REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, October 23, 2006
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President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on October 23, 2006 in the district office at 7:34 p.m.

Roll Call
Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Ms. Erin Hess, Ms. Justine Albig, Ms. Terri McNamara, Ms. Patricia Meyer, Mr. Brian Biernacki, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular Minutes from the 9-25-06 meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $61,005.83, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $108,315.38, the Transportation Fund for $56,127.46, Payroll (9-25-06) for $344,820.05 and (10-10-06) for $358,074.70 as shown in F.D. 10/23/06-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 10/23/06-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 10/23/06-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 10/23/06-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 10/23/06-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 10/23/06-6; the Resignation of Michael Ginczycki, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 10-12-06, Donna Hartwig, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 10-13-06, Laurice Hoffman, a part-time paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 10-27-06, the Employment of Jill Bradley, a lunchroom supervisor substitute at Westfield effective 9-11-06 for a salary of $10.65 per hour, James Connolly, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 10-16-06 for a salary of $10.65 per hour, Peter Delgado, a night custodian at DuJardin effective 9-27-06 for a salary of $14.00 per hour.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, McKeown, Bach, Birkley, Johnson, Peterson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Perkins distributed the book, Sixteen Trends: Their Profound Impact on Our Future to the Board. The book focuses on a few of the hundreds of trends that will likely have an impact on education. A copy will be given to each Citizens Advisory Council member as well.

Dr. Schielke, along with Erin Hess and Justine Albig presented a report to the Board on the subject of brain research and the extensive work done by the district in this area. During the 1998-1999 school year, former Assistant Superintendent Janice Caruso contracted with an educational consultant, Susan Jones, to work with staff to see how brain-friendly strategies impact teaching and learning. A variety of “artifacts” used to help in the research were on display for board members to peruse. Ms. Hess and Ms. Albig reported on their attendance during the summer at a three-day conference titled, Differentiation in a Brain-Friendly Classroom. They cited examples of how the brain learns best, ie., through writing, storytelling, graphic organizers, drawing, humor, etc. Ms. Hess and Ms. Albig stated they found District 13 to be more advanced in its knowledge of brain research compared to other districts represented at the conference. Dr. Schielke indicated that she is very proud of the efforts of district staff in this area.

Dr. Schielke discussed the findings of various studies she had researched on the subject of gender and how it impacts learning in the schools. She compared girls’ learning to boys’, and also how each gender relates differently to male/female teachers. Dr. Schielke indicated that the School Improvement Plan team is looking at the data compiled from the ISAT scores based on gender.

Dr. Schielke presented her “On the Horizon” report. The October 6th inservice day was used to discuss ideas and future planning. The Westfield staff discussed school improvement initiatives, while DuJardin and Erickson staffs took a look at curriculum mapping. Lake Park High School has developed a program on curriculum mapping that will be utilized by District 13. Board members were invited to attend a parent focus group that will be held on November 2 at Erickson for parents of students who have been identified as gifted and talented. Red Ribbon Week (Proud to be Drug Free) is being celebrated throughout the district this week. New kindergarten standards are being implemented in the state and District 13. Dr. Schielke also gave an update on school improvement plans.

Board Reports and Requests

State Library Grant (F.D. 10/23/06-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the application for the State Library Grant as shown in F.D. 10/23/06-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Birkley, Johnson, McKeown, Peterson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Analysis of Investment Proposals and Recommendation (F.D. 10/23/06-8)
Due to the need for further research into investment firms, Dr. Perkins requested this item be tabled until a future meeting.

Special Education Transportation Contract Amendment (F.D. 10/23/06-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the Special Education Transportation Contract Amendment with Septran dealing with the topic of indemnification and shown in F.D. 10/23/06-9. Voice Vote: 7 – 0

Proposal for Lighting Upgrades at DuJardin (F.D. 10/23/06-10)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the lighting upgrade proposal at DuJardin in the amount of $19,746.30 by All Tech Energy as presented by Greg Leyden and shown in F.D. 10/23/06-10.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Peterson, McKeown, Bach, Birkley, Johnson, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

Enrollment Projections
Dr. Perkins shared updated enrollment projections based on current data. A decline in enrollment appears to be the continued trend for the foreseeable future.

Preliminary FY08 Budget
Board members reviewed preliminary budget information for the FY08 year. The Board will review the tentative tax levy document at its November meeting.

Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the quarterly investment report for the period ending September 30.

For Information
Informational Items Included:

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

The meeting was adjourned at 9:23 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary