Monday, January 10, 2005
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President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, January 10, 2005 in the district office at 7:35 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mr. Tom Hong, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield (Mr. Terence McKeown entered the meeting at 7:49 p.m.)

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Ms. Debbie Nawrot, Ms. Diane Birkley, Ms. Pam Miller, Lisa Paoletti, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from the 12-13-04 meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $62,158.54, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $29,774.55, the Transportation Fund for $44,482.36, Payroll for $338,622.30 as shown in F.D. 1/10/05-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 1/10/05-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 1/10/05-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 1/10/05-4; the November Activity Report as shown in F.D. 1/10/05-5; and the Resignations of Alisia Creggett, an inclusion aide at Westfield effective 12-17-04, Nicole Scarpelli, an instructional aide at Erickson effective 12-17-04, and Laura Morgan, an instructional aide at Westfield effective 1-14-05.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Johnson, Bach, Hong, Peterson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

Superintendent's Report

Board Reports and Requests

Freedom of Information Act Request
As a follow-up to a previous request (to which the district complied) from the Chicago Area Laborers Employees Cooperation and Education Trust, the District received a request from an investigator with the Illinois Department of Labor. The District has complied with the investigator’s request for documentation concerning landscaping in the Westfield Middle School gym repair project from last summer.

Middle School Mission Statement (F.D. 1/10/05-6)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Ms. Peterson to endorse the Westfield Middle School Mission Statement, as developed by the middle school staff and shown in F.D. 1/10/05-6. Voice Vote: all ayes

Initially, Dr. Litchfield had expressed concern over the absence of the wording "encourage self-confidence/self-esteem of students." However, after listening to the opinions of the other members and their interpretation of the components of the mission statement, he concurred that the existing statement does encourage self-confidence among students. The Board commended the Westfield staff for their work in developing this mission statement.

Closed Session Minutes (F.D. 1/10/05-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to continue to keep the closed session minutes unavailable for public release as shown in F.D. 1/10/05-7. Voice Vote: all ayes

2005-2006 School Calendar
The Board reviewed a draft of the 2005-2006 school calendar. The calendar adoption will be an action item at the January 24th meeting.

Scheduling of Future Board Meetings
The Board discussed a recommendation from Dr. Perkins that the Board change its meeting schedule to reflect only one board meeting per month, with the option of adding a special meeting as needed. The Board currently meets the second and fourth Monday of the month with a few exceptions. Dr. Perkins shared his reasoning behind this recommendation, which is due, in part, to his desire to conduct more efficient board meetings, as well as being more respectful of the Board’s time. The following concerns were cited by some members: possible length of meetings, and parent issues. Dr. Perkins will bring this to the next board meeting as an action item, allowing for additional discussion if needed.

A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. Hong to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary