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April 19, 2004

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

APRIL 19, 2004

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in the Media Center at Rich East High School, Park Forest, Illinois, on Monday, April 19, 2004.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

 

Present: Brunson, Burnette, Cohn (7:40 p.m.), Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

 

Also Present: Mrs. Lohr, Mrs. Spoolstra, Ms. Davis, Mr. Palmer-Roundtree, Mr. Paulsen, Mr. Zamora, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Mr. Brookins, Ms. Brookins, Ms. Cribbs, Mrs. Martin, Ms. Fishman, Mr. Veazey, Mrs. Britton, Mr. Rabold, Mr. Brim, Mrs. Nelson, Mr. Curran, Ms. Addison, Mr. Magister, Ms. Czmyr, Dr. Powell, Mr. Cahill, Ms. Panega, Mr. Tandy, Ms. Treichel, Mrs. Howard, Ms. Rich, Dr. Kirkwood, Ms. Neumann (Tribune), and Student Representatives Latoiya Miller (East), Rachel Pierce (Central), and Davie Scott (South).

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Mrs. Owens asked if any citizens wished to be recognized.

 

Ms. Valeria Davis was recognized.  She addressed the Board on interviewing and hiring.  She noted that the Board needs to aggressively pursue the hiring of more African/American staff members. 

 

Mr. Thomas was recognized.  He stated that he agreed with what Ms. Davis had to say.  Dr. Powell asked Mr. Thomas if he was at this meeting relative to a student discipline matter.  Mr. Thomas responded that he was.  Dr. Powell stated that this matter would be discussed by the Board in closed session.  He noted that an independent hearing officer had conducted a hearing, and the Board would make the final decision on the matter in closed session.

 

Mrs. Owens responded that the Board would look at the information carefully, and if any issues needed further investigation the Board would investigate as needed.

 

Mr. Yasir Palmer-Roundtree was recognized.  Mr. Palmer-Roundtree stated that he did not feel there was enough communication between the administration and the school community. 

 

Appointment of School Board Member

 

Mrs. Owens asked for a motion to approve the appointment of a new Board member.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

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(04-138)          It is moved that the Board of Education appoint Melonese Brookins to fill the vacant position on the Board until the April, 2005, election.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-138 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Brookins took her seat with the Board.

 

 

Administration of Oath of Office

 

Board members stood and took the Oath of Office, which was administered by Mrs. Treichel in her capacity as a Notary Public and Board Secretary.

 

 

Election of Secretary

 

Mrs. Owens requested a motion to elect a secretary of the Board.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(04-139)          It is moved that the Board of Education elect Paul Jasinevicius as Secretary of the Board of Education until the April, 2005, election.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-139 carried.

 

 

Adoption of Policy Handbooks

 

Mrs. Owens requested a motion for the adoption of the policy handbooks.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

 

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(04-140)          It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the Policy Handbooks.

 

Dr. Powell noted that typically a new Board reaffirms all the policies and procedures of a prior Board.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-140 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Owens requested a motion for adoption of the Code of Conduct for Board Members.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(04-141)          It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the Code of Conduct for Board members as attached.

 

Dr. Powell noted that the Code of Conduct was put out by the Illinois Association of School Boards to hold school boards to proper standards.

 

Mrs. Owens read the Code of Conduct to the Board and audience.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-141 carried.

 

Discussion Regarding Professional Service Contractors

 

Dr. Powell noted that it is customary at the time of a Board’s reorganization for a Board to reaffirm its professional service contractors and either commit to them or make changes.  He noted the professional service contractors being considered are: Architect, Auditor, Investment Banker, Legal Counsel, Group Health, Worker Compensation, Property-Casualty/Legal Liability.  In addition, it is necessary for a District to state its newspapers of record for notices.  He cautioned the Board about making changes in these service contractors at this time.  Dr. Powell noted that service contractors would be on the May agenda for recommitment by the Board or to be pulled out for reconsideration.

 

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Dr. Powell stated that this was the time for Board members to look at their committee assignments.   In addition, the committee assignments of the Board member who resigned need to be filled.  Mrs. Owens asked Board members to call her or e-mail her with any changes they may wish regarding committees.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

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

 

(04-142)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the consent agenda items as listed.

 

a.         Approval of the minutes of the Personnel Committee meeting, Policy Committee meeting, and Budget and Finance Committee meeting of March 8, 2004; the Education Committee meeting, Regular meeting, and Closed Session of March 15, 2004; the Special meeting and Closed Session of March 22, 2004; and the Special Meeting and Waiver Hearing of April 5, 2004, as distributed.

 

  1. Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated April 19, 2004, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll March 25, 2004  1,160,955.48

 

Gross Payroll April 8, 2004                  1,124,116.22

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                 605,232.76                 

 

Operation & Maintenance                         173,158.90                 

 

Transportation                              288,573.30       

 

 

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Total Bills Payable                             1,066,964.96

 

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 April 19, 2004, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll March 25, 2004  5,260.92

 

Gross Payroll April 8, 2004                  5,260.92

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                         202,764.15

 

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 grant writing and submission

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the writing and submission of all grants for the 2004-2005 school year for which the District may qualify.

 

f.          Approval of membership renewal in the Illinois High School Association

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve membership renewal in the Illinois High School Association for Rich Central, Rich East, and Rich South High Schools for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

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  1. Request for award of bid - duplicating paper

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the low bid meeting specifications for non-recycled duplicating paper for the Central, East, South and Phoenix campuses, for the 2004-05 school year, from the Savin Corporation, Uniontown, OH, in the amount of $49,665.25, plus the Alternate Add On for Laser Paper, in the amount of $197.00.  Total combined cost for the bid is $49,862.25; in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-39.

 

  1. Request for award of bid - carpet

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the lowest responsible bid, meeting specifications, for Carpet Replacement for Rich Central from Commercial Floor Covering, Lombard, Illinois, in the amount of $13,415.00, with an additive unit price per square yard of $22.70, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-40.

 

  1. Authorization to Prepare Amended Fiscal Year 2003-2004 Budget

 

It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the preparation, publication of notice of hearing, and availability for public inspection the tentative amended Fiscal Year 2003-2004 Budget and establish June 21, 2004, as the date of hearing on the same, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-41.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Mr. Jasinevicius questioned the approval of grant writing and submission.  Dr. Powell noted that this was a standard motion to allow the Superintendent to sign grants for submission to the Illinois State Board of Education without having to bring them to the Board for signature.

 

Motion 04-142 carried.

 

Student Representatives

 

Rachel Pierce, representing Rich Central, Davie Scott, representing Rich South, and Latoiya Miller, representing Rich East, reported on what is happening at their campuses.

 

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Financial Considerations

 

No Report.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Mr. Tandy requested acceptance of an administrative resignation.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(04-143)          It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of administrative staff member Lynne Panega effective at the conclusion of the work day on

June 30, 2004.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that this motion will only be accepted with regret.  She noted that the Board was really going to miss Ms. Panega, and that they appreciated all the hard work she had done in the District.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-143 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested acceptance of certificated staff resignations.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(04-144)          It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff members Amy Garcia and Angela Krapf effective at the conclusion of the 2003-2004 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-144 carried.

 

 


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

 

(04-145)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the following teaching contracts:

 

Part-time (Revised)

 

Amy Hannon                .3050 of Step l, B.A. Lane

 

Part-time (2004-2005 school year)

 

Eileen Hatherley            .6 of Step 2, M.A. Lane

 

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: Brookins, Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

Motion 04-145 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested approval of an administrative contract.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-146)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the administrative contract of Rachel Gladney as Curriculum Coordinator for Science at Rich Central High School beginning July 1, 2004.

 

Dr. Powell noted that he was very excited that Ms. Gladney had accepted a position with the District.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-146 carried.

 

 

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Mr. Tandy requested approval of a job share for the 2004-2005 school year.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-147)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the job share proposal of certificated staff members Amy Bloodgood and Jason Streeter for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

Mr. Brunson questioned how many job shares the District approves on an annual basis.  Mr. Tandy responded that there are usually one or two per year.  He noted that job shares can be beneficial by allowing for the hiring of a first-year teacher.  Mr. Tandy noted that benefits are split between the two individuals job sharing.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-147 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested approval of the 2004 summer school proposal.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(04-148)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the 2004 summer school proposal as attached.

 

Mrs. Brookins questioned why the District allows students who do not attend District 227 to attend summer school when other districts do not accept our students.  Mr. Tandy noted that the District does not get a lot of outside students, but he would look into this.  He noted that summer school was primarily remedial and that the District offers summer school as a service to students.  Mr. Tandy introduced Mr. Ismael Zamora, the director of summer school 2004.  Mr. Zamora noted that the summer school brochure is being put together and hiring of staff has begun.  He noted that summer school offerings have been scaled back this year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-148 carried.

 


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Mr. Tandy requested approval of the Parent/Student Handbook recommendations.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(04-149)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Parent/Student Handbook Recommendations for the 2004-2005 Parent/Student Handbooks as attached.

 

Mrs. Brookins questioned Mr. Tandy on why cell phones could not be used on buses.  After discussion, the Board amended the handbook recommendations to stated that cell phones could be used on activity buses only.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-149 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy discussed the District’s interview/hiring process.  He noted that the major difference in hiring staff vs. hiring an administrator involves the process of the prospective administrator having three separate team interviews on the same day. Hiring other staff involves one interview team.  Mr. Tandy noted that interview teams function in an advisory capacity only.

 

Dr. Powell noted that, in all instances, the superintendent recommends and the Board hires.

He noted that the District’s number one priority should be to have all staff hired before summer.

 

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Ms. Panega requested approval of new textbooks for the 2004-2005 school year.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(04-150)          It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the new textbooks for the 2004-2005 school year as recommended on the attached memorandum.

 

Mrs. Panega read the names of the textbooks for which she was asking approval.  The textbooks have been on display in the District Office Board Room from April 12 through April 16.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-150 carried.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Education Committee meeting of March 15, 2004.  He noted that Mr. Brim, Director of Special Education for District 227, had talked about a number of special education concerns for the District.

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a second reading on the Dual Credit Course for the District.  She stated the policy would allow students who successfully complete a course of three credit hours or more at a community college to receive credit at both high school and college credit.

 

Dr. Powell stated that this policy needs to pass in its current form as students are depending upon the credits for graduation.  Mrs. Norwood noted that there may be changes to the policy in the future.

 

Following the second reading, Mrs. Owens requested a motion to adopt the policy into the District’s policy books.   Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(04-151)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the attached Dual Credit Course for addition to the Board Policy Books

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-151 carried.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mrs. Owens, Mr. Jasinevicius, and Mr. Cohn reported on their attendance at the National School Board Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, March 26 - 29, 2004.

 

Mr. Brunson reported on his attendance at the NSBA Conference in Orlando, Florida, as well as his attendance at the IASB Spring Dinner Meeting on March 31, 2004.  He noted he had been elected Vice Chair of the IASB South Cook Division. 

 

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Report on the Interim Superintendent

 

Dr. Powell requested approval of the final 2003-2004 school calendar.  He noted that the emergency days had been removed and a new closing date established on May 28, 2004.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(04-152)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the final school calendar for the 2003-2004 school year as distributed.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-152 carried.

 

 

Dr. Powell discussed with the Board various observations he has made in the District during his two-week tenure.  Some of those observations included the District 227 Foundation, the Dogpatch Olympics, the Rich Central band concert, the morale of the staff, and graduation.  He also made some suggestions to the Board, including starting meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance, pre-meetings for the Board, beginning meetings with student recognitions, and the hiring of staff prior to summer. 

 

Mr. Jasinevicius mentioned that he was happy the District had hired Dr. Powell as the interim superintendent.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens updated the Board on the superintendent search.  She noted that the IASB consultants are working on the brochure advertising the opening.  They are currently receiving applications for the position.  She noted that the Board will need to set a meeting in the near future to review its timeline for the superintendent search.

 

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

 

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Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the May meeting will take place on Monday, May 17, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich East Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens discussed Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first week in May.  She stated she would like to honor all staff in some manner during that week.

 

 

New Business

 

Mr. Jasinevicius informed the Board that he had attended a Rally Day in Springfield on March 24 with District 163.  Board members were able to see legislators at work.  Another Rally Day is being planned for May 12.  Mr. Jasinevicius stated he has a packet of materials if anyone is interested. 

 

Dr. Powell announced that Judge Anthony Scariano, Sr. had passed away over the weekend.  His wake will be Thursday and the funeral Friday.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mary Britton was recognized.  She spoke on behalf of the Rich Central band.  She asked the Board to support the band both financially and by attending functions.  The Rich Central Lagoon Concert will take place on May 18.

 

 

At 9:40 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(04-153)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider student discipline matters, pending litigation, negotiations strategies, and the appointment, employment, discipline, dismissal or compensation of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-153 carried.

 


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At 10:59 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-154)          It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-154 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(04-155)          It is moved that the Board of Education extend its 11:00 p.m. curfew to 11:30 p.m.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-155 carried.

 

 

At 11:00 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(04-156)          It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its closed session.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-156 carried.

 

 

At 11:25 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(04-157)          It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-157 carried.

 

 

Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(04-158)          It is moved that Student #1 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools through the remainder of the 2003-2004 school year but that the expulsion be held in abeyance pending the student’s placement at the Ombudsman School.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-158 carried.

 

 

Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(04-159)          It is moved that Student #2 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for one calendar year; however, the expulsion will be reviewed in December, 2004, and, based upon various activities performed by the student, the student could possibly re-enter Rich Township High Schools for the second semester of the 2004-2005 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

Abstain: Burnette

Motion 04-159 carried.

 


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Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(04-160)          It is moved that Student #3 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for one calendar year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Owens

Nay: None

Abstain: Burnette, Norwood

Motion 04-160 carried.

 

 

At 11:30 p.m. Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(04-161)          It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-161 carried.

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary