SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, February 24, 2014
President Terry McKeown called the regular meeting of the Board of Education in Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on Monday, February 24, 2014 in the District Office, 164 S. Euclid Ave., at 7:00 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mrs. Susan Lancaster, Mr. Cary Moreth, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Mr. Terry McKeown
Others Present: Dr. Jon Bartelt, Dr. Evonne Waugh, Adam Parisi, Justine Albig, Lisa Paoletti, Melia Lents, Deyana Matt, Kristen Novotny, Sue Noren, Susanne Stankoskey, Mary Kay Lepore, Greg Leyden, Vaishali Shah, Kathy Ogden
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve the items in the Consent Agenda which included the Regular Minutes from 2-3-14; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund in the amount of $165,104.63, the Operations and Maintenance Fund in the amount of $41,170.69, the Transportation Fund in the amount of $72,887.04, Payroll (1/25/14) in the amount of $374,936.34 and (2/10/14) in the amount of $402,249.26 as shown in F.D. 2/24/14-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 2/24/14-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 2/24/14-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 2/24/14-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 2/24/14-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 2/24/14-6; the Employment of Patricia Kutrumanes as a parapro at DuJardin effective 2-11-14 for a salary of $10.88/hr., the Resignation of Theresa Wimberley as a parapro at DuJardin effective 2-7-14, and Michael Bratkovich as Math RtI teacher at Westfield effective 5-30-14; a FMLA for Deborah English as health assistant for the District effective 1-30-14 (return TBD), and Erin Guge as third grade teacher at Erickson for a term of 3-27-14 through 5-30-14.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Peterson, Moreth, Birkley, Klco, Lancaster, Wojcicki, McKeown
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
Dr. Bartelt shared results of the 5Essentials Survey taken by staff and students last year, as well as providing information for the current year’s survey which will include parents. Performance results indicate high marks in four of the five areas: ambitious instruction, collaborative teachers, involved families, and supportive environment. The District scored average in the effective leadership area, and the District Cabinet will focus on this accordingly. Dr. Bartelt will send home a letter to parents in preparation for this year’s survey.
Dr. Bartelt shared a draft of the Board Retreat agenda which will be held on March 10 at the District Office beginning at 6:00 p.m. A representative from ECRA will also be in attendance.
Director of Buildings and Grounds Greg Leyden presented proposed summer building projects for each District facility. Included among the projects: replace front gutters and bathroom partitions at Erickson; install security cameras at Erickson and DuJardin, replace interior doors at DuJardin; install new hallway carpeting in 6th grade wing and replace several exterior doors at Westfield; and district-wide install an access-control system to enhance security. The entire projects list will be brought to the Board for action at its March 24th meeting.
CHARACTER COUNTS! Representative Deyana Matt, along with Kristen Novotny from DuJardin and Susanne Stankoskey from Erickson, presented the program and each school’s participation in activities/projects. With the aid of PowerPoint slides, the teachers shared how students continually work on ways to honor the six pillars: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.Dr. Waugh gave an update on the Math Textbook Adoption process. Textbook adoption team members selected materials for building-level review, and have made appointments to visit Itasca and Plainfield schools to view classes utilizing these materials. Because team members are very cognizant of the importance of choosing the best available materials, they have extended the timeframe and will bring their final decision to the Board for adoption at its April meeting instead of March.
Citizen’s Request to Board
Audience member Melia Lents introduced herself to the Board as a social worker intern working with DuJardin staff member Charla Treanor, and thanked them for the opportunity.
Board Reports and Requests
The following people received a “salute” from one or more board members and/or the superintendent/assistant superintendent for their contributions to the Bloomingdale School District 13 community:
2014-2015 School Calendar (F.D. 2/24/14-7)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the 2014-2015 school calendar as presented.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Peterson, Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Lancaster, Moreth, McKeown
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report as presented by PMA Financial.
Cash Flow Update
With the aid of PowerPoint slides, Finance Director Adam Parisi shared his five-year projections and the process in which data is collected through the PMA Financial network.
Amend Administrative Procedures 5:41, Board Policies 1:30, 5:90, 6:60, 8:30
Dr. Bartelt explained the rationale behind changes needed for Board Policy 1:30, 5:90, 6:60, 8:30 and Administrative Procedure 5:41. The Board will act to amend these policies/procedure in March after a second reading.
Job Description – Instructional Technology Coach
Dr. Bartelt shared the job description for a proposed Instructional Technology Coach position to be filled prior to the end of this school year. The individual chosen will assist with instructional technology needs within the classroom. This action addresses one of the initiatives in the District’s strategic plan by providing staff development in an effort to increase knowledge in current technologies and enable increased student access to maximize learning opportunities. Mr. Moreth inquired about the possibility of hiring an outside consultant to assist with this endeavor.
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 8:43 p.m.
Terry McKeown, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary