SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, February 9, 2004
President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, February 9, 2004 in the district office at 7:35 p.m.
Present: Mr. Tom Hong, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield (Mrs. Patricia Bach entered the meeting at 8:20 p.m.)
Absent: Mr. Terence McKeown
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mrs. Betsy Niemiec, Mrs. Karen Petelle, Mrs. Teddie Torney, Mrs. Sandy Chase, Ms. Julie Frerichs, Mrs. Joni Kotche, Ms. Heather Grover, Mrs. Olga Farrowe, Mrs. Shelli Corbin, Mrs. Susan Tomasek, Mrs. Linnea Corsten, Mrs. Mary Beth Dunne, Mrs. Kathy Ogden
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Hong to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 1-26-04; the Approval of Bills as shown in F.D. 2/9/04-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 2/9/04-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 2/9/04-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 2/9/04-4.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Hong, Johnson, Peterson, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 5–0
The Board listened to a presentation on the district’s Supportive Reading Program. Reading Specialists’ Betsy Niemiec, Teddie Torney and Karen Petelle gave the Board an overview of the program, which targets students who need additional support in reading and writing to help them become more successful. The reading specialists work with the building administrators and classroom teachers in identifying students who need this additional assistance. Students work in small groups of approximately ten, and spend varied amounts of time in the class depending on their grade level.
The reading specialists assist the classroom teachers in a variety of ways – as resources for materials and instructional methods, assist with district assessments, staff development, etc., and serve on the district’s Literacy Committee.
The Teacher Retirement System is offering a one-time opportunity for Illinois teachers not currently paying into Medicare to do so. This affects 28 members of our staff. These teachers can elect to contribute 1.45% of their income to Medicare. This amount would be matched by the district. The cost to the district should all 28 staff members choose to participate would be $36,000.00.
Citizens Request to the Board
The Board heard comments from Shelli Corbin, Linnea Corsten and Olga Farrowe, District 13 parents, regarding the Supportive Reading Program. These parents expressed their concern for the future of the program, as the Supportive Reading Program has been funded by the State’s Reading Improvement Grant and federal Title I Grant (at a cost of approximately $200,000.00). These grants have been eliminated. Dr. Litchfield and other board members assured the audience that the program remains a high priority for the district, and the cost of running the program will be built into the budget. Second grade teacher, Sandy Chase, offered her compliments to the reading specialists for their hard work and dedication. This was reiterated by others in the room.
Board Reports and Requests
2004-2005 School Calendar (F.D. 2/9/04-5)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to adopt the proposed 2004-2005 School Calendar as shown in F.D. 2/9/04-5.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Johnson, Wojcicki, Hong, Peterson
Motion Carried: 4–1
Dr. Litchfield expressed his concerns for the length of time between the end of the quarter and parent-teacher conferences in November.
Special LEND Assessment (F.D. 2/9/04-6)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the allocation of money to LEND for approximately $250.00 for a regional cost study as shown in F.D. 2/9/04-6.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Johnson, Peterson, Hong, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 5-0
Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report, which covers the second quarter of the current fiscal year. The investment report was compiled by Bank One. A change was made to the investment charter enabling us to take advantage of higher interest rates, thus getting a better return on investments.
Dr. Litchfield and Dr. Perkins reported on the forum held at Erickson School on Friday, January 30 and organized by Congressman Henry Hyde. The forum was held as an opportunity for district superintendents, principals and board presidents to give their views on the “No Child Left Behind” Act. Dr. Litchfield stated that he felt it was interesting hearing the perspective from both state and federal officials. In appreciation for hosting the event Erickson School received a flag that was flown over the Capital Building and a proclamation.
Closed Session – Discussion of Collective Negotiating
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to enter into closed session at 8:38 p.m. for the purpose of discussing Collective Negotiating Matters. Voice Vote: all ayes
The Board returned to regular session at 9:45 p.m.
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 9:46 p.m.
Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary