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Fall Meeting of IESA Board of Directors Recap---Two New Administrators Join IESA Board of Directors; FY 19 Budget Approved

The Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled fall meeting on Monday, September 10 at the IESA Office in Bloomington where two new members were seated on the IESA Board of Directors. In addition, the FY 19 budget was approved and the annual audit was presented to and accepted by the Board.

Dr. Scott McAlister, Principal of James Hart School in Homewood (Division C) and Mr. Antonio Johnson, Assistant Principal at Dunlap Valley Middle School in Dunlap were both seated after being appointed to the position by Board President, Mr. Tony Ingold, following the resignations/retirements of their predecessors.

The Board approved the budget for the 2018-19 school year. Anticipated receipts are budgeted at $1,677,600. Anticipated expenses are budgeted at $1,759,000 which includes an additional $50,000 to be paid toward the building mortgage. Executive Director Steve Endsley noted that the additional amount would only be paid in the spring if the amount can be paid without affecting the ordinary operating expenses of the Association. He pointed out that the 17-18 budget had approximately $100,000 more income than was projected yet expenses were about $56,000 less than budgeted. The principal of a member school may request that a copy of the budget be mailed to the school.

In addition to the above mentioned items, the Board tied up other loose ends at the meeting. The following is a summary of the meeting:

Board of Directors Meeting Dates: The Board set the dates for the remaining quarterly meetings for the 2018-19 school year. They will be January 25, 2019; April 5, 2019; and June 14, 2019.

Scholar Attitude Luncheon: The Board heard a report that the date for the 21st annual IESA Scholar Attitude Award will be Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The luncheon will be held at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington. Nomination forms will be available beginning on November 1.

Treasurer’s Report: The Board accepted the July, 2018 treasurer’s report and received a five year comparison of income and expenditures through FY 18.

Audit: The Board approved the annual audit of the Association by Striegel Knobloch & Company, LLC of Bloomington. The principal of a member school may request that a copy of the audit be mailed to the school.

Sponsorships: The Board received an update regarding the status of the sponsorship with Rawlings and Caterpillar.

IASB Session: Members of the IESA staff will attend the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) Annual Conference November 16-17 in Chicago.

IPA Meeting: IESA staff will present a division meeting on Monday, October 22 at the IPA conference in Springfield. They will also staff the exhibition booth the same day.

Speech Workshop: The Board received a report that the 44th annual speech workshop will be held on Friday, September 14.

A.D. Workshop: The Board heard a report on the workshop for athletic directors which was held on Friday, September 7.

Student Leadership Conference: The Board heard a report on the first-ever Student Leadership Conference which was held on Friday, September 7.

Board Elections: Information was shared with the Board concerning the upcoming elections. The Board members who are up for election are: Darryl Hogue (Division B); James Mitchem (Division C); Antonio Johnson (Division F); Tony Ingold (Division H); and Dana Isackson (Division J)

NFHS Summer Meeting: A review of the 2018 NFHS summer meeting was held and a list of the Board members scheduled to attend the 2019 summer meeting was distributed.

State Host Sites: The Board approved Urbana as the 8th grade Class 4A boys state basketball host. A complete listing of 2018-19 state hosts is available at this link:

Request for Enrollment Variance: The Board approved a staff recommendation to change the date that a school can apply for an enrollment variance from April 1 to July 1.

Track Starters: The Board approved a staff recommendation that two starters be hired to work each sectional track meet at the rate of $175 per starter.

Division Reports

At each meeting of the Board of Directors time is devoted for each board member to report on communication with and requests from the member schools in the member’s division. In addition, Board members also may make observations regarding the operation of the Association. Following is a report of those from the September 10 meeting:

Division E--Mr. Owens inquired about the hiring of baseball umpires for regional quarterfinal games.

Division M--Mr. Davis expressed appreciation for helping schools secure umpires for contests and for the handling of an issue when an umpire was not an IHSA licensed umpire.

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