Summary of the Homer School District 33C
Board of Education Meeting
October 25, 2016
Barb Wilson, President Angela Adolf, Vice President Amy Blank, Secretary
Deb Martin, Member Ed Campins, Member Elizabeth Hitzeman, Member Russ Petrizzo, Member
At the October 25th Board of Education meeting:
- The Board and Coach David Rush recognized a Homer Junior High School student athlete who finished 2nd at the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Golf Tournament in Peoria recently. The student, who competes on his own, plans to compete for the national title over Thanksgiving.
- Several parents, including Melissa Peterson, Kerrie Heeney, Missy Chandarana and Anthony Malito, addressed the Board and expressed disappointment that a contract settlement has not been reached with the Teachers Union. Some suggestions included: put the District’s resources toward teachers first and reach a settlement that will ensure retention of high quality teachers; cut administrative positions; implement additional student fees, such as a technology fee and/or fees to participate in after-school clubs.
- Teachers Union representative Cathy Clayton reported they have entered the mediation process with the Board of Education and have presented a proposal to the Board to consider. They expressed hope that the Board will support the proposal.
- Support Staff Union representative Susan Koziarski reported they stand by the teachers and hope a resolution can be reached soon in contract negotiations. They indicated the Support Staff Union will begin its own negotiations with the District soon.
- The Board approved the following personnel recommendations:
- Leah Rarick – lunchroom/recess monitor, Young School, effective October 25, 2016
Leaves of Absence
- Kimberly Hall – 3rd grade teacher, Butler School, effective November 16, 2016 through December 22, 2016 and will return January 9, 2017
- Meghan Van Alst – 7th grade Math teacher, Homer Junior High School, effective February 2, 2017 through March 17, 2017 and will return on March 20, 2017
- James Knight – bus driver, Transportation, effective October 12, 2016 through November 9, 2016
- Leah Rarick – 3rd grade teacher, Young School, effective October 26, 2016
- Patricia Serwecinski – lunchroom monitor, Young School, effective October 26, 2016
- Elizabeth Creek – 3rd and 4th grade Math ASAP sponsor, Goodings Grove School, effective for the 2016-2017 school year
- Janet Peters – 3rd and 4th grade Reading ASAP sponsor, Goodings Grove School, effective for the 2016-2017 school year
- Dawn Scuderi – Video Club sponsor, Hadley Middle School, effective for the 2016-2017 school year.
- 2016-2017 ASAP sponsors, Hadley Middle School: Nicole Boyce – 6th grade Reading; Wendy Pangrazio – 6th grade Math; Carmel Hoak – 5th grade Reading; Jamie Bouche – 5th grade Math; Karen Toland – 6th grade Reading; Katie Farthing and Jon Grill – shared position – 6th grade Math; Lori Matriciano – 5th grade Reading; Chris Love and Kaleen DeFilippis – shared position – 5th grade Math
- Jennifer Mitchell, Jadwiga Kaminska, Chris Love and Sylvia McLenighan – shared position – Homework Club, Hadley Middle School, effective for the 2016-2017 school year
- Kenneth Muir Jr. – volunteer Boys Basketball coach, effective for the 2016-2017 school year
- Anthony Storcz – volunteer Wrestling coach, effective for the 2016-2017 school year
- Christopher Meyers – Wrestling coach, effective for the 2016-2017 school year
- William Pavlich – Track coach, effective for the 2016-2017 school year
- The Board approved the final audit for FY 2016, which was presented at the Board’s Finance and Operations Committee meeting on September 21, 2016
- The Board adopted a tentative levy for FY 2017. As discussed at the Board’s Finance and Operations Committee meeting on September 21, 2016, the District will seek a levy of 2.87 percent to make sure it captures all new construction. The levy is what governing bodies ask for — not what they receive. Last year, Homer 33C sought a levy of 2.75 percent and received 1.76 percent.
- President Wilson reported there will be several open positions on the School Board next year and that now is the time to begin researching how to run for an open seat.
The Next Regular School Board Meeting is November 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.