Monday, February 25, 2013
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President Terry McKeown called the regular meeting of the Board of Education in Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on Monday, February 25, 2013 in the district office at 7:03 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Susan Lancaster, Mr. Cary Moreth, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Mr. Terry McKeown

Absent: Mrs. Fina Klco

Others Present: Dr. Jon Bartelt, Dr. Amanda Belanger, Adam Parisi, Patrick Haugens, Meredith Haugens, Mariela Siegert, Deyana Matt, Dana Thomas, Justine Albig, Betsy Niemiec, Heather Miller, Greg Leyden, Heidi Weeks, Ryan Anderson, Paul Nielsen, Michelle Caravello, Jean Raimondi, Mark Stamatakos, Sue Metzger, Nala Miller, Lizzy Pusateri, Maho Nozaki, Kathy Ogden

Mr. McKeown welcomed audience members.

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve the items in the Consent Agenda which included the Minutes from the Regular and Closed Session meetings held 1-28-13; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $113,745.02, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $56,162.54, the Transportation Fund for $78,010.12, Payroll (2-10-13) for $396.699.39 as shown in F.D. 2/25/13-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 2/25/13-2 the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 2/25/13-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 2/25/13-4 the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 2/25/13-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 2/25/13-6; the Employment of Patrick Haugens as Principal of Erickson Elementary School effective 7-1-13 for a salary of $92,000, Katherine Hawley as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-23-13 for a salary of $11.12/hr., Katherine Vander Vennet as a special education paraprofessional at Erickson effective 2-6-13 for a salary of $11.32/hr.; the Resignation of Dr. Amanda Belanger as Assistant Superintendent for Learning effective 6-28-13; the Rehire of Mark Dwyer as Principal of DuJardin School effective 7-1-13, Stacy Johnston as Assistant Principal of DuJardin & Erickson Schools effective 7-1-13; an FMLA Leave for Heather Grover-Farris effective 8-12-13 through 11-1-13; a Medical Leave for Debbie Kampe effective 1-15-13 through 2-4-13; a Transfer for Christine Scharf from a regular education paraprofessional to a special education paraprofessional at Erickson effective 2-6-13; the Retirement of Karen Koepke as a technology assistant effective 6-30-13; Job Share between Erin Guge and Janeen Volkman for 3rd grade for the 2013-2014 school year.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Peterson, Moreth, Birkley, Lancaster, Wojcicki, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

Dr. Bartelt introduced Patrick Haugens, who was in attendance with his wife, Meredith, as Dr. Markgraf’s replacement as Principal of Erickson School for the 2013-2014 school year.

Superintendent’s Report
During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Bartelt shared action steps taken to-date towards the 2012-2013 district goals.

Westfield students Nala Miller, Lizzy Pusateri, and Maho Nozaki treated the Board to a live performance on their musical instruments playing a selection by Mozart. Band Director Sue Metzger gave the Board an overview of the instrumental music program. She outlined the criteria for the different areas students may participate in: Cadet Band, Concert Band, Chamber Music, and Jazz Band.

Dr. Belanger shared information on 5Essentials, the statewide survey which will be administered to teachers and students. The purpose of the survey is to gather data on how teachers are performing and students are learning. Survey results will determine a school’s performance in five areas: effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment, and ambitious instruction. The District has chosen not to administer the 5Essentials survey to parents this year, as they are already scheduled in the rotation to be surveyed by ECRA Group this year, as well as community members. Dr. Belanger indicated reports are expected in June.

Grey Leyden shared information on summer projects planned for each facility.

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 13 community:

Approval of Financial Settlement with Employee #1112082523 (F.D. 2/25/13-7)
A motion was made by Mr. Moreth and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the settlement agreement with Employee #1112082523, as presented and shown in F.D. 2/25/13-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Moreth, Birkley, Lancaster, Peterson, Wojcicki, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

Asphalt and Fire Alarm Replacement Bids (F.D. 2/25/13-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve the bid submitted by Orange Crush, LLC in the amount of $159,888 to replace asphalt at DuJardin, and the bid submitted by Affiliated Customer Service, Inc. in the amount of $49,343 for the replacement of the fire alarm system at Erickson, as presented and shown in F.D. 2/25/13-8.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Moreth, Birkley, Lancaster, Peterson, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

NDSEC Classroom Lease Agreement (F.D. 2/25/13-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Lancaster and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the lease of three district classrooms for use by NDSEC as outlined in F.D. 2/25/13-9, and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign it.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Lancaster, Peterson, Birkley, Moreth, Wojcicki, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

2013-2014 School Calendar (F.D. 2/25/13-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve the adoption of the 2013-2014 school calendar as shown in F.D. 2/25/13-10. Voice Vote: all ayes

Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report for the period ending December 31, 2012. Mr. Parisi expressed his satisfaction with the transition between PFM and PMA.

Cash Flow Update
Dr. Bartelt and Mr. Parisi shared highlights of their meeting with PMA and the cash flow analysis completed by the firm. Mr. Parisi gave kudos to the Board for its history of fiscal responsibility and consistently adopting a balanced budget.

Code of Ethics
Dr. Bartelt shared the Code of Ethics that was developed for student athletes and their parents. Board members were pleased with the final product and indicated they would like to see this expanded to other types of extra curricular events as well. Dr. Bartelt will discuss this with the administrative team.

Enrollment Projections
Mr. Parisi shared information on the District’s enrollment history. Since 1999, the District has seen a decline in its enrollment numbers. There has been a 21% decrease over the past 14 years. To determine anticipated enrollment for next school year, Mr. Parisi utilized the Cohort Survival Projection Method. Through discussions with the three principals, it was determined that reductions in staffing are not anticipated at this time for next school year.

In answer to an inquiry from Ms. Peterson, Dr. Bartelt indicated that the report from ECRA on Strategic Planning is expected in late April, early May. A board retreat will be rescheduled at that time.

For Information
Informational items included:

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 8:22 p.m.

Terry McKeown, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary