Monday, February 22, 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, February 22, 2010 in the district office at 7:35 p.m.

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

Absent: Mr. Cary Moreth

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Fred Louderman, Mark Dwyer, Dawn Hubbard, Dina Tenerelli, Sue Noren, Ali Braun, Natsuki Piazza, Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda Items
After suggesting the minutes pertaining to Closed Session #1 from 1-25-10 be amended to reflect a move to Dr. Perkins’ office for discussion, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Dr. Litchfield to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the regular and closed session minutes from 1-25-10; the Approval of Bills in the Education fund for $409,111.69, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $331,821.31, the Transportation Fund for $82,318.02, Payroll (1-25-10) for $405,692.24 and (2-10-10) for $390,394.11 as shown in F.D. 2/22/10-1; the Fund Balance report as shown in F.D. 2/22/10-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 2/22/10-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 2/22/10-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 2/22/10-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 2/22/10-6; the Resignation of Janis Johnson as a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 1-21-10 and Employment of Stephanie Larson as a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 2-8-10 for a salary of $11.26.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Litchfield, Birkley, Klco, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

Superintendent’s Report
Representatives from the district’s Response to Intervention (RtI) Task Force presented the Implementation Plan for RtI. With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, Fred Louderman, Dawn Hubbard, Dina Tenerelli, Sue Noren, and Mark Dwyer gave an overview of what RtI is, components of the initiative, core beliefs of RtI, where we are as a district, the purpose and accomplishments of the task force, and future goals. Response to Intervention is a federal and state mandate which changes the criteria for students to be considered for special education services. A core belief of the initiative is that all children can learn.

Dr. Perkins shared an update of class sizes for each of the schools. His report shows a breakdown of sections per grade level/subject and the average class size for each. Dr. Perkins also had prepared a spreadsheet showing historical enrollment figures for each school beginning with the 1997 school year.

Dr. Perkins shared information from the recent compliance visit by the DuPage Regional Office of Education. Four staff members from the ROE spent time in the district last week examining personnel files, policies and procedures, financial records, board minutes , etc. to determine that all documentation follows state requirements. Dr. Perkins reported that the examiners were quite complimentary on their findings. The visit which was scheduled to extend over a three-day period, only took one day and a half. The Regional Office of Education will send a written report of their findings to us and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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: Carolyn Stein, Greg Leyden, Debbie Kling, Mark Dwyer, John Markgraf, and Kathy Ogden for their preparation for the ROE Compliance Visit; Cindy Rynning, Joann Dunn, Fred Louderman, Mark Dwyer, Pat Meyer, Tina Martin, Stephanie Wruck, Geri Zanoni, and Carol Rushton who volunteered their time for the Donna Virgilio fundraiser.

Ms. Peterson spoke to members regarding a recent law conference she had attended, and encouraged others to go should the opportunity present itself again.

Ms. Peterson also encouraged board members to take the online training for the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act located on the Illinois Attorney General’s website.

Board members were asked to let Ms. Peterson know if they wish to donate personally towards a gift for Spring Fling.

Dr. Perkins shared the following upcoming dates:

Freedom of Information Act Request
Dr. Perkins reported that a FOIA request had been received from a reporter for Press Publications requesting the name of the district’s FOIA Officer.

Ratify NDSEC Articles of Agreement (F.D. 2/22/10-7)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to ratify the revised NDSEC Articles of Agreement.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Litchfield, Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

Ameresco Change Order #1 (F.D. 2/22/10-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve Ameresco Change Order #1, and authorize Dr. Perkins to sign said order.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Birkley, McKeown, Klco, Litchfield, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report for the period ending December 31, 2009 as presented by PFM Asset Management, LLC.

Crisis Management Plan Update
The Board reviewed the revised Crisis Management Plan crafted by Building and Grounds Director Greg Leyden. The plan is modeled after that of another school district that has seen much success with its plan. Revisions that have been made to our plan will make it much more user-friendly for staff. This revised plan will be adopted by administration and put into use for the 2010-2011 school year.

For Information
Informational items included:

Board members were asked to let Mrs. Ogden know if they wish to attend the Lake Park Spirit of Excellence Dinner on March 25.

Closed Session
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to enter into closed session at 9:24 p.m. after a brief recess 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

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Litchfield, Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

The Board returned to regular session at 10:50 p.m.

Notice to Remedy for Teacher 2010-1 (F.D. 2/22/10-9)
Ms. Peterson stated that the Board would hold action on the Notice to Remedy for Teacher 2010-1 in abeyance at this time.

A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to adjourn the meeting at 10:51 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary