Summary of Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Board Meeting
March 17, 2015
The regular meeting of the Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Board of Education was called to order by President Tom Steiner in the Trevor-Wilmot library at 7:02 P.M. Board members present were Bill Barhyte, Lynn Jaeger, Cole Marshall, Tom Steiner and Dean Troyer. Also in attendance were Dr. George Steffen, District Administrator, Michelle Brown, District Business Manager and recording secretary, Ted Gavlin, Principal, Tracy Donich, Curriculum Director, Anthony Nudo from Berkshire Hathaway Realty, Mary Fenske, Mike Fenske, Bill Mellen, Sue Pigney, Jeff Ryczek and Tim Squier.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Board voted to change the agenda by moving Agenda Item X-A until after Executive Session. The Board then approved the remainder of the Consent Agenda which included meeting minutes, the Financial Report and the Summary of Receipts, Wire Transfers and Check Register.
The Board approved payment of March bills in the General Fund in the amount of $134,921.72, in the Special Education Fund in the amount of $15,891.56, in the Food Service Fund in the amount of $145.85, in the Student Activities Fund in the amount of $1,118.25, and in the Nursing Cooperative Fund in the amount of $1,483.01for a Grand Total of $153,560.39. Salaries and benefits for February totaled $428,312.42.
During the Administrator's Report, Dr. Steffen explained further about the new 7th and 8th Grade Book Club which is held during advisory period on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Students chose to read the novel, The Enemy, by Charlie Higson from a list of books in order to participate in a Literary Connections event with area middle schools in May.
Dr. Steffen reported that Family and Community Engagement Night was held on March 5th and drew approximately 1/3 of our families in 4K through fifth grade. He distributed building keys to Board members and explained that these were for conference rooms and the library.
During Committee Reports, Dean Troyer summarized the Special Projects Committee Meeting held on March 9, 2015. Tom Steiner said that the Negotiations Committee would report to the Board in Executive Session.
The Board then took the following actions:
- Approved an administrative recommendation to change fifth grade to an earlier school day for the 2015-16 school year. The school day for fifth grade will be 7:35 A.M. to 2:55 P.M.
The Advantages of the earlier schedule are the following:
1. Fifth-grade teachers will be able to specialize in their respective subject areas-math, language arts, and science/social studies
2. Fifth-graders will have a daily period of physical education
3. We can begin to offer Spanish to students in fifth grade
4. It will provide fifth-graders with opportunities to participate in after-school sports, clubs and other activities
5. It will enable the formation of a 5th-6th grade teacher team that can arrange for acceleration of fifth grade students in math and other subjects into the sixth grade
- Following discussion, assigned the issue of having C-teams for boys and girls volleyball to the Athletic Committee
The Board adjourned to Executive (closed) Session at 8:06 P.M. to consider personnel matters and to deliberate or negotiate the purchase of public properties
The Board returned to Open Session at 9:34 P.M.
No action was taken regarding approval of Addendum and Amendment to Offer to Purchase.
The Board approved an administrator contract contingent upon successful completion of a background check and the Board President was authorized to make minor changes to the contract if needed, within the specific guidelines set forth by the Board.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:38 P.M.