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April Board Meeting
April Board Meeting
Friday, April 19, 2019

ROWVA 208 Board of Education Meeting

April 15, 2018

Future Ready Report

Time and Space:

  • Schedule for the next school year will be in place and ready to go.

  • The silhouettes at the elementary are up in all areas of the hallway and look wonderful.


  • Our new website/app will launch this week if all things go well.  

  • Mrs. Danner, Mr. Hinthorne, and Ms. Baity have been working on the finishing touches.

  • Todd Walker has been working on a frame for the new ROWVA Jr./Sr. High School sign.


  • The technology scope and sequence is still being looked at for grades 3rd-6th grade.

Professional Development:

  • The PD group will meet in the next month to prepare for next year.

Elementary Principal Report

  • Mrs. Walden and Mrs. Grant’s sixth grade students created and raced balloon cars while studying forces and motions.

  • 25 students (4th – 6th grades) participated in the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award.  Thank you to the ROWVA Public Schools Foundation for funding the purchase of the Rebecca Caudill books for our library!

  • Mrs. Manecke’s March Madness Books Challenge: We started with 16 picture books. The classrooms read each book match up and voted on a classroom winner. We’ll have our winner next week!

  • Mrs. Arch and Mrs. Calderone have added to their ROWVA Reads program by having book giveaways. Check them out on the ROWVA Reads Facebook page!

  • Last week was National Library Week. The students and Ms. Norville celebrated it by participating in a Book Swap.

  • Our 5th graders entered a national poetry contest, Expressive Education. The book is called the Young American Poetry Digest, and all submissions were chosen to be published. Congrats to all of them!

  • 5th grade has started the annual Southwest Airlines' Adopt A Pilot program with Scott Dennis.

  • To wrap up the unit of study on weather, Mrs. Trone and Miss Johnson invited James Zahara to visit our third graders. He even brought The Beast and allowed them to all sit in it!

  • The 3rd and 5th grade teachers are working together on a science investigation. The goal is to construct catapults that will chuck a "Peep" the farthest.

  • With Title IV funds, the Title Team was able to purchase a Maker Cart. We were able to set it up this week and will be ready to roll it out after spring break.

  • IAR Testing Encouragement: Pre K - 2nd grade teachers and staff helped to encourage our 3rd - 6th grade students to do their best by a kick off skit, rock video, and special surprises (posters, treats, cards, etc.)

High School Principal Report

  • State Testing at the high school level took place April 9th.

  • Seniors participated in a Senior Transition Day at Carl Sandburg College on April 9.

  • IAR testing & ISA testing will wrap up next week.

  • Mr. Johnson took 10 students to the 1st annual Civics Day @ WIU.

  • Kelsey Bishop & Kayla Dillbeck had their writing published on the McCormick Foundation Civics blog discussing the value of middle school civics.

  • Mrs. Gibbons has started an after-school homework club for 7th & 8th grade students. This takes place 2 days/week.

  • Mrs. Neill-Nelson received her Master Advisor award @ FCCLA State Conference. This award recognizes advisors who have been successful in advising an affiliated chapter for a minimum of three years, promoting the organization, operating an integrated chapter with a balanced program of work, facilitating youth-centered activities, and keeping abreast of new happenings within the organization. She will receive recognition at the National Leadership Conference in July as well.

  • March Student of the Month: Emily Sperry

  • R/W Athlete of the Week: Brandon Merz & Ali Cain (25 March 2019); Ashlyn Murdock (1 April 2018)

  • Taylor Main, Mallory Shea & Mia Stinson attended Senator Weaver’s Youth Council meeting in Springfield on 4/3.

  • Band

    • The 5-12 Spring band concert is April 28 at 4pm in the High School gym.

    • The high school band will be competing in the IHSA Organizational Contest @ Monmouth-Roseville High School on 4/12.

    • The Winter Guard had a great first season despite the weather hiccups and their 3/28 showcase was well attended.

    • Junior High solo/ensemble (3/15), band students earned 4 division I (superior) and 2 division II (excellent). Superior: Maggie Blust, Chloe Stanfield, Emily West & Clara Kuelper (perfect score). Excellent: Clara Asplund & Chesni Simpson

  • FFA

    • March 23: State SAE Interviews: Taylor Main 3rd in Poultry Production; Ben Murdock 2nd in Oil Crop Production; Kaprice Pierson 3rd in Veterinary Science

    • March 26: Teams placed 2nd in Novice & 2nd in Varsity for Ag Business Management

    • April 2: Team placed 1st @ Knox County Envirothon

    • April 3: Teams placed 1st & 3rd at WIU Ag Mechanics CDE. 1st Place Individuals: Tyler West (Carpentry), Ethan Main (Surveying), Ben Murdock (Welding); 2nd Place Ind: Trent Shepherd (Power); 3rd Place Ind: Payton Haynes (Electricity), Tod Walker (Welding).

    • Team placed 4th @ Horticulture CDE; Taylor Main placed 2nd @ District Extemporaneous Public Speaking advancing to the State Finals in June.


    • State Conference was April 4-6 in Springfield. This included a banquet to honor the 2018-19 State FCCLA Officers. Bryce Selman served as the VP for Competitive Events

    • Received a Gold Chapter Award

    • Natalyn Toland & Brenna West received a silver rating and national delegate with their National Programs in Action project.

    • Kathryn Goss received a silver rating with her Recycle & Redesign Event.

    • Gracie Gibbons is 1 of 5 students that will serve as a 2019-20 State FCCLA Officer. She will be ROWVA’s 16th consecutive State Officer. Officer positions will be determined in June @ Leadership Training in Springfield.

Superintendent’s Report

  • SB 1838/HB 3053:

    • HB 3053 passed the through the House, but as of right now, the SB 1838 has been postponed.

    • The bill consists of a 20 member committee whose recommendations would end in consolidation of school districts throughout the state.

    • This bill forces school consolidation on the ballot at the next general election.

  • Solar Panels

    • ROWVA was selected to host a solar project east of the football field.

    • I am still waiting to hear from Clean Energy Design Group to start the process.

Action Items

  • Approved Overnight Stays for FCCLA and Girls Basketball

    • FCCLA will be headed to the National Convention in Anaheim, California.

    • Girls Basketball will attend summer camp in Eldon, Missouri.

  • B. Approved Renewal of IESA Membership

  • C. Approved the Superintendent to seek a Lease Agreement for a Tractor

    • The District tractor has a clutch issue and would be $3,300 to fix.

    • The tractor is from the 1970s and will be given to the ROWVA Auto Class.

  • D. Consider Establishing a Special Meeting to Seat the New Board of Education.

    • The recent election for the ROWVA School Board was not correctly placed on the ballot.

    • Ryan West should have been listed as a two-year unexpired term.  He was placed on the ballot as a candidate for a four-year term instead.

    • ROWVA is working with legal counsel to correct this issue.  

    • ROWVA School Board will have a special meeting to seat the board on April 29, 6:00 p.m. at the ROWVA LMC.

  • E. Appointed Justina West as the New IMRF Agent for ROWVA CUSD 208

  • F. Renewed the RW Boys Basketball and RW Track Co-op

Closed Session

  • Hired Traci Johnson and Carly Oto as Directors of Innovation for ROWVA Jr/Sr. High School and ROWVA Elementary.

    • I am very excited to have these two individuals step into this role. Both bring so much to the classroom for students and will be a resource for teachers in our district for years to come.

    • The inspiration for these positions came from a Ted Talk that I saw on YouTube.

  • Accepted the retirement of Cindy Dillion as a junior high classroom aide.

  • Accepted the retirement of Kim DeSutter at the end of the 2020-2021 School Year.

  • Accepted the resignation of Madison Norville for 7th Grade Volleyball.

    • Posted a position for 7th Grade Volleyball

  • Post a 4th Grade Elementary Position