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July 26, 2004

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

JULY 26, 2004

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, July 26, 2004, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois. 

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m.

 

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

Absent: Brunson

 

Also Present: Ms. George, Ms. Moten, Ms. Olowe, Mr. Regan, Mr. Walker, Ms. Neumann (Tribune), Ms. Sedlak, Ms. Ferry, Ms. Singer, Ms. Moore (L.W.V.), Ms. Reisdorf, Ms. Davis, Mr. Curran, Mr. Zamora, Mr. Hopman, Mr. McAlister, Ms. Williams, Ms. Paris, Mr. Beitler, Mr. Boras, Mr. Forrest, Ms. Wozny, Mrs. Martin, Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. Craig, Ms. High, Dr. Powell, Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Cahill, Mrs. Treichel

 

 

At 8:01 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(05-01)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider the appointment, employment, discipline, dismissal, or compensation of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-01 carried.

 

At 9:10 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(05-02)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-02 carried.


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Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens asked if anyone wished to remove any items from the Consent Agenda.  Mrs. Norwood removed the following items: 1) Request for approval of Associate Principal for Rich South; 2) Request for approval of Curriculum Director for Social Studies at Rich South; and 3) Adoption of District 227 Budget.  Mrs. Owens requested asked for approval of the Consent Agenda as amended.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(05-03)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as amended.

 

a.         Approval of the regular, closed session (#1 and #2), and hearing minutes of June 21, 2004; and the special and closed session minutes of June 30, 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 July 26, 2004, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll June 24, 2004                       3,456,365.88

 

Gross Payroll July 8, 2004                  329,288.38

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                           776,375.96 

 

Operation & Maintenance                198,219.53 

 

Transportation                                       6,577.43     

 

Site & Construction                             35,734.34     

 

Total Bills Payable                     1,016,907.26       

                                                                          

c.         Approval of payroll and bills payable for the Career Preparation Network       

 

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It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated July 26, 2004, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll                                                  

 

Gross Payroll June 24, 2004                           10,851.80

 

Gross Payroll July 8, 2004                     5,040.00

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                          1,055.69                

                                              

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. Closed session minutes and audio tapes

 

It is moved that the closed session minutes and audio tapes of closed session meetings from December 8, 2003, through June 7, 2004, remain closed to the public for privacy reasons.

 

  1. Approval of SCOPE Membership

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the District’s membership in the South Cooperative Organization for Public Education (SCOPE) for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

  1. Approval of teaching contracts

 

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

 

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Full Time

 

Tim Cyborski               Step 3 of BA+15 Lane

L. Toni Dactilidis          Step 1, MA Lane

Carlene Davis   Step 1, BA Lane

Rita Guritz                    Step 1, BA+15 Lane

Barry Jones                  Step 2, BA+15 Lane

Rosemary Kennedy      Step 11, MA+15 Lane

Sherri Mazzone            Step 1, BA Lane

Erin Philyaw                 Step 1, MA Lane

Kathleen Sabo  Step 6, BA+15 Lane

Edward Schodrof         Step 9, MA+15 Lane

David Stefanski            Step 4, BA Lane

Matthew Tiffy   Step 1, BA Lane

Gerri Williams   Step 12, BA+15 Lane

William Woodlock        Step 1, BA Lane

Kelly Cooper               Step 3, MA Lane

 

Part Time

 

Diana Morgan  .6 of Step 16, MA Lane

Phyllis Nixon                .5028 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois and

the North Central Association are met.

 

  1. Request for approval of Interim Director of Teaching and Learning

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the contract for Betty Brockelman as the Interim Director of Teaching and Learning for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

  1. Request for approval of Interim Special Education Administrator

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the contract for Fred Kravarik as an Interim Special Education Administrator for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

  1. Request for acceptance of resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Jim Schmidt, Karen Junker-Ward, and

 

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Stephan Gasperec effective at the conclusion of the 2003-2004 school year.

 

  1. Award of Property/Casualty Insurance

 

It is moved that the Board of Education award the property-casualty bid and broker/agent service to the Indiana Insurance Company and the Horton Group respectively for the memorandum bid total of $142,087, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-03.

 

  1. Award of Athletic Trainer Bid

 

It is moved that the Board of Education award the athletic trainer contract to Health South for the base bid total of $202,500, covering a period of three years with up to two one-year renewals, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-04.

 

  1. Adoption of Career Preparation Network Budget

 

It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the 2004-05 Career Preparation Network budget as presented June 21, 2004, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-02.

 

  1. Approval of Residency/Truancy Investigations Program

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the use of National Investigations, Inc. to provide documentation and evidence for verification of residency to validate school enrollment.

 

  1. Acceptance of Settlement Offer

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the property tax settlement offer of appellant John Slater and authorize the District’s legal counsel to enter into the same, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-05.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-03 carried.

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill presented the 17th CAFR Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Board. 

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. Powell informed the Board that the District’s Organizational Chart has been changed.  The principals are now reporting directly to Mr. Hunigan, and the Director of Information Services is reporting directly to the Superintendent. 

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a second reading of Policies 2.105 “Ethics and Gift Ban” and 6.35 “Graduation Requirements.”  Following the second reading, Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Cahill seconded the following:

 

(05-04)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt Policies 2.105 “Ethics and Gift Ban” and 6.35 “Graduation Requirements” into its policy books effective immediately.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-04 carried.

 

 

In the absence of Mr. Brunson, Mr. Cohn reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held July 21, 2004.  He noted there had been a concise presentation by Mr. Cahill on the District’s 2004-2005 budget.

 

 

 

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Special Reports

 

Mr. Hopman reported on the extra schedule reports, evaluation forms, job description for head coaches, and athletic manuals which had been distributed to the Board.  Dr. Powell noted that these items will be revisited at the August Board meeting.

 

Ms. Brookins questioned whether students know which clubs and activities are being held at each campus.  Mrs. Owens noted that more public relations is needed to inform students of the various opportunities available to them. 

 

Mr. Cohn questioned the amount of money that the District is spending on extra schedule activities.  Dr. Powell responded that the District will be checking on the various athletics and activities to make sure the employees are performing at an optimal level.

 

Mr. Cohn questioned whether the Board would be receiving job descriptions for the other activities.  Mr. Hopman responded that the Assistant Principals for Athletics/Activities are working on developing these descriptions.

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Powell introduced Mr. Bill Beitler and Mr. Tom Boris from National Investigations, Inc.  Mr. Beitler and Mr. Boris gave a summary of the activities they will be involved in when they do residency checks for the Board.  Dr. Powell explained that use of the firm had been approved under the Consent Agenda.  He noted that this process will take residency pressure off the principals.

 

Dr. Powell noted the various topics for Board goals for 2004-05 as follows: 1) Improvement of Student Achievement; 2) Hiring of Superintendent; 3) Recruit and Retain Top Level Professional Staff; 4) Master Facility Planning; 5) Technology; and 6) Attain ISBE Financial Recognition. 

 

Dr. Powell brought up the dates for the Board’s meeting with Dr. Gatta on Strategic Planning.  He stated that Dr. Gatta will be meeting with the Board on August 25 and 26.  All administrators and the members of the Master Facility Planning Committee have been invited to the August 25 session. 

 

Dr. Powell reported on the Opening of School Activities, including New Staff Orientation--

August 9 through 12, Institute Day--August 13, and Opening of School--August 16.

 

Dr. Powell discussed two software proposals for online applications. He would like to see the District change from paper applications to on-line applications by January of 2005.

 

 

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Mr. Ish Zamora, 2004 Summer School Director, reported on this year’s Summer School.  He noted that 11 courses were offered to 302 students and that it had been a successful program overall.  Mr. Zamora had two recommendations for next year’s Summer School: 1) Have Summer School Monday through Friday; and 2) Have Summer School for two three-week sessions, where students get credit for two semesters.  Mr. Zamora noted this will alleviate problems with the registration process.  He noted that Summer School and R.A.M.P. were held at the same time.  He recommended that one person be in charge of both programs.  Mrs. Martin agreed with Mr. Zamora’s recommendation to have two semesters of Summer School. 

 

Mrs. Brookins requested a breakdown by campus by course for Summer School. 

 

Mrs. Owens asked how many students failed Algebra and were able to make it up through Summer School.  Mr. Zamora will get these figures to the Board.

 

Dr. Powell asked the Board to increase the payment for people who work registration.  He noted the District had not increased pay rates for classified registration workers for 10 years.  Since the District is going to accept credit cards for payment of registration fees this year, it needs to make sure it has a full staff of qualified workers for registration.  After discussion, the Board gave its consent to have the summer registration work for classified staff increased to $10.00 per hour.

 

Mrs. Norwood brought up the fact that the District only pays $85.00 for substitutes.  Mrs. Owens suggested that the Business Office look into the amount paid to substitutes at District 227 with the amount paid to substitutes at surrounding districts.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next regular Board meeting would take place on Monday, August 16, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reported on the Special Meeting of June 30, 2004.  She noted that the Board had approved a one-year extension of the classified staff contract and pay raises.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Retreat on the Strategic Plan scheduled for August 25 and 26, 2004.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that the Board needed to be thinking about dates for a Board Self Evaluation.  She will contact Donna Johnson from the IASB for available dates. 

 

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Mrs. Owens noted that it is necessary to resume work on the Superintendent’s evaluation process.  She asked Mr. Burnette to be thinking of dates for the next Personnel Committee meeting.

 

Mrs. Owens stated she will be setting up a new Board committee on Technology.  She asked any Board members who wished to serve on the committee to contact her.

 

At 10:20 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(05-05)            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: Brookins, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-05 carried.

 

At 10:30 p.m. Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(05-06)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-06 carried.

 

 

At 10:31 p.m. Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mrs. Owens declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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