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-Mt Pulaski Community Unit District #23 Board Meeting \\; Present were Mike Toohey, Jeff With no emergency, days used, to expand to 10 megabytes per Grade School Graduation is Beccue, Todd Cyrulik, Joe Olson, Diane Deppe and Doug Martin. Kathy Boward was absent. Board approved employment of Terry Morgan as the high school Prin- cipal for the 2012-13 school term. Board approved employment of Gene Newton as the grade school Principal for the 2012-13 school term. Due to warm weather, the school district is at least $30,000 under the amount budgeted for gas and electric- ity in FY 2012. Boiler installation has been com- pleted. Bid opening for,the bus tragsporta- tion contract will be2 pm Monday, May 7. -The formal award of a con- tract will be Monday, May 21 at the regular May school board meeting. The new 3-year contract will begin July 1, 2013. Hinds Transportation is under contract for the 2012-13 school term. A decision should be made about the proposed co-op with Hartsburg- Emden in high school girls" basket- ball. Co-op agreements are for two years. A softball co-op with Hartem was also discussed. Principal Morgan will have a written proposal for the May meeting. Board alSproved 2012-13 Pre-K tuition based program. Regional Office of Education (ROE) #38 wants school districts to sign an agreement to allow the ROE to collect interest on the sales tax revenue that is supposed to be distributed to the schools. Some of the school districts with students in Logan County have signed the agreement. When interest rates rise this will become a bigger issue. In the years before ISBE sent general state aid electronically to each district, the ROE received general state aid money, wrote the state aid checks to school districts; but the ROE had to pay interest to the school districts. With the sales tax  revenue, the money will be received by the ROE by the 12  day of each month. Forc- ing the schools to wait 3 weeks for their money is just not necessary, according to the board. The school board directed the Superintendent to send a letter to the Regional Office stating that the district will not sign the agreement. August 22, first day of student attendance; will be an 11:30 dis- missal, with a V2 day in-service. Easter Vacation will be Thurs- day, March 28, Friday, March 29, Monday, April 1, 2013. A School Improvement Day, 11: 30 student dismissal has been added - Friday, April 26. " Thursday - May 10, 2012 the last day of student attendance is Tuesday, May 21, 2013. High school gym bleacher bids and contract award bids were opened April 10, With Kevin Handy, Supt. Shelton, CathyShull, and Linda Blue present, along with Evan Carroll. Cathy opened each bid and Kevin -Handy read the Bidder, Bid Bond Amount, and Bid Amount. Two of the companies did not meet the specifications set forth in the bid documents. This project must be completed by August 3, 2012. Board rejected bids from R.L. Jack- son & Associates (St. Charles, MO) and Interkal Bleachers LLC (Kal- amazoo, MI) and accept the lowest responsible bid from Carroll Seating (Elk Grove Village, IL) for a base bid of $135,442. Alternate #1 Bid for backrests - $6,900 and Alternate #2 bid for remote control - $1,358 is also recommended for approval. Board discussed improving Internet access capacity. The district has oper- ated successfully with a "TI" line for several years. The annual cost, which is partially paid by the Illinois Cen- tury network, is $9,556 for the school district. $1,986 goes to AT&T for the T1 line, and $7,570 goes to Frontier for access to the T1 line. Higher demand for download of data requires the district to expand the download speed of 1.5 megabytes per second. A new "Metro Ethernet" connection will allow the bandwidth second. The amount payable to the ICN is $750 monthly, $9,000 per year. The amount payable to Frontier is $600 monthly, $7,200 per year. The total new cost is $16,200 per year for the Metro Ethernet connection. Current "TI" connection cost is $9,556 per year. After discussion, the board directed the Superintendent to determine the cost of a fiber optic connection for the school district Internet access. The technology lease proposal for 2012-13 is $35,657.23. The lease- purchase would be for two years, with two annual payments. The items to be acquired are a new server, switches, 32 desktop computers, 3 laptop com- puters and 2 widescreen monitors. Approval willbe requested at the May meeting. 'Approval is requested for school lunch prices for 2012-13 in order to r/ieet the federal lunch price requirement. Board approved the 2012 - 13 school lunch prices set at the elemen- tary school $2; the high school $2.50; adults $3. Board approved board policy 5:260 background check requirement for the student teachers. Board approved board policy 7:305 for athlete concussions. Board approved permanently trans- fer $20,000 from Working Cash Fund (interest) to the Transportation Fund. Friday, May 25, 7 pm. High School Graduation is Satur- day, May 26, 7 pm. Board approved the school district library progam grant for 2012 in the amount of $388.97. Mr. Morgan recognized Mrs. Koehler and Mrs. Maske and the high school students for the excellent spring play last weekend. . The high school raised $3,594.93 for leukemia; Mrs. Clark was in charge of coordinating the events. Summarized from minutes of Diane Deppe, School Board Secre- tary. Grants make it 62 at. Pulaski Smell gas? Leave fast. If you smell an odor like rotten eggs in your home, leave immediately. Call Ameren Illinois at 1.800,755.5008 from a different location to report the odor. Stay safe when you're working outdoors, too. Always, call JULI E at 811 before you dig, Visit Amerenlllinois.com for more safety tips, ILLINOIS Nit. Pulaski Times 7