By Alex Haglund
The NCHS Board held their final meeting of the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year on Monday, June 27 in the NCHS Media Center, and held a hearing for and then approved the final amended budget of the year.
“The amended budget, if everything goes as it’s supposed to between now and June 30, will end up with about $314,000 in deficit spending,” said NCHS superintendent Ernie Fowler to the board. This figure was slightly lower than Fowler had predicted at the beginning of the school year.
The board heard about IMPACT concussion testing. The board passed a motion making the testing now mandatory for student athletes. See Page B2 for more on IMPACT Testing.
The Board also heard from Media Center Director Leigh Ann Cloud, who gave the board an annual report and introduced them to 2016 graduate Emily Harper who was accepted as a member of the reading committee for the Abraham Lincoln Illinois Book Award. For more on Harper’s accomplishment, see page A8, for more on the media center’s annual report, see the July 13 edition of The Nashville News.
Fowler talked to the board about the extensive work currently being carried out at the school.
“There is work being done. The tiling is being completed, and there are some bumps here and there,” said Fowler, “but we are on target overall.”
Fowler said that work on the NCHS football field would be accelerating during July, with the new light poles expected for delivery on July 11.
Mrs. Robinson approached Fowler about an activity fund for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fowler told the board, who approved the creation of the fund.
Fowler told the board about increases in the cost of the district’s property/casualty insurance (an increase of five-percent), and worker’s Comp insurance (an increase of 12-percent). The district is in a contract with Prairie State Insurance Cooperative for the time being.
The board discussed at length the facilities usage policy, with board members Marcia Gajewski and Paul Barczeski speaking for giving the Little Hornets Football program more access to facilities and Athletic Director Wayne Harre speaking for protecting facilities for NCHS athletes.
The motion was tabled with Harre agreeing to hold a meeting with NCHS head football coach Tim Kuhn and the four Little Hornets Coaches.
The board ok’d an extracurricular policy from the Illinois Principal’s Association. Fowler stated that this was an interim policy for the year, in order to allow coaches and sponsors of teams and clubs to work out their own policies specific to their activities.
The board approved bank signature authority for activity accounts for Fowler, principal Brian Pasero and Stephanie Bauza. Signature authority for the general fund was approved for Tammy Roskowski and Terry Disper.
In Personnel, Patrick Weathers resigned as Junior Varsity Softball Coach, Dempsey Witte resigned as Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, Bethany McQuistopn resigned as Freshman Girl’s Basketball Coach, and Dave Fisher resigned as Assistant Girl’s Track Coach.
All spring coaches were reemployed.
Kelly Cruser was hired as a non-paid volunteer boy’s basketball assistant coach.
Hayden Heggemeier was employed as a custodial helper for summer work.
Christina Robinson was approved as the Lifesavers sponsor.
Jennifer Maschhoff was reemployed as Dean of Students.
Superintendent Fowler and Principal Pasero’s contracts were both extended through 2019.
The board approved the education support staff salary schedule for 2016-2017.