Garrison, Kinney sworn in at IVC board meeting

Adam Larck
From left, Steve Garrison and Dave Kinney, the two new IVC Board of Education members.

New IVC Board of Education members Steve Garrison and Dr. Dave Kinney were sworn in April 26.

After the previous board adjourned sine die (indefinitely), Garrison and Kinney, along with returning member Mike Denzer, were sworn in by vice president Steve Nalley.

After taking the oath of office, Denzer was elected president of the board, while Nalley retained the vice president position and Donna Uebler remained secretary.

The two retiring board members, former president Jim Hollenback and Greg Johnson, were given plaques by Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak for their service on the board.

A new contract was also approved for Polyak during the meeting. The contract, which will take effect July 1, will go until June 2015.

“There is no salary amount in my contract,” Polyak said. “It reads that my salary will be determined by the Board each year prior to June 30th. The board typically approves all administrative salaries in May, so that is why my new contract doesn’t have a salary.”

In other board news:

• The strategic plan for 2011-16 was approved. The plan, which has been worked on by staff and community members, features five goals the district has, along with various strategies of how to accomplish them.

After giving a short presentation about the plan, Polyak recognized all involved with making the plan with a certificate.

• A bid was approved for the district to purchase two new busses. The busses are from Midwest Transit, and were purchased for $140,074.

• A presentation was given by Todd Dugan about the “First Choice” after-school program at Chillicothe Elementary Center.

“We didn’t really get the idea, we just knew we needed something,” Dugan said. “We just went around and observed some of the surrounding schools. A couple of the schools, Pekin and Creve Coeur, kept pointing us towards the ‘First Choice’ program in Tazewell County.”

The “First Choice” program meets after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-5 p.m., and consists of a healthy snack, homework hangout, tutoring, “First Choice” curriculum and exercise.

Students were chosen for the program based on various criteria.

“There were a large number of kids that had emotional needs or a lack of motivation and so on,” Dugan said. “They were good kids, too. It’s not a troubled kid program, by any means.”

This is the first of its kind in Peoria County.

• Next year’s board meeting calendar was approved, along with the high school Spanish Trip to Spain April 6-15, 2012.

The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the IVC High School Library.