Monday, October 28, 2002
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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 28, 2002 in the district office at 7:35 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mr. Edward Levato, Mrs. Ruth Ann Olson-Lewyckyj, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield (Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson entered the meeting at 8:00 p.m.)

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso, Miss Ann Mitchell, Miss Debbie Kadin, Mrs. Mary Beth Dunne, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the consent agenda to include the Approval of Minutes from the 9-23-02 meeting and 10-17-02 special meeting; Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $173,311.03, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $197,031.51, Transportation Fund for $50,402.37, Payroll (10-10-02) for $340,117.07 and (10-25-02) for $336,333.75 as shown in F.D. 10/28/02-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 10/28/02-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 10/28/02-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 10/28/02-4; the Activity Report for September as shown in F.D. 10/28/02-5; the resignation of Lisa Gineman, an instructional aide at Erickson School effective 9-27-02; the employment of Deborah Podvalny as an instructional aide at Erickson School effective 9-27-02 for a salary of $9.05 per hour and Vicki Danklefsen as the Public Relations person effective 10-16-02 for a salary of $14.50 per hour.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Levato, Olson-Lewyckyj, McKeown, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

Dr. Gordon gave a report on CHARACTER COUNTS! activities in the district and community. The annual celebration was held on 10-22-02 during National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week at the Old Town Pavilion. Between three and four hundred people were in attendance for the one-hour celebration. Activities included performances by students, a patriotic poem read by a member of the VFW, the six-pillar shuffle and the distribution of youth character awards. Sgt. Sater from the Bloomingdale Police Department served as the master of ceremonies.

Westfield students in their advisory program will participate in a humanitarian service project aimed at senior citizens in need and children in poverty. This will be an on-going project throughout the school year.

Board Reports and Requests

Dr. Caruso reported on the international conference on personnel she recently attended in Canada. She was very impressed with the keynote speaker and the overall content of the conference, which dealt in part with recruitment and retention.

Dr. Litchfield indicated he would like the Board to review the current policy on cell phone usage by students. Dr. Gordon stated the policy would be included in the next board packet.

Snow Plow Bids (F.D. 10/28/02-6)
A motion was made by Mr. Levato and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the snow removal bid from Maisel Landscaping & Irrigation of $798.00 per “snow event” as recommended by Greg Leyden and shown in F.D. 10/28/02-6.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Levato, Wojcicki, Bach, Johnson, Olson-Lewyckyj, McKeown, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7- 0

DuPage Library Grant (F.D. 10/28/02-7)
After reviewing the state standards required for the DuPage Library Grant, a motion was made by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj and seconded by Mrs. Bach to accept the Illinois School Library Media Program Guidelines as shown in F.D. 10/28/03-7. Voice Vote: all ayes

Tentative Property Tax (F.D. 10/28/02-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the tentative tax levy for the FY02 payable 2003 tax year as presented by Jan Prehn and shown in F.D. 10/28/02-8.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Johnson, Bach, Levato, Olson-Lewyckyj, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 - 0

FY04 Budgets in Funds 1 & 5
The Board reviewed the preliminary 2003-2004 budgets for the education fund and the retirement fund.

District Audit
The Board reviewed the district audit as presented by Mathieson, Moyski, Celer & Co.

IASB Convention
Board members discussed transportation plans for the Joint Annual Convention in Chicago on November 22 – 24. Dr. Litchfield, Mrs. Wojcicki and Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj will be attending pre-conference workshops on November 22.

School Report Cards
The Board reviewed the 2002 school report cards. Recent legislation mandates that school report cards must now be made available for review on district web sites. Notification pertaining to this will be included in the school newsletters. Hard copies of the report cards will be mailed home upon request and will be made available at each of the buildings. The principals will be at the November 25 board meeting to present their school improvement plans.

NDSEC Annual Dinner Meeting
The Annual NDSEC Dinner Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at the Bloomingdale Golf Club. Board members were asked to let Mrs. Ogden know if they plan to attend.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 8:21 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Jerome E. Gordon, Secretary