By Kendra Hennis
The meeting of the Villa Grove Board of Education was called to order at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27.
The first order of buisness was a Future Green Solar Project presentation from Kyle Loyd. Loyd presented the board with information about Future Gen, and the board’s options if they decided to move forward with the project. He explained that the school gaining solar panels would allow them to produce their own electricity and allow them to save money. The board said that they were interested in the project, but said that they would like to get some more information and that there were still many things they would like to discuss before moving forward.
Following approval of the consent agenda, Superintendent Carol Munson gave her report to the board. She began informing the board that their work comp experience was .79, which will be helpful with premium costs. She also noted that they are working to prepare bids for all bond renewals for general liability insurance coverage. Munson then stated that thus far, the school has used all five emergency days due to severe weather and the water leak, and asked the board their thoughts on the possibility of late-start days for students. The board noted that they believe this would be a good idea as things tend to clear up later in the day. Munson said that she would be getting out information to students and families soon should any need to be used this year.
Elementary Principal Bobby Beck began his report with a big congratulations to VG February Students of the Month–kindergartener Everett Mitsdarfer, first grader Paisley Miller, second grader Bentley Hutchinson, third grader Reagan Miller, fourth grader Kennedy Martin, fifth grader Ethan Vail, and sixth grader Kyndra Hildreth. Beck then stated that he had attended the ROE breakfast on January 25 and took part in many round table discussion groups, that the elementary school celebrated 100 days of school on January 28 with many fun classroom activities, and that MAPS testing had been completed at the school. He noted that he was meeting with Terry Sullivan with Illinois Century Network to see if they would be able to help provide free internet with the school and hoped to have more information soon. Beck stated that he had attended McKinney Vento Training on February 17, that students celebrated 2/22/22 with a fun dress up day, and that the 5Essential Survey is still available online for parents. He ended noting that the survey closes March 11, a 1:50/2 p.m. dismissal would be held on March 16, Parent Teacher Conferences will be held March 17 from 3 to 7 p.m., with a 1:50/2 p.m. dismissal, and that there was an 11:30 a.m. dismissal on March 18.
Junior High and High School Principal Sara Jones began her report with a congratulations to February Student of the Month Ashton Harrison, the seventh grade girls basketball team for winning regionals, the junior Devilettes for finishing in third place at state, the eighth grade girls basketball team for winning the JHOC tournament, and to the ACES team. She thanked the fans and supporters who attended the last boys basketball game of the season, noted that Freshman Orientation would be held May 9, and that they were working with the prom committee for this year’s event. Jones ended stating that students were beginning FFA week and that she was excited for the week’s activities.
The board also:
* Approved the regular and closed session meeting minutes from January 18, 2022.
* Authorized the payment of bills.
* Approved the monthly treasurer’s report.
* Approved the final reading of PRESS Plus #108 except the sexual education curriculum. Villa Grove will continue with the same health classes they have been offering.
* Approved the renewal with First Agency for student accident coverage.
* Approved amending of District Policy 2:230, Public Participation at Board of Education Meetings and Petitions to the Board to five minutes per person or a total of 60 minutes of public participation with ability to extend as needed. Board President Jim Clark noted that this was not due to any recent discussion, but had been a note of something to discuss during the conference he attended in November.
* Approved moting to closed session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, resignation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific Move employees of the public body or legal counsel from the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body.
* Adjourned until the March 21 board meeting at 6 p.m.