By Keith Gillet
MASCOUTAH — With only four items on the agenda last week, this was one of the shortest meetings for the Mascoutah District 9 School Board in some time. Dealing with the pandemic was always a high priority.
Superintendent Dr. Craig Fiegel told the Council that the district continues to monitor the COVID 19 situation very closely.
“The administration is working with principals and reviewing individual classes and school situations to determine if a specific class might need to be moved away. State boards require us to stay in school. There is no metric to pass distance.
“The shortened daily schedule gave staff more time to communicate with absent students. It has been helpful to support the absences of our students. The district will continue with this schedule until the numbers begin to drop. said Fiegel.
In other cases counsel:
• Approved the purchase and replacement of a new compressor on the Scott Elementary School chiller for nearly $28,000. Eventually, new chillers will need to be replaced at both SES and Mascoutah Middle School over the next five to 10 years for nearly $280,000, items that are budgeted for in the district’s capital improvement plan.
• Appointed Dr. Fiegel and Dr. Frank Williams to prepare the draft budget for fiscal year 2023, as required by Illinois law which states: “This budget shall be prepared in draft form by one or more persons by the Board of Directors, and in such draft form shall be made conveniently available for inspection by the public for at least 30 days prior to final action.
• Approved following a closed session, the minutes of the executive sessions from July to December 2021 are available for public review, however, audio tapes older than 18 months (January to June 2020) will be destroyed . Since there is no ongoing litigation, the tapes will be destroyed.
• Accepted the donation of a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 valued at $5,000 and a John Deere combine valued at $12,500 for the FFA program at Mascoutah High School.
The plan is to use both as disassembly and reassembly projects in the workshop and not to use them as a truck and combine.
Approved the following certified personnel actions:
• Hired Rachael Schneider as an ELA teacher at MHS, and Laurie Martin as an RtI teacher at Wingate Elementary; accepted the resignation of Leah Gregory as Library Media Specialist. Approval of additional tasks for Jeanine Sheppard as Robotics Team Sponsor for MHS and Lisa Albers as Purple Crush Sponsor for MHS.
Approved the following classified actions:
• Hired Christie Barnes as a personal health aide and Savannah Larcom as a bus driver. Endorsed Anita Kearney as a Purple Crush sponsor at MHS.