legat Architects gave a presentation on Early Learning Centers. Autumn Manning, Music Boosters’ Treasurer, reported on fundraisers and the upcoming musical, Little Shop of Horrors. Mrs. Manning also announced that the Music Boosters were recently notified as a recipient of Coulter Trust funds.
Superintendent Blessman reported on upcoming work on the 2020-2021 school calendar, hiring the school auditor, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, a transportation payment received from the State, and flashing speed limit signs.
High School Principal DeBaillie reported on the Hall of Fame Night, the Freshman Course Description Night, and athletics.
C.R. Hanna Principal Lowe reported on the upcoming SIP Inservice on January 17, PBIS updates, possible changes to the C.R. Hanna sign, and C.R. Hanna small gym projects.
Middle School Principal Nelson reported on the upcoming SIP Inservice on January 17, 8th grade activities, an upcoming wrestling tournament, and choir.
Motion by Nightingale, second by Kayser to approve executive session meeting minutes to be opened for public display (January 2019 through June 2019). Ayes: Abbott, Cooper, Kayser, Nedved, and Nightingale. MOTION CARRIED.
Motion by Kayser, second by Cooper to approve destruction of closed audio recordings of February 21, 2018, 6:45 p.m.; March 21, 2018, 6:45 p.m.; April 18, 2018, 6:45 p.m.; May 16, 2018, 6:30 p.m.; and June 20, 6:45 p.m. Ayes: Abbott, Cooper, Kayser, Nedved, and Nightingale. MOTION CARRIED.
Motion by Nightingale, second by Kayser to adopt the following policies 5:10 Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment; 5:20 5:20 Workplace Harassment Prohibited; 5:30 Hiring Process and Criteria; 5:50 Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace, E-Cigarette, Tobacco, and Cannabis Prohibition; 5:90 Abused and Neglected Child Reporting; 5:100 Staff Development Program; 5:120 Employee Ethics, Conduct, and Conflict of Interest; 5:125 Personal Technology and Social Media, Usage and Conduct; 5:150 Personnel Records; 5:190 Teacher Qualifications; 5:200 Terms and Conditions of Employment and Dismissal; 5:220 Substitute Teachers; 5:250 Leaves of Absence; 5:260 Student Teachers; 5:285 Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus and Commercial Vehicle Drivers; 5:290 Employment Termination and Suspensions; 5:330 Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays, and Leaves; 6:15 School Accountability; 6:20 School Year Calendar and Day; 6:60 Curriculum Content; 6:65 Student Social and Emotional Development; 6:150 Home and Hospital Instruction; 6:180 Extended Instructional Programs; 6:210 Instructional Materials; 6:270 Guidance and Counseling Program; 6:300 Graduation Requirements; 6:310 High School Credit for Non-District Experiences, Course Substitutions, Re-Entering Students; 6:320 High School Credit for Proficiency; 7:20 Harassment of Students Prohibited; 7:150 Agency and Police Interviews; 7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment; 7:190 Student Behavior; 7:200 Suspension Procedures; 7:270 Administering Medicines to Students; 7:290 Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention; 7:340 Student Records; 8:30 Visitors to and Conduct on School Property. Ayes: Abbott, Cooper, Kayser, Nedved, and Nightingale. MOTION CARRIED.
The Board reviewed meeting minutes from the Orion Athletic Booster Club.
Motion by Kayser, second by Cooper to hire Gorenz and Associates, Ltd., as the district’s auditors for the fiscal school year ending June 30, 2020. Ayes: Abbott, Cooper, Kayser, Nedved, and Nightingale. MOTION CARRIED.
Motion by Nightingale, second by Kayser to adopt the Resolution abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2019 to pay debt service on General Obligation School Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2014, of Community Unit School District Number 223, Henry and Rock Island Counties, Illinois, as presented. Ayes: Abbott, Cooper, Kayser, Nedved, and Nightingale. MOTION CARRIED.
Motion by Nightingale, second by Kayser to accept the bid from Edward Don & Company for a new gas oven/steamer for the Orion Middle School kitchen ($17,645.05). Ayes: Abbott, Cooper, Kayser, Nedved, and Nightingale. MOTION CARRIED.
Board President Nedved reported the Board will be working on the Superintendent’s evaluation.
Motion by Nightingale, second by Kayser to adjourn. Voice Vote: All Ayes. MOTION CARRIED.
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.