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February 17, 2003

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2003

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in regular session in the East Cafeteria at Rich South High School, Richton Park, Illinois, on Monday, February 17, 2003.

 

Mr. Burnette called the meeting to order at 8:15 p.m.

 

Present: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Absent: Caldwell, Norwood

 

Also Present: Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Veazey, Mr. Hopman, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Cahill, Dr. Knutson, Mrs. Panega, Mr. Tandy, Mr. Lea, Mrs. Czupryn, Mrs. Yore, Mrs. Damon, Ms. Kellner, Ms. Rust, Mr. Epstein, Ms. Benard, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Falk, Mrs. Falk, Mrs. Nettles, Mrs. Brani, Mr. Brani, Megyn and Maya Castarria, Mr. Curran, Mrs. Gericke, Mrs. Feltenstein, Mrs. Muhammad, Mr. Guritz, Ms. Rich, Ms. Lentz, Ms. Williams, Mr. Freeman, Ms. Sowles, Ms. Chhutani, Ms. Davis, Mrs. Pawluk, Ms. Davis, Mrs. Pizzimenti, Mr. Christain, Ms. Bradford, Mr. Blackful, Ms. Pastore, Mr. Everett, Mrs. Smart, Mr. Woods, Ms. Carter, Mrs. Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Brazzale, Ms. Brady, Rev. Jackson, Ms. Smith, Mrs. Benjamin, Miss Benjamin, Ms. Thompson, Ms. Marcoux, Mr. Layermann, Ms. Korpas, Mr. Gustafson, Ms. Gustafson, Becky & Cody Czmyr, Mrs. Katrichis, Mr. Mayer, Mrs. Wheeler, Mrs. Dunlap, Mrs. Cole, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Spielbauer, Mr. White, Dr. Epstein, Mrs. Anderson, Ms. Williams, Mr. Mnyofu, Ms. Smith, Ms. Dubbert, Ms. Beutler, Ms. Story, Mr. Docter, Ms. Korpas, Mrs. Treichel, Ms. Hemmerling (Star Newspapers), and Kalea Polk (Rich South’s student representative), Bernadette Ford (Rich Central’s student representative), and Latoiya Miller (Rich East’s student representative).

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Ms. Valeria Davis was recognized.  She spoke about the African/American students in District 227 and their performance in classes.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He questioned the number of African/American firms being used as vendors in the District.

 

Ms. Rich was recognized.  She completed her remarks about the Task Force recommendations which she had begun in the Budget and Finance Committee meeting.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Burnette made a change in the Special Meeting minutes and Closed Session minutes of

 

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January 28, 2003.  Mr. Burnette asked if any other Board members wished to change or remove any item from the Consent Agenda.  There being none, Mr. Burnette entertained a motion.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded the following:

 

(03-106)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed:

 

a.         Approval of the closed session minutes of December 16, 2002, the special meeting and closed session minutes of January 6, 2003, the special meeting and closed session minutes of January 8, 2003, the public hearing, regular meeting, and closed session minutes (sessions 1 and 2) of January 13, 2003, the special meeting and closed session minutes of January 28, 2003, the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of January 28, 2003, the Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of February 3, 2003, and the Policy Committee meeting of February 3, 2003, as distributed.

 

b.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated February 17, 2003, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll January 24, 2003            1,144,039.25

 

Gross Payroll February 10, 2003          1,171,166.60

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                               498,200.69  

 

Operation & Maintenance                       279,758.20

 

Transportation                            219,471.83   

 

Site & Construction                                642,825.37             

 

Total Bills Payable                             1,640,256.09

 


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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 February 17, 2003, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

Payroll  

 

Gross Payroll January 24, 2003                 4,527.27

 

Gross Payroll February 10, 2003               4,527.27

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                     8,561.46           

                                              

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 that he had reviewed the personnel matters with Mrs. Lohr.

 

Mr. Cahill stated that he and Mrs. Owens had reviewed the bills.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 03-106 carried.

 

Student Representatives

 

Kalea Polk, Rich South’s student representative, Latoiya Miller, Rich East’s student representative, and Bernadette Ford, Rich Central’s student representative, reported on what was taking place at their campuses.

 

 

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Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill requested authorization to enter into a contract providing food service to BASE, Inc.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-107)          It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the administration to enter into a “Contract Providing Food Service to BASE, Inc.,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-33.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that BASE, Inc. is a private contractor supplying snacks and lunches to District #162.  BASE, Inc. then contracts with District #227 to supply the lunches.  Mrs. Wynne estimates that the District would net $1,600 from this contract.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 03-107 carried.

 

Mr. Cahill requested adoption of a resolution issuing $5,775,000 in General Obligation Limited Tax School Bonds.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-108)          It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the “Resolution Issuing $5,775,000 in General Obligation Limited Tax School Bonds, Series 2003A and Taxable General Obligation Limited Tax School Bonds, Series 2003B,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-34.

 

Mr. Cahill noted this was the culmination of a series of activities that began in October, 2002.  These bonds will pay off certain obligations in the form of Debt Certificates and Teachers’ Orders.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 03-108 carried.

 

Mr. Cahill requested authorization to submit a serious safety hazard finding.  Mr. White moved and Mr. Freund seconded the following:

 

 

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(03-109)          It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the submission of a “Serious Safety Hazard Finding” to the Illinois Department of Transportation for review and determination in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-35.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that a new housing project opened on the East side of Cicero Avenue, just North of Steger Road in University Park.  These students are within the Rich South attendance boundaries.  Mr. Cahill noted that he and Mr. Licatesi prepared a finding for submission to the Department of Transportation to determine if there is a serious safety hazard finding on the route the students walk to school.  This finding needs to be approved by the Board of Education before submission to the Department of Transportation.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 03-109 carried.

 

Mr. Cahill requested approval of a resolution authorizing non-pro rata distribution of property tax receipts.  Mr. Freund moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-110)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution Authorizing Non-Pro Rata Distribution of Property Tax Receipts,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-36.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that this resolution supercedes and revises Business Office Memorandum 03-28, and is necessitated by an incongruity between the preambles of the resolution and the resolved portion of that memorandum. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 03-110 carried.

 

Personnel Office Report

 

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

 

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(03-111)          It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Paula Zager effective at the conclusion of the 2002-2003 school year.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Mrs. Zager was resigning for family reasons.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 03-111 carried.

 

 

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

 

(03-112)          It is moved that the President, Secretary and Superintendent be authorized to sign contracts as follows:

 

Part time

 

Ayannah Jordan            .5138 of Step 1, B.A. Lane

Kenneth C. McMillan   .2122 of Step L, M.A.+30 Lane

 

Sixth Assignment

 

Sherry Stokes               .1 of Step 16, B.A.+15 Lane

Sheila Phelan                .1 of Step 15, M.A. Lane

Richard Rapp               .1 of Step 15, M.A. Lane

 

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

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Ms. Jordan will be teaching special education at Rich East.  Mr. McMillan will be teaching two sections of Language Arts at Rich East.  Ms. Stokes will be teaching Math at Rich East as a 6th assignment; Ms. Phelan will be teaching Family and Consumer Science at Rich East as a 6th assignment; and Mr. Rapp will be teaching Language Arts as a 6th assignment at Rich Central.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 03-112 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested approval of early retirement requests.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-113)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the early retirement requests of certificated staff members Rita Belluomini, Rodger Bohnenstiehl, Edwin Bye, Ronald Clark, Priscilla Gilroy-Green, Jerry Kinder, Martin Kocman, Katherine Krebs, Dennis McGoldrick, Phyllis Nixon, Lois Nugent, Maria Pluta, Brenda Ross, James Santomieri, and Marie Sullivan, in accordance with State Statute, and accept their resignations effective at the conclusion of the 2002-2003 school year.

 

Mr. Tandy noted these individuals would be retiring under the District’s Early Retirement Option.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 03-113 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Mrs. Panega reported on the Rich Township Institute Day held January 17, 2003.  She noted that 900 teachers from across the township had participated in the Institute Day.  There was very strong support for continued articulation between the foundation districts and the high school district.

 

Mrs. Panega requested approval of a waiver of Prairie State Achievement Exam days.  Mr. Freund moved and Mrs. Lohr seconded the following:

 

(03-114)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the waiver of that part of the Illinois School Code that mandates five clock hours of instruction each day to allow for certain students to not attend school on the Prairie State Achievement Exam testing days of April 23 and 24, 2003.

 

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Mrs. Panega noted this item has been discussed in the waiver hearing at the beginning of the meeting.  It is the recommendation of the administration that only juniors attend school on Prairie State Achievement Test days of April 23 and 24, 2003.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-114 carried.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Owens reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of January 28, 2003, and the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  She noted both these meetings were a follow up to the findings of the Task Force.  They allowed citizens to make comments and ask questions regarding the recommendations of the Task Force.

 

In the absence of Mrs. Caldwell, Mrs. Lohr reported on the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of February 3, 2003.  She noted that the purpose of the meeting had been an update on the Foundation status.

 

Mrs. Lohr also requested a first reading of the policy: Recommendation for Psychotropic/Psychostimulant Medication.  There being no objections, a first reading was held.  A second reading will take place at the March 17, 2003, meeting.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Budget and Finance Committee meeting scheduled for March 4, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office in Rich Central High School.

 

Mrs. Lohr reminded the Board of the Personnel Committee meeting of March 10, 2003.  She requested that the time of the meeting be changed to 7:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Board Room at the District Office in Rich Central High School.

 

Mrs. Lohr requested a special meeting of the Board for Monday, March 24, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. at Rich Central High School to handle staffing matters.

 

Mr. White scheduled a Properties Committee meeting for March 10, 2003, following the Personnel Committee meeting.

 

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Special Reports

 

Mr. Burnette reported on Board Members’ Night held January 30, 2003. Superintendents invite Board members to join them in an evening of fellowship.  A retired superintendent had spoken, and it had been an enjoyable evening.

 

Mr. White reported on the Legislative Breakfast held February 1, 2003.  Area legislators had joined Board members in a question and answer session regarding current issues affecting the south suburbs.

 

Mr. White reported on the Board Retreat of February 7 and 8, 2003.  Board members, the District administrators and school principals had an opportunity to sit down and discuss issues regarding the schools. 

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Knutson reported on the “Those Who Excel” winners.  He noted that the following individuals will receive awards at the March 22 dinner/program at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.

 

Diane M. Habas                       Classroom Teacher                   Award of Recognition

Debi Kerestes                          Community Volunteer   Award of Recognition

Diane Kolosh                           Student Support Personnel        Award of Merit

Rich South Vision 2006            Team                                        Award of Recognition

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board that the next Board meeting will take place on Monday,

March 17, 2003, at 7:30 p.m., at Rich South.

 

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

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the Klein, Thorpe School Law Seminar scheduled for Saturday, March 8, 2003, at 9:00 a.m. at the Oak Brook Marriott.

 

Mr. Burnette noted there was a sign-up sheet being circulated for the SCOPE Dinner/Meeting to be held on March 26, 2003.

 

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Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the School District #162 symposium scheduled for Monday, March 24, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Matteson.

 

 

New Business

 

Mrs. Owens requested a meeting for Wednesday, April 2, 2003, to canvass the election, seat the new Board members, and elect officers.  The meeting will be held at Rich East High School at 6:30 p.m.

 

At 9:30 p.m. Mr. Burnette called a recess of the Board in order for individuals who wanted to address the Board to fill out cards.

 

At 9:38 p.m. Mr. Burnette reconvened the Board meeting.

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He questioned the Board on its written report regarding an investigation the Board was conducting.  Mr. Burnette noted the report would be provided to Mr. Mnyofu following the Board meeting.  Mr. Mnyofu questioned the Board about the use of minority firms as vendors for the District.  He also talked about Black History Month.

 

Mr. Bert Docter was recognized.  He gave a presentation on EFAB (Education Funding Advisory Board).

 

Ms. Roxanne Benjamin was recognized.  She noted the importance of extracurricular sports and activities for students. 

 

Ms. Ashley Korpas was recognized.  She noted she felt it was unfair to take the triangles down at Rich East.

 

Ms. Justine Gustafson was recognized.  She also spoke on the unfairness of taking down the triangles at Rich East.  Ms. Gustafson performed a speech for the Board which she had performed at a recent speech tournament.

 

Ms. Linda Benjamin was recognized.  She noted she felt it had been wrong to take the triangles down at Rich East.

 

Ms. Glenise Story was recognized.  She questioned the District on how new businesses are attracted to the area. 

 

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Mr. Paul Jasinevicius was recognized.  He stated that he felt diversity was the strength of the District.

 

At 10:30 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-115)          It is moved that the Board of Education extend its 11:00 p.m. curfew until 11:30 p.m.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Lohr, Owens, Burnette

Nay: Freund, White

 

Motion 03-115 carried.

 

 

At 10:31 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-116)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider student discipline matters and to discuss the appointment, employment, discipline, compensation, or dismissal of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Freund, Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-116 carried.

 

 

At 11:30 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-117)          It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-117 carried.


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

 

(03-118)          It is moved that the Board of Education extend its curfew until 11:45 p.m.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-118 carried.

 

 

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

 

(03-119)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider student discipline matters and to discuss the appointment, employment, discipline, compensation, or dismissal of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-119 carried.

 

 

At 11:40 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-120)          It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Lohr, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-120 carried.

 


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

 

(03-121)          It is moved that the Board of Education expel Student #1 discussed in closed session for two complete calendar years for the reasons discussed in closed session.  Student #1 may return to Rich Township High Schools on February 18, 2005.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Lohr, Owens, Burnette

Nay: White

 

Motion 03-121 carried.

 

 

 

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

 

(03-122)          It is moved that the Board of Education expel Student #2 discussed in closed session for one complete calendar year for the reasons discussed in closed session.  Student #2 may return to Rich Township High Schools on February 18, 2004.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Lohr, Owens, Burnette

Nay: White

 

Motion 03-122 carried.

 

 

At 11:41 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mr. Burnette declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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