The Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting on April 23rd. Read below for my summary of the high points and action items. 

El Paso Gridley CUSD #11

Board of Education Report
April 23, 2018
Regular Board Meeting
Centennial School Library 

Visitors Present - 16

Reports, Updates, and Informational Items

  • My Story Presentation: Ms. Throneburg invited teachers and students from 2nd Grade to come tell their story. This spring each 2nd grade student has worked on writing their own personal story. The approach connects the academic content of writing and communicating with the social-emotional needs of our students. Finn, Teagan, Avery, and Lucas did an outstanding job sharing their story with everyone in attendance.

  • NonResident Tuition Waiver Approved: The Illinois Legislature approved the tuition waiver EPG applied for. This means EPG employees who live outside the district boundaries may enroll their children at EPG tuition-free. Employees who are interested in participating or have specific questions should contact Mr. Kurz.  

  • Citizens Advisory Council: There will be an organizational meeting of the Citizens Advisory Council on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Centennial Library. This group has not met this year. The focus will be to get reorganized and set a meeting schedule for the 2018-19 school year.

Board Meeting Discussions

  • Food Bids: EPG is required to put its food service out for bid every five years. The contract with Arbor is expiring at the end of this school year. Bids will be opened on Monday, May 7, 2018. The Board plans to approve a vendor at the May Board meeting.

  • Board Goals: The Board of Education has drafted 5 areas of focus moving forward. They will continue reviewing the wording of the goals and plan to approve specific goals at the June Board meeting.

    • Student Achievement

    • District Finance

    • District Facilities

    • Community/District Relations

    • Culture


  • Second Reading of Policies: When the Board approves policies, they are required to put them on the agenda for at least two months in order that anyone may ask questions regarding policy recommendations. This month they were on the agenda for the second time as a discussion item. The changes are several updates to comply with current legislation.

  • Health Insurance Plan Design: EPG is a member of a health insurance cooperative. The Board discussed moving from 6 plans to three to provide clarity and also potentially reduce costs. This past year was a very good year for the cooperative. The district’s overall increase in premiums will be 3.7% for FY19. The district did move from 6 total health insurance plans to 3 total plans. The options for FY19 include the two most common HSA plans from the previous year and a lower cost PPO plan that will be available. The district will provide opportunities this spring for employees to determine which health insurance plan will work best for them.

  • Show Choir Trip to Nashville: The Board of Education discussed a request by Mr. Shaffer for the Show Choir to travel to Nashville to perform on the Grand Ole Opry during the spring of 2019.

Consent and Action Items

  • Approved past open and closed meeting minutes

  • Approved financial reports and bills

  • Approved the following personnel:

    • Caroline Eastman, CT SPED Teacher

    • Alexis Eberle, JH Math Teacher

    • Kathryn Seibring, JH Math Teacher

    • Anne Wettstein, JH SPED Teacher

    • Jeff Sinn, HS Social Studies Teacher

    • Karen Mool, HS Football Cheerleading Coach

    • Katelyn Cook, JH Softball Coach

    • Alexandra Jordal, JH Cheerleading Coach

    • Leah Fletcher, JH Extended Year Service

    • Jennifer Smith, HS Extended Year Service

    • Greg Allen, Dave Allen, and Kayla DePauw as Volunteer Drivers

    • Alisa Ihlenfeldt, JH Cheerleading Coach (resignation)

    • Hannah Giesel, Cafeteria Clerk/Custodial (resignation)

    • Carol Stiles, Teaching Assistant (retirement)

    • Joanie Blackmore, Cook (retirement)

    • Linda Hill, Administrative Assistant (retirement)

    • Dean Paternoga, Transportation/Grounds (retirement)

    • Stacy Patridge, Leave Request

  • Approved surplus items

  • Approved Board Meeting Schedule for 2018-19

  • Approved PRESS PLUS Policy Issues #92-#96

  • Approved student fees for 2018-2019

  • Approved Life Safety Amendment

  • Approved Health Insurance Plans

  • Approved Show Choir Trip to Nashville during spring 2019

  • Approved FY18 School Wide Title I Waiver for Jefferson Park


The next meeting of the Board of Education will be May 21st at 7pm in the Centennial School Library.



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