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September 9, 2002

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 9, 2002

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois, met on Monday, September 9, 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, White, Burnette

 

Also Present: Mr. Eckberg, Ms. Rogers, Ms. Falk, Ms. Taylor, Mr. Aukes, Mr. Veazey, Mr. Mnyotv, Ms. Paulett, Mrs. Moore, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Curran, Ms. Price, Mr. Cohn, Mrs. Martin, Dr. Donausky, Dr. McDonald, Mrs. Imoukhuede, Ms. Rich, Mrs. Howard, Mr. Hawthorne, Mr. Lea, Mr. Hauser, and student representatives Taliah Bashir and Katherine Contreras (alternates, Rich East), Iris Mensah (alternate, Rich South), Diane Meeks (alternate, Phoenix), and Bernadette Ford (Rich Central).

 

Mr. Burnette noted he was going to change the order of the agenda and go to Recognition of Citizens.  He stated he would also have a Recognition of Citizens at the end of the agenda.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Mnyotv was recognized.  He noted some difficulties his son, Shamari, has been having at Rich Central regarding the serving of detentions. 

 

 

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. Lohr seconded the following:

 

(03-25)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed:

 

a.         Approval of the Regular and Closed Session meeting minutes and the Education Committee meeting minutes, all of August 19, 2002, the Special and Closed Session meeting minutes of August 26, 2002, and the Budget and Finance Committee meeting minutes of August 27, 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 September 9, 2002, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll August 23, 2002             990,448.79

 

Gross Payroll September 10, 2002           1,098,732.53

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                         525,112.35

 

Operation & Maintenance                                 128,679.78

 

Bond & Interest                                                      485.00

 

Transportation                                       50,880.80

 

Site & Construction                                          52,663.20                  

 

Life Safety                                                        12,595.00                       

 

Total Bills Payable                                         770,416.13

                                                                          

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 September 9, 2002, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll                                                 

 

Gross Payroll August 23, 2002               3,500.00

 

Gross Payroll September 10, 2002                     4,527.19

 

 

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Bills Payable

 

Education                                                            2,137.35

                                              

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 Application for Recognition of Schools

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the 2002-2003 Application for Recognition of Schools for Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South High Schools.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that the bills had been reviewed with Mrs. Owens.

 

Mr. Tandy advised the Board that the personnel matters had been reviewed with Mrs. Lohr.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-25 carried.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Iris Mensah, Rich South’s alternate student representative, Diane Meeks, Phoenix Campus alternate student representative, and Bernadette Ford, Rich Central’s student representative, reported on campus activities.  Taliah Bashir and Katherine Contreras, Rich East’s alternate student representatives, introduced themselves but gave no report.

 

Mrs. Lohr reported on the student representative training session held prior to the meeting.  She noted that Board members had met with the student representatives and expectations had been shared.  She noted that the feedback of information on what students think about issues is very important to the Board members.

 

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Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill requested approval of renewal of employee group insurance polices.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-26)            It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to renew the employee group insurance plan including major medical, dental, and Medicare supplement with incumbent carrier Blue-Cross/Blue-Shield of Illinois for the single monthly premiums of $295.41 (HMO/PPO), $176.60 (Medicare), and $20.41/$15.40 (PreDent/BlueCare), respectively, and family premiums of $841.88 (HMO/PPO) for medical and $78.68/$41.30 (PreDent/BlueCare) for dental, effective October 1, 2002, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-07.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that the premium amounts had been amended as follows: Single monthly premiums of $287.34 (HMO/PPO), $171.77 (Medicare), and $20.41/$15.40 (PreDent/BlueCare), respectively, and family premiums of $818.88 (HMO/PPO) for medical and $78.68/$41.30 (PreDent/BlueCare) for dental.  These amended amounts are due to the fact that the District’s brokers had been able to secure a 3.2% reduction in the medical insurance rates from Blue-Cross/Blue-Shield of Illinois.

 

Mr. White questioned whether the District had considered Mutual of Omaha.  Mr. Cahill noted that, in light of the additional reduction in rates, he did not feel the District needed to secure bids from other companies.  He noted that it was because of the long-term relationship that the District has with Blue-Cross/Blue-Shield of Illinois that we were able to secure the additional rate reduction.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-26 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cahill requested approval of the Medicaid Billing Service and Administrative Outreach Claim Filing Agreement.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(03-27)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the three year contract for Medicaid Billing Service and Administrative Outreach Claim Filing with

 

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TAMES at (1) the contingency fee rate of 7% of paid claims not to exceed $100 per claim, and (2) $125 per eligible participant per quarter, respectively, through June 30, 2005, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-08.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that TAMES has provided the District with billing and claims filing since 1994.  He also noted that this contract reflects a reduction in billing service fees from 8% to 7%.

 

Mrs. Lohr added that it was to the District’s benefit to use this service. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-27 carried.

 

Mr. Cahill requested adoption of the 2002-2003 District 227 budget.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

 

(03-28)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the 2002-2003 Budget and Budget Resolution as presented, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-09.

 

Mr. Cahill noted his comments on the budget had been made at the budget hearing at the beginning of the Board meeting.

 

Dr. Knutson noted the Board had received a memorandum from Mr. Cahill listing a process the District may go through to address the deficit and to bring the budget back into balance. 

 

Mrs. Caldwell questioned how the District had gotten out of balance.

 

Mr. Cahill responded that the imbalance had stemmed from property tax collection.

 

Mr. Burnette noted that it was important to communicate this information to the District’s constituency.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-28 carried.


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Mr. Cahill requested adoption of the 2002-2003 Career Preparation Network Budget.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded the following:

 

(03-29)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the 2002-2003 Career Preparation Network budget and budget resolution, as presented, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-10.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that the District is the administrative agent for the Career Preparation Network and, as such, must approve the budget. 

 

Mrs. Norwood asked for a report from CPN on their programs.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-29 carried.

 

Personnel Office Report

 

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

 

(03-30)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve teaching contracts as follows:

 

Part-time

 

Diana Morgan              .8 of Step 20, MA Lane

Lois Merritt                  .2 of Step 16, BA+15 Lane

Sue Misch                    .0884 of Step L, MA Lane

 

Part-time (Revised)

 

Andy Ventress  .5 of Step L. MA+45 Lane

 

6th Assignment/First Semester

 

Ed Genzler                   .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

 

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Johnathan Key  .1 of Step 6, BA Lane

 

Rodger Bohnenstiehl     .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

Jerry Kinder                 .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

Tony Marturano           .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

Dale Freundt                .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

Diane Habas                 .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

Brenda Ross                 .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

6th Assignment/Second Semester

 

Ed Genzler                   .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

Johnathan Key   .1 of Step 6, BA Lane

 

Rodger Bohnenstiehl     .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

Jerry Kinder                 .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

Tony Marturano           .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

Dale Freundt                .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

Diane Habas                 .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

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

 

Mr. Tandy noted that the above contracts reflect a variety of areas to be covered by part-time staff and staff willing to take a 6th assignment.  Mr. Tandy informed the Board that a 6th assignment is where staff who are teaching full time fill a staffing need by teaching an extra class.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-30 carried.


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Mr. Tandy requested approval of a foreign student.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded the following:

 

(03-31)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the attendance of Julia Majores, a foreign student from Germany, from September 18 through September 27, 2002, at Rich South High School, without payment of tuition.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Julia was a cousin of a student at Rich South, and she would be visiting from Germany for this two-week period.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-31 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Mrs. Panega gave a verbal report on the September 4 Half-Day Institute.  She noted the focus had been on curriculum articulation and departmental articulation.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Owens reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of August 27, 2002.  She noted that Mr. Cahill had presented the budget and walked the Board members through each line item of the budget.  Mr. Cahill presented a remedy to deal with the budget’s shortfall on a short-term basis.  Mrs. Owens noted she would be scheduling a Budget and Finance Committee meeting for the entire Board to talk more about the budget.

 

Mrs. Norwood scheduled a Policy Committee meeting for Monday, October 7, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Campus.

 

Mr. Freund scheduled an Education Committee meeting for Monday, October 21, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Caldwell noted that the Board would receive a written update in October in regards to how the establishment of a District 227 Foundation is coming.

 

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Dr. Knutson distributed a time frame for the foundation start up.

 

Mr. White requested a Property Committee meeting.  This was scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Lohr scheduled a Personnel Committee meeting for Monday, November 4, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mrs. Lohr reported on the New Staff Reception held on August 27, 2002.  She noted over 50 new staff had been recognized and introduced to the Board members.  She felt the New Staff Reception had gone very well.  Mr. Burnette also noted that he felt the reception had gone very well.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Knutson requested approval of a motion terminating block scheduling at Rich South.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-32)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the termination of Block Scheduling at Rich South High School effective at the end of the 2002-2003 school year.

 

Dr. Knutson noted that the Board and administration have been discussing block scheduling for several years.  Block scheduling has not yielded the student achievement the Board anticipated in relationship to the additional investment made by the Board of Education.  Although its intention was not to increase student achievement, the Board believed achievement would at least be maintained and this has not happened.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-32 carried.

 

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Mrs. Norwood brought up the fact that she felt Rich South needed direction in its movement toward a new delivery system for students.  She stated she felt that all three high schools should be on a 7-period day.  Discussion ensued regarding whether the Board should make the decision on Rich South’s delivery system or whether Rich South’s School Improvement Committee should make the decision to be brought back to the Board.

 

Mr. Curran, a Rich South faculty member, relayed his feeling that the School Improvement Committee at Rich South should work on the new delivery system, which would then be brought back to the Board for approval. 

 

Mr. Cohn, a member of the audience, indicated he felt that all three schools should have the same delivery systems.

 

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

 

(03-33)            It is moved that Rich South High School implement a 7-period day schedule effective with the 2003-2004 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Norwood, Owens, White

Nay: Freund, Lohr, Burnette

 

Motion 03-33 carried.

 

Dr. Knutson gave a verbal update on the Matteson Tax Increment Financing.  He stated he and Mr. Cahill had met with the officials of the Village of Matteson to receive the status of the current TIF.  The Village of Matteson is considering a second TIF on the west side of I57.  Dr. Knutson stated he will keep the board abreast of any developments.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Burnette requested a closed session to consider negotiations strategies, pending litigation, and the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline or dismissal of an employee or officer.

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board that the next regular Board meeting will be held on Monday, October 21, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

 

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Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the TAB (Teacher/Administrator/Board) meeting scheduled for Monday, September 30, 2002, at 7:00 p.m., in the Board Room at Rich Central.

 

 

New Business

 

Mrs. Lohr suggested that the student representatives’ pictures be taken at the October 21 Board meeting when the Board members’ pictures are taken.

 

Mrs. Norwood noted that she would like to see the pictures of the Board members on the wall in the schools.  Mr. Burnette noted that this item would be discussed at the Board retreat.

 

Mr. Burnette requested the Board members submit biographies of themselves for inclusion on the District’s web site.

 

Mrs. Caldwell mentioned how important it is for students to see Board members at games.

 

Mrs. Norwood requested an evaluation of security staff at all sports events.  She noted she felt there was not enough security staff in the bleachers.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Curtis was recognized.  He asked the Board about residence/guardianship of students.  Mr. Hauser, one of the District’s attorneys, was in the audience.  He noted that guardianship is not required to establish residency.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He asked some questions regarding the group insurance plan of the District and going out for bids.  He also questioned the Board regarding the current budget deficit and the acceptance of the foreign student for a short period of time.  Mr. Veazey mentioned that he felt Board members should be using microphones because audience members could not hear them. 

 

At 9:55 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-34)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider negotiations strategies, pending litigation, and the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline or dismissal of an employee or officer.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-34 carried.

 

 

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

 

(03-35)            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 03-35 carried.

 

 

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

 

(03-36)            It is moved that the Board of Education extend its 11:00 p.m. curfew for one hour.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-36 carried.

 

 

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

 

(03-37)            It is moved that the Board of Education return to closed session to consider negotiations strategies, pending litigation, and the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline or dismissal of an employee or officer.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-37 carried.

 

 

At 11:45 p.m. Mr. White moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

 

(03-38)            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 03-38 carried.

 

 

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

 

(03-39)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Superintendent’s contract as per the discussion of the Board in closed session.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-39 carried.

 

 

At 11:50 p.m. Mr. White moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded that the meeting be adjourned.  After a voice vote, Mr. Burnette declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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