REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, February 23, 2009
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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 23, 2009 in the district office at 7:31 p.m.

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

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Greg Leyden, Mike Steffens (Ameresco), Julie Frerichs, Melody Vroman, Paul Taylor, Karl Volkman, Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the items shown in the consent Agenda to include the regular and closed session minutes from 1-26-09; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $31,942.05, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $61,280.19, the Transportation Fund for $51,645.04, the Tort Fund for $280.00, Payroll (2-10-09) for $400,197.80 as shown in F.D. 2/23/09-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 2/23/09-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 2/23/09-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 2/23/09-4; the Expenditure report as shown in F.D. 2/23/09-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 2/23/09-6; the Employment of Tina Martin, an early childhood paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 2-9-09 for a salary of $10.05 per hour and Sheila Zagotta, a social worker at Westfield effective 2-2-09 for a salary prorated at $22,741.38.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Birkley, Klco, Litchfield, McKeown, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Superintendent’s Report
Following up on a previous request from Mrs. Klco, Dr. Perkins shared information regarding current class sizes. The Superintendent’s Report also included kindergarten round-up enrollment figures. To-date, 44 students are registered at Erickson and 49 at DuJardin. Dr. Perkins reported that the district has earned a perfect 4.0 rating from the Illinois State Board of Education for the sixth consecutive year. The district also earned (for the sixth consecutive year) the “Bright Red Apple” award from SchoolSearch™. Receipt of this award is based on five key factors: Academic Performance, Pupil/Teacher Ratio, Expenditure Per Pupil, Educational Level of Teachers, and Average Teacher Salary.

Dr. Schielke reported that through the Illinois Textbook Loan Program the district was able to purchase $14,000 in textbooks for seventh and eighth grade students. Spanish, Algebra, and additional math books for accelerated students were purchased. The literacy committee has completed their study of a new reading series, and this will be presented at the March Board of Education meeting for adoption. The county-wide institute day is scheduled for Friday, February 27. Staff has the option of participating in one of three types of activities for the day. Staff members who elected to remain in the district will hear a presentation from Paul Goldstein on the curriculum mapping software. Dr. Schielke shared that it will become necessary in the near future to upgrade the library card catalog system. Follett Library’s software program, Destiny, offers a number of opportunities not available with our current Follett system. The initial cost for the upgrade would be $20,000.

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:

Freedom of Information Act Request
Dr. Perkins stated that a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request had been received from the Illinois Policy Institute requesting information on contracts over $25,000.

Approve List of Facilities Projects to be Completed Within Two Years (F.D. 2/23/09-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the list of facilities projects desired to be completed within two years, and to be prioritized at a later date in terms of funding ability.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Litchfield, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Approve Agreement of Partnership (F.D. 2/23/09-8)
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the Agreement of Partnership with Ameresco, and authorize the Board President to sign such agreement.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: McKeown, Klco, Birkley, Litchfield, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Approve Funding Mechanism for List of Facilities Projects (F.D. 2/23/09-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs.Birkley to approve the issuance of debt certificates for the facilities work outlined, and that the debt certificates then be retired through the sale of funding bonds, and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign the accompanying resolution.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Litchfield, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Authorize District Officials to work With PFM on Selection of an Underwriting Firm (F.D. 2/23/09-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mr. Moreth to authorize the superintendent, finance director, and other district staff, as appropriate, to work with PFM on the selection of an underwriting firm.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Klco, Moreth, Birkley, Litchfield, McKeown, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 - 0

Approve List of Maintenance Projects for Summer 2009 (F.D. 2/23/09-11)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the Summer 2009 Maintenance Projects List as presented by Mr. Leyden and shown in F.D. 2/23/09-11.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, McKeown, Birkley, Klco, Litchfield, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 - 0

Cash Flow Analysis
The Board reviewed Finance Director Jan Prehn’s report entitled Current Financial Status and 5-Year Projection. This document gives a very comprehensive look at the district’s financial situation, and will assist the Board when making decisions that impact the district’s finances. Dr. Perkins directed the Board’s attention to a number of graphs which help to define the district’s history of fund balances and cash flow trends. Mrs. Prehn also included a graph showing budgeted staff salaries based on the current contract which ends in 2010, and a projection of salaries for years 2011 - 2013 based on a 2.3% increase. The Board was very appreciative of the time and effort put in by Mrs. Prehn in compiling this report.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Moreth to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

The meeting was adjourned at 9:22 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary