REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, August 25, 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, August 25, 2008 in the district office at 7:32 p.m.

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

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Senator Carole Pankau, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Moment of Silence
President Peterson called for a “moment of silence” in memory of District 13’s Nurse Assistant Lucy Pierri.

Budget Hearing
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to open the budget hearing at 7:35 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

After the Board responded positively to Senator Pankau’s inquiry as to whether or not we have a balanced budget, a motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mr. McKeown to close the budget hearing at 7:36 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Proposed Transfer of Funds Hearing
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to open the hearing on proposed fund transfers. Voice Vote: all ayes

As no one from the audience had any questions or comments, a motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Klco to close the hearing. Voice Vote: all ayes

Citizen’s Request to Board
At President Peterson’s request, the Citizen’s Request to the Board item was moved up in the agenda to allow for Senator Carole Pankau to have the opportunity to address the Board. Senator Pankau has been making the tour of school districts to provide current information on legislative issues and to learn what concerns districts might have. She indicated her frustration, as well as those of others in the House and Senate for very little being accomplished during the spring session. This appears to be due, in part, to the fighting, name calling, and inability to agree on priorities between Governor Blagojevich, Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, and President of the Senate Emil Jones. Senator Pankau indicated that the state budget (into its second month) is “so far out of balance”. She stated that typically between 800 – 1000 bills make it to the governor’s desk. This year, there were less than 200. The Senator shared that the Governor had vetoed two grants that dealt with domestic violence, and alcohol and substance abuse. She also shared the bleak news that Illinois has the worst debt of any state in the nation.

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from the 6-23-08 meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund, Operations and Maintenance Fund, Transportation Fund, and Tort Fund for July and August as shown in F.D. 8/25/08-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 8/25/08-2 &3; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 8/25/08-4 & 5; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 8/25/08-6 & 7; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 8/25/08-8 & 9; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 8/25/08-10 & 11; the Resignations of Alissa Badger, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-6-08, Ashley Bell, a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-19-08, Heidi Boehning, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-1-08, Stephanie Caruso, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-15-08, Sarah Cherney, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-11-08, Elissa Dee, a second grade teacher at DuJardin effective 8-1-08, Lisa Dillard, a special education paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-12-08, Betsy Giggie, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 7-14-08, Katie Hatfield, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-16-08, Christine Kolvitz, a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-5-08, Rachel Larsen, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-12-08, Amy McLoughlin, an eighth grade math teacher at Westfield effective 6-28-08, Mary Jo Schneider, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 7-1-08, Christina Vasilakos, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-4-08, Amaris Zelinske, a physical education teacher at Westfield effective 8-24-08; Change of Position for Patricia Edwards, a resource teacher at Westfield to change to an eighth grade math teacher, Kelly Giffin, a paraprofessional at Westfield to change to a physical education teacher at Westfield, Jason Phelps, a paraprofessional at DuJardin to change to a paraprofessional at Erickson; the Employment of Sarah Baylor, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Caroline Bober, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Joanne Brinceanu, a second grade teacher at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $39,197 per year, Linda Chapman, a part-time early childhood teacher at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $19,991, Nicholas Cikesh, a resource teacher at Westfield effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $37,645 per year, Dana Colantuono, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Stephanie Dagostino, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Stephanie Dickinson, an early childhood paraprofessional effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $10.30 per hour, Stephanie Giusti, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Luciano Hernandez, a part-time custodian at Westfield effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $14.50 per hour, Dominique Infusino, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Stephanie Kean, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05, Alison Kossack, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Kari Lonergan, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Jessica Maynard, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Dina Tenerelli, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Valerie Van Winkle, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Teresa Wawro, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Christie Wendel, a part-time kindergarten teacher and part-time paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $18,823 per year and $11.05 per hour respectively, Matthew Willard, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, Catherine Wolowiec, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $11.05 per hour, the Rehire of Anthony Bongiorno, a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-25-08 for a salary of $10.50 per hour.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Litchfield, McKeown, Bach, Birkley, Klco, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Perkins reported on summer projects completed by Greg Leyden, his crew, and outside contractors. The Board will have the opportunity on September 8 to tour all three facilities to view the work accomplished.

Dr. Perkins shared the agenda from the administrative team’s retreat held in early August in Starved Rock. He expressed his appreciation to the administrative team who gave of their time and talents to plan for the upcoming school year.

The superintendent and assistant superintendent visited faculty meetings at the schools on Monday. Dr. Perkins presented his “State of the District” to each group, which appeared to be very well received. The annual opening day breakfast will be held on Tuesday, August 26 at Medinah Shriners Banquet facilities. Board members were encouraged to join district staff. Dr. Schielke detailed the summer staff development work that was completed by staff members. Thirteen days were devoted to working on differentiation, gifted, and mentoring skills. Seventy-six teachers and five paraprofessionals participated. (25 people participated in the state-approved mentoring program through a grant from the ROE.) Ms. Peterson and Mrs. Wojcicki were on hand to meet the new staff at the “induction breakfast” on Friday, August 22. Dr. Schielke distributed the staff development calendar that outlined the work that will be done on the early dismissal days for students. She also discussed committee and task force opportunities available to staff. A meeting for parents of “gifted” students will be held on October 16.

Dr. Perkins reviewed the two district goals proposed for the 2008-2009 school year.

Dr. Perkins also shared that he will be bringing a recommendation to the Board for the adoption of a basal reading series in April 2009.

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:

Adoption of Proposed FY09 Budget (F.D. 8/25/08-12)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the proposed FY09 school year budget as presented by Mrs. Prehn, and sign the Illinois State Board of Education submittal form.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Klco, Bach, Birkley, Litchfield, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Fund Transfer Authorizations (F.D. 8/25/08-13)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the fund transfer authorization resolution and authorize the President and Secretary to sign said resolution.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Bach, Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Litchfield, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Approve Superintendent’s Outside Work as a Superintendent Mentor (F.D. 8/25/08-14)
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve Dr. Perkins’ other work with the DuPage Regional Office of Education.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: McKeown, Bach, Birkley, Klco, Litchfield, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Naming of Board Recording Secretary as Local Election Official (F. 8/25/08-15)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the naming of Kathy Ogden as the district’s Local Election Official. Voice Vote: all ayes

Strategic Issues Emerging from Parent and Community Surveys
Dr. Perkins shared a memo with the Board outlining key issues that emerged from the 2008 parent and community surveys. They include: concerns for maintaining high standards, concerns regarding math and science programs, hiring of quality teachers, discipline, and communication.

Park District Shed Adjacent to Westfield
Considerable discussion was held regarding the park district’s maintenance shed located near Westfield. Dr. Perkins has been in recent conversation with Carrie Haupert, the new park district director regarding the demolition of this facility. The opinion of the school board is mixed as to when they would like to see this demolition occur. However, board members are in agreement that it must be done in a manner deemed safe for students. Dr. Perkins will contact Ms. Haupert and share the Board’s concerns and questions regarding timeline and appearance. He will also review prior district records regarding ownership of the land near Four Seasons.

Topic(s) for Future Agenda
Mrs. Klco requested future discussion on the start and end dates for the school district calendar.

For Information
Informational items included:

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

The meeting was adjourned at 9:29 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary