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Board Meeting Summary for 12/9/2019
Renee Kiesewetter
Friday, December 13, 2019


Dec. 9th, 2019

Farmington Central High School Research Center

310 N. Lightfoot Road - Farmington, IL. 61531


Board Summary:

  • The Levy Hearing was held prior to the start of the regular meeting at which time the levying of $8,416,609 across all funds was discussed.  This was an increase of 4.33% which does not require a hearing, but the district’s practice is to always hold a levy hearing. 
  • FCJH “Be Nice” students were acknowledged.  The school’s theme this year is “Be Nice”.  The following students went above and beyond expectations: Navaeh Howard and Jackson Gilmore - 6th Grade; Izzy Lynn and Ben Marvel – 7th grade; and Dane Hitchcock and Abigail Strode – 8th Grade.
  • FCHS recognized November Senior of the Month, Addie Parr.  FCHS also has begun recognizing a student from each grade level on a month basis.  Those recognized this month were:  Lily Sharum (Junior class), Logan Archdale (Sophomore class), Abby Cash (Freshman class).
  • The state qualifying FCJH boys cross country team was recognized.
  • The FCHS marching band was recognized and a big thank you to Mr. Fred Herink for his work with the marching band as this was his last season prior to retirement.
  • The Tax Levy was approved by board action
  • The district will be purchasing three new buses for next year which will operate on propane. 
  • There was approval to allocate special education funds to purchase three 10 passenger vans for the primary purpose of special education transportation of students.
  • The board approved building a storage shed for the baseball fields.
  • The updated risk management plan was approved. 
  • The amendment to the solar contract which would extend the original lease agreement of 15 years with options for two 5 year extensions to a 20 year agreement with one 5 year extension was rejected. 
  • Discussion Items
    • Committee Reports
      • Mrs. Ryba presented on behalf of the FCES PTO and school  with updates on the plan to build a new playground for the younger aged students.  The building and grounds committee will be reviewing the proposal as well as the additional fencing needs.
      • Labor Management Committee reported that they had met within the past week and had positive discussions. 
      • The positive climate committee met and started looking at dates for winter and spring events.
      • Ms. Khloe Hitchcock, student board member, reported that the high school is in the midst of finishing their class fundraisers and had a winter pep assemble to kick off the winter seasons.

Personnel items approved:  

                Shanan Hofmann - FMLA 

                April Suter - Asst. Scholastic Bowl Coach

                Evan Marion and Caden Lansford - Wrestling Volunteers

                Kayla Walraven - Discretionary Leave

  • The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Farmington Support  Staff and Teachers AFT Local #376 in regards to post contract ratification compensation schedule.

 ●  We adjourned around 9:15 p.m.