Mascoutah School Board Approves Budget Changes – Herald Publications

By Keith Gillet
Herald Publications

MASCOUTAH — At its June meeting, the School Board for District 19 in Mascoutah approved changes to the budget for fiscal year 2022 which it approved in September 2021, increasing spending authority in two funds.

The budget approved in September called for $5.34 million to be spent in the District 30 fund to pay principal and interest on the debt.

In November, the district refinanced $5.88 million of debt used to fund the construction of Wingate Elementary. At the time of budget approval in September, the cost of reimbursement was unknown. The amount of the payment was just over $6 million, causing the expenditures in the account to exceed the approved spending authority.

The FY22 30 Fund in the amended budget was increased to $13.37 million to reflect the bond refinancing.

The budget also did not reflect the unplanned purchase of three parcels of land that the district purchased in late October for just over $1 million.

The FY22 budget as amended is $66.19 million, with projected revenue of $66.4 million, with a projected surplus of just over $200,000.

In other cases, counsel:
• John Harris reported on the June 20 building committee meeting. Harris reported on a proposal by Cody Whitworth and Steve Bennett for a public-private partnership opportunity that could provide a joint-use indoor facility on district land east of the district administration building which is currently operated by the FFA.

• District Superintendent Dr. Craig Fiegel said the district issued a request for proposals for school photos and five companies responded. After a committee review, Jostens was recommended for a three-year contract to take school photos and provide yearbooks to elementary and middle school students.

• Dr. Fiegel also reported that the district will be offering an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for the upcoming school year. The EAP benefit will be available to all 600 district employees beginning August 1.

• The Board recognized Harvey Groennert for his 50 years of service to the District – six years as assistant director of transportation, 42 years as a bus driver and two years as a bus helper.

• Property/Accident/Liability and Workers’ Compensation policies approved for a combined total of $572,084. The P/C/L policy is annual renewal with Dimond Brothers Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation is annual renewal with Imming Insurance Agency.

• Online digital content contracts approved for $64,755. One is an annual renewal with Nearpod for $17,980, another is an annual renewal with Active Learn for $26,185, and another is an initial purchase with Horizon Learning for $20,590.

• Approved to enter into a coaching and consulting agreement with Compass PD for the 2022-23 school year for $35,700.

• Approval of $20,294 in fitness items for Mascoutah Middle School and Mascoutah High School. The purchase of MMS is to upgrade the equipment to begin the weight adjustment program. The purchase for MHS includes the recommendation to move the weight room to the country house to make better use of this space.

• Approved the purchase and installation of bathroom partitions in several bathrooms at Mascoutah Elementary, Scott Elementary and MMS that need to be replaced. The old metal partitions will be replaced by solid plastic partitions that will last longer. The total cost of the partitions from Belleville Supply Company is $44,173.80.

• Approval of the purchase of Wyebot Networking Curve devices for $24,076. The devices will help diagnose wifi/network issues and eliminate conflicting signals.

• Approved an annual resolution stating that serious safety hazards exist on several pedestrian routes leading to schools. The resolution allows the district to count students who are picked up on those routes for transportation reimbursements because of the safety risks that exist.

• Approval of an intergovernmental agreement with Collinsville Area Vocational Center. The district annually sends approximately 25 high school students to programs in Collinsville each year.

• By voice vote, approved the action for federal programming and a Title 1 waiver for Scott Elementary. The waiver allows SES to continue to be eligible for Title 1 funding.

• Approved first reading and waved actual reading updates on 20 policies that will be updated in the district policy manual.

• Approved the District Voting Representatives for Vocational Technical Education (CTE) – Superintendent Dr. Craig Fiegel as Principal and Amy Kelly Johnson as Alternate. The Mascoutah School District is a member of the Southwestern Illinois CTE System and provides one representative to serve on the board.

• Approved the proposed amended Memorandum of Understanding for the Union, which is currently being reviewed by District Legal Counsel for final approval. The contents of the memorandum of understanding were revealed at the board meeting in May.
Approved the following certified personnel actions:

• Hired Hailey Dryden as a fourth-year instructor at SES; Jessica Lievers as a math teacher at MMS; Meghan Tippy-King as an ELA teacher at MMS; Melissa Houk as a special education teacher at MES; Catherine Kruse as a 5th grade teacher at MES; Michael Block as a science professor at MHS; Wesley Morgan as Professor of Social Studies at MHS; Erin Gerth as an art teacher at SES; and Kyle Muskopf as group manager for MHS.

• Approved the transfers of Katie Elbe from PE teacher at MMS to PE teacher at MHS; Katie Wisnasky from RtI teacher at SES to library educational coach; Mary Ann Kolda from physical education teacher at Wesclin to physical education teacher at MMS; and Deborah Davinroy from MES Special Education Teacher to WES Special Education Teacher.

• Approved the retirement of Mary Webb, third grade teacher at MES, effective at the end of the 2024-25 school year, after 31 years of service.
Approved the following classified personal actions:

• Hired Cole Williams as temporary summer gardener; Claire Mendez as technology assistant; Dan Walthes as Technology Assistant; Lori Miller as Teaching Assistant at MES; Jason Dressler as head caretaker at MMS; and Gabrielle Khamone a teaching assistant.

• Accepted the resignation of Jessica Nauman as individual health care aide at WES; Jennifer Smith as Individual Caregiver at WES; Gail Slane as Individual Assistant at MHS; and Gary Korte as a bus driver.

• Accepted the following resignations: Anita Kearney as Purple Crush Sponsor at MHS and Jamie Grawitch as JV Dance Coach at MHS.

The next Board meeting will be July 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the District Administration Building.

Leave a Comment