ROCK FALLS — The Rock Falls High School school board approved the hiring of two certified instructors as part of its regular July 20 meeting.
Candace Humphrey has been hired to fill a vacancy as a business professor.
Jodi Thompson was hired as a special education teacher.
The board also approved two resignations: Amy Sigel and Daniel Fiorini.
Other staff appointments were made as part of the consent agenda. They were Lisa Carlson as a teacher’s aide; Krista Denning for the restoration; Melinda Jones, Kevin Boyle, Ramiro Martinez and Erin Spooner as marching band assistants; Dan Gordon and Max Parker as volunteer football assistants; Jacob Barnes as a school supervisor and football assistant; and Renee Kahle as the freshman class sponsor.
The board approved two changes to the August schedule that had been posted as part of the meeting agenda. Orientation for new teachers has been moved to August 4. Meet the Rockets has been announced for August 19.
The other elements of the calendar remained unchanged. Ninth grade parent orientation will be August 10, Teacher institute days will be August 15-17, Freshman orientation will be August 17, and the first full day of school will take place on August 18.
Bus contract filed
Superintendent Ron McCord said discussions are ongoing with the Division Manager of the First Student bus company about extending the transportation services agreement for the upcoming school year, so the item has been tabled.
McCord said it was the first time he remembered an extension hadn’t been finalized by the mid-summer board meeting, but he explained that discussions with the company covered increases due to inflation and rising gas prices as well as a recent personnel change. at the company’s location in Rock Falls.
McCord said he was confident he would have a deal to present at the Aug. 17 board meeting.
Manual revisions for certified and non-certified personnel were presented and accepted. The changes included a modified bell schedule and updated language for class sponsorship and chaperone duties for dances that were considered obsolete, Principal Mike Berentes said.
The Consolidated District Plan, which is the means by which schools apply for federal grants through a unified process, was adopted.
The board also approved a school-wide plan for Title I status, which means public funds intended to promote equity for students in low-income or devalued land value areas can be applied to things for the entire student body.
Revisions to the crisis management plan were approved after local law enforcement reviewed them in mid-July. McCord said police will make a presentation to staff at a later date.
The board has approved Matt Zilm of Ogle County and Corena Steinmeyer of Lee County as special education nominees for the Northwest Illinois Board of Trustees.
Finally, the annual district financial audit is due in August.
The board approved Teachers’ Collective Agreement 2022-23 and the Uncertified Staff Agreement. The latter contained a 5% increase for employee salaries, except in the catering department, which received a 6% increase.
A survey of the Class of 2022 showed that 33% would attend Sauk Valley Community College and another 4% would attend another junior college. In addition, 27% would work full time; 17% would attend a four-year college; 10% would attend business, trade or technical school; 5% were in the military; and 4% were unaware of their future plans.