REGULAR SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, December 18, 2006
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Vice President Tamara Peterson called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13 to order on Monday, December 18, 2006 in the district office at 7:47 p.m.

Roll Call
Present: Mrs. Diane Birkley, Mr. Terence McKeown, Ms. Tamara Peterson, Mrs. Linda Wojcicki (Mrs. Patricia Bach entered the meeting at 8:05 p.m.)

Absent: Mrs. Mary Ellen Johnson, Dr. Donald Litchfield

Others Present: Dr. Kim Perkins, Dr. John Markgraf, Mr. Mark Dwyer, Dr. Debbie Kling, Ms. Susanne Stankoskey, Ms. Miriam Becker, Mrs. Terri McNamara, Mrs. Kathy Ogden (Dr. Linda Schielke was present via phone conference for a portion of the meeting.)

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. Birkley to approve items shown in the Consent Agenda to include the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from the 11-27-06 meeting; the Approval of Bills in the Education Fund for $180,866.15, the Operations and Maintenance Fund for $58,267.22, the Transportation Fund for $62,474.65, Payroll (12-10-06) in the amount of $385,400.49 as shown in F.D. 12/18/06-1; the Fund Balance Report as shown in F.D. 12/18/06-2; the Balance Sheet as shown in F.D. 12/18/06-3; the Revenue Report as shown in F.D. 12/18/06-4; the Expenditure Report as shown in F.D. 12/18/06-5; the November Activity Report as shown in F.D. 12/18/06-6; the Termination of Suzanne Edwards as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 12-8-06, and the Employment of Robert Zuckerman as a paraprofessional at Westfield effective 12-11-06 for a salary of $9.65 per hour.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Wojcicki, Birkley, McKeown, Peterson
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 4 – 0

Superintendent’s Report
The Board heard reports from each of the three principals regarding their School Improvement Plans for the 2006-2007 school year. The district is in its second year of partnership with the National Study for School Education (NSSE), who is helping to guide the school improvement process. Each principal gave a brief overview of the “key action” steps planned for their school. Also included in each principal’s presentation was a report on activities unique to their school. The school improvement teams, which are comprised of teachers, administrators, and parent representatives, come together on a quarterly basis to share their goals, interventions, and action plans. The principals were in agreement that key to the success of this program are the teachers.

In Dr. Schielke’s absence, Dr. Perkins shared her “On the Horizon” report. Dr. Schielke, Nanci Green and the librarians continue to work on the Information Literacy Standards. Dr. Schielke has been in communication with the consultant who is conducting an evaluation of our reading program. The staff survey from the consultant has been finalized. At a previous board meeting, it was suggested that the district hold a "How to Teach Math" session for parents who might find it difficult to help their children with math homework. Dr. Perkins shared that the idea of making a DVD of this session might be beneficial for those parents who are unable to attend.

Board Reports and Requests

Certificate of Tax Levy (F.D. 12/18/06-7)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to approve the Certificate of Tax Levy, and authorize the Board President and Board Secretary to sign said certificate, which will then be filed with the County Office no later than the last Tuesday in December.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Bach, Birkley, McKeown, Peterson, Wojcicki
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to adopt the Resolution for Working Cash Fund Levy, and authorize the Board President and Board Secretary to sign said resolution.

Roll Call Vote

Ayes: Bach, Birkley, McKeown, Peterson, Wojcicki
Nays: None
Motion Carried: 5 – 0

Roll Call Vote

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

Board Meeting Schedule (F.D. 12/18/06-8)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mr. McKeown to approve the board meeting dates to extend through December 2007 as shown in F.D. 12/18/06-8. Voice Vote: all ayes

2nd Reading of Revised Board Policies (F.D. 12/18/06-9)
A motion was made by Mrs. Bach and seconded by Mrs. Birkley to waive the second reading of revised board policies: 2:10, 2:20, 2:50, 2:80, 2:110, 2:140, 2:200, 2:210, 2:220, 3:60, 4:10, 4:40, 4:170, 5:30, 5:90, 6:60, 7:270, and approve said policies as shown in F.D. 12/18/06-9. Voice Vote: all ayes

Resolution to Appoint Representatives to Accept Nominating Petitions (F.D. 12/18/06-10)
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach to approve the Resolution to Appoint Representatives to Accept Nominating Petitions, and authorize the Board President and Board Secretary to sign said resolution as shown in F.D. 12/18/06-10. Voice Vote: all ayes

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, 2006. 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.

Staff/Student Survey Planning
The Board reviewed changes/additions to the staff and student survey drafts. These changes will be sent to ECRA. Staff will have the opportunity to complete the survey online, and the student survey will be administered in grade level groups to grades 3 – 8. Both surveys will be administered in late February or early March, and we anticipate receipt of the results sometime in May.

2007-2008 School Calendar
The Board reviewed a draft of the 2007-2008 school calendar and compared it to that of Lake Park’s tentative calendar. The Board will adopt the calendar at its January meeting.

School Board Retreat Planning
After a brief discussion of upcoming events, the Board decided to schedule its retreat for April 2, 2007. The Board plans to do a self-evaluation, and Dr. Perkins will research materials to aid in this assessment. Mrs. Birkley suggested holding a book study on the book, Sixteen Trends; however, there is concern for time constraints. Mrs. Wojcicki indicated that she would like to see some discussion regarding Board communication.

Closed Session
A motion was made by Mrs. Wojcicki and seconded by Mrs. Bach at 9:15 p.m. to enter into closed session after a five-minute break to discuss collective negotiating matters between the district and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(2). Voice Vote: all ayes

The Board returned to regular session at 10:16 p.m.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 10:20 p.m.

Donald Litchfield, President
Linda Wojcicki, Secretary