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July 15, 2002

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, July 15, 2002, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

In the absence of the President, Mrs. Lohr, Vice President, opened the meeting at 7:45 p.m. and requested a roll call.

 

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

Absent: Burnette

 

Also Present: Dr. Knutson, Mr. Tandy, Mrs. Panega, Mr. Cahill, Mrs. Treichel, Ms. Rich, Mrs. Martin, Dr. Donausky, Mr. Lea, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Pizzimenti, Dr. McDonald, Mrs. Hicks, Mr. O’Malley,  Mrs. Hurd-Jenkins, Mr. Jenkins, Leon Norwood

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mrs. Lohr asked if any citizens wished to be recognized.  Mr. Jenkins was recognized.  He noted that his son had been expelled from Rich East.  He wanted to know if his son could attend any of the other District 227 schools. 

 

Dr. Knutson informed Mr. Jenkins that his son could not attend any of the District 227 schools once he had been expelled.

 

Mr. Jenkins brought up the fact that the Student in Good Standing form had been sent to him stating the wrong information.  Mr. Lea noted that a corrected form had been sent out and asked Mr. Jenkins if he had received it.  Mr. Jenkins stated that the corrected form had been received.

 

Mrs. Jenkins asked if discipline decisions are made in a public meeting.  Dr. Knutson responded that the parents are invited to attend the student discipline hearing but when the hearing officer’s report is discussed by the Board it is done in closed session.

 

At 8:05 p.m. Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(03-01)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss the appointment, employment, discipline, dismissal or compensation of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-01 carried.


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At 8:40 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-02)            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, Norwood, Owens, White, Lohr

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-02 carried.

 

Mrs. Lohr recognized Mr. O’Malley.  Mr. O’Malley noted he had attended a meeting of the Village of Matteson earlier in the evening and had been presented with a check in the amount of $57,552.96 for District 227.  This check represents TIF surplus.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Lohr asked if anyone wished to remove any item from the Consent Agenda.  Mrs. Owens requested that the closed session minutes of June 17, 2002, (Session 1) be removed from the Consent Agenda.  Mrs. Lohr requested approval of the Consent Agenda with the above removal.  Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-03)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed:

 

a.         Approval of the Regular and Closed Session (Session 2)) meeting minutes of June 17, 2002, the Community Relations and Long Range Planning Committee Meeting minutes of June 17, 2002, and the Special and Closed Session meeting minutes of June 24, 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 July 15, 2002, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll June 25, 2002                 3,440,879.98  

 

 

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Gross Payroll July 10, 2002                     283,266.26

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                416,309.71

 

Operation & Maintenance                          93,727.77

 

Transportation                               12,514.92

 

Site & Construction                                313,886.40

 

Life Safety                                                  5,134.00                                

 

Total Bills Payable                                 841,572.80

                                                                          

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 July 15, 2002, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll                                                   

 

Gross Payroll June 25, 2002                  12,322.98

 

Gross Payroll July 10, 2002                 3,500.00

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                               515.00                                         

                                              

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. Open closed session minutes

 

It is moved that the Board of Education open to the public the closed session minutes of the following meetings from 2001-2002 as follows: December 3, 2001, and June 3, 2002.

 

  1. Approval of SCOPE Membership

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the District’s membership in the South Cooperative Organization for Public Education (SCOPE) for the 2002-2003 school year.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Anita Howard was listed on the Classified and Exempt Personnel Report.  Anita will be our new Communications Coordinator, if approved.  He noted that her reference checks were verified, and they confirmed what was heard and seen in her interview that Mrs. Howard will do an excellent job for our District.

 

Dr. Knutson noted that Ms. Howard was currently still working with Lyons Township schools, and she will continue there part time.

 

Ms. Howard was recognized.  She stated she is thrilled to be working with District 227.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-03 carried.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill was recognized.  He noted he had five items to bring before the Board.  He began with an announcement regarding receipt of Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award.  Mr. Cahill noted that his office staff should be commended for all the work put into making this award a reality.  He stated it was quite an honor for a district to receive its 15th CAFR award.

 

Mr. Cahill requested approval of bid for an electrical upgrade and computer expansion at Rich Central.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

 

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(03-04)            It is moved that the Board of Education waive any and all irregularities in the bidding process and award to the lowest, responsible bidder meeting specifications a contract for electrical upgrades and computer expansion at the Rich Central High School to Divane Bros. Electric Co., Franklin Park, IL, in the amount of $272,000, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-03.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that it had been estimated that the bids would come in at $600,000, but the lowest responsible bid was $272,000.  He noted that this will give the district an opportunity to move forward with other electrical upgrades. 

 

Mr. White stated that Divane Bros. Electric Co. is a very reliable company.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-04 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cahill requested participation in the Illinois Energy Consortium.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(03-05)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the “Resolution Authorizing the Natural Gas Membership and Participation Agreement with the Illinois Energy Consortium, Inc.” and the companion “Resolution Authorizing the Electrical Supply Membership and Participation Agreement with the Illinois Energy Consortium,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-04.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that over 300 Illinois school districts participate in this program.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-05 carried.

 


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Mr. Cahill requested approval of tentative budgets for Rich Township High School District 227 and the Career Preparation Network.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-06)            It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to prepare the 2002-2003 Tentative Budget and the Executive Director of the Career Preparation Network to prepare the 2002-2003 Tentative Budget, and make them available for public inspection for a period of not less than 30 days expiring on or before September 9, 2002.  Further, a Public Hearing on said Tentative Budgets will be held on September 9, 2002, at 7:30 p.m., and the secretary is directed to have inserted in the local newspaper the attached notices of said availability for inspection and Public Hearing, in accordance with Business Memorandums 03-01 and 03-02.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-06 carried.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

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

 

(03-07)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve teaching contracts as follows:

 

Full-time

 

Allison Arkin                Step 1, M.A. Lane

Linda Carter                 Step 20, M.A. Lane

Michelle Esposito         Step 2, B.A. Lane

Hope Henderson          Step 1, M.A.+45 Lane

Karyn Junker                Step 1, B.A. Lane

Patrick Keeley  Step 5, B.A.+15 Lane

Matthew Lawson          Step 3, B.A. Lane

David O’Toole Step 1, B.A. Lane

Rachael Owens            Step 2, B.A. Lane

Julia Robertson Step 5, M.A. Lane

 

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Craig West                   Step 10, B.A. Lane

Thomas Williams          Step 3, B.A. Lane

Debra Witt                   Step 8, M.A. Lane

Jean Paul Zwickert       Step 3, M.A.+45 Lane

 

Part-Time

 

John Kern                    .4940 of Step L, M.A. Lane

Byron Hyink                 .4 of Step L, M.A.+30 Lane

 

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

 

Mr. Tandy noted that position and campus of each new teacher.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Norwood, Owens, Lohr

Nay: White

 

Motion 03-07 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested acceptance of resignations.  Mr. Freund moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-08)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Jennifer Banas and Kimberly Ann Kay, effective with the 2002-2003 school year.

 

After a voice vote, Mrs. Lohr declared the motion carried.

 

Motion 03-08 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Mrs. Panega reported on the Summer Enrichment Program.  She noted she will be presenting a full report at the August 19 Education Committee meeting.

 

 

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Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Policy Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  She stated that various policies had been discussed, and it had been a productive meeting.

 

Mrs. Caldwell reminded the Board that the next Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting will take place on Monday, August 5, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central.  This will be a follow-up to the foundation meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 16.

 

Mr. Freund reminded the Board of the Education Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Board Room.  Agenda items will include the R.A.M.P. program, the gifted program, and the impact of coaches on student achievement and development.  The Assistant Principals for Athletic/Activities will be invited to attend.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mrs. Owens reported on her attendance at the Shared Leadership Conference in Tellico, TN.  She noted she had been part of a group of sixteen from District 227 attending the conference.  Mrs. Owens passed out information on Leadership and School Transformation which she had received at the Conference, which had been facilitated by the Bellons.  She noted that continuous improvement of schools had been the focus of the Conference. 

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Knutson requested approval of a revised Phoenix Campus Bell Schedule.  Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(03-09)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the revised bell schedule for the Phoenix Campus, as attached.

 

Dr. Knutson noted that the Phoenix Campus principal and staff met to make suggested changes in the bell schedule.  This schedule gives the students more instructional time and opportunities for school improvement. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Norwood, Owens, Lohr

Nay: None

Absent: White

 

Motion 03-09 carried.

 

 

Dr. Knutson updated the Board on the Rich South auditorium.  He noted that construction of the auditorium is 3 - 4 weeks behind in schedule, due in part to the contractor problem.  The footings and the foundation have been poured.  Dr. Knutson noted that Henry Bros. believes that construction will be back on schedule and the auditorium will be completed some time in May of next year.  There is a construction camera in place, and we are currently working to get the camera working with the District’s web site.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Lohr reminded the Board of the next regular Board meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2002, in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Lohr requested a Special Board Meeting for Monday, August 5, 2002, at approximately 7:30 p.m. following the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting.  This meeting will be held in the Rich Central Board Room.

 

Mrs. Lohr requested a closed session to discuss negotiations strategies.

 

Mrs. Lohr reminded the Board members to submit to the IASB their Leadership and Development Activities Summary.

 

Mrs. Lohr requested a date for the New Staff Reception.  It was decided that this reception would take place on Tuesday, August 27, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the Rich Central cafeteria.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mrs. Martin was recognized.  She reminded the Board of the October 3 dedication of the Phoenix Campus.

 

 

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Closed Session

 

At 9:45 p.m. Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(03-10)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss negotiations strategies.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-10 carried.

 

 

At 10:40 p.m. Mr. Freund moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-11)            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, Norwood, Owens, White, Lohr

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-11 carried.

 

 

At 10:41 p.m. Mr. Freund moved and Mr. White seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mrs. Lohr declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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