The Carmi-White County School Board met last night.
The district is now accepting letters of interest to fill a board member vacancy. The individual selected will serve on the school board from the date of appointment to the seating of the new board in the spring of 2021. This position will be up for election at the April 2021 election.
Among the qualifications, this vacant position must be filled by an individual with residency outside of Carmi Township.
The board will appoint an applicant to fill the vacant seat at the November 16th board meeting.
District Transportation Director Bart King gave an update of the district vehicles. They no longer have a lease/purchase agreement on busses and are purchasing them outright. Five newer units as well as a new “special needs” bus have been purchased in the last year. The district now is looking at purchasing a new driver’s education vehicle, possibly a minivan, and a new minibus for the Brownsville School.
The district has received a total of $1,094,142 in federal and state grants for the 2021 fiscal year. They provide for significant student opportunities and programs in our district and represent a substantial portion of the district’s total projected educational fund revenue.
In the superintendent’s report, Brad Lee noted that Red Ribbon Week activities will begin October 26th and run through October 30th. This year’s theme is “Vote Yes for Your Future-Drug and Bully Free”.
Principal Appreciation Day will be celebrated this year on Friday, October 23rd.
Lee congratulated the Lady Bullpups’ Junior High Softball Team and Coach Cindy Colman for the team finishing third in the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Class “L” State Tournament at Centralia.
Kemper CPA of Olney will be at the November 16th board meeting to review the 2019-20 audit.
Building principal gave an update for about 20 minutes on how the first nine weeks of school has gone in their respective buildings.
Total revenue for September totaled $663,897, including $30,075 from the one percent sales tax.
In other business, the board gave final approval to adoption of 14 board policies as amended and final approval to two others.
They accepted the resignations of Rachel Essary as dishwasher at Jefferson School effective immediately and June Rushing as a Special Education Individual Aide at Brownsville School effective this past June 16th, and accepted $100 in donations to Brownsville School.
The board went into closed session at 7:39 PM to discus personnel.
During the closed session, Melinda Newman was employed as a Special Education Individual Aide at Lincoln Attendance Center to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Vanessa Kiser. Newman was also employed as a Breakfast Supervisor at Lincoln Attendance Center.
Elizabeth Sims was employed as a Special Education Individual Aide at Lincoln Attendance Center.
Tanya Littleton was employed as a Crossing Guard at Lincoln Attendance Center to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Janet Childers. Littleton was also employed as a Noon Supervisor at Jefferson Attendance Center to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Kendra Fischer.
Marcus Lynn was employed as the 5th Grade Boys’ Basketball Coach to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ben Bradshaw.
Ben Bradshaw was employed as the 6th Grade Boys’ Basketball Coach to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Josh Girten.
Amanda Hunsinger was reassigned from a Special Education Individual Aide to a Special Education Classroom Aide at the Junior High School to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Amy Buchanan.
Katharine Stewart was employed as a Special Education Individual Aide at the Carmi-White County Junior High School to fill the vacancy created by the reassignment of Amanda Hunsinger.
Brandon Smith, Jeremy Belford and Brian Anderson were approved as Volunteer Assistant Wrestling Coaches and Kayla Sutton and Carlin Smock were approved as Volunteer Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coaches.