REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, October 22, 2012
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President Terry McKeown called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on Monday, October 22, 2012 in the district office at 7:01 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Susan Lancaster, Mr. Cary Moreth, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Mr. Terry McKeown

Absent: Mrs. Fina Klco

Others Present: Dr. Jon Bartelt, Amy Kedzior, Angel Frattinger, Mark Dwyer, Justine Albig, Sheila Zagotta, Karen Petelle, Adam Parisi, Deyana Matt, Cyndi Bringer, Heidi Weeks, Elaine Alex, Ryan Anderson, Jon Perry, Dr. Loren May (entered at 8:01), Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mrs. Lancaster to approve all items in the Consent Agenda which included the Minutes from the Regular and Closed Session meetings held 9-24-12; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $360,456.59, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $76,295.58, the Transportation Fund for $95,441.97, the Tort Fund for $100.00, Payroll (9-25-12) for $385,929.70 and (10-10-12) for $400,999.44 as shown in F.D. 10/22/12-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 10/22/12-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 10/22/12-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 10/22/12-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 10/22/12-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 10/22/12-6.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Birkley, Lancaster, Moreth, Peterson, Wojcicki, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Bartelt gave the Board a recap on his attendance at the State Superintendents’ Conference held in Springfield last week. Although held in April in the past, this conference will be a fall event for at least the next year. Pension reform, principal and teacher evaluations, and collective bargaining were a few of the topics discussed. It was the general consensus that the issue of passing the cost of pensions to the districts is a dead issue with the republicans. More information should be available in January.

Dr. Bartelt shared that applications for the two principal positions have not been coming in as expected. Apparently, this is not unique to our district, but appears to be the trend throughout the state. Dr. Bartelt’s office received a call from a downstate superintendent who shared his concerns. The general feeling is that this decrease is a direct result of PERA (Performance Evaluation Reform Act). The Act establishes guidelines for the development and implementation of a performance evaluation system for teachers and principals. Dr. Bartelt shared that he may extend the deadline for application submission in order to increase the candidate pool.

Dr. Bartelt offered his views on Amendment 49, notice, of which, was recently sent to all Illinois citizens. The changes proposed could lead to changes in the way teacher contracts are negotiated. The Legislative Network of DuPage (LEND) is not supporting this Amendment and is recommending a “no” vote until further information is received.

As the first of Dr. Bartelt’s "Program Review" topics for the Board, Mr. Dwyer and other members of the RtI Committee gave a presentation on the District’s work with Response to Intervention. Through the use of film clips and a PowerPoint presentation, Mark Dwyer, Karen Petelle, Justine Albig, Sheila Zagotta, and Elaine Alex showed students working at various levels receiving interventions and how student progress is measured.

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:

Freedom of Information Act
Dr. Bartelt reported that one FOIA request had been received since the last board meeting. Mr. Robert Stack, a District 13 parent, requested copies of his child’s records. Mr. Stack’s request was filled within the required guidelines and done so in a timely manner.

Application for the Recognition of Schools (F.D. 10/22/12-7)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Lancaster to approve the annual Application for the Recognition of Schools as presented in F.D. 10/22/12-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Peterson, Lancaster, Birkley, Moreth, Wojcicki, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

ECRA Strategic Planning (F.D. 10/22/12-8)
A motion was made by Mr. Moreth and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to authorize the Superintendent to engage ECRA in the process of collecting data for the development of a strategic plan for the District.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Moreth, Wojcicki, Birkley, Lancaster, Peterson, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

National Investigations (F.D. 10/22/12-9)
A motion was made by Mr. Moreth and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to authorize the Superintendent to sign a contract with National Investigations for the purpose of verifying residency information of the families of the District.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Moreth, Wojcicki, Birkley, Lancaster, Peterson, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

Illinois State Library Grant (F.D. 10/22/12-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the application for a School Library Grant, and authorize the Superintendent to sign said application as shown in F.D. 10/22/12-10.

Ayes: Wojcicki, Peterson, Birkley, Lancaster, Moreth, McKeown
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 – 0

Tentative Tax Levy
Mr. Parisi provided the Board with information regarding the tentative tax levy for 2012. The Board will vote to approve the levy at its December meeting.

Triple I Conference
Dr. Bartelt provided a list of recommended panel sessions to attend at the upcoming Triple I Conference for board members. The sessions will cover topics such as: strategic planning, collective bargaining, pension reform, and Open Meetings Act training.

PMA Financial Network
Dr. Bartelt shared his views on our current investment firm, PFM Asset Management, and the possibility of switching to PMA Financial. In his opinion, PMA is a more conservative investment firm with highly qualified consultants and a variety of programs available. Board members were encouraged to visit the PMA exhibit at the Triple I Conference. At the request of Mr. Moreth, Dr. Bartelt will research other investment firms as well.

For Information
Informational items included:

Closed Session – Imminent Litigation
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to enter into closed session after a three-minute recess at 8:45 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. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(11). Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 9:50 p.m.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to adjourn the meeting at 9:51 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Terry McKeown, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary