Chester Board of Education Meeting agenda

CHESTER – The Chester Board of Education will meet in regular session tonight.





Debi Caraway, President Matt Davitz, Vice-President Charles Fricke, Secretary Barb Coffey James Krieg Nikki Malley Shannon Wolff


A REGULAR MEETING of the Chester School District Board of Education will be held on June 20, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria located at 1901 Swanwick Street, Chester, IL.




  1. Call to Order and Roll Call – 6:30 p.m.
  2. Executive Session

2.1 For the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body.

  1. Regular Session – 7:30 p.m.
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Opportunity for Public Comment

(please be mindful that these meetings of the BOE are required by the Open Meeting Law to be held in a public setting. Each participant will be limited to 5 minutes, which the board will listen to but will not respond during this time.)

  1. Conduct hearing on Chester School District No. 139 Amended Budget for the 2023-2024 school year

6.1 Adopt FY24 Amended Budget of Chester School District No. 139 as presented

  1. Board Correspondence
  2. Approve Consent Agenda Items as Listed

8.1 Approval of Agenda

8.2 Approve May 15, 2024, Regular and Executive Minutes, May 23, 2024, Special Meeting Minutes, and May 25, 2024, Special Meeting Minutes

8.3 Bills & Payroll

8.4 Financial Reports

  1. Departmental & Administrative Reports
  2. Old Business

10.1 Approve Board Press Policy 114 updates

  1. New Business

11.1 Approve the expiring and renewal coverages with the current Insurance Carrier, Prairie State Insurance Cooperative (PSIC), through M&M Insurance from DuQuoin, IL.

11.2 Approve the Strategic Planning Process Phase 1 only with Educational Leadership Solutions

11.3 Consider and approve a Resolution to abate the Working Cash Fund in the amount of $ 800,000 and to permanently transfer that abatement amount to the Capital Projects Fund in accordance with School Code Section 20-10, 105 ILCS 5/20-10.

11.4 Resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation alternate bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $7,000,000 to alter, repair and equip school buildings and facilities of the District and improve the sites thereof.

11.5 Resolution declaring the intention to issue not to exceed $7,500,000 Working Cash Fund Bonds for the purpose of increasing the Working Cash Fund of the District and directing that notice of such intention be published in the manner provided by law.

11.6 Conduct first reading of the Grade School 2024-2025 Handbook

11.7 Conduct first reading of the High School 2024-2025 Handbook

11.8 Conduct first reading of Board Press Policy 115 updates

11.9 Approve the Consolidated District Plan for FY 24-25

11.10 Approve IHSA membership and adopt bylaws for the 2024-2025 school term

11.11 Approve resolution of sale to dispose of outdated electronics and other items no longer being used within the district

11.12 Approve use of school facility form for SILEC MTU 14 to utilize the Grade School for Active Shooter Training, August 3, 2024 from 7 am to 5 pm

11.13 Approve the 3-year Transportation Contract Renewal between Robinson Transport, Inc. DBA SWIBCO, LLC, and Chester CUSD 139 to provide transportation for the 2024-2025, 2025-2026, and 2026-2027 school years.

  1. Personnel

12.1 Employment, Coaches, and Volunteers

12.2 Resignations

12.3 Retirement

12.4 Addendum