REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, November 27, 2006
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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 27, 2006 in the district office at 7:35 p.m..

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield (Ms. Tamara Peterson was present via phone conference)

Absent: Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Mrs. Anna Marie Jamison, Ms. Sue Noren, Ms. Peg Schmuldt, Ms. Nancy Beesley, Ms. Heather Grover, Ms. Nanci Greene,
Ms. Sharon Jensen, Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Tax Levy Hearing
Vice President Tamara Peterson opened the Tax Levy Hearing at 7:48 p.m. As no one from the audience had questions regarding the tax levy process, Ms. Peterson declared the hearing closed at 7:49 p.m.

Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular Minutes from the 10-23-06 meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $228,347.83, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $60,978.26, the Transportation Fund for $67,768.48, Payroll (11-10-06) for $369,666.34 and (11-27-06) for 375,428.51 as shown in F.D. 11/27/06-1; the Fund Balance report as shown in F.D. 11/27/06-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 11/27/06-3; the Revenue Report as shown in 11/27/06-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 11/27/06-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 11/27/06-6; the Resignation of James Connolly, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 10-18-06, Nicole Idzik, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 11-13-06, Katherine Ryan, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 11-21-06; a Change of Position for Lisa Thompson, a part-time paraprofessional at DuJardin to full time effective 10-31-06; the Employment of Sara-Lynn Asta, a paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 10-24-06 for a salary of $10.65 per hour, Brooke Dennis, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 10-23-06 for a salary of $10.65 per hour, Jill Jablonski, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 11-27-06 for a salary of $10.65 per hour, Amaris Zelinski, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 10-26-06 for a salary of $10.65 per hour.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Birkley, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 4 – 0

Superintendent’s Report

Board Reports and Requests

Freedom of Information Act Request
A request was received under the Freedom of Information Act from Catherine Edman, a reporter for the Daily Herald, to provide her with the total creditable earnings for Dr. Perkins for the 2005-2006 year, a breakdown of each financial category that comprised that total, and the Summary and Certification of Employer’s Annual Report of Earning for Dr. Perkins for the same fiscal year. A response complying with Ms. Edman’s request was faxed within the required seven-day period.

Investment Services (F.D. 11/27/06-7)
After hearing a summary of the steps taken by Dr. Perkins and Mrs. Prehn to determine the best course of action to be taken by the district, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve PFM Asset Management LLC as the investment services firm to be used for District 13 investments and shown in F.D. 11/27/06-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, Bach, Litchfield
Nays: Nays
Motion Carried: 4 – 0

Dr. Perkins stated that he would continue to keep a close watch on investments.

Resolution of Congratulations to the Bloomingdale Park District R#4 (F.D. 11/27/06-8)
In an effort to recognize the Bloomingdale Park District for its recent receipt of the 2006 National Gold Medal Award for Park and Recreation Management Excellence, a motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the Resolution of Congratulations for the Bloomingdale Park District, and authorize each member to sign said resolution. Voice Vote: all ayes

Intergovernmental Agreement with Roselle (F.D. 11/27/06-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Village of Roselle and Bloomingdale School District 13 for the Collection and Disbursal of Developer Dedication Fees in Lieu of Land, and authorize the Board President to sign said agreement.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Birkley, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 4 – 0

First Reading of Revised Board Policies
The Board waived the reading of, but, reviewed revisions for the following board policies as recommended by the Illinois Association of School Boards:

The Board will hold a second reading/adoption at its December meeting.

Tentative Tax Levy
District 13 receives 84% of its revenue from property taxes. Annually, the district is required to submit a tentative tax levy to the Board of Education for its review. If the proposed equalized assessed valuation (EAV) is calculated to be or exceed 5%, a public hearing must be held. This year, the proposed increase is 8.5% despite PTELL’s actual limit on increases tied to a CPI rate of 3.4%. A public hearing will be held prior to the approval of consent agenda items at the December 18th Board of Education meeting. Legal notice has been published for the purpose of reporting the increase. At this meeting, the proposed adoption of the Certificate of Tax Levy will be an action item.

School Board Convention
The Board discussed various workshops attended at the School Board Convention held November 17-19.

AVID Cooperative
The Board heard a report from Dr. Perkins regarding the Audio Visual Institute of DuPage (AVID). AVID has been the supplier of audio/video services for District 13 and a number of other DuPage County districts since 1956. The Board reviewed AVID’s budget history and the proposed budget for 2007-2008. Due to AVID’s declining membership (currently 27 districts – down from 43), and the fact that larger districts pulling out would leave the smaller districts shouldering the financial burden, it is Dr. Perkins’ recommendation that District 13 not renew its membership for 2007. It would be his recommendation to withdraw even if the AVID Board decides not to dissolve the Cooperative. However, Dr. Perkins, who serves on the AVID Board, suggested at its last meeting that if the decision is made to dissolve, all DuPage districts should share in the dissolution costs.

Staff and Student Survey Drafts
The Board reviewed drafts for the student and staff surveys that will be administered in February or March through the ECRA Group, Inc. Staff surveys will be completed online and only be reviewed by the survey company. Student surveys will be conducted for students in grades 3-8. Mrs. Wojcicki indicated that she would like to have a question regarding Board communication included on the staff survey.

For Information
Informational Items Included:

Closed Session
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to enter into closed session at 9:50 p.m. after a brief recess for the purpose of discussing the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the district or legal counsel for the district, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee or against legal counsel for the district to determine its validity. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1), as amended by P.A. 93-0057. Voice Vote: all ayes

(Ms. Peterson disconnected the phone conference at this time.)

A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to return to regular session at 10:16 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Adjournment
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to adjourn the meeting at 10:18 p.m. Voice Vote: all ayes

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary