REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, May 10, 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, May 10, 2004 in the district office at 7:34 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mr. Tom Hong, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mr. Mark Dwyer, Leslie Stavnem, Debbie Caticchio, Karl Volkman, Susan Rosenburg, Ann Wodniak, Lynette DeFily, Gina DeFily, Dan Rosenburg, Linnea Corsten

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

As no one present at the meeting chose to make a comment, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Hong to close the budget hearing. Voice Vote: all ayes

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda with the corrected personnel report to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 4-26-04; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $10,726.18, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $1,670.95, Payroll (5-10-04) for $390,522.73 as shown in F.D. 5/10/04-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 5/10/04-2, the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 5/10/04-3, the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 5/10/04-4; the employment of Amanda Geisler, a Math/Science Teacher at Westfield effective 8-23-04 (salary to be determined pending new contract), the resignations of Charles Wartman, Assistant Principal at Erickson School effective 7-2-04, Jacqueline Hansen, (new hire) a Guidance Counselor at Westfield effective 5-4-04, and Amy Paska, a 6th grade teacher at Westfield effective 5-10-04, and a change of position for Jeremy Gabriel from Physical Education Teacher to Health Teacher at Westfield effective 8-23-04.

Roll Call Vote

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

Superintendent's Report
Second Grade Class Size Report - In response to a request made by the Board on 4-12-04, Dr. Perkins reported on his findings regarding class size and its impact on student learning. Dr. Perkins cited a number of sources that had previously researched this subject. He specifically noted the Project Star Program initiated by the State of Tennessee, which targeted students in kindergarten through third grade. This program appears to be the most effective, in that, student achievement scores increased by 4 percentile points in the first year when assigned to class sizes of 13 – 17.

The Board’s request for this research came as a result of a concern from parents of DuJardin second grade students regarding class size. Dr. Perkins reviewed the enrollment growth at DuJardin over the past five years. At the end of the 2002-03 school year, enrollment in first grade was at 45. On the first day of classes this year, 51 students were enrolled in the second grade class. This number rose to 55 from January through March. As of today’s date, the count has dropped to 50, with the possibility of one more student moving at the end of the school year.

Dr. Perkins reviewed the impact on teacher staffing using a target of 17 and 20, and what the additional teacher costs and rooms would require. Different options were discussed. No decision will be made until registration for the fall is completed. The Board has requested that should the need arise to hire an additional third grade teacher, that the decision be made as early in August as possible and before the first day of school.

Board Reports and Requests

Illinois State Police Interagency Agreement (F.D. 5/10/04-6)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the Illinois State Police Interagency Agreement for the processing of criminal history background checks for new employees as shown in F.D. 5/10/04-6.

Roll Call Vote

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

Technology Proposal (F.D. 5/10/04-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the Priority One items in the 2004-2005 Technology Proposal as presented by Nanci Greene in the amount of $64,500.00 and shown in F.D. 5/10/04-7.

Roll Call Vote

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

FY04 Budget Amendment (F.D. 5/10/04-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the FY04 Budget Amendment as presented by Jan Prehn and shown in F.D. 5/10/04-8.

Roll Call Vote

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

Summer Basketball Camp (F.D. 5/10/04-9)
After establishing that there would not be a conflict with a park district basketball program, and that the district’s program would be self-supporting, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the Summer Basketball Camp proposal as presented by Jeremy Gabriel and shown in F.D. 5/10/04-9.

Roll Call Vote

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

IASB Conference
Board members were asked to mark the dates of November 19-21 on their calendar for the IASB Joint Annual Conference in Chicago. Possible hotel arrangements were discussed.

Closed Session – Collective Negotiating Matters
After taking a five-minute recess, a motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Bach to enter into closed session for the purpose of discussing collective negotiating matters at 8:47 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 9:14 p.m.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary