SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, November 25, 2013
President Terry McKeown called the regular meeting of the Board of Education in Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on Monday, November 25, 2013 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, Mr. Terry McKeown
Absent: Mrs. Linda Wojcicki
Others Present: Dr. Jon Bartelt, Dr. Evonne Waugh, Dr. Dom Vita, Dr. Doug Rudig, Adam Parisi, Lynn Strevell, Samia Hefferan, Bonnie Jordan, Nanci Greene, Graham Burns, Greg Leyden, Kathy Ogden
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Lancaster to approve the items in the Consent Agenda which included the Regular Minutes from 10-28-13; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund in the amount of $121,487.28, the Operations and Maintenance Fund in the amount of $58,838.73, the Transportation Fund in the amount of $82,425.01, the Tort Fund in the amount of $5,333.00, Payroll (11-8-13) in the amount of $401,503.33 and (11-22-13) in the amount of $410,543.22 as shown in F.D. 11/25/13-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 11/25/13-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 11/25/13-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 11/25/13-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 11/25/13-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 11/25/13-6; the Employment of Anastasia Kougias as a special ed parapro at Westfield effective 11-15-13 for a salary of $11.68/hr.; the Resignation of Kelly Diershow as a special ed parapro at Westfield effective 10-28-13, Samantha Smith as a special ed parapro at Westfield effective 11-15-13; a FMLA Leave for Janeen Volkman, teacher at Erickson, for a term of 11-11-13 thru 1-6-14, Karl Volkman, teacher at Westfield, for a term of 11-8-13 thru 11-21-13, Angel Frattinger, teacher at DuJardin, for a term of 1-6-14 thru 2-18-14, Stacy Johnston, assistant principal at DuJardin/Erickson for a term of 2-10-14 thru 5-5-14, and a Sick Leave for Jamie Knapstein, teacher at Erickson, for a term of 10-28-13 thru 12-2-13.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Peterson, Lancaster, Birkley, Klco, Moreth, McKeown
Motion Carried: 6 – 0
Dr. Bartelt indicated that District Cabinet members are in the process of creating a video that will provide information on the progress being made in each building on the strategic plan initiatives for each of the four goals. This video will be presented at the December 16th meeting.
With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, consultants Dr. Dom Vita and Dr. Doug Rudig from Futures Education, shared their findings and recommendations after completing an educational services analysis of the District’s special education program. Dr. Vita commended the District on its current program, but offered recommendations to enhance the services being provided. District administrators, general, and special education teachers were independently interviewed during Futures Education data collection process. The District Cabinet is reviewing the recommendations provided and will determine how they will best fit into integrating the District’s strategic plan.
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:
Freedom of Information Act Request
Dr. Bartelt reported that a FOIA request had been received from Dr. Maria Fitzpatrick, Assistant Professor at Cornell University. Dr. Fitzpatrick requested copies of negotiated teacher contracts dating back to 2000. Mrs. Ogden fulfilled her request in a timely manner.
School Safety Task Force
Greg Leyden reported on his attendance at a recent symposium facilitated by the School Safety Task Force. Attendees were presented with a document that offers ways for school districts to enhance their crisis preparedness procedures. Mr. Leyden shared initiatives that the District has implemented, including the installation of the Raptor system in all facilities. Mr. Leyden indicated that students have responded favorably on surveys administered when asked if they feel safe at school. This is a high priority for the District. Dr. Bartelt has invited a representative from CrisisGo to speak with area superintendents regarding its video communication platform.
Triple I Conference Experiences
Board members shared information regarding their individual attendance at Triple I Conference sessions. Members attended a variety of workshops that dealt with Professional Development Leadership Training, Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA), and legislative issues. On the whole, the Board was very pleased with the conference. However, once again, disappointment was expressed regarding the quality of general session speakers for this conference. Mr. McKeown recommended contacting the Illinois Association of School Boards to share this feedback.
Informational items included:
• Enrollment Report
• NDSEC Profile
• LPHS Tax Consortium
• Agreement for Reciprocal Reporting
Closed Session – Employment of Personnel
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Klco to enter into closed session after a two-minute break at 9:05 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1).
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Peterson, Klco, Birkley, Lancaster, Moreth, McKeown
Motion Carried: 6 – 0
The Board returned to regular session at 9:15 p.m.
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Lancaster to adjourn the meeting at 9:16 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes
Terry McKeown, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary