SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, January 22, 2007
President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, January 22, 2007 in the district office at 7:36 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Mr. Fred Louderman, Mrs. Linda Fass, Mrs. Susan Conway, Ms. Terry McNamara, Mrs. Kathy Ogden
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from the 12-18-06 meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $35,951.97, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $74,504.19, the Transportation Fund for $40,148.42, Payroll (1-10-07) in the amount of $395,805.40 as shown in F.D. 1/22/07-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 1/22/07-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 1/22/07-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 1/22/07-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 1/22/07-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 1/22/07-6; the Resignation of Sara Chesney, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-12-07 and Jill Jablonski, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-5-07; the Employment of Ashley Anderson as a part-time early childhood teacher at DuJardin effective 1-3-07 for a prorated salary of $11,137.85, Janine Cednick as a part-time early childhood paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 1-16-07 for a salary of $9.90 per hour, Kelly Garinger as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-16-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour, Jessica Gotschewski as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-12-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour, Sharon Lange as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-3-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Peterson, Bach, Birkley, Johnson, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 7– 0
Dr. Perkins reported that plans are underway for the second part of the DuJardin window replacement project. However, due to the increased lead-time on placing orders, Dr. Perkins requested that a special board meeting be held for the purpose of accepting window bids. This meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Special Education Coordinator Fred Louderman presented an overview of the district’s special education program. He outlined the interventions and assessment strategies used to service the wide range of students with special needs. Mr. Louderman also discussed recent changes to the special education laws and how they impact our schools. He referenced the No Child Left Behind law that states all students including students with special needs must meet or exceed expectations on standardized testing by the year 2014.
Dr. Linda Schielke reported on the work being done by the district’s reading specialists, Betsy Niemiec, TeddieTorney, and Karen Petelle. They assist students who may have difficulty meeting the standards. The reading specialists schedule coaching times with classroom teachers to suggest strategies to use with students who are on the “bubble” (students that are close to meeting or exceeding expectations) and help them get over the top. The reading specialists meet with teachers individually and in teams to help with student assessment.
Dr. Schielke gave her “On the Horizon” report, which included an update on the work being done by the School Improvement Teams with NSSE. At the January 22nd all-day workshop, the groups worked on adjusting their action plans. At the encouragement of NSSE, the school district will study the North West Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test which assesses reading, math, language, and science usage. On January 31, Jan Skowran from Academic Services, Inc. will administer the survey regarding our reading program to staff on January 31. The district will begin a review of the math curriculum for purchase of a newer edition of our current texts. On January 24th, a “job seeking” workshop will be held for interested paraprofessionals to aid them in future efforts.
Board Reports and Requests
Ms. Peterson commented on the faculty photos and plan time information that are posted on Westfield’s web page, and indicated that it would be helpful if the same could be done for the two elementary staffs.
2007-2008 School Calendar (F.D. 1/22/07-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to adopt the 2007-2008 school calendar as shown in F.D. 1/22/07-7. Voice Vote: all ayes
Closed Session Minutes Review & Destruction of
Audio Tapes (F.D. 1/22/07-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the continued unavailability of closed session minutes, and the destruction of closed session audio tapes for the period of March 14, 2005 through June 27, 2005 and shown in F.D. 1/22/07-8. Voice Vote: all ayes
2007-2008 School Fees (F.D. 1/22/07-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the school fee schedule as presented by Janis Prehn and shown in F.D. 1/22/07-9.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Bach, McKeown, Birkley, Johnson, Peterson, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the quarterly investment report for the period ending December 31, 2006 from JP Morgan Chase. Although the Board recently voted to change its investment services firm from JP Morgan Chase to PFM Asset Management, it will continue to invest in the JP Morgan Chase money market fund until rate changes make a move of funds appropriate.
Planning for the April 2nd Board Retreat
The Board will decide on which instrument out of the two options from the Illinois School Board Association will be used for its self-evaluation survey. Either survey can be administered online, and Mr. John Cassel from IASB will be on hand at the April 2nd retreat to discuss the results. Board members will review the two options and decide at the February board meeting which one best meets their needs.
IASB DuPage Division Winter Dinner Meeting
Board members were asked to notify Mrs. Ogden if they wish to attend the IASB DuPage Division Dinner Meeting on February 12.
Informational Items included:
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach at 8:55 p.m. to enter into closed session after a five-minute break to discuss collective negotiating matters between the district and its employees or their representative, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees, 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(2). Voice Vote: all ayes
The Board returned to regular session at 10:37 p.m.
Certificate of Appreciation
Dr. Litchfield shared a certificate of appreciation from the Illinois Association of School Administrators to the Board. IASA appreciates the Board’s support of Superintendent Perkins’ service on the state superintendent’s IASA-ISBE Advisory Committee.
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 10:41 p.m.
Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary