July 19, 2021
Board Brief
Dear Lovejoy Community:

The district’s communication plan includes updates regarding Board meetings. Following each meeting of the Board of Trustees, we share a recap of the evening’s events.

For those interested in an outline of the Board Meeting, you may find the full agenda here.

Following is the July 19, 2021 Board Brief.

The Board meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM with the Board retiring into Executive Session at 6:00 PM. Executive Session is a time where limited items such as personnel matters may be discussed. No votes are taken in Executive Session. The Board remained in Executive Session until 7:03 PM, at which time they recessed. The Board reconvened in Open Session at 7:08 PM

The Board of Trustees and the Superintendent of Schools comprise the Team of Eight. All members of the Team of Eight were present at the meeting.

Barrett Owens, President
Amy Smith, Vice-President
Anne Smith, Secretary
Chad Collins, Trustee
Jeff Wood, Trustee
Marvin Bobo, Trustee
Jason Jaynes, Trustee
Katie Kordel, Superintendent of Schools
Board Trustee Chad Collins led the invocation.

Superintendent of Schools Katie Kordel introduced the following new hire:

  • Dr. Jennifer DuPlessis, Chief Financial Officer

Principal of Puster Elementary School Holly Haynes introduced the following new hires:

  • Paige Christiansen, Art Teacher
  • Terrie Cunningham, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Bailey Lavinsky, 4th Grade Science Teacher
  • Madison Murphy, Kindergarten Teacher

Principal of Sloan Creek Intermediate School Ray Winkler introduced the following new hires:

  • Kirsten Cermak, 5th Grade ELAR Special Education Teacher
  • Debra DeCasper, 6th Grade ELAR Teacher
  • Victoria England, 6th Grade ELAR Teacher
  • Kevin Francis, 5th and 6th Grade Health and PE Teacher and Athletic Coach
  • Jason Klotz, 5th and 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
  • Amy Koestler, 6th Grade Math Teacher
  • Ashley Massay, SCIS, 6th Grade ELAR Teacher
  • Michelle New, Orchestra Director
  • Brooke Puckett, PE Teacher and Athletic Coach
  • Laura Scaglione, 6th Grade ELAR Teacher
  • Eileen Wade, Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Heather Weaver, Special Education Life Skills Teacher

Principal of Willow Springs Middle School Kevin Parker introduced the following new hires:

  • Darrell Evans, Technology Teacher and Athletic Coordinator
  • Rachael Kowalski, 7th Grade Math Teacher
  • Kathryn Reilley, Special Education ELAR Teacher

Principal of Lovejoy High School Chris Mayfield introduced the following new hires:

  • Traci Benson, Math Teacher and Athletic Coach
  • Aaron Cappotelli, Yearbook and Photojournalism Teacher
  • Austin Coachman, Assistant Principal
  • Natalie Coonrod, Counselor
  • Ryan Gros, Math Teacher and Head Baseball Coach
  • Alex Holloway, Percussion Teacher
  • June Owens, Newspaper and Broadcast Journalism Teacher
  • Carrie Robbins, Counselor
  • Matthew Schmidt, Life Science and Forensics Teacher
  • Tyler Wicke, Assistant Principal

The Team of Eight welcomed our new hires to the Lovejoy family.
Superintendent of Schools Katie Kordel introduced the following recipients of the Silver Star designation:

  • Paige Christiansen, Lovejoy High School Class of 2017
  • Terrie Cunningham, Lovejoy High School Class of 2011
  • Brooke Puckett, Lovejoy High School Class of 2012
Silver Star awards are presented to alumna of Lovejoy High School who return to Lovejoy to share their teaching expertise. The Team of Eight welcomed our Silver Stars home.

Board Meetings have a time for Public Comments Related to Non-Agenda items and Public Comments Related to Agenda items. There were no public comments.

The Board of Trustees approved the Consent Agenda which included the following items:

Approval of the Minutes of the June 10, 2021 Team of Eight Workshop
Consent Agenda details may be found here.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dennis Muizers presented the notification of resignations which may be found here.

Superintendent of Schools Katie Kordel presented the Superintendent’s Year 1 Goals which were approved by the Board of Trustees. 
Director of Athletics Chris Ross presented an update on Athletics Capital Projects which may be found here.
This update included soil test results for the new turf fields, covering 8 acres, which indicated the presence of soils with high plasticity associated with a high potential for active clay soils to shrink and swell in response to changes in the soil moisture content. Moisture conditioning improvements of the subgrade will be required to reduce the potential vertical movements to an acceptable level. The recommendation for moisture conditioning will require excavation of 6-8 feet, moisture conditioning applied to 5-7 feet of soil and a one-foot flexible base cap. The initial project included an allowance of $300,000 for soil stabilization; however, with the findings and recommendations from the geotechnical study, the cost has increased $515,000.

Additionally, the nailer board on the field at Leopard Stadium is in need of replacement. You may view the current nailer board and proposed nailer board in the Athletics Capital Projects report.

The Board of Trustees approved the amount of $515,000 for soil stabilization. Additionally, the Board of Trustees approved $20,000 for installation of new nailer board which includes a 30 year warranty. The Athletics Capital Project expenses will be funded through I&S.

Superintendent of Schools Katie Kordel shared the following in the Superintendent’s Report:

Thank you to Coach Ross and his team. They have worked many nights and weekends and have put in lots of behind the scenes work on the Capital Improvements Project.
The district is in high gear in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year. The Lovejoy team cannot wait to welcome our students to the new school year. There are many back to school events:

Hart and Puster Elementary Schools - Parents Night In
Thursday, July 29 at 5:30 PM

Sloan Creek Intermediate School – 6th Grade Walk the Creek
Monday, August 9 at 5:30 PM

Hart and Puster Elementary Schools – Meet the Teacher
Tuesday, August 10 – Check Principal emails for times

Lovejoy High School -
Freshman Founders Day and New Student Orientation
Thursday, August 12 at 8:30 AM

Sloan Creek Intermediate School – 5th Grade Walk the Creek
Thursday, August 12 at 5:30 PM

Willow Springs Middle School – Walk the Springs
Friday, August 13 at 9:00 AM

First Day of School – August 16

With there being no further announcements, the Board adjourned at 8:20 PM.

The full Board Book may be found here.
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