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June 17, 2002

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2002

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, June 17, 2002, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

Mr. Burnette called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

 

Present: Caldwell Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens (7:55 p.m.), White, Burnette

 

Also Present: Dr. Knutson, Mrs. Panega, Mr. Tandy, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Cahill, Dr. Donausky, Ms. Rich, Mr. and Mrs. Hemmann, Mr. Curran, Mr. Hawthorne, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Goss, Mr. Ray, Mr. Licatesi, Mrs. Feltenstein, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Treichel

 

 

Mr. Burnette announced that he was switching the agenda and going to Agenda Item #14 first.

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Burnette asked if there were any citizens in the audience who wished to be recognized.  Mrs. Thomas was recognized.  She spoke on behalf of her son, Eric Epps.   Mrs. Goss was recognized.  She spoke on behalf of her son, Dexter Gleason.

 

Mr. Burnette asked these parents to set up a meeting with Dr. Knutson in order that a determination could be made on the situation as quickly as possible.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Mr. Burnette asked if there were any other citizens who wished to be recognized pertaining to agenda items.  Mrs. Hemmann was recognized.  She asked if she could address the Board.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(02-138)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider the appointment, employment, discipline, compensation or dismissal of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 02-138 carried.


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At 8:45 p.m. Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(02-139)          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 02-139 carried.

 

 

Scheduled Presentations

 

Preliminary Block Scheduling Monitoring Report

 

Dr. Donausky presented a Block Schedule Report to the Board of Education.  He noted various issues and benefits of a block schedule.  Dr. Donausky pointed out professional development in which teachers are involved, including CRISS and Engaged Learning.  Dr. Donausky noted that teachers are also involved in individual professional development pursuits and instructional strategies for teaching in a block schedule.  He noted that a mentoring round table will be in place next year.  Dr. Donausky pointed out that three new Rich South teachers are experienced in and will be teaching advanced placement classes at South next year. 

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Burnette requested approval of the consent agenda.  Mr. Freund moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(02-140)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

a.         Approval of the regular, closed session, and Public Hearing meeting minutes of May 20, 2002, and the special, closed session, and Committee of the Whole meeting minutes of June 3, 2002, as distributed.

 

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b.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated June 17, 2002, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll May 24, 2002                 1,221,317.06

 

Gross Payroll June 10, 2002                 1,168,144.33

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                709,038.24

 

Operation & Maintenance                        279,269.44

 

Transportation                               89,253.36

 

Site & Construction                                  101,517.51

 

Life Safety                                                  21,680.50                  

 

Total Bills Payable                               1,200,759.05

                                                                          

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 June 17, 2002, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll                                               

 

Gross Payroll May 24, 2002                        4,320.54

 

Gross Payroll June 10, 2002                        4,320.54

 

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Bills Payable

 

Education                                                  36,546.68

                                              

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.

 

  1. Approval of annual dues for IASB membership

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the annual dues expenditure for membership in the Illinois

Association of School Boards for the 2002-2003 school year.

 

  1. Approval of annual dues for NSBA membership

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the annual dues expenditure for membership in the National School Boards Association for the 2002-2003 school year.

 

  1. Prevailing Wage Rates

 

It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the resolution entitled “A Resolution Adopting the Prevailing Wage Rates for Laborers, Workmen and Mechanics Employed on Public Works of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-48.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that he had discussed the personnel issues with Mrs. Lohr.

 

Mr. O’Malley informed the Board that the financial items had been reviewed with Mrs. Owens.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-140 carried.


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Financial Considerations

 

Mr. O’Malley requested approval of a Working Cash Fund Loan to the Education Fund.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following;

 

(02-141)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution authorizing a loan of $2,000,000 from the Working Cash Fund into the Education Fund of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-49.

 

Mr. O’Malley noted that this loan from the Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund was necessary in order to make sure there were sufficient funds in the Education Fund.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-141 carried.

 

 

Mr. O’Malley requested authorization for a supplemental June bills payable list for District 227.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

 

(02-142)          It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to prepare and the Township School Treasurer to issue checks for a supplementary June, 2002, bills payable list in an amount not to exceed $500,000.00, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-51.

 

Mr. O’Malley noted that this supplementary bills payable list is necessary in order for these bills to be considered June payments on both the cash and accrual accounting reports.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-142 carried.

 

 


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Mr. O’Malley requested authorization for a supplemental June bills payable list for the Career Preparation Network.  Mr. White moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

 

(02-143)          It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to prepare and the Township School Treasurer to issue checks for a supplementary June, 2002, bills payable list in an amount not to exceed $400,000.00, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-52.

 

Mr. O’Malley noted that this supplementary bills payable list is necessary in order for these bills to be considered June payments on both the cash and accrual accounting reports for the Career Preparation Network.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-143 carried.

 

 

Mr. O’Malley requested renewal of insurance coverage for property, casualty, and liability insurance.  Mr. Freund moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(02-144)                      It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to Bind Insurance Coverage for Property, Casualty, and Liability coverage with either Indiana Insurance Company at a price not to exceed $140,000 or the Illinois School Insurance Cooperative (ISIC) at a price not to exceed $140,000, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-50.

 

Mr. O’Malley explained the two different insurance options available for the District.  He noted he is seeking a quote from the ISIC and, when received, a decision will be reached and payment made on best insurance for the District.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-144 carried.


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Mr. O’Malley requested approval of a resolution regarding Norwood Plaza in Park Forest.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

 

(02-145)          It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution entitled “A Resolution In Support of Village’s Efforts to Return Responsible Private Ownership to Norwood Square Shopping Center,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-47.

 

Mr. O’Malley noted that the Village of Park Forest is asking for the support of District 227 in the Village’s efforts to assume ownership of the Norwood Square Shopping Center property. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-145 carried.

 

 

Mr. O’Malley discussed the need for improving the electrical wiring at Rich Central. He asked for a sense of how the Board feels about beginning the process of improving Rich Central’s wiring.  The Board felt that the District should get started as soon as possible.  Mr. O’Malley noted that an evaluation will be made of the needs of Rich East and Rich South.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Mr. Tandy requested approval of teaching contracts.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(02-146)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve teaching contracts as follows:

 

Full-time

 

Robert Frederick          Step 14, MA Lane

Tammy Crosby Step 2, MA Lane

Arrie Christain  Step 9, BA+15 Lane

Joy Remmer                 Step 9, MA+15 Lane

Barbara Theobald         Step 11, MA+15 Lane

Matthew Bartley           Step 3, BA Lane

 

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Scot Ritter                    Step 10, BA Lane

Josephine Pulido           Step 4, MA Lane

 

Part-Time

 

Jennifer Banas  .4420 of Step 2, MA Lane

Greg Schweiger            .6 of Step 3, BA Lane

 

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

 

Mr. Tandy went over the positions these staff members would be filling.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: White

 

Motion 02-146 carried.

 

 

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

 

(02-147)          It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Pat Usher effective with the conclusion of the 2001-2002 school year.

 

 

Mr. Tandy informed the Board that Mr. Usher accepted a position at another high school.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-147 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested approval of Special Pay Rates for 2002-2003.  Mr. White moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

 

 

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(02-148)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Special Pay Rates for 2002-2003 as attached.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that the only changes in the special pay rates were for summer high school and college help. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-148 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Mrs. Panega stated that she would be making a detailed report at the Education Committee meeting on August 19.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Caldwell reported on the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  She noted there had been a discussion on establishing a foundation for the District.  The next Community Relations meeting was scheduled for August 5, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central.  There will also be a planning committee meeting on July 16, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

Mr. Freund informed the Board that there was an Education Committee meeting scheduled for August 19, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central.  The Assistant Principals for Athletics/Activities will be invited.

 

Mrs. Caldwell requested that NCA books be given to athletes.

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a Policy Committee meeting be scheduled for July 15, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

 

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Special Reports

 

Mr. White reported on the Student Recognition held on June 3, 2002.  He felt it had been a very worthwhile ceremony.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Knutson requested approval of a formal school name for the alternative school.  Mr. White moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

 

(02-148)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the formal school name for the alternative school as follows:

 

Rich Township High School–Phoenix Campus

 

Dr. Knutson noted that this name has caught on with everyone.  The Phoenix bird is the school’s mascot.  Mrs. Martin noted that the entire school had voted on the name.  The Phoenix is a mythological bird which rises from the ashes.

 

After a voice vote, Mr. Burnette declared the motion carried.

 

Motion 02-148 carried.

 

 

Dr. Knutson requested approval of administrative and exempt staff salaries.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(02-149)          It is moved that the Board of Education accept the Superintendent’s recommendation for the administrative and exempt staff compensation package for 2002-2003, in accordance with Memorandum 06-13-02.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-149 carried.

 

 


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Dr. Knutson requested approval of a retirement incentive for the Director of Fiscal Services.  Mr. White moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

 

(02-150)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the retirement incentive for Edward M. O’Malley, Director of Fiscal Services, as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-150 carried.

 

 

Dr. Knutson requested approval of School Improvement Days for 2002-2003.  Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

 

(02-151)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the School Improvement Days for rich Central, Rich East, Rich South, and the Phoenix Campus for the 2002-2003 school year as attached.

 

Dr. Knutson noted these were late start days where the released time is banked before the School Improvement Day.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-151 carried.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Burnette requested a closed session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation or dismissal of an employee or officer.

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board that the next Board meeting would be held on Monday, July 15, 2002, in the Rich Central Media Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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Mr. Burnette requested a Special Meeting of the Board for June 24, 2002, to approve bids for asbestos removal at Rich East and Rich South as well as a possible auditorium bid rescinding and approval of a new subcontractor. 

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 10:20 p.m. Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(02-152)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation or dismissal of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-152 carried.

 

 

At 11:00 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

 

(02-153)          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 02-153 carried.

 

 

At 11:01 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mr. Burnette declared the meeting be adjourned.

 

 

 

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