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March 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 7:50 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2002.

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

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

Absent: Caldwell

Also Present: Mrs. Moore, Ms. Rich, Mr. Cartman, Mrs. Malak, Mrs. Epstein, Mrs. Czupryn, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Lea, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Oakley, Mrs. DioGuardi, Mr. Donausky, Mrs. Williamson, Dr. Knutson, Mr. Tandy, Mrs. Panega, Mr. O’Malley, Mrs. Treichel, and student representatives Tahman Bradley (Central), and Regina Wright (East).

Approval of Consent Agenda

Mr. Burnette asked to remove approval of the minutes of the Special meeting of February 22, 2002, and the Special meeting of February 23, 2002, from the Consent Agenda.  He asked if anyone else wished to remove any item removed from the Consent Agenda.  There being none, Mr. Burnette entertained a motion for approval of the Consent Agenda as amended.  Mr. Freund moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

(02-80)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as amended

a.         Approval of the minutes of the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of February 18, 2002, the regular meeting of February 18, 2002, the Special meeting of February 19, 2002, the Special meeting of February 25, 2002, the Personnel Committee meeting of March 5, 2002, the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of March 5, 2002, the Special meeting of March 11, 2002, and the Closed Session meeting of March 11, 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 March 18, 2002, as follows:

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Payroll

Gross Payroll February 25, 2002          1,211,515.12

Gross Payroll March 8, 2002    1,074,136.23 

Bills Payable

Education                                              510,917.35

Operation & Maintenance                        226,818.16

Transportation                                       51,598.23

Site & Construction                                 2,321.90

Total Bills Payable                                  791,655.64                                       

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

Payroll

Gross Payroll February 25, 2002                      4,320.54

Gross Payroll March 8, 2002                4,320.54

Bills Payable

Education                                                     282,343.94 

d.         Request for 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. Request for renewal of membership in the Illinois High School Association

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the renewal of Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South in the Illinois High School Association and adopt and abide by the Constitution, By-Laws, Terms and Conditions, and Administrative Procedures, Guidelines and Policies of the Illinois High School Association for the year July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2003.

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

Nay: None

Motion 02-80 carried.

Student Representatives

Rich East’s student representative, Regina Wright, reported on what is happening at Rich East.  Tahman Bradley, Rich Central’s student representative reported on what is happening at Rich Central.  Due to the absence of the Rich South student representative, Dr. Donausky reported on Rich South activities and good news.

Dr. Donausky also reported on Media Center usage at Rich South.  He noted that when Mrs. Kluge has meetings she must attend, another certified staff member will be hired to staff the Media Center for students.  He also noted that after school meetings will no longer be scheduled for the Media Center so that it can be available for students.

Financial Considerations

Mr. O’Malley requested approval of student fees for the 2002-2003 school year.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

(02-81)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Student Fee Schedule” for the 2002-2003 school year as presented for the Central, East and South campuses, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-31.

 

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Mr. O’Malley noted that fees will not be raised for the next school year but will remain at $135.00 for General Student Fee, $10.00 for Activity Fee, $75.00 for Driver Ed. BTW, and $14.00 for Gym Suit.  The General Student Fee and the Gym Suit Fee will continue to be waived for students who are eligible for free lunch.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

Motion 02-81 carried.

Mr. O’Malley requested approval of a proposal regarding Life Safety Surveys.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

(02-82)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the proposal from Dahlquist and Lutzow to complete Life Safety Surveys for Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South High Schools, at a cost not to exceed $48,000, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-29.

Mr. O’Malley noted that school districts are required to perform a Life Safety Survey at least every ten years.  He noted he was recommending that we begin immediately to have our next survey completed by Dahlquist and Lutzow. 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

Motion 02-82 carried.

Mr. O’Malley requested adoption of the tentative Amended 2001-2002 budget.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

(02-83)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the Tentative Amended 2001-2002 Budget, as presented, and make it available for public inspection for a period of not less than 30 days expiring on or before May 20, 2002. Further, a

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Public Hearing on said Amended Budget will be held on May 20, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. and the Secretary is directed to have inserted in the local newspaper the attached notice of said availability for inspection and Public Hearing, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-30.

Mr. O’Malley noted that the Board had received the first draft of the tentative Amended 2001-2002 budget at its Budget and Finance Committee meeting on March 5, 2002.  This tentative Amended 2001-2002 budget will be made available for public inspection.  Any additional drafts will also be made available to the public.  Approval will be requested at the May Board meeting.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

Motion 02-83 carried.

Mr. O’Malley requested approval of a revised Resolution for Shurgard Real Estate Tax Abatement.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

(02-84)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Revised Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Shurgard Storage Center of Country Club Hills,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-34.

Mr. O’Malley noted that the original resolution had been approved in December, but the PIN numbers did not coincide.  This resolution will correct those numbers.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-84 carried.

 

Mr. O’Malley requested authorization to replace a Hot Water Storage Tank at Rich East.  Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded the following:

 

(02-85)            It is moved that the Board of Education declare an Emergency Situation and Authorize the Director of Fiscal Services and the Director of Buildings and

 

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Grounds to contract for the replacement of the hot water storage tank at Rich East High School on an emergency basis, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 02-33.

Mr. O’Malley noted that a small hole was discovered in the bottom of the hot water storage tank at Rich East, and the tank needs to be replaced.  When there is an emergency situation, the District does not need to go out for bids as long as three-fourths of the Board members approve the expenditure.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, Burnette

Nay: White

Motion 02-85 carried.

Personnel Office Report

Mr. Tandy requested approval of a Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Part-Time Probationary Teachers.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

(02-85)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the resolution entitled, “Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Part-Time Probationary Teachers,” as distributed.

Mr. Tandy noted that it is customary that we non-renew probationary part-time teachers for the purpose of not overstaffing.  Some of these teachers will be hired back for the fall.

Mrs.  Lohr noted that this process needs to be followed even though the District plans to hire some of the individuals back.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-85 carried.

 

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Mr. Tandy requested approval of a Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of First Year Probationary Teachers.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

(02-86)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the resolution entitled, “Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of First Year Probationary Teachers,” as distributed.

Mr. Tandy noted the recommendation for non-renewal of these teachers came in written and verbal reports from the principals.  The District is non-renewing five (5) probationary teachers for job performance or failure to secure the necessary courses for endorsement.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-86 carried.

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

Mrs. Panega reported on the “100 Black Men” organization.  She noted that Dr. Eric King and Mr. Elliott Johnson from District 159 had made a presentation at the District’s Executive Council.  They want to establish a hub in the South Suburbs and are looking for District 227 to work with them.  Mrs. Panega noted that Executive Council was extremely supportive of this opportunity.  Mr. Tandy and Mrs. Panega will co-chair a committee to work on this project.  The committee will include certified staff members from each school, an administrator, and male parents from each school.  Mrs. Lohr suggested the committee also include a classified staff member from each school.

Committee Reports

Mrs. Lohr reported on the Personnel Committee meeting of March 5, 2002.  She noted that projections on staffing for next year had been discussed. 

Mrs. Owens reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of March 5, 2002.  She noted that the tentative budget had been discussed.

Mrs. Owens reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held prior to the Board

 

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meeting.  She noted that Mr. Tandy and Mr. O’Malley had presented projections on employees retiring and ultimate savings on those planning to retire within the next three years.

Dr. Knutson noted he would like the Board to give direction to the administration at the April 15, 2002, meeting on whether or not it will approve the additional retirees under Part B of the contract.

Mrs. Lohr suggested that an item be put on the agenda to discuss retirees under Part B of the contract and have a motion ready in case the Board is ready to take action.

Special Reports

Mr. Burnette requested postponement of the report on the Board Retreat of February 22 & 23, 2002, until after the Retreat minutes had been revised.  Board members agreed with this.

Mr. Burnette reported on the SCOPE Dinner/Governing Board meeting of March 14.  He noted this meeting had been postponed from January 30, 2002.  Changes were made to the SCOPE bylaws.  Mr. Burnette noted he will have a copy of the bylaws for the Board members in an upcoming packet.

Report of the Superintendent

Dr. Knutson requested approval of Board of Education meeting dates for 2002-2003.  He noted the dates coincide with the current dates as closely as possible.  The Board meetings will be held the 3rd Monday in the month, except for September, 2002, due to a religious holiday, and January, 2003, due to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Freund seconded the following:

(02-87)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Board meeting dates for the year 2002-2003 as presented.

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

Motion 02-87 carried.

Dr. Knutson noted that it will be necessary to schedule a special meeting in April, 2003, due to the election, which will be held on April 8, 2003.  The school code states that a school board must reorganize within 7 days of the election.  Dr. Knutson suggested the Board set a special meeting either Wednesday, April 9, or Thursday, April 10, 2003. 

 

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Dr. Knutson requested approval of a 7-period day for Rich East.  Mr. Lea and members of his School Improvement Team talked about the benefits for students of a 7-period day.  A social studies proposal for freshmen was distributed to Board members.  If approved by DCAC, this class will be required of incoming freshmen.

Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

(02-88)            It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Superintendent to begin the implementation of a 7-period day at Rich East High School, pending successful impact bargaining with the RTHSEA and the CSU.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-88 carried.

Dr. Knutson informed the Board that, in addition to Nancy Adduci, the Rich East High School Learning Organization had received a “Those Who Excel” award.  The award will be given in Springfield on April 13, 2002.  He offered congratulations to the members of the Rich East staff who were present. 

Dr. Knutson requested approval of the revised 2002-2003 school calendar.  He noted that Spring Break 2003 had to be changed due to the Prairie State Achievement Exams being given during the time period designated for Spring Break.  Mr. White moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

(02-89)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Revised 2002-2003 School Calendar as distributed.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-89 carried.

Dr. Knutson noted all elementary superintendents are aware of this change, and the District is hoping for a uniform Spring Break for all students in the area.

 

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Dr. Knutson mentioned that FLOW (Future Leaders of the World) was scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  FLOW is a district-wide Leadership Conference.  He noted that Board members should feel free to stop in if their schedule permits.

 

 

Report of the President

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board that the next regular Board meeting would take place on Monday, April 15, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich East Media Center

Mr. Burnette noted that the Board/CSU meeting scheduled for Monday, March 25, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. had been postponed and will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

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

Mr. Burnette reported on his attendance as a staff member at Snowball I held March 7 - 10, 2002.  He noted that the youngsters did an outstanding job in planning and carrying out the details for the Snowball.  He also noted that for the first time there had been more young men present than young ladies.

Closed Session

At 9:30 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

(02-90)            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: Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 02-90 carried.

At 10:08 p.m. Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded the following:

(02-91)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-91 carried.

Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded the following:

(02-92)            It is moved that the Board of Education expel the student discussed in closed session for two complete calendar years.

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 02-92 carried.

At 10:09 p.m. Mr. White moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mr. Burnette declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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