REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, April 12, 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, April 12, 2004 in the district office at 7:32 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mr. Tom Hong, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield
(Mrs. Patricia Bach entered the meeting at 7:35 p.m.)

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Janice Caruso, Julie Frerichs, Ann Wodniak, Dr. Wodniak, Sharon Siciak, Karen Petelle, Nancy Jeske, Helen Gale, Mike Gale, Glenda Haidl, Tammy Leigh, Mark DeVine, Terri DeVine, Tammy Cimino, Melody Vroman, Mary Beth Dunne, Mr. Patel, Roger Jenisch, Rich Huang, Judy Huang, Kim Paleczny, Cary Moreth, Dina Moreth, Sharon Jensen, Simon Abraham, Sibia Abraham, Carol Ehrhart, Susan Rosenburg, Olga Farrowe, Debbie Bordignon, Lisa Pasarelli, Earl Overman, Augie Batagglia, Greg Leyden, Chuck Anderson, Nick Sigalos, Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. Hong to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 3-22-04, the Special Session from 3-29-04; the approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $16,015.19, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $17,795.42, Payroll (4-10-04) for $351,761.27 as shown in F.D. 4/12/04-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 4/12/04-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 4/12/04-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 4/12/04-4; the employment of Jacqueline Hansen, a Guidance Counselor at Westfield effective 8-23-04 (salary to be determined), and the change in position for Amanda Ortinau, an Instructional Aide at Westfield as a part-time Physical Education teacher effective 4-19-04 for $1,198.86 (remaining days).

Roll Call Vote

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

Citizens’ Request to Board
As a number of audience members wished to address the Board, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to move the Citizens’ Request to Board item up on the agenda. Voice Vote: all ayes

The following parents/community members spoke to the Board regarding their concerns for the current second grade class size at DuJardin School: Ann Wodniak, Sharon Siciak, Tammy Cimino, Glenda Haidl, Helen Gale, Susan Rosenburg, Carol Ehrhart, Simon Abraham, Rich Huang, Mark DeVine, Terri DeVine, Mr. P. Patel, Debbie Bordingham (sp?). After requesting that anyone wishing to address the Board state their name for the record, Dr. Litchfield called on audience members individually. He also stated that the Board would not be holding a conversation during the Board meeting regarding concerns for class size at this time, but would be using this as a listening time only.

Parents expressed their concerns that students are not receiving proper individualized attention due to large class sizes, and that overcrowding results in instructional time suffering. They are asking the Board of Education to re-evaluate plans for third grade class sizes at DuJardin School for the 2004-2005 school year. The statement, “The Board needs to be proactive and not reactive”, was made by a number of audience members.

Dr. Perkins and Dr. Litchfield stated that classrooms are determined by the number of students. When Mr. Dwyer expressed his concern last September when the second grade class enrollment increased, rather than reconfigure classrooms at that time, a certified full-time assistant was hired.

Dr. Litchfield directed Dr. Perkins to research the classroom size situation at DuJardin and come back in the beginning of May with his findings. This will be a discussion item at the May 10th Board of Education meeting. Dr. Litchfield thanked the audience for their input, and assured them the Board did listen to their concerns.

The Board took a five-minute recess at 8:10 p.m.

Superintendent's Report

Board Reports and Requests

Amendment to 2003-2004 Calendar (F.D. 4/12/04-6)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to amend the adopted 2003-2004 calendar per the administration’s recommendations as shown in F.D. 4/12/04-6. Voice Vote: all aye

Day of Week Date Activity
Friday May 7, 2004 Inservice Day (No Students in Attendance)
Monday June 7, 2004 Records Day (No Students in Attendance)
Tuesday June 8, 2004 Last Half Day of School
Wednesday June 9, 2004 School Cancelled for Students & Teachers
Thursday June 10, 2004 School Cancelled for Students & Teachers
Friday June 11, 2004 School Cancelled for Students & Teachers

Paper Purchase Bid (F.D. 4/12/04-7)
A motion was made by Mr. Hong and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the recommendation from Janis Prehn to purchase copy paper for the 2004-2005 school year from Unisource in the amount of $15,146.98 as shown in F.D. 4/12/04-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Hong, Wojcicki, Bach, Johnson, McKeown, Peterson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7– 0

First Reading of Early Entry Policy Change (F.D. 4/12/04-8)
The Board held the first reading of a policy change on early admission.

Capital Outlay Priorities
The Board reviewed the list of Capital Outlay Equipment Priorities for 2004-2005 as recommended by the District Cabinet. At the request of Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Overman will get further information on a Priority III item - the Mobile Percussion Center. The Board also reviewed a comparison chart of Fund 2 capital outlay budgets from FY02 – FY05.

Westfield Gym
Augie Battaglia of FGM and Chuck Anderson of C.E. Anderson & Associates reported their findings after a review of the recurring cracks in the original Westfield gym walls. After his initial review of the situation in January, Mr. Battaglia enlisted the services of Mr. Anderson’s structural engineering company. The analysis determined that the cracks in the interior mortar are due to thermal expansion and contraction.

The Board heard a description of the following three proposed options to address this problem along with the costs involved:

After studying the options presented, the Board authorized Dr. Perkins to proceed with the implementation of Option 1. Mr. Battaglia recommended the Board name Sigalos & Associates as the construction manager. Dr. Litchfield thanked Greg Leyden for his watchfulness and initiative on this situation and for bringing it to the Board’s attention.

Closed Session
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing the employment of personnel and collective negotiating matters at 9:57 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 11:10 p.m.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. Hong to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

The meeting was adjourned at 11:11 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary