REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, November 28, 2005
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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 28, 2005 in the district office at 7:35 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Absent: None

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Mrs. Sandy McGuckin, Mrs. Sally Filipiak, Dr. Michael Palmisano, Dr. Marilynn Kulieke, two Elmhurst College students, Mr. Patrick Murdock (MIG), Mrs. Kathy Ogden

Consent Agenda
After a request was made by Ms. Peterson and Mr. McKeown, respectively, that the October 24, 2005 board meeting minutes be amended to reflect the correct date of November 28th as the date the tentative tax levy will be presented, and to reflect that Mr. McKeown was in attendance for the meeting, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 10-24-05; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $186,880.91, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $51,847.94, the Transportation Fund for $73,314.97, Payroll (11-10-05) for $352,417.71 and (11-22-05) for $351,151.22 as shown in F.D. 11/28/05-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 11/28/05-2; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 11/28/05-3; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 11/28/05-4; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 11/28/05-5; the Resignation of Marian Atkinson as a part-time clerical aide at Westfield effective 11-18-05, Patricia Edwards as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 12-17-05, Kevin Froehlich as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 11-30-05, Corin Hladilek as an inclusion paraprofessional at Erickson effective 11-2-05, Joan Nelson as fifth grade teacher at Erickson effective 11-9-05; the Employment of Sandra Macino as a part-time clerical aide at Westfield effective 11-28-05 for a salary of $10.50 per hour, Christina Zimmerman as an inclusion paraprofessional at Erickson effective 11-2-05 for a salary of $9.75 per hour; a Salary Change-Extra Duty for Phyllis Knapp who is withdrawing her position as 7th grade girls volleyball coach, and Sarah Klumper who will replace Ms. Knapp as the 7th grade girls volleyball coach for a stipend of $1,140.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Birkley, Johnson, McKeown, Peterson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 - 0

Superintendent's Report

Student Information System Software (F.D. 11/28/05-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to move the Student Information System Software item up on the agenda in order to accommodate Mr. Murdock from Management Information Group. Voice Vote: all ayes

A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to authorize the district’s administration to enter into an agreement with Management Information Group for the purpose of purchasing site licenses and training in the amount of $40,380 during the first year, and a total five-year cost estimate of $57,000 as shown in F.D. 11/28/05-7.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Johnson, Bach, Birkley, McKeown, Peterson, Wojcicki, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 – 0

This software represents a web-based system. Teachers will have the capability of accessing the system from school or home. Parents will be able to track student grades and assignments. Dr. Litchfield expressed his opinion that laptops might need to be purchased for everyone in the district in the future.

Citizen’s Request to Board
A member of the audience posed a question regarding security of the new student software system. Also, Sandy McGuckin, ESL teacher, inquired if everyone would be able to have access to the system, and was assured by Dr. Perkins that this would be the case.

Board Reports and Requests

Second Reading and Adoption of Board Polices (F.D. 11/28/05-6)
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the revisions for Policy 4:170 on Safety, Policy 5:30 on the Hiring Process and Criteria, Policy 6:60 on Curriculum Content, and Policy 8:30 on Visitors to and Conduct on School Property as shown in F.D. 11/28/05-6. Voice Vote: all ayes

Middle School Music Student Trip to St. Louis (F.D. 11/28/05-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the planned concert band and concert choir field trip to St. Louis, Missouri scheduled for May 2006 and shown in F.D. 11/28/05-8.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Bach, Birkley, Johnson, McKeown, Peterson, Litchfield
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 7 - 0

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 is calculated to exceed 5%, a public hearing must be held. This year, the proposed increase is 9.38% over last year’s assessment with a CPI of 3.3%. A public hearing will be held prior to the approval of consent agenda items at the December 19th 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.

Annual Audit
The Board reviewed the annual audit report from the accounting firm of Mathieson, Moyski, Celer & Co., LLP for the year ending June 30, 2005. Finance Director Janis Prehn prepared the Management’s Discussion & Analysis section of the audit, and Dr. Perkins encouraged board members to peruse this section for a clear summation of the report.

School Board Convention
Board members shared information gleaned from various workshops attended at the Triple I Conference in November. They were in agreement that it is a great learning experience, and interesting to hear the viewpoints from other conference attendees. Dr. Perkins reported on the e-tools workshop sponsored by IASB, which features paperless Board of Education meeting packets. He will provide additional information on this topic in his next correspondence with the Board. Mrs. Birkley inquired about what avenues could be taken to enable more in-depth conversations for sharing of information. Dr. Perkins indicated that the Board typically holds a retreat for this purpose, and will suggest some possible dates for this special meeting.

For Information
The Board reviewed Westfield’s First Quarter Suspension List, and a proposal from FGM Architectural Firm for a ten-year life safety survey.

Closed Session
A motion was made by Ms. Peterson and seconded by Mrs. Bach to enter into closed session at 9:44 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

The Board returned to regular session at 10:56 p.m.

Adjournment
A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Ms. Peterson to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes

The meeting was adjourned at 10:58 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary