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November 18, 2002

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES

NOVEMBER 18, 2002

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois, met on Monday, November 18, 2002, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

Mr. Burnette called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and requested a roll call.

 

Present: Caldwell, Freund, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White (7:47 p.m.), Burnette

 

Also Present: Ms. Benard, Ms. Dubbert, Dr. Donausky, Mrs. Sowles, Mrs. Bernardi-Zajac, Ms. Rich, Ms. Schnoor, Ms. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Mr. Veazey, Mr. Spielbauer, Mrs. Epstein, Mr. Cohn, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Woods, Mr. Mnyofu, Mr. Young, Ms. High, Mr. Lea, and student representatives Diane Meeks (Phoenix), Kalea Polk (South), and Bernadette Ford (Central).

 

 

Scheduled Presentation

 

Mr. Burnette announced that the Board would like to recognize Miss Vanessa Brown, a Rich South student who had received a perfect score in Reading on the ACT.  He called Miss Brown forward, along with Dr. Donausky, Rich South principal.  Dr. Donausky noted that Vanessa had already been recognized by Rich South at a special Student Recognition Breakfast and that she had been selected as a National Achievement Scholarship Outstanding Participant.  Mrs. Caldwell presented Miss Brown with a special recognition plaque on behalf of the Board of Education. 

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Burnette asked if any Board member wished to remove any item from the Consent Agenda.  There being none, Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-55)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed:

 

a.         Approval of minutes of the regular and closed session Board meetings of October 21, 2002, the Education Committee meeting of

October 21, 2002, the Education and Properties Committee meetings of October 28, 2002, and the Special meeting and Personnel Committee meeting of November 4, 2002 as distributed.

 

Minutes

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b.         Request for approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated November 18, 2002, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll October 25, 2002           1,234,452.22

 

Gross Payroll November 8, 2002         1,280,551.32

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                             536,625.74                                   

 

Operation & Maintenance                     232,296.34                    

 

Transportation                          233,158.43            

 

Site & Construction                              460,508.16

 

Life Safety                                            24,743.25                                        

 

Total Bills Payable                        1,487,331.92                                 

                                                                          

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

 

Payroll  

 

Gross Payroll October 25, 2002           4,527.27

 

Gross Payroll November 8, 2002         4,527.27

 

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Bills Payable

 

Education                                               4,906.02

                                              

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 he had gone over the personnel items with Mrs. Lohr.

 

Mr. Cahill stated he had reviewed the bills with Mrs. Owens

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Absent: White

Motion 03-55 carried.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Kalea Polk, Rich South’s student representative, Diane Meeks, the Phoenix Campus’ student representative, and Bernadette Ford, Rich Central’s student representative, reported on what is happening at their campuses.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill requested establishment of the 2002-2003 tuition charge.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

 

(03-56)            It is moved that the Board of Education establish the tuition charge for non-resident students attending the Rich Township High Schools for 2002-2003 at $11,916.78, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-17.

 

Minutes

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Mr. Cahill noted that the tuition amount is a result of the District’s audited financial statements.  The tuition amount represents the amount it costs to educate a child in the District.  Mr. Cahill noted that he had done a comparison of surrounding districts, and our tuition is lower than the majority of the districts. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-56 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cahill requested adoption of a resolution seeking an increase in the District’s loss factor.  Mr. Freund moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-57)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt a resolution requesting an increase in the loss and cause factor used by the Cook County Clerk in extending the levy of Township High School District 227, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-18.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that historically the District’s loss and cause factor has been 3%.  The District’s actual collection of taxes is around 95%, or a loss of 5%.  Mr. Cahill stated that the County uses this loss and cause factor to help District’s collect the full amount of taxes levied.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-57 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cahill requested acceptance of the independent auditor’s report.  Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded the following:

 

(03-58)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the Independent Auditor’s Report on the General Purpose Financial Statements of Rich Township High School District. No. 227 for the Fiscal Year 2001-2002, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-19.

 

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Mr. Cahill noted that the auditor’s report confirms what is outlined in the District’s budget, which has just been completed and discussed with the Board.  He noted that the auditors have issued an opinion letter which is attached to the Business Office Memorandum. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-58 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cahill requested adoption of a resolution designating an assistant to the Board Secretary for School Board Elections.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-59)            It is moved that the Board of Education Adopt the Resolution Designating Assistant to Board Secretary for School Board Election, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-20.

 

Mr. Cahill stated that Mrs. Sebek, Executive Secretary to the Director of Fiscal Services, will be serving in this capacity to handle all election papers and respond to election questions.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-59 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested approval of new employment contracts.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-60)            It is moved that the President, Secretary and Superintendent be authorized to sign contracts as follows:

 

Part Time

 

Joseph Malizia  .8785 of Step 1, BA+15 Lane

Anthony Cirrincione      .7403 of Step 1, BA+15 Lane

 

 

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provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois and the

North Central Association are met.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Mr. Malizia just recently received his teaching certificate, and he is presently teaching Language Arts at Rich South.  Mr. Cirrincione also just received his teaching certificate.  He is teaching Science at Rich East.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-60 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy mentioned the “100 Black Men Organization.”  The organization is doing a presentation at all four campuses during the week.  They are talking to students about success in the educational world.

 

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Mrs. Panega reported on the Technology and Learning Conference she and Dr. Knutson had attended last week.  She noted there were four threads emphasized at the conference regarding technology in the schools: (1) Strong focus on the Board of Education and District administrators working together; (2) Lesson Design - addressing State Standards; (3) Professional Development; and (4) Instructional Technology Facilitator–supporting staff at the campus level.  Mrs. Panega noted the administration will be initiating dialogue with the Board on how the District can integrate technology into the classroom.

 

Mr. Cohn, a member of the audience, asked the Board some questions about the District’s technology plan, e-rate dollars for technology purposes, and instructional management system.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a second reading of new Board policies and approval of the policies for the policy book.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded the following:

 

Minutes

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(03-61)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve for inclusion in the District’s Policy Book the following policies: 

 

Policy #2.260               Uniform Grievance Procedure (New)

Policy #6.50                 Education of Children with

Disabilities (Revised)

Policy #6.170               Title I Program (New)

Policy #7.20                 Harassment of Students Prohibited

(Revised)

Policy #7.40                 Part-time Attendance by Private and

Parochial Students (Revised)

Policy #7.70                 Student Transfers (Revised)

 

There being no questions on the policies, Mr. Burnette requested a roll call vote.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-61 carried.

 

 

Mr. Freund reported on the Education Committee meetings of October 21 and October 28. He noted that, at the October 21 meeting, Mr. Hysell had reported on the Career Preparation Network, Mrs. Panega had reported on Curriculum Reform Initiatives, and Mr. Lea had updated the Board on the Weighted Grades Committee.  At the October 28 meeting, Dr. Diana Grossi had made a presentation to the Board on the “No Child Left Behind” act.

 

Mr. Freund requested an Education Committee Meeting for December 9, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central High School.

 

Mr. White reported on the Properties Committee Meeting of October 28, 2002.  He noted he had presented an update on Long Range Facilities Planning and had listed the members of the facilities committee.  Mr. White mentioned that he has been checking out the District’s facilities to see how the various projects are coming along.

 

Mr. Cahill reported on the November 4, 2002, Special Meeting of the Board.  He noted that the purpose of the meeting had been the approval of the District’s Tentative Tax Levy for 2002-2003 and its impact on homeowners.

 

Minutes

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Mrs. Lohr reported on the Personnel Committee Meeting of November 4, 2002.  She noted that the focus of the meeting had been on recruiting and retaining staff.  Mrs. Lohr stated that the District’s recruitment fair is scheduled for January 25, 2003.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mr. White reported on the IASB Fall Dinner Meeting held October 30, 2002.  He noted that Mrs. Lohr, Mrs. Owens, and he had received awards from the IASB.  Mr. Burnette also commented on the awards received by these Board members.  He noted that they were Board members who perform above and beyond their required duties.

 

Mr. Burnette reported on the Board Retreat held November 1 & 2, 2002.  He noted various topics that had been discussed including board governance, interaction with constituents, vision for the District, and the Superintendent’s evaluation.  Mr. Burnette stated that the Board plans to hold a retreat quarterly in order to give more attention to making sure the Board is vigilantly following through with the course it has set.

 

Mrs. Owens mentioned that the Board talked about its accountability.  She noted that the Board’s first priority is student achievement.

 

Mrs. Lohr noted that the Board’s goal is to increase student achievement by 5 - 10% this year.

 

Mr. White mentioned that the Board plans to begin Town Meetings.

 

Mr. Burnette noted that, in Town Meetings, the Board can get information from the point of contact.  Feedback will be encouraged. 

 

Mrs. Owens and Mr. White reported on their attendance at the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ Conference held November 12 - 17, 2002.  They noted important sessions they had attended and distributed literature to the Board members which they had picked up at the conference.  Mrs. Owens also noted that she had ordered some information on DVD and/or tape about some of the conferences, and she would be sharing this information with Board members. 

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Knutson updated the Board on the progress of the Rich South auditorium.  He noted that 90% of the first layer of the roof is on and that we are still looking at a completion date for May, 2003.

 

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Report on the President

 

Mr. Burnette requested a closed session following the Board meeting to consider a student discipline matter and to consider the appointment, employment, discipline, compensation or dismissal of an employee or officer.

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board that the next regular Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 16, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mr. Burnette reported on Snowball II held October 25 - 27, 2002.  He noted that everything this year had been changed.  He also noted that everyone had done an excellent job, and he had especially enjoyed the staff closing. 

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the Joint Conference in Chicago November 22 - 24, 2002.

 

Mr. Burnette recommended that Mrs. Owens serve on the Structural Imbalance Task Force.  He noted that if any other Board members wished to serve on this Task Force, they should see him personally after the meeting.  The first meeting of the Task Force is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 2002.  Mrs. Owens accepted the assignment to serve on the Task Force.

 

 

Old Business

 

Dr. Knutson noted that first Town Meeting to discuss the multicultural committee’s decision regarding the placing of rainbow triangles on doors will be Tuesday evening, December 3.  The District does not yet know at which campus the meeting will be held.  Key Communicators will be invited to the meeting, and their scheduled meeting that night will be changed.

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Young was recognized.  He asked for information regard the “100 Black Men Organization.” Mr. Tandy stated he will get the information to him.

 

Mrs. Woods and her daughter, Angel, were recognized.  They spoke in defense of block scheduling at Rich South and wanted to know why block scheduling had been dropped.  Board members responded that they were doing what they felt was in the best interest of the majority of Rich South students.

 

Various audience members were recognized.  They expressed their opinions on numerous subjects regarding the District.

 

Minutes

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At 9:50 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-62)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider a student discipline matter and 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 03-62 carried.

 

 

At 10:55 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(03-63)            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 03-63 carried.

 

 

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

 

(03-64)            It is moved that the Board of Education extend its 11:00 p.m. curfew to 11:30 p.m.)

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-64 carried.

 


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At 10:56 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-65)            It is moved that the Board of Education go back into closed session to consider a student discipline matter and 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 03-65 carried.

 

 

At 11:18 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

 

(03-66)            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 03-66 carried

 

 

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

 

(03-67)            It is moved that the student discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools through the end of the 2002-2003 school year for the reasons discussed in closed session.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-67 carried.


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At 11:19 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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President                                                                      Secretary