REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, April 26, 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 26, 2004 in the district office at 7:37 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mr. Tom Hong, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Dr. Donald Litchfield (Mr. Terence McKeown entered the meeting at 7:40 p.m.) (Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson entered the meeting at 7:50 p.m.)

Absent: Mrs. Linda Wojcicki

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Janice Caruso, Earl Overman, Rita Jensen, Marilou Watson, John Ochoa, John Sigalos, Nick
Sigalos, Chuck Anderson, Greg Leyden, Paul Taylor, 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 4-12-04; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $199,803.30, The Operations and Maintenance Fund for $41,583.07, the Transportation Fund for $63,943.66, Payroll (4-25-04) for $348,895.47 as shown in F.D. 4/26/04-1; the March Activity Report as shown in F.D. 4/26/04-2; the Change in Position for Cherise Quinlan, an Instructional Aide at Erickson as a third grade teacher effective 8-23-04 (salary to be determined pending new contract) and Elaine Kougias, an Instructional Aide at Westfield as a seventh grade teacher effective 2-20-04 for a proration of the $34,530 starting salary.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Peterson, Hong, Bach, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 4 – 0

Superintendent's Report

Board Reports and Requests

Building Project Bids (F.D. 4/26/04-3)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the bids from Allstar Asphalt, Inc. for play lot patching at Erickson in the amount of $16,200.00; Lowrey McDonnel Co. for folding lunch table replacement at Erickson in the amount of $11,965.00, and ABM Commercial Flooring for IMC carpet replacement at DuJardin in the amount of $8,582.00 as recommended by Greg Leyden and shown in F.D. 4/26/04-3.

Roll Call Vote

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

Equipment Priority List (F.D. 4/26/04-4)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the Priority 1 items on the Capital Outlay Equipment list for a total amount of $156,205.00 as shown in F.D. 4/26/04-4.

Roll Call Vote

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

Appreciation Resolutions for Teachers R #6 and PTO’s/STP R #7 (F.D. 4/26/04-5 and F.D. 4/26/04-6)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to adopt Resolutions #6 and #7 in support of teachers and PTO’s/STP and shown in F.D. 4/26/04-5 and F.D. 4/26/04-6. Voice Vote: all ayes

Educational Support Personnel (F.D. 4/26/04-7)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to release two part-time aides in the Early Childhood class due to the uncertainty of these positions for the 2004-2005 school year.

Roll Call Vote

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

Early Entry Policy Change (F.D. 4/26/04-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Ms. Peterson to adopt the changes to school admissions in Policy JEB to be in effect for the next school year. Voice Vote: all ayes

Selection of an Architectural Firm for the Westfield Gym Repair Project (F.D. 4/26/04-9)
After hearing a summation on the proposed project from John Ochoa of FGM, Inc., a motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the selection of FGM, Inc. as the architectural firm for the completion of the Westfield gym repair project as shown in F.D. 4/26/04-9.

Roll Call Vote

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

The timeline for this project is as follows: bid notification to newspapers - April 27, bid opening – May 14, bid approval to Board of Education – May 24, construction begins – June 9, substantial completion – August 13.

Selection of a Construction Management Firm for the Westfield Gym Repair Project (F.D. 4/26/04-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the selection of Sigalos & Associates, LTD. as the construction management firm for the Westfield gym repair project this year as shown in F.D. 4/26/04-10.

Roll Call Vote

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

Authorization for the Architect and Construction Manager to Prepare for Bidding the Westfield Gym Repair Project
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to authorize FGM, Inc. and Sigalos & Associates to help in the preparation for bidding the Westfield gym repair project.

Roll Call Vote

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

Copier Lease Proposal (F.D. 4/26/04-11)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. Hong to approve an agreement for a three-year lease with Gordon Flesch Co. for six Canon ImageRunner 6000 digital copiers as shown in F.D. 4/26/04-11.

Roll Call Vote

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

Dr. Perkins will talk with Jan Prehn regarding copier capacity.

The Board took a 5-minute recess at 8:45 p.m.

Proposed FY04 Budget Amendment

Due to changes of more than 10%, the Board will need to make an amendment to the FY04 budget. Notices of the public hearing have been sent to the newspapers, and this will be an action item at the May 10th Board of Education meeting.

Tech Prep Curriculum Proposal Follow-Up
A discussion of the Tech Prep Curriculum proposal was tabled at the March 22nd Board of Ed meeting. At that time, due to the cost of the proposal ($104,797.00), the Board requested that additional information be researched. The program’s instructor, Mr. Paul Taylor, was subsequently asked for a breakdown of items that are unique to the tech prep program. Mr. Taylor complied with this request and was on hand tonight to answer Board member questions. Mr. Taylor expressed his disappointment should the program be eliminated.

Board members shared their concerns regarding the lack of direct instruction and too much down time for students. While the Board indicated they felt the modules offered in the program were fascinating, members indicated they would prefer to see more attention spent on the core subjects. Principal Earl Overman stated that 80 minutes was devoted to exploratory classes, as opposed to only 40 minutes in the core areas. Exploratory classes are a necessary part of a student’s day to expose him/her to new ideas. However, the Board would like to see a reconfiguration of the student day focusing more time on reading, math, etc. Members did agree that a working knowledge of computers is essential, however, skills learned in the elementary industrial technology program would be obsolete by the time students left high school.

Quarterly Report of Investments
The Board reviewed the Quarterly Report of Investments as of March 31, 2004.

Other
Ms. Peterson expressed her appreciation for Greg Leyden’s recent letter to the Village. The Board also commented favorably on recent correspondence sent by Mark Dwyer to parents of second grade students.

Closed Session
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to enter into closed session for the purpose of discussing the employment of personnel and collective negotiating matters at 9:55 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 11:15 p.m.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary