Board Meeting 2008-2009

Minutes from May 6, 2009

Members in attendance:
Craig Barnes, John Benson (past pres), Ardis Geighes, Steve Goodman (pres), Isaac Greenspan, Liam Keigher, Liz Moore, Peter Nilsen (stats), Linda Nystrom, Chris Thibaudeau, Kevin Wiland (treas)

Opened at 4:10 pm

  1. 2009-10 Membership and Divisions—
    Whitney Young will be replacing Mundelein in the 2009-2010 season. There was discussion about in which division to place them. Liam moved that they be placed in the Wang division. Seconded by Ardis. Approved.
    Division placement for Naperville Central was discussed. It is current practice that the Milenkovic-Schultz division is determined by the top seven three-year totals. It was decided that this will be mandatory placement into the Milenkovic-Schultz division, but that a team may petition to be in this division. Membership in the other divisions would be reduced starting with one from Cook, then one from Horwat, and so on, going back to Cook if necessary. It was also resolved that for the 2009-2010 season, Naperville Central will be in the Milenkovic-Schultz division, that there will be eight teams in the Milenkovic-Schultz division, and that there will be eleven teams in the Cook division.
    Schools on the waiting list are (in order): Proviso Math and Science Academy; South Elgin, and Leyden.

  2. 2009-10 Schedule—
    Dates for next year:

    • Wednesday, September 30, 2009
    • Thursday, November 12, 2009
    • Thursday, December 10, 2009
    • Wednesday, February 3, 2010
    • Thursday, March 4, 2010.
  3. 2009-10 Written Topics—
    There was discussion of Senior #3 (which was expanded) and Sophomore #3 (which was changed). These proposed changes were moved by John, seconded by Kevin, and approved. Liam would like to remind teams to get ideas to him before the topics meeting and encourage participation in the topics meeting.

  4. 2009-10 Oral Topics—
    Isaac has resigned as Oral Topics Chair. We are looking for a new chair. The proposed topics for the 2009-10 season were moved by John, seconded by Ardis, and approved. We are still waiting on the State AA Oral topic for meet four.

  5. Treasury Report—
    Since the dues went up last year and we saved a lot by negotiating new pricing for ribbons, we realized a roughly $1600 surplus which helps to replenish our reserves.
    It was proposed to raise the stipends for the question writers. They have not had a raise in quite a few years. John moved to increase to $800 per writer or to whatever limit so we do not have to fill out form 1099 for the IRS, whichever is less. The motion was seconded by Steve and approved.
    We will raise the fee for the Georgia league to $50 per participating school.
    The budget was approved.

  6. Old Business—
    Awards will be kept the same. There was a temporary glitch in the website which has been resolved.

  7. Technology—
    Accepted calculators and technology will remain the same for the 2009-10 season.

  8. New Business—
    There was some informal discussion.
    Ardis suggested moving the NSML Conference meet up one-half hour. John will check with the ETHS staff and security to see if this is logistically possible. If possible, it will be brought to the coaches meeting for approval

Meeting adjourned at 5:55 pm.