REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, February 27, 2012
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President Tamara Peterson called the regular meting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on Monday, February 27, 2012 in the district office at 7:00 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mrs. Susan Lancaster, Mr. Cary Moreth, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson (Mr. Terry McKeown entered the meeting at 7:01 p.m.)

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Amanda Belanger, Greg Leyden, Jean Raimondi, Leslie Stavnem, Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
After amending the Consent Agenda to include an invoice from TNT Landscaping, a motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve all items in the Consent Agenda which included the Minutes from the Regular Session held 1-23-12; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $109,757.20, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $47,971.56, the Transportation Fund for $60,832.79, Payroll (2-10-12) for $401,480.64 and (2-25-12) for $406,263.42 as shown in F.D. 2/27/12-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 2/27/12-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 2/27/12-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 2/27/12-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 2/27/12-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 2/2712-6; the Employment of Kelly Diershow as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 2-21-12 for a salary of $11.10, Kaitlyn Grady as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-24-12 for a salary of $11.10, Nikki Lacy as an early childhood paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 2-13-12 for a salary of $11.10; the Resignation of Michelle Balynas as an early childhood paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 1-27-12, Mark Blumstein as a substitute paraprofessional at Westfield effective 1-20-12, Jacqueline Furst as a district gifted specialist effective 5-30-12, Kaitlyn Grady as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 2-17-12 ; a Personal Illness Leave for Kelly Giffin effective 2-9-12 through 2-17-12, a FMLA for Karen Petelle effective 11-9-11 through 1-3-12; a Transfer for Erin Davis from substitute reading specialist to paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 1-3-12, Sarita Phipps from a paraprofessional to PE teacher effective 2-9-12.

Roll Call Vote

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

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Perkins shared information regarding a scheduling conflict the evening of Westfield’s eighth grade graduation. After discussing possible options, the ceremony has been set for Thursday, May 24 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Park East Campus.

Dr. Perkins shared action steps taken to-date towards the two district goals. A number of activities occurred since the November update.

Dr. Belanger shared findings from the trial subscription of Odyssey by Compass Learning. The subscription was scheduled to run from October through January. However, Compass Learning agreed to a one-month extension in order to allow us to analyze fall and winter MAP scores. The results showed a “typical” growth in student achievement. Staff who piloted the program were surveyed, and results indicated that for students needing math intervention, this program requires a large time commitment on the part of the teachers. Dr. Belanger indicated this program might be utilized in the future for all students in multiple areas. There would be a significant price reduction if purchasing both math and language arts programs. In the meantime; however, the committee will reach out to other districts to see what they are using.

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.

Other
Mrs. Wojcicki reported on her attendance at a recent IASB workshop – The Board’s First Responsibility: Detecting and Communicating a Compelling Vision. Also, Mrs. Wojcicki, Ms. Peterson, and Mrs. Birkley are registered to attend another IASB sponsored workshop (Open Meetings Act Training) on March 6 at Marquardt School District 15.

The Board will hold its annual retreat on March 12 at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. Board members will participate in team building exercises facilitated by the director of human resources for Kraft Foods. The Board plans to begin strategic planning for the district next fall.

Due to a number of board members' attendance at the National School Board Conference in Boston, the April 23rd meeting will be moved to April 30.

Freedom of Information Act Request
Dr. Perkins reported on three FOIA requests received since the last board meeting. John Ruckstaetter of Glen Ellyn requested a copy of our current electric & gas contracts, as well as copies of recent electric bills for each building. Ms. Leanne Valdes of Streamwood requested copies of all applications for the 2011 school year to present for community use of facilities, along with policies and fees. Paddock Publications sent its annual request for Board of Education meeting dates. Mrs. Ogden supplied the appropriate information to all requestors.

2012 Building Projects (F.D. 2/27/12-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve all Priority I building projects on the 2012 list, with the exception of the DuJardin bathroom project as shown in F.D. 2/27/12-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Lancaster, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: none
Motion Carried: 7-0


Contracts for DuJardin Bathroom Remodeling (FD. 2/27/12-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Lancaster and seconded by Mrs. Klco to authorize the Superintendent to sign contracts for the Board for architectural and construction management related to possible DuJardin washroom remodeling work in 2012 as shown in F.D. 2/27/12-8.

Roll Call Vote

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

Electricity Contract (F.D. 2/27/12-9)
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mr. Moreth to authorize the Superintendent to sign a contract recommended by our electricity consultant which would lock in favorable energy rates at a timing in the best interest of the district as shown in F.D. 2/27/12-9.

Roll Call Vote

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

NDSEC Classroom Lease Agreement (F.D. 2/27/12-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the lease of four district classrooms for use by NDSEC as outlined in document F.D. 2/27/12-10 and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign said document.

Roll Call Vote

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

Bloomingdale Park District – Memorandum of Understanding (F.D. 2/27/12-11)
A motion was made by Mrs. Lancaster and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the Bloomingdale Memorandum of Understanding with the Bloomingdale Park District with respect to the August 2000 agreement and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign said document.

Roll Call Vote

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

Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report for the period ending December 31, 2011. The fourth quarter indicated some signs of economic recovery.

Cash Flow Update
Through the use of charts and tables developed by Finance Director Janis Prehn, Dr. Perkins shared the district's current financial status, as well as projections for the next five years. Dr. Perkins directed the Board’s attention to specific charts and tables which highlighted revenues, expenditures, and district investments, giving an overview of the district’s financial situation without its fixed assets. Local property taxes provide 88% of the 2011-2012 revenue. Last week, the Illinois House approved a bill that would “limit the district to zero revenue growth if property values are declining overall.” Should House Amendment 6 to SB2073 pass in the Senate, this could have a drastic impact on the school district. Mrs. Prehn prepared alternate tables showing tax rates and extensions by levy year with a 0% increase.

The district continues to operate frugally. The Board was most appreciative of Mrs. Prehn's efforts in compiling all the data that went into her report. Once again, she has provided the Board with very clear and concise information.

First Reading of Board Policies' Revisions
The Board reviewed revisions to Policy 2:120, Board Member Development; Policy 4:170, Safety; and Policy 6:50, School Wellness. Revisions to the three policies were at the recommendation of the Illinois School Board Association; and the Board will act on these policies at its March meeting.

Topic(s) for Future Agendas
Mrs. Klco suggested the topic of student drop-off and pick-up safety concerns at Westfield as a future agenda item. This issue has been addressed previously at board meetings and through discussions with the Bloomingdale Police Department.

For Information
Informational items included the following:

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

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary