REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, June 23, 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, June 23, 2008 in the district office at 7:33 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson

Absent: Dr. Donald Litchfield

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Ms. Julie Frerichs, Mrs. Karen Petelle, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
After reviewing additional items to the Personnel Report, as well as updated minutes from the May 19th meeting, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from the 5-19-08 meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $176,545.95, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $77,609.37, the Transportation Fund for $77,715.74, and Payroll (6-10-08) for $456,210.46 as shown in F.D. 6/23/08-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 6/23/08-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 6/23/08-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 6/23/08-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 6/23/08-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 6/23/08-6; the Resignations of Sandra Bryla, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 6-30-08, Julie Carley, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 6-3-08, Christina Cinfio, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 6-11-08, Kim Gravante, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 5-16-08, Megan McAleer, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-1-08, Sarah Plotnick-Anderson, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 6-11-08, Jose Resendes, a part-time custodian at Westfield effective 5-19-08, Kim Robbins, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-1-08; a Change of Position for Pam Gruzynski, from a fifth grade teacher at Erickson to the District Gifted Differentiation Specialist effective 8-25-08, Mary Head, from a paraprofessional at DuJardin to a third grade teacher at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $44,282, Nicole Schmidt from a paraprofessional at Erickson to a fourth grade teacher at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $37,645; the Employment of Graham Burns, a summer maintenance worker for the district effective 5-19-08, Hugh Crebs, a custodian at Westfield effective 6-16-08 for a salary of $14.50 per hour, Brian Hess, a summer maintenance worker for the district effective 6-09-08 for a salary of $8.75 per hour, Glen Spejcher, a summer painter for the district effective 6-17-08 for a salary of $8.75 per hour, Alison Braun, as a first grade teacher at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $37,645, the Rehire of David Hess, a summer maintenance worker for the district effective 5-9-08 for a salary of $10.00 per hour, Michaele Till, a former paraprofessional at Erickson as a fifth grade teacher at Erickson effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $37,645; a Parental Leave of Absence for Tammy Quentin, a third grade teacher at DuJardin for the birth of her baby for the 2008-2009 school year.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Birkley, Klco, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

Superintendent's Report
The Board reviewed updated action steps for the 2007-2008 district goals, in addition to the revised attendance/truancy policies drafted by the three principals.

Dr. Schielke gave her annual end-of-year staff development report. Her report touched on the work done over the past year in curriculum, instruction, assessment, technology, and school improvement. Dr. Schielke highlighted the district’s teacher induction program, which partnered with the DuPage Regional Office of Education this year in a state grant. (A total of five districts participated.) To-date, District 13 has received $12,000 to help in supporting the training programs offered for new teachers. Various training programs were also offered to regular education and special education paraprofessionals to support their work with student instruction. Dr. Schielke mentioned a number of workshops that were held which focused on differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all student learners. Dr. Schielke expressed her appreciation for all the hard work done by staff, and to the Board for their support of the staff development initiatives. Staff members Julie Frerichs and Karen Petelle (who were in the audience) offered their appreciation for the many opportunities offered.

Dr. Schielke gave a brief demonstration on the curriculum mapping software currently being used by district staff, which was created by Lake Park High School. During this first year of implementation, the focus has been on content, skills, and assessment. Dr. Schielke indicated that this will probably be a three to five year process.

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:

Board of Education Meeting Dates
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the board meeting dates as presented and shown in F.D. 6/23/08-7. Voice Vote: all ayes

Waste Removal Bids (F.D. 6/23/08-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the waste removal bid from Allied Waste Services through June 30, 2010 as shown in a memo from Mr. Leyden.

Roll Call Vote

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

Technology Office Furniture Bids (F.D. 6/23/08-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the bid from School Specialty for furniture for the technology office in the amount of $12,615.30 and shown in F.D. 6/23/08-9.

Roll Call Vote

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

Transfer of Interest Resolution R#14 (F.D. 6/23/08-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the Transfer of Interest Resolution, and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign said resolution as shown in F.D. 6/23/08-10.

Roll Call Vote

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

Petty Cash Resolution R#15 (F.D. 6/23/08-11)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the Petty Cash Resolution, and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign said resolution.

Roll Call Vote

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

Prevailing Wage Resolution R #16 (F.D. 6/23/08-12)
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the Prevailing Wages Resolution, and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign said resolution as shown in F.D. 6/23/08-12.

Roll Call Vote

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

Administrative Raises/Salaries (F.D. 6/23/08-13)
After Mrs. Klco inquired what the average percentage of increase for administrators in the area is (Dr. Perkins indicated that increases range between 2.6 – 6.0.), a motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the administrative raises and salaries for FY09 as shown in F.D. 6/23/08-13.

Roll Call Vote

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

Closed Session Minutes
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the continued unavailability of closed session minutes, and the destruction of closed session audiotapes for the period of August 28, 2006 – December 18, 2006. Voice Vote: all ayes

Intergovernmental Agreement for Suburban School’s Consortium for Annuity Compliance (F.D. 6/23/08-15)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement for Suburban School’s Consortium for Annuity Compliance, and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign said agreement. Voice Vote: all ayes

Agreement with Gatekeeper Administration & Consulting, L.L.C. (F.D. 6/23/08-16)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the Agreement with Gatekeeper Administration & Consulting, L.L.C. for an anticipated yearly cost of $2,000 as shown in F.D. 6/23/08-16.

Roll Call Vote

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

Review FY09 Budget in Funds 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8
The Board reviewed the proposed FY09 budget for the Operation and Maintenance, Debt Service (formerly referred to as the Bond and Interest), Transportation, Working Cash, and Tort funds. A balanced budget is projected in all five funds. The Board will have an opportunity to review the proposed budget for the Education and Retirement Funds prior to the August 25th board meeting, at which time the FY09 budget will be acted upon.

Parent and Community Surveys
Dr. Perkins stated that he will be instructing Lynn Strevelle (the district’s public relations person) to include various survey result items in upcoming issues of The 13 Times. He reiterated that a 3.0 rating and above was achieved in many areas in the 2008 Parent and Community surveys. Board members were asked to contact Dr. Perkins with any suggestions they may have for inclusion in the district newsletter.

School Improvement Plans
Board members were asked to share their thoughts after reviewing the three school improvement plans and listening to presentations from the teams at the May meeting. Mrs. Birkley expressed her feelings that not enough time was allotted for the presentations and questions afterwards. She would like to see a separate time set aside to allow the teams to present their plans. In response to an inquiry from Mrs. Klco, Dr. Perkins indicated that parents are given the opportunity to hear this information through PTO meetings, etc. All board members expressed their appreciation for the work done by the three teams. The work done by these people is truly valued.

Wind Turbine Legislation
Dr. Perkins gave the Board an update on current legislation being sought by the Keeneyville School District on behalf of local school districts to allow districts to enter into cooperatives for the purpose of constructing wind turbine farms. This would enable districts to generate their own electricity. The bill, while approved by state legislators, is awaiting the governor’s signature.

For Information
Informational items included:

Closed Session
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mr. McKeown to enter into closed session at 8:45 p.m. after a brief 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; and to discuss Security procedures and the use of personnel and equipment to respond to an actual, a threatened, or a reasonably potential danger to the safety of employees, students, staff, the public, or public property. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(8), as amended by P.A 93-79 and P.A. 93-422. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 10:00 p.m.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 10:01 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary