Monday, July 29, 2002
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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, July 29, 2002 in the district office at 7:53 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Edward Levato, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki

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

Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso, Miss Debbie Kadin, Mrs. Maria Terenzio, Miss Christina Terenzio, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mr. Levato and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve items shown in the Consent Agenda to include Approval of Minutes from the 6-17-02 meeting; Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $327,641.72, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $247,366.08, Bond & Interest for $300.00, Transportation Fund for $23,387.69 and Payroll (7-10-02) for $271,226.60 and (7-25-02) for $266,959.39 as shown in F.D. 7/29/02-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 7/29/02-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 7/29/02-3, the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 7/29/02-4; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 7/29/02-5; the resignations of Todd Levy, a teacher's aide at Westfield effective 6-12-02, Sara Humphrey, a reading specialist aide at Erickson effective 6-18-02, K. Lori Krase, an ISP aide at Westfield effective 7-1-02, Rickey Golio, a special education aide at Westfield effective 6-26-02, the employment of Michael Nohl as the Assistant Director of Buildings and Grounds effective 7-1-02 for a salary of $33,000.00, Leah Root as a 5th grade teacher at DuJardin effective 8-21-02 for a salary of $32,550.00, Lisa Schaffer as a 5th grade teacher at DuJardin effective 8-21-02 for a salary of $32,550.00, Jodi Gaffey as a 6th grade teacher at Westfield effective 8-21-02 for a salary of $34,580.00; a leave of absence request from Mary Hahn for the 2002-2003 school year; and the hire of Amy Kusmierz as an 8th grade teacher at Westfield effective 8-26-02 for a salary of $33,280.00.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Levato, Bach, Johnson, Wojcicki
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 4 - 0

Amendment to Agenda - Letter from Westfield Student
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to move to the Letter from Westfield Student discussion at this point in the agenda in order to hear the comments from former student, Christina Terenzio. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board listened to comments from Christina Terenzio, a recent Westfield graduate, regarding her issues for left-handed students. Christina expressed her views on the problems left-handed students encounter, as well as citing her own personal experiences. The Board thanked Christina for her suggestions. Dr. Gordon will address her issues with Westfield's principal and contact Christina thereafter.

DuJardin Construction Update
Dr. Gordon reported that the construction at DuJardin School continues to move very smoothly with a number of tradesmen working side by side. Electricians are running the wiring; all the walls have been painted; light fixtures are being hung; the glass and doors are in; the concrete workers have been working on the garden wall; and all the cabinets have been hung in the Teacher's Workroom.

Board Reports and Requests - none

Closed Session Minutes (F.D. 7/29/02-6)
A motion was made by Mr. Levato and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to keep the minutes from the Closed Sessions closed as shown in F.D. 7/29/02-6.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Levato, Bach, Johnson, Wojcicki
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 4 - 0

August Meeting Schedule
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Levato to cancel the August 12 Board of Education meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

FY03 Budgets in Funds 1 & 5
The Board reviewed the proposed final budget for 2002-2003 in the Education Fund and the Retirement Fund as presented by Jan Prehn.

Harris Survey
The Board reviewed the timeline proposed for the Harris Interactive survey to be administered in October to students in grades 3 - 8, staff and parents. The District will be able to include up to ten additional questions on the survey, and Mrs. Wojcicki indicated she would like to see the subject of uniforms included as one of these questions.

Superintendent's Search
After reviewing a list of firms involved in superintendent searches in the area, the Board decided on four firms that will be invited to the August 26 board meeting for interviews. The four firms chosen were Hazard, Young, Attea & Assoc. Ltd.; The Bickert Group, Ltd.; Illinois Association of School Boards; and Dr. Robb Cooper. The Board will decide after the August 26 interviews which firm will be contracted to begin the search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Gordon at the end of the 2002-2003 school year.

CHARACTER COUNTS! Coordinator Position
Due to the elimination of the Safe to Learn grant by Governor Ryan, the Board discussed the possibility of the district funding the CHARACTER COUNTS! program. The additional cost would be approximately $10,850.00. However, with the grant work-time eliminated, the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coordinator would actually have more time to devote to the operations of the program.

The Board also discussed the need to hire an additional aide at Westfield who would be used to provide clerical assistance for the CHARACTER COUNTS! program, the advisor/advisoree program, part-time aide for the Language Arts Department, in addition to serving as a lunchroom supervisor.

Personnel Software
The Board discussed a proposal from NDI Solutions for a personnel software package that would benefit the personnel office, business office and school principals. This program would enable these departments to work together and share information without duplication of efforts.

Letter from Westfield Graduate
See Amendment to Agenda.

Board Tour
Prior to the start of the September 9 board meeting at 8:00 p.m., the Board will take 20-minute tours of the three schools beginning with Erickson at 7:00 p.m.

Closed Session - Collective Bargaining Strategies
Dr. Gordon indicated he did not feel the need to go into closed session at this time.

Dr. Caruso passed out invitations to this year's Staff Development opening celebration, which will be held at the Bloomingdale Golf Club on Tuesday, August 27 from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. This year's theme will be Laughter Counts!

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

The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Jerome E. Gordon, Secretary