Galva School Board Agenda for May 17th 2021

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
May 17, 2021 at 7 PM
Galva High School Cafeteria
NOTE: Under IDPH COVID Bridge Phase, attendance in the cafeteria is far less restricted. This meeting is open to the public, and will not be interactively available via Google Meet.
CALL TO ORDER
1. ROLL CALL
2. PARENT, VISITOR, AND UNION COMMENT
Note: Virtual participants may unmute within Google Meet, state first and last name, and request to speak. Comments will be limited to 5 minutes. Comments about identifiable individual students or employees should be made in Closed Session by Appointment. The remainder of the Board Meeting is closed to Public Comment, unless invited by the Board for specific topics.
3. CONSENT AGENDA (4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 7.4, 7.5, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3)
4. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
4.1 Regular Meeting Minutes of April 20, 2020 (Action)
5. FINANCIAL REPORT
5.1 Approval of the Treasurer’s Report April 2021 (Action)
5.2 Approval of the Bills for April 2021 (Action)
5.3 Activity Accounts Balance Sheet (Action)
6. FINANCE/BUSINESS
6.1 2020/2021 School Fees (Information)
6.2 Approve Tentative Amended Budget and Establish June 21st, 2021 at 5:25 PM for the Amended Budget Hearing (Action)
7. QUALITY EDUCATION
7.1 Committee Reports (Information)
7.2 Approve the Changes to the Elementary Student Handbook for 2021-2022 (Information) 7.3 Approve the Changes to the Jr/Sr High School Handbook for 2021-2022 (Information) 7.4 School Board Policy Updates – First Reading (Action)
7.5 School Board Policy Updates – Second and Final Reading 7:40 Nonpublic School Students, Including Parochial and Home-Schooled Students; 7:100 Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations; Immunizations; and Exclusion of Students; 7:140 Search and Seizure; 7:170 Vandalism; 7:220 Bus Conduct (Action)
7.6 Summer Sport Camps (Action)
7.7 Review Summer Learning Activities (Information)
7.8 8th Grade Promotion Plans (Information)
7.9 High School Participation in 8-Man Football Beginning in the Fall of 2021 (Action) 8. FUTURE BOARD MEETINGS
9. CLOSED SESSION (Action)
9.1 Personnel- Review appointment, performance, compensation, and employment of an officer or employee. (Information)
9.2 Review of Suspensions (Information)
10. PERSONNEL
10.1 Approve Jackie Clucas as Volunteer Jr/Sr High Softball Coach (Action) 10.2 Approve Caelin Foley as Summer Maintenance Worker. (Action) 10.3 Approve Jonas Porsche as Summer Maintenance Worker. (Action)
11. APPEAL OF STUDENT SUSPENSION FOR STUDENT A (Action) 12. ADJOURNMENT (Action)

Galva CUSD FY21 Budget
Amended FY21 FY21
Fund Fund Balance 7-1-2020 FY21 Revenue Expenses Gain / (loss) Ending Fund Balance Education $1,990,613 $4,566,322 $4,695,078 -$128,756 $1,861,857 Building $702,186 $567,752 $686,979 -$119,227 $582,959 Bond/Interest $147,012 $293,023 $319,991 -$26,968 $120,044 Transportation $495,331 $407,357 $414,833 -$7,476 $487,855 IMRF $328,990 $203,095 $251,398 -$48,303 $280,687 Capital Projects $117,730 $200,500 $203,000 -$2,500 $115,230 Working Cash $270,600 $1,240,433 $450,000 $790,433 $1,061,033 Tort $365,492 $657,728 $642,400 $15,328 $380,820 Life Safety $72,690 $38,933 $45,000 -$6,067 $66,623
$4,490,644 $8,175,143 $7,708,679 $466,464 $4,957,108

COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 224
A Community of Learners
Mr. Jerry J. Becker, Principal Mr. Doug O’Riley Mrs. Mary Kelly, Principal Galva Jr/Sr High School Superintendent Galva Elementary School Ph. (309)932-2151 Ph. (309)932-2108 Ph. (309)932-2420 Fax (309)932-2152 Fax (309)932-8326 Fax (309)932-8716 [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]
May 10, 2021
MINUTES:
Present: John VanDeVelde, Eric Bates, Travis Spivey, Joe Becker, Doug O’Riley
Time and Date: 2:00 PM, May 12
Location: Galva School District Transportation Building
Agenda:
I. Status of Current Fleet
-Bids will be collected for a new Driver’s Ed car.
-The current Driver’s Ed car could be sold, as it is in good shape, and under 100,000 miles.
-The Bus2Grid Initiative will be researched by Mr. Becker with hope of acquiring a new 15 passenger or similar bus as a trial, before replacing all buses in two years.
II. Status of Driver and Aide Numbers for 2021/2022
-The district could use a new driver, and needs to confirm the status of a driver who took COVID FMLA leave.
III. Participation in the Bus to Grid Initiative (Electric Buses)
-The Williamsfield Superintendent is leading the area on this endeavor, Mr. Becker will be coordinating with him.
IV. Other Items as Necessary
– The north GHS parking lot was discussed. Placing an outer rim of concrete for bus traffic, paired with a center of Oil/Chip would improve it substantially.
– The need for a new bus barn to house 6-8 new electric buses was discussed.

I. Meeting Information
A. April 28th, GHS Distance Learning Room, 3:00pm.
B. In Person Meeting
C. Michael Clucas, Andrew Larson, Joe Becker, and Kurtis Smyth (All Members Present) 1. No People from the Public were in Attendance
II. Business From Previous Meeting on 4/14/2021
A. At the previous meeting there was discussion of the Mid-County Co-op and future. B. Discussion of hiring the next Galva Jr/Sr HS Athletic Director.
C. Discussion on open gyms leading into our shortened athletic seasons.
III. New Business
A. Football
1. 8-man
a) It is an option for us in Fall 2021. We have been offered a spot.
b) If we decide to go 8-man, we would play in the South Division, 4 or 5 home games in Galva and the longest drive for an away game would be 2 and half hours. Some games are likely on Saturdays and Sundays. After one year in the
South, we would be moved to the North division and have closer away trips and
more recognizable opponents.
c) Galva Admin surveyed boys in 8th-11 grades. Roughly, 15-20 are interested in
playing 8-man football this fall.
d) If we go 8-man, we will likely need 3 paid coaches, and would begin the head coach search as soon as possible.
2. Possible Co-op Options
a) There is a possible option for Galva to play in a local co-op for the fall 2021 football season. This could be with a fellow LTC School or Schools. We would
likely have limited practices and games in Galva as the schedule has been set for
this fall.
(1) Possible Paid Coach position from Galva to add a coach to the Co-op.
b) There is a possible option for Galva to play in a co-op with a bigger sized local school for fall 2021 football season. More details would have to be pursued on
this co-op.
3. JH Football
a) We would likely turn Junior High Football back over to the GYSA and JFL, if we
were not able to find a sustainable 11-man co-op for our 7th and 8th graders.
“In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.”
B. Fall Sports
1. Cheerleading
a) If we go 8-man for football, we would have our own Galva Cheerleaders for that season
b) If we co-op football, we would likely be able to join the co-op for cheerleading as well.
2. Cross County
a) Our numbers are very limited with Cross Country. We may have only 1 or 2 participants.
(1) If we stay on our own, we would need a paid coach or parent volunteer
coach for our athletes. We would need to create a new schedule for fall
2021.
(2) If we co-op there will likely be a coach in place in that co-op that would
train our athletes
3. Golf
a) Galva plans to continue to offer boys and girls golf. We expect to have 8-10 total athletes in the program.
(1) If we stay on our own, we would look to move to a closer course
(Kewanee Dunes or Lake Calhoun) for practices and matches. We would
need to create a new schedule for fall 2021.
(2) If we were to co-op we would look at course options within the co-op, and likely take on the matches already scheduled in the co-op
(3) We have had a head coach and assistant golf coach, and would still plan
to keep our current head coach, and look for options based on the
numbers in the programs for an assistant coach.
4. Dual Sports
a) If Galva remains on its own for fall sports, we would allow dual sports participation for our students. (Ex. Golfers could play Football, Volleyball players could cheer)
b) If we joined a co-op we may be restricted in some dual sports options. C. End of Meeting
D. Adjournment, 4:00pm
E. Minutes submitted by Athletic Director, Kurtis Smyth.
“In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.”

I. Meeting Information
A. May 13th, GHS Cafeteria, 3:00pm.
B. In Person Meeting
C. Michael Clucas, Andrew Larson, Joe Becker, and Kurtis Smyth (All Members Present) 1. Mike Keup, and Mike Boston from the GYSA Board were present.
II. Business From Previous Meeting on 4/28/2021
A. HS and JH Football Options for the Fall of 2021
B. Galva Fall Sports for 2021
C. Dual Sports Participation
III. New Business
A. Standing Invitations
1. The Committee discussed having standing invitations to the GYSA, and Galva Athletic Boosters for future meetings as a way to get more community involvement, and keep stakeholders informed.
B. JH or JFL Football
1. There are options through GSD and GYSA to include our 7th and 8th Graders in possible intramural type football or flag football, if we do not have the numbers or ability to field an 11-man JH Football Team. Both organizations agreed we do not want to lose a year of training for our JH Football players in preparation for HS Football in 2022.
2. Galva Jr/Sr High School does offer the IESA sanctioned fall sport for boys with baseball, and JH Football is not part of the IESA.
C. HS Football
1. The Committee believes the best route going forward would be to pursue 8-man high school football for the fall of 2021. We have been accepted by the 8-man football
association, and there is a schedule in place for Galva Wildcats Football. After exploring co-op options to continue 11-man football, it was clear to the committee that to
improve participation and allow our students a chance to play football this fall, 8-man is the best option. According to the preliminary schedule, we would host 5 home games and play 4 away games.
D. Fall Sports
1. Cheerleading
a) 8-man for football, would allow Galva Cheerleaders an option to cheer at games this fall. We will need a HS cheerleading coach for the fall season.
“In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.”
2. Cross County
a) The committee believes we should look at options for offering cross country, and if we have students that want to compete, we will pursue hiring a coach.
3. Golf
a) Galva plans to continue to offer boys and girls golf. We expect to have 8-10 total athletes in the program.
b) Galva Golf will be moving to the Kewanee Dunes for our home course.
(1) Our fall golf schedule will be updated in accordance with what works for the Dunes this fall.
(2) The Dunes will charge $2,500 to the District for use of the course for
rounds for players and coaches all summer and fall, along with hosting
meets in the fall, and use of the practice facility.
4. Dual Participation
a) Galva will be staying on it’s own for all fall sports this fall, and the committee believes it is best to allow students to participate in two sports if they choose during the fall season.
E. End of Meeting
F. Adjournment, 4:00pm
G. Minutes submitted by Athletic Director, Kurtis Smyth.
“In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.”
2021/2022 Jr/Sr High Handbook Change
Semester Exam Policy
All courses in Grades 9-12 that are semester (0.5 credit) or year courses (1 credit) have a semester exam. Students are required to take the final exam in order to complete the course and receive credit, unless the student qualifies for the semester exam exemption. All High Schools students are required to take final exams, unless a student meets the exemption policy below.
Semester Exam Exemption Requirements for High School Students (9-12)
1st Semester Exam Exemption Criteria:
“Meet/Exceed” in the following SAT areas = Semester Exam Exemption in the respective course: -Reading and/or Writing = Exempt from English course semester exam (not applicable to college courses) -Mathematics = Exempt from Math course semester exam (not applicable to college courses) AND, he/she must be . . .
-Earning a cumulative grade of at least a “C” (70%) in the class for the semester
-Zero (0) “unexcused tardies” in the class for the semester
-Zero (0) discipline referrals in ALL classes for the semester (i.e. Office Referrals)
The only change being made on this policy is that we eliminated the line that said a student could not have more than Three (3) “unexcused absences” in a semester.
*Rationale- We saw a positive change in student attendance before 1st semester exams in 2019-2020. There was concern students were coming to school ill in an attempt to fulfill this requirement to be exempt from finals. Then Covid hit, and we have not had exams in three straight semesters. Going forward when we have final exams again, we feel we needed to remove the attendance requirement from our exam policy, so students

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