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March 15, 2004

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

MARCH 15, 2004

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in the Media Center at Rich South High School, Richton Park, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

 

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

 

Also Present: Dr. Knutson, Mr. Cahill, Ms. Panega, Mr. Tandy, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. Rabold, Ms. Newman (Tribune), Dr. Kirkwood, Dr. Powell, Ms. Davis, Ms. Dickey, Ms. Bradford, Ms. Hicks, Ms. Jan Moore, Ms. Herron, Ms. Rich, Mr. Hendricks, Mr. McAlister, Ms. Brookins, Ms. Smith, Mr. Hopman, Mr. Brim, Ms. Brutton, Mr. and Mrs. Brazzale, Mr. Zaret, Ms. Robin Moore, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Armstead, Ms. Norris, Ms. Nelson, and student representatives Dominique Thomas (East), Rachel Pierce (Central), Christian Smith (Phoenix), and Jasmin Donnelly (South).

 

 

Appointment of Secretary

 

Mrs. Owens stated that it was necessary for the Board to appoint a secretary pro tem of the Board of Education.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(04-112)          It is moved that the Board of Education appoint Paul Jasinevicius as the secretary pro tem of the Board of Education effective immediately.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-112 carried.

 

Special Presentation

 

Mrs. Owens announced that Dr. Betty Pointer, Director of SPEED, had been planning to make a presentation to the Board.  She had a serious illness in her family and was called away.  The Board will reschedule with her for another date.

 

 

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Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the consent agenda.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(04-113)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the consent agenda items as listed:

 

a.         Approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting, Closed Session, and

Meeting of February 16, 2004, the Special Meeting and Closed Session of February 24, 2004, and the Special Meeting and Closed Session of March 4, 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 March 15, 2004, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll February 25, 2004    1,373,495.61

 

Gross Payroll March 10, 2004         1,143,444.40

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                               740,086.22

 

Operation & Maintenance                    209,127.30

 

Transportation                                       288,525.94

 

Site & Construction                                     441.51

 

Life Safety                                                11,804.00

 

Total Bills Payable                         1,249,984.97             

 

 

 


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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 March 15, 2004, for the Career Preparation Network, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll February 25, 2004           5,260.92

 

Gross Payroll March 10, 2004                5,260.92

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                 3,063.34

 

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, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-113 carried.

 

Student Representatives

 

Dominique Thomas, Rich East’s student representative, Rachel Pierce, Rich Central’s student representative, Christian Smith, the Phoenix Campus’ student representative, and Jasmin

 

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Donnelly, Rich South’s student representative, reported on what was taking place at their campuses.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill requested approval of student fees.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(04-114)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Student Fee Schedule” for the 2004-2005 school year as presented for Central, East, Phoenix and South campuses, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-35.

 

Mr. Cahill explained that there was an addition of an athletic/activity fee to the student fee schedule for the 2004-2005 school year.  He noted that this fee is in response to the continued efforts of the school district to maintain the athletic and activity programs at the schools.  Mr. Cahill stated that, after studying the neighboring school districts, District 227 is still at the lower end of the scale on fees.  Students on free lunch would be eligible for a waiver of this fee.  The customary $10.00 activity fee is included in the $43.00 athletic/activity fee.

 

 

Mr. Cahill stated that this fee will generate about $90,000 for the schools to be used for athletics and activities at the building level.

 

Mrs. Norwood stated she felt it was very important to get this fee increase out to parents early on.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-114 carried.

 

 

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Mr. Cahill requested approval to hold a driver education waiver public hearing.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(04-115)         It is moved that the Board of Education approve a public hearing to be held on April 5, 2004, at 7:15 p.m. at Rich Central regarding the District’s application for waiver of school code as attached, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-36.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that the school code has a set fee for driver education behind the wheel.  The District currently has a waiver to increase the fee to $75.00.  The Task Force recommended that the driver education behind the wheel fee be increased to $112.00.  The District is asking that the waiver go as high as $150.00 so the District won’t have to go through the waiver process again in the next five years. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-115 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cahill requested authorization of Cook County Permanent and Temporary Easements.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-116)         It is moved that the Board of Education authorize permanent and temporary easements at Rich East High School with the County of Cook along the length of the north side of Sauk Trail between Indianwood and Wildwood for the widening of Sauk Trail in consideration of $10.00 plus the extension of an existing sidewalk to the corner of Indianwood and Sauk Trail, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-37.

 

Mr. Cahill noted that the County is looking to improve Sauk Trail from Western Avenue to Central Park Avenue.  As part of that widening, they wish to utilize part of the school district’s property as a temporary easement to park their construction vehicles.  In addition, they seek a permanent easement at the northern intersection of Meota Street and Sauk Trail for

 

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the improvement of drainage into the existing creek.  In consideration of this easement, the County has agreed to extend an existing sidewalk to Indianwood Boulevard, or approximately an additional 1,000 feet.  The Village of Park Forest would maintain the sidewalk. 

 

Mr. Brunson congratulated Mr. Cahill for having the foresight to seek this sidewalk extension.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-116 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cahill requested authorization of an agreement with First Student Transportation.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-117)         It is moved that the Board of Education authorize year four and five contract renewal options for transportation services with First Student increasing the year three expiring rates by the inflation modifiers of 2.4% and 1.9% respectively through Fiscal 2006, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-38.

 

Mr. Cahill noted the District is currently completing its third year of a five-year contract with First Student.  The contract calls for an option for years four and five.  The agreed to proposal will extend the contract for years four and five by the inflationary factor of 2.4% and 1.9%.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-117 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cahill requested acceptance of a donation.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

 

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(04-118)         It is moved that the Board of Education accept with gratitude the donation of $200.00 from Sertoma for the District’s Snowball program.

 

Mr. Cahill noted the District would thank Sertoma for its interest and continued support of the Snowball program.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-118 carried.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Mr. Tandy requested acceptance of a resignation.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-119)         It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Jon McLaughlin effective at the conclusion of the 2003-2004 school year.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Mr. McLaughlin has been a social studies teacher and the head football coach at Rich Central.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-119 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested acceptance of a resignation.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

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(04-120)         It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of administrative staff member Ronald E. Bean effective June 30, 2004.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that Mr. Bean was currently serving as associate principal at Rich East.  He had also been a dean at Rich East.  Mr. Bean has accepted a position at Highland Park High School.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-120 carried.

 

 

Mr. Tandy requested approval of a new teaching contract.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(04-121)         It is moved that the President, Secretary and Superintendent be authorized to sign a contract as follows:

 

Part time

 

Rita Belluomini          .2155 of Step L, MA+45 Lane

 

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

 

Mr. Tandy stated that Mrs. Belluomini, a District 227 retiree, had agreed to come back to teach classes for an individual who is out on maternity leave.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-121 carried.


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Mr. Tandy requested a special board meeting for Monday, March 22, 2004.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(04-122)         It is moved that the Board of Education set a Special Meeting on Monday, March 22, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Rich Central High School.

 

Mr. Tandy noted that this special meeting was being set to handle staffing non-renewals.  He noted it was important for at least four board members to be present at the meeting. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-122 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Mrs. Panega requested approval of an assessment program.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(04-123)         It is moved that the Board of Education approve the purchase of the Scantron Performance Series as the District’s assessment program.

 

Mrs. Panega noted that, based on considerable research, it was decided that Scantron would be the best assessment program for the District.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-123 carried.

 

 


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Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Policy Committee meeting of March 8, 2004.  She noted that the Dual Credit Policy for the District had been discussed. The Dual Credit Policy will allow students to get credit at one of our high schools for a course taken at an accredited college.  She also noted that there may be some changes to the policy in the future, but requested a first reading of the policy at this time.  There being no objections, a first reading was noted.  Mrs. Norwood stated that a second reading would take place at the April Board meeting.

 

Mr. Burnette reported on the Personnel Committee meeting of March 8, 2004.  He noted that Mr. Tandy had presented a report asking for the following:

 

1) Curriculum Coordinators teach only two classes per day instead of three

 

2) An additional Special Education teacher for Rich Central

 

3) An additional one-on-one instructional assistant for the District

 

4) A Family Resource Coordinator for the District

 

5) An additional Intern Psychologist for Rich East

 

6) A recommended F.T.E. for the 2004-2005 school year of 286.8, with an additional 2% F.T.E. in case the District goes over the projected enrollment in order to reduce class sizes.

 

Mr. Burnette noted that the Personnel Committee had no objections to these recommendations.

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of March 8, 2004.  He noted that Mr. Jay Grimes from the ISBE had gone over the financial profile for the school district, explaining how each figure is derived and noting that the District’s total profile score is 3.45 or financial review for 2002.  Mr. Brunson also noted that Mr. Cahill had outlined the scope of the work for the Master Facility Planning Ad Hoc Committee.

 

 

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Special Reports

 

Mr. Burnette reported on Snowball I held March 5, 6 and 7, 2004.  He commended the teen staff for the great job they had done.  Mr. Burnette invited the Board members to participate in Snowball I next March.  He also thanked the Board and administration for their continued support of the Snowball Program.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Knutson requested approval of the 2004-2005 school calendar.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

 

(04-124)         It is moved that the Board of Education approve the 2004-2005 school calendar as distributed.

 

Dr. Knutson noted that the first day of school will be August 16, 2004, and the last day of school will be May 26, 2005, if there are no emergency days.  He pointed out that the PSAE testing days had been changed by the ISBE to March 2 and 3, 2005.  Dr. Knutson noted that graduation for the 2004-2005 school year is on the calendar as Saturday, May 21, 2005.  The current school year is the first year that graduation is being held on a Saturday.  Following this year’s graduation, there will be an evaluation on the Saturday graduation to see if the Board wishes to continue with it.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as following:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-124 carried.

 

 

Dr. Knutson reported on the presentation to the Richton Park Village Board on Monday, March 8, 2004.  He noted that Ms. Howard, Dr. Powell, and Dr. Kirkwood had also been at the Richton Park Village Board meeting. 

 

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Dr. Knutson asked the Board if it wished to reschedule the March 22, 2004, presentation to the Village of Park Forest, since this was the date of the special meeting.  It was the unanimous decision of the Board members that the Park Forest presentation should be rescheduled.  Ms. Howard will work on the rescheduling.

 

Dr. Knutson stated that this was his last official Board meeting.  He thanked the Board members and each of the stakeholders. Dr. Knutson noted some of the programs which had been implemented during his tenure as Superintendent.  Mrs. Owens thanked Dr. Knutson for his nine years as superintendent.  The Board and audience gave Dr. Knutson a standing ovation.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of Board meeting dates for 2004-2005.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

()4-125)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the regular Board meeting dates, times, and places for 2004-2005 as distributed.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Burnette, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

Absent: Cohn

 

Motion 04-125 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Owens reported on the Superintendent Search.  She noted that consultants had been in the District all day to meet with various groups, and they would also be in the District the next day.  Mrs. Owens stated that the participation level had been very low, and she encouraged people to take advantage of the opportunity to express their opinions regarding the next superintendent.  She noted that, at this time, the only person which had been selected by the Board was Dr. Griff Powell as the Interim Superintendent.

 

 

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Mrs. Owens noted she had attended two seminars put on by the IASB.  The first seminar was Targeting Achievement Through Governance.  There will be a number of free seminars put on by the IASB, and she encouraged the Board members to go.  The next seminar is scheduled for May 1.

 

Mrs. Owens and Mr. Brunson reported on their attendance at the seminar The Critical Role of School Boards in a Democracy.  It was noted that this seminar focused on school boards making decisions for the good of the entire school community and the students.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the National School Board Association Conference would be held March 26 - 29, 2004, in Orlando, Florida.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that there was a sign-up sheet going around for the IASB Dinner Meeting on March 31, 2004.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the April Board meeting would take place on Monday, April 19, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. at Rich East.

 

Mrs. Owens requested a closed session following the Board meeting to consider student discipline matters and to discuss the appointment, employment, discipline, dismissal, or compensation of an employee or officer.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

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

 

Ms. Brutton was recognized.  She spoke on the Rich Central band program.  She asked the Board members to come out to the band programs.  Ms. Brutton noted that there were 150 students involved in the band program, and she felt it was underfunded.

 

Ms. Smith was recognized.  She spoke about the fear her two children have in the parking lot after school at Rich South.  She feels that there are individuals at the school selling drugs.

 

Dr. Kirkwood responded that he is addressing the issue at Rich South.  He noted he is also getting the Richton Park police involved.

 

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Ms. Moore was recognized.  She reminded the Board that band is a class and asked the Board to reconsider the lab fee for the band.

 

At 9:25 p.m. Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-126)         It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider student discipline matters and to discuss the appointment, employment, discipline, dismissal or compensation of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-126 carried.

 

 

At 10:55 p.m. Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(04-127)         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, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

Motion 04-127 carried.

 

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

 

(04-128)         It is moved that the Board of Education extend its 11:00 p.m. curfew until 11:30 p.m.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-128 carried.

 

 

At 10:56 p.m. Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(04-129)         It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its closed session.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-129 carried.

 

 

At 11:25 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Burnette seconded the following:

 

(04-130)         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, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-130 carried.

 

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

 

(04-131)         It is moved that Student #1 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools through the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year but that the expulsion be held in abeyance pending the student’s meeting the criteria as established by the principal at Rich South High School.

 

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-131 carried.

 

 

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

 

(04-132)         It is moved that Student #2 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools through the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year but that the expulsion be held in abeyance pending the student’s attendance at the Ombudsman School through the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-132 carried.

 

 

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

 

(04-133)         It is moved that Student #3 discussed in closed session be expelled from

Rich Township High Schools for one full calendar year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-133 carried.

 

 


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

 

(04-134)         It is moved that Student #4 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools through the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-134 carried.

 

 

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

 

(04-135)         It is moved that Student #5 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools through the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 04-135 carried.

 

 

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

 

(04-136)         It is moved that Student #6 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools through the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-136 carried.

 

 

 

At 11:30 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(04-137)         It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-137 carried.

 

 

 

 

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