SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, February 23, 2004
President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, February 23, 2004 in the district office at 7:37 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mr. Tom Hong, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Janice Caruso, Ms. Signe Noth, Ms. Julie Frerichs, Mrs. Sandy Chase, Mrs. Kathy Ogden
Mr. McKeown indicated there was an error in the February 9th closed session minutes. He was listed as being present, when in fact, he was not in attendance. Also, there was incorrect wording in the first paragraph.
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Hong to amend the minutes. Voice Vote: all ayes
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda, as amended, to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 2-9-04; the approval of bills in the Education Fund for $60,686.10, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $39,427.85, the Transportation Fund for $59,955.28, Payroll (2/10/04) for $359,281.58 as shown in F.D. 2/23/04-1; and the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 2/23/04-2.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Johnson, Bach, Hong, McKeown, Peterson, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 7–0
Dr. Caruso introduced Signe Noth, the district’s gifted program director. After sharing with the Board a few focusing exercises she uses with her students, Ms. Noth gave the Board an overview of the ALEC (Accelerated Learning/Enrichment for Children) program, which included the program’s philosophy, identification process, activities and goals. Students are identified for acceptance into the program through CAT scores in reading and math, cognitive skills index, and teacher checklists. Activities are designed for not only gifted students, but talented students as well, i.e., physical education programs, talent shows, Spanish, etc. Parents are kept apprised of their child’s successes or difficulties through correspondence, phone calls and informational meetings.
Dr. Caruso and Signe Noth described the current policy and timeline for requests for early entry into kindergarten. Five students have begun the initial process for the 2004-2005 school year. A brief discussion ensued regarding the continuation of this program. Dr. Perkins recommended that this topic be an agenda item for discussion at a March board meeting. At that time, the Board will discuss how this program fits into the district’s view of educating children.
Dr. Perkins reported on his recent attendance at the AASA (American Association of School Administrators) Convention in San Francisco. A number of distinguished speakers were featured at the conference. Dr. Perkins was extremely impressed with John Goodlad, author of A Place Called School; Jim Collins, author of Good to Great; and Elliott Eisner, Professor of Art and Education at Stanford. Further information on the conference is provided on the AASA website.
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
Freedom of Information Act Request
Dr. Perkins stated that a request for information has been received from Mr. Jim Baker of Chicago. Mr. Baker is requesting any contracts awarded for janitorial services, security services and facilities management services.
Ms. Peterson attended an IASB sponsored workshop on February 21 titled “The Critical Role of School Boards in a Democracy.”
Ms. Peterson encouraged everyone to attend the spaghetti dinner fundraiser on March 3 at Westfield. The dinner is being organized to raise funds for the band/choir music festival trip to St. Louis in April.
Closed Session – Discussion of Collective Negotiating
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Ms. Peterson to enter into closed session at 9:20 p.m. for the purpose of discussing collective negotiating matters. Voice Vote: all ayes
The Board returned to regular session at 10:13 p.m.
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. Hong to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 10:14 p.m.
Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary