Monday, February 10, 2003
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President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, February 10, 2003 in the district office at 7:33 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Edward Levato, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield
(Mrs. Ruth Ann Olson-Lewyckyj entered the meeting at 7:41 p.m.)

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mrs. Amita Paul, Mr. Charlie Matson, Mrs. Mary Beth Dunne, Mrs. Nancy Jeske, Mrs. Tamara Peterson, Miss Debbie Kadin, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve items shown in the consent agenda to include Approval of Minutes of 1-24-03, 1-27-03 and 1-30-03; approval of bills in the Education Fund for $38,636.42, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $26,432.62, the Transportation Fund for $49,094.67 as shown in F.D. 2/10/03-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 2/10/03-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 2/10/03-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 2/10/03-4; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 2/10/03-5, the application from Rick Palandri for the Citizens Advisory Council.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, McKeown, Bach, Johnson, Levato, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6– 0

Fish Philosophy
Dr. Gordon explained the FISH! Philosophy which is based on the four leadership principles of “Play”, “Be There”, “Choose Your Attitude”, and “Make Their Day.” The “FISH” idea was developed at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle. The district office staff has embraced this philosophy in order to improve the quality of interaction with “our customers.” The district office will meet monthly to discuss ideas.

Budget Calendar
The Board reviewed this year’s Budget Calendar as presented by Jan Prehn. This fiscal timeline follows the pattern set in previous years with one exception. Instead of waiting until March or April to set financial targets, this will be done in February. Principals have been asked to prioritize their requests.

Board Reports and Requests

Freedom of Information Act Request
Dr. Gordon reported that a request had been made by Herald reporter, Debbie Kadin to receive a copy of the new superintendent’s contract and has provided her with a copy.

2003-2004 School Calendar (F.D. 2/10/03-6)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mr. Levato to adopt the proposed 2003-2004 school calendar as shown in F.D. 2/10/03-6. Voice Vote: all ayes

Goose Control Problem (F.D. 2/10/03-7)
After a discussion on health issues and cost regarding the district implementing a program to control the geese population, a motion was made by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the one-time application of FlightControl® in the spring at DuJardin and Erickson.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Bach, Johnson, Wojcicki
Nays: Olson-Lewyckyj, Levato, McKeown, Litchfield
Motion Failed: 3 – 4

Although FlightControl® has been used by the Northbrook and Streamwood Park Districts, some board members were concerned that this is an untried substance in school districts. Mr. Levato suggested using dogs as a deterrent for the geese, but this can be very costly as well. Greg Leyden will be asked to revisit this issue again at a later time.

Reorganization Board Meeting Date
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to set the date for the reorganization board meeting for Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the district office. Voice Vote: all ayes

At this meeting, the new board members will be sworn in, officers will be elected and board meeting dates will be set.

Superintendent Transition Issues
The Board discussed possible dates in April to hold a reception welcoming Dr, Kim Perkins to the school district and community. Dr. Gordon will confer with Dr. Perkins about convenient dates. The reception will be held at the Bloomingdale Golf Club.

Dr. Gordon indicated that he and Dr. Perkins would meet approximately five times to discuss various issues and to help the transition go smoothly. Dr. Perkins will be involved in the middle school principal process.

The Board received a copy of the character development survey, A Global Portrait of Social & Moral Health for Youth that will be administered by the Bloomingdale CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition. Dr. Gordon stated that the administrative costs for the survey have been taken care of through donations from local business people.

Closed Session – Employment of Personnel
A motion was made by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to enter into closed session to discuss the employment of personnel at 8:31 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 9:10 p.m.

A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to adjourn the meeting at 9:11 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Donald Litchfield, President
Jerome E. Gordon, Secretary