Monday, November 10, 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, November 10, 2003 in the district office at 7:36 p.m.

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

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mrs. Denice Bakergis, Mrs. Julie Birman, Mrs. Mary Beth Dunne, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Oath of Office
Dr. Litchfield administered the Oath of Office to newly named board member, Tom Hong.

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Minutes from the 10-27-03 Regular and Closed Session meetings; the Resignation of Eve Yearsley, as an Instructional Aide at Erickson School effective 11-7-03 and Employment of Kimberly Glancey as an Instructional Aide at Erickson School effective 11-7-03 for a salary of $10.20 per hour as shown in F.D. 11/10/03-1.

Roll Call Vote

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

Superintendent's Report

Citizens Request to the Board
A Westfield parent, Mrs. Denice Bakerdjis, spoke to the Board regarding an incident involving her son’s cell phone. The phone was removed from his possession after he violated school policy by having it turned on during school hours for a second time this year. Mrs. Bakerdjis expressed her concern for this action, and stated that she agreed that her son should receive a consequence, but indicated she did not agree with the sanctions imposed by the school.

Dr. Litchfield expressed his thanks to Mrs. Bakerdjis for bringing her concerns to the attention of the Board. He indicated, however, that since the phone would be returned to Mrs. Bakerdjis on Friday, November 14, any decisions the Board made regarding the policy would not affect her current situation.

Another parent, Mrs. Julie Birman also stated her opinions regarding students’ ability to carry cell phones at school.

Board Reports and Requests

Board of Education Meeting Calendar (F.D. 11/10/03-2)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the Board of Education Meeting Calendar for the remainder of the 2003-2004 school year as shown in F.D. 11/10/03-2. Voice Vote: all ayes

Meeting Calendar Dates for Remainder of 2003-2004

January 12, 2004 April 12, 2004 June 28, 2004
January 26, 2004 April 26, 2004 July 12, 2004 (Cancel)
February 9, 2004 May 10, 2004 July 26, 2004
February 23, 2004 May 24, 2004 August 9, 2004 (Cancel)
March 8, 2004 June 14, 2004 August 23, 2004
March 22, 2004    

Tentative Tax Levy (F.D. 11/10/03-3)
After reviewing the multi-page report by Janis Prehn, a motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to adopt the tentative tax levy as outlined in the report by Mrs. Prehn and shown in F.D. 11/10/03-3.

Roll Call Vote

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

District Audit
The Board discussed the audit report submitted by Mathieson, Moyski, Celer & Co., LLP, which gives an overview of District 13’s financial position and the results of operations for the 2002-2003 school year. This report supports previous financial documents presented and shows the district is currently in good financial shape.

Ms. Peterson inquired as to how long the accounting firm has been doing the audit for District 13. She was informed Mathieson, Moyski, Celer & Co., LLP has been our accounting firm for quite a number of years. Ms. Peterson pointed out that the audit does indicate some warning signs ahead.

Tentative Budget in Funds 1 & 5
The Board discussed the tentative 2004-2005 budget for the Education and Retirement Funds. The Education Fund includes salaries, which account for 66% of the district’s expenditures. Since the teacher’s contract ends this summer, salary increases will not be known until a new contract is negotiated. Dr. Perkins directed the Board’s attention to a 5-year projection chart that shows the estimated ending balance on June 30 from 2004 through the year 2008. While the district will still be “in the black” in 2008, we will see deficits over the next four years.

Dr. Perkins stated that he and Jan Prehn had reviewed the cash projection software demonstrated by Don Weber of PMA. The software was deemed too expensive to lease at this time. Mrs. Prehn and Dr. Perkins will present similar cash projections, at a future meeting, using locally developed spreadsheets and graphs.

Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the quarterly report from Bank One, which outlines the performance of district investments.

NDSEC Dinner
The following board members and administrators will attend the North DuPage Special Education dinner on Wednesday, December 3: Dr. Litchfield, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Bach, Mr. Hong, Mr. McKeown, Mrs. Wojcicki, Dr. Perkins and Dr. Caruso.

Ms. Peterson encouraged board members to attend the upcoming Thanksgiving feast at Erickson on November 24.

Closed Session
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mr. McKeown to enter into closed session for the discussion of employment and compensation of a specific employee of the Board at 8:41 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 9:34 p.m.

The Board discussed school discipline policies with no action taken.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 9:48 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary