School Superintendent Talk Highlight Of Glen Carbon Board Meeting

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

The Glen Carbon Village Board heard a presentation from Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7 Superintendent Jason Henderson and took action on several items at its Tuesday, November 26 board meeting.

Henderson’s appearance was the latest in a tradition of periodic updates to the board by members of other taxing districts.

He said District 7 enrollment remains stable. Board information is now more accessible to the public, he said, now that the meeting packets are being posted on BoardDocs, the school management software system  (also currently being used by the Triad School District). This is not only for the sake of transparency but also so the proceedings can be searched and referred to in years to come.

Henderson pointed out that only Edwardsville High School has WiFi but a timeline is being created to put it in the other schools and to educate the teachers on how to use it. And, thanks to the passage of the Proposition E school tax rate-raising referendum in 2017, during the last fiscal year the district’s overall operating funds have moved from a negative $2.4 million ‘to a positive 4.3,” he said.

“We’re estimating that by the end of the next year, we’ll have a balance of about seven million dollars with an ending balance of about  $2.5 million,” he said. “For the first time here we’re starting to build up a little of that working cash fund.”

In action items, the board voted to give permission to let Edwardsville Township to use Village Hall  for their annual town hall and monthly board meetings in 2020-21.

Other actions taken by the board included:

• An amendment to the contract with Republic Services Inc. changing large trash item pickup for residents from two individual on-demand pickup dates to only one plus one scheduled village-wide pickup date in the spring.

All large items picked up as a part of this service will go into the landfill.

• A resolution to renew the engagement contract for audit services with Sikich LLP.

• Approval of agreements for on-call professional services from January 1 to December 30, 2020 with Juneau Associates Inc. and TWM Inc.

Mayor Rob Jackstadt gave a report on the Illinois Municipal League Conference that he attended earlier this year. Some of the issues covered in the sessions he had taken included what to do when a local pension board denies a municipality the right to intervene in a disability benefit request hearing and how to start thinking about attracting millennials and making adjustments to ordinances to embrace their patterns and preferences.

Business of the Month for November 2019 was Morningstar Chiropractic.

The next meeting, in which the board will vote on the tax levy, will follow a public hearing on the proposed annual budget for the 2020 fiscal year and will be held on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Village Hall. Interested citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions or make comments on the proposed budget, which is currently on file for public inspection in the administration office at Village Hall, 151 N. Main Street. For more information contact Glen Carbon Director of Finance Scott Borror at 288-2607.

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