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Board Meeting Notes for December 18, 2017
Dan Brue
Tuesday, December 19, 2017




December 18, 2017


The Meridian Community Unit School District Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, December 18, 2017 in the Board Room.  President Vicki Carr called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m.  The following Members were present:   Vicki Carr, Tony Etherton, Adam Herbert, Chris Jones, Monte Hogan, Matt Roush.  Member Jagger-Taylor was absent.   Also present were:  Dan Brue, Superintendent;  Eric Hurelbrink, High School Principal; Andy Pygott, Middle School Principal; Lori Guebert, Elementary Principal, and Michelle Mathias, Recording Secretary.

Mr. Hurelbrink announced December Students of the Month:  Sam VonBehren, Erin Fasick, Savannah Mendenhall, Arwen Baker, Lydia Wiggins, Jeremiah Renfro, Megan Whitfield, Hunter Foulks, Austin Clark, Heather Crackel, Spencer Litteral, Autumn Durbin, Alex Martin, Karl Renfro, Erica Corzine, Brittany Ray, Evan Atwater, Sadie Scott, Gabe Taylor, Chance Dunn, Ben Parks, Zeth Reed.

Mrs. Guebert announced Elementary Students of the Month:

Kindergarten: Maxine Palmer, Attison McNeely, Jaylee Hadden

1st Grade: Alex Kraft, Griffin Dilbeck, Amelia Conder

2nd Grade: Maddie Wilson, Jake Peck, Cameron Dean

3rd Grade: Paige True, Gigi Pramuk, Joshua Pritchard

4th Grade: Austin Merritt, Jason O’Laughlin, Olivia Henderson

5th Grade: Joe Koehler, Trinity Marquis, Kyleigh Mitchell, Abigail Clark

Administrators gave their reports:  There were many positive comments regarding the elementary Christmas Program.  Ms. Dowd did a great job presenting the program.  Pre-K Aide interviews are in progress and the Board will have a special meeting on January 4th to hire a new aide. 

The middle school scholastic book fair was a success.  Profits will go towards new classroom AR books. 

The following high school seniors were named Illinois State Scholars:  Bailey Felter, Abby Herbert, Sydney Camfield, Ian Carnahan, Spenser Lacox and Nick Johnson.

Many toys were collected at the high school and delivered to the Toys for Tots campaign. 

Appreciation was given to Mr. Bender and Ms. Hayes for running a successful state basketball tournament for middle school girls’ basketball.

Mr. Clark, head of maintenance, went over projects that are planned for the Christmas break.

There was discussion on the middle school sound system that is in the gymnasium.   Mr. Clark will look into some ideas to improve the sound quality.

Mr. Brue discussed the current budget analysis. 

The consent agenda was approved which consists of November minutes, financials and December disbursements.  Also included is the resignation of Kelsey Sloan as Pre-k Aide. 

The Board Policy revisions and updates were presented for a second reading. 

Mr. Brue reviewed the 2017 tax levy.  There were no changes from what was discussed last month.  The Board approved the 2017 tax levy as presented.

The transportation committee has met with Midwest Bus Sales.  The committee is looking at several scenarios for either purchasing or leasing buses for the coming school year.   They will meet on Thursday, December 21 with Midwest Transit to see what they can offer.  More information will be presented at the special board meeting scheduled for January 4th

The principals presented ideas on ways to improve the district PARCC scores.  Mrs. Guebert’s teachers each set a PARCC goal and listed three strategies they plan to implement to reach the goal.  Third and Fourth grade students will begin a keyboarding class.  This will help their skills when they go to take the PARCC test on the computer.  PARCC practice books were purchased.  An incentive program will also be put in place during test time.

The middle school will allow more time for the testing period.  The students will be encouraged to utilize their time given to take the test as well as the resources available to them.  A better incentive program will be put in place.  They will look at teacher resources available and will also emphasize the importance of test taking to the students and parents.

Mr. Hurelbrink gave an update on the curriculum committee.  They are focusing on math and the importance of reviewing skills each year.  Textbooks are being reviewed to make sure they are aligned with each school.  The committee will meet again after Christmas break.

The Board approved the revisions and updates to the Board Policy as presented.

The Board approved the Meridian Collection Development Policy for its libraries as presented.

The meeting adjourned at 8:01 p.m.  The next regularly scheduled meeting is January 22, 2018, 6:30 p.m.