REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, August 23, 2010
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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, August 23, 2010 in the district office at 7:38 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson

Absent: Mr. Cary Moreth

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Kathy Ogden

Public Hearing
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to open the public hearing for discussion on the proposed FY11 budget. Voice Vote: all ayes

The district projects a balanced budget in all funds with the exception of the Transportation Fund. This is due to state budget cuts.

As there were no community members in the audience to comment on the budget, a motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. McKeown to close the hearing. Voice Vote: all ayes

The hearing was closed at 7:41 p.m.

Consent Agenda
After noting an error in the minutes from the June 28th meeting (Salary for Jodi Wortsman should read $13.75 per hour.), and reviewing an addendum to the personnel report, a motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the items in the Consent Agenda, which included the regular and closed session minutes from 6-28-10; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund (July) for $79,305.08 and (August) for $400,379.78, the Operations and Maintenance Fund ((July) for $824,705.99 and (August) $883,043.79, the Transportation Fund (July) for $110.93 and (August) for $20,226.27, the Tort Fund (July) for $105, 193.00, and Payroll (July 10) for $332,620.04, (July 25) for $323,969.61, and (August 10) for $337,536.39 as shown in F.D. 8/23/10-1; the
Fund Balance Report, Balance Sheet, Revenue Report, and Expenditure Report for June and July; the Activity Report for June and July; the Employment of Karen Constantine as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-17-10 salary pending contract approval, Angel Frattinger as a special education paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-17-10 salary pending contract approval, Katherine Kelter as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-16-10 salary pending contract approval, Stephen Perlini as a paraprofessional at Westfield 8-16-10 salary pending contract approval, Sarah Phelan as a special education paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-16-10 salary pending contract approval; the Resignation of Anthony Bongiorno as a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-2-10, Allison Presutti as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 7-9-10, Katie Sard as a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-13-10, Robert Zuckerman as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-3-10; the Transfer of Ryan Baird from a special education paraprofessional at Westfield to a regular education paraprofessional effective 8-16-10, Nabila Jahangir from a special education paraprofessional at Westfield to special education paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-16-10, the Rehire of Anna Lisa Abate as a kindergarten teacher at Erickson effective 8-16-10, Andres Dunno as a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-16-10, Jessica Maynard as a part-time PE teacher and part-time paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-16-10, and Jennifer Poznanski as a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-16-10; and Termination of staff member 2010-A.

Roll Call Vote

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

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Schielke reported on various workshops and staff development opportunities available to staff during the summer. Approximately 70 staff members attended workshops on gifted, ELL, special education, and differentiated materials for all learners. The workshops were opened to the area feeder districts and approximately 30 individuals participated. Forty-three mini-proposal applications were made and almost all were completed.

Dr. Schielke reported on activities held during the opening days of school for staff members. Both she and Dr. Perkins attended each building’s faculty meeting, and Dr. Perkins gave his annual “state of the district” address. Staff’s time was divided by team planning, attending workshops on safety and security, autism awareness, new copier training, etc. The keynote speaker at this year’s
welcome back breakfast was Jim Winter. Mr. Winter is the founder of the comedy troupe, WAVELENGTH. His program for the breakfast was entitled, "The "Sense" of Humor".

Dr. Perkins updated the Board on building maintenance projects completed over the summer. The main work was the Ameresco HVAC energy savings project. The project was completed ahead of schedule.

Dr. Perkins shared information pertaining to the April 5, 2011 consolidated election. Four board member terms will expire at that time.

The proposed 2010-2011 district goals were presented.

Dr. Perkins will work with principals to craft action steps to set targets for improvement.

Board Reports and Requests

Other
Ms. Peterson encouraged all members to attend the Chamber of Commerce fundraiser, 50 Men Who Cook, which will be held at Indian Lakes on Saturday, September 25.

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:

Freedom of Information Act Request
Dr. Perkins shared that we have complied with a request from Océ North America under the Freedom of Information Act to provide them with copies of any leases or sales agreements for office copiers covering the period of January 2005 to present.

Adoption of 2010-2011 Budget
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to adopt the 2010-2011 budget as presented, and authorize its members to sign the appropriate form for the State Board of Education.

Roll Call Vote

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

Approve Teachers’ Contract 2010-2013
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the 2010-2013 teachers’ contract, and authorize its President and Secretary to sign the agreement.

Roll Call Vote

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

2010-2011 Administrative Raises
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the 2010-2011 administrative raises as presented.

Roll Call Vote

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

2010-2011 Educational Support Personnel Raises
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the raises for educational support personnel as presented.

Roll Call Vote

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

Milk Bids
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve a contract for milk for the 2010-2011 school year to Cloverleaf Farms for the price outlined in a memo from Janis Prehn.

Roll Call Vote

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

Inventory Appraisal and Insurance Valuation Proposal
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mr. McKeown to accept the proposed agreement from Asset Control Solutions for inventory of District 13 property to be used for insurance purposes at a cost of $1,750.

Roll Call Vote

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

Review of Spring 2010 Parent & Community Surveys
The Board reviewed results from the parent and community surveys administered last spring through ECRA Group. Dr. Perkins gave an overview of the findings, while highlighting specific areas, and indicated that the response
rate was up from the last surveys administered in 2008. The hiring and retention of quality teachers and academic standards remain very important issues to both parent and community groups. Positive responses were received in almost all areas from both groups.

Timing of Annual Schools’ Tour
The annual Board tour of schools will be held September 13. The tour will begin at Erickson School at 6:00 p.m., and from there move to Westfield and end at DuJardin. In the district office conference room, Building & Grounds Director Greg Leyden will demonstrate the new HVAC system interface.

Principal Intern Program Proposal
The Board reviewed a proposal for a principal intern program crafted by the administrative team. The purpose of the program would be to provide administrative experiences and mentoring to internal candidates prior to the impending retirements of a number of the district’s administrators. Potential candidates for the program must possess an administrative certificate and will go through an interview process with the administrative team. Dr. Perkins stated that two people will be chosen from the pool of applicants, and will be expected to meet weekly with a supervisor mentor. The focus will be on instructional leadership. Several board members expressed the concern that candidates be made thoroughly aware that participation in the program does not guarantee a principalship at the end of the program’s completion. Board members were asked to think about the possibility of offering a stipend for participation in the program. The principal intern program will be an action item at the September meeting of the Board.

Topic(s) for Future Agendas
A suggestion was made by Mrs. Klco to include the topic of the teacher evaluation process, as it relates to parent feedback, on a future agenda.

For Information
Informational items included:

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

The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary