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January 13, 2003

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

MINUTES

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2003

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, on Monday, January 13, 2003.

 

Mr. Burnette called the meeting to order at 7:47 p.m. and requested a roll call.

 

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

Absent: White

 

Also Present: Mr. Wynne, Ms. Benard, Ms. Neumann (Tribune), Mr. Mnyofu, Ms. Powell, Ms. Rich, Ms. Blacksmith, Mr. Hawthorne, Mr. Veazey, Mrs. Veazey, Ms. Story, Mr. Pilgrom, Mr. Jeff Gaster, Mr. George Gaster, Mr. Kredens, Ms. High, Ms. Murhead, Ms. Dubert, Ms. Stadt, Mr. Claudon, Ms. Bernardi-Zajac, Ms. Demchuk, Ms. Ebben, Mr. Cohn, Mr. Sutton, Ms. Harnack, Mr. Walz, Ms. Callahan, Dr. Epstein, Mr. Zaret, Mr. Curran, Ms. Price, Ms. Smith, Ms. Czmyr, Ms. Polk, Mr. Woods, Ms. Holman, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Pizzimenti, Ms. Martin, Dr. Knutson, Mrs. Panega, Mr. Tandy, Mr. Cahill, Mrs. Treichel, and student representatives Bernadette Ford (Central), Latioya Miller (East), and Kalea Polk (South).

 

 

Mr. Burnette noted that he was going to change the order of the agenda and go to #11b.

 

Decision on Rainbow Triangles

 

Mrs. Owens outlined a brief history of the process the District utilized to find a resolution to the rainbow triangle issue.  She noted that, at the meeting conducted with individuals who had signed up to work on a solution to the triangle issue, 13 individuals had voted to take down the triangles and 8 had voted to leave them up.  It was noted that the Board of Education would be making the final decision at its January 13 meeting. 

 

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

 

(03-93)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution regarding the rainbow triangles as will be read.

 

Mr. Burnette read the resolution.  He then requested a roll call vote.  Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, Burnette

Nay: Freund

Motion 03-93 carried.


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Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Ms. Blacksmith was recognized.  She questioned whether the District had received any threats of lawsuits regarding keeping the rainbow triangles up.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Burnette asked if any Board member wished to remove any item from the Consent Agenda.  Mrs. Owens removed the closed session minutes of December 16, 2002.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

 

(03-94)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed:

 

a.         Approval of minutes of the regular Board meeting of December 16, 2002, the Committee of the Whole meeting of December 16, 2002, the Levy Hearing minutes of December 16, 2002, and the Special meetings and closed sessions of November 1 and 2, 2002, as distributed.

 

  1. Open Closed Session Minutes

 

It is moved that the Board of Education open to the public the closed session minutes of June 17, 2002 (Session 2), June 24, 2002, August 5, 2002, August 19, 2002, and         August 26, 2002.

 

c.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated January 13, 2003, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll December 19, 2002        1,187,609.74

 

Gross Payroll January 10, 2003            1,157,418.38

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                387,951.48     

 

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Operation & Maintenance                        140,753.65

 

Bond & Interest                                             300.00

 

Transportation                              199,241.16

 

Site & Construction                                 476,590.72

 

Life Safety                                                   30,697.92      

 

Total Bills Payable                              1,235,534.93

                                                                          

d.         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 January 13, 2003, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll   

 

Gross Payroll December 19, 2002              4,527.27

 

Gross Payroll January 10, 2003             4,527.27

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                191,175.55  

 

e.         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.

 

 

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Mr. Cahill stated that he and Mrs. Owens had gone over the bills and found no irregularities.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-94 carried.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Kalia 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.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill requested issuance of General Obligation Funding Bonds.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(03-95)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt Resolution setting forth and describing in detail teachers’ orders and claims heretofore authorized and allowed for proper school purposes which are presently outstanding and unpaid, declaring the intention to avail of the provisions of Article 19 of the School Code of the State of Illinois, as amended, and to issue bonds for the purpose of paying such teachers’ orders, interest accrued thereon and claims against Township High School District Number 227, Cook County, Illinois, and directing that notice of such intention be published as provided by law, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-32.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that, as was outlined during the public hearing, the issuance of these funding bonds is related to the paying of teachers’ orders.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-95 carried.


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Personnel Office Report

 

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

 

(03-96)            It is moved that the President, Secretary and Superintendent be authorized to sign contracts as follows:

 

Part time

 

Rebecca DiClemente    .0516 of Step 11, MA Lane

Jolene Evans                 .3536 of Step L, MA+30 Lane

Kimberly Kunio            .5304 of Step 1, BA+15 Lane

 

Part time (Revised)

 

Greg Schweiger            .7061 of Step 3, BA Lane

Diana Morgan              .9061 of Step 20, MA Lane

 

6th Assignment (2nd semester)

 

Rita Belluomini  .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

Terryl Pugh                   .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 the staffing positions these individuals would be filling. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-96 carried.

 

 

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

 

 

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(03-97)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Kathleen M. Schaeflein effective January 10, 2003.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Mrs. Schaeflein was resigning due to family obligations.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-97 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested approval of a Family and Medical Leave.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

 

(03-98)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Family and Medical Leave of Jermaine Durning during the second semester of the 2002-2003 school year.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Mrs. Durning was expecting her second child.

 

Results of the roll call vote was as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-98 carried.

 

 

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

 

(03-99)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the attendance of foreign student Angelica Botassine DeOliveira  at Rich East High School for the second semester of the 2002-2003 school year without payment of tuition.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Matt and Rita Guritz would be Ms. DeOliveira’s host family.  Mr. Guritz is a teacher at Rich East.

 

Results of the roll call vote was as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-99 carried.

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Mrs. Panega reported on the upcoming Rich Township institute scheduled for January 17, 2003.  She noted the District had received very strong support from Districts 159, 160, 162, and 163.  Over 1,000 teachers will be participating in the institute.  The goal of the institute is to expand and strengthen articulation between the foundation districts and the high school.  Mrs. Panega noted a math summit would be incorporated into the institute, which was scheduled from

 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Lohr requested a Personnel Committee meeting for March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central in the Board Room.  Mrs. Owens requested a Budget and Finance Committee meeting for 7:30 p.m. following the Personnel Committee meeting.  This meeting will also be held in the Board Room at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Caldwell requested a Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting for February 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Rich Central.  Mrs. Norwood requested a Policy Committee meeting for 7:30 p.m. following the Community Relations meeting.  This meeting will also be held in the Board Room at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Owens requested a Finance Committee of the Whole for Tuesday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.  She noted that the results of the Task Force would be reviewed at that time.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mrs. Lohr reported on the Joint Conference held in November.  She noted she had attended a full day session on being a great board member, and it had been an outstanding presentation.

 

Mrs. Owens reported on the upcoming election.  She noted that the District offices would be open for the filing of nominating papers from January 13, 2003, to January 21, 2003, from

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for Monday, January 20, when offices would be closed in  commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.  Mrs. Owens noted that the consolidated election would take place on April 1, 2003.

 

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Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Knutson requested approval to appoint the Superintendent to prepare a tentative budget. 

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

 

(03-100)          It is moved that the Board of Education, District 227, Cook County, Illinois, appoint the Superintendent of Schools to prepare a tentative budget for said school district for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2003, and ending June 30, 2004, which tentative budget shall be filed with the Secretary of the Board.

 

Dr. Knutson noted that this motion charges him, along with Mr. Cahill, to prepare the budget for the new fiscal year.  He noted that recommendations from the task force will be taken into consideration when the budget is prepared. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-100 carried.

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board that the next regularly scheduled Board meeting would take place on Monday, February 17, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. at Rich South.

 

Mr. Burnette noted that the discussion on the Board Retreat of February 7 and 8, 2003, would be held at a later time.

 

Mr. Burnette requested a closed session to discuss pending litigation.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Cohn was recognized.  He thanked the Board for printing clear objectives of the District.  He then asked the Board what it is that the community can do to support the District’s objectives.

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He passed out information to the Board members.  After reviewing Mr. Mnyofu’s handout, at 8:30 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

 

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(03-101)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session for the appointment, employment, discipline, dismissal or compensation of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-101 carried.

 

 

At 8:50 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Freund seconded the following:

 

(03-102)          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, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-102 carried.

 

 

Mr. Burnette noted the Board had decided Mr. Mnyofu’s request could be handled in open session.

 

Mr. Mnyofu read a prepared statement and asked the Board to investigate various letters and complaints he had regarding the Rich Central administration, his son, and himself.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He asked the Board a question on the purposes of closed meetings.  He also asked the Board how questions that are asked in meetings are answered.  Mr. Veazey also had some questions on the new policy of writing questions before the Board meeting starts. 

 

Mr. Sutton was recognized.  He addressed the Board on the possibility of his receiving a tax abatement on his property at the Matteson Auto Mall.  Mr. Sutton passed out a flyer showing the amount of taxes paid by each of the dealerships at the auto mall and noting how much more taxes he has to pay than the other dealers.  Board members asked Mr. Sutton questions on this situation, and Mr. Burnette noted the Board would look into this situation.

 

 

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At 9:20 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Caldwell seconded the following:

 

(03-103)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss pending litigation.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-103 carried.

 

 

At 9:50 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-104)          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, Norwood, Owens, Burnette

Nay: None

Motion 03-104 carried.

 

 

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

 

(03-105)          It is moved that the Board of Education authorize Mr. Trevarthan, attorney, to proceed with an appeal process on the Sauk Trail/Harlem Avenue detachment petition.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Freund, Norwood, Owens, Burnette

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-105 carried.

 

 

The Board Retreat for February 7 and 8, 2003, was discussed as far as place and schedule.

 

 

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At 10:07 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mr. Burnette declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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