Monday,February 26, 2007
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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 26, 2007 in the district office at 7:35 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Absent: Mr. Terence McKeown

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Mrs. Nancy Jeske, Mrs. Elissa Dee, Mrs. Nanci Greene, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from the 1-22-07 meeting; the Special Meeting held 1-31-07; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $311,642.43, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $52,555.83, the Bond & Interest Fund for $300.00, the Transportation Fund for $95,753.19, Payroll (2-10-07) for $374,471.10; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 2/26/07-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 2/26/07-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 2/26/07-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 2/26/07-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 2/26/07-6; the Resignations of Maryann Diazsandi as art teacher at Westfield effective 2-10-07; Deborah Noble as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 2-22-07; Barbara Tyk as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 2-2-07; Mark Williams as an 8th grade social studies teacher at Westfield effective 6-8-07; the Employment of Jennifer Garite as a part-time Early Childhood paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 1-30-07 for a salary of $9.90 per hour, Irvin Gerts as a part-time night custodian at Westfield effective 2-5-07 for a salary of $10.00 (which will be shared with the Bloomingdale Park District, Deyana Matt as an art teacher at Westfield effective 2-12-07 for a salary of $14,675.36; the Extra Duty Addendum for 2006-2007 effective 2-26-07.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Birkley, Johnson, Peterson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

Superintendent’s Report
Nanci Greene presented her recommendation for the implementation of Pearson PowerSchool student information system, and briefly demonstrated the features of this software. Among the many capabilities, this is a user-friendly, web-based product which will enable parents to have easy access to student progress. Mrs. Greene extensively researched both PowerSchool and the student management system maintained by Skyward, and along with the opinions from selected staff, made her determination based on the criteria needed by the district. Ms. Peterson raised the question of whether additional technology support staff will be needed to maintain our growing technology requirements. Dr. Perkins confirmed that the district might indeed need to look into this.

The Board reviewed the student and staff surveys crafted by ECRA Group. Staff members are currently in the process of completing their surveys, which ends March 1. Principals will administer the student surveys on February 28.

Dr. Schielke, the principals, Mrs. Conway, Ms. Guerine, and Mrs. Fonk have been in discussions regarding how kindergarten students’ needs can best be met. Kindergarten teachers spend a great deal of time at the beginning of the school year assessing student abilities. The idea of having a delayed start for kindergarten students was discussed. These students would begin on the following Monday, giving teachers the first three days (August 29, 30 and 31) to individually meet with their kindergarten students and parents for assessment purposes. This would enable teachers to have the academic information needed ahead of time. Dr. Schielke requested permission from the Board to further pursue this idea for the fall. All board members present, with the exception of Dr. Litchfield, gave their assent. Further information, advertising, training of staff, etc. will be forthcoming.

Dr. Schielke gave her “On the Horizon” report. She indicated that Jan Skowron has completed her classroom observations for the balanced literacy program audit. Over the next couple of days the math committee will be reviewing the curriculum to look at the possibility of updating the existing versions. Dr. Schielke reported that a DVD describing the math program will be produced before the end of this school year. The ISATs arrived in district today, and will be administered the week of March 12. Presenter Kate Ahlgren held a workshop on differentiation strategies on Friday and Saturday of last week in the district office with the focus on gifted students.

Board Reports and Requests

Student Information Database Software Purchase (F.D. 2/26/07-7)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the purchase of Pearson PowerSchool student information software as shown in F.D. 2/26/07-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Peterson, Johnson, Bach, Birkley, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

Building Project Priorities List
The Board reviewed the proposed 2007-2008 Building Project Priorities List as crafted by Greg Leyden, the district administrators, and Jan Prehn. This will be an action item at the March 19th board meeting.

Retreat Agenda (Self-Evaluation Survey Choice)
After a brief discussion of the two instruments recommended by the Illinois Association of School Boards (Self-Evaluation and Board Governance Review), board members decided on the Self-Evaluation survey. Dr. Perkins will advise John Cassel from IASB of the Board’s decision. Mr. Cassel will arrange to have the survey available online for the Board, and the results will be discussed at the Board’s April 2nd retreat.

FY07 Budget Amendment
The Board reviewed the proposed FY07 budget amendment as outlined in a memo by Janis Prehn.

Cash Flow Analysis
Dr. Perkins highlighted various graphs and information as presented in Janis Prehn’s memo, Current Financial Status and 5-Year Projection. Mrs. Prehn’s memo explains, in detail, the factors that determine the basis for all cash flow projections. The Board expressed its appreciation for the in-depth report crafted by Mrs. Prehn.

For Information
Informational Items Included:

Closed Session – Collective Negotiations Discussion
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to enter into closed session at 9:32 p.m. after a five-minute break to discuss collective negotiating matters between the district and its employees or their representative, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees, 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(2). Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 10:40 p.m.

Certificate of Appreciation
Dr. Litchfield shared a certificate of appreciation from the Illinois Association of School Administrators to the Board. IASA appreciates the Board’s support of Superintendent Perkins’ service on the state superintendent’s IASA-ISBE Advisory Committee.

A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Ms. Peterson to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

The meeting was adjourned at 10:41 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary