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March 17, 2003

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES

MARCH 17, 2003

 

 

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

 

In the absence of the president, Mrs. Lohr, vice president, called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. and requested a roll call.

 

Present: Caldwell, Norwood, Owens, White, Lohr, Burnette (7:45 p.m.)

Absent: Freund 

 

Also Present: Mrs. Imoukhuede, Mr. Kaufmann, Ms. Bernard, Mr. Veazey, Mr. and Mrs. Brazzale, Mrs. Wynne, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Wolf, Ms. Rich, Mr. Jasinevicius, Mrs. Frigo, Mr. Cohn, Mr. Brunson, Mrs. Ramaeker, Mr. Woods, Ms. Christain, Ms. Czmyr, Dr. Donausky, Mr. Ray, Ms. Davis, Ms. Srog, Mr. and Mrs. Brani, Mr. Everett, Jr., Mrs. Hicks, Mr. Sanders, Ms. Brady, Ms. Brookins, Ms. Wilson, Mrs. Gericke, Mr. Mnyofu, Ms. Howard, Mr. Lea, Dr. McDonald, Mrs. Williamson, Mrs. Martin, Dr. Knutson, Mr. Tandy, Mrs. Panega, Mr. Cahill, Mrs. Treichel, and student representatives Kalea Polk (Rich South), Latoiya Miller (Rich East), and Diane Meeks (Phoenix Campus).

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Mrs. Lohr recognized Mr. Veazey.  Mr. Veazey, as a member of the Task Force, wanted to reinforce the fact that the budget cutting in the areas of activities and athletics would involve more efficient use of the sponsors/coaches of the activities and athletics. 

 

Mr. Cohn was recognized.  He questioned whether budget cuts should be phased in.  He also noted the importance of providing communication to everyone as to why the District is taking the specific steps it is taking.

 

Mr. Cahill answered that the items listed in the Task Force report would be naturally phased in.

He also explained about the Property Tax Appeals Board and taxes which must be reimbursed to businesses who file appeals.  He stated that there is a bill currently before the House and Senate which, if approved, will limit PTAB appeals to homeowners.

 

Mr. Burnette arrived and assumed the presidency.

 

Agenda

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Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Burnette asked if any Board members wished to change or remove any item from the Consent Agenda.  Mr. White made two additions to the Properties Committee meeting minutes of March 10, 2003.  He asked that the fact that he requested a minority report for all contractors be added to the minutes and that he requested a follow up on external lighting on the auditorium be added to the minutes.  There being no additional changes or removals, Mr. Burnette entertained a motion.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-123)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed:

 

a.         Approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting and Closed Session of February 17, 2003, the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting and Public Hearing of February 17, 2003, the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting of March 4, 2003, and the Personnel Committee Meeting and Properties Committee Meeting of March 10, 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 March 17, 2003, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll February 25, 2003          1,306,672.40

 

Gross Payroll March 10, 2003  1,184,609.69

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                 854,936.18

 

Operation & Maintenance                         114,367.34

 

Transportation                             326,896.64

 

Site & Construction                                 441,647.82

 

Total Bills Payable                             1,737,847.98                Minutes

 

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

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll February 25, 2003                4,527.27   

 

Gross Payroll March 10, 2003        4,527.27

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                   4,957.53 

 

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 gone over the personnel matters with Mrs. Lohr.

 

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

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None      

 

Motion 03-123 carried.

 


Minutes

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Student Representatives

 

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

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill requested acceptance of a short-term loan for the Rich East Alumni Association. The loan would be used to print the programs for the Rich East 50th Reunion Celebration and would be guaranteed by Debby Parry of the Association.   He stated that there is precedence for such a loan, which had been made in the past to the booster clubs at Central and South for lighting on the athletic fields.  Mrs. Lohr noted that she would abstain from voting because of her involvement with the Rich East Alumni Association.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(03-124)          It is moved that the Board of Education accept the request for a 60-day interest-free loan made by the Rich East Alumni Association and authorize the disbursement of $2,795 to the same for the purposes of paying the costs of printing the 50th Reunion Celebration Invitations, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-37.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Abstain: Lohr

 

Motion 03-124 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cahill requested acceptance of the Task Force recommendations.  Mr. White moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(03-125)          It is moved that the Board of Education accept certain of the recommendations of the Structural Budget Imbalance Task Force as contained in their report dated

 

Minutes

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January 28, 2003, a copy of which is appended to the minutes of the March 17, 2003, meeting/closed session (as the case may be) and incorporated therein, as amended, including “Now,” “Next,” and “As Necessary” items enumerated 8A (HMO/PPO Plan Structure), 8B, 8A (Part B Early Retirement Program), 19A, 19B, 33A, 2A, 2B, 1A, 1B, 1C, 25A, 4B, 30, 9A, 9B, 23B, 23A, 12, 11, 26B (Custodial Room Coverage), XX, 41, 24, 21A, 21B, 27, 29C, and 26A, and direct the Administration, as necessary, to give appropriate notice to bargaining unit officials, employees, program directors, contractors, and similarly affected persons and/or entities of the District’s action or intention to act, as appropriate, to implement said same recommendations, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 03-38.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that this recommendation was a culmination of a series of actions which the Board of Education began with adoption of the budget in September and creation in October of the Structural Imbalance Task Force.  He noted it was necessary for the District to address its deficits so it is not in the same predicament in the future. 

 

Dr. Knutson stated that it should be noted that these recommendations will not take place overnight and will be phased in over two fiscal years. 

 

Mrs. Lohr wanted to make it public that she is not comfortable with some of the individual recommendations, but supported the motion knowing she would be better able to influence some of the individual items during negotiations of the items.

 

Mr. Cahill thanked the members of the Task Force for the many hours of work they put into serving on this committee.

 

Mr. Burnette added his vote of appreciation to the members of the Task Force.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-125 carried.

 

Minutes

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Personnel Office Report

 

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

 

(03-126)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the attendance of foreign exchange student Tim Banning from Germany at Rich Central High School for the 2003-2004 school year without payment of tuition.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Mr. and Mrs. Dickson, who have hosted a number of foreign exchange students in the past, would be the host family for Tim.

 

Mrs. Norwood mentioned that it would be a good idea to have the student come to a Board meeting to meet the Board.

 

Mr. White stated he would like the exchange program to be reciprocal–students from our District would travel to a foreign country to be an exchange student.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Caldwell, Lohr, Norwood, Owens, Burnette

Nay: White

 

 

Motion 03-126 carried.

 

Committee Meetings

 

Mr. Cahill reported on Budget and Finance Committee meeting of March 4, 2003.  He noted the recommendations of the Task Force and the Financial Advisory Committee had been brought to the Budget and Finance Committee meeting for processing.  Board members recommended the reports of the Financial Advisory Committee and the Task Force be accepted.

 

Mrs. Lohr noted that Mr. Freund wished to schedule an Education Committee meeting.  After discussion, the date of April 9, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central was reached.

 

Minutes

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Mrs. Lohr reported on the Personnel Committee meeting of March 10, 2003.  She noted that Mr. Tandy had gone over the District Personnel Report.  Mrs. Lohr also reminded the Board of the March 24, 2003, Special Board Meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central for staffing matters, including reductions in force.

 

Mr. White reported on the Properties Committee meeting of March 10, 2003.  He noted that Mr. Cahill had given an update on the Rich South auditorium and rules regarding the Government Accounting Standards Board.  In addition, Mr. Cahill talked about the 20-year replacement plan for capital equipment and life safety items.

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a second reading of the policy on Psychotropic/Psychostimulant Medication.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-127)          It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the attached policy entitled Psychotropic/Psychostimulant Medication for its policy books.

 

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

 

Motion 03-127 carried.

 

Special Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Board’s Special Meeting of March 15, 2003.  She noted the Board met early Saturday morning to discuss its vision. 

 

Mrs. Owens noted that the Board asked Mr. Tandy to have an additional meeting with the District Discipline Committee regarding student discipline.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Knutson updated the Board on the school calendars for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005.  He noted the administration was in the process of finishing up a two-year calendar.  There is a possibility of moving graduation to a time more family friendly, but the administration wants to have additional dialog with class officers of the Junior and Sophomore classes as well as parents.  The plan is to bring the proposed calendars to the Board at the April 21 meeting.

 

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Mrs. Owens noted that parents should also be included in the planning of the calendar.

 

 

Dr. Knutson informed the Board that the administration would be bringing three abatement requests to them.  He reiterated that economic development is critical to the financial status of the area and the schools.  Lincoln Mall has requested a tax incentive for Carson Pirie Scott & Co.  Sutton Ford has requested an abatement as well as another car dealership at the Matteson Auto Mall. These three requests will be brought to the Board in April or May.  Dr. Knutson noted he has been very impressed with the business plan and energy level of the new owners of Lincoln Mall.

 

Mrs. Norwood noted that the new owners of Lincoln Mall have a great vision for the mall for 2003-2004.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Burnette requested approval of a resolution on school funding.  Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(03-128)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the resolution on school funding as distributed.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 03-128 carried.

 

 

Mr. Burnette reported on Snowball I held March 7 - 9, 2003.  He noted that Snowball I had been staffed by a relatively young staff, and he had been very impressed with their efforts.  He had an enjoyable time and was proud of the youngsters.

 

Minutes

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Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the Special Meeting to take place on March 24, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the Consolidated Election April 1, 2003.

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board of the Special meeting scheduled for April 2, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich East to canvass the election and seat the new Board.

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board that the next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, April 21, 2003, at Rich East at 7:30 p.m.

 

Mr. Burnette reminded the Board that the SCOPE dinner/meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Rosewood West Banquets.

 

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

 

Mr. Burnette publically thanked Mr. Jules Freund for his service to the citizens of Rich Township for the past eight years.  He noted that Mr. Freund had chaired the Education Committee for most of those eight years.  He had been an invaluable help to the District and the Board.

 

At 8:50 p.m. Mr. Burnette called a 5 minute recess.

 

At 8:55 p.m. Mr. Burnette reconvened the Board meeting.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Cohn was recognized.  He mentioned that the Board needs a clear vision and clear communication to the public.  He also noted the Board needs to communicate what the impact of the changes over time will be.  Mr. Cohn noted that the Board needs to analyze the revenue side of the budget and remember that economic development is very important.

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He discussed a written response he had received regarding problems he is having with the school and his son.

 

 

 

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Mr. Burnette noted that Ms. Czmyr indicated on her card that there is a district-wide activity taking place on April 10 at Rich East entitled, “You Belong to Me.”

 

At 9:15 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. White seconded the following:

 

(03-129)          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, dismissal, or compensation of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Lohr, Norwood, Owens, White, Burnette

Nay: None

Absent: Caldwell, Freund

Motion 03-129 carried.

 

 

At 10:40 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(03-130)          It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-130 carried.

 

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

 

(03-131)          It is moved that the Board of Education expel the student discussed in closed session for one complete calendar year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 03-131 carried.


Minutes

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At 10:41 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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