SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, January 28, 2008
President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, January 28, 2008 in the district office at 7:33 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson (Mr. Terence McKeown entered the meeting at 7:37 p.m.)
Absent: Dr. Donald Litchfield
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Mr. Greg Leyden, Mr. Augie Battaglia, Mrs. Sally Filipiak, Mrs. Susie Conway, Ms. Lauren Minelli
Tax Levy Hearing
Ms. Peterson opened the tax levy hearing at 7:36 p.m. As no one from the audience had any questions or comments, Ms. Peterson closed the hearing at 7:37 p.m.
After requests were made by Ms. Peterson and Mrs. Klco respectively to amend the minutes to reflect that a letter was sent to 65 Westfield parents of seventh graders and not the entire class to gauge interest in a full-time Spanish class in eighth grade, and the topic for future agendas should include all emergency drills and lockdown procedures, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 12-17-07; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $365,720.14, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $96,337.12, the Transportation Fund for $63,087.67, Payroll (1-10-08) for $385,829.93 and (1-25-08) for $369,802.25 as shown in F.D. 1/28/08-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 1/28/08-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 1/28/08-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 1/28/08-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in 1/28/08-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 1/28/08-6; the Resignation of Janine Cednick, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 3-13-08, Amanda Selvaggi, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-11-08, Jennifer Thomas, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 12-21-07; the Employment of Rachel Larsen, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 1-7-08 for a salary of $10.80 per hour, Megan McAleer, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-14-08 for a salary of $10.80 per hour, Nicole Schmidt, a paraprofessional effective 1-7-08 for a salary of $10.05 per hour, Victoria Sprovieri, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-14-08 for a salary of $10.80 per hour, Ashley Wilgus, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective for a salary of $10.05 per hour, Extra Duty for Deyana Matt for Crafts Club II in the amount of $578.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Birkley, Klco, Peterson
Motion Carried: 5 – 0
The Board heard comments from Dr. Perkins, Greg Leyden, and FGM Architect Augie Battaglia on school longevity needs and how programming affects our facilities. Mr. Battaglia outlined the master plan as a four-step process - Step One: Data gathering (capacity?), Step Two: Create a vision, Step Three: Programming – What’s missing? (forecast), and Step Four: Create concepts – How to get there? (what ifs? costs?). The Board set the date of March 10 for their annual retreat. Reviewing facilities needs will be the major topic of discussion at the retreat.
Dr. Perkins referenced a letter from Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti of the Regional Office of Education regarding a petition filed by residents residing in the area known as Chateaus of Medinah. A group from this subdivision has requested detachment from School District 15 and High School District 87, and annexation into School District 13 and Lake Park High School District 108. The Regional Board of School Trustees will hold a hearing to discuss this petition. In order to prepare for this hearing, Dr. Ruscitti is requesting District 13 supply certain documents to aid in her report. This information is due to Dr. Ruscitti by February 22, 2008.
The Board reviewed a survey compiled by Dr. Schielke showing the number of early release days held by Lake Park High School and the five feeder districts. Dr. Perkins is recommending the addition of one early release day, which would bring our count to six. It is Dr. Perkins’ intent to schedule the six early release days on the same day of the week.
Dr. Schielke gave her monthly “On the Horizon” report. Kate Ahlgren was in the district January 9 – 11 modeling lessons on differentiation in selected classrooms. Kindergarten teacher Susan Conway, who was in tonight’s audience, stated she felt very comfortable having Ms. Ahlgren in her classroom and was impressed at how well the students’ attention was held. Ms. Ahlgren demonstrated strategies for dealing with different learning abilities. The MAP assessment tests will be given again in April. Parents will receive a report in May which will show the readiness level of their child(ren) from the September assessment to the April assessment. This report will show the growth actually made verses the growth the child should have made. Elementary teachers will meet with a Lake Park staff member on Wednesday (early dismissal day) who will introduce the curriculum mapping software. Dr. Schielke indicated the following presentations will be made at future board meetings: February – Adoption of the math textbook upgraded versions, March – Student achievement report, April – mini presentations on Overview of Keyboarding Pilot and What is Mapping?, May – Lou Gatta of ECRA will review parent and community survey results, and principals will give their school improvement reports, June – staff development recap. Dr. Schielke shared reasoning for the need to have a full time gifted and talented teacher for top learning students. She expressed the need to have better data and clarity on which students fall into this category. Dr. Schielke suggested Individual Gifted Plans for these top-learning students.
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:
Board members should let Ms. Peterson know as soon as possible if they have suggestions for a presentation at next year’s school board convention in Chicago.
A question was raised regarding Westfield’s “indoor/outdoor” policy as it relates to weather conditions. Dr. Perkins will raise this issue with Dr. Kling.
2008-2009 School Calendar (F.D. 1/28/08-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to adopt the 2008-2009 school calendar as presented and shown in F.D. 1/28/08-7. Voice Vote: all ayes
Closed Session Minutes Review & Destruction of Audio Tapes (F.D. 1/28/08-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to open for review previously closed session minutes of the following meetings: (listed below). All other meeting minutes will remain closed. In addition, the motion called for the destruction of audiotapes from February 27, 2006 through July 24, 2006. Voce Vote: all ayes
Minutes to be Opened and Available for Public Review
July 14, 2003 Sept. 8, 2003 Sept. 22, 2003 Oct. 27, 2003 Nov. 10, 2003 Dec. 8, 2003 Jan. 6, 2004 Jan. 26, 2004 Feb. 9, 2004 Feb. 23, 2004 March 8, 2004 May 10, 2004 May 24, 2004 June 14, 2004 July 26, 2004 Dec. 13, 2004 Jan. 24, 2005 April 25, 2005 May 23, 2005 June 27, 2005 Aug. 22, 2005 Sept. 12, 2005 Sept. 26, 2005 Oct. 24, 2005 Feb. 27, 2006 March 20, 2006 June 26, 2006 July 24, 2006 Aug. 28, 2006 Nov. 27, 2006 Feb. 26, 2007 March 19, 2007 April 23, 2007 May 14, 2007 May 21, 2007 July 23, 2007 Oct. 22, 2007 Oct. 29, 2007
2008-2009 School Registration Fees (F.D. 1/28/08-9)
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the fees as presented for the 2008-2009 school year and shown in F.D. 1/28/08-9.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: McKeown, Bach, Birkley, Klco, Wojcicki, Peterson
Motion Carried: 6 – 0
Resolution to Name a Person to Prepare a Tentative Budget for the Board R#5 (F.D. 1/28/08-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the resolution naming Mrs. Prehn as the individual to prepare a tentative budget for the Board of Education for the coming fiscal year. Voice Vote: all ayes
Second Reading/Adoption of Proposed Revisions to Board Policies (F.D. 1/28/08-11) and Second Reading/Adoption of a Proposed New Policy
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the proposed revisions to Board Policies: 2:260, 5:10, 5:290, 5:330, 6:60, 7:20, 7:220, 8:20, and the addition of new policy 7:180 as shown in F.D. 1/28/08-11 and F.D. 1/28/08-12. Voice Vote: all ayes
adopts a policy, and 2) includes it in student handbooks. Clear notice must also be posted on the entrance door and the interior of the school bus.
Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the Fourth Quarter Investment Report as presented by PFM Asset Management, LLC. To-date, the district has seen $338,000 in interest revenue since July 1, 2007.
Building Projects Priorities List
The Board reviewed the tentative lists of Building Projects Priorities, as well as a description of each, which were crafted by the building principals and Greg Leyden totaling approximately $305,500. Dr. Perkins assured the Board that there should be no problem with including these costs in the budget. The Building Projects Priorities will be an action item at the February meeting.
Superintendent Evaluation Instrument
The Board viewed a PowerPoint presentation by Mrs. Bach outlining her draft of a new Superintendent Evaluation Instrument. Ms. Peterson and Mrs. Bach will meet to finalize the evaluation instrument.
Planning for Board Retreat
The Board Retreat has been scheduled for March 10.
Dr. Perkins met last week with Park District Director Steve Scholten regarding the park district garage at Westfield. The park district is ready to move this facility to another location; and this should free up seven additional parking spaces. Mrs. Klco commented on the traffic flow issue at Westfield, and questioned whether this could be looked into at this time.
Informational items included:
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to enter into closed session 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. Voice Vote: all ayes
The Board returned to regular session at 10:47 p.m.
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mr. McKeown to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 10:48 p.m.
Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary