Board Minutes - July, 2012

LEWIS CASS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT
61682 Dailey Road, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031
(269) 445-6204

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
July 11, 2012

     
Call to 
Order
 

Mr. Colby called the organizational meeting of the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District Board of Education to order at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room #1 of the Administrative Services Center on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

     
Roll Call  

Members present:       Mr. Gordon, Ms. Adams, Ms. Simmons,  Mr. Atkinson  

Members absent:        Mr. Curtis

Administrators present:   Mr. Colby, Ms. Ash, Ms. Merrill, Mr. Hamilton,

                                      Mr. Chism, Mr. Wood

     
Declaration
of a Quorum
  Mr. Colby declared a quorum of the Board.
     
Pledge to 
the Flag
  Pledge to the Flag was recited.
     
Approval of Agenda   Moved by Ms. Simmons, supported by Mr. Gordon, to approve the agenda as presented.  All in favor.  Motion carried.
     
Election of Officers  

Moved by Ms. Adams, supported by Ms. Simmons, that Donald Curtis be nominated for President; Ann Simmons be nominated for Vice-President; Thomas Atkinson be nominated for Treasurer; and David Gordon be nominated for Secretary.   All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Regular Meetings of the Board  

Moved by Ms. Adams, supported by Mr. Gordon, that regular meetings of the Lewis Cass Intermediate Board of Education be held on the second Wednesday of each month at the LCISD Administrative Services Center at 61682 Dailey Road, meetings to be convened at 5:30 p.m. and no new business to be introduced after 7:30 p.m.  All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Posting Notices of Meetings  

Moved by Mr. Gordon, supported by Ms. Simmons, that the Superintendent’s Secretary be appointed the designee for posting notices of meetings.  All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Security Bonds  

Moved by Mr. Atkinson, supported by Ms. Adams, that the security bonds be set at a minimum of $10,000 for the board treasurer and $100,000 for employees. 

Roll Call Vote.  Ayes: Mr. Atkinson, Mr. Gordon, Ms. Simmons, Ms. Adams

                         Nays: None

All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Depositories   Moved by Mr. Gordon, supported by Ms. Adams, that the depositories will continue to be the Banks of Cass County and the Michigan Liquid Asset Fund (MILAF).  All in favor.  Motion carried.
     
Check Signature Authorization  

Moved by Ms. Adams, supported by Mr. Gordon, that the Superintendent, Chief Financial Officer, Accounting Supervisor, and the Board Treasurer be authorized to sign checks for General Deposit, Clearing, and Payroll accounts.  All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Memberships  

Moved by Ms. Adams, supported by Mr. Atkinson, to approve the memberships in the Michigan Association of School Boards and School Equity Caucus organizations.  All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Retainer Contracts  

Moved by Mr. Gordon, supported by Mr. Atkinson, to appoint Thrun Law Firm, P.C. as legal counsel for state level matters and labor negotiations; to appoint LaPointe & Butler, P.C. as legal counsel for special education matters; and that a retainer be paid to each firm. 

Roll Call Vote.  Ayes: Ms. Simmons, Ms. Adams, Mr. Atkinson, Mr. Gordon

                          Nays: None

All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Newspapers of General Circulation  

Moved by Mr. Atkinson, supported by Mr. Gordon, that Leader Publications (which publishes the Niles Daily Star, Dowagiac Daily News, Vigilant, Argus, and the West/North/South Leaders) and Marcellus News be designated as the newspapers of general circulation for the 2012-13 school year.  All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Compensation for Board Members  

Moved by Ms. Adam, supported by Ms. Simmons, that board members get a per diem of $30 per meeting plus mileage. 

Roll Call Vote.  Ayes: Mr. Gordon, Mr. Atkinson, Ms. Simmons, Ms. Adams

                        Nays: None

All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Communications to the Board   None
     
Communications from the Audience   None
     
Approval of 
Minutes
 

Moved by Mr. Gordon, supported by Mr. Atkinson, to approve the minutes of June 13, 2012, as presented.  All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Treasurer's Report  

Moved by Ms. Adams, supported by Mr. Gordon, to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented.  All in favor.  Motion carried.

     
Payment of Bills  

Moved by Ms. Adams, supported by Mr. Gordon, that the Board of Education hereby approves payment of bills which includes General Fund totaling $344,540.14; Special Ed Fund totaling $322,332.30; and Capital Projects totaling $46,877.71.

Roll Call Vote.  Ayes: Ms. Simmons, Mr. Gordon, Ms. Adams, Mr. Atkinson

                        Nays: None

All in favor.  Motion carried.
     
Adjournment   Moved by Ms. Simmons, supported by Mr. Atkinson, to adjourn at 6:10 p.m.  All in favor.  Motion carried.
     
   

Respectfully submitted,

_________________
David Gordon
 Secretary

These minutes are subject to board approval.


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