REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, August 27, 2007
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Vice-President Terence McKeown called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, August 27, 2007 in the district office at 7:31 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki
(Ms. Tamara Peterson was present via telephone)

Absent: None

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

Budget Hearing
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to open the budget hearing at 7:32 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

As no one from the audience had questions or comments, a motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to close the budget hearing at 7:34 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from July 23, 2007; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $130,660.78, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $323,853.36, the Transportation Fund for $27,027.24, Payroll (8/10/07) for $302,011.39 and (8/24/07) for $301,037.06, as shown in F.D. 8/27/07-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 8/27/07-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 8/27/07-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 8/27/07-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 8/27/07-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 8/27/07-6; the Resignations of Kim Aiken, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 7-26-07, Julie Braun, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-1-07, Stephanie Calahan, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 7-29-07, Jacquelyn Craven, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-25-07, Andrea Dodson, a paraprofessional at Erickson and Westfield effective 8-7-07, Sharon Lange, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-5-07, Antoinette LaPrairie, a secretary at Westfield effective 7-30-07, Lisa Oddo, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-9-07, Nicholas Parry, a physical education teacher at Erickson effective 8-10-07, Michaele Till, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 7-30-07, Change in Position for Stacy Krizmanich, a 4th grade teacher at Erickson to 3rd grade, Lauren Minelli, a paraprofessional at Westfield to a part-time kindergarten teacher at Erickson effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $20,076*, Laurell Pearce, a lunchroom supervisor at Westfield to school secretary effective 8-20-07 for a salary of $16.95 per hour*, Mike Ryan, a physical education teacher at Westfield to a physical education teacher at Erickson; the Employment of Alissa Badger, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65* per hour, Tom Buchholz, a physical education teacher at Westfield effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $35,723*, Sarah Cherney, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65* per hour, Amanda Cundiff, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65* per hour, Erin Davis, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65* per hour, Deborah English, a health assistant for the district (new position) effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $18.50* per hour, Mary Head, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-27-07 for a $10.65* per hour, Jennie Hebert, a lunchroom supervisor at Erickson effective 8-30-07 for a salary of $10.65* per hour, Patricia Jensen, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65* per hour, Meghann Londos, an inclusion paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65* per hour; Stacy Smith, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65* per hour; Elizabeth Umlauf, a resource teacher at DuJardin effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $39,553*; the Rehire of Christina Cinfio, formerly a special education paraprofessional at Westfield to a general education paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.85* per hour, Nicole Guerine, a part-time teacher at DuJardin effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $25,289*, Jennifer Poznanski, an ISP paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.10* per hour, the Retirement of Sue Zumpano, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-1-07.

*indicates an increase will be determined pending the new teacher contract

Roll Call Vote

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

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Schielke and Dr. Perkins reported on summer and opening day activities. Kate Ahlgren, a differentiation specialist, worked with teachers for two days in June and again in August for three days. Dr. Schielke expressed her appreciation for the work accomplished. The Administrative Retreat held August 7-9 at Starved Rock Lodge went very well. A number of initiatives were mapped out. New teacher orientation days were held on August 16 (sponsored by Regional Office of Education) and August 23. Feedback received from the peer coordinators indicate positive responses. Special thanks to Linda Wojcicki and the Education Foundation for once again supplying our new teachers with welcome “goodie bags”. Teachers attended faculty meetings at their schools on the August 27th institute day. Dr. Tom Phelan spoke to the staff at Westfield as a kick-off to the new Middle School Discipline Policy. An all-staff breakfast will be held at the Medinah Shriners Center on Tuesday, August 28. Dr. Mary Bigler, an Educational Consultant will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast. Dr. Bigler is an internationally known motivational speaker and consultant who has conducted numerous workshops on reading and writing for teachers, administrators, and parents.

Dr. Perkins presented the proposed district goals for 2007-2008. Goal #1: Improve Student Achievement in the Area of Literacy, Goal #2: Improve Communication Across the District in Areas Necessary, and Goal #3: Improve the District’s Performance in Meeting the Needs of all Students. These three goals mirror the goals developed in 2006-2007. However, the Administrative Team, during its retreat, developed new objectives/action steps to reflect additional areas of focus for the new year. There was some discussion among board members on the wording of an action step in Goal 1 and Goal 2.

Board Reports and Requests

FY08 Budget (F.D. 8/27/07-7)
After reviewing the final draft of the 2007-2008 proposed budget and Mrs. Prehn’s accompanying memo, a motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Dr. Litchfield to approve the proposed FY2008 budget as presented and shown in F.D. 8/27/07-7.

Roll Call Vote

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

Teacher Contract (F.D. 8/27/07-8), Support Staff Raises (F.D. 8/27/07-9), Administrator Raises (F.D. 8/27/07-10)
Due to the Teacher Union’s decision to delay ratification of the new contract until its scheduled meeting on September 11, a motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to table action on the Teacher Contract, Support Staff Raises, and Administrator Raises.

Roll Call Vote

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

The Board, as a whole, expressed its sincere disappointment that action was unable to be taken on these items. However, after a heartfelt discussion, it was decided that closure needs to be achieved on the teacher contract first. The Board and Union had reached a tentative agreement on July 30. If the ratification vote is produced before the next meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, September 24, employee raises can be reflected in payroll checks starting October 10.

Enrollment Request (F.D. 8/27/07-11)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve an out-of-district enrollment request by the parents of student #2007-08-01 as shown in F.D. 8/27/07-11.

Ayes: None
Nays: Wojcicki, Bach, Johnson, Litchfield, McKeown, Peterson
Abstain: Birkley

Motion Failed: 0 – 6 – 1

For Information
Informational Items included:

Board members were asked to let Mrs. Ogden know if they would like to attend any of the above-mentioned events.

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 8:39 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary