PRINCETON — The Princeton Elementary School District's utmost concern is to keep their students and staff safe throughout the school. The PES School Board were informed of a new tool at Monday's board meeting to help make that happen.
Logan Junior High School principal Mandy Carr gave a presentation on Crisis Go, a new app to enhance safety throughout the district.
It can be used in any instances that could arise during the school day, Carr said, and will be linked to both Princeton Police Chief Tom Kammerer and the school resource officer. They would be notified what the emergency is and where.
"The overall goal is to minimize risk and save time in a crisis," Carr said. "It can be used in any kind of emergency, whether it's an active shooter situation, a student medical, if we decide to do a perimeter lockdown or a general administrative assist in real time."
Carr said the entire staff will be trained how to use the app, including bus drivers and BMP staff.
"It's a really, really good tool. The company trained our principals and principals trained our staff. It's one of those insurance policies you hope you never have to use, but we have it," superintendent Tim Smith said.
"Sounds like a great addition for our district," board president Steve Bouslog said.
Smith said Princeton High School has been very pleased with Crisis Go and "it made sense for us to go forward with that app."
PES will use the Title 4 Grant to pay for the cost of the $5,000 app.
Jefferson School Principal JD Orwig gave an update on the Return-to-Learn Plan. He reported there has been a 12% increase across the district of students who have returned to in-person from remote. That brings the district breakdown to 82.25% now in-person and 17.75% are remote.
Lincoln School (grades 3-4) remains with the highest percentage (89%) of in-person learning while Logan Junior High remains at the lowest percentage (76%). Douglas (Pre-K) stands at 85% and Jefferson (grades 1-2) at 79%.
The Return-to-Learn Plan will be implemented throughout the end of the first semester.
Smith gave his financial report through 25% of the fiscal year.
The education fund has received 40% of planned revenue with expenses at 24%.
The building and maintenance fund has received 46% of revenue while using 39% of expenses. Smith noted the expenditures are higher because it reflects "a ton of work over the summer" prior to the school year.
In bond and interest, PES is at 28% received with no expenses
The transportation fund stands at 39% received using 25% of expenses.
The IMRF fund has totaled 59% received with 19% in expenditures.
In working cash, PES has received 61% and expended zero dollars.
In tort fund, PES has received 61% and expended 36%.
Fire, life and safety stands at 61% of revenue received and 14% in expenses.
At the end of September, PES had on deposit in all funds, $6,281,672 as opposed to $5,893,054 a year ago, Smith said.
Smith informed the board he plans to make motion to raise sub pay next month. PES currently pays $75 for a day's pay.
The USDA will continue to provide free lunches to PES students through the end of the school year, Smith said.
"All students are offered free lunches and I think most are taking advantage of it," Smith said.
In other action:
• The board approved and accepted the consent agenda items, including payroll and bills to date for PES and BEST and administrative reports.
• Approved Zach Clark as the boys basketball athletic director. He is also the track and field athletic director.
• Approved the per capita tuition charge of $8,060, for a child who lives out of the district.
Board members recognized
Smith took a moment to commend board members Elizabeth Arkels, Judd Lusher and Steve Bouslog for their recognition by the Illinois Association of School Boards.