REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, April 28, 2008
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President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, March 17, 2008 in the district office at 7:33 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson, (Mrs. Patricia Bach entered the meeting at 7:34 p.m.)

Absent: Mrs. Fina Klco

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Nanci Greene, Mark Stamatakos, Leslie Stavnem, Stacy Krizmanich, Joni Kotche, Renee Cherrie, Heather Grover, Julie Frerichs, Dr. Robb Cooper, Kathy Ogden

Ms. Peterson asked the audience to introduce themselves and state what their position is within the district.

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular Minutes from the 3-17-08 meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $122,574.10, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $95,788.00, the Transportation Fund for $80,373.71, Payroll (4-10-08) for $383,663.27, and (4-25-08) for $391,172.55; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 4/28/08-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 4/28/08-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 4/28/08-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 4/28/08-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 4/28/08-6; the Resignations of Anthony Bongiorno paraprofessional at Westfield effective 3-20-08 and Amanda Cundiff, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 4-2-08; the Employment of Mariela Siegert, a Media Teacher at Westfield effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $39,982.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, Litchfield, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 - 0

Superintendent's Report
Dr. Perkins commended the tech department on their efforts during last week’s crash of the Internet server. Nanci Greene, Tim Donahue, Karen Koepke, and Chris Ross were diligent in their efforts to correct the server problem, as well as individual staff concerns, as quickly as possible.

The Board heard a progress report from Nanci Greene, Julie Frerichs, Stacy Krizmanich, Heather Grover, and Tammy Quentin regarding the keyboarding pilot program for students in grades two and three. Second graders in Ms. Frerich’s class spent 20 minutes per day, four days per week for one quarter, using the Dance Mat program. In Ms. Krizmanich’s class, students spent 15-20 minutes per day in the lab for four weeks, and once per week thereafter. The Ultra Key program was used in third grade. Ms. Greene outlined the keyboarding goals for 2008-2009.

Dr. Schielke gave her “On the Horizon” report. Twenty-one parents attended the April 10th focus group meeting for parents of top-learning students. A common concern among parents is that more needs to be done for these students. “What support will be available?” Teachers are learning more about differentiation. Dozens of staff have signed up for summer workshops on this topic. Dr. Schielke broached the idea about the possibility of hiring a gifted teacher. She will provide the Board with a job description at the May meeting.

Dr. Perkins shared projected class sizes and staff needs for next school year.

Dr. Perkins reported on concerns voiced by the principals regarding attendance and truancy issues. They have recommended changes to be made to our policies and included in student handbooks for next year. Dr. Litchfield requested these changes be brought before the Board prior to printing.

The Board reviewed data received from Mr. Pete Sauter, a retired middle school teacher from Schaumburg, who spent one day observing the culture/climate/discipline program at the school. The school district is most appreciative of Mr. Sauter volunteering his time.

The Board reviewed a report from Dr. Kling outlining the work done by the Volunteer Scheduling Subcommittee to reconfigure Westfield’s daily schedule. The proposed schedule for 2008-2009 will consist of an eight-period day, 50-minute classes. This will amount to students receiving 20 additional hours of instruction in core subjects.

Dr. Perkins informed the Board of a parent request for a hearing.

Dr. Perkins will submit his self-evaluation to the Board at its May meeting.

A copy of a facilities study for Roselle District 12 completed by FGM was given to the Board for its review

Board Reports and Requests

Board "Salutes"
The following people received a “salute” from one or more board members and/or the superintendent/assistant superintendent for their contributions to the Bloomingdale School District community:

Other
Mrs. Wojcicki reported on her recent attendance at the National School Boards Association convention in Orlando. The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor and Sydney Poitier were among the keynote speakers.

Ms. Peterson reported on her attendance at a recent School District 93 board meeting. She noted a few things for board member consideration: 1) rotate board meetings between our facilities, 2) provide name plates for each board member, 3) provide a “guest” board packet, and 4) abstain from voting on an item when not previously in attendance for the discussion.

Freedom of Information Act Request
Dr. Perkins stated that a FOIA request had been received from the Illinois Federation of Teachers asking for a list of educational support staff names, salaries, and benefit information.

Student Suspension Hearing Officer
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mr. McKeown to appoint Mr. Fred Louderman as its student suspension hearing officer.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Bach, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: Birkley, Litchfield, Wojcicki
Motion not carried: 3 – 3

Resolution for Terms of Office R#7 (F.D. 4/28/08-7)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the Resolution for Terms of Office as presented and shown in F.D. 4/28/08-7.
Voice Vote: all ayes

Election of Officers

Board President
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Dr. Litchfield to open the nominations for Board President. Voice Vote: all ayes
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to nominate Tamara Peterson as Board President. Voice Vote: all ayes
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. McKeown to close the nominations.
Ms. Peterson was elected Board President by acclamation.

Board Vice President
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to open the nominations for Board Vice President. Voice Vote: all ayes
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Bach to nominate Terry McKeown as Board Vice President. Voice Vote: all ayes
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to close the nominations for Board Vice President. Voice Vote: all ayes
Mr. McKeown was elected Board Vice President by acclamation.

Board Secretary
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Bach to open the nominations for Board Secretary. Voice Vote: all ayes
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to nominate Linda Wojcicki as Board Secretary. Voice Vote: all ayes
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Bach to close the nominations for Board Secretary. Voice Vote: all ayes
Mrs. Linda Wojcicki was elected Board Secretary by acclamation.

Presidential appointments were made as follows: Mrs. Bach will remain as the IASB representative for the district, with Mr. McKeown serving as alternate. Dr. Litchfield will again serve as the NDSEC representative. Mrs. Wojcicki will remain as the Board’s liaison to the Education Foundation and representative for CHARACTER COUNTS!. Mrs. Bach will continue as the liaison to B.I.G., with Mrs. Birkley serving as alternate. Mrs. Birkley will continue as the district’s LEND representative.

2007-2008 School Calendar Amendment (F.D. 4/28/08-8)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the amended 2007-2008 school calendar as presented. Voice Vote: all ayes

Day of Week Date Activity
Friday May 9 Teacher Work Day – grouping/ordering day (no students in attendance)
Monday June 9 Students in Attendance (due to February 1st snow day)
Tuesday June 10 Records Day (no students in attendance)
Wednesday June 11 Last Partial Day of Student Attendance
Thursday June 12 School Cancelled for Students & Teachers
Friday June 13 School Cancelled for Students & Teachers

Replacement of School and District Office Computers (F.D. 4/28/08-9)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve computer workstation replacements in the amount of $32,050.00 and shown in F.D. 4/28/08-9.

Roll Call Vote

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

Capital Outlay Requests for Equipment & Technology (F.D. 4/28/08-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve all capital outlay requests as presented and shown in F.D. 4/28/08-10.

Roll Call Vote

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

Paper Purchase Bids (F.D. 4/28/08-11)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the paper bid from Xpedx in the amount of $27,278.57 and shown in F.D. 4/28/08-11.

Roll Call Vote

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

Actuary Services (F.D. 4/28/08-12)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the actuary services bid from Clarity in Numbers in the amount of $6,000 and shown in F.D. 4/28/08-12.

Roll Call Vote

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

Ratify Contracts with Color Portraits and Coca Cola (F.D. 4/28/08-13)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to ratify the contracts that our schools have with Color Portraits and Coca Cola and authorize the President and Secretary to sign said resolutions.

Roll Call Vote

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

Resolution to Approve Authorized Signers R#8 (F.D. 4/28/08-14)
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the resolution which authorizes the superintendent or finance director/treasurer to sign such contracts after their award by the Board, and authorize the Board’s President and Secretary to sign said resolution. Voice Vote: all ayes

DuJardin Door Remodeling Bids (F.D. 4/28/08-15)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the bid from Door Systems in the amount of $11,050.00 for the DuJardin door remodeling project and shown in F.D. 4/28/08-15.

Roll Call Vote

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

Westfield Locker Bids (F.D. 4/28/08-16)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the bid from School Specialty in the amount of $45,705.00 for the Westfield locker replacement project and shown in F.D. 4/28/08-16. (Due to Schiffler’s request to be released from their bid approved last month.)

Roll Call Vote

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

Westfield Underground Drainage Bids (F.D. 4/28/08-17)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the bid from Neri Brothers Construction in the amount of $8,480.00 to the Westfield underground drainage work and shown in F.D. 4/28/08-17.

Roll Call Vote

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

Resolutions of Appreciation for PTOs/STP, Teachers, School Nurses, and Secretaries (F.D. 4/28/08-18, 19, 20 & 21)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the Resolutions of Appreciation and sign said resolutions. Voice Vote: all ayes

Resolution to Include Compensation Paid Under IRS Code as IMRF Earnings R#12 (F.D. 4/28/08-22)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the Resolution to Include Compensation Paid Under IRS Code as IMRF Earnings and authorize the board clerk to sign said resolution prior to mailing it to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Roll Call Vote

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

Early Retirement Requests (F.D. 4/28/08-23)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the early retirement enhancements and requests for Bonnie Rothbaum, effective June 2012, Betty Uppling, effective June 2011, Caroline Davis, effective June 2011, Janis Prehn, effective June 1, 2012, Nancy Green, effective June 2012 and shown in F.D. 4/28/08-23.

Roll Call Vote

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

Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the first quarterly investment report for 2008.

First Reading – Board Policies
The Board reviewed suggested changes and/or additions to the following Board policies:

Updated health forms will be made accessible on the district website.

Topics for Future Agendas
Mrs. Birkley asked about the possibility of adding a crosswalk at Westfield just south of the entrance to the parking lot. Dr. Litchfield suggested that Dr. Perkins request that a crossing guard be provided when he addresses the crosswalk issue with the village.

Mrs. Birkley broached the idea of starting the board meetings at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. This would not be feasible for some board members.

For Information
Informational items included:

Closed Session
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to enter into closed session at 9:20 p.m. after a five-minute recess for the purpose of discussing the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the District or legal counsel for the District, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee or against legal counsel for the District to determine its validity. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1), as amended by P.A. 93-0057. Voice Vote: all ayes

(The Board came out of closed session at 10:20 p.m.)

A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Bach to regretfully accept the retirement of Dr. Linda Schielke effective August 12, 2011 in accordance with her letter and under the provisions of District Administrative Policy 5:53.

Roll Call Vote

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

A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mr. McKeown to enter into closed session at 10:23 p.m. for the purpose of discussing a student disciplinary case. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(9) Voice Vote: all ayes

(The Board returned to regular session at 10:40 p.m.)

Adjournment
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Bach to adjourn the meeting at 10:40 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary