Board Briefs

December 19, 2023

From the December 18, 2023 board meeting

The board of education held their regular board meeting on December 18, 2023 in the high school library. The following items were acted upon or discussed during the meeting.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Reeva Sojitra and Kathryn Ringle both are members of our elementary student council. The students shared what they like about being a member of the elementary student council.

The board conducted a Truth in Taxation Hearing. Leo Johnson explained the tax levy to the board and stated that the overall levy increase is due to an increase in the assessed value of the property not an increase in the tax rate.

The board heard many good news items taking place in the school district. The level of giving on the part of students for those in need is praise worthy and we should all be proud of our school community for their generosity.

The board approved the minutes of the regular and closed session meeting minutes held on and November 20, 2023.

The board approved the financial report and monthly bills for the month.

The board approved the destruction of closed session minutes 18 months or older.

The board approved the hiring of Rachel Petersen as the high school head volleyball coach.

The board approved the retirement letter of Sandy Cummins as Unit Office Bookkeeper effective August 31, 2024.

The board approved volunteer coaches Ashlyn Britz for dance team and Aaron Agee for high school baseball.

The board approved the maternity leave request for Rebecca Gideon for on or about April 15.

The board accepted the resignation of Madie Budd as JV volleyball coach.

The board approved the FY23 Tax Levy as presented. The total estimated levy across all funds is $9,694, 200. The Levy will be submitted to the Macon and Dewitt County Clerks.

The board approved the Board Press Policy Issue 113. The policy updates keep current board policies updated and introduce new policies as a result in changes in the law and/or school code.

The board reviewed principal reports as presented.

Illinois Association of School Board liaison Jill Feinstein updated the board on school board association happenings.

The board approved the contract with Ameresco to upgrade school windows at the high school windows at a cost of $494,775. The windows will be able to open out.

The board approved the honorable dismissal of Kassandra Thompson effective on January 17, 2024.

Maroa-Forsyth Grade School will have a third grade opening due to the transfer of Kristen Larner to the High School Family and Consumer Science position effective at the start of the 24-25 school year. If you are interested, please speak to Carrie Reynolds.

If you have any questions, please contact myself or Leo. Enjoy you winter break!

With Trojan Pride,

Dr. Holmes