Kelly conducts final school board meeting as superintendent
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The regular meeting of the Carlinville Board of Education Unit 1 took less than 20 minutes.
Following executive session, adjournment was a shade after 8 p.m.
It was the final board of education meeting for Mike Kelly as the school’s superintendent, who is retiring after a 35-year career in education, mostly in Carlinville, including the last 12 as Superintendent of Schools.
Kelly was recognized by the state’s House of Representatives with House Resolution 144, a proclamation for the years of service Kelly put into the district.
While he said it’s a bittersweet moment, it’s time to move on to the next chapter with his wife Lisa and family.
“It’s been a wonderful career, but it’s time for me to move from the wonderful people of the district,” Kelly said.
Kelly was the last employee held over from the 1988 fire which caused damage at the CHS/CMS complex. But two other current employees, Heather DeNeve and Pat Drew, were students at the time of the fire.
Board member Dave Rathgeb said integrity was one word to describe Kelly during his tenure. Rathgeb has been on the board for 15 years.
“One word to describe him would be integrity – it’s behind every decision he made,” Rathgeb said.
Kelly also acknowledged the fact that he never had any board member ask for any unethical decisions be made.
“The key has been the people (board) around me,” Kelly said. “I’ve never had a board member ask me to do anything immoral. I feel very fortunate, because there are other districts that can’t say that.”
Kelly said he could tell from administrators facial reactions or body language what issues would or would not be a good idea. He recognized all the employees for having the courage to do their jobs.
“It’s time to move on – I feel the district needs a breath of fresh air,” Kelly said. “I’ve worked with quality people which makes it much more rewarding.”
The board zipped through several agenda items in regular session.
The board voted to purchase a new Blue Bird bus from Central States at a cost of $78,943, with a trade-in of Bus No. 10, an older bus which blew out an V8 engine. The new bus will have a gas engine.
Kelly updated the board with the health/life/safety issues going on at the CHS/CMS complex
Carpeting samples have been selected and work will be started shortly on that project.
The HVAC work includes removing the steam boilers and air handlers are going to be replaced in the gymnasium, locker rooms, ag classroom and lobby portion of the west side of the building. The band room will have the air conditioner replace and the district offices will also have work performed.
Kelly said that the project is moving well, but added a change order for an additional $21,101 will be needed to modify an area of the current art room which needs further work done than first projected.
The board approved a resolution appointing Dr. Becky Schuchman, incoming superintendent, as the district’s official representative.
The board approved a prevailing wage resolution for work performed on public works in the county. The Department of Labor sets the prevailing wage.
Recommended changes to the student/parent handbooks at the elementary and secondary levels were approved by the board.
A resolution to sell or destroy surplus equipment was approved. Included are 325 netbooks that are no longer used by the district, as well as various other technology equipment items.
The board approved the following employment motions:
*Resignations of Thomas Broaddus as custodian effective June 30; and Tegan Clinton and Christopher Maly as teachers, effective immediately.
*Tim Smith’s letter of resignation as a custodian effective June 1.
*Re-employ Elise Schwartz and Patric Drew as Primary School and High School principals for Fiscal Year 2018 with a salary increase of 0.675 percent.
*Re-employ all educational support staff under an annual salary schedule with a 0.675 percent increase to the Fiscal Year 2018 salary schedules.
*Re-employ Gayla Walters as district’s technology coordinator and Dan Presley as the district’s network coordinator for Fiscal Year 2018, with a 0.675 percent increase in annual salaries.
*Employ Rachel Bouillon as school nurse for 2017-18.
*Approved the administrative transfers of Becky Reels from office assistant to secretary and Betsy Rodgers from media aide to office assistant/library assistant effective July 1.
*Re-employ Adam Link as a tech assistant at a rate of $11.07/hour.
Members of the board of education pose with outgoing superintendent of schools Mike Kelly during Monday’s board of education meeting. From left, are Dave Rathgeb, Kathy Gahr, Martha Armour, Mike Kelly, Lisa Kelly, Dan Kallal and Bobbi Bates. Not pictured are board members Dr. Tracey Smith and Charlie Siegel. The board stands next to a poster which recognizes Carlinville High School as being one of the best high schools as rated by US News and World Report. Photo Eric Becker.