Mohawk uses fifth calamity day

SYCAMORE — Mohawk Superintendent Ken Ratliff addressed the issue of winter weather and school cancellations Monday.

The district has reached the five-day cancellation limit. If any further days are canceled, the district is required to use make-up date as set in the district calendar: Martin Luther King Day, Feb. 16, Feb. 19, March 29 and April 2. In addition to dangerous road conditions, classes would be cancelled if the wind chill would cause frost bite in 30 minutes.

The Mohawk Board of Education conducted its organizational meeting Monday. Sam Flood was elected president and Kathy Koehler as vice president. The board welcomed Joshua Messersmith as a new member. The board is to continue to meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

The following resolutions were approved: Treasurer Rhonda Feasel was authorized to pay bills, accept donations less than $500, to request advances from the county auditor, to invest funds, and to serve as public records designee. Superintendent Ken Ratliff was authorized to co-sign checks over $50,000, and to serve as purchasing agent for the district. Ratliff and Feasel may sign written contracts that are less than $50,000.

The board then entered into regular session. Feasel presented a mid-year update on district finances. Now, income is within 1 percent of the October estimates. Expenditures are below estimates. Community school outgo is up 7.53 percent.

Elementary principal Tami Wallace reported that one third of the third graders have passed the mandatory reading test.

The board took action to:

• Accept a $5,000 donation from National Machinery to FFA to purchase a CNC plasma table.

• Issue a four-year contract for Ratliff beginning Aug 1, 2019, and a three-year contract for Wallace.

• Appoint Daryl Close as a trustee for a seven-year term for the Mohawk Community Library.

Tim Davidson, facilities supervisor, said the district will continue the replacement of light bulbs with LED lights. Cost-sharing of the project with North Central Electric and the energy savings will pay for the project in eight months.

The board heard the first reading of new and revised board policies. These are to be available for public review on the district website.

The board adjourned to executive session for discuss of employment. No action was to be taken.