SCHOOL BOARD MEETING / RETREAT
Monday,March 13, 2006
President Donald Litchfield called the special meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, March 13, 2006 at the Doral Eaglewood Iris Room in Itasca, Illinois at 6:30 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield (Mrs. Patricia Bach entered the meeting at 6:45 p.m.) (Mr. Terence McKeown entered the meeting at 6:55 p.m.)
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins
Use of Paraprofessionals
Board members discussed the use of paraprofessionals in the instruction of youngsters. Dr. Perkins shared data on how much time paraprofessionals spent doing supervisory work, substituting work, and other work duties. The Board of Education requested that a policy be drafted that states that general education paraprofessionals be used for instructional support for the majority of their workday. The Board believes that instructional aides can be most useful in supporting differentiation of instruction, development of reading skills, and small group instruction of students within the classroom under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher. Tamara Peterson suggested the use of exit interviews with parapros to gather data about time spent working on instructional support.
The Board reviewed goals from the March 2002 Board Retreat. Board members felt that natural goals may emerge from the review of the parent and community surveys, which should be tabulated by May of this year. Additionally, the Board looks forward to seeing the targets set by the school improvement teams in the month of April.
Dr. Perkins reviewed the 20-page memo from Jan Prehn outlining budget projections for the next four years. The Board had great appreciation for the clarity and user friendliness of this information.
Tasks for Citizens Advisory Council
The Board reviewed a variety of ideas to engage members of the Citizens Advisory Council in more meaningful tasks. Dr. Perkins described plans to engage the CAC members as focus group leaders to help further understand parent and community survey results once they become available. Dr. Perkins asked board members to continue to consider other possible ideas for CAC member engagement.
Criteria to Assess Ad Hoc Requests of the Board by Citizens
The Board reviewed information shared by Dr. Perkins on criteria to assess ad hoc request of the Board by citizens. The Board reviewed its visitor brochure for board meetings, as well as its policy on Uniform Grievance Procedures. Dr. Perkins shared information from Coming to Order: A Guide to Successful School Board Meetings by the Illinois Association of School Boards on making school board meeting audiences welcome at meetings. Board members agreed that several important concepts included: 1) welcoming visitors to board meetings, 2) reassuring community members present that they had been heard, and they will receive a written response, and, 3) deferring action when appropriate.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 p.m.
Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary