SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, November 24, 2014
President Terry McKeown called the regular meeting of the Board of Education in Bloomingdale Elementary School District 13 to order on Monday, November 24, 2014 in the District Office, 164 S. Euclid Avenue, Bloomingdale, Illinois at 7:00 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mrs. Susan Lancaster, Mr. Cary Moreth, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Mr. Terry McKeown
Others Present: Dr. Jon Bartelt, Dr. Evonne Waugh, Adam Parisi, Kathy Ogden
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Ms. Peterson to approve the items in the Consent Agenda which included Minutes from the Regular and Closed Session meetings held 10-27-14; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund in the amount of $33,779.81, the Operations and Maintenance Fund in the amount of $97,952.50, Payroll (10-25-14) in the amount of $418,927.55 and (11-10-14) in the amount of $416, 828.86 and shown in F.D. 11-24-14-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 11-24-14-2; the Balance Sheet in the amount of F.D. 11-24-14-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 11-24-14; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 11-24-14-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 11-24-14-6; Sick Leaves for Rachel Sliwa, Gr. 3 teacher at Erickson effective 10-15-14 for a term TBD, Renee Cherrie, art teacher at Erickson for a term of 11-3-14 thru 11-7-14, Vaishali Shah, kindergarten teacher at DuJardin for a term of 12-1-12 thru 12-12-14, Kimberly Paleczny, resource teacher at DuJardin for a term of 11-10-14 thru 1-5-15.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Peterson, Birkley, Klco, Lancaster, Moreth, McKeown
Motion Carried: 7 - 0
The Board viewed a slide presentation depicting activities held at each school to honor all veterans on Veterans Day. At DuJardin, veterans and current members of the military were invited to a luncheon followed by a choral program, “Let Freedom Ring.” Erickson students drew pictures, wrote letters, and sang songs expressing their appreciation for those who served in the Armed Forces. At Westfield, members of VFW Post 7539 enjoyed a buffet breakfast with staff before spending time engaging students in question and answer sessions about their personal military experiences.
Dr. Waugh shared information regarding activities held on the October 10th institute day. Evaluations gleaned from staff members regarding the keynote speaker, MaryAnn Brittingham were very positive. Ms. Brittingham’s presentation offered valuable insights and suggestions on ways to reach disengaged (“I Don’t Care”) students.Dr. Bartelt shared a visual on District 13’s Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) percentage of change from 2008 to 2013. Board members chose various other DuPage school districts to view in order to gauge a comparison.
State School Report Cards
Board Members viewed the Illinois school report card for District 13 in its new format, which will be released to the public on October 31. Dr. Waugh described in detail each section of the new report card and how student academic growth was determined. As the format is considerably different from the old report card and may be difficult for some to interpret, Dr. Bartelt was asked to craft a document that will better explain the aggregated data.
Board Reports and Requests
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:
Ms. Peterson shared some very positive comments from Facebook followers that had been posted regarding the District.
Dr. Bartelt stated that an informational meeting on Vision 20/20 (a multi-organization partnership for the improvement of education) will be held on December 8 in Naperville.
Freedom of Information Act Request
Dr. Bartelt shared information regarding a FOIA request received since the last board meeting. Jim Watts from a company called Union Election Integrity Unit requested teacher absences, reason for absence, and years of service for these individuals for the period October 29 – November 4. Mrs. Ogden complied with Mr. Watts request in a timely manner.
Amendments/Additions to Board Policies and Administrative Procedures
A number of Board Polices and Administrative Procedures were provided to the Board for their review. These amendments and additions come as a result of recent legislation.
A second reading for the following policies and procedures will be held at the December 15th meeting:
Triple I Conference
Board members and administrators shared information regarding their individual attendance at Triple I Conference sessions. Members attended a variety of workshops that dealt with pension reform and other legislative issues, best practices for boards of education, community involvement, and technology. On the whole, Board Members were very pleased with the conference, and, for the most part, the general session speakers. Mr. McKeown and Mrs. Lancaster expressed their appreciation for Sunday’s keynote speaker, Craig Kielburger, who at a very young age co-founded the international children’ charity “Free the Children.” Mr. McKeown and Mr. Moreth attended a half-day pre-conference workshop on Friday, titled, The Trust Edge. Finance Director Adam Parisi presented a workshop on salary schedules at the conference. Dr. Bartelt shared a Twitter hashtag that he was following during the conference which provided insight into a number of conference sessions.
Dr. Bartelt reminded Board members of the upcoming focus group scheduled for December 9, at which, the topic of full-day programs will be discussed.
As a number of board members no longer have children attending District schools, Mrs. Klco requested that teachers attending monthly board meetings introduce themselves so the Board can get better acquainted with new staff members.
A closed session was not required.
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
Terry McKeown, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary