Knoepfel gets another term as Paris 95 BOE president

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 5/3/21

Little changed as a result of the Paris Union School District 95 board of education reorganization meeting Thursday, April 29.

Those elected in the April 6 Consolidated Election were unopposed …

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Knoepfel gets another term as Paris 95 BOE president

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Little changed as a result of the Paris Union School District 95 board of education reorganization meeting Thursday, April 29.

Those elected in the April 6 Consolidated Election were unopposed incumbent board members Jamey Littleton, Tom Tuttle, Kevin Knoepfel, William “Beetle” Bailey and John Sanchez. They took the office as part of the reorganization process.

Two meetings actually occurred. Knoepfel as board president presided over the final meeting of the board that has served since 2019 to approve the canvas of the votes and certify the election results.

That board adjourned for the last time even though membership did not change as a result of the reorganization.

An election of officers also retained the slate that has served since 2019 with Knoepfel as president; Sanchez as vice president; Amy Isaf as treasurer; and Cindy Mathis as secretary. Salary for the treasurer and secretary duties was set at zero dollars.

What did change was the Paris 95 delegation to the board of governors overseeing the operation of the cooperative Paris High School. Knoepfel as school board president automatically became a member of the high school governing board. Tuttle and Mathis were elected as the other two representatives, replacing Sanchez and Isaf.

In other reorganization activity, the board named Mathis the district’s representative to the Eastern Illinoi Association of Special Education and Sanchez as the district’s delegate to the Illinois Association of School Boards.

District Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Larson was approved as official agent and representative for the board and district. He was authorized to carry out the current fiscal year 21 budget and create the fiscal year 22 budget.

Larson asked if the board wanted him to appoint specific people to the committees or to use a committee of the whole approach by announcing a committee meeting date and board members can attend if available.

Tuttle advocated for making appointments, noting that creates more of sense of responsibility to attend the meetings.

“If you don’t have specific appointees, you may not have enough to attend,” Tuttle said.

Larson asked board members with specific interests to contact him after the meeting to have their names placed on a committee.