REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, April 23, 2007
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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 23, 2007 in the district office at 7:32 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Dr. Donald Litchfield, (Mrs. Patricia Bach and Mrs. Linda Wojcicki entered the meeting at 7:33 p.m.)

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Dr. Debbie Kling, Ms. Elaine Alex, Ms. Patti Edwards, Ms. Laura Selsky, Mr. Al Sparks, Mr. Mark Stamatakos, Ms. Dawn Hubbard, Ms. Teddie Torney, Ms.Terri McNamara, Ms. Amanda Vreeland, Ms. Mary Ann Fennell, Mr. Jon Perry, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Budget Hearing
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to open the budget hearing at 7:33 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

As no one from the audience had questions or comments regarding the proposed amendments to the FY07 budget, a motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to close the hearing at 7:38 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from the 3-19-07 meeting; the Minutes from the Special Board Meeting/Retreat held 4-2-07; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $381,837.98, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $46,174.71, the Transportation Fund for $59,903.93, Payroll (4-10-07) for $368,964.33; The Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 4/23/07-2); the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 4/23/07-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 4/23/07-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 4/23/07-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 4/23/07-6; the Change in Positions for Justin Kastory, a paraprofessional at Westfield to become an 8th grade social studies teacher effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $35,723 plus an increase to be determined pending the new teacher contract, Carrie Mueller, an 8th grade math/science teacher at Westfield is recommended to become a 7th grade math/science teacher effective 8-27-07, Amanda Vreeland, a 7th grade math/science teacher at Westfield is recommended to become a 7th grade science teacher effective 8-27-07, Amaris Zelinske, a paraprofessional at Westfield is recommended to become a P.E. teacher effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $35,723, plus an increase to be determined pending the new teacher contract; the Employment of Melanie Daniel, an ISP paraprofessional at Westfield effective 3-12-07 for a salary of $9.90 per hour, Marianne O’Keefe, an IMC Director at Westfield effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $47,608 plus an increase to be determined pending the new teacher contract.

Roll Call Vote

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

Superintendent’s Report
The Board heard a report from the Westfield Discipline Committee regarding the work they have done and time spent on crafting a proposal for a new middle school discipline policy to be implemented in the fall of 2007. Representatives from the committee, led by Dr. Debbie Kling, gave an overview of the proposed policy. The policy attempts to change the way negative behavior is addressed, and focuses on more positive action steps. Increased teacher management will focus on proactive and preventative strategies, thus, decreasing the involvement of administrators for most minor infractions. The committee solicited input from staff, students, and parents (during an open forum), as well as surveying the Lake Park feeder schools for their policies. The proposed policy is a compilation of months of research. The Discipline Committee will work over the summer fine-tuning the policy, and discussing specific methods of implementation. The Board thanked the committee for their commitment to the initiative.

Dr. Perkins discussed staffing needs for the 2007-2008 school year, which includes an increase in staffing in the following areas: 1) an additional part-time health assistant, which will increase coverage for the three schools and put us more in-line with local districts, 2) possibly an additional staff member in the technology department to be a network specialist assisting with our increased software database needs (the specifics of this will be shared at the May 21st meeting), and, 3) a change in the social work position at Westfield from part time to full time. Board members were cognizant of the need for these increases, and agreed that Dr. Perkins should proceed as necessary. Dr. Perkins also discussed the district’s enrollment history and projections for 2007-2012.

Dr. Perkins discussed a proposal from Technology Coordinator Nanci Greene and Building and Grounds Director Greg Leyden for an upgrade to our bandwidth. Due to the increased usage of the Internet by students and staff since the installation of the T-1 lines over ten years ago and the impending implementation of new software programs, it will be necessary to increase our bandwidth so network access will not be affected. Mrs. Greene and Mr. Leyden presented proposals from Comcast and AT&T showing cost comparisons using fiber-optic lines as opposed to T-1 lines. Their recommendation is to enter into an agreement with AT&T. Board Member Terry McKeown, an executive with AT&T, reviewed the proposal and agreed with their assessment. Dr. Perkins expressed the need to get our name on the construction schedule as soon as possible due to construction timelines. The Board authorized Dr. Perkins to proceed, however, the Board will not officially act upon this item until its May meeting.

Dr. Perkins reviewed the three district goals approved by the Board last August along with their action steps. He discussed the progress made on each of the goals to-date. At Ms. Peterson’s request, these goals will be reviewed quarterly with the Board.

Dr. Schielke gave her "On the Horizon" report. The second focus group for parents of accelerated students was held on April 18. Mrs. Birkley expressed her appreciation for the forum and information gleaned. Dr. Schielke will give a report at the June Board of Education meeting on the research and study that she has done over the past year on this topic. Jan Skowron will present her findings on the balanced literacy study to the staff on May 11. Mary Bigler will be the keynote speaker at the opening day breakfast on August 28. On Friday, April 20, school improvement teams met with NSSE for the last time. However, they will continue to follow our progress. A representative from the North West Evaluation Association gave a presentation on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Dr. Schielke reported that the district would not be putting together a math DVD at this time. A brief survey form will be available at portfolio nights asking parents if they would be interested in attending a forum regarding math instruction similar to the one recently held for parents of accelerated students.

Dr. Perkins suggested a five-minute break at 9:12 p.m. before continuing with the agenda.

Board Reports and Requests

2006-2007 School Calendar Amendment (F.D. 4/23/07-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson, and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the amended 2006-2007 school calendar as presented and shown in F.D. 4/23/07-7. Voice Vote: all ayes

Day of Week Date Activity
Friday May 11 Teacher Work Day – grouping/ordering day (no students in attendance)
Monday June 4 Students in Attendance (due to December 1st snow day)
Tuesday June 5 Records Day (no students in attendance)
Wednesday June 6 Last Half Day of Schools
Thursday June 7 School Cancelled for Students & Teachers
Friday June 8 School Cancelled for Students & Teachers

Honorable Dismissal of Educational Support Personnel (F.D. 4/23/07-8)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the honorable dismissal of three educational support personnel, and authorize the Board President and Board Secretary to sign the letters and resolution of honorable dismissal as presented in F.D. 4/23/07-8.

Roll Call Vote

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

Paper Purchase Bids (F.D. 4/23/07-9)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the purchase of paper for 2007-2008 in the amount of $15,032.07 from Xpedx and shown in F.D. 4/23/07-9.

Roll Call Vote

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

Resolutions of Appreciation (F.D. 4/23/07-10, 11, 12 & 13)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the Resolutions of Appreciation for ACE, PTO’s/STP, Teachers and Secretaries, and sign said resolutions as shown in F.D. 4/23/07-10, 11, 12 &13). Voice Vote: all ayes

FY07 Budget Amendments (F.D. 4/23/07-14)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the FY07 Budget Amendments as presented and shown in F.D. 4/23/07-14.

Roll Call Vote

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

Capital Outlay Equipment & Technology Priorities (F.D. 4/23/07-15)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve Capital Outlay Equipment and Technology Priorities as presented and shown in F.D. 4/23/07-15.

Roll Call Vote

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

Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the first Quarterly Investment Report submitted by PFM since transferring our assets to them in January. This report covers the period ending March 30, 2007. In June, the district will completely close down the JP Morgan Money Market account.

Tax Levy Reallocation
The Board reviewed a memo from Jan Prehn regarding the tax levy reallocation and the impact on the 2007-08 budget. Property tax income will increase by 5.3%.

Topic(s) for Future Agendas
Mrs. Birkley requested future discussion on where the district is at regarding the “think green” initiative.

For Information
Informational items included:

Closed Session – Collective Negotiations Discussion
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to enter into closed session at 10:03 p.m. after a brief break to discuss collective negotiating matters between the district and its employees or their representative, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees, 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(2). Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 10:36 p.m.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

The meeting was adjourned at 10:37 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary