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August 16, 2004

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

AUGUST 16, 2004

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, August 16, 2004, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

 

Present: Brookins, Burnette, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Absent: Brunson, Cohn

 

Also Present: Mr. Kaufmann, Ms. Srog, Mr. McAlister, Mr. Brim, Dr. Morgan, Mr. Matticx, Mrs. Matticx, Ms. Matticx, Mrs. Hicks, Ms. Neumann (Tribune), Ms. Addison, Mr. Curran, Mr. Kredens, Dr. Kirkwood, Ms. Moore, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Caldwell, Mr. Muhammad, Mrs. Muhammad, Mr. Veazey, Mr. Mnyofu, Mr. Craig, Dr. McDonald, Mrs. Treichel, Dr. Powell, Mr.Hunigan, Mr. Cahill

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Ms. Srog was recognized.  She questioned why the District did not ask for proof of income when students are approved for free lunch and fees are waived.

 

Dr. Powell responded that the Federal guidelines call for checking on 3% of applications, but the District plans on raising that amount of 20 - 25%.  He noted that a firm had been hired to check on residency and to verify income. 

 

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

 

Dr. Powell noted that there was one change to the agenda - Susan Szafranski had been given one additional class.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(05-07)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

 

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a.         Request for approval of minutes

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the minutes of the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of July 21, 2004, the regular meeting, Hearing on District Budget, Hearing on Career Preparation Network Budget, and Closed Sessions (#1 and #2) of July 26, 2004, as distributed.

 

b.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated August 16, 2004, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll July 22, 2004             353,510.45

 

Gross Payroll August 10, 2004       240,388.06

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                           460,358.24

 

Operation & Maintenance                137,174.57

 

Transportation                                     97,289.26

 

Total Bills Payable                         694,822.07                      

                                                                          

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 August 16, 2004, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll                                                  

 

Gross Payroll July 22, 2004               5,040.00

Gross Payroll August 10, 2004         5,040.00

 

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Bills Payable

 

Education                                             2,524.31    

                                              

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 District 227 Budget

 

It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the 2004-2005 Rich Township High School District 227 Budget as revised from that originally presented June 21, 2004, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-01.

 

  1. Approval of Foreign Exchange Student for Rich East High School

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve Vilma-Noora Ahonen as a foreign exchange student at Rich East High School for the 2004-2005 school year without payment of tuition.

 

  1. Approval of new teaching contracts

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve teaching contracts as follows:

 

Full Time

 

Eileen Caddigan            Step 10, BA+15 Lane

Elishondra Davis           Step 7, MA Lane

Kayleen Boldrey           Step 5, BA Lane

Susan Ali                      Step 14, MA+45 Lane

Bryan Craig                  Step 1, MA Lane

Jessica Craig                Step 1, BA Lane

Maria DeVenuto           Step 1, MA Lane

Timothy Reising            Step 1, MA+15 Lane

 

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Part Time

 

O. Eliot Pope               .6 of Step 1, BA Lane

Susan Szafranski           .3757 of Step 1, BA+15 Lane

Primitivo Rodriguez       .2939 of Step 13, BA+15 Lane

Kathy Krebs                .3 of Step 15, MA Lane

Stephanie Janik .4939 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

Part Time (Revised)

 

Diana Morgan  .6939 of Step 16, MA Lane

 

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

 

  1. Approval of Curriculum Coordinator for Social Studies at Rich South

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the contract for Bridget Imoukhuede as the Curriculum Coordinator for Social Studies at Rich South High School beginning July 1, 2004.

 

  1. Approval of Associate Principal for Rich South

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the contract for John Macon as the Associate Principal at Rich South High School beginning August 2, 2004.

 

  1. Approval of extra schedule positions for the 2004-2005 year

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the list of extra schedule positions for the 2004-2005 year as attached

 

  1. Approval of student activities and clubs evaluation form, head coaching evaluation form, head coach position description, and athletic training manual

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the student activities and clubs evaluation form, the head coaching evaluation form, the head coach position description, and the athletic training manual as attached.

 

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  1. Reinstatement of extra schedule positions

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the reinstatement of three Assistant Football extra schedule positions, one per comprehensive high school, for the 2004-2005 year only.

 

  1. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Memorandum of Understanding regarding one-on-one instructional aides as approved in Impact Bargaining with the Classified Staff.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Burnette, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

Motion 05-07 carried.

 

Financial Considerations

 

Dr. Powell stated he was again putting the Health Insurance Broker situation on the table to see what direction the Board wished to go.  After discussion, Mrs. Owens asked the Board members to give their opinion as to what direction the Board wished to go regarding the Health Insurance Broker situation.  

 

Mr. Burnette stated that he felt the District should continue with the current broker.  Mrs. Norwood stated she would like the Board to form a committee to review the matter.  Mrs. Brookins stated she would like to review the broker situation.  Mr. Jasinevicius stated that he would recommend the District stay with the same broker.  Mrs. Owens suggested an ad hoc committee be formed to review the situation.  Mrs. Norwood agreed to chair the ad hoc committee and Mrs. Brookins agreed to sit on the committee.  They will have a recommendation for the Board by the September meeting.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on the New Teacher Inservice held August 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2004.  He noted that the District had hired 46 new full-time teachers and 13 part-time teachers.  Ten new classified staff had been hired.  Mr. Hunigan stated that he was impressed with the caliber of the staff hired and the enthusiasm they are displaying. 

 

 

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Mr. Hunigan reported on Institute Day held August 13, 2004.  He noted that Mrs. Owens had welcomed the staff back on behalf of the Board and had helped distribute the Longevity Awards.  He also stated that Dr. Powell had shared a presentation which highlighted the reasons we are in the educational profession.

 

Mrs. Owens commented that she was happy to be able to address the staff and welcome them back.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Burnette reported that he was meeting with Mr. Tandy on Wednesday, August 18, to come to as much closure as possible regarding the Superintendent Evaluation Process.  He requested a Personnel Committee of the Whole meeting for August 30, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Rich Central.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the “Back to School Picnic” held on Thursday, August 12, 2004.  He noted it had been a very nice affair and he had had a good time.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Powell discussed with the Board the various approaches to discipline at each campus.  He presented a revised Tardy Referral Form for review and approval by the Board.  He also asked Dr. Kirkwood to explain the use of hallway sweeps to reduce tardiness in the buildings.  Dr. Powell stated that this process would be used at all campuses. 

 

Mrs. Norwood noted that she wanted to make sure that all students are informed of the hallway sweep process and the tardy process.  The principals responded that they would make sure that all students were informed.

 

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

 

(05-08)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the attached Tardy Referral Form for use by all District 227 students.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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Aye: Brookins, Burnette, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-08 carried.

 

 

Dr. Powell reported on the opening of school.  He noted that he, along with Mr. Hunigan, had visited every building during the day.

 

Mrs. Martin reported on the opening of school at the Phoenix Campus.  She stated that 70 students were in attendance.  The school has a capacity of 75.  There were 40 new students and 30 returning students.

 

Mr. Craig reported on Rich East’s first day.  He stated that the freshman figures were disappointing.  They were projecting 351 freshman students and so far had only registered 250.

 

Dr. Kirkwood reported on Rich South’s opening of school.  He noted he was most impressed with the behavior of the students, and that the day went very smoothly.  Rich South still has 100 students who have not registered.

 

Dr. McDonald reported on the opening of school at Rich Central.  She stated 1,179 students had registered, including 367 freshmen.  She noted that the student ambassadors made a big difference in how the first day progressed.  They were there to help the freshmen.  She noted that there are 1,298 students on the books for registration.

 

Dr. Powell stated the District needs to take a look at attendance over the first two weeks with the early start.  He stated that he will report back to the Board on this issue.

 

Dr. Powell brought up the District’s longevity awards.  After discussion, it was decided to pursue Lincoln Mall for the longevity awards.

 

Dr. Powell initiated a discussion on graduation times and dates.  Mr. Curran, President of the RTHSEA, passed out the results of a survey regarding last year’s Saturday graduation, which had been conducted with the faculty.  He noted that Board should re-evaluate the reasons behind Saturday graduation.  He stated that the certified staff was still expressing concern regarding Saturday graduation. 

 

Dr. Powell stated that he felt it was important to secure parent feedback.  He noted that the District might look into holding one graduation at a central location, such as the Tweeter Center.  Mrs. Owens suggested that Dr. Powell look into this possibility. 

 

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Mr. Burnette stated that one of the primary reasons for moving to a Saturday graduation was that relatives coming from out of town would be able to come in on a weekend. 

 

Mrs. Owens and Mrs. Brookins suggested surveying the parents to find out if a Saturday graduation was more convenient. 

 

Mr. Curran reminded the Board that Saturday graduation attendance is voluntary for the certified staff. 

 

Dr. Powell noted that, if the Board stays with Saturday, the times will need to be rotated.  Mrs. Owens suggested that the times be closer together.

 

Dr. Powell noted that a decision needs to be reached in September.

 

Dr. Powell informed the Board that he is recommending a technology assessment analysis for the District.  He has contacted Kevin Lane of John Foster Co. and will be bringing a recommendation to the Board.   This will be an action item on the agenda next month.

 

Dr. Powell discussed the condition of the athletic fields.  He stated that two Board members had come to him regarding doing something about the fields.  After discussion, Mrs. Owens suggested that the Property Committee members meet with the Director of Fiscal Services and the Director of Buildings and Grounds to see what can be done to improve the fields.

 

Mrs. Caldwell was recognized.  She stated that the Board talked about improving the fields 3 or 4 years ago. 

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He stated that, in his opinion, the fields have not been properly maintained. 

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens set up a Board Technology Committee.  She appointed Mr. Cohn as the Chair and Mr. Jasinevicius as a member.  She noted that if anyone else would like to be on the committee, he or she should let her know.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next meeting was scheduled for Monday, September 20, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

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Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the meeting with Dr. Lou Gatta on Strategic Planning

August 25 and 26, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens stated the Board will be meeting with the IASB consultant on September 27 to receive the names of the finalists for the superintendent.  Interviews will be scheduled from early to mid-October.

 

Mrs. Owens informed the audience of the death of Otis White, a former Board of Education member.  She stated that Mr. White had felt very passionately about the upkeep of the District’s facilities.  She noted that she had read a resolution from the Board at Mr. White’s funeral, and the family was very appreciative. 

 

 

Old Business

 

Mrs. Brookins stated she would be meeting with Dr. Brockelman to discuss the number of students who needed to repeat Algebra during summer school.  She also noted she would be calling Dr. Powell to schedule an Education Committee meeting.

 

Mrs. Norwood scheduled a Policy Committee meeting for 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 30, at Rich Central.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius stated he will check with Mr. Brunson regarding the scheduling of a Property Committee meeting.

 

 

New Business

 

Dr. Powell requested approval of a memorandum to authorize administration to award a bid for band uniforms and associated accessories. 

 

Mr. Cahill stated that he had published for bids, but no one had responded to the ad.  He has identified two vendors who can meet the specifications. 

 

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

 

(05-09)            It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the administration to seek and award, subject to after-the-fact concurrence of the Board of Education, a bid for band uniforms and associated accessories to the lowest, responsible bidder, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-07.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Burnette, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

Motion 05-09 carried.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reminded the Board that the Rich East band director came to the Board meeting requesting new uniforms for Rich East.  He asked the Board to expedite new uniforms for East also.

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mrs. Caldwell was recognized.  She questioned whether there would be two semesters of summer school this coming year.  Dr. Powell responded that Dr. Brockelman will be looking at this possibility with the Education Committee.

 

Mrs. Caldwell asked if the Educational Foundation is still moving forward.  Dr. Powell responded that Dr. Robinson has been in contact with Mrs. Owens and himself.  Dr. Robinson has shown great leadership and the Foundation is moving forward.

 

Ms. Srog was recognized.  She stated that she was a Rich East parent and that East had a great graduation last year.

 

Ms. Moore was recognized.  She stated she stood in line for 1 l/2 - 2 hours for registration.  She wanted to know how the process can be expedited.  She also questioned the process of checking for lost books.  She had never received notice of a lost book and had been required to pay for one.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He noted there had been extensive delays at registration.  He said the PTSA had identified recommendations for improvements.  He also noted that parents were upset about the $43.00 fee.

 

Mrs. Owens apologized for the inconvenience and noted the process would be improved for next year.

 

At 9:45 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(05-10)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss the appointment, employment, discipline, dismissal or compensation of an employee or officer, pending litigation, and negotiations strategies.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Burnette, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-10 carried.

 

 

At 10:30 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(05-11)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Burnette, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-11 carried.

 

 

At 10:30 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mrs. Owens declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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