Monday, November 22, 2010
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President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, November 22, 2010 in the district office at 7:31 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mr. Cary Moreth, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson (Dr. Donald Litchfield entered the meeting at 7:32 p.m.) (Mr. Terence McKeown entered the meeting at 7:40 p.m.)

Absent: None

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

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Birkley and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the items in the Consent Agenda, which included the regular and closed session minutes from 10-25-10; the approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $86,600.89, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $50,026.58, the Debt Service for $500.00, the Transportation Fund for $75,527.78, Payroll (11-10-10) for $386,768.68 and (11-19-10) for $393,578.68; as shown in F.D. 11/22/10-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 11/22/10-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 11/22/10-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 11/22/10-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 11/22/10-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 11/22/10-6; the Employment of Michelle Balynas as a substitute early childhood paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 10-25-10 for a salary of $11.15 per hour, Megan Stanek as a substitute social worker at Westfield effective approximately 1-3-11 for a per diem based on $37,976 per year; a FMLA for Sheila Zagotta, social worker at Westfield effective approximately 1-3-11 until approximately 2-25-11; a Transfer for Erin Faulstich from Early Childhood paraprofessional at DuJardin to ISP paraprofessional effective 10-25-10; Stacy Johnston from Erickson and Heidi Weeks from Westfield for the Principal Intern Program effective 12-1-10 to 6-11 for a stipend of $1,500..

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Birkley, Wojcicki, Klco, Litchfield, Moreth, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 6 - 0

Dr. Perkins shared background information on two items listed in the big bills list after an inquiry was made by Ms. Peterson.

Superintendent’s Report
The Board viewed a selection of photos taken on Veterans’ Day at all three schools, which captured the feelings of both students and their guests as they paid tribute to our veterans and those currently serving in the military. The activities performed in the district on this day, reaffirmed the Board’s decision to remove Veterans Day from the list of school holidays and instead make this a school attendance day in order for students to gain more knowledge about the men and women serving our country.

The Board reviewed updates on progress made to-date towards the 2010-2011 district goals: 1) At least 90% of district students will continue to meet state standards/proficiency on the March 2011 ISAT tests and the May 2011 M.A.P. tests. 2) Activities will be planned to facilitate a smooth transition and succession for district leadership as district leaders retire over the next three years. Dr. Perkins informed the Board that the first round of candidate interviews for the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Special Education Coordinator positions would be completed on Tuesday, November 23. Finalist interviews should be completed by December 10. A recommendation for approval will be given to the Board at its January meeting for the two individuals chosen to replace Dr. Linda Schielke and Fred Louderman.

Dr. Perkins asked the Board to consider March 14 as the day on which to hold the annual Board Retreat. Recruitment of the superintendent will be the agenda topic. The Board will discuss its options for a superintendent search.

Board Reports and Requests

The Board expressed its appreciation to Dr. Perkins for his time served as Chairperson to the NDSEC Board.

Board "Salutes"
The following people received a “salute” from one or more board members and/or the superintendent/assistant superintendent for their contributions to the Bloomingdale School District community:

Resolution for Accepting the Nominating Petitions (F.D. 11/22/10-7)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve the Resolution for Accepting the Nominating Petitions as presented, and authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign it. Voice Vote: all ayes

School Board Conference
Board members held a brief discussion regarding their attendance at the 78th Joint Annual Conference held this past weekend. The Board expressed its appreciation for the selection of this year’s keynote speakers. Board members shared information on various workshops that were attended.

Tentative Tax Levy
As required by law, the district presented an estimated aggregate tax levy to the Board for its review. If the proposed equalized assessed valuation (EAV) is calculated to exceed the previous year’s levy by 5% or more, a public hearing must be held. Our proposed levy is a 5.02% increase over last year. A public hearing will be held at the December meeting, and the Board will adopt the proposed 2010 tax levy at that meeting as well.

Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the quarterly investment report ending September 30, 2010 as presented by PFM Asset Management, LLC. The district’s earned interest on its investments was lower for this quarter, totaling only $37,448.34.

Board Policy Revision – First Reading
The Board held a first reading for revisions to Policy 5:330, Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays, and Leaves for Educational Support Personnel. The policy is revised to reflect the removal of Veterans’ Day as a paid holiday, and instead, substituting the day after Thanksgiving as a paid day for 12-month staff.

Annual Audit
The Board reviewed the annual audit for the year ending June 30, 2010 as crafted by Mathieson, Moyski, Celer, and Co., LLP.

For Information
Informational items included:

A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mr. McKeown to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary