REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, May 13, 2002
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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 13, 2002 in the district office at 7:35 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield
(Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson entered at 7:39 p.m.) (Mrs. Ruth Ann Olson-Lewyckyj entered at 7:44 p.m.)

Absent: Mr. Edward Levato

Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mrs. Karen Petelle, Mrs. Valerie Necka, Mrs. Amy Fonk, Ms. Ann Mitchell, Ms. Nancy Green, Mrs. Rita Jensen, Mrs. Betsy Niemiec, Mrs. Ann Lester, Ms. Debbie Kadin, Mrs. Tina Davies, Ms. Miriam Becker

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve items shown in the Consent Agenda to include Approval of Minutes from the 4-22-02 meeting; Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $55,547.74, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $203,279.91, the Transportation Fund for $53,752.30 and Payroll (4-25-02) for $312,436.64 and (5-10-02) for $353,129.58 as shown in F.D. 5/13/02-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 5/13/02-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 5/13/02-3; and the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 5/13/02-4; the Resignations of Jennifer Fiduccia, an instructional aide at DuJardin School, effective 6-13-02 and Erick Elges, an instructional aide at Westfield Middle School effective 5-2-02, the Employment of Heather Grover as the IMC Director at Erickson School effective 8-26-02 for a salary of $36,280.00 per year; Jeremy Gabriel as the Physical Education Teacher at Erickson School effective 8-26-02 for a salary of $32,550.00; Molly Jonen as a Speech Pathologist at Erickson School effective 8-26-02 for a salary of $36,280.00 and a Leave of Absence request for Miriam Becker for the next school year.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Bach, Wojcicki, McKeown, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 4 - 0

Literacy Adoption
Members of the Literacy Committee presented their proposal for the new Literacy programs. Dr. Caruso introduced members of the Literacy Committee that were in attendance and acknowledged the other members of the group. The following people make up the Literacy Committee: Ann Lester, Ann Mitchell, Betsy Niemiec, Amy Fonk, Karen Petelle, Rita Jensen, Nancy Beesley, Tiffany Denning, Nancy Green, Teddie Torney and Valerie Necka, a parent volunteer. Teachers Betsy Niemiec, Nancy Green and Rita Jensen presented an overview of the new program and how to model good reading strategies. Board members participated in demonstrations on shared reading and guided reading activities.

A reading inventory was given to each child to assess abilities. The program is designed to meet the needs of all students. Dr. Caruso indicated that teachers are very excited about the new Literacy Program. This was reiterated by the teachers in attendance. The Board took a 15-minute recess to view the reading and language arts materials that were on display. Board members were very impressed with the presentation and wish to thank all committee members for their work on this project.

Citizen's Request to Board
Mrs. Tina Davies, a parent of two children in the band program, expressed her concerns regarding practice schedules for the upcoming school year. She felt that three band practice days per week for each child would be too much. Dr. Gordon advised Mrs. Davies to bring her concerns to the building principal.

Board Reports and Requests

Educational Technology Proposal (F.D. 5/13/02-6)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the 2002-2003 Educational Technology Proposal as presented by the Technology Committee and District Cabinet and shown in F.D. 5/13/02-6.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Johnson, Wojcicki, Bach, Olson-Lewyckyj, McKeown, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

Capital Outlay Bids (F.D. 5/13/02-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the recommendations from Lynn Brost to award Capital Outlay Equipment and Furniture bids to Lowery McDonnell in the amount of $11,465.09, School Specialty in the amount of $4,155.04, United Visual in the amount of $2,001.45, Virco in the amount of $1,332.50, Troxell in the amount of $1,146.88, Sportmaster in the amount of $839.00 and Frank Cooney in the amount of $335.30 for a total amount of $21,275.26.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Johnson, Olson-Lewyckyj, McKeown, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

Band Program Proposal (F.D. 5/13/02-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the recommendation from Susan Metzger, Instrumental Music Teacher, to begin the District 13 band recruitment with students in grade five for the 2002-2003 school year.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Olson-Lewyckyj, Bach, Johnson, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

ESP Salaries (F.D. 5/13/02-9)
As Mrs. Wojcicki had a question regarding a salary for an individual employee, this item was tabled until after Closed Session.

Appointment of Treasurer (F.D. 5/13/02-9)
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to reappoint Janis Prehn as treasurer and approve the treasurer's bond as shown in F.D. 5/13/02-9.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: McKeown, Johnson, Bach, Olson-Lewyckyj, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

DuJardin Parking Lot Curbing
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to move the DuJardin Parking Lot Curbing to an action item. Voice Vote: all ayes

A motion was made by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the recommendation from Greg Leyden to award the contract for installation of new curbing along the East playground/parking area at DuJardin to Custom Concrete in the amount of $5,800.00.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Olson-Lewyckyj, Bach, Johnson, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

LEND Dues & Budget
Dr. Gordon indicated that the attendance at LEND meetings has been very good. At the next meeting on 5-21, members will be approving the new dues structure, budget and also electing a new co-chairperson.

NSBA Direct Affiliate Membership
A discussion was held regarding the renewal of the district's membership as an NSBA's National Affiliate. Board members discussed the advantages of being an affiliate member. This will be an action item on the agenda for the June 17 meeting.

IASB Conference Plans
Board members were asked to let Mrs. Ogden know as soon as possible regarding their plans for the IASB Convention in November.

Other
Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj and Dr. Litchfield expressed their concerns over the bus drop-off areas at both Erickson and Westfield. Dr. Gordon and the school principals have been in contact with Laidlaw Transportation.

Closed Session
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to go into closed session at 9:55 p.m. for the purpose of discussing employee compensation. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 11:38 p.m.

ESP Salaries (F.D. 5/13/02-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the District Cabinet's recommendation for an increase in Educational Support Personnel salaries of 4.8% for the 2002-03 school year.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Bach, Wojcicki, Johnson, Olson-Lewyckyj, McKeown, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

A motion was made by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

The meeting was adjourned at 11:39 p.m.


Donald Litchfield, President
Jerome E. Gordon, Secretary




CLOSED SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Monday, May 13, 2002

President Donald Litchfield called the closed session meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, May 13, 2002 in the district office at 9:58 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mrs. Ruth Ann Olson-Lewyckyj, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Absent: Mr. Edward Levato

Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso

The Board went into Closed Session for the purpose of discussing Educational Support Personnel salaries and Evaluation of the Superintendent.

The Board discussed the annual superintendent's evaluation and the salary recommendation of a specific employee.

A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to return to regular session at 11:38 p.m.

Voice Vote: all ayes

(The minutes of the closed session are open to the public.)

Donald Litchfield, President
Jerome E. Gordon, Secretary