REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, March 19, 2012
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President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on Monday, March 19, 2012 in the district office at 7:02 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mrs. Susan Lancaster, Mr. Terry McKeown, Mr. Cary Moreth, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Amanda Belanger, Greg Leyden, Nancy Jeske, Sharon Jensen, Julie Frerichs, Melody Vroman, Lisa Catalano, Dr. Lea Anne Frost, Kathy Ogden

Ms. Peterson welcomed audience members.

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve all items in the Consent Agenda which included the Minutes from the Regular Session held 2-27-12; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $43,708.21, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $52,500.36, the Transportation Fund for $65,408.83, Payroll (3-10-12) for $404,110.37 as shown in F.D. 3/19/12-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 3/19/12-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 3/19/12-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 3/19/12-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 3/19/12-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 3/19/12-6; the Employment of Elizabeth Jannush as a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 2-24-12 for a salary of $11.10/hr., Michael Warble as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 3-19-12 for a salary of $11.10/hr., the Resignation of Kelly Diershow as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 2-23-12, Kathleen Schulkins as a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 2-24-12, the Retirement of Eugenie Brown as school secretary at Erickson effective 6-11-12 (approximate); an Extra Duty Addendum.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Klco, Birkley, Lancaster, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Perkins introduced NDSEC’s Executive Director-elect Dr. Lea Anne Frost. Dr. Frost replaces Dr. Rita Jacobson who retires at the end of the school year. She is making the rounds visiting Boards of Education in each district supported by the Co-op.

With the aid of presentation slides and a video clip entitled Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success, Dr. Belanger gave a very clear picture of what can be expected with the transitioning to the new state standards. With the implementation of the new standards, student academic progress will be more consistently tracked; and students and their parents will have a better understanding of the academic expectations each year to prepare for college and career readiness. Dr. Belanger outlined the steps taken to-date by the district to begin our transitioning to the new standards. The process began in 2008 with the implementation of curriculum mapping and is a continual work in progress.

Dr. Perkins gave his annual projected enrollment and staffing projections for the coming school year. Teaching staff will be reduced by one due to retirement and reduced student needs.

Citizen’s Request to Board
Westfield parent Lisa Catalano addressed the Board sharing her concerns for the scheduled date/time of the eighth grade graduation ceremony. The ceremony is currently scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Lake Park East Campus. Mrs. Catalano expressed her concern that the graduation coincides with an academic award event for Lake Park seniors. (Mrs. Catalano has a student who will be receiving an award at this event, in addition to a son graduating from Westfield.)

Board Reports and Requests

Board "Salutes"
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 13 community:

Amend 2011-2012 School Calendar (F.D. 3/19/12-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the amended 2011-2012 school calendar as presented and shown in F.D. 3/19/12-7. Voice Vote: all ayes

The last day of school for students and teachers is May 30.

DuJardin Washrooms Project (F.D. 3/19/12-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Lancaster and seconded by Mr. McKeown to grant Sigalos and Associates permission to seek estimates and bids on behalf of School District 13 for the renovation of bathrooms at DuJardin School. The project budget will be between $125,000.00 and $300,000.00, and authorize the Board Secretary to certify the motion.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Lancaster, McKeown, Birkley, Klco, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Plumbing Bids (F.D. 3/19/12-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the plumbing bids of C.W. Burns Inc. to do renovation work for the Base Bid and Alternates 1 and 2 for the amount of $88,000.00.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Birkley, Wojcicki, Klco, Lancaster, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Second Reading Board Policy Revisions (F.D. 3/19/12-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Klco to waive the second reading and adopt the Board policy revisions for Policy 2:120 - Board Member Development, Policy 4:170 – Safety, and Policy 6:50 – School Wellness as presented. Voice Vote: all ayes

Second & Fourth Year Teacher Appointments/Tenure (F.D. 3/19/12-11)
After Dr. Perkins shared an amended version of the Administrators' Recommendations for 2012-2013, a motion was made by Mr. Moreth and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the re-employment of teachers recommended for second and fourth year contracts, as well as teachers eligible for tenure.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Moreth, Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Lancaster, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Resolutions of Appreciation for PTOs and Secretaries (F.D. 3/19/12-12 & 13)
A motion was made by Mrs. Lancaster and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve these resolutions of appreciation and sign said resolutions. Voice Vote: all ayes

Telephone System Purchase (F.D. 3/19/12-14)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the purchase of a telephone system from Telecon Innovations Group at a cost of $85,434.00, and that the Board also set aside $10,000.00 for unexpected network compatibility issues as per Mr. Leyden's recommendation.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Klco, Birkley, Lancaster, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Capital Outlay Purchase Planning
The Board reviewed Priority I and II lists for 2012-2013 equipment purchases submitted by administrators. The Board will act on this item at its April 30th meeting.

Progress on November 2008 Facility Needs – Long Range Plan
Mr. Leyden provided progress reports on the Facilities Master Plan he crafted in 2008. His spreadsheets highlighted items that have been completed or are "in progress."

Mr. Leyden will present the Board with a new master plan at its April meeting, which will be reviewed annually, per Ms. Peterson.

Other
As a follow-up to Mrs. Catalano's address to board members during the "Citizen's Request to Board" segment, Ms. Peterson generated a discussion on the subject of Westfield’s graduation. The ceremony, scheduled for May 24 at 7:30 p.m., coincides with Lake Park’s senior award ceremony which begins at 7:00 p.m. The Board discussed various options. Dr. Perkins reiterated that administration had explored numerous alternate dates/times and felt the most appropriate time had been chosen for the majority of families. At the Board’s request, Dr. Perkins will inquire as to the availability of a 6:00 p.m. start time at East Campus. Every attempt will be made to place eighth graders who have senior siblings at the front of the program.

Topic(s) for Future Agendas
Mrs. Birkley suggested revisiting the topic of Westfield's traffic concerns. The Board directed Dr. Perkins to initiate a communication campaign to the community via newsletters, etc. addressing student drop-off and pick-up concerns.

For Information
Informational items included:

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

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary