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February 18th, 2002

The Board of Education of School District 227, Cook County, Illinois, met in regular session at the South campus of Rich Township High Schools, Richton Park, Illinois, at 8:05 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2002.

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

Present: Caldwell, Freund, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Absent: Lohr

Also Present: Ms. Rich, Mrs. Guritz, Mrs. Hubbard, Ms. Bickhem, Ms. Morain, Ms. Malak, Mrs. Martin, Mr. Tandy, Mrs. Panega, Mr. O’Malley, Mrs. Treichel, and student representatives Sarah Stoll (Phoenix Campus), and Iris Menser (Alternate South).

Approval of Consent Agenda

Mr. Burnette requested approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. White moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

(02-76)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

a.         Approval of the Special and Closed Session meeting minutes of January 7, 2002, the Regular and Closed Session meeting minutes of January 14, 2002, the Special meeting of January 22, 2002, the Special meeting of January 28, 2002, and the Education Committee, Special, and Closed Session meeting minutes of February 4, 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 February 18, 2002, as follows:

Payroll

Gross Payroll January 25, 2002        1,073,884.20

Gross Payroll February 8, 2002        1,077,831.88


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Bills Payable

 

Education                                               631,831.42     

Operation & Maintenance                   233,530.14

Transportation                                       329,895.13

Life Safety                                                  7,350.04                       

Total Bills Payable                               1,202,606.73

                                                                          

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 February 18, 2002, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

Payroll  

 

Gross Payroll January 25, 2002                 4,320.54

Gross Payroll February 8, 2002                    5,520.54

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                        6,271.39                                                            

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.

Mr. Tandy noted that he had reviewed the staffing with Mrs. Lohr.

Mr. O’Malley noted he and Mrs. Owens had gone over the bills.

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-76 carried.

Sarah Stoll, the Phoenix Campus student representative, and Iris Menser, Rich South’s alternate student representative, reported on what is happening at their campuses.  Ms. Stoll invited the Board to the Phoenix Campus Black History Program on Wednesday, February 27, at 4:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Campus.

Personnel Office Report

 

Mr. Tandy requested approval to offer a teaching contract.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

(02-77)            It is moved that the President, Secretary and Superintendent be authorized to sign contracts as follows:

Part Time

 

Erik Polcaster               .4751 of Step 1, BA Lane 

 

provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois and the North Central Association are met.                                    

Mr. Tandy noted that Mr. Polcaster will be teaching Spanish at Rich South. 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

Motion 02-77 carried.

 

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Mr. Tandy requested acceptance of a resignation.  Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

(02-78)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Will Smith effective January 28, 2002.

Mr. Tandy noted that Mr. Smith had medical problems and felt it was in the best interests of the school district to resign.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-78 carried.

Mr. Tandy requested acceptance of a resignation.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

(02-79)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of the Director of Fiscal Services, Edward M. O’Malley, effective June 30, 2002.

Mr. Tandy noted that Mr. O’Malley has done a super job and has epitomized teamwork in his position as Director of Fiscal Services.  He stated that Mr. O’Malley has helped the Board and administration understand numbers

Mr. Burnette noted that it would be a big adjustment when Mr. O’Malley leaves.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

Motion 02-79 carried.

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Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

Mrs. Panega noted there would be a l/2 day institute at Rich Central on Wednesday, February 20, 2002, for certified staff, and a l/2 day institute at Rich East on Wednesday, February 20, 2002, for classified staff.

Committee Reports

Mr. Freund reported on the Education Committee meeting held February 4, 2002.  He noted that Mrs. Panega had updated the Board on R.A.M.P. and the principals offered some concrete date for student achievement regarding the P.S.A.E. scores.  Mr. Lea gave an update on weighted grades.  Mr. Lea and the Rich East School Day Task Force went over the proposed 7-period day for Rich East.

Mr. Burnette commended the chairs of the Education and Budget and Finance Committees for the information which the Board and public had received.

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Personnel Committee/Budget and Finance Committee meetings scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2002, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Rich South.

Mrs. Owens noted that no report was needed on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting since all persons present at the Board meeting were also at the Budget and Finance Committee meeting.

Special Reports

Mr. Freund reported on the Special Meeting with the Classified Staff Union held on January 22, 2002.  He stated he had found it a very informative evening and had enjoyed getting to know Kathy Damon, the classified employee featured at the meeting.

Mr. Tandy noted he had met with the four principals and Melanie Czupryn regarding the principals contacting campus representatives first to handle situations at each campus.

Mr. Burnette reported on the T.A.B. meeting held on January 28, 2002. He noted that Ms. Rich had shared information on class caps, the RTHSEA president’s time commitment, and incentives for the retention of new staff.

 

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Mr. Tandy noted that he had sent a memorandum to all schools regarding the class caps to make sure they are correct on the master schedule.

Mr. O’Malley reported on the special meeting of January 28, 2002, held on the auditorium.  He noted that plans have been redrawn for the auditorium, and Henry Bros. has been hired as the construction manager for the project.    Documentation will be gotten to the contractors by March 27 and should be brought to the Board for approval at its April 15 meeting.

Mrs. Owens noted that the Board had authorized an additional $1,000,000 in funding for the auditorium.

Mr. O’Malley reported on Board Members’ Night January 31, 2002.  He noted he had been the host for the evening and had enjoyed the night.  Mrs. Norwood commented that she had enjoyed the speaker.

Mr. White reported on the Legislative Breakfast held on February 2, 2002.  He noted the discussion session had been very informative.

Mr. Freund reported on the Klein, Thorpe School Law Conference held February 9, 2002.  He mentioned one session in which he had received a handout, “Promoting Civility Among Students,” and requested that it be distributed to other Board members.

Report of the Superintendent

Mr. Tandy noted that Dr. Gatta would be making presentations on Strategic Planning as follows:

February 21                 2:30 p.m.                      Rich Central

February 27                 7:30 a.m.                      Rich South

February 27                 2:30 p.m.                      Rich East

Report of the President

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board that the next meeting was scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich South Media Center.

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Mr. Burnette noted there was a sign-up sheet going around for the SCOPE Spring Dinner and Governing Board Meeting scheduled for March 14, 2002, at the Rosewood West Banquet Hall, Crestwood.

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the retreat scheduled for February 22 and 23, 2002, at the Oak Brook Hills Conference Center.  He asked Board members to turn in any issues they wished to discuss at the Retreat.

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the Committee of the Whole meeting on Strategic Planning scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Campus.

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the meeting with the Board of Education of School District 162 on Monday, February 25, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Campus.

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the IASB Winter Dinner Meeting to be held Tuesday, February 26, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at Southwood Middle School, Country Club Hills.

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the Scariano School Law Seminar scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2002, at 8:30 a.m. in Woodridge, IL.

Mr. Burnette requested a special meeting of the Board for the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline or dismissal of an employee or officer.  This meeting was scheduled for Monday, March 11, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Office Conference Room at Rich South.

Old Business

Mr. White asked if the District attempted to sell old equipment before disposing of it.  Mr. O’Malley noted that not only could the District not sell it, it could not even give it away.  He noted that if Mr. White knew of anyone interested in old equipment, that he should let him know.

New Business

Mrs. Norwood brought up the organization of 100 Black Men and their mentoring program for students.

 

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Adjournment

 

At 9:00 a.m. Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mr. Burnette declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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