December 9, 2008

JACKSON COUNTY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Regular Meeting December 9, 2008

 

MINUTES

 

The regular meeting of the Board of education of the Jackson County Intermediate School District was held on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at the Kratz Educational Center, 6700 Browns Lake Road, Jackson, Michigan.  Vice President David Salsbury called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m.  Board members present were: David Salsbury, Vice President; Shirley Larson, Secretary; Kevin Tuckey, Treasurer; and Douglas Schedeler, Trustee.  Board members absent: Robert Moles, President.

 

Meeting with the Board were John Graves, Superintendent; Richard Rendell, Director of Special Education; Daniel Zimolzak, Finance Director; and Phyllis Stressman, Recording Secretary.

 

STAFF AND VISITORS

 

Karen Bollheimer, Chad Cole, Shannon Degan, Patty Horning, Randy Jarchow, Cathy McQuillan

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

A motion was made by Mr. Tuckey to approve the minutes from the November 25, 2008, regular meeting, Mr. Schedeler supported.  The motion carried by a roll call vote:

            Ayes) Mr. Salsbury, Mrs. Larson, Mr. Schedeler, Mr. Tuckey

            Nays)  None

 

ACCEPTANCE OF FINANCIAL REPORTS

 

Mr. Zimolzak presented the financial report for the month ending November 30, 2008.  Mr. Schedeler moved to accept the report as given, with Mrs. Larson offering a second.  A roll call vote was taken:

            Ayes)  Mrs. Larson, Mr. Schedeler, Mr. Tuckey, Mr. Salsbury

            Nays)  None

 

CORRESPONDENCE AND INFORMATION

 

The Board was encouraged to attend any or all of the following District Holiday Events:  December 10th, JACC, 10-11:30 a.m.; December 17th, Transportation, 9 a.m.; December 18th, KEC, 12 noon; December 19th, Torrant, 7:45 a.m. 

 

Technology Director Shannon Degan spoke to the Board about the inadequacy of the air conditioning units in the technology area.  Superintendent Graves indicated bids would be sought on replacement units and the Board should expect a request to purchase in the near future.  It is anticipated the expense may be in the area of $50,000.

 

REPORTS FOR ACTION

 

PERSONNEL ITEMS AND RECOMMENDATIONS-Volume 29, Report No. 47

 

A revised personnel report was presented that included the recommendation to hire Chad Cole, database applications specialist, effective January 5, 2009, $62,468 annually; and Floyd King, temporary maintenance, $15.91 hourly.  Mrs. Larson moved to accept the personnel report as presented.  Mr. Tuckey offered a second, which carried to a roll call vote:

            Ayes)  Mr. Schedeler, Mr. Tuckey, Mr. Salsbury, Mrs. Larson

            Nays)  None

 

SUMMER TAX COLLECTION RESOLUTION-Volume 29, Report No. 48

 

The proposed summer tax collection resolution recognizes the intent to levy summer taxes The Summer Tax Law, Public Act 333 of 1982, requires an annual formal action by the Board of Education prior to January 1 of each year for which the Board intends to collect summer taxes. Mr. Schedeler made the motion to adopt the following resolution, with Mr. Tuckey supporting.  A roll call vote carried the motion unanimously.

 

WHEREAS, this Board of Education by resolution of December 9, 2008, has determined to impose a summer property tax levy to collect one-half of school property taxes including debt service upon property within the intermediate school district, beginning with 1983 and continuing from year to year until specifically revoked by the Board of Education.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

 

1. This Board of Education, pursuant to 1982 PA 333, hereby invokes for 2009 its previously adopted ongoing resolution imposing a summer property tax levy of one-half of school property taxes but in only cities and/or townships where local school districts impose a summer property tax levy, including debt service, on property located within the intermediate school district, beginning with 1983 and continuing from year to year until specifically revoked by this Board of Education and requests each city and/or township in which this intermediate district is located to collect those summer taxes.

 

2. The Superintendent or his/her designee is authorized and directed to forward to the governing body of each city and/or township in which this intermediate district is located and in which a local school district or city is concurrently imposing a summer tax levy a copy of this Boards resolution imposing a summer property tax levy on an ongoing basis, and a copy of this resolution requesting that each such city and/or township agree to collect the summer tax levy for 2009 in the amount specified in this resolution. Such forwarding of the resolutions and the request to collect the summer tax levy shall be sent so that they are received by the appropriate governing bodies before January 1, 2009.

 

 

3. Pursuant to and in accordance with Section 1613 (1) of the School Code, the Superintendent and his/her designee is authorized and directed to negotiate on behalf of this intermediate district with the governing body of each city and/or township in which the district is located for the levy that the city and/or township may bill under MC 380.1611 or MCLA 380.1612. Any such proposed agreement shall be brought before this Board for its approval or disapproval.

 

4. All resolution and parts of resolutions insofar as they conflict with the provisions of this resolution be the same are hereby rescinded.

 

SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION-Volume 29, Report No. 49

 

Given that the ISD Board is elected by and serves local boards of education it has been the practice to adopt a resolution honoring local board members to coincide with School Board Recognition month each January.  Mrs. Larson made the motion to adopt the proposed resolution, with Mr. Schedeler offering a second.  The following resolution will be sent to individual school board members in Jackson County:

 

RESOLUTION HONORING CONSTITUENT DISTRICTS BOARDS OF EDUCATION

JANUARY 2009

 

WHEREAS, the month of January 2009 has been designated School Board Recognition Month for the State of Michigan, and the theme for this year is School Boards Lead Strong; and,

 

WHEREAS, school board members contribute hundreds of hours each year leading their districts by making important decisions about curriculum, adopting policies, listening to student, parent, and staff concerns, and keeping their eye on student achievement; and,

 

WHEREAS, school board members in Jackson County are providing strong, local leadership for important tasks of educating our communities children; and

 

WHEREAS, School Board Recognition Month provides an opportunity to build stronger relationships between the dozens of school board members in Jackson County who champion the cause of public education, their schools, and their communities.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Jackson County Intermediate School

            District, on behalf of the citizens, communities, educators, and schools it services, does hereby recognize and express respect and appreciation for the leadership and service provided by the members of the boards of education of each of the school districts of Jackson County; and,

 

FURTHER  RESOLVED, the members of the Board of Education of each Jackson County school district receive appropriate notice of this action taken.

REPORTS FOR INFORMATION

ADMINISTRATION ADJUSTMENT-Volume 29, Report No. 50

 

The proposed changes being recommended include changing the position of director of career and learning services to assistant superintendent, compensation for the position will shift from Level 2 to Level 1 of the Administrator, Coordinator salary ranges; salary adjustment for the position of consultant supervisor from Level 6 to Level 5 of the Administrator, Coordinator salary range, and add the position to the management team; establish a position of assistant director of special education, which will shift one of the supervisor positions from Level 8 to Level 6 of the salary schedule; and salary adjustments for the director of technology from Level 8 to Level 6 and  information systems manager from Level 12 to Level 10 of the Administrator, Coordinator salary ranges.  Mr. Tuckey made the motion to move the recommendation to action, with Mrs. Larson supporting. The motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.  Mrs. Larson then made the motion to adopt the proposed changes to the administration structure as presented.  Mr. Tuckey supported and the motion carried by a roll call vote:

            Ayes)  Mr. Schedeler, Mr. Tuckey, Mr. Salsbury, Mrs. Larson

            Nays)  None

 

BUDGET PLANNING CALENDAR-Volume 29, Report No. 51

 

Dr. Graves suggested considering using an alternate time line for budget planning this year in order to facilitate more input from local districts and provide more accurate numbers when adopting a proposed budget.  The planning calendar being proposed begins in January with budget planning, which carries over through February, and then includes some kind of workshop session with local representatives in March. The annual budget hearing can be scheduled as part of Junes regular meeting, when the general appropriations budget will be adopted.

 

INTRODUCTION OF OTHER MATTERS

 

Mr. Tuckey provided a brief report on county school board association happenings.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

With no further business before the Board, Mr. Salsbury adjourned the December 9, 2008, regular meeting at 6:19 p.m.

 

 

 

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