SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, December 17, 2007
President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, December 17, 2007 in the district office at 7:35 p.m.
Present: Mrs. Patricia Bach, Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mrs. Fina Klco, Dr. Donald Litchfield, Mr. Terence McKeown, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki, Ms. Tamara Peterson
Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. Linda Schielke, Mr. Mark Stamatakos, Mr. Karl Volkman, Mrs. Kathy Ogden
Tax Levy Hearing
Ms. Peterson opened the tax levy hearing at 7:36 p.m. As no one from the audience had any questions or comments, Ms. Peterson closed the hearing at 7:37 p.m.
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular Minutes from 11-26-07; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $45,454.63, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $54,605.97, the Transportation Fund for $87,330.45, Payroll (12-10-07) in the amount of $386,927.60 as shown in F.D. 12/17/07-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 12/17/07-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 12/17/07-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 12/17/07-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 12/17/07-5; the Activity Report as shown in F.D. 12/17/07-6; the Resignation of Stacy Smith, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 12-21-07 and Andrea Woldeit, a paraprofessional at Erickson effective 12-14-07; the Rehire of Kelly Giffin, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 12-17-07 for a salary of $10.05 per hour; the Employment of Heidi Boehning, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 11-27-07 for a salary of $9.80 per hour (When Ms. Boehning receives her degree and certification her salary will increase to $10.80 per hour.), Betsy Giggie, a part-time early childhood paraprofessional at DuJardin effective 1-7-08 for a salary of $10.05 per hour, Christina Iori, a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 12-17-07 for a salary of $10.05 per hour, Lynne Terranova, a social worker at DuJardin effective 1-7-08 for a salary per diem rate of $221 per day; Leave of Absence request for Amy McLoughlin, eighth grade teacher at Westfield effective mid-December.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes:Wojcicki, Bach, Birkley, Klco, Litchfield, McKeown, Peterson
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
The Board heard a report from Dr. Perkins on progress to-date that has been made towards achieving the three district goals, Improve Student Achievement in the Area of Literacy, Improve Communication Across the District in Areas Necessary, and Improve the District’s Performance in Meeting the Needs of All Students. These goals parallel last year’s. Dr. Schielke described the process for allocating dollars for teachers to attend workshops. Information gleaned from these workshops is shared with fellow staff members.
Dr. Perkins shared an update from Dr. Kling on the implementation of the new Discipline Policy at Westfield Middle School. Positive results have been seen since the start of the school year. Students have a better idea of what is expected of them, and know that they are going to be held responsible for their behavior. The staff has learned the latest best practices on dealing with discipline issues. And, because classroom teachers are dealing with most problems initially instead of passing on to someone else, this seems to be making a big difference. A survey of staff in the fall showed 80% of the staff felt the program is working well. Westfield teachers Mark Stamatakos and Karl Volkman (in the audience) expressed their appreciation of the new policy, and felt there is a huge improvement as a whole.
Dr. Perkins shared a proposal from Dr. Kling requesting an additional extra-duty stipend for a quiet lunch/study for sixth and seventh graders. A similar program is currently in place for eighth grade students at Westfield. The program provides students the opportunity to work on homework, get needed help in areas they are having difficulties, and work on missing assignments. The approximate cost of this stipend is $1500 for the remainder of the school year. Westfield teacher Elaine Alex has volunteered to supervise this lunch study. Dr. Perkins will bring this recommendation to the Board via the Personnel Report in January.
Dr. Schielke gave her “On the Horizon” Report. The district will spend most of the time in the foreseeable future working on curriculum mapping. School improvement is ongoing, and MAP testing will begin again in the spring. Dr. Schielke expressed her concern and that of the Staff Development Committee’s that we don’t want to ignore other strands of study, i.e., technology, special education, ELL, literacy. Ongoing training will be made available for these areas as well. Staff Development has drafted a multi-year calendar to help with planning. Dr. Schielke expressed her appreciation to the staff for being very willing to use release time for training. Dr. Litchfield also commended the teachers’ union for its backing of things that need to be accomplished. The Union has expressed its desire for additional early dismissal days. Dr. Perkins indicated that he has requested data from the Union to support its proposal. Dr. Schielke reported that 36 parents attended the gifted focus group meeting. Parents expressed their desire for additional foreign language opportunities. Dr. Kling will send home a letter to 65 seventh grade parents to gauge interest in a full-time Spanish class in eighth grade. This would be considered a pilot program. Kate Ahlgren will spend January 9, 10, 11 in each building modeling differentiation strategies.
Citizens Request to Board
Staff members in attendance were introduced to our new board member, Fina Klco.
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:
Certificate of Tax Levy (F.D. 12/17/07-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the Certificate of Tax Levy, and authorize the Board President and Board Secretary to sign said certificate, the Working Cash Fund Levy, and Certificate of Compliance with the Truth in Taxation Act prior to its delivery to the County Clerk as shown in F.D. 12/17/07-7.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes:Wojcicki, Birkley, Bach, Klco, Litchfield, McKeown, Peterson
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
Approval of Two-year Extension to First Student Transportation
Contract (F.D. 12/17/07-8)
A motion was made by Dr. Litchfield and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the two-year contract extension with First Student, Inc. as shown in F.D. 12/17/07-8.
Roll Call Vote
Ayes: Litchfield, Bach, Birkley, Klco, McKeown, Wojcicki, Peterson
Motion Carried: 7 – 0
Board Meeting Schedule (F.D. 12/17/07-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the Board of Education meeting dates schedule as presented and shown in F.D. 12/17/07-9. Voice Vote: all ayes
2008-2009 School Calendar
The Board discussed a draft of the proposed 2008-2009 school calendar. Ms. Peterson shared a parent concern regarding the start date of District 13 students compared to that of Lake Park students. Dr. Perkins assured the Board that our calendar is in line with other area schools. Lake Park High School students start the school year earlier than surrounding schools so final exams can be completed before the holiday break.
Parent/Community Survey Planning
The Board reviewed the 2006 survey questions administered to parents and community. These two groups will be surveyed again in February 2008. Dr. Perkins recommended leaving most of the items the same, as this will provide a comparison between the 2006 and 2008 results. Mrs. Birkley expressed her hope that a larger percent of completed surveys will be received for the 2008 surveys, and suggested additional communication may be necessary. Mrs. Klco asked if the survey would be made available electronically. Dr. Perkins will look into this with the survey company. Board members were asked to contact Dr. Perkins by January 1 with any suggestions for additions or deletions to the survey questions.
First Reading of Proposed Revisions to Board Policies:
2:260, 5:10, 5:290, 5:330, 6:60, 7:20, 7:220, 8:20
Revisions were proposed for the following existing Board policies:
First Reading of Proposed New Board Policy 7:180
The Board reviewed the proposed new Policy 7:180 on Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment.
Topic(s) for Future Agendas
Mrs. Klco suggested including a topic covering emergency drills and lockdown procedures on a future agenda.
Informational Items included:
Closed Session – Employment of Personnel
A motion was made by Mr. McKeown and seconded by Mrs. Bach to enter into closed session after a three-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 10:18 p.m.
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Klco to adjourn the meeting. Voice Vote: all ayes
The meeting was adjourned at 10:18 p.m.
Tamara J. Peterson, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary