SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, September 24, 2012
President Terry McKeown called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on Monday, September 24, 2012 in the district office at 7:01 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mrs. Susan Lancaster, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Mr. Terry McKeown
Absent: Mr. Cary Moreth
Others Present: Dr. Jon Bartelt, Dr. Amanda Belanger, Heidi Weeks, Megan Jensen, Adam Parisi, Deyana Matt, Heather Grover, Ryan Anderson, Kathy Ogden, Attorney Robb Cooper (entered the meeting at 8:00)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve all items in the Consent Agenda which included the Minutes from the Regular and Closed Session meetings held 8-27-12 and the Special Meeting (Board Tour) held 9-10-12; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund, the Operations and Maintenance Fund, the Transportation Fund, and Payroll (8-25-12) in the amount of $357,554.45 and (9-10-12) in the amount of $396,374.59 as shown in F.D. 9/24/12-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 9/24/12-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 9/24/12-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 9/24/12-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 9/24/12-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 9/24/12-6; the Employment of Samantha Clark as a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 9-5-12 for a salary of $11.12, Catertina D’Agostino as a part-time paraprofessional at Erickson effective 9-21-12 for a salary of $10.10, Michelle Dimas as a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 9-14-12 for a salary of $11.12, Heather Hosnedl as a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-27-12 for a salary of $11.12, Barbara Jenny as a special education paraprofessional at Erickson effective 9-4-12 for a salary of $11.12; the Resignation of Lisa Camacho as a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-25-12, Ashley Curran as a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-27-12, Amanda Green as a paraprofessional at Ertickson effective 9-5-12, Brandon Majors as a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 9-14-12, Nicole Srikant as a part-time paraprofessional at Erickson effective 9-21-12, Leslie Williamson as a special education paraprofessional at Erickson effective 8-27-12; an FMLA leave for Karen Hosty effective for a term 8-31-12 through 11-23-12; Extra Duty Assignments for 2012-2013.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Klco, Birkley, Lancaster, McKeown
Motion Carried: 5 – Ayes, 0 – Nays, 1 – Abstention
Dr. Belanger shared activities planned for the October 5th institute day. The focus will once again be on the Common Core. Keynote speaker Burke Hatch will present information on how to integrate technology into instruction. Following the presentation, staff will have an opportunity to debrief and apply the ideas they learned in the technology session. Staff will work with team leaders who were trained last December in Understanding by Design (UbD) in the afternoon session.
Dr. Bartelt gave a brief history of the ISAT composite scores. With the aid of slides, Dr. Bartelt highlighted ISAT reading and math scores for grades 3 – 8 based on the 2012 test results. Also, results from the spring MAP in reading and math were shared. The Board held a brief discussion regarding student algebra ability/comprehension as it relates to college entry. Dr. Bartelt indicated that there will be increased articulation between Westfield and Lake Park.
Beginning with the October Board of Education meeting, Dr. Bartelt will add “Program Review” as an item on the agenda. The Board will have the opportunity to hear from staff involved in various district programs, i.e., ELL, RtI, Wellness, etc. Board members were asked to email Dr. Bartelt with program suggestions.
Dr. Bartelt will attend the state superintendents’ conference October 17 – 19 in Springfield.
Dr. Bartelt shared a preview of the proposed changes to the state school report card for 2013. These changes include: a student outcomes section, a student progress section, and a school environment section.
Board Reports and Requests
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:
2012-2014 Snow Removal Contract (F.D. 9/24/12-7)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Lancaster to approve the contract with TNT Landscape Construction, Inc. to provide snow removal services from 2012 through 2014, as presented and shown in F.D. 9/24/12-7.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Peterson, Lancaster, Birkley, Klco, Wojcicki, McKeown
Motion Carried: 6 – 0
Resolution in Support of CHARACTER COUNTS! R#1 (F.D.
A motion was made by Mrs. Lancaster and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the Resolution in Support of CHARACTER COUNTS! as shown in F.D. 9/24/12-8. Voice Vote: all ayes
Resolution for Certification of Previous Serious Safety
Hazard Findings R#2 (F.D. 9/24/12-9)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Lancaster to approve the Resolution for Certification of Previous Serious Safety Hazard Findings and authorize the President and Secretary to sign said resolution. Voice Vote: all ayes
Resolution in Support of Principals R#3 (F.D. 9/24/12-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the Resolution in Support of School Principals, and authorize each member to sign said resolution. Voice Vote: all ayes
Preliminary 2013-2014 Budget
The Board reviewed a draft of the preliminary 2013-2014 budget and summary crafted by Mr. Parisi, finance director. Dr. Bartelt explained that projections for the Education Fund were not included due to the uncertainty of pension reform changes and upcoming teacher contract negotiations. A tentative tax levy will be presented to the Board at its October meeting.
Annual Schools’ Tour
Board members shared comments on their recent tour of facilities held September 10. They were most impressed with the remodeling work done on the DuJardin student bathrooms. Mr. Leyden and his maintenance crew were given kudos for the continued work they do to keep the facilities looking great.
Dr. Bartelt and the Board shared ideas regarding the possibility of working on a strategic plan for the District. Mr. Moreth had suggested at a previous board meeting that the District discuss this process. His thoughts are that the time to take on such a venture is when your district is in good shape, as District 13 is. Dr. Bartelt indicated that many of the components that make up a strategic plan are already being done by the District, i.e., district goals, quarterly reports of progress on goals, great relationship with community organizations, etc. Dr. Bartelt recommended that all board members plan to attend break-out sessions held that are designed to address strategic planning at the Triple I Conference in November. Information and planning could then be shared at a Board Retreat in the spring.
Dr. Bartelt gave an update on the search process for the Westfield and Erickson principals. Parent focus group meetings are planned for both schools. Dr. Bartelt will meet with parents to obtain feedback on characteristics desired in a principal. Morning coffees have been held at each building for staff members to share thoughts with Dr. Bartelt. The possibility of community coffees may be planned as well. A recruitment brochure will be sent to all superintendents in DuPage and Kane Counties. Interview teams will be selected to talk with three finalist candidates. Dr. Bartelt will make the final selection from two.
Informational items included:
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Lancaster to enter into closed session after a five-minute recess at 8:20 p.m. for the purpose of litigation, when an action against, affecting or on behalf of the particular body has been filed and is pending before a court or administrative tribunal, or when the public body finds that an action is probable or imminent, in which case the basis for the finding shall be recorded and entered into the minutes of the closed meetings. 5ILCS 120/2(c)(11).
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Klco, Lancaster, Birkley, Peterson, Wojcicki, McKeown
Motion Carried: 6 – 0
The Board returned to regular session at 9:30 p.m.
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mrs. Klco to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 9:31 p.m.
Terry McKeown, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary