By Eden Crothers
On Tuesday, January 19, the Mt. Zion Board of Education meeting began at 6:30pm at the District Offices with the call to order from President Jeffrey Sams. A moment of silence was observed in honor of former Mt. Zion student and coach, Brad Stuart. The Pledge of Allegiance was cited by those present and led by Jeffrey Sams. The January meeting saw no visitor or staff communications.
The first item on the agenda was the second reading of the Title IX Sexual Harrassment Grievance Procedure. Matt Beavers introduced a motion to approve the Second Reading of Policy 2:265 related to sexual harassment grievance procedures. Dr. Roundcount stated there were no changes since the first reading. Board Policy 2:265 regarding sexual harassment grievance procedures is an updated recommendation by Illinois Association of School Boards to ensure legal compliance.
During the meeting, the Board also approved the Fund Warrants December 2020 – January 2021, Financial Treasurers Report December 2020, and FY 2022 Budget Calendar. Nathan Brock introduced a motion to approve the presented resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation refunding school bonds, series 2021. Discussion took place by the Board and administration and was approved by all members of the board present. Kristi Niles introduced a motion to approve the presented resolution authorizing and directing the execution of an escrow agreement in connection with the general obligation refunding school bonds, series 2021. After discussing the resolution, it was approved by all the board members present. John Flora introduced a motion to approve the presented resolution authorizing the abatement of our 2016 bonds with funds on hand in the bond and interest fund. Resolution was approved after a discussion took place by the Board and administration. During the meeting, the board also approved a resolution authorizing the abatement of our alternate revenue bonds with funds on hand in the bond and interest fund from the Macon county sales tax.
The following staff members were approved for employment by the board during the executive session: Shacorria Ford at McGaughey Elementary School, Jonny McDonald at Mt. Zion High School, and Sandra Sorrell at Mt. Zion School District Transportation. Subs approved for employment: Riley Boysen, Marissah Cook, Cameron Mabry, and Linda Tyus. The board also approved Jill Clifton for Project Graduation Sponsor, approved Deniah Missey 2nd Shift Custodian resignation, and Nina Merris Bus Driver for retirement.
Before the meeting was called to an end, Dr. Roundcount gave an update for the Special Ed CoOp voting that was going to take place. It would determine whether or not to allow each school district to hire their own Special Ed Administration. He would provide an update as soon as the vote results came in. Dave Brandon shared a sympathy card received from BLDD Architects as well as numerous thank you cards received from staff members.
President Sams announced Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 6:30 p. m. as the next regular meeting of the Board of Education, to be held at the Mt. Zion C.U.S.D. #3 District Office, 1595 W. Main St., Mt. Zion, IL 62549.