REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, August 24, 2009
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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 24, 2009 in the district office at 7:36 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mr. Cary Moreth, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson

Absent: Mrs. Fina Klco, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Grey Leyden, Mike Steffens (AMERESCO), Mark Stamatakos, Kathy Ogden

Budget Hearing
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to open the public hearing on the adoption of the FY10 budget 7:37 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Dr. Perkins shared comments made to him during a phone conversation with business owner Gary Deeke. Mr. Deeke represented himself as one of 22 local property owners who are extremely unhappy with their property taxes. He requested that Dr. Perkins relay his concerns to the Board.

A motion was made by Mr. Moreth and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to close the budget hearing at 8:41 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the regular and closed session minutes from 6-22-09; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $74,565.48 (July) $85,336.58 (August), the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $189,548.83 (July) $448,084.20 (August), Debt Service Fund for $3,168.00 (July), Transportation Fund for $45,848.35 (July) $415.00 (August), Tort Fund $99,289.00 (July), and Payroll $333,610.38 (July 10) $338,122.64 (July 24) $346,106.57 (Aug. 10); the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 8/24/09-2, the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 8/24/09-3; the Revenue report as shown in F.D. 8/24/09-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 8/24/09-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 8/24/09-6; the Employment of Anna Lisa Abate as a part-time kindergarten teacher and part-time paraprofessional at Erickson for a salary of $19,184 and $11.26 per hour respectively effective 8-17-09, Kimberly Berry as a social worker at DuJardin for a salary of $49,169 effective 8-17-09, Heather Bridges as a 4th grade teacher at Erickson for a salary of $38,368 effective 08-17-09, Ashley Curran as a paraprofessional at Erickson for $11.26 per hour effective 8-17-09, Kristina Donash as a paraprofessional at Erickson for $11.26 per hour effective 8-17-09, Emily Ericksen as a paraprofessional at Erickson for $11.26 per hour effective 8-17-09, Meredith Evans as a paraprofessional at Erickson for $11.26 per hour effective 8-17-09, Amy Kedzior as a paraprofessional at DuJardin for $11.26 per hour effective 8-17-09, Jennifer Keicher as a paraprofessional at Westfield for $11.26 per hour effective 8-17-09, Juliette Nardulli as a paraprofessional at DuJardin for $11.26 per hour effective 8-17-09, Vaishali Shah as a paraprofessional at DuJardin for $11.26 per hour effective 8-17-09; the Resignation of Monica Buckner as a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-14-09, Stefanie Dagostino as a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-10-09, Brooke Dennis as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-12-09, Jennifer Morrow as a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-4-09, Taylor Rogers as a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-11-09, Valerie Van Winkle as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-6-09, Judy Wagner as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-18-09, Matthew Willard as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-5-09; an FMLA for Elaine Alex, resource teacher at Westfield effective 10-29-09, an FMLA for Denise Irving, 6th grade teacher at Westfield effective 8-17-09; the Transfer for Linda Rosenzweig as a 1st grade teacher at Erickson from a substitute teacher effective 8-17-09, Cathy Wolowiec as a substitute teacher at Westfield from a paraprofessional effective 8-17-09; the Rehire of Ryan Baird as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-17-09, Karen Barranco as a special education paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-17-09, Tina Martin as a special education and early childhood paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-17-09, Jennifer Poznanski as a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-17-09, and Angela Reid as a regular education paraprofessional effective 8-17-09.

Mrs. Birkley requested the June 22nd minutes be changed to reflect the following: 1) Under the Superintendent’s Report – The cost to the Board is solely for the paraprofessionals facilitating the “Back to School Transition Camp” who will be compensated $180 each, and 2) Under the Board Salutes - Kelly Lancaster should be saluted for her speech given at the honors assembly in June.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: McKeown, Birkley, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5– 0

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Perkins and Mr. Leyden reported on building projects completed over the summer. Mr. Leyden stated that while total cost of the projects was originally estimated to be $326,200, in actuality they came in under $300,000.

Dr. Schielke reported on summer staff development events and opening days’ activities. Seventy-six percent of the staff was involved in some form of staff development while on summer break. Mr. John Perricone was the keynote speaker at the staff “welcome back” breakfast on August 18. In his presentation, Why Am I a Teacher?” Developing a Philosophical Identity”, Mr. Perricone shared his insights on what he has learned about children and life during his many years of classroom teaching.

Dr. Perkins shared possible goals for the 2009-2010 school year. Suggested goals would focus on continued work on student achievement, as well as continuing to meet the needs of students. Board members will advise Dr. Perkins of any concerns or suggestions prior to the September board meeting.

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:

Erickson staff members Sue Noren, Frank Olesiak, Jorge De Leon, and Network Manager Tim Donahue for their assistance with the July CHARACTER COUNTS! training session held at Erickson School.

Adoption of FY10 Budget (F.D. 8/24/09-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the adoption of the FY10 budget, and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign the resolution, and further, that all board members sign the obligatory state budget form.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

Approve Superintendent’s Outside Work as a Superintendent Mentor (F.D. 8/24/09-8)
A motion was made by Mr. Moreth and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the superintendent’s outside work as a superintendent mentor. Voice Vote: all ayes

2009-2010 Snow Removal Contract (F.D. 8/24/09-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve the snow removal contract with TNT Landscape Construction Inc. for the 2009-2010 season for a cost of $880.00 per snow event.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Moreth, Birkley, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

Resolution of Intent to Issue Working Cash Fund Bonds (F.D. 8/24/09-10)
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the Resolution of Intent to Issue Working Cash Fund Bonds, and authorize the President and Secretary of the Board to sign said resolution.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: McKeown, Wojcicki, Birkley, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

Order Calling a Public Hearing Concerning the Intent to Sell Working Cash Fund Bonds (F.D. 8/24/09-11)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve the President’s order calling a public hearing concerning the intent to sell working cash fund bonds, and authorize the President to sign said order.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Moreth, Birkley, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

Energy Savings Company Proposal (F.D. 8/24/09-12)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the resolution selecting AMERESCO as its energy conservation project company, and authorize the Board President to endorse a letter of intent with AMERESCO with the intent of a final contract being presented no later than November 30, 2009.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

Ms. Peterson thanked fellow board members for their time and thoughtful consideration of this energy savings proposal which comes after months of planning. Mr. Leyden offered his thanks to the Board as well.

Review of Spring 2009 Staff and Student Surveys
The Board reviewed the results of the 2009 staff and student surveys. While the 2009 staff survey showed some improvement over the 2007 results, there were not any significant changes in results from the student survey administered in 2007. Dr. Perkins focused his report on the “Executive Summary of Findings” section from both the student and staff surveys. Each of the schools will focus on behavior, bullying, and bussing issues. Administration and staff will work on better collaboration and communication. In response to Mrs. Birkley’s inquiry as to whether the survey could be streamlined somewhat, Dr. Perkins shared that he is currently working with ECRA (survey company) to combine the ECRISS data research and parent/community/student/staff surveys into one package, and that his intent was to shorten all surveys.

Holiday Waiver
Dr. Perkins shared a chart compiled by the Regional Office of Education showing the various holidays and how each district in DuPage County chooses to utilize the days (in attendance or not in attendance). As an example, School District 13 is one of 19 districts out of 42 in DuPage where students do not attend school on Veterans’ Day. The district currently has a waiver on file with the State Board of Education for Lincoln’s Birthday that is due to expire at the end of this school year. Board members agreed that we should reapply for this waiver, and also discussed the possibility of applying for a Veterans’ Day waiver as well. Students would attend school on Veterans’ Day, and include in the day’s curriculum more information on our country’s veterans.

For Information
Informational items included:

Other
Board members finalized plans to participate in the Septemberfest parade on September 12.

The Board will take their annual tour of schools on September 14.

Closed Session – Employment of Personnel
A motion was made by Mr. Moreth and seconded by Mr. McKeown to enter into closed session at 9:35 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 Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 10:40 p.m.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

The meeting was adjourned at 10:41 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary