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June 21, 2004

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

JUNE 21, 2004

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois, on Monday, June 21, 2004.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:31 p.m.

 

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

Absent: None

 

Also Present: Mr. Rabold, Mr. Cole, Mr. Schmeski, Ms Neumann (Tribune), Mr. Hopman, Dr. Morgan, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Schmidt, Mr. Beaumont, Mr. Maddox, Mr. Hernandez, Ms. Coble, Mr. Williams, Mr. Connell, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Daniels, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Simmons, Ms. Meyers, Ms. Moore, Mr. Brim, Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. Kelzm, Dr. Powell, Mr. Tandy, Mr. Cahill, Mrs. Treichel, Mrs. Howard

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Mrs. Owens asked if any citizens wished to be recognized.  Mr. Wilson was recognized.  He stated he was a member of the Football Parents Booster’s Club and that the Club needs a lot of help from the parents.  If anyone would like to participate, they should see Mr. Wilson or a football coach.

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 7:33 p.m., Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(04-167)          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.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-167 carried.

 

 


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At 8:05 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following;

 

(04-168)          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 04-168 carried.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens asked if anyone wished to remove any item from the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Tandy removed the part-time contracts of Phyllis Nixon and Diana Morgan for rechecking of figures.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius questioned Mr. Cahill on the gym bid.  He wanted to know how come there were only two bids received for the painting of the Rich South gym.  Mr. Cahill explained that he had followed the legal process and had only received two bids.  Mr. Jasinevicius noted that he would like to have bids for work done earlier in the year.

 

Mrs. Owens asked for approval of the Consent Agenda as amended.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(04-169)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as amended.

 

  1. Approval of the Personnel Committee and Closed Session meeting minutes, the Committee of the Whole meeting minutes, the regular Board and Closed Session meeting minutes, all of May 17, 2004; the Special and Closed Session meeting minutes of May 24, 2004; the Education Committee meeting minutes of June 2, 2004; the Personnel Committee, Special, and Closed Session meeting minutes of June 7, 2004; and the Policy Committee meeting minutes of June 14, 2004, as distributed.

 

  1. Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated June 21, 2004, as follows:

 

 

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Payroll

 

Gross Payroll May 25, 2004                             1,266,191.17

 

Gross Payroll June 10, 2004                             1,284,287.29

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                         645,593.25

 

Operation & Maintenance                                 239,506.56

 

Transportation                                      214,729,15

 

Site & Construction                                               6,129.26

 

Life Safety                                                             5,964.46

 

Total Bills Payable                                       1,111,922.68

 

  1. 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 June 21, 2004, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll May 25, 2004                                 5,260.92

 

Gross Payroll June 10, 2004                                 5,260.92

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                         103,915.51

 

  1. 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, resignation, retirements, terminations, and transfers, as presented by the

 

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Superintendent, provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois are met.

 

  1. Approval of Prevailing Wage Rates

 

It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution entitled “A Resolution Adopting the Prevailing Wage Rates for Laborers, Workmen and Mechanics Employed on Public Works of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-55.

 

  1. Adoption of the Amended Fiscal Year 2003-2004 Budget

 

It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the amended Fiscal Year 2003-2004 Budget and Budget Resolution as revised from that approved on September 15, 2003, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-52.

 

  1. Authorization for a Supplemental June Bills Payable List for District 227

 

It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to prepare and the Township School Treasurer to issue checks for a supplementary June, 2004, District 227 bills payable list in an amount not to exceed $900,000.00, that the same be reviewed by the Budget and Finance Committee Chairperson prior to disbursement, and the full Board at its July meeting, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-56.

 

  1. Authorization of Supplementary June Bills Payable List for the Career Preparation Network

 

It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to prepare and the Township School Treasurer to issue checks for a supplementary June, 2004, Career Preparation Network bills payable list in an amount not to exceed $65,000.00, that the same be reviewed by the Budget and Finance Committee Chairperson prior to disbursement, and the full Board at its July meeting, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-57.

 

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  1. Approval of Equipment Bid - Serving Lines at Rich Central

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the lowest responsible bid, meeting specifications, for Mod-U-Serve Serving Line Equipment for Rich Central High School in the amount of $56,750 from M. L. Rongo, Inc., 4817 W. Lake Street, Melrose Park, IL, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-51.

 

  1. Acceptance of Rich South Blacktop Sealcoating Bid

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the lowest responsible bid, meeting specifications, for Blacktop Sealcoating at Rich South Campus from Apex Services in the amount of $9,955, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-50.

 

  1. Acceptance of Rich South Gym Painting Bid

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the lowest responsible bid, meeting specifications, for the Gym Painting at the Rich South Campus from Eastlake Painting, Inc., in the amount of $9,860, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-49.

 

  1. Approval of IASB Dues for 2004-2005

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the annual dues expenditure for membership in the Illinois Association of School Boards for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

  1. Approval of Curriculum Coordinator at Rich Central

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Administrative Contract for Sunni Ali as Curriculum Coordinator at Rich Central High School beginning July 1, 2004.

 

  1. Approval of Curriculum Coordinator at Rich East

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Administrative Contract for Patrick Keeley as Curriculum Coordinator at Rich East High School beginning July 1, 2004.

 

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  1. Approval of Teaching Contracts

 

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

 

Full Time

 

Margo Anderson                                  Step 4, MA Lane

Erin Craven                                          Step 1, BA Lane

Jennifer Christiansen                             Step 3, BA Lane

Rai Flowers                                          Step 14, MA+30 Lane

Todd Hall                                             Step 5, MA+15 Lane

Amy Hannon                                        Step 1, BA Lane

Lakisha Husband                                  Step 2, BA Lane

Jeffrey Joyce                                        Step 1, BA Lane

Jenise Kapsalis                         Step 1, BA Lane

Lee Martin                                           Step 1, BA Lane

Amanda Misch                         Step 1, BA Lane

Jaydene Mitchell                                   Step 12, MA+30 Lane

Sara Smado                                         Step 1, BA Lane

Paul Chandler                                       Step 3, BA Lane

 

Part Time

 

Greg Schweiger                                    .6939 of Step 5, BA Lane

Stephanie Saul                          .8 of Step 4, BA Lane

Kathleen Dingler                                   .4972 of Step 15, MA Lane

Virginia Burd                                        .4 of Step 15, MA Lane

Tracy Hill                                             .4818 of Step 1, MA Lane

 

Provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois and the North Central

Association are met.

 

  1. Approval of Psychologist Interns

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the contracts of Shawn Triezenberg and Heather Jablonski as psychologist interns for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

  1. Approval of Resolution Regarding Abolishment of Offices of Township School Trustees and Treasurer

 

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It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution entitled, “Resolution Relating to Abolishment of Offices of Township School Trustees and Township School Treasurer,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-58.

 

  1. Approval of Special Pay Rates for 2004-2005

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Special Pay Rates for 2004-2005 as listed on the attached sheets.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill requested approval to lay the tentative 2004-2005 Rich Township High School District 227 Budget on the Table, Publish Notice of Availability, and Set a Hearing.  He noted this was the second year of three years in which the District is working on achieving a balanced budget.  Mr. Cahill noted that many of the items in which the Board has expressed an interest have been put in the budget.  He stated that a Budget and Finance Committee meeting needs to be set to go over the budget.

 

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

 

(04-170)          It is moved that the Board of Education lay the tentative 2004-2005 Rich Township High School District 227 budget on the table; direct that copies be made available for public inspection for a period of not less than 30 days expiring on or before July 26, 2004; hold a public hearing on said budget July 26, 2004; and direct the secretary to have inserted in the local newspaper the attached notice of said availability for inspection and public hearing, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-54.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-170 carried.

 


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Mr. Cahill requested approval to lay the tentative 2004-2005 Career Preparation Network Budget on the Table, Publish Notice of Availability, and Set a Hearing.

 

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

 

(04-171)          It is moved that the Board of Education lay the tentative 2004-2005 Career Preparation Network budget on the table; direct that copies be made available for public inspection for a period of not less than 30 days expiring on or before July 26, 2004; and direct the secretary to have inserted in the local newspaper the attached notice of said availability for inspection and public hearing, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-53.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-171 carried.

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Mr. Tandy gave a report on the personnel who have been hired and who still need to be hired.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Master Facility Planning Committee meeting of May 27, 2004.  He noted that the main focus of the meeting had been the breaking down of jobs into groups.  Also the group decided the overall purpose of the Committee.  Questions were generated by each of the groups and weight was given to each of the questions.

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Master Facility Planning Committee meeting of June 16, 2004.  He noted that the purpose of the meeting had been a discussion of what the District needs to do to prepare for the future.

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Education Committee meeting of June 2, 2004.  There had been a presentation by Mr. Siddiqui, Chief Technology Officer from MazikUSA, on “A School Management System.”  This system incorporates registration, attendance, performance assessment, billing, scheduling, report card data, NCLB, and parent WEB information.  In addition, Mr. Cahill had talked about the technology plan, which had been submitted to ISC4. 

 

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The plan had been 80% approved and has now been resubmitted.  There was discussion about Professional Staff Development, which is being rescheduled.  Mr. Koutavas discussed the Scantron Performance Series.  The District is going to baseline all students coming into the school district with Scantron. 

 

Mr. Burnette discussed the Personnel Committee meeting of June 7, 2004.  The purpose of the meeting had been to discuss the superintendent’s job description and evaluation process.  The Board is not satisfied with the formative or summative evaluations currently in place and is looking for other evaluation tools.  The committee also discussed some of the expectations of what the superintendent should accomplish.

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Policy Committee meeting of June 14, 2004.  She stated that the “Ethics and Gift Ban” policy and “Graduation Requirements” policy had been discussed.  The “Ethics and Gift Ban” policy is according to the recommendation of the Illinois Association of School Boards.  The “Graduation Requirements” policy applies beginning with the Class of 2007.  Mrs. Norwood asked for a first reading of these policies.  There being no objections, a first reading was held.  Dr. Powell handed out a residency policy for review by the Board.

 

Mrs. Brookins stated that weighted grades had also been discussed.  She noted there will be follow through from the Education Committee to the Policy Committee.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mr. Daniels and Mr. Hopman reported on the District’s athletic program.  They noted they are in the process of developing job descriptions for all extra curricular activities.  In addition, an evaluation method is being outlined to assess the implementation of activities.  A student athletic handbook and a coach’s handbook are being developed.  Mr. Daniels and Mr. Hopman brought up to the board that basketball and football had lost a coach in the job cuts process.  Some of the freshman students who would be on the “B” team are not able to go out for basketball and/or football because of this.  Mr. Daniels and Mr. Hopman asked the Board to reconsider these cuts.

 

Mrs. Brookins asked that parents be allowed to have formal feedback as part of the evaluation process.

 

Mr. Cohn questioned whether intramurals could be instituted for the students not part of the freshman teams.  Mr. Hopman responded that supervisors would be needed for the intramurals. 

 

Mrs. Owens asked the superintendent to work with the Athletic Directors to come up with various options.

 

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Mr. Cohn reminded the Athletic Directors that an important part of their position is the help they give students in marketing themselves to colleges.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Powell asked the Board members if they wished to discuss anything on the District’s Health Insurance Broker Services.  He recommended that the broker for these services be reviewed at least every two years.  No discussion was initiated.

 

Dr. Powell asked the Board members if they wished to discuss anything regarding the District’s Property/Casualty Insurance Broker Services.  He noted that Mr. Cahill has put the insurance out for bid and will be presenting the lowest bidder for approval at the July meeting.

 

Dr. Powell explained the updated Explore test results to the Board.  Mr. Cohn noted that a strong alliance is needed with the District’s foundation schools.  Dr. Powell stated that this will be a goal of the new Director of Teaching and Learning.

 

The Board changed the July board meeting from July 19 to July 26 due to the required 30 days needed for the budget to be on display for public inspection.  The meeting will be preceded by a hearing on the Career Preparation Network Budget and the District’s budget.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens asked the Board members if they were available for a Board Retreat on August 20 and August 21.  This retreat would be with Ms. Donna Johnson of the IASB.  These dates were not good for the Board.  Mrs. Owens will check with Ms. Johnson for new dates. 

 

Dr. Powell discussed with the Board the numerous transfer requests he has been receiving for students to transfer from one campus to another.  He noted he is allowing students to transfer if they have siblings at the other campus.

 

Mrs. Owens suggested that the reasons for transfer requests to be approved or not approved should be published in the District newsletter.

 

Dr. Powell noted that this was Ms. Howard’s last meeting.  He thanked her for her service to the District. 

 

Mr. Cahill scheduled a Budget and Finance Committee meeting for July 21, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

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At 9:35 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(04-172)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider negotiations strategies, a student discipline matter, pending litigation, 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, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

Absent: Cohn

Motion 04-172 carried.

 

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

 

(04-173)          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, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

Absent: Cohn

Motion 04-173 carried.

 

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

 

(04-174)          It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Absent: Cohn

Motion 04-174 carried.

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary