REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, June 9, 2003
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Vice-President Mary Ellen Johnson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, June 9, 2003 in the district office at 7:31 p.m.

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

Absent: Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mrs. Ruth Ann Olson-Lewyckyj

Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mr. Justin Kmitch, Ms. Signe Noth, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bulaw, Mrs. Kara Murphy, Mrs. Mary Beth Dunne, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Closed Session – Early Entry (F.D. 6/9/03-1)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to enter into closed session at 7:32 p.m. to discuss Early Entry requests as shown in F.D. 6/9/03-1. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 8:05 p.m.

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Minutes from the 5-12-03 meeting, the resignation of Brian Ortbal, an instructional aide at Westfield effective 6-10-03 as shown in F.D. 6/9/03-2.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Peterson, Wojcicki, Bach, Johnson, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5– 0

Harris Survey Improvement Plans
Dr. Gordon reported on the Improvement Plans submitted by each principal to be worked on next year. These plans come as a result of the findings from the Harris Survey administered last fall. Areas for improvement will be addressed at each school.

Farewell Thoughts
As this was Dr. Gordon’s final board meeting prior to retirement, he shared a few of his thoughts and suggestions regarding the district’s future.

  1. Although the focus at the state and federal level is on test scores, keep in mind a well-rounded child needs the reinforcement of good values as well. Continue to support programs such as CHARACTER COUNTS!
  2. District finances will get tighter through no fault of the new administration or Finance Director Jan Prehn. Typically, this appears to be a ten-year cycle. Continue to match revenues with ongoing expenses.
  3. The employment of the new superintendent is just the first step. An ongoing relationship with Dr. Perkins is important to developing a good team spirit. Continue to communicate with him.

Board Reports and Requests

Administrative Salaries – 2003-2004 (F.D. 6/9/03-3)
This item was discussed in Closed Session – Administrator’s Evaluations.

Treasurer’s Bond (F.D. 6/9/03-4)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the Treasurer’s Bond as shown in F.D. 6/9/03-4.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Peterson, Wojcicki, Bach, Johnson, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5– 0

Retirement Enhancement Package (F.D. 6/9/03-5)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the two-year retirement requests from Michael Murray, Signe Noth, Sara Wilder and Lynn Brost as recommended by the Administration and shown in F.D. 6/9/03-5.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Johnson, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5– 0

Education Technology Proposal (F.D. 6/9/03-6)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the purchase of six digital cameras – two at DuJardin and four at Erickson as recommended by Nanci Greene and shown in F.D. 6/9/03-6.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, McKeown, Bach, Johnson, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5– 0

FY2004 Budget Funds 2,3,4 and 7
The Board discussed the proposed 2003-2004 budget for the Operations, Bond and Interest, Transportation and Working Cash Funds. Revenues and expenditures match up. The proposed budget for the Education and Retirement Funds will be discussed at the next board meeting. A budget hearing will be held in August.

CAC Study Request
After discussing a request from the Citizens Advisory Council to conduct a parent-paid language program in the district, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to authorize the CAC to pursue the study of the feasibility of a parent-paid language program in the elementary schools. Voice Vote: all ayes

CCTS! Septemberfest Float
After a discussion on a concern from the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition for liability of children riding a float during the Septemberfest parade, a motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to authorize the school district to take over sponsorship of the Coalition’s float, as most of the participants are District 13 students anyway. Voice Vote: all ayes

Retirement Dinner
Mrs. Ogden was given possible dates by board members for a get-together dinner in honor of retiring Superintendent Jerry Gordon. She will tally the results.

Closed Session – Administrators’ Evaluations
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Bach to enter into closed session at 8:45 p.m. to discuss Administrator’s Evaluations and Salaries. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 9:15 p.m.

A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the administration’s recommendations for administrator’s salaries for FY04 per F.D. 6/9/03-3.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Peterson, McKeown, Bach, Johnson, Wojcicki
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5– 0

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

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary

CLOSED SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, July 9, 2003

Vice-President Mary Ellen Johnson called the closed session meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, June 9, 2003 in the district office at 8:55 p.m.

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

Absent: Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mrs. Ruth Ann Olson-Lewyckyj

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

The board went into closed session to discuss Administrator’s Evaluations and Salaries.

The board discussed the Administrator’s Evaluations and 2003-2004 salaries.

A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Ms. Peterson to return to regular session at 9:15 p.m.

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

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary