SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, February 28, 2011
President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale elementary District 13 to order on Monday, February 28, 2011 in the district office at 7:33 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mr. Cary Moreth, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Jean Raimondi, Ryan Anderson, Kathy Ogden
Audience members were welcomed.
After an explanation was given regarding a job-sharing proposal, and a notation made regarding a change in the personnel report, a motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the Consent Agenda, which included the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from January 24; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $425,668.70, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $72,509.83, the Transportation Fund for $66,310.32, Payroll (2-10-11) in the amount of $391,741.01 and (2-25-11) in the amount of $386,330.22; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 2/28/11-2, the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 2/28/11-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 2/28/11-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 2/28/11-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 2/28/11-6; the Employment of Tim Murmann as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 2-14-11 for a salary of $11.15/hour; the Resignations of Karen Constantine as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 2-10-11 and Angela Myslinski as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 2-11-11; the Termination of Andrea Nitti as a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 2-28-11; Personal Illness Leave for Denise Irving effective 1-25-11 through 2-4-11, FMLA for Mark Stamatakos effective 1-4-11 through 1-28-11, FMLA for Sheila Zagotta effective 1-3-11 through 2-25-11; the Transfer of Erika Weber from a paraprofessional to substitute teacher at Westfield effective 1-26-11, Job Share in Grade 3 for Erin Guge and Janeen Volkman at Erickson School effective 2011-2012 school year.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Birkley, Wojcicki, Klco, Litchfield, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Motion Carried: 7 - 0
Dr. Perkins shared progress made to-date towards achieving the two district 2010-2011 goals. The goals are: 1) At least 90% of district students will continue to meet state standards/proficiency on the March 2011 ISAT tests and the May 2011 M.A.P. tests. 2) Activities will be planned to facilitate a smooth transition and succession for district leadership as district leaders retire over the next three years.
Dr. Schielke shared her “On the Horizon” report which included feedback from teachers on the Rocket Math program (after being in place for one year for students in Grades 1 – 5), good scores achieved from the eighth graders who took the Algebra exam through Lake Park, and information regarding the upcoming institute day which will focus on curriculum work.
The district, once again, has achieved a “4.0” financial rating from the State Board of Education. A rating of 4.0 was received in each of the five scored categories.
For the eighth consecutive year, the district earned the Bright Red Apple™ award from SchoolSearch™. This award is based on five categories: academic performance, pupil/teacher ratio, operating expenditure per pupil, educational level of teachers, and average teacher salary.
For the third year in a row, Erickson School has earned the Academic Excellence Award from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Board Reports and Requests
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:
Ms. Peterson inquired if there was interest in moving the start time of board meetings up one half hour, beginning at 7:00 p.m. All members supported her suggestion, and this change will be made at the Board’s reorganizational meeting in April.
Freedom of Information Act
Dr. Perkins shared information regarding two FOIA requests received since the last meeting. RJB Properties, Inc. requested copies of maintenance/custodial invoices, and was informed that the district does not contract outside of the district for custodial services. Mark Colosimo, executive editor for Suburban Life Publications requested copies of the budget and other documents related to the amount of dollars spent on the publication of public notices in 2010. Mr. Colosimo also inquired as to the number of “hits” the district’s website received during the same time period. Both FOIA requests were addressed in a timely manner.
Second Reading/Adoption of Board Policy Revisions (F.D.
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to waive the second reading and adopt the Board policy revisions as presented. Voice Vote: all ayes
Ameresco Change Order (F.D. 2/28/11-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the Ameresco Change Order #2 to upgrade Air Handler Unit #3 at Westfield, and authorize the Board President to sign said order.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Klco, Birkley, Litchfield, McKeown, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Motion Carried: 7 - 0
NDSEC Amendments to Joint Agreement (F.D. 2/28/11-9)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the revisions to the NDSEC Joint Agreement, and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign the resolution certification form.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Litchfield, Birkley, Klco, McKeown, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Motion Carried: 7 - 0
Cash Flow Update
The Board reviewed Mrs. Prehn’s Current Financial Status and 5-Year Projection report. The fund balance did well, due in part, to a freeze on capital outlay expenditures, elimination of an assistant principal position, a decrease in conference attendance, and the non-replacement of a position after a teacher retirement. Mrs. Prehn’s cash flow projections are determined by a number of factors, such as: the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which has fluctuated in recent years; an anticipated lower assessed property value in Bloomingdale; new construction has decreased in recent years; our enrollment has decreased in recent years affecting the amount of state aid allocated; and payments for mandated categoricals have been late. The district will continue to operate frugally. Anticipated staff retirements and a negotiated contract with a 1.0% increase for FY11 will help us balance the budget in the coming years.
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.
Building Projects Priorities List
Dr. Perkins shared the priorities list of building projects for the 2011-12 school year. It is our intent to complete as many of the Priority I items as possible. After an inquiry was made by Ms. Peterson regarding the age of the district-wide phone system, Dr. Perkins explained the need to purchase updated software and equipment to support the existing system.
Informational items included:
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10.
Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary