Welcome to MPCUD #23

Superintendent: Mr. Fred Lamkey

Construction Information & Updates

BOE Meeting Update from Mr. Lamkey

The Mount Pulaski Board of Education met for the October 21, regular meeting at 7:00 PM in the district office located at Mount Pulaski Grade School.  All board members were present less Mrs. Mott. No community members were present to address the board, but Tim Custis of Gorenz and Associates was present to review the Annual Financial Report (AFR).  Mr. Custis reported that the district was in very good financial condition experiencing over $750,000 in growth in the Net Equity Operating Funds.  This growth was a result of sound budgeting practices and fiscal responsibility displayed by the district during the last school year.  Mt. Pulaski CUSD 23 received the financial profile designation of “Financial Recognition” for the third year in a row.  This is the highest recognition awarded by the Illinois State Board of Education.  

The board next approved the Consent Agenda which included payment of bills, sales tax revenue report, regular board meeting minutes and executive session minutes from September 23.  The Board did not approve the destruction of executive session minutes over 18 months due to some confusion on the dates to be destroyed.  This will be corrected at the November regular meeting.  There were no questions on the Consent Agenda.

Under Reports, Superintendent Lamkey updated the Board on construction progress noting that the piers were nearly finished which would allow for more concentrated work on the new buildings foundation.  Contractors are working on the north retaining wall and will begin work on the east side wall very soon.  Mr. Lamkey also noted that the district began receiving Sangamon County Sales Tax installments as the October installment totaled $340.51.  If this number holds true we can expect an additional $4000 over the course of a school year.  Lastly, Mr. Lamkey made an adjustment to the fund reports that will allow Board members to monitor the district finances more efficiently through the year.  This should allow open discussion about the budgeting process among Board members

Being that there was no Unfinished Business, the Board proceeded to New Business and the approval of the FY20 Amended Budget.  The amendment was at the suggestion of the districts auditor, Tim Custis, to adjust the budget to avoid unnecessary state reporting.  The budget amendment passed 6-0.

Next the board approved the FY19 AFR serving compliments to Mr. Shelton and Mrs. Tschantz for their work in maintaining our financial recognition in the absence of a full-time superintendent.  The AFR was approved 6-0.

The final action item of the evening was to approve the personnel report that hired Chris Brown as a junior high girls basketball volunteer assistant coach as well as Travis Lingafelter has a high school girls basketball volunteer coach.  The report was approved 5-0 with one vote present by Mr. Brown. 

There were three discussion items under New Business.  Mr. Wilham reported out on the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) Abe Lincoln Division Meeting that he and Mrs. Mott attended earlier this month.  The topic of the meeting concerned Evidence Based Funding (EBF) and how it differently affected two school districts, Collinsville and Staunton.  While each district had a different story, the common thread was that EBF was finally allowing Illinois schools to move forward with improved financial resources.  Superintendent Lamkey also noted that he felt Mt. Pulaski should host this event once the high school addition is completed in 2022 or 2023.

Mrs. Fricke then described her research on potentially creating a new website for the district.  She offered several options with the board supporting her effort.  The directive from the board, given comparable costs, was to find the choice that best suited our needs.  Mrs. Fricke will work with the administration to develop a final recommendation.

Superintendent Lamkey then polled the interest of the Board in seeking membership in the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools (AIRSS).  AIRSS is collection of small schools that combine efforts to lobby the government for our needs.  Mr. Lamkey noted that individually we lack power, but in a cohort of schools we can potentially lead to change.  The board directed Mr. Lamkey to seek membership with a cost of $400.  The district will reevaluate their membership after one year.

The final discussion item dealt with the IASB Resolution Packets.  Superintendent Lamkey gave the board homework to study the IASB resolutions that are under consideration.  Mrs. Mott, Mr. Cowan and Mr. Lamkey will meet to review all resolutions and return to the Board with recommendations in November for further discussion.  These resolutions will be voted on at the November IASB Delegate Assembly by our representative Mrs. Mott to set the direction the IASB will take when lobbying support for its members.

The meeting adjourned at 7:43 PM.  The next regular meeting will be November 18, 2019.

MPCUD #23 Mission

  • District #23 will commit itself to establishing a well balanced, challenging curriculum including coordinated technology curriculum to ensure students will develop the skills they will need to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.

  • Our  goal is to combine learning with understanding for a better future.

Transportation

  • The bus barn phone number is 217-792-5687. This number receives text messages and calls.

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