SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, March 8, 2004
President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, February 23, 2004 in the district office at 7:37 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield
Absent: Mr. Tom Hong
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Janice Caruso, Ms. Pam Miller, Ms. Lisa Paoletti, Mrs. Mary Beth Dunne, Mrs. Kathy Ogden
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 2-23-04; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $6,324.49, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $18,386.16, Payroll (2/25/04) for $345,956.75 as shown in F.D. 3/8/04-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 3/8/04-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 3/8/04-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 3/8/04-4; the resignations of Kim Glancey, an instructional aide at Erickson effective 2-20-04, Kelly McHugh, a 7th grade teacher at Westfield effective 2-20-04, Margaret Reule, a 3rd grade teacher at Erickson effective 6-8-03, and Michelle Czech, an instructional aide at Erickson effective 3-19-04.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Peterson, Bach, Johnson, McKeown, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 6–0
Linda Scharaga and Paul Taylor from Westfield School reported on the Family and Consumer Science and Tech Prep programs respectively. Both programs are up for review in the regular curriculum cycle. In the Family and Consumer Science curriculum the emphasis is on consumer education, child development, nutrition and career development. In the Industrial Technology program, Mr. Taylor proposes updating current modules, i.e., robotics and structural engineering, while eliminating and replacing others. Students have the opportunity to continue their studies in both curriculums at Lake Park High School with a variety of course offerings.
Dr. Perkins gave a brief report on the current situation in Springfield with regard to the Governor’s plan to create a new Department of Education. Governor Blagojevich testified before the Senate’s “Committee of the Whole” regarding his plan to transfer the Illinois State Board of Education to a Department of Education under his authority. Two more hearings are planned – one will be held at York High School on March 22. Legislators are on a two-week break from Springfield and will return on March 23.
Board Reports and Requests
The Board reviewed the district’s financial status as presented in a report by Jan Prehn. The current budget will be amended. This is due, in part, to the receipt of the $1.8 million from the construction grant. A summary of cash flow shows revenues exceeding expenses.
Ms. Peterson attended an IASB sponsored workshop on February 21 titled “The Critical Role of School Boards in a Democracy.”
Building Project Priorities
The Board reviewed the building projects priority list developed by the District Cabinet and their recommendations for capital outlay expenditures. Based on current information, we have $310,125.00 in available funds. Not included in the list are the proposals for requested expenditures for the two programs presented this evening - Family and Consumer Science and Tech Prep.
On behalf of the Westfield STP, Mrs. Wojcicki presented a proposal for the installation of a message board at Westfield School similar to the one at Erickson and DuJardin. The STP is requesting that the district split the cost of the sign ($4,600.00) - making the district’s share $2,300.00.
Closed Session – Collective Negotiating Matters
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Ms. Peterson to enter into closed session for the purpose of discussing collective negotiating matters at 9:04 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes
The Board returned to regular session at 10:36 p.m.
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 10:38 p.m.
Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary