SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, January 24, 2011
President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, January 24, 2011 in the district office at 7:31 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson
Absent: Mr. Cary Moreth
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Dr. Amanda Schoenberg, Mrs. Samia Hefferan, Mrs. Kathy Ogden
Ms. Peterson extended a welcome to audience members, Amanda Schoenberg and Samia Hefferan who will begin their employment with the district on July 1, 2011. They replace retiring staff members, Assistant Superintendent for Learning Linda Schielke and Special Education Coordinator Fred Louderman.
After an explanation was given to Ms. Peterson regarding transportation costs for a homeless student, and a notation was made regarding a change in the December Activity Report, a motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the items in the consent Agenda, which included the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 12-13-10; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $105,562.24, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $77,162.73, the Transportation Fund for $73,628.60, the Tort Fund for $100.00, Payroll (1-10-11) for $404,165.22 as shown in F.D. 1/24/11-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 1/24/11-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 1/24/11-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 1/24/11-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 1/24/11-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 1/24/11-6; the Employment of Michelle Balynas as a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 1-24-11 for a salary of $11.15/hour, Samia Hefferan as Special Education Coordinator effective 7-1-11 for a salary of $95,000, Derek Kieninger as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-4-11 for a salary of $10.40/hour, Amanda Schoenberg as Assistant Superintendent for Learning effective 7-1-11 for a salary of $116,500, Daniel Sourile as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-18-11 for a salary of $11.15/hour, the Resignation of Erin Faulstich as a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 1-21-11, a Leave for Eugenie Brown, secretary at Erickson effective 12-10-10 through 12-17-10, Stephanie Doherty, substitute teacher at Westfield effective 1-12-11 through 4-18-11, Susan Hanneman, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 10-19-10 through 12-17-10, Denise Irving, teacher at Westfield effective 1-25-11 through approximately 2-4-11, Steve Miller, custodian at Westfield effective 1-28-11 through approximately 2-22-11, Mark Stamatakos, teacher at Westfield effective 1-4-11 through approximately 2-4-11, Amanda Vreeland, teacher at Westfield effective approximately 2-16-11 through approximately 5-31-11, the Transfer of Graham Burns from summer maintenance to district computer technician effective 1-18-11, Karen Constantine from paraprofessional to substitute teacher at Westfield effective 1-12-11, Stephanie Doherty from paraprofessional to substitute teacher at Westfield effective 1-4-11, Carissa Frieri from paraprofessional to substitute teacher at Westfield effective 1-25-11, and Extra Duty addendum.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: McKeown, Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Litchfield, Peterson
Motion Carried: 6 - 0
Dr. Perkins shared information on progress made towards succession/transition planning with regards to impending administrator retirements. The Board expressed its appreciation for progress made to-date, and is comfortable with the transition timeline.
Dr. Schielke shared results from a recent survey administered to the teaching
staff regarding curriculum mapping. Seventy teachers responded sharing positive
experiences and concerns. 100% of respondents agreed that we need a consistent,
well articulated curriculum in all grades. There is some frustration, however,
regarding the current software being used. Dr. Schielke also shared a list of
questions which will help guide us in determining “what we are doing right”,
and “what needs to be looked at.”
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 community:
Ms. Peterson asked members to think about whether they would like to continue the tradition of personal donations towards Spring Fling (the staff appreciation event).
Ms. Peterson reminded board member candidates to submit responses to the Daily Herald questionnaire by Friday.
2011-2012 School Calendar (F.D. 1/24/11-7)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the adoption of the 2011-2012 school calendar as presented. Voice Vote: all ayes
Closed Session Minutes Review and Audio Tapes Destruction
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the continued unavailability of closed session minutes, and the destruction of closed session audio tapes for the period of January 26, 2009 through June 22, 2009. Voice Vote: all ayes
2011-2012 Registration Fees (F.D. 1/24/11-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the school fees for 2011-2012 as presented by Janis Prehn and shown in F.D. 1/24/11-9.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Klco, Birkley, Litchfield, McKeown, Wojcicki, Peterson
Motion Carried: 6 – 0
The Board is very cognizant of the current economic climate and the burden it puts on district families. Therefore, the district will not impose an increase in fees for the coming year. 2011-2012 school registration fees will remain the same as the current year.
First Reading: Board Policy Revisions
The Board held a first reading for Policy 5:10 - Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment, Policy 5:30 – Hiring Process and Criteria, Policy 5:90 – Abused and Neglected Child Reporting, and Policy 7:50 – School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools. The Illinois Association of School Boards has recommended revisions to the four policies. The Board will hold a second reading/adoption at its February meeting.
Information items included:
A motion was made at 8:40 p.m. by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Dr. Litchfield to enter into closed session after a five-minute break for the purpose of discussing the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the District or legal counsel for the District, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee or against legal counsel for the District to determine its validity. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1), as amended by P.A. 93-0057. Voice Vote: all ayes
The Board returned to regular session at 9:59 p.m.
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Dr. Litchfield to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m.
Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary