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Coal City School Board reaffirms its belief that student safety a big concern

The School Safety Action Plan has been adopted and the board reviewed options for securing the entrances at the elementary and intermediate schools, among other motions at its monthly board meeting.

The board also discussed the need to revise district policies in order to maintain control over student discipline. Superintendent Kent Bugg asked the board to consider the implementation of a credit recovery and intervention program, and would like to further discuss that option.

“Making the schools safer is a very important issue for us,” school board President Ken Miller said. “I don’t think we can do enough to secure the students’ safety. I think it’s always to err on the side of caution as far as that goes.”

The board also approved the following motions:

• Authorizing the administration to hire two permanent substitute teachers to work 174 days during the 2018-19 school year.

• Approving the 2018-19 tentative budget and to approve the legal notice for public hearing that said budget is available for public inspection for no less than 30 days at the District Administration Office from July 9 until the Public Hearing at 6 p.m. Sept. 5.

• Approving the agreement for architectural services with Cordogan Clark and Associates as presented.

• Approving the final draft of the revised district policies as presented.

• Approving the proposed revisions to the district’s risk management Program, as presented.

• Approving the appointment of Jason Smith as the authorized agent for Title IX and Sex Equity Hearing Officer for the 2018-19 school year.

• Approving the membership/assessment fee of $5,000 to Fair Assessment Information Resource Committee for 2018-19.

• Approving the 2018-19 membership renewal with the Illinois Association of School Boards, at a cost of $7,42.

• Approving the one-year agreement with Timberline Billing Services for Medicaid claim processing from July 1 through June 30, 2019.

• Approving the resolution to accept the School Site Donation of $5,915 from Grundy County.

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