SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, December 12, 2011
President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary School District to order on Monday, December 12, 2011 in the district office at 7:02 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson, (Mrs. Susan Lancaster entered the meeting at 7:06 p.m.)
Absent: Mr. Cary Moreth, Mr. Terry McKeown
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Amanda Belanger, Howard Monteith, (Compass Learning), Patricia Meyer, Karen Kelly, Mark Stamatakos, Kathy Ogden
Tax Levy Hearing
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to open the public hearing to receive citizen comments regarding the proposed 2011 tax levy. Voice Vote: all ayes
As no one from the audience wished to speak, a motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Klco to close the tax levy hearing. Voice Vote: all ayes
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve all items in the Consent Agenda which included the Minutes from the Regular and Closed Session meetings on 11-28-11; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $36,642.85, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $36,328.10, the Transportation Fund for $67,442.48, Payroll (12-9-11) for $140,413.43 as shown in F.D. 12/12/11-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 12/12/11-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 12/12/11-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 12/12/11-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 12/12/11-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 12/12/11-6.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Peterson
Motion Carried: 4 - 0
Howard Monteith from Compass Learning described the work being done by teachers and students using the new web-based Odyssey program which the district is using on a trial basis. The program is designed to offer individualized instruction to students working at all levels. The special education department has been utilizing the program and is pleased with results. The trial period for the district has been extended to February. In deference to families not having home access to computers, the Board may consider opening the schools for after-hours accessibility.
Dr. Perkins shared various documents describing the changes and effects of Senate Bill 7 which was signed into law in June 2011. He began his remarks with a chronology of education reform over the years. Senate Bill 7 (“Accountability for All” Act) changes the requirements for achieving teacher tenure, evaluations, contract negotiations, procedures for reductions in force, and training requirements for newly elected/appointed board members. Certain components of the Act became effective in June, while others will follow an implementation timeline through 2016. Board members recommended this be a topic of discussion every six months. Mrs. Klco suggested this information be provided using the same graphic format as the administrative succession/transition planning timeline.
Dr. Perkins shared an updated timeline for the administrators succession/transition planning.
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:
Resolution – Working Cash Fund Levy (F.D. 12/12/11-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Lancaster and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to approve the Working Cash Fund Levy Resolution, and authorize the President and Secretary to sign said resolution.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Lancaster, Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Peterson
Motion Carried: 5 – 0
Certificate of Tax Levy (F.D. 12/12/11-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to certify Compliance with the Truth in Taxation Act, approve the Certificate of Tax Levy, authorize the Board President and Secretary to sign the necessary documents, and authorize the finance director to deliver said documents to the County Clerk’s office by the last Tuesday in December.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, Klco, Lancaster, Peterson
Motion Carried: 5 – 0
Board Meeting Schedule for 2012 (F.D. 12/12/11-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Lancaster to approve the meeting dates for January through December of 2012. Voice Vote: all ayes
Second Reading/Approval of Board Policies 2:250 and
6:150 (F.D. 12/12/11-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Lancaster and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to waive the second reading and approve Board Policies 2:250 (Access to District Public Records) and 6:150 (Home and Hospital Instruction). Voice Vote: all ayes
Board Retreat Planning
The agenda topic at this year’s Board Retreat will focus on strategic planning. Dr. Perkins will contact the Illinois Association of School Boards to check on the availability of one of its representatives for assistance at the retreat. Dr. Perkins’ replacement, Dr. Jon Bartelt, will also be invited to attend. The retreat has tentatively been set for March 12 at the Eaglewood in Itasca.
Topics for Future Agendas
Mrs. Klco suggested the subject of full-day kindergarten be revisited.
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Wojcicki to enter into closed session at 8:05 p.m. after a five-minute break 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 8:25 p.m.
A motion was made by Mrs. Klco and seconded by Mrs. Lancaster to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned 8:26 p.m.
Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary