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Meetings & Minutes

Bureau Valley School Board

MANLIUS —The Bureau Valley Board of Education met in regular session April 28 in the district administrative office.

In opening the meeting, the Bureau Valley Foundation presented grants to the following staff: Dan DeVenney, Virginia Pratt, Jennifer Backer, Victoria Boyle, Brian Humphrey, Carol Larkin, Val Peterson, Ann Draper, Terry Drawyer, Brett Helms, Abbi Bosnich, Mae Jaggers, Sharon Peterson, Miranda Coomer, Gavin Wolever, Ashley Stabler, Amie Ellberg, Lesslie Harshman, Donna Huebner, Jennifer DeBrock, Cindy Martin and Andrew Blackert. Funding will provide projectors, iPads, laptops, magazines, bulletin boards and various other classroom enhancements. Grants totaled $20,547 in the three cycles of grant applications; awards since the formation of the Foundation in 1996 total $158,355. The Foundation was recognized for its tireless efforts on behalf of the district.

Also, the BV South Scholastic Bowl Team sponsor Mae Jaggers introduced the members who were conference champions with an undefeated season: Eighth-graders Kurt Bitting, Austin Catton, Sophie Myong and Jack Ritter; seventh-graders Ethan Ainley, Kale Barnett, Saige Barnett, Jacob Callahan and Matthew Kruger; and sixth-graders Alicia Backer, Ryanne Balensiefen, Dylan Benavedez, Troy Blair, Trent DeVenney, Tucker Hartz and Yely Osorio. The team had an overall 25-0 season, winning the BVEC tournament and conference.

Building principals reminded everyone about promotion/graduation dates and times: BV South at Buda at 7 p.m. May 23; BV North at Walnut at 7 p.m. May 24; and high school at 3 p.m. May 25.

Other high school activities reported on included Prairie State/SAT testing held recently, local agencies presented a prom re-enactment for high school students; and HOPE week was held with proceeds from activities donated to a St. Bede student receiving treatment at St. Jude.

In board action, the following was approved:

• Regular meeting minutes of March 17, closed meeting minutes of March 17, current Bureau Valley 340 bills and payroll, current Bureau County Special Schools bills and payroll and the monthly financial and treasurer’s report. Superintendent Dennis Thompson indicated the education fund was doing a little better than expected, and he hoped we would have to transfer less than what was already planned for in this year’s budget. The O&M Fund will be reviewed again in the next few weeks to see if the district’s budget would need to be amended because of increased expenditures.

• Directed the administration to advertise for bread and milk bids for the 2014-15 school year.

• Amended the 2013-14 school calendar to reflect an end date of June 6 with teacher institute.

• Adopted the 2014-15 school calendar, with a start date reflecting teacher institutes on Aug. 18 and 19 and first student attendance day of Aug. 20.

• Approved district handbook revisions as presented.

• Approved IMRF resolutions for Health Savings Accounts for Bureau Valley District, Alternative Education Program and Behavior Disorder Program, allowing creditable earnings.

• Changed the regular May 2014 meeting date from May 26 to May 19, due to Memorial Day holiday.

• Added an account for PAWS (Positive Awareness Walk & Scurry) to BV South Activity Fund.

• Authorized Dr. Stephen Endress as district signatory, effective May 27.

• Approved IESA registration/membership for BV North and South schools.

After closed session, the board approved the following:

• Accepted the resignation of interim superintendent James Whitmore.

• Employed Marcia Burress as interim superintendent for the remainder of the school year.

• Accepted the resignation of Nick Hartz as high school track coach, high school drama Director Andrea Kurth, BV North speech/language pathologist Jennifer Donnelly and BV South special education teacher Emily Redmann.

• Accepted the following resignations due to retirement: BV South special education aide Arlene Stone; Jeanne Roberts, unit secretary/board secretary; and Sheryl Lange, BV North prekindergarten aide.

• Accepted the resignation of BV South Student Council sponsor Erin Matlick due to a building transfer, re-assigned BV South Special Education teacher Karen Nordstrom to South Special Ed Grades 3-5 and reassigned BV South Special Education teacher Erin Matlick to Wyanet Elementary.

• Approved the hiring of: Paula Maier, BV South special education teacher; Sarah Schneider, BV South special education teacher; Candie Heston, BV South language arts teacher; Dorothy DeMay, BV Wyanet/South special education aide; Ann Taylor, high school special education teacher; Lacey Kesap, BEST Program teacher; Ellen Ringle, district food service director; Christa Gruber, BV North kindergarten teacher; Jennifer Davis, BV North first-grade teacher; Zachary DeMay, BV North third-grade teacher; Linnea Anderson, BV North speech language pathologist; Renee Hartz, high school secretary; and Gerald Eschelman, substitute custodian.

• Authorized the hiring of a head mechanic.

• Hired summer custodial help: Adam Weidner, Emily Matthew, Samantha Shepard, John Matlick, Breanna Balensiefen and Riley DeBrock.

The next regular meeting of the Bureau Valley Board of Education will be 7 p.m. May 19, 2014 in the district administrative office.

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