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April 15th, 2002

The Board of Education of School District 227, Cook County, Illinois, met in regular session at the East campus of Rich Township High Schools, Park Forest, Illinois, at 7:40 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2002.

Mr. Burnette called the meeting to order and requested a roll call.

Present: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White (7:42 p.m.), Burnette

Absent: None

Also Present: Mr. Donausky, Mrs. Hubbard, Mr. Licatesi, Ms. Rich, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Lutzow, Mr. Egizi, Mr. Hopman, Mr. Cook, Mr. Lea, Dr. Epstein, Mrs. Williamson, Mrs. DioGuardi, Mrs. Treichel, Dr. Knutson, Mr. Tandy, Mr. O’Malley, Mrs. Panega, and student representative Tahman Bradley (Rich Central).

Approval of Consent Agenda

Mr. Burnette asked if anyone wished to remove any item from the Consent Agenda.  There being none, he requested approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

(02-93)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

a.         Approval of the minutes of the Special Meeting of February 22, 2002, the Special Meeting of February 23, 2002, the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting of March 18, 2002, the Regular Meeting of March 18, 2002, and the Closed Session of March 18, 2002, as distributed.

b.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated April 15, 2002, as follows:

Payroll

Gross Payroll March 25, 2002  1,093,369.63

Gross Payroll April 10, 2002    1,065,397.87 


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Bills Payable

Education                                               741,850.54

Operation & Maintenance                         168,600.13

Transportation                                        369,326.29

Site & Construction                                   2,311.45

 

Total Bills Payable                                         1,282,088.41                                    

c.         Approval of payroll and bills payable for the Career Preparation Network                                                                                                   

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated April 15, 2002, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

Payroll

Gross Payroll March 25, 2002              4,320.54

Gross Payroll April 10, 2002                4,320.54

 

Bills Payable

Education                                                     16,558.67 

d.         Approval of classified and exempt personnel report

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the classified and exempt personnel report listing new hires, leaves of absences, promotions, resignations, retirements, terminations, and transfers, as presented by the   Superintendent, provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois are met.

 

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  1. Approval of grant writing and submission

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the writing and submission of all grants for the 2002-2003 school year for which the District may qualify.

Mr. O’Malley noted that he and Mrs. Owens had reviewed the bills.

Mr. Tandy stated that he had reviewed the personnel matters with Mrs. Lohr.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-93 carried.

Student Representatives

Tahman Bradley, Rich Central’s student representative, reported on what is happening at the Rich Central campus.

Mrs. Lohr commented that she had attended the Rich Central Jazz Band concert, and it had been outstanding.

Financial Considerations

Mr. O’Malley requested acceptance of a donation.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

(02-94)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept with gratitude the donation of $400.00 from the Olympia fields Woman’s Club for the District’s Student Assistance Program.

Mr. O’Malley noted that the money would be turned over to Ms. O’Hara to be used for scholarship programs for Snowball.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-94 carried.

Mr. O’Malley requested approval of the Resolution and Application for Building Permit and Sprinkler Permit for the auditorium at Rich South.  Mr. White moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

(02-95)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution and Application for a Building Permit and a Sprinkler Permit for the construction of the auditorium at Rich South for submission to the Regional Superintendent of Schools,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-35.

Mr. O’Malley noted that a Letter of Transmittal had been received from Dahlquist and Lutzow, with an Application for Building Permit, Application and Certificate of Approval for the Installation of a Sprinkler System, and a Resolution and Application for Building Permit.  These documents needed to be signed by the Board. 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-95 carried.

Mr. O’Malley requested approval to issue a letter of intent to issue a construction contract for the Rich South auditorium.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

(02-96)            It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Superintendent to issue a letter of intent to issue a construction contract to each successful lowest responsible bidder, as outlined on Attachment A, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-36.

 

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Mr. O’Malley noted that a Letter of Intent had been received from 12 of the 17 contractors.  He noted that a revised Attachment A was at each Board member’s place.  He will come back to the Board for acceptance of the remaining contractor bids at the May 20 meeting.

Mr. O’Malley introduced Dwain Lutzow from Dalquist & Lutzow and Mr. Egizi from Henry Bros.  Mr. Lutzow stated that the District was getting tremendous numbers for its bids and getting the project back on track.  He also noted there was $500,000 in contingency money built into the total cost for the auditorium.

Mr. Egizi from Henry Bros. noted that construction should be starting within the next two weeks. 

Mr. White questioned whether there were any minority contractors.  Mr. Egizi responded that the lowest responsible bidder was given the job.

Mrs. Lohr asked about the date for groundbreaking.  Dr. Knutson answered that we should know some time this week.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-96 carried.

Personnel Office Report

Mr. Tandy requested approval of teaching contracts.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

(02-97)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve teaching contracts as follows:

 

Full time

Andrea Clark               Step 1, BA Lane

Sarah Harger                Step 5, MA Lane

Jason Hlavacs               Step 2, BA Lane

Erik Polcaster               Step 2, BA Lane

Jacqueline Ebben          Step 2, BA Lane

Delores Floyd               Step 16, BA+15 Lane

 

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Nicolette Gabrysiak      Step 12, BA+15 Lane

Primitivo Rodriguez       Step 13, BA+15 Lane 

Kimberly Kay               Step 15, MA+45 Lane 

 

provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois and the

North Central Association are met.

Mr. Tandy listed the school at which each of the teachers would be teaching as well as the subject matter they would be teaching.  He noted that six of the nine are currently staff members. 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-97 carried.

Mr. Tandy requested appointment of an Assistant Principal for Athletics and Activities.  Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded the following:

(02-98)            It is moved that Mark Hopman be appointed Assistant Principal for Athletics and Activities at Rich South High School beginning July 1, 2002.

Mr. Tandy noted that Mr. Hopman has been acting as interim Assistant Principal for Athletics and Activities for the past year and has done a commendable job.  Dr. Knutson stated that Mr. Hopman has been with the District for the past seven years.  He noted that Mr. Hopman has done a nice job supporting all activities.

Dr. Donausky added that, in addition to doing a great job in his school activities, Mr. Hopman has made an impact in the community with village officials and homeowners associations.  Mr. Donausky noted he was looking forward to working with Mr. Hopman on his administrative team.

Mr. Hopman stated the past year had been an exciting and challenging year for him at Rich South and he was looking forward to future years. 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-98 carried.

Mr. Tandy requested approval of an agreement regarding Sue Misch.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

(02-99)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the attached agreement regarding Sue Misch.

Mr. Tandy noted the agreement had to do with an early bird class in connection with the District’s retirement program.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-99 carried.

Mr. Tandy requested approval of participation in the Early Retirement Program.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

(02-100)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the participation of the twelve employees, listed on the enclosed memorandum under “Attachment A,” in the “Early Retirement Program - Part B” provided that the following requirements are all met:

 

  1. All requirements of the “Appendix to Professional Negotiations Agreement - Early Retirement Programs - Part B;”
  1. All requirements of the Teachers Retirement System for retirement without discount; and
  1. All requirements of the State of Illinois.

 

 

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Mr. Tandy noted this motion applies to retirees who plan to retire at the end of the 2003 school year under Part B of the retirement program. 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-100 carried.

Mr. Tandy requested approval of pay increases for police security officers.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

(02-101)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the increase for police security officers, as attached, effective June, 2002.

Mr. Tandy stated that in order to stay competitive with other school districts we need to raise the hourly pay for security officers.  Money to pay security officers comes from the Tort Immunity Fund.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-101 carried.

Mr. Tandy requested approval of resolutions honoring retiring staff.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

(02-102)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the attached resolutions honoring the following 2002 retirees:  Don Brown, Richard Brzoska, Shirlee Evans, Florence Faull, Mary Freund, Frank Giannetti, Harold Holly, Dennis Hrdina, Ronald Kwiatt, Edward O’Malley, Kenneth McMillan, Sue Misch, Gregory Pero, John Thomas, Andy Ventress, Lloyd Wisleder, and George Young.

Mr. Tandy noted that it is the tradition of the Board to approve resolutions for retiring staff members.  Dr. Knutson noted these resolutions were for teaching and non-teaching staff.

 

Minutes

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-102 carried.

Mr. Tandy requested approval of the 2002 Summer School Proposal.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

(02-103)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the 2002 Summer School Proposal as attached.

After discussion, it was decided that the Summer School Proposal should be revised so that the transportation costs for students remain at $41.00 per semester rather than $60.00 per semester which is proposed for 2002. The District is saving money by utilizing with First Student as its transportation company.  With the approval of Mrs. Lohr and Mr. White, the motion was revised as follows:

(02-103)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the revised 2002 Summer School Proposal as attached.

Mr. Tandy introduced Mr. Lawrence Cook, who will be in charge of summer school 2002.  Mr. Cook thanked the Board and administration for giving him the opportunity to run summer school. 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Absent: Caldwell

 

Motion 02-103 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

Mrs. Panega requested approval of new textbooks for the 2002-2003 school year.  Mr. Freund moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

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(02-104)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the adoption of the new textbooks as listed on the attached textbook change/addition sheets.

Mrs. Panega noted each textbook had been reviewed for multicultural sensitivity and readability for grade level.  She noted that approval of the Civics textbook was contingent upon the Board’s approval of the Freshman Social Studies proposal.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-104 carried.

Mrs. Panega requested approval of half-day inservice days for 2002-2003.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

(02-105)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the recommendation of the administration for the 2002-2003 plan for half-day early release inservice activities as follows:  September 4, 2002, October 24, 2002, February 26, 2003, and March 20, 2003.

Mrs. Panega noted that October 24, 2002, and March 20, 2003, would be used as parent/teacher conference days, and September 4, 2002, and February 26, 2003, as half day inservice days for curriculum work. 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-105 carried.

Mrs. Panega requested approval of a Rich East Freshman Social Studies proposal.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

(02-106)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the DCAC recommendation for a Rich East Social Studies Pilot Program beginning with the 2002-2003 school year.

 

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Mrs. Panega noted that this course was based on several years of dialogue with the Rich East Social Studies staff and approval of the 7-period day proposal at Rich East. Students will take one semester of Geography and one semester of Civics/Economics.  These courses are in line with the Illinois Learning Standards.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 02-106 carried.

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a Policy Committee meeting for Monday, May 13, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central.  Mrs. Lohr requested copies of the pending policies before the meeting.

 

 

Special Reports

Mr. Burnette, Mrs. Lohr, and Mrs. Owens reported on the Board Retreat held February 22 & 23, 2002.  They noted that the Board met on February 22 with Mr. John Davis, facilitator, and then on February 23 with the entire District administrative staff.

Mr. White, Mrs. Owens, and Mr. Burnette reported on their attendance at the National School Board Association conference.  All three reported that they felt the conference was very worthwhile.  Mr. Burnette stated he felt the Board should reconsider whether to join the NSBA and also reconsider the number of Board members who attend the conference.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

Dr. Knutson requested approval of the final calendar for the 2001-2002 school year.  Mr. Freund moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

(02-107)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Final Calendar for the 2001-2002 school year as submitted.

Dr. Knutson noted after the threat of snow days was past, it was necessary to go back to the Regional Office to remove the emergency days from the calendar and change the last day of school.

 

Minutes

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-107 carried.

Dr. Knutson reminded the Board of the Strategic Planning Focus Groups scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the Rich Central cafeteria.

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Burnette requested a closed session to consider a student discipline matter.

Mr. Burnette requested a special meeting to honor retirees.  This meeting was set for May 6, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rich East Media Center.

Mr. Burnette requested a special meeting to honor students.  This meeting was set for June 3, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich East.

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the Tenured Teacher Reception at 6:30 p.m. prior to the May 20, 2002, Board meeting, in the Rich East Staff Dining Room.

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the Teacher/Administrator/Board meeting, Monday, April 29, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at Rich Central.

Closed Session

At 9:28 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

(02-108)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider a student discipline matter.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 02-108 carried.


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At 9:56 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

(02-109)          It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

 

Motion 02-109 carried.

At 9:57 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

(02-110)          It is moved that Student #1 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for two complete calendar years.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-110 carried.

At 10:10 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mr. Burnette declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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