SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, November 24, 2003
President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, November 24, 2003 in the district office at 7:32 p.m.
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, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mrs. Janis Prehn, Dr. John Markgraf, Mr. Earl Overman, Mr. Mark Dwyer, Boy Scout Troop 457, Mrs. Kathy Ogden
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Minutes from the 11-10-03 Regular and Closed Session meetings; the Approval of Bills in the Education fund for $51,112.18, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $44,496.90, Transportation Fund for $79,136.75, Payroll (11-10-03) for $348,188.91, (11-25-03) for $330,170.18 as shown in F.D. 11/24/03-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 11/24/03-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 11/24/03-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 11/24/03-4; the October Activity Report as shown in F.D. 11/24/03-5; the employment of Lisa Oddo as an Instructional Aide at DuJardin effective 11-12-03 for a salary of $10.20 per hour an Debra Hille as a part time Instructional Aide at DuJardin effective 11-10-03 for a salary of $10.20 per hour.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Bach, Wojcicki, Hong, Johnson, McKeown, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 6– 0
The Board heard reports from each of the three principals regarding the school improvement plans for the 2003-2004 school year. Dr. Markgraf indicated the changes in demographics at Erickson reflect the No Child Left Behind Act. The student mobility rate remains low at Erickson. In reading, staff will continue to work on developing reading skills in the area of extended responses. Results of the Harris Survey administered last year show that parents are pleased with the Curriculum Night and appreciate the follow-up they receive. Parents inquired about the possibility of a foreign language program. This topic is being addressed through a survey administered by the Citizens Advisory Council. In response to student concerns regarding bus drivers, Dr. Markgraf forwarded their comments in a letter to Laidlaw Transportation.
Mr. Dwyer reported that there are 363 students enrolled at DuJardin School with a 96% attendance rate. Demographics show an increase in the Hispanic population this year of over 50%. Mr. Dwyer indicated that ISAT and CAT scores have been fairly consistent over the years. However, he would like to see further emphasis placed on reading, with the intent of lowering the percentage of students scoring below state standards. 90% of third grade students met or exceeded the state standards in math. This can be attributed, in part, to the Trailblazers math program implemented a couple years ago. Some DuJardin staff members attended a three-day retreat on school improvement earlier this year. As a result of this retreat, two major goals were decided upon – 1) writing improvement in K – 5, and, 2) improved data collection system. The writing improvement goal will be the focus for this school year.
Mr. Overman reported that 69% of the eighth grade students met or exceeded the state standards in reading. Mr. Overman indicated that the writing test scores dropped in 2003 and there needs to be a significant improvement in this area. Balanced literacy will be considered the highest priority. Eighty-six percent of students in the seventh grade class met or exceeded the state standards in science. This is ten points higher than in previous years. Mr. Overman explained the implementation of an 80-minute class schedule. During a four-day trial period in early December, students will attend 80-minute classes instead of 40-minute classes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This will enable teachers to incorporate more learning/activities into the class – i.e. physical education will have a unit on bowling, and in science students will have the opportunity to work on different experiments.
Finance Director Janis Prehn and Dr. Perkins delivered a PowerPoint presentation on Fund Balance Trends, which depicted the district’s fund balance history and future projections. This will continue to be a topic of discussion at future meetings.
Dr. Perkins stated that the timeline for the financial reports would change. The information will be compiled and the reports included in the packet for the first board meeting of each month.
Board Reports and Requests
School Board Conference
Board members shared information from various sessions they had attended during the IASB Conference. One of the sessions dealt with “bullying.” Members who attended this session were very impressed with the “content” of the program. After a brief discussion on this topic, Dr. Perkins stated, “We need to empower kids to solve situations themselves.”
Board Retreat Date
The dates of the school board retreat have been changed to January 9 and 10.
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Hong to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m.
Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary