Nokomis Board Approves Special Education Co-Op

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The Nokomis Board of Education held a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Unit Office.
Superintendent Dr. Scott Doerr reported that the first official meeting of the NPT (Nokomis, Pana and Taylorville) Special Education Cooperative will be held on Friday, March 1. At this time three positions will be posted, director, program and transition specialist and bookkeeper. The meeting will also include the approval of transfer agreements for social workers, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, OPA's, PTA's and a hearing itinerant teacher. The cooperative will present its proposal to the Illinois School Board of Education on Wednesday, May 1 and hopes to have an efficient transition on Monday, July 1.
Upon creating a new special education cooperative, all three districts involved will be decentralized. As a result, the following resolution will allow for certified and non-certified staff to be transferred from their current positions at Mid-State Special Education Cooperative to a similar position at Nokomis CUSD #22. Certified staff includes the following teachers, Carli Keown, Tanya Engelman, Morgan Johnson, Rachelle Blankenship, Lacey Heldebrandt, Sabrina Jones and Megan Mehochko. The non-certified staff includes the following aides, Shannon Abendroth, Beulah Cassidy, Bridget Ernst, Michele Pavolka, Jamie Volkmar and Gail West.
A motion was made to approve the resolution authorizing the transfer of employment of certain employees of the Mid-State Special Education Cooperative to the Nokomis Community Unit School District #22, effective Monday, July 1. The motion was unanimously approved with one member absent.
A motion was made to approve the job descriptions for special education teachers and special education paraprofessionals. The motion was passed by a voice vote.
The building and grounds committee met on Wednesday, Feb. 13 to discuss the remodeling of the lower level of North School, particularly the halls, bathrooms, art room and the library.

The remodel may also include laying new flooring, LED lighting, walls, ceiling fixtures and painting. The remodel will be paid for from the school facilities or Health Life Safety (HLS) money.
Superintendent Doerr reported that the state of Illinois owes the district $105,791.71 in categorical payments, primarily in early childhood and transportation. The district has been informed that due to the federal budget not being passed federal lunch and breakfast funding will be cut in half until September or a final budget is passed. This is estimated to cost the district over $25,000 in funding for this fiscal year.
Following Superintendent Doerr's report a motion was made to approve the intergovernmental agreement with the Regional Office of Education #3 for the Regional Safe School Program for 2019-2020. The motion was unanimously approved with one member absent.
A motion was made to approve the letter of intent to join the MSM Conference beginning with the 2021-2020 school year. The motion was unanimously approved with one member absent.
A motion was made to approve the agreement with Bushue Human Resources INC., from Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2022. The motion was unanimously approved with one member absent.
A motion was made to approve the resolution to voluntarily dissolve the Christian region joint agreement, effective Sunday, June 30, 2019. The motion was unanimously approved with one member absent.
A motion was made to approve the Golf Cooperative Agreement with Ramsey CUSD #204 for the fiscal year's 2020 and 2021. The motion was passed by a voice vote.
The board of education moved into closed session at 8:11 p.m. and re-entered into regular session at 8:59 p.m.
Following the closed session the board moved to accept resignations from Ag teacher Claire Geiger, junior high speech sponsor Jessica Helf and National Honor Society sponsor Melissa Satterlee at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year. The motion was passed by a voice vote.

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