Crestwood approves final calendar for school year

by Nancy Zeman nzeman@prairiepress.net
Posted 5/18/20

The Crestwood Unit 4 school board elected a new member to the Paris Cooperative High School Board of Directors, approved a final calendar for the year and hired personnel during its Monday meeting …

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Crestwood approves final calendar for school year

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The Crestwood Unit 4 school board elected a new member to the Paris Cooperative High School Board of Directors, approved a final calendar for the year and hired personnel during its Monday meeting Wednesday, May 13, at the school.

Crestwood’s intergovernmental agreement about the high school requires the board president to serve as well as two other members, elected for staggered two year terms.

Crestwood is currently represented by board president Jim Blue, Mary Liz Wright and Keith Trogdon, who serves as president of the high school board.

Wright’s seat was up for election. The longtime PHS member and board secretary said she was ready to move aside for another Crestwood member to serve.

Jarrod Dyer agreed to serve, and he was elected to the high school board, beginning with the June meeting.

Crestwood Superintendent of Schools Danette Young presented a financial update for the board, noting the district was right on target on the budget until the pandemic  forced the closure of the school — along with all state schools.

Young said the good news is the district had received $57,326 from the state for categoricals and one other categorical payment has been vouchered.

The district will also receive $69,000 from the CARES Act for improving e-learning for the school. That money is expected by the end of June, she said.

The bad news, she warned, is the state is warning due to the COVID-19 crisis, school districts should expect a significant reduction in state funding.

Young said the corporate personal property taxes will also likely be reduced.

Young emphasized there is so much unknown about state funding right now all the district can do is continue to watch its finances.

In other business, the board:

νApproved a bid from Cottle Flooring of $51,490.57 to replace the flooring in the second floor hallways, classrooms  and stairs with vinyl flooring.

νApproved membership in the IESA for the 2020-2021 school year, including paying fees for all sports and activities for the school. Young, who serves on the IESA board of directors, said if sports are unable to be held the IESA will either refund the money to the district or credit them.

νRe-elected board member Mike Reed as district treasurer.

νSet the fees and lunch prices for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration will be $65 while lunch will be $2.95, a 10 cent increase. Breakfast will be $1.50, also a 10 cent increase, Young said. There will again be no sports fee.

νApproved a motion to amend the district's budget. Young said there were some changes that need to be made, including $2,000 in laptop purchases to aid Crestwood students with e-learning. The revenue from interest also needs updated, she said.

νSet the budget hearing date for the amended budget for 5:15 p.m. June 10 prior to the June board meeting.

-Approved the final calendar for the 2019-2020 school year, which must be sent to the Regional Office of Education, which in turn sends it to the Illinois State Board of Education.

-Young said the actual calendar included three emergency days, 10 act of God days and e-learning days from March 31 to May 18.

-Heard the Crestwood eighth grade virtual graduation is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20.

-Heard students will pick up  the contents of their lockers on Monday and Tuesday, May 18-19. Remote learning planning days for the staff will be May 19-27, and the final day for teachers is May 28. Report cards will be mailed, Young said.

-Approved a contract to Paris 95 for three days of speech services for the 2020-2021 school year.

-Accepted the resignation of Mary St. Clair as yearbook sponsor effective at the end of the current school year.

-Employed Amy McClain as yearbook sponsor for the 2020-2021 school year.

-Hired Shawna Heath and Susan Barnes as student council co-sponsors for the 2020-2021 school year.

-Approved a new three-year contract for Young with a 3.5% pay increase.

-Hired Cathy Slaven as an elementary teacher for the 2020-2021 school year.

-Approved Meghan Damler as a fulltime dean of students for the 2020-2021 school year at a salary of $62,500.

-Adopted revised board policies as  recommended by the Illinois Association of School Boards.

-Authorized the release of bids for milk and bread for the 2020-2021 school year.