Treasurer's report. Expenses for 2007-2008 were higher than previous years for two main reasons: we had two webmasters this year and all-conference clipboards had to be purchased. Clipboards are purchased roughly every five years. A proposal to increase the dues to $175 per school was voted on and unanimously passed. In addition, a dues increase to the Georgia schools to $50 per school was passed unanimously.
Schedule. The schedule for 2008-2009 was passed by the board on May 7, 2008 and submitted to the league. Schools are requested to go to the web site and fill out the host conflict form as soon as possible. Only one person per school should fill out the form.
Membership. South Elgin High School and Hononegah High School are out of the league. Ida Crown Jewish Academy and Mundelein High School are now in. Whitney Young High School is on the waiting list.
For the written topics, more schools are asked to participate in the selection process. Only four schools participated this year. The topics had been approved by the board and were submitted to the league.
For the orals, it was reported that Linear Programming had been moved in place of continued fractions. Continued fractions will be looked into as a possible topic for some future year. The topic for meet #4 will be announced as soon as the ICTM contest committee announces the oral topic for next year's regional and state contests.
All-conference clipboards and certificates were available for pick up by coaches.
Another layer of proof reading was instituted this year. This cut down on mistakes substantially and will be continued next year.
This year schools were allowed to bring more than five alternates, and their scores were posted on the web site. This will continue, but schools are reminded to be sure to ask the host school if they may bring more than five alternates.
The proposal made by the board on how to resolve ties at the conference meet was presented to the league and passed. The rule now states that ties for first and second place within a particular level (junior level in the Yuen division, for example) be broken by (1) the higher conference meet score by the affected teams within that level, (2) the higher of the fourth score on the two affected teams, (3) the higher of the fifth score on the two affected teams. When ties for third place occur, a new plaque will be made.
The John Benson award was discussed, and a committee of Kathie Rauch from Stevenson High School and Abel Castillo from Evanston High School will work on formalizing criteria for the award.
Finally, the rules for the use of technology will remain as they currently stand.