REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, March 24, 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 24, 2003 in the district office at 7:34 p.m.

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

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mr. Al Sparks, Mrs. Karen Kelly, Mr. Mike Murray, Mrs. Sandy Chase, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve items shown in the Consent Agenda to include Approval of Regular and Closed Session Minutes of 3-10-03; approval of bills in the Education Fund for $404,904.62, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $62,731.09, Transportation Fund for $70,657.53, Payroll – 2-10-03 for $339,979.34, 2-25-03 for $342,055.83, 3-10-03 for $346,616.05 as shown in F.D. 3/24/03-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 3/24/03-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 3/24/03-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 3/24/03-4; the Activity Reports as shown in F.D. 3/24/03-5; the employment of Tatianna Donaldson as a part-time aide at DuJardin School effective 2-25-03 at $9.05 per hour.

Roll Call Vote

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

Social Studies Report
Al Sparks, Mike Murray, Sandy Chase and Karen Kelly, representatives from the Social Studies Committee, presented their proposal for a new district-wide program. Mr. Sparks gave the Board an overview of the research done for the piloting of the materials for middle school and for the elementaries during this three-year process. During this research, the committee continued to review State and National Standards.

The other three committee members distributed textbooks and various materials to demonstrate a daily lesson for each grade level. Mrs. Chase discussed the materials from Macmillan/McGraw-Hill used by kindergarten through second. Big Books are used with group guided reading lessons. Mrs. Kelly gave an overview of the program for grades three through five. The focus at the third grade level is on Communities. In fourth grade, students study the U.S. Regions and in fifth grade – U.S. History. Mr. Murray explained the materials from McGraw Hill Glencoe used for students in grades sixth through eighth. He indicated that the supplemental materials are great resources to enable every student to succeed.

Board members were very impressed with the presentation and thanked all committee members for their work on this project.

Board Reports and Requests

Second, Third, Fourth Yr. Appointments/Tenure/Dismissals (F.D. 3/24/03-6)
A motion was made by Mr. Levato and seconded by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj to approve the Second, Third and Fourth Year Appointments, Tenure and Dismissals as shown in F.D. 3/24/03-6.

Roll Call Vote

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

Operation Projects Fund Priorities (F.D. 3/24/03-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj to authorize the district to go out to bid for Priority 1A items and the proposed NBX System for Erickson School as shown in F.D. 3/24/03-7. Voice Vote: all ayes

Master Contract – Memo of Understanding (F.D. 3/24/03-8)
A motion was made by Mr. Levato and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the Memorandum of Understanding to revise the sick leave provisions of the master teacher contract as shown in F.D. 3/24/03-8.

Roll Call Vote

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

Sick Leave Policy Proposal (F.D. 3/24/03-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve a sick leave policy proposal as presented by Jan Caruso and shown in F.D. 3/24/03-9.

Roll Call Vote

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

Cash Flow Update
The Board discussed the financial status of the district as presented by Jan Prehn. While things may be tight in the Operations and Maintenance Fund for a couple of years, there should not be a need for reductions in the Education Fund in the immediate future.

Board Member Retirement Dinner
The Board will attend a dinner on April 21 honoring Board Member Ed Levato who will be retiring after sixteen years on the board.

Superintendent Evaluation Process
As Dr. Gordon is retiring at the end of the school year, the Board decided there would not be a need to complete the superintendent evaluation process.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 9:27 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Jerome E. Gordon, Secretary