REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, September 24, 2007
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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, September 24, 2007 in the district office at 7:36 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

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Antonietta Sarnelli (Elmhurst College student), Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Dr. Litchfield to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular Minutes from August 27 and Minutes from the Special Meeting/Tour held on September 4; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $90,824.49, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $82,438.05, the Bond & Interest Fund for $300.00, the Transportation Fund for $13,868.82, Payroll (9/10/07) for $314,059.09 and (9/25/07) for $356,301.32 as shown in F.D. 9/24/07-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 9/24/07-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 9/24/07-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 9/24/07-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 9/24/07-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 9/24/07-6; the Resignations of Sara-Lynn Asta, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-28-07, Kelly Garinger, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-27-07, Laura Miller, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-23-07, Valerie Necka, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-26-07; a Change of Position for Jennifer Doyle, a part-time early childhood paraprofessional to full-time early childhood paraprofessional at DuJardin; the Employment of Ashley Bell, a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-31-07 for salary of $10.65 per hour*, Lisa Birkhead, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-28-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour*, Anthony Bongiorno, a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $9.90 per hour*, Sandra Bryla, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour*, Julie Carley, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour*, Kelly Giffin, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 9-4-07 for a salary of $10.05 per hour*, Carolyn Granata, a part-time special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-28-07 for a salary of $9.65 per hour*, Jennie Hebert, a lunchroom supervisor at Erickson effective 8-30-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour*, Nancy Kempf, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-29-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour*, Christine Kolvitz, a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $9.90 per hour*, David Meuer, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-28-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour*, Kathleen Roth, a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour*, John Thomas, a crossing guard at DuJardin effective 8-29-07 for a salary of $9.80 per hour, Andrea Woldeit, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-27-07 for a salary of $10.65 per hour*, the Retirement of Frank Maranto, a crossing guard at DuJardin, Extra-Duty Assignments.

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

Roll Call Vote

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

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Perkins reviewed the sixth day enrollment figures and how they compare with last year’s numbers. The district has seen a 6.5% reduction in enrollment from last year, and a 16% reduction over the last nine years. Dr. Perkins showed board members the breakdown in class sizes from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Board members endorsed the updated District Goals as presented by Dr.Perkins.
The three goals – Improve Student Achievement in the Area of Literacy, Improve Communication Across the District in Areas Necessary, and Improve the District’s Performance in Meeting the Needs of All Students, along with their accompanying action steps, will be shared with district employees.

Dr. Schielke shared her On the Horizon Report with the Board. MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing began today at DuJardin School. Testing will begin at Erickson School on Tuesday, and Westfield next week. Dr. Schielke commented that initial student feedback was good. Results will be received when all testing is complete. Dr. Schielke distributed a brochure that was available to parents during the curriculum nights. This brochure outlined the activities the district will be involved in during the coming year, ie., MAP testing, curriculum mapping, differentiation of instruction, literacy program strategies, and school improvement goals. Jodee Blanco, author of the book, Please Stop Laughing at Me, will speak to students during assemblies at Westfield on September 25. Ms. Blanco’s book describes her own experiences of being bullied by classmates. Her words should fit in well with the new middle school discipline policy.

Board Reports and Requests

Teacher Contract (F.D. 9/24/07-7)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the teacher contract for 2007-2010 as presented and shown in F.D. 9/24/07-7.

Roll Call Vote

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

Educational Support Personnel Raises (F.D. 9/24/07-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the support staff raises as presented and shown in F.D. 9/24/07-8.

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

Administrators’ Salaries (F. D. 9/24/07-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the administrators’ raises as presented and shown in F.D. 9/24/07-9.

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

Resolution for Serious Transportation Safety Hazards Findings R#1 (F.D. 9/24/07-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to adopt the Resolution for Serious Transportation Safety Hazards Findings, and authorize the President and Secretary to sign said resolution. Voice Vote: all ayes

Resolution in Support of CHARACTER COUNTS! R#2 (F.D. 9/24/07-11)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to adopt the Resolution in Support of CHARACTER COUNTS!, and authorize all members to sign said resolution. Voice Vote: all ayes

Resolution in Support of School Principals R#3 (F.D. 9/24/07-12)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to adopt the Resolution in Support of School Principals, and authorize each member to sign said resolution. Voice Vote: all ayes

Annual Application for Recognition of Schools (F.D. 9/24/07-13)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the Annual Applications for Recognition of Schools, and authorize the appropriate individuals to sign said applications. Voice Vote: all ayes

2007 School Report Cards
The Board reviewed the 2007 School Report Cards recently received by the State Board of Education which included results in the subjects of reading, math, and science. Writing scores were not included. Dr. Perkins commented that this is the fourth year in a row that Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) has been achieved in all necessary areas. Achievement scores are up. More data regarding the growth of student achievement will be made available later in the year. Mr. McKeown expressed concern for the lower percentage in the area of “parental contact” at Westfield. Dr. Perkins explained this was an error that had not been corrected prior to final submission to ISBE, and the actual numbers were between 90 –95%.

Annual Schools’ Tour
The Board discussed the tour of district facilities taken on September 4. Members expressed their pleasure regarding the condition of each building and the work performed over the summer in preparation of the new year. Ms. Peterson noted the aesthetically appealing changes made to the outside of DuJardin. Mr. McKeown once again praised Mr. Leyden for his thoughtful preventative maintenance planning, thus saving the district dollars in the long run.

Other
The Board held a brief discussion on board policy as it relates to residency issues.

For Information
Informational items included:

Other
The Board regretfully accepted the resignation of fellow member Mary Ellen Johnson. Mrs. Johnson is stepping down from her post after serving over 17 years with the district. Mrs. Johnson has agreed to continue her duties until a
replacement has been appointed. A notice will be placed on the district’s website, as well as local newspapers. Mrs. Johnson received a standing ovation from those present.

Closed Session
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to enter into closed session at 9:04 p.m. after a seven-minute break to discuss 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 9:25 p.m.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 9:26 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary