SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, November 28, 2011
President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary School District to order on Monday, November 28, 2011 in the district office at 7:04 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mr. Terry McKeown, Mr. Cary Moreth, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson (Mrs. Susan Lancaster entered the meeting at 7:05 p.m.)
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Amanda Belanger (Schoenberg), Dr. John Markgraf, Dr. Debbie Kling, Heidi Weeks, Stacy Johnston, Leslie Stavnem, Ryan Anderson, Kathy Ogden
Ms. Peterson welcomed audience members.
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve all items in the Consent Agenda which included: the Minutes from the Special and Closed Session on 10-19-11, Regular and Closed Session on 10-24-11, Special and Closed Session on 10-27-11, 10-29-11, 11-7-11, 11-8-11, 11-9-11, and 11-10-11; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $114,448.60, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $55,378.86, the Debt Service for $500.00, the Transportation Fund for $87,057.29, and Payroll (11-10-11) for $398,601.19 and (11-18-11) for $403,502.49 as shown in F.D. 11/28/11-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 11/28/11-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 11/28/11-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 11/28/11-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 11/28/11-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 11/28/11-6; the Employment of Lisa Camacho as a special education paraprofessional at Erickson effective 11-7-11 for a salary of $11.10, Brandon Majors as a special education paraprofessional at Westfield effective 11-28-11 for a salary of $11.10; a Transfer for Erin Davis from paraprofessional to a substitute reading specialist at DuJardin effective 11-9-11, Danielle Ziganto from a substitute paraprofessional to a special education paraprofessional at Erickson effective 11-1-11; a FMLA for Karen Petelle effective 11-9-11 for an approximate term through 1-17-12.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Klco, Wojcicki, Birkley, Lancaster, McKeown, Moreth, Peterson
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
Dr. Amanda Belanger (formerly Schoenberg) reported on activities that were held at each of the schools on November 11 to honor our veterans. Westfield’s assembly included poems, songs, and stories read by students, as well as musical selections performed by the band. DuJardin and Erickson Schools each held assemblies and provided refreshments for veterans who were in attendance. Veterans were also given the opportunity to visit classrooms and participated in various activities. DuJardin’s chorus also performed a program for the community in the evening.
Dr. Perkins shared action steps taken to-date towards the two district goals: 1) District students will achieve 90% proficiency on assessments in reading, mathematics, science, and writing. Additionally, 70% of district students will achieve their growth targets on NWEA MAP assessments in reading and mathematics, 2) Activities will be planned and executed to facilitate a smooth transition and succession for district leadership as district leaders retire between 2011 and 2013.
Interns Heidi Weeks and Stacy Johnston gave an overview of their participation to-date in the principal internship program which began last December. After being enthusiastically introduced by their building principals, Mrs. Weeks and Mrs. Johnston highlighted various projects and activities that have been assigned to them as they continue with their professional development.
Dr. Perkins shared information supplied by Finance Director Janis Prehn regarding the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL). Mrs. Prehn’s memo to the Board and spreadsheet clearly explain the reasons for the dollars lost to the district due to the PTELL which went into effect in 1991. Loss of available revenue through 2011 is projected to be over $36 million.
The Board reviewed data and graphs comparing District 13 student ISAT scores to its local benchmark district. This data shows marked improvement in our scores since 2005.
Dr. Perkins shared samples of this year’s holiday cards designed by three district students. One student design was chosen from each school to be sent to the printer for reproduction. Copies of the card designs can be viewed on the district website.
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:
llinois State Library Grant (F.D. 11/28/11-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. Moreth to approve our application for a School Library Grant, and authorize the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent to sign said application.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Moreth, Birkley, Klco, Lancaster, McKeown, Peterson
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
Board Appointment of Representatives to the Joint Committee
on Honorable Dismissals (F.D. 11/28/11-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to appoint Dr. Amanda Schoenberg (Belanger), Mrs. Samia Hefferan, Mr. Mark Dwyer, and Dr. Kim Perkins as the Board representatives to the Joint Committee on Honorable Dismissals. Voice Vote: all ayes
The committee will be comprised of the aforementioned, as well as representatives from the teachers’ union. The formation of a committee is a requirement under Senate Bill 7 dealing with “reduction-in-force” procedures.
School Board Conference
Board members shared information regarding their individual attendance at Triple I Conference sessions. Mr. Moreth attended a session on goal setting and suggested this be a topic at the Board’s spring retreat. Ms. Peterson requested members bring personal calendars to the next meeting in order to set a date for the retreat. The Board was very pleased with this year’s conference organization and line-up of topics.
Quarterly Investment Report
The Board reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report for the period ending September 30th. The district saw a disappointing third quarter with a net income result of $4,898.88.
First Reading of Board Policy Revisions
The Board held a first reading of board policy revisions for Policy 2:250 – Access to District Public Records, and Policy 6:150 – Home and Hospital Instruction.
Topic(s) for Future Agendas
Informational items included:
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Lancaster to enter into closed session at 8:21 p.m. 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 9:25 p.m.
Approval of Employment Contract (F.D. 11/28/11-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Lancaster and seconded by Mrs. Klco to approve the employment contract for Dr. Jon Bartelt as superintendent to begin July 1, 2012.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Lancaster, Klco, Birkley, McKeown, Moreth, Wojcicki, Peterson
Motion Carried: 7 - 0
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mr. Moreth to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 9:27 p.m.
Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary