REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, September 28, 2009
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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 28, 2009 in the district office at 7:32 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mr. Cary Moreth, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Julie Frerichs, Melody Vroman, Leslie Fischer, Tina Klco, Jodie Colucci, Laurie Spejcher, Amy Dahly, Heidi Lamz, Brian Della (PFM), Kathy Ogden

Public Hearing
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. McKeown to open the hearing for the Intent to Issue Working Cash Fund Bonds and to receive public comments on the proposal to sell $2,600,000 Working Cash Fund Bonds for the purpose of increasing the working cash fund of the district. Voice Vote: all ayes

As no one from the audience wished to comment on or present written testimony regarding the proposal to sell $2,600,000 Working Cash Fund Bonds, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to close the public hearing.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Litchfield, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: 0
Motion Carried: 7-0

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the regular and closed session minutes from 8-24-09, and the minutes from the special meeting held 9-14-09; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $297,593.12, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $64,805.48, the Transportation Fund for $34,829.33, Payroll (9-10-09) for $385,020.75 and (9-25-09) for $377,660.50; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 9/28/09-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 9/28/09-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 9/28/09-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 9/28/09-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 9/28/09-6; the Employment of Megan Hanson as social worker for DuJardin effective 8-27-09 for a salary of $43,632.00, Allison Presutti as a paraprofessional at Wstfield effective 8-18-09 for a salary of $11.26 per hour, Erika Weber, as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-26-09 for a salary of $11.26 per hour; the Resignation of Kim Berry as social worker at DuJardin effective 8-24-09, Alice Ryan as a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 9-15-09, Teresa Wawro as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 8-24-09, a “FMLA” Leave for Jennifer Doyle, paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 8-24-09; the Rehire of Vera Whittler as a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 9-16-09, Extra Duty assignments for 2009-2010.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Klco, Birkley, Litchfield, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Perkins reported on the events of September 18 and September 21 involving criminal activity in the area. Steps that were taken by administration and the police department were discussed. Dr. Perkins outlined the timeline of occurrences for each day as to notification and response time. He assured the Board and others in attendance that the safety of students was at the forefront, and based on information received from the police department their safety was never compromised. Dr. Perkins stated that a meeting was held on Friday, September 25 at the police department (attended by our three principals) to discuss the September 18th and 21st events as to what worked, and what changes need to be made. Better communication between local agencies was an outcome of their discussion. In the event of a future occurrence, the district will implement its emergency broadcast notification system and post information on the website.

The Board reviewed the two district goals for 2009-10 and their action steps.

Dr. Perkins shared enrollment numbers that were based on the sixth day of attendance figures. The table showed average class sizes in grades K-8 from 1997 to the present. There has been more than a 20% decrease in enrollment over the last ten years. Dr. Perkins shared his enrollment projections for the next five years.

With the aid of various charts, Dr. Perkins reviewed student achievement scores in literacy and math. These charts compared data from the 2005-06 through 2008-09 school years for our students who took the ISAT, M.A.P., OLSAT, and Explore tests, as well as that of our benchmark district, the state, and nationwide. The Board was pleased with overall comparison results, however, inquired as to why the district’s M.A.P reading scores are lower than the national M.A.P scores. Dr. Litchfield suggested that Dr. Perkins contact ECRA (our data research firm) to perform a research study on this issue.

Citizen’s Request to Board
District 13 parents Jodie Colucci, Tina Klco, Amy Dahly, and Heidi Lamz addressed the Board with their concerns for the handling of the two incidents referenced in the Superintendent’s Report. Dr. Perkins was able to assuage some of their concerns during his reporting of the events, however, parents stressed their feelings for better communication. Mrs. Dahly suggested the district send out an information sheet regarding the emergency broadcast message system. Concern was also expressed for inappropriate treatment from a middle school office staffer. Dr. Perkins and the Board assured parents that the matter would be looked into and addressed. Mrs. Colucci also expressed concern over a news article regarding the bus company used by District 13. The incident she referred to had taken place in another school district. Dr. Perkins was not previously aware of the incident but will investigate with Mark Maine from First Student.

Board Reports and Requests

Board "Salutes"
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:

A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to take a brief break at 9:12 p.m. before continuing with action items. Voice Vote: all ayes

A motion to return to regular session at 9:20 p.m. was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki. Voice Vote: all ayes

Resolution for Serious Transportation Safety Hazards R#4 (F.D. 9/28/09-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Moreth 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 CHARACTER COUNTS! R#5 (F.D. 9/28/09-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the Resolution in Support of CHARACTER COUNTS! Voice Vote: all ayes

Resolution in Support of School Principals R#6 (F.D. 9/28/09-9)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve 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. 9/28/09-10)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the Annual Applications for Recognition of Schools and authorize the appropriate individuals to sign said applications. Voice Vote: all ayes

ECRA Contract Renewal (F.D. 9/28/09-11)
At the recommendation of Dr. Perkins, the ECRA Contract Renewal agenda item was tabled until the October meeting to allow for final revisions to be made.

Electric Energy Contract 2010-11 and 2011-12 (F.D. 9/28/09-12)
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the electric energy contract for the next two years with Exelon Energy as shown in F.D. 9/28/09-12.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Birkley, McKeown, Klco, Litchfield, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

2009 State School Report Cards
The Board reviewed the 2009 State School Report Cards for the district and three schools. This information will be available to the public via our website on Tuesday, September 29. After October 1, the state will release this information via the Illinois Interactive Report Card through Northern Illinois University.

Annual Schools’ Tour
The Board discussed its recent tour of district facilities on September 14. Members were pleased with the condition of the buildings and, in particular, the recently renovated library at Westfield. Mr. McKeown expressed some concern for the condition of the black top seal coating at Westfield.

Quarterly Investment Report
Interest earned for the final quarter ending June 30, 2009 was $108,000.

For Information
Informational items included:

Other
To-date, Ms. Peterson, Mrs. Wojcicki, Mrs. Birkley, and Mrs. Klco have responded that they will be attending the National School Board Conference to be held in Chicago April 10-12, 2010.

Closed Session – Employment of Personnel
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mr. Moreth to enter into closed session at 9:45 p.m. after a brief recess for the purpose of discussing 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 10:25 p.m.

Notice to Remedy
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Dr. Litchfield to approve the Notice to Remedy for Teacher 2009-A and sign the appropriate documents.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 10:26.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary