SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, September 25, 2006
President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on September 25, 2006 in the district office at 7:38 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield (Mrs. Patricia Bach entered the meeting at 7:50 p.m.)
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Mrs. Terri McNamara, Mrs. Bonni Rothbaum, Ms. Ann Mitchell, Mrs. Donna Marino
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 8-28-06, Minutes from the Special Meeting held 9-11-06; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $202,104.12, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $100,809.42, the Transportation Fund for $42,812.37, Payroll (9-10-06) for $344,820.05 and (9-25-06) for $358,074.70 as shown in F.D. 9/25/06-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 9/25/06-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 9/25/06-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 9/25/06-4; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 9/25/06-5; the Resignation of Andrea Urban, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-28-06; the Employment of Suzanne Edwards, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-30-06 for a salary of $10.65 per hour, Kimberly Robbins, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-31-06 for a salary of $10.65 per hour, Jennifer Thomas, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 9-8-06 for a salary of $10.65 per hour; the Retirement of Ray Capiz, custodian at DuJardin effective 9-29-06, Phyllis Knapp, physical education teacher at Westfield effective 6-8-07; and addendums to the Extra Duty Assignments at each school.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Johnson, Birkley, McKeown, Peterson, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 6 – 0
Dr. Perkins gave a report on current enrollment data. The Board also reviewed enrollment projection figures previously discussed for 2006-2011. District enrollment has decreased by 10% since 1999-2000. Dr. Perkins is projecting a continued decrease until 2010-2011.
The Board heard a description of the district’s “hedgehog” concept which was crafted at the Administrative Retreat in August. This came as a result of the team’s study of the book, Good to Great, written by Jim Collins, which describes the characteristics of companies that made the transition from good to great.
The Board reviewed the 2006-07 district goals and their accompanying action plans. After a brief discussion, the decision was made to change the wording on Goal #3 to read, “Improve the District’s Performance in Meeting the Needs of all Students”.
Dr. Perkins recommended the addition of a health aide at the middle school for 6.5 hours per week. This would enable all three schools to have the needed health coverage during the lunch hour. The Board unanimously embraced his recommendation.
Dr. Schielke announced her plans to give an “On the Horizon” report to the Board at each meeting. Her report will cover current staff development activities. Included in this evening’s report was a recap of the September 19th inservice, the progress being made with data collection through NSSE, and work being done with Assistant Principal Nancy Green on gifted students and differentiation. Dr. Schielke extended an invitation to the Board to attend a gifted focus group session on November 2 from 7:00 – 8:30 at the district office. The group will consist of parents of currently identified gifted students. Next month’s “On the Horizon” topic will be “brain research.”
Board Reports and Requests
Authorization for NDSEC to Cancel Septran Contract
Pending Outcome of 30-Day Notice (F.D. 9/25/06-6)
After listening to a summary of ongoing problems involving the special education transportation provider, Septran, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to ratify the serving of a 30-day notice to Septran by the North DuPage Special Education cooperative and authorize cancellation of the contract should Septran fail to resolve the violations by October 5, 2006.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Peterson, Bach, Birkley, Johnson, McKeown, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
Dr. Perkins indicated that Laidlaw Transportation has already been approached about taking over transportation needs should the contract with Septran be cancelled.
Resolution for Serious Transportation Safety Hazards
R#1 (F.D. 9/25/06-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the Resolution for Certification of Previous Serious Safety Hazard Findings and authorize the President and Secretary to sign said resolution.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Bach, Peterson, Birkley, Johnson, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
Resolution in Support of CCTS! R#2 (F.D. 9/25/06-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mr. McKeown 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 Principals R #3 (F.D. 9/25/06-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to adopt the Resolution in Support of Principals and authorize all members to sign said resolution. Voice Vote: all ayes
Annual Application for Recognition of Schools (F.D.
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the Annual Applications for Recognition of Schools, and authorize the appropriate individuals to sign said applications. Voice Vote: all ayes
The Board discussed the tour of district facilities taken on September 11. 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 inquired about the status of the situation with MIG and the possible dissolution of the contract due to their inability to provide us with a workable student software program. Dr. Perkins advised that there has not been any further communication with the software company, and the district is proceeding with plans to terminate the contract. He also indicated that the district is looking into two possible alternative software programs – Power School and Skyward.
Ms. Peterson encouraged members to carefully plan their schedules with regard to the School Board Convention in Chicago this November. Any cancellations should be made in ample time to allow for the district to qualify for a refund.
Ms. Peterson inquired about information on the April school board election, and was told this will be forthcoming.
Mrs. Wojcicki expressed her thanks for the kindness shown to her by the community at the passing of her father.
Informational Items Included:
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary