SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, November 25, 2002
President Donald Litchfield called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, November 25, 2002 in the district office at 7:32 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Edward Levato, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield (Mrs. Ruth Ann Olson-Lewyckyj entered the meeting at 7:42 p.m.)
Absent: Mrs. Patricia Bach
Others Present: Dr. Jerome Gordon, Dr. Janice Caruso, Mr. Charles Swangren, Dr. John Markgraf, Mr. Mark Dwyer, Miss Tina Demetrio, Mrs. Kelly McHugh, Mrs. Mary Beth Dunne, Mrs. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Kathy Ogden
A motion was made by Mr. Levato and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to approve the consent agenda to include the Approval of Minutes from the 10-28-02 meeting; Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $104,841.06, Operations and Maintenance Fund for $40,607.94, Transportation Fund for $86,963.19, Payroll (11/8/02) for $340,500.49 and (11/25/02) for $333,170.96 as shown in F.D. 11/25/02-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 11/25/02-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 11/25/02-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 11/25/02-4; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 11/25/02-5; the resignation of Mary Schmitt, an instructional aide at Westfield Middle School effective 10-29-02.
Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Levato, Johnson, McKeown, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Motion Carried: 5 - 0
School Improvement Reports
The Board heard oral reports from each of the building principals outlining their individual school improvement plans. Mr. Swangren stated he was pleased to report that Westfield’s 8th grade 2002 writing scores had improved over last year’s. The scores now reflect that 75% of the students have either met or exceeded the state writing standards. Westfield’s demographics have remained consistently the same. Westfield will focus on how to change student attitudes and behavior with regard to “bullying.” This will be accomplished through a variety of assembles and additional time spent with the social worker working with individuals and groups.
Dr. Markgraf stated that the demographics at Erickson School have remained relatively the same. However, he was pleased to report that the ALEC scores have improved in third grade. Dr. Markgraf commented that the new reading program is very exciting, and the new literacy room is being used quite a bit. Dr. Caruso has insured that the needed reinforcement for the new reading program is available.
The demographics at DuJardin School have also remained fairly consistent, as reported by Mr. Dwyer. Mr. Dwyer indicated he would like to see the reading test scores improved and feels with the help of the new fifth grade teachers this will be accomplished. Mr. Dwyer reported that after the results of the 1999 Gordon Black survey came out, various concerns were identified and discussed with parent groups, student council and staff members. These concerns, which included student use of computers, student washrooms, and administration follow-through, have all been addressed and improvement plans implemented and maintained through school and family collaboration.
Board Reports and Requests
Board members shared information from various pre-conference workshops and sessions they attended during the IASB Conference. Mrs. Johnson and Dr. Gordon were part of a panel presentation on character development.
Five-Year Enrollment Projections
Board members reviewed the five-year enrollment projections as presented by Dr. Gordon. Following the trend of the last few years, Dr. Gordon projected that enrollment through 2007–2008 will decline slightly.
Five-Year Budget Projections
The Board reviewed the district’s five-year budget projections as presented by Jan Prehn. While there have been some significant changes in the financial outlook, the district is in good financial shape. Dr. Gordon stated the report meets his expectations, and he commended Jan Prehn for her report.
Quarterly Statement on Investments
The Board reviewed a quarterly report on investments from Banc One.
Telephone System Consultant Request
The Board discussed a request from Jan Prehn to obtain proposals from telecommunication consultants to better improve the telephone service at the schools. The system at Erickson will need to be totally replaced. At Westfield and DuJardin the systems were changed a few years ago. However, none of the buildings are 911 compliant. Because of the size and expense of this project, Jan Prehn, Nanci Greene and Grey Leyden feel a consultant would be better equipped to recommend what changes are needed.
School Construction Program
The Board discussed the priority ranking for the School Construction Program. Dr. Gordon indicated that District 13 is Number 59 out of 97 districts that are entitled to grant money through the School Construction Program. As it stands right now, if $500 million is authorized, 71 school districts will receive funding assuring that the district will receive its share.
Cell Phone Policy
The Board discussed the cell phone student usage policy at Westfield. Currently, students are allowed to bring cell phones to school as long as they are kept off and in their lockers during school hours.
Dr. Gordon also indicated that the Board should review the entire policy manual after the new superintendent is in place.
Mrs. Wojcicki, Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj, Mrs. Johnson, Dr. Caruso, Mr. Louderman and Mr. McKeown will attend the NDSEC Annual Dinner Meeting on Wednesday, December 4 at the Bloomingdale Golf Club.
Scariano Legal Seminar
Board members were asked to check their calendars and let Dr. Gordon know by the next board meeting if they will be able to attend the Scariano 23rd Annual School Law Seminar on January 25.
Dr. Gordon mentioned the Annual Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner would also be held on January 25.
A motion was made by Mrs. Olson-Lewyckyj and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes
Donald Litchfield, President
Jerome E. Gordon, Secretary