REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, March 10, 2003
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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, March 10, 2003 in the district office at 7:34 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Edward Levato, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield
(Mrs. Ruth Ann Olson-Lewyckyj entered the meeting at 7:50 p.m.)

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso, Miss Debbie Kadin, Mrs. Susanne Stankoskey, Mrs. Mary Beth Dunne, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve items shown in the consent agenda to include Approval of Minutes of 2-10-03; the Resignation of Mary Hahn, 8th grade teacher effective 3-1-03, the employment of Brian Ortbal as an instructional aide at Westfield effective 2-3-03 for a salary of $10.05 per hour.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Johnson, Bach, Levato, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6– 0

Superintendent Transition Schedule
Dr. Gordon reported that he and Dr. Kim Perkins have identified dates they will spend together to ensure a smooth transition. Dr. Perkins will meet with Dr. Gordon March 13, April 25, May 13 and June 16. On March 13, Dr. Perkins will be given a tour of the district and attend a Chamber of Commerce luncheon/meeting. He will interview the final panel of middle school principal candidates on March 19 and 20. Mrs. Ogden will work with Dr. Perkins and the school principals to schedule dates for them to meet with one another.

Plans for the April 10 reception to welcome Dr. Perkins and his family to the district are progressing. The reception will be held at the Bloomingdale Golf Club from 4:30 – 6:00.

Principal’s Search
Fifty-seven applications were received in the district office for the middle school principal position. Twenty-three of the applicants are currently middle school or junior high principals. Dr. Gordon indicated that he is very impressed with the pool of applicants at this point. He and Dr. Caruso will be interviewing eleven candidates Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Five or six of these candidates will be brought back for a second interview on March 17 and 18 with a panel made up of teachers and parents. A final recommendation will be given to the Board on April 14.

School District Financial Report
Dr. Gordon gave an explanation of the School District Financial Profile. The state has changed the description used to categorize the financial shape of districts. The state uses a 4-point scale system, with four being the best and one the worst. District 13 is a Category 3, which is referred to as “Financial Review.” This financial profile does not portray a true picture of the operating expenditures of the district, as the district finished paying off the Westfield addition and completed the DuJardin addition in 2002. If these expenditures were not included in the calculations, the district would be in the top ranking, “Financial Recognition.”

Board Reports and Requests

ACE Appreciation Resolution R#4 (F.D. 3/10/03-1)
A motion was made by Mr. Levato and seconded by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj to adopt the ACE Appreciation Resolution R#4 as shown in F.D. 3/10/03-1. Vote Vote: all ayes

The Board expressed their appreciation and thanks for all the efforts done by this committee.

LEND EFAB Position Paper (F.D. 3/10/03-2)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to endorse the final draft of the position paper regarding the Education Funding Advisory Board report on how to restructure state funding of schools as shown in F.D. 3/10/03-2. Voice Vote: all ayes

Resolution to Transfer Working Cash Funds R #5 (F.D. 3/10/03-3)
A motion was made by Mr. Levato and seconded by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj to adopt the Resolution to Transfer Working Cash Funds to the Operations & Maintenance Fund as shown in F.D. 3/10/03-3

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Levato, Olson-Lewyckyj, Bach, Johnson, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Failed: 7 – 0

Building Projects Priority List
The Board discussed the building projects priority list developed by the District Cabinet and their recommendations for capitol expenditures. The district has typically spent approximately $500,000 on these projects, but has decided to significantly reduce this amount for the next fiscal year in order to maximize money available in the education fund. The District Cabinet along with Greg Leyden, Nanci Greene and Jan Prehn are recommending replacing the telephone system at Erickson only at this time.

Closed Session – Employment of Personnel, Collective Bargaining Strategies
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to enter into closed session to discuss the employment of personnel and collective bargaining strategies at 8:25 p.m.

The Board returned to regular session at 8:49 p.m.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Mr. Levato and seconded by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj to adjourn the meeting at 9:01 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Donald Litchfield, President
Jerome E. Gordon, Secretary

CLOSED SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, March 10, 2003
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President Donald Litchfield called the closed session meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, March 10, 2003 at 8:30 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Edward Levato, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso

The Board went into closed session to discuss the employment of personnel and collective bargaining strategies.

The Board discussed the employment of personnel and collective bargaining strategies.

A motion was made by Mr. Levato and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to return to regular session at 8:49 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes (Minutes of the closed session meeting are open to the public.)

Donald Litchfield, President
Jerome E. Gordon, Secretary