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G-K board accepts resignation from member, hears fiscal report

GENOA - The Genoa-Kingston District 424 school board accepted the resignation of a board member on Tuesday and discussed its projected budget for the upcoming school year among other agenda items.

The board passed the re-entry plan 5-0, with one abstention. The other missing vote was from John Shipley, who resigned to move to Wisconsin with his family.

Superintendent Brent O'Daniell said the board has 60 days to appoint a replacement. After that there is a 30-day grace period, then the regional office of education will name a replacement.

Although Shipley's term ran for more than two more years, the replacement will have to run for re-election this spring.

The board also heard the fiscal outlook for the 2020-21 school year, which projected revenues at over $21.6 million but still expected a deficit of $100,000.

The board also rejected the continuation of a co-op of middle school football with Hiawatha by a vote of 3-3. Board member David Cleveland said he cast his no vote for the safety of Genoa-Kingston students.

Most of the discussion on the issue focused around safety procedures. G-K athletic director said anywhere from 10-12 Hiawatha middle school students participate on the G-K team, as does a coach. He said the program will have only about 30 G-K players, which may necessitate just playing one level instead of both a junior varsity and varsity schedule.

Jerbi also said he expected to here a decision on whether there would even be a middle school season on Wednesday. While the IESA cancelled its fall sports season, G-K does not play football governed by the IESA.

The board also recognized the graduation ceremony held this weekend. It was an in-person ceremony on the track, with groups of 38 students honored for graduating. Each graduate could bring up to two people.

O'Daniell said the ceremony wasn't really advertised to help keep attendance requests down.

"We didn't want to have to turn people away," O'Daniell said. "If people heard about it, we'd have to turn them away. And we still did have to turn people away. We had to tel some people we only allow two people in. And they were very understanding. But no one wants to tell people no. And that's in all honesty why we didn't advertise it big time."

O'Daniell said the district got approval from the DeKalb County Public Health Department for the plan. Each group had a different speaker, and a video will be made combining the three ceremonies for each graduate.

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