President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education
of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, November 8, 2004
in the district office at 7:35 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mr. Tom Hong, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence
McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield (Ms. Tamara Peterson entered
the meeting at 7:44 p.m.)
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mrs. Debbie Nawrat, Ms.
Charla Johnson, Ms. Miriam Becker, Mrs. Kathy Ogden
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the items
shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular Minutes from the 10-25-04
meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $9,105.31, the Operations
and Maintenance Fund for $4,327.69 as shown in F.D. 11/8/04-1; the Fund Balance
Report as shown in F.D. 11/8/04-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 11/8/04-3;
the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 11/8/04-4; the resignations of Barbara
Avery, as an instructional aide at DuJardin effective 10-25-04 and Christine
Searson, as an instructional aide at DuJardin effective 11-4-04.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Bach, Johnson, Hong, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 6 - 0
- Elementary Science Pilot - Dr. Caruso described plans for an elementary
science curriculum pilot that will begin in January. The Science Committee
has reviewed materials from two companies - Harcourt and MacMillan. Committee
members are confident that the materials will be better than what we are currently
using. While it is unusual to begin the pilot mid-year, units of study will
be chosen that were already planned for. Training for the new pilot will be
held on November 30.
- Illinois School Report Card - Dr. Perkins reported that the State Board
of Education has not yet released the State School Report Cards to the school
districts. As soon as this does occur, the report cards will be given to the
Board for its review and then posted on the district' website.
- School Board Retreat - Dr. Perkins discussed plans for this year's School
Board Retreat. February 28 was suggested as a possible date.
- Sub for a Day - Dr. Perkins and Dr. Caruso shared their experiences as "subs
for a day", which occurred on Friday, November 5. Dr. Perkins subbed
for Erickson's fifth grade teacher, Justine Albig and Dr. Caruso subbed
for Erickson's LD Resource teacher, Liz O'Connor. Both "subs" thoroughly
enjoyed their experiences, and expressed their continued appreciation of the
Board Reports and Requests
- B.I.G. - Mrs. Johnson reported on the tenth year anniversary celebration
for the Bloomingdale Intergovernmental Group (B.I.G.) held on October 28 at
the Bloomingdale Golf Club. Mrs. Johnson indicated that a number of attendees
to the luncheon expressed their appreciation for the welcome they had each
received as newcomers to the community through B.I.G., and the ability to
get a better understanding of community functions and activities.
- CCTS! - No report
- CAC - No report
- Education Foundation - No report
- LEND - Mr. McKeown reported that the following topics were discussed at
the last LEND meeting: State Funding v. Local Taxpayer Funding, No Child Left
Behind, the Winter Seminar to be held in February, and Peg Agnos as the interim
director for (SCOPE) South Cooperative Organizations for Public Education.
- NDSEC - Mrs. Johnson reported that DuPage West Cook would like to hire a
full-time director for the program. With 93 schools involved, this could amount
to an approximate $1,000 in yearly costs to District 13. Mrs. Johnson also
stated that negotiations will begin with NDSEC employees. Ken Cull, from Itasca
District 10, Cheryl Conley and Joan Burger from NDSEC will serve on the negotiations
- Other - Dr. Perkins reported that two youths were arrested for vandalism
that occurred the evening of October 31 at Westfield. Doors and bricks were
spray painted on the south side of the school.
Tentative Budget in Funds 1 & 5
The Board reviewed the tentative budget for the Education Fund and Retirement
Fund for 2005-06. Salaries in the Education Fund reflect the 4.25% increase
as stipulated in the teachers' contract. Insurance benefits for employees
are expected to increase by 15%. There will be a 3% cost increase in the allotment
of supplies. These tentative budgets, along with those previously viewed by
the Board, will serve as the basis for the 2004 Tax Levy hearing, which is scheduled
for December 13.
School Board Convention
The Board finalized plans for the School Board Convention in Chicago, which
will be held November 19 - 21, 2004.
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. Hong to adjourn the meeting.
Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary