SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING / RETREAT
Monday, February 28, 2005
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President Donald Litchfield called the special meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, February 28, 2005 at the Doral Eaglewood Iris Room in Itasca, Illinois at 7:05 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mr. Tom Hong, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield (Mr. Terence McKeown entered the meeting at 7:40 p.m.)

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Superintendent, Dr. Janice Caruso, Assistant Superintendent, Janis Prehn, Finance Director

Budget Projections
Dr. Perkins and Mrs. Prehn explained the packet of materials shared with the Board of Education entitled, “Current Financial Status and Five-Year Projection Update.” The current financial position of the school district was described. A 59.25% ratio of fund balance to next year’s budget is expected on June 30, 2005. After explaining the revenue and expenditure assumptions made in creating the five-year budget projection, district administrators explained that the current fund balance of nearly $9 million could slide to $5.2 million by June 30, 2009. This would reflect a 32% ratio of fund balance to the following year’s budget. It should be noted that a 30% ratio of fund balance to next year’s expenditures is necessary to avoid short-term borrowing in the following fiscal year.

Administrators also outlined a second scenario using more optimistic assumptions. This scenario would result in a $7.1 million fund balance as of June 30, 2009. The following points summarize key information shared regarding these projections:

Survey Planning for 2005-2006
Dr. Perkins shared Harris Interactive survey forms completed by students, parents and staff in spring of 2002. Discussion followed regarding whether or not the Harris Interactive survey yielded the types of information actually sought about programs and staff, in terms of customer satisfaction. As a result of the discussion, Dr. Perkins will study the feasibility and possibility of a customized survey to better fit District 13’s needs.

Topics of Interest for 2005-2006 Board of Education Agendas
Dr. Perkins shared four upcoming instructional presentations to be made to the Board from March 14 through November 28. Dr. Litchfield had some suggestions for the music program presentation slated for April.

Board members suggested two particular topics for future presentations.

Board members suggested that students and staff involved in such presentations add to their appeal.

Summer School Idea
Dr. Perkins explained that Dr. Caruso had been approached by members of the district’s Literacy Committee with the idea of a self-supportive reading program for remedial students this coming summer. Permission was sought to have staff engage in a study of parent interest in such a program. Board members expressed concurrence that this was a good idea, and encouraged administrators to gauge parent interest in this program idea.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary