REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, September 23, 2002
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President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, September 23, 2002 in the district office at 7:39 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Absent: Mr. Edward Levato, Mrs. Ruth Ann Olson-Lewyckyj

Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mrs. Mary Beth Dunne, Dr. Darrell Dick, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the consent agenda to include the Approval of Minutes from the 9-9-02 meeting; Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $200,873.19, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $233,052.77, Transportation Fund for $16,526.83, Payroll (9/10/02) for $312,812.52 as shown in F.D. 9/23/02-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 9/23/02-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 9/23/02-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 9/23/02-4; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 9/23/02-5; the appointment of Joan DiPiero to the Citizens Advisory Council; the resignations of Dawn Winkelman, an instructional aide at DuJardin School effective 6-10-02; the employment of Jackie Tobin as an instructional aide at Westfield Middle School effective 8-28-02 for a salary of $10.05 per hour, Stephanie Wahl as an instructional aide at Westfield Middle School effective 9-9-02 for a salary of $10.05 per hour .

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Bach, Johnson, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 - 0

CAT/ISAT Scores
Dr. Gordon presented the test results of last year's California Achievement Tests in reading, math, social studies and science and how they compare with previous years. These scores remain consistently in the same range. The Board also discussed the ISAT history and noted the improvement in the writing scores. This is attributed to the change in the writing program.

Board Reports and Requests

Other
Mrs. Johnson inquired about the disposition of the public relations position. Dr. Gordon indicated that over 60 applications were sent out. He is currently reviewing the completed applications and will be contacting qualified candidates to come in for an interview.

Extra Duty Assignments (F.D. 9/23/02-6)
After several board members commented on the excellent participation from staff members for extra curricular activities, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the Extra Duty Assignments from the three schools as shown in F.D. 9/23/02-6.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Johnson, Bach, McKeown, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 - 0

Ratification of Teacher Contract (F.D. 9/23/02-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the modifications to Article III and Article IX in the Master Teacher Contract as shown in F.D. 9/23/02-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Johnson, McKeown, Bach, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 - 0

Resolution of Previous Serious Safety Hazards R #1 (F.D. 9/23/02-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to adopt the Resolution of Previous Serious Safety Hazards R#1 to provide free transportation for students who have to cross Lake Street, Bloomingdale Road or Schick Road west of Ridge as shown in F.D. 9/23/02-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, McKeown, Bach, Johnson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 - 0

Resolution in Support of CHARACTER COUNTS! R#2 (F.D. 9/23/02-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to adopt the Resolution in Support of CHARACTER COUNTS! R#2 as shown in F.D. 9/23/02-9 to be presented at the CHARACTER COUNTS! Celebration on October 22. Voice Vote: all ayes

Meeting the Needs of Left-Handed Students
Dr. Gordon reviewed the changes the district will implement regarding accommodating left-handed students. The district will purchase two new chairs for the music room and two or three left-handed guitars. The issue of computer mice can be easily rectified by informing the technology department of the need to change the mouse for a left-handed user. Dr. Gordon will notify Christina Terenzio of the Board's discussion, and advise her when these changes have been implemented.

District Goals Update/Board Retreat
Dr. Gordon indicated he was pleased with the work the administrative staff has done to-date on the district goals. Administration will continue to work on these goals throughout the year. Dr. Gordon will give the Board another update in the spring.

After a brief discussion, it was decided to postpone setting a date for a board retreat until after the new superintendent is on board.

Tentative Budget in Funds 2,3,4 & 7
Dr. Gordon indicated there were no surprises in the tentative budget for the 2003-2004 school year for the Operations Fund, Bond & Interest Fund, Transportation Fund and Working Cash Fund as presented by Janis Prehn. This budget will be used to set a tentative tax levy in October and then the actual tax levy in December.

IASB DuPage Division Dinner Meeting
Board members were asked to let Mrs. Ogden know if they plan to attend the IASB Fall Dinner Meeting on Wednesday, October 16.

Board Election 2003
The following board members' terms of office will be up in 2003: Terence McKeown, Edward Levato, Donald Litchfield and Linda Wojcicki. Candidates may begin circulating petitions the last week in October and should be filed in January.

Superintendent Search Process
Darrell Dick from The Bickert Group presented a proposed search calendar. The Board made a couple date changes to the calendar. The search firm will hold 45-minute interviews with board members and various focus groups (to be identified by the Board) on October 16 & 17. The purpose of these interviews will be to gain input from a variety of people on suggestions for what leadership qualities they would like to see in the new superintendent. A letter along with a questionnaire will be sent out on Friday, September 27 inviting groups to attend at specific times. A community meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, October 16 at the district office. Information on this meeting will be sent home in the school newsletters, posted on the district web site, and a press release will be forwarded to the newspapers.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Jerome E. Gordon, Secretary