Monday, September 27, 2004
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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 27, 2004 in the district office at 7:46 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mr. Tom Hong, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Absent: Mrs. Linda Wojcicki

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mrs. Patricia Meyer, Ms. Melissa Hebert, Mr. Brian Schroeder, Mr. Mark Stamatakos, Mrs. Debbie Nawrat, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular Minutes from the 9-13-04 meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $30,593.44, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $55,456.12, the Transportation Fund for $13,678.51, Payroll (9-24-04) for $342,992.58; the August Activity Report; and the employment of Linda Gebhardt, as an instructional aide at Westfield effective 9-13-04 for a salary of $10.35 per hour as shown in F.D. 9/27/04-1.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Bach, Peterson, Hong, Johnson, McKeown, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

Superintendent's Report

Ninety-five schools in the State of Illinois received the 2004 Bright Red Apple™ Award of excellence.

Board Reports and Requests

Extra Duty Assignments
After Dr. Perkins mentioned the addition of a drama club proposal to Westfield’s list, a motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the recommendations for Extra Duty Assignments for each school as presented and shown in F.D. 9/27/04-2.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Johnson, McKeown, Bach, Hong, Peterson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

Extra duty stipends will be paid out over a period of nine months, as opposed to one lump sum.

CHARACTER COUNTS! Week Resolution #2 (F.D. 9/27/04-3)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. Hong to adopt the Resolution in Support of CHARACTER COUNTS! week as shown in F.D. 9/27/04-3. Voice Vote: all ayes

CHARACTER COUNTS! Week is October 18 thru October 22.

Annual Application for Recognition of Schools (F.D. 9/27/04-4)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the Annual Applications for Recognition of Schools as shown in F.D. 9/27/04-4. Voice Vote: all ayes

Board Tour of Schools
Board members took a tour of the three schools prior to the start of tonight' meeting. They indicated how impressed they are with the condition of the buildings and the work done by the principals, Greg Leyden, and his maintenance staff. Board members were especially pleased with the condition of Westfield.

District Email Access for Board Members
At the request of Dr. Litchfield, a discussion was held regarding the possibility of providing email access for Board of Education members on the district's intranet site. Board member opinions were mixed on this topic. Dr. Litchfield feels that more thought might be put into answering a parent's question by an email, as opposed to in a phone conversation. Members do, however, want to maintain the policy of "going through proper channels." Mr. Hong stated that he feels the Board currently is very accessible to the community. Mrs. Bach expressed her concern for legal implications with regard to the Open Meetings Act. Various possibilities in handling email addresses were discussed, however, this subject will be revisited at a later time. In the meantime, an ongoing message will be included in school newsletters welcoming any community feedback or suggestions.

IASB Master Board Member Program Credit Recognition
The following board members will be presented at the Fall Division Dinner Meeting with awards earned through the Master Board Member Program: Tamara Peterson, Terry McKeown, Mary Ellen Johnson and Linda Wojcicki.

Pre-Conference Workshops – Triple I Conference
Board members were asked to let Mrs. Ogden know if they are interested in attending any of the pre-conference workshops that will be held during the School Board Conference in November.

A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs.Bach to adjourn the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:07 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary