NCHS Board Passes Budget, Approves Field Trip Requests
By Alex Haglund
Along with the personnel issues related to former NCHS Superintendent Ernie Fowler, the board of Nashville Community high School District 99 had a number of other important items on their agenda for their September meeting, held (in two parts) on Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26.
The board passed a tentative budget for the school year, after holding a budget hearing, at which there was no public comment presented.
NCHS Principal Mark Begando gave a report to the board, following up on his first few weeks at the school, in which he praised both the district’s teachers and students.
“We are determined to work hard,” Begando said. “The kids are determined and the teachers are determined.”
“There is something special happening,” he continued, “and it’s happening within these walls.”
Begando also expressed admiration for both the District’s maintenance staff, and for Stephanie Bauza, who had helped him greatly during this time.
Begando also stated that he had included a discipline report and an attendance report to the board, and would continue to do so at their request.
Under new business, the board adopted the budget as presented.
Begando was approved as a signature authority for the district’s revolving and activity financial accounts.
The annual application for recognition of schools for NCHS was approved.
The annual audit was approved. The audit was clean, there were no findings.
A number of board policies were revisions were approved on first reading.
Before Fowler’s retirement agreement was approved by the board Tuesday, the other post-closed session item on the agenda was approved – Tommy Pelczynski was hired as the NCHS Freshman Boys Basketball Coach.
Out Of State And Overnight Trips
The board approved three requests for overnight or out of state field trips.
Leigh Ann Cloud made a request for the NCHS Drama Club to take a trip to Illinois State University at Normal on January 11 through 13, 2018.
Steve Browne had a request for the choir to attend the ILMEA Convention on January 25 and 26 in Peoria.
Julie Bond-Ledford presented a list of field trip requests for the FFA for the coming school year. Included were trips to:
• FFA National Convention, Indianapolis, Ind., October 25-27
• 212 Conference, Collinsville, February 9 and 10, 2018
• Farm Bureau Youth Conference, East Peoria, April 16 and 17, 2018
• SIU Cooperative Conference, Carbondale, June 7 and 8, 2018
• Illinois FFA State Convention, Springfield, June 11-14, 2018
Board member Sharon Ogzrewalla asked Bond-Ledford about the funding for the transportation, but the FFA trips are paid for using money provided from the FFA Activity Fund, not other district monies.
Comments From Sachteleben
In public comments, before a decision regarding Fowler had been approved, Dale Sachtleben spoke to the board regarding the situation.
Sachtleben said that he had told himself that he would not return to the school since he graduated 50 years ago, but stated that he was worried after he had seen “a considerable amount of damage done to the reputation of the school,” by the incident, and that it was, “to the detriment of the students.
Sachtleben said that the District’s teachers were, “tops in my mind,” adding that the people of the community “owe the teachers an incredible amount of thanks.”
Sachtleben stated that the board had an incredible responsibility, not only to the teachers and the students, but to the taxpayers in the community as well, and that he understood that “resources are limited and I understand that decisions have to be made.”