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October 20, 2003

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

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BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

OCTOBER 20, 2003

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in a regular meeting on Monday, October 20, 2003, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. and requested a roll call.

 

Present: Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Lohr, Norwood, Owens

Absent: None

 

Also Present: Dr. Knutson, Mr. Tandy, Mr. Cahill, Ms. Panega, Mrs. Treichel, Ms. Toth, Ms. Moten, Dr. Brown, Dr. McDonald, Ms. Martin, Mr. Veazey, Mr. and Mrs. Guritz, Mr. Bean, Ms. Hicks, Mr. Brim, Ms. Rich, Ms. Moore, Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. and Mrs. Dickson, Mr. Perkins, Dr. Kirkwood, Ms. Fishman, Ms. High, Ms. Brookins, Mr. and Mrs. McEldowney, Mr. and Mrs. Brazzale, Mr. Pfau, Ms. Woods, Angel Woods, Ms. James, Ms. Story, Ms. Jarmon, Ms. Moore, Ms. Caldwell, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Wright, Ms. Newman (Tribune), and student representatives Candice James (alternate Rich South), Christian Smith (alternate Phoenix Campus), and Rachel Pierce (alternate Rich Central).

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Mrs. Owens asked if any citizens wished to be recognized regarding agenda items.  Mrs. Dixon was recognized.  She informed the Board that she had asked Mr. Tandy to distribute a letter to each of them.  Mrs. Owens stated that, since this involved a personnel matter, it would be discussed in closed session.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens requested a motion to approve the consent agenda.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(04-30)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed:    

 

  1. Approval of the Policy Committee Meeting minutes, the Personnel Committee Meeting minutes, the Committee of the Whole Meeting minutes of September 8, 2003; the Special Emergency Meeting minutes,

 

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the Closed Session Meeting minutes, of September 9, 2003; the Regular Meeting minutes, the Closed Session Meeting minutes, the Committee of the Whole Meeting minutes, the Hearing on the District’s Budget minutes, the Hearing on the Career Preparation Network Budget minutes, of September 15, 2003; and the Personnel Committee Meeting minutes of September 24, 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 October 20, 2003, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll September 25, 2003       1,139,332.53

 

Gross Payroll October 10, 2003           1,118,084.73

 

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                               810,217.33

 

Operation & Maintenance                       267,468.45

 

Transportation                          209,726.12

 

Site & Construction                                  82,858.58

 

Total Bills Payable                             1,370,270.48                                      

                                                                          

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 October 20, 2003, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

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Payroll                                                 

 

Gross Payroll September 25, 2003           5,260.92

 

Gross Payroll October 10, 2003               5,260.92

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                 7,662.48     

                                              

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.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Lohr, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-30 carried.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Ms. Candice James, Rich South’s alternate student representative, Ms. Christian Smith, the Phoenix Campus’s alternate student representative, and Ms. Rachel Pierce, Rich Central’s alternate student representative reported on the happenings at their campuses.

 

Mrs. Lohr noted that she had had the privilege and pleasure to attend the Rich Central student performance of Macbeth, and it had been outstanding.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius also noted that he had been able to attend the outstanding performance.

 

Mr. Cohn thanked the student representatives for their reports and for following through with a written report.

 

 

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Mrs. Martin expressed thanks for the warm reception the Phoenix Campus students had received at their home campuses for Homecoming. 

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill requested adoption of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Illinois Capital Development Board.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-31)           It is moved that the Board of Education adopt an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Illinois Capital Development Board for the partial funding of the Rich South High School auditorium and associated classroom construction as part of the State School Construction Program, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-07.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked Mr. Cahill to explain about the Capital Development Board. 

 

Mr. Cahill noted that the Illinois General Assembly passed and the Governor signed the School Construction Law, effective January 1, 1998, to provide state grant funds to Illinois school districts for school construction projects.  He also noted that the School Construction Law provides that the Illinois State Board of Education issue grant entitlements and determine the priority order of school districts, and the Capital Development Board makes the grants and establishes project standards.  Mr. Cahill stated that District 227 would be receiving approximately $400,156 plus a portion of the architect fees for the costs associated with the classroom components of the auditorium project, including the dance studio, set construction and costume work room.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Lohr, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-31 carried.

 

 

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

 

(04-32)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve teaching contracts as follows:

 

 

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6th Assignment (Semester 1)

 

Brent Bronnenberg       .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

Nick Misch                  .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

Danielle Morrissette      .1 of Step 11, MA Lane (56 days)

Ed Schmeski                .1 of Step 6, MA Lane (65 days)

Jim Schmidt                  .1 of Step 8, BA+15 Lane

Nancy Spaniak .1 of Step 15, MA Lane (65 days)

Tom Thompson            .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

JoAnn Wayne               .1 of Step 15, MA Lane (56 days)

 

provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois and the

North Central Association are met.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Lohr, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-32 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested approval of Family and Medical Leave.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-33)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Family and Medical Leave of certificated staff member Amy Garcia for the first semester of the 2003-2004 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Lohr, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-33 carried.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Burnette reported on the Personnel Committee meeting held September 24, 2003.  He noted that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss various positions, which are being considered for

 

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possible reductions or other options.  These positions are: 1) District Office Secretary;

2) Assistant Superintendent for Personnel; 3) Preventative Maintenance Positions; 4) Custodian at Rich East.  Mr. Burnette noted it had been the Committee’s intent to again meet on October 15, but that meeting had to be canceled.  A new meeting date and time was scheduled for October 27, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. following the Properties Committee meeting.  Mr. Burnette noted he hopes to have a recommendation at the November Board meeting.

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Education Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  Agenda items had included: 1) PSAE 2003 Data Disaggregation; 2) District School Improvement Initiatives; and 3) Campus School Improvement Plans.  Mr. Cohn thanked Ms. Panega, Dr. Knutson and the Curriculum Coordinators for all their work in organizing and presenting this data. 

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reminded the Board of the Properties Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, October 27, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Board Room.  Focus of the meeting will be the Rich South auditorium

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mrs. Lohr expressed great pleasure over the Rich Township and Rich East 50th anniversary celebration held over the October 17 - 19 weekend.  She noted that close to 1,000 people had come back for the celebration.  Mrs. Lohr acknowledged a number of people who had been instrumental in making the celebration so special, including Ms. Howard, who had put together a wonderful presentation for the District celebration on Saturday, October 18. 

 

Mrs. Owens noted that the Board needed to select a Joint Conference Delegate for the November Joint Conference.  Mr. Burnette volunteered to be the delegate.  He noted he would scrutinize  the IASB Report to the Membership for the next Board meeting.

 

Mr. Brunson volunteered to be the alternate delegate.

 

Mr. Brunson noted that his name had been submitted in nomination to be an IASB director.  Elections will be at the Fall Dinner Meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 2003.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Knutson reported that significant progress has been made on the auditorium painting situation.  He noted the District is looking at a November 3, 2003, date for occupancy.  Dr.

 

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Knutson noted that the Rich South Drama Group is planning to present their play in the auditorium November 20, 21, and 22, 2003.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens requested a closed session to consider student discipline matters and pending litigation.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next regular Board meeting will take place on Monday, November 17, 2003, at 7:30 p.m., in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the Snowball II Closing Ceremonies were scheduled for Sunday, November 2, 2003, at 1:00 p.m. at Camp Manitoqua.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that there was a sign-up sheet going around for the IASB Fall Dinner Meeting, which was scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel–Alsip.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Gateway Diner Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, October 29, at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, Matteson.  There was a sign-up sheet going around for the luncheon.

 

Dr. Knutson mentioned that Mrs. Owens and Mrs. Lohr would be receiving awards at the Fall Dinner Meeting on Wednesday, October 29,

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Pfau was recognized.  He asked the Board to reconsider dropping the freshman “B” basketball team.

 

Miss Angel Woods was recognized.  She stated she did not feel it was right for a 3-hour college course to transfer back to high school as l/2 credit.

 

Mr. Cohn commented on the Rich Central homecoming brochure.  He noted it was an excellent brochure.

 

Ms. Carolyn Owens was recognized.  She questioned the District’s policy of not letting students in to dances after a certain time.

 

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Mrs. Woods was recognized.  She questioned why French 3 and 4 were being taught as one class at Rich South.

 

 

Mrs. Lohr noted that Mrs. Howard would be showing the brief presentation she had shown at the District’s 50th celebration.  At 8:35 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-34)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session following the brief presentation to consider student discipline matters and pending litigation.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that closed session would begin at 8:50 p.m.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Lohr, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-34 carried.

 

 

At 10:36 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(04-35)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Lohr, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-35 carried.

 

 

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

 

(04-36)            It is moved that Student “A” discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for one complete calendar year, but that this expulsion be held in abeyance pending no additional suspendable offenses.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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Aye: Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Lohr, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-36 carried.

 

 

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

 

(04-37)            It is moved that Student “B” discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for one complete calendar year, but that the expulsion be rescinded based upon Student “B” being accepted into the RISE Program through South Cook ISC4 and also based upon the student having a drug assessment.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Lohr, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-37 carried.

 

 

 

At 10:37 p.m. Mrs. Lohr moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mrs. Owens declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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President                                                                                  Secretary