OLMC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
JUNE 6, 2016
Members Present: Faye Myatt, Marlyn Cairatti, Mary Belanger, Tammy Pullum, Leigh Bedokis-Gusta, Brad Heard, Amy Weaver, Michelle Rickard, Mary Edna Russell, Todd Ward, Mary Bondioli, Gary Spoerre and Barry Vesciglio
As per tradition, June’s meeting was held off campus, at Sergio’s Restaurant this year.
1.) Opening Prayer
Brad called the meeting to order at 6:02pm and lead the Board in prayer.
2.) Approval of May Minutes
After the board reviewed the minutes from the meeting on May 9th, Leigh motioned to approve the minutes and Marlyn seconded this motion.
3.) Pastor’s Report
Fr. Ken was unable to attend. No Pastor’s Report was presented.
4.) Principal’s Report
a.) Welcome of New School Board Members
New Board members, Liz Issler and Mary Bondioli were announced and welcomed to the committee (Liz was unable to attend the meeting). Barry Vesciglio was also reappointed to the committee for another term.
b.) Selection of Officers for 2016-17 Board members nominated to serve as officers:
- President - Leigh Bedokis-Gusta
- Vice-President - Barry Vesciglio
- Secretary - Tammy Pullum
The officer nominees were then voted on by all Board members present. By unanimous vote of the Board, Leigh, Barry and Tammy were elected officers for 2016-17.
c.) Principal Faye presents Student Handbook changes for the Boards approval. Areas of the
Student Handbook that required revision or updating included: Honors Qualifications,
Assessments, and Dress Code Policy. Principle Faye presented the proposed changes to the
handbook. These changes had been previously presented to the faculty and approved. The
changes were also approved by the School Board by unanimous vote.
School Uniforms vs. Student Dress Code--The Board discussed the fact that OLMC does not have a uniform for our student’s per se, but a dress code. The committee discussed whether or not we would want to revisit this especially in light of the opening of the new school. There seems to be a great deal of variation in terms of what the students are wearing and variation in terms of teachers consistently enforcing the dress code.
d.) Principal Faye presented Teacher Assignments for the 2016-17 School Year
5.) Old Business
During our May meeting, Barry volunteered to work on a revision of the OLMC School Mission Statement. The revision was to include two major points, first that we have evolved into more of a “regional” Catholic school, and second, that we welcome students/families of other faith traditions to join our school. Barry gave a brief overview of what a mission statement is and then also presented a draft of a revised OLMC school mission statement for the Board’s review. The Board discussed the draft, provided feedback, made changes and approved a final revision.
REVISION DRAFT (Presented):
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School extends the Catholic traditions of our parish by serving [the educational needs of] families throughout the Southern Illinois region.
We strive to inspire students to work towards academic excellence, to become knowledgeable and active in their faith to develop a sense of social responsibility and to become life-long learners.
We believe the responsibility of educating the whole child is shared through faculty commitment, family involvement, and parish support.
We welcome students from all faith traditions and diverse backgrounds. We attempt to address the unique needs of each child within a safe and nurturing environment.
Revision Approved by the School Board:
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School extends the Catholic traditions of our parish by serving the educational needs of families throughout the Southern Illinois region.
We strive to inspire students to work towards academic excellence, to become knowledgeable and active in their faith, to develop a strong moral character and sense of social responsibility, and to become life-long learners.
We believe the responsibility of educating the whole child is shared through family involvement, faculty commitment, and parish support.
We welcome students from all faith traditions and diverse backgrounds. We attempt to address the unique needs of each child within a disciplined, safe and nurturing environment
9.) Executive Session – No Executive Session was called for this month.
At 8:00pm, Amy made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Tammy.
*The next School Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday August 25th at 6pm in the HFR.