REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, October 27, 2003
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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, October 27, 2003 in the district office at 7:35 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Absent: Mrs. Patricia Bach

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Janice Caruso, Miss Andriani Liosatos, Mrs. Andrea Dahlgren, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Minutes from the 9-22-03 Regular and Closed Session Meetings; approval of bills in the Education Fund for $116,483.98, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $70,177.90, Transportation Fund for $54,182.45, Payroll (9-25-03) for $334,675.14, (10-10-03) for $338,296.69, (10-24-03) for $340,364.92 as shown in F.D. 10/27/03-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 10/27/03-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 10/27/03-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 10/27/03-4; the Activity Reports as shown in F.D. 10/27/03-5; the Resignations of Rebecca Bullock, an Instructional Aide at DuJardin effective 9-30-03 and Tom Kreger, an Instructional Aide at Westfield effective 9-30-03; the employment of Christine Searson as an Instructional Aide at DuJardin effective 10-16-03 for a salary of $10.20 per hour, Jennifer Binninger as an Instructional Aide at Westfield effective 10-14-03 for a salary of $10.20 per hour; and a Change of Position for Laurie Russo as a part-time teacher for Early Childhood for a salary of $12,388.91 per year.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Peterson, Johnson, McKeown, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

Superintendent's Report

Board Reports and Requests

Snow Removal Bid (F.D. 10/27/03-6)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the snow removal bid submitted by D.C. Landscaping in the amount of $780.00 for the 2003-2005 seasons as shown in F.D. 10/27/03-6.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Johnson, Wojcicki, McKeown, Peterson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

DuPage Library Grant (F.D. 10/27/03-7)
After hearing an explanation from Dr. Caruso on the state standards required for the DuPage Library Grant, a motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to accept the Illinois School Library Media Program Guidelines as shown in F.D. 10/27/03-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Peterson, McKeown, Johnson, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

Extra Duty Assignments (F.D. 10/27/03-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the Westfield Middle School Extra Duty Assignments for 2003-2004 as presented by Earl Overman and shown in F.D. 10/27/03-8.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Johnson, McKeown, Peterson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

Resolution in Support of School Principals R#4 (F.D. 10/27/03-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to adopt Resolution #4, a Resolution in Support of School Principals as shown in F.D. 10/27/03-9. Voice Vote: all ayes

Governor Rod Blagojevich had previously proclaimed October 19 –25, 2003 as Principals’ Week and Principal Appreciation Day as October 24, 2003.

Administrator’s Employment Contract (F.D. 10/27/03-10)
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to move the discussion of the Administrator’s Employment Contract to the closed session listed further down on the agenda. Voice Vote: all ayes

Board Policy Manual
Andrea Dahlberg, a policy consultant from the Illinois Association of School Boards distributed a 17-page questionnaire to the Board. Board members were asked to select options from each section. These answers will serve as a framework for the development of a new board policy manual. This was the initial step in a lengthy process of revising the manual. Mrs. Dahlberg will meet with the Board at a later time for the purpose of editing.

Tentative Budget in Funds 2,3, 4 & 7
The Board discussed the preliminary budgets in the Operations, Bond and Interest, Transportation and Working Cash funds for the 2004-2005 school year. At the next meeting on November 10, the Board will review tentative budgets for Funds 1 and 5. These documents will serve as the basis for the 2003 Tax Levy hearing, which will be held on December 8 after appropriate public notice is given.

Five-Year Cash Flow Projections
In conjunction with the budget draft, the Board discussed the current district financial status, as well as a five-year projection presented by Jan Prehn. While the financial situation remains “good”, and with careful planning over the next few years will continue to be so, members were encouraged by both Dr. Perkins and Dr. Litchfield to continue to be proactive. There are a number of factors that will limit our sources of revenue. The Board should really look at all types of expenditures. In Dr. Litchfield’s words, “Protect the future while serving students.” Dr. Perkins and Jan Prehn will be reviewing software aimed at showing cash projections three and four years down the road.

School Board Convention Plans
The Board discussed plans for the Triple I Conference in November. Members were asked to confirm their attendance at various planned activities. Mrs. Ogden will register Ms. Peterson for one of the pre-conference workshops.

Closed Session
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to enter into closed session for the purpose of discussing employment of personnel at 10:26 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 10:35 p.m.

A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the multi-year employment contract for Dr. Janice Caruso with the Board of Education as shown in F.D. 10/27/03-10.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Johnson, McKeown, Peterson, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

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

The meeting was adjourned at 10:36 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary