Monday, November 22, 2004
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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 22, 2004 in the district office at 7:37 p.m.

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

Absent: Ms. Tamara Peterson

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular Minutes from the 11-8-04 meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $147,946.49, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $28,132.31, the Transportation Fund for $58,412.36, Payroll (11-10-04) for $353,423.72 and (11-19-04) for $357,841.74 as shown in F.D. 11/22/04-1; the October Activity Fund as shown in F.D. 11/22/04-2.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Hong, Johnson, McKeown, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

Superintendent's Report

Board Reports and Requests

Tentative Tax Levy (F.D. 11/22/04-3)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the Tentative Tax Levy for 2004 as presented by Jan Prehn and shown in F.D. 11/22/04-3.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Johnson, Bach, Hong, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

As required by law, the Board discussed the 2004 Tentative Property Tax Levy. District 13’s Board of Education is required to review this document at least twenty days prior to an official public hearing and adoption. The public hearing is necessary because the tentative tax levy is more than 5% greater than last year’s. This is slated for the December 13th Board of Education meeting. The Board also reviewed a copy of the public notice that will appear in the Daily Herald. Mrs. Prehn has provided a very comprehensive package, and shows the impact the tax cap has on our ability to access the full legal rate of 2.8%. Our projected tax rate is 2.1%.

Cash Flow Projections
The Board reviewed the Current Financial Status and 5-Year Projection document presented by Jan Prehn. This report demonstrates the district’s pattern of revenues and expenditures within the fiscal year ending on June 30. The District ended the 2003-2004 year with a fund balance of $9 million, making our financial status enviable to other districts. However, we can anticipate a leaner budget. A deficit budget will be recommended in order to meet expenses. Cash flow projections are formed based on the following: 1) CPI, which drives the tax cap, 2) assessed value, which will increase by about 10%, but is limited to 1.9% by the tax cap, plus new growth, 3) general state aid, 4) enrollment (this will continue to decrease), 5) salaries, and 6) benefits. Dr. Perkins and Mrs. Prehn will continue to look at ways to decrease expenses without hurting students or staff. Also, Greg Leyden, Director of Building and Grounds, at the request of Dr. Perkins, has prepared a five-year plan for maintaining the facilities. A walk-though of the buildings is scheduled for November 23.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 8:57 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary