SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, February 3, 2014
President Terry McKeown called the regular meeting of the Board of Education in Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on Monday, February 3, 2014 in the district office, 164 S. Euclid Ave., at 7:01 p.m. (Rescheduled from January 27, 2014 due to emergency day.)
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mrs. Susan Lancaster, Mr. Cary Moreth, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Mr. Terry McKeown (Ms. Tamara Peterson entered the meeting at 7:06 p.m.)
Others Present: Dr. Jon Bartelt, Dr. Evonne Waugh, Adam Parisi, Stefan Larsson, Heidi Weeks, Leslie Stavnem, Patti Edwards, Chuck Vinci, Vaishali Shah, Philip Skalski, Shreeya Kandel, Anishi Patel, Evelyn Vinci, Kathy Ogden
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve the items in the Consent Agenda which included the Regular Minutes from 12-16-13; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund in the amount of $391,922.24, the Operations and Maintenance Fund in the amount of $120,548.47, the Transportation Fund in the amount of $68,250.14, Capital Projects in the amount of $765,810.00, the Tort Fund in the amount of $100.00, Payroll (12-20-13) in the amount of $387,532.77 and (1-10-14) in the amount of $447,292.00 and shown in F.D. 1/27/14-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 1/27/14-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 1/27/14-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 1/27/14-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 1/27/14-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 1/27/14-6; the Employment of Susan Michaelson as a special ed parapro at Erickson effective 1-21-14 for a salary of $11.68/hr., Brittany Merchut as a parapro at Westfield effective 1-13-14 for a salary of $11.68/hr., Courtney Ballard as a parapro at DuJardin effective 1-14-14 for a salary of $11.68/hr.; the Resignation of Cassandra Mazzone as a parapro at DuJardin effective 1-10-14; FMLA Leaves for Stacy Johnston as Assistant Principal for a term of 2-6-14 through 5-2-14, and Amanda Vreeland as Gr. 7 teacher for a term of 2-5-14 through 4-30-14; a Change in Position for Michael Bratkovich from Gr. 8 teacher to Math RtI teacher effective 1-13-14, Tricia Wilkerson from a parapro to Gr. 8 teacher effective 1-13-14.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Klco, Moreth, Birkley, Lancaster, Wojcicki, McKeown
Motion Carried: 6 – 0
Dr. Waugh provided an update on the Math textbook adoption process currently in progress. Teachers met last week with representatives from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, and Pearson to review the math materials for the elementaries and middle school. Two major factors have been the focus of the committee’s research into new materials. First, the textbook must align with the new Common Core Standards. And, secondly, does the textbook have the rigor necessary to challenge students? An online portal will be made available to parents to help their children with math problems. It is the intent of the Math Committee to bring a recommendation of preferred publishers/materials to the March Board of Education meeting for adoption.
Westfield teachers Patti Edwards and Leslie Stavnem provided an overview of the school’s recently formed S.T.E.M. Club. With the aid of student club members, the teachers shared information related to the website currently under construction and activities students have participated in to-date, i.e., forensics, robotics, and geocaching. Projects planned for the spring include bridge building and watercraft design. Mrs. Stavnem and Mrs. Edwards expressed their appreciation to the Board of Education and the Education Foundation for funds provided allowing for the purchase of activity materials.Dr. Bartelt reminded the Board of the superintendent evaluation requirement.
Citizen’s Request to Board
Mr. McKeown welcomed audience members, and shared the Board’s procedure for receiving public comments. A number of residents from the Prairie Avenue area were in attendance to share their views on the sale of a small portion of school district land to Marklund Home. They expressed their disappointment concerning the sale - citing traffic and safety concerns. Dr. Bartelt indicated that he would contact Police Chief Giammarese to see what measures can be taken to help alleviate these concerns.
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 13 community:
Freedom of Information Act Request
Dr. Bartelt reported that one FOIA request had been received since the last Board meeting. The Daily Herald submitted its annual request for board meeting dates. Mrs. Ogden complied with the request in a timely manner.
Closed Session Minutes Review & Audio Tapes Destruction (F.D. 1/27/14-7)
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 April 30, 2012 – June 25, 2012.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Peterson, Birkley, Klco, Lancaster, Moreth, McKeown
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
Registration Fees for 2014-2015 (F.D. 1/27/14-8)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the school fees for 2014-2015 as shown in F.D. 1/27/14-8.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Peterson, Birkley, Klco, Lancaster, Moreth, Wojcicki, McKeown
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
2014-2015 School Calendar
Dr. Bartelt provided information supplied by the Illinois State Board of Education regarding scheduled dates for the Illinois PARCC Testing in 2014-2015, as it relates to the proposed school calendar. The testing window is March 9, 2015 to April 3, 2015 which overlaps our spring break dates as well as Lake Park’s and the surrounding districts’. A waiver enabling districts to extend the window until after spring break, should the need arise, will be made available by ISBE. The 2014-2015 calendar will be brought to the Board for action at its February meeting.
A discussion on the 2013-2014 school calendar was held because of the necessity to amend it due to the use of four emergency days in January. Currently, the scheduled last day due to the use of these emergency days will be May 30. Dr. Bartelt is working with Westfield Principal Stefan Larsson and Lake Park High School to decide on a date and location for eighth grade graduation.
Mr. McKeown expressed his appreciation for the early notification to parents regarding the January school closures.
Board Recognition Options
Dr. Bartelt shared options for the method in which the School Board recognizes and expresses its appreciation to staff/community/students. Persons nominated can receive
one “salute” per quarter. If a person receives more than one nomination per quarter, a personal note will be written by the Superintendent.
Mr. McKeown shared information regarding volunteer hours compiled for Board work.
A closed session was not required.
A motion was made by Mrs. Lancaster and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.
Terry McKeown, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary