Monday, October 25, 2010
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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, October 25, 2010 in the district office at 7:31 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mr. Cary Moreth, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson (Dr. Donald Litchfield entered the meeting at 7:39 p.m.)

Absent: Mrs. Fina Klco

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Ms. Christine Andreasen, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the items in the Consent Agenda, which included the regular minutes from 9/27/10; the approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $367,755.38, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $59,268.42, the Transportation Fund for $96,508.84, the Tort Fund for $300.00, Payroll (10/10/10) for $389,148.67 and (10/25/10) for $387,333.02 as shown in F.D. 10/25/10-1; the Fund Balance as shown in F.D. 10/25/10-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 10/25/10-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 10/25/10-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 10/25/10-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 10/25/10-6; the Employment of Angela Myslinski as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 10/21/10 for a salary of $11.15 per hour, Jennifer Stickney as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 10/15/10 for a salary of $11.15 per hour, the Resignation of Kaitlin Curran as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 10/13/10, Katherine Kelter as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 10/26/10; Leaves for Hugh Crebs, a custodian at Westfield effective 10/18/10 – 1/14/11, Susan Hanneman a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 10/19/10 – approximately 3 months, Nicole Schmidt, a 4th grade teacher at DuJardin effective 11/29/10 – anticipate 1/24/11 for half days.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: McKeown, Wojcicki, Birkley, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 - 0

Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Perkins shared a letter he crafted regarding the district’s 2010 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status that will be posted on the website alongside of the state report cards. Dr. Perkins’ letter provides information as to why, for the first time, one subgroup did not achieve the required “pass” rate on the report card for Illinois. A Westfield special education subgroup, Students with Disabilities, did not achieve the required 77.5% pass rate in reading. Dr. Perkins assured the Board that the Westfield school improvement team has already begun intervention steps to help these students.

Dr. Perkins shared information related to activities planned at each building to honor our veterans on November 11. Each school plans an assembly of some sort. DuJardin will cater a lunch for fourth and fifth grade students and veterans. Westfield plans a band and choral concert with multi-media presentations for our Vets. At Erickson, a variety of activities are planned including classroom visits by veterans and a demonstration of military drills.

Dr. Schielke shared her “On the Horizon” report with the Board. She gave background information on the State Library Grant. If our application is accepted for funding consideration, the district will receive approximately 75 cents per student. Dr. Schielke shared activities and work completed by staff during the early dismissal and institute days. The October 6th early dismissal day was used as a building-based school improvement planning day. A two-day workshop on science consensus mapping was held on October 7 and 8. Consultant Susan Udelhofen spoke to teachers about mapping assessments

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 Request
Dr. Perkins shared that two FOIA requests had been received since the last meeting. Mr. Scott O’Connell requested disclosure of any legal opinions issued to us from ISBE dating back to 1963. Mrs. Ogden responded to the request advising Mr. O’Connell that no such documents existed. The second FOIA request was made by Mr. Bob Buck of Neopost (a mailing service) requesting information regarding a Pitney Bowes postage meter that was in the district office at one time. Mrs. Ogden informed Mr. Buck that the district had returned this unit after the trial period ended.

State Library Grant (F.D. 10/25/10-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve the district’s application for a School Library Grant, and authorize the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent to sign said application as shown in F.D. 10/25/10-7.

Roll Call Vote

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

Second Reading/Approval of Board Policies (F.D. 10/25/10-8)
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to waive the second reading and approve the amendment/addition of policies 7:20 (Harassment of Students Prohibited), 7:180 (Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment), 7:190 (Student Discipline), and 7:285 (Food Allergy Management Program). Voice Vote: all ayes

2010 State School Report
The Board reviewed the 2010 state school report cards. Dr. Perkins encouraged members to also go online and access the Interactive Illinois Report Card at for further information on Illinois schools.

Preliminary FY2012 Budget for Funds 1 & 5
The Board reviewed the preliminary FY2012 budget for the Education and Retirement funds as presented by Finance Director Janis Prehn. We are anticipating a balanced budget. The Board will review the estimated tax levy at its November meeting.

For Information
Informational items included:

Mrs. Birkley shared that she had followed up on an offer from teacher union leadership to visit classrooms, and indicated she had thoroughly enjoyed herself. Mrs. Birkley encouraged other board members to do the same, especially with the upcoming American Education Week.

Closed Session – Employment of Personnel
A motion was made at 8:20 p.m. by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Moreth to enter into closed session 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

Roll Call Vote

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

The Board returned to regular session at 8:40 p.m.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 8:42 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary