REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, January 25, 2010
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President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, January 25, 2010 in the district office at 7:30 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mr. Cary Moreth, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Dr. Debbie Kling, Attorney Robb Cooper, Justin Kastory, Mary Kay Lepore, Leslie Stavnem, Patti Edwards, Jon Perry, Jeremy Gabriel, Linda Vivian, Michele O’Neill, Sheryl Pilz, Mandy Higgins, Jenette Runge, Mary Jane Kupiec, Susan Spapperi, David Wrobel, Nisha Pandya, Katie Jurgensen, Mari Tabor, Amy Kedzior, Carol Ehrhardt, Kathi Westwood, Laurie Spejcher, Cynthia Henn, Dora Diciolla, Kathy Ogden

President Peterson welcomed audience members.

Public Hearing on Interfund Transfer
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mr. Moreth to open the public hearing for the purpose of receiving comments concerning the intent of the Board to transfer $258,900 from the Educational Fund to the Operations and Maintenance Fund of the District.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: McKeown, Moreth, Birkley, Klco, Litchfield, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

As no one from the audience chose to comment or present written testimony, a motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to close the public hearing.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Litchfield, Birkley, Klco, McKeown, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the regular session and closed session minutes from 12-14-09; the regular and closed session minutes from the special meeting held 1-13-10; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $126,645.55, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $124,871.07, the Debt Service Fund for $600, the Transportation Fund for $64,075.36, the Tort Fund for $100, Payroll (1-8-10) for $405,024.32 as shown in F.D. 1/25/10-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 1/25/10-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 1/25/10-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 1/25/10-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 1/25/10-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 1/25/10-6; the Resignation of David Meuer as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-8-10; the Employment of Kristyn Cropper as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-5-10 for a salary of $11.26, Andrea Dunno as a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 1-6-10 for a salary of $11.26.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Klco, Wojcicki, Birkley, Litchfield, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 - 0

Superintendent’s Report
The Board heard a presentation from Westfield staff members Justin Kastory, Debbie Kling, and Mary Kay Lepore regarding a proposal for a social studies textbook adoption for Grades 6 – 8. The committee reps shared the current condition and historical content of the existing textbooks, which have a copyright date of 2001. The committee’s research and review began in February of 2009 with a review of state standards and an in-depth look as to whether the current textbooks meet these standards. After a review of three textbook
companies and their materials (Prentice Hall, Glencoe, and TCI), it was determined by the committee that we should continue with our current provider, Glencoe. The cost of the proposed textbook adoption will be $38,147.38.

Dr. Kling and Jon Perry gave an update on the Westfield exploratory program. With the change in the exploratory program and increasing all classes from a 43-minute period to 50 minutes, students receive 20 additional hours per year in each core subject, enabling teachers to spend more time working with individual students. Jon Perry reported on the Spanish program and the interest shown by students, as demonstrated by the list of students requesting participation.

Dr. Perkins shared information related to budget concerns/issues. He recited a list of school districts facing budget deficits and their anticipated staff cuts. He shared information regarding State of Illinois budget woes and the impact it will have for school districts. The Village of Bloomingdale, too, is operating with a $2 million deficit. The tax cap will be one-tenth of one percent. (The smallest increase ever in the tax cap.) Payments from the state are very slow in coming. This trend is expected to continue and possibly get worse. In FY09, the school district received $1.534 million in revenue from the state. In FY10, we anticipate $1.4 million in revenue. In FY11, we expect to receive even less. District 13 continues to experience a decline in enrollment (300 students over the last ten years). To this point, we have not had to lay off any teachers due to this enrollment decline. However, we have not replaced teachers who have retired – giving us a savings this year of $500,000. Because we have reduced the teaching staff as a means of cost savings, it is appropriate to look at other areas for reduction, i.e., administration. Dr. Perkins will be recommending the reclassification of an assistant principal to a full-time teaching position. The two elementary schools will share one assistant principal beginning next school year.

Citizens Request to the Board
After explaining to audience members the proper protocol for addressing the Board, Ms. Peterson called on persons who had signed in and wished to make a comment. Mrs. Linda Favia and Mrs. Jenette Runge expressed their feelings regarding the proposed reclassification of a staff member. Mrs. Favia read from a prepared statement based on information she had gathered from the district’s budget and other sources. Both parents expressed their opposition to the proposed reclassification of DuJardin’s assistant principal, and offered suggestions on alternatives. Also, signatures from parents unable to attend tonight’s meeting were submitted to the Board.

Board Reports and Requests

Board "Salutes"
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:

Other
Mrs. Wojcicki reported that Michael Chiodo, band director at Lake Park High School has been named “WGN’s Teacher of the Month” for January.

Resolution Directing the Transfer of Funds from the Educational Fund to the Operations and Maintenance Fund (F.D. 1/25/10-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to adopt the resolution directing the transfer of $258,900 from the Educational Fund to the Operations and Maintenance Fund, and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign said resolution.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Klco, Wojcicki, Birkley, Litchfield, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 - 0

This transfer of funds is necessary in order to make the first payment to Ameresco for HVAC work.

2010-2011 School Calendar (F.D. 1/25/10-8)
A motion was made by Mr. Moreth and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the adoption of the 2010-2011 school calendar as shown in F.D. 1/25/10-8. Voice Vote: all ayes

Closed Session Minutes Review and Destruction of Audio Tapes (F.D. 1/25/10-9)
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 28, 2008 – June 23, 2008. Voice Vote: all ayes

Registration Fees for 2010-2011 (F.D. 1/25/10-10)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the school fees for the 2010-2011 school year as shown in F.D. 1/25/10-10.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Litchfield, Klco, Birkley, McKeown, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Resolution Authorizing Notice of Reclassification (F.D. 1/25/10-11)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. Moreth to enter into closed session at 9:05 p.m. 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 moved to Dr. Perkins’ office for its closed session.)

The Board returned to regular session at 9:35 p.m.

A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the resolution authorizing notice to Nicole Guerine of reclassification from part-time assistant principal position and part-time classroom teacher position to full-time classroom teacher position.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Litchfield, McKeown, Birkley, Klco, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Board Policies – Revisions and Additions (F.D. 1/25/10-12)
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to waive the first and second readings and act to amend/adopt board policies: 2:200 – Types of Board of Education Meetings, 2:250 – Access to District’s Public Records, 4:110 – Transportation, 5:10 – Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment, 6:60 – Curriculum Content, 6:170 – Title I Programs, 7:10 – Equal Educational Opportunities, 7:20 – Harassment of Students Prohibited, 7:60 – Residence, and 7:180 – Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment as shown in F.D. 1/25/10-12. Voice Vote: all ayes

School Board Retreat Planning
The topic for the March 8th School Board retreat will be “Succession and Transition Planning.”

For Information
Informational items included:

Closed Session – Employment of Personnel and Collective Negotiations Matters
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mr. Moreth to enter into closed session at 9:45 p.m. after a brief 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; and for the purpose of discussing collective negotiating matters between the District and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(2). Voice Vote: all ayes

Adjournment
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. Moreth to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

The meeting was adjourned at 10:57 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary