REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, March 22, 2004
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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 22, 2004 in the district office at 7:39 p.m.

Roll Call
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, Mrs. Linda Magnussen, Mrs. Mary Beth Dunne, Mrs. Mary Ann Kelly, Mr. Earl Overman, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 3-8-04; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $57,812.65, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $42,067.16, Transportation Fund for $60,681.86, Payroll (3-10-04) for $349,044.29 as shown in F.D. 3/22/04-1; the February Activity Report as shown in F.D. 3/22/04-2; and the employment of Julie Atchison, an instructional aide at Erickson School effective 3-9-04 for a salary of $10.20 per hour.

Roll Call Vote

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

Superintendent's Report

Board Reports and Requests

Second, Third & Fourth Year Appointments/Tenure/Dismissals (F.D. 3/22/04-3)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the recommendations for Second, Third & Fourth Year Appointments/Tenure and Dismissals as shown in F.D. 3/22/04-3.

Roll Call Vote

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

Operations Projects Fund Priorities (F.D. 3/22/04-4)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the recommendations for Priority 1A items from the Operations Projects Fund Priorities list in the amount of $214,000.00 as shown in F.D. 3/22/04-4, plus $2,300.00 for the Westfield sign as previously presented.

Roll Call Vote

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

Tech Prep Adoption (F.D. 3/22/04-5)
The Board discussed the tech prep proposal as presented by Paul Taylor. Due to the high cost of this curriculum proposal, the Board would like a further study done by administration prior to any changes made to the program.

A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to table this item until further discussion is held. Voice Vote: all ayes

Family and Consumer Science Adoption (F.D. 3/22/04-6)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the adoption proposal for the Family and Consumer Science curriculum in the amount of $10,732.21 as shown in F.D. 3/22/04-6.

Roll Call Vote

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

Special Education Transportation Contract
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the SASED contract for special education transportation with Laidlaw from July 1, 2004 through June 20, 2006 as shown in F.D. 3/22/04-7.

Roll Call Vote

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

Early Entry
The Board held a discussion concerning the discontinuance of the Early Entry Program. In response to a previous request from the Board, Dr. Caruso compiled a packet of information including numerous early entry policies from other districts, and a study of some of District 13’s early entrants. Overall, studies show that students experience socialization issues. Of the districts polled, most do not allow early entry. A few board members expressed the opinion that holding a child back does not harm him/her, but, in fact, can help. When redoing the board policy manual, the Board will look into changing the early entry policy for next school year.

Closed Session – Collective Negotiating Matters
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Ms. Peterson to enter into closed session for the purpose of discussing Employment of Personnel and Collective Negotiating Matters at 8:45 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 9:30 p.m.

Other
The Board discussed a citizen’s concern for class size.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to adjourn the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:38 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary