REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, May 21, 2007
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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, May 21, 2007 in the district office at 7:35 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson (left the meeting at 9:05 p.m.)

Absent: None

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from the special meeting held May 14, 2007; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $202,417.17, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $54,738.96, the Transportation Fund for $83,112.46, Payroll (5/10/07) in the amount of $381.760.87 as shown in F.D. 5/21/07-1); the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 5/21/07-2; the Balance sheet as shown in F.D. 5/21/07-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 5/21/07-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 5/21/07-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 5/21/07-6; the Employment of David Hess, a summer maintenance worker for the district effective 5-9-07 for a salary of $7.50 per hour; the Rehire of Mike Bradley, a summer maintenance worker for the district effective 5-14-07 for a salary of $8.00 per hour, Antonio DeSario, a summer maintenance worker for the district effective 5-14-07 for a salary of $7.75 per hour, Pam Franzwa, a part-time social worker at Westfield effective 8-27-07 for a base salary of $59,516, plus an increase to be determined pending the new contract, Deyana Matt, an art teacher at Westfield effective 8-27-07 for a base salary of $35,723, plus and increase to be determined pending the new contract, John Niemiec, a summer painter for the district effective 6-6-07 for a salary of $8.80 per hour, Extra-duty Assignments as recommended by the school principals for the 2007-2008 school year.

Roll Call Vote

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

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Jan Skowron presented her report on the district’s literacy program. With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Skowron reviewed her findings which were based on a written survey administered earlier in the year to staff, classroom observations, information gleaned from focus groups, and data retrieved through student assessment and other materials. Dr. Skowron shared a number of positive things about the current program. She offered a number of recommendations. Included were changes to the reading program districtwide, as well as individual grade levels, and more consistencies in teaching methods within the grade levels and buildings. Dr. Skowron also recommended reinstating the literacy committee and prioritizing needs for next year. Dr. Skowron expressed her appreciation for the collaboration, hard work, and enthusiasm demonstrated by district teachers.

Dr. Lou Gatta from ECRA Group presented his interpretation of the results from the staff and student surveys administered in February. Questions on the staff survey were included under the following topics: Working Conditions, Educational Programming and Professional Development, School Climate and Communication, Administrative Support, Important Issues and Other Information. Communication emerged as a key issue in various areas throughout the staff survey. The item reading “the CHARACTER COUNTS! Program benefits my students” received the lowest mean rating of all items in the Educational Programming section. Dr. Gatta was asked to provide the Board with a percentage of staff who gave input in the comment section under strengths and need for improvement. Items in the student survey were included under the following topics: Educational Programming, Principals and Staff, School Atmosphere, Student Services, Facilities & Technology, Parent Involvement, Homework, and Additional Information. Students overall feel they are getting a good education in District 13. They do, however, feel there is too much emphasis placed on the ISATs. Survey results will be posted on the district’s Intranet, and three copies will be housed in each of the school libraries.

Board Reports and Requests

Treasurer’s Bond (F.D. 5/21/07-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the naming of Janis Prehn as school treasurer, and authorize the President and Secretary to sign the required affirmation from the DuPage ROE.

Roll Call Vote

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

IASB Membership (F.D. 5/21/07-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve renewal of its membership in the Illinois Association of School Boards for the 2007-2008 school year.

Roll Call Vote

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

Bandwidth Proposal (F.D. 5/21/07-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the agreement with AT&T to provide additional bandwidth to each of the three district schools as shown in F.D. 5/21/07-9.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Bach, Wojcicki, Birkley, Johnson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Abstain: McKeown
Motion Carried: 5 – 0 – 1

Capital Outlay Equipment Bids (F.D. 5/21/07-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to authorize the purchase of school furniture and equipment from School Specialty in the amount of $10,161.70, Lowery McDonnell in the amount of $4,207.26, United Visual in the amount of $268.26 and Valiant in the amount of $1,373.20 as presented in a memo from Annette Griffith and shown in F.D. 5/21/07-10.

Roll Call Vote

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

Copier Contract (F.D. 5/21/07-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Dr. Litchfield to approve the proposal from Gordon Flesch, Inc. and enter into a three-year lease agreement as presented in Jan Prehn’s memo and shown in F.D. 5/21/07-10.

Roll Call Vote

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

Student Assessment Contract (F.D. 5/21/07-12)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the licensing agreement for MAP testing via Northwest Education Association in the amount of $21,585 and shown in F.D. 5/21/07-12.

Roll Call Vote

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

Electronic Filing System Proposal (F.D. 5/21/07-13)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to authorize a five-year lease with Digital Paper Solutions for a document storage and retrieval system as shown in F.D. 5/21/07-13.

Roll Call Vote

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

Building Projects Bids (F.D. 5/21/07-14)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the bid from All-star Asphalt for asphalt repairs at Erickson in the amount of $14,800., and the bid from Turnkey Network Solutions, Inc. for conduit installation at DuJardin and Erickson in the amount of $17,000 as presented by Greg Leyden and shown in F.D. 5/21/07-14.

Roll Call Vote

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

2007 IASB Convention Planning
The Board discussed their preference in hotel accommodations for the 2007 IASB Convention in November.

For Information
Informational items included:

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

The meeting was adjourned at 10:22 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary