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May 17, 2004

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

MAY 17, 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, May 17, 2004.

 

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

 

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

 

Also Present: Dr. Powell, Mr. Tandy, Mr. Cahill, Mrs. Panega, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. McAlister, Mr. Hoffman, Mrs. Hoffman, Ms. Hoffman, Mr. Brim, Mrs. Hicks, Mr. Zaret, Ms. Bradford, Ms. Smith, Ms. Davis, Mrs. Wynne, Mr. Curran, Dr. Epstein, Ms. Addison, Mr. Veazey, Mr. Pfau, and Student Representatives Bryan Davis (Central), Latoiya Miller (East), Jasmin Donnelly (South), Christian Smith (Phoenix), and Alternate Student Representatives Rachel Pierce (Central), Dominique Thomas (East), and Davie Scott (South).

 

 

At 7:36 p.m. Mr. Burnette moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-162)          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, Brunson, Burnette, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-162 carried.

 

At 8:03 p.m. Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-163)          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 04-163 carried.


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Recognition of Student Representatives

 

Mrs. Owens announced that the Board of Education wished to recognize all the students who had given school reports at the Board meetings during the past year.  She asked the student representatives:  Bryan Davis (Central), Latoiya Miller (East), Jasmin Donnelly (South), and Christian Smith (Phoenix) to come forward to receive a plaque from the Board.  She then asked the alternate student representatives:  Rachel Pierce (Central), Dominique Thomas (East), and Davie Scott (South) to come forward to receive a certificate from the Board.  The Board congratulated these students for their work during the past year.

 

 

Reports from Student Representatives

 

Bryan Davis (Central), Latoiya Miller (East), Jasmin Donnelly (South), and Phoenix Campus (Christian Smith) presented reports from their campuses.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

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

 

(04-164)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

a.         Approval of the minutes of the regular Board meeting and Closed Session of April 19, 2004, the Special meeting and Closed Session of April 26, 2004, the Hearing, Special meeting and Closed Session of May 10, 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 May 17, 2004, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll April 23, 2004    1,173,193.29

 

Gross Payroll May 10, 2004                 1,136,829.49

 

 

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Bills Payable

 

Education                                                951,182.93

 

Operation & Maintenance                        203,175.16

 

Transportation                             173,128.96       

 

Site & Construction                                    5,000.00

 

Life Safety                                                     324.00

 

Total Bills Payable                             1,332,811.05

                                                              

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 May 17, 2004, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll April 23, 2004       5,260.92

 

Gross Payroll May 10, 2004                    5,260.92

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                             116,590.93

 

  1. Acceptance of donations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept with gratitude the donation of a Classroom Performance System from eInstruction.com to be used in the Media Center at Rich Central High School and the donation of $1,000.00 from Tommy and Jane Herman to be used in the special education department.

 

  1. Approval of membership in the National School Boards Association

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve payment of dues and membership in the National School Boards Association for 2004-2005.

 

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  1. Approval of 2003-2004 Administrative Retirement

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the retirement of administrative staff member Larry K. Tandy  effective June 30, 2004.

 

  1. Approval of 2003-2004 Certified Staff Retirements

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the retirement of the following certificated staff: Melanie Blood, John Davis, Kathleen Dingler, Dale Fruendt, Barbara Gardner, Diane Habas, Karlene Hubbard,Stephanie Janik, Mary Jo Kuehl, Bonnie McLeary, Kayrene Mimms, Leonard Pero, Charles Phillips, and Tomi Thompson effective at the conclusion of the 2003-2004 school year.

 

  1. Approval of 2003-2004 Retirement Resolutions

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve Retirement Resolutions for the following retirees: Melanie Blood, Carl Dalke, John Davis, Kathleen Dingler, Dale Fruendt, Barbara Gardner, Diane Habas, Karlene Hubbard, Stephanie Janik, Mary Jo Kuehl, Bonnie McLeary, Kayrene Mimms, Leonard Pero, Charles Phillips, Marilyn Piscia, Gloria Roesing, Larry Tandy, and Tomi Thompson.

 

  1. Request for approval of teaching contracts

 

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

 

Full Time 2004-2005 School Year

 

Jeffrey Gochenour                    Step 2, B.A. Lane

Lenore Kriechbaum                  Step 2, B.A. Lane

Joy McKay                              Step 2, M.A. Lane

Carol Medrano             Step 2, B.A. Lane

Ann-Marie Morgan                  Step 1, B.A. Lane

Gwendolyn Sampson-

Walski              Step 2, B.A. Lane

George Bunn                            Step 4, M.A. Lane

 

Provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois and

the North Central Association are met.

 

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  1. Approval of administrative contract

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve an administrative contract beginning July 1, 2004, as follows: Curriculum Coordinator: Tina Malak

 

  1. Request for approval of Employment Agreement for Employee Assistance Coordinator

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Employment Agreement for Heidi S. Weekley as Employee Assistance Coordinator beginning July 1, 2004, as attached.

 

  1. Request for acceptance of resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Traci Bartley, Phyllis Tandy, Sharra Powell, Sarah Wurster, and Dana Teeter effective with the conclusion of the 2003-2004 school year, and the resignation of administrative staff members Nicole Fishman and Matthew Guritz, effective June 30, 2004.

 

  1. Request for approval of temporary employment for Larry Tandy

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the temporary employment of Larry Tandy following retirement as outlined in his Letter to President Betty Owens dated March 31, 2004.

 

  1. Request for award of bid for bread products

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the low, responsible bid meeting specifications for bread products for the Central, East and South campuses for the 2004-05 school year to Alpha Baking Company in the amount of $5,635.00, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-43.

 

  1. Request for award of carbonated beverage bid

 

It is moved that the Board of Education award the low, responsible bid meeting specifications for carbonated

beverages for the Central, East and South campuses for the 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07 school years to Pepsi Americas for $17,280, $17,568, and $17,856 respectively, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-44.

 

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  1. Request for award of non-carbonated beverage bid

 

It is moved that the Board of Education award the low, responsible bid meeting specifications for non-carbonated beverages for the Central, East and South campuses for the 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07 school years to Pepsi Americas for $86,833.24, $87,518.80, and $88,205.20 respectively, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-45.

 

  1. Request for award of Rich East sound system bid

 

It is moved that the Board of Education award the lowest, responsible bid meeting specifications for the installation of a sound system at Rich East campus to Advanced Communications, Michigan City, IN, in the amount of $27,810.00, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-46.

 

  1. Request for award of Rich South auditorium dance floor bid

 

It is moved that the Board of Education award the lowest, responsible bid meeting specifications for the installation of a dance floor at the Rich South campus from Floors, Incorporated for the Base Bid amount of $19,600.00, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-47.

 

  1. Request for award of custodial supplies

 

It is moved that the Board of Education award the lowest, responsible bid meeting specifications for district-wide custodial supplies for the 2004-2005 school year to Performance Chemical, Richton Park, IL, for the “unitary price” totaling $517.50 (actual dollar volumes will differ

based upon quantities ordered across all product lines), in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-48.

 

  1. Request for waiver submission

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve submission of waivers to or modifications of the School Code or ISBE Rule as attached, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 04-49.

 

  1. Request for approval of Guidance Recommendations for Changes to Parent/Student Handbooks for 2004-2005

 

 

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It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Guidance Recommendations for changes to the Parent/Student Handbooks for Rich Central, Rich East, Rich South, and the Phoenix Campus for the 2004-2005 school year as attached.

 

  1. Request for 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.

 

Dr. Powell stated that the following individuals needed to be removed from the motion as their retirement was subject to the findings of arbitration: John Davis, Dale Fruendt, Barbara Gardner, Diane Habas, Karlene Hubbard, Kayrene Mimms, and Leonard Pero.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius commended Mr. Levin for securing the Classroom Performance System from eInstruction for use in the Rich Central Media Center. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 04-164 carried.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Cahill requested approval of Continuing Professional Service Contractors.  Mrs. Brookins removed Group Health (McEldowney Financial Services) and Property-Casualty/Legal Liability (The Unland Agency) from the motion.  After discussion, Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(04-165)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the continuation of the following Professional Service Contractors from July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2005:

 

Architect                     Dahlquist & Lutzow

Auditor                        McGladrey & Pullen

Investment Banker    Hutchison, Shockey & Early

 

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Legal Counsel           Scariano, Himes & Petrarca

Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins

Worker Comp.           School Employee Loss Fund

(SELF)/Gallagher-Bassett

Newspapers of Record “Star Newspapers”

  “Daily Southtown”

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: Nay

Motion 04-165 carried.

 

There was discussion on the use of Visa/MasterCard by parents at registration.  The Board members decided they were in favor of allowing parents to pay fees using Visa/MasterCard.

 

Dr. Powell noted that various grants are available from the State for school districts that have a technology plan in place.  This plan must be approved in June, 2004.  Mr. Cahill went over the technology plan with the Board and noted it will be on the agenda for the June meeting for action.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. Powell pointed out a job description for a grant writer which the Board members had received.  The job description notes that the grant writer would report to the Director of Teaching and Learning.  Dr. Powell stated that there are millions of dollars available for school districts through grants.  It was decided that the job should be posted.  Mr. Jasinevicius noted that grant writers are also available as consultants for districts.  Mr. Cohn stated that the District should use consultants until it sees what is out there to hire.  Dr. Powell noted he would definitely pursue this.

 

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning.

 

Ms. Panega explained the District’s Professional Development Program.  She noted Mrs. Owens is serving on the committee, which is building a comprehensive model for professional development.  Ms. Panega noted she will have more to share with the Board at the June Board meeting.

 

 

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Committee Reports

 

Mr. Cohn requested an Education Committee meeting for Wednesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central. 

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a Policy Committee meeting to consider a new Ethics and Gift Ban Policy.  This meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 14, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Master Facility Planning Committee meeting of May 11, 2004.  He noted that there will be numerous subcommittees branched off from the main committee.  Mr. Cahill noted that the purpose of meeting was to identify various questions which need to be addressed.  The next meetings are scheduled for May 27 and June 16.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mr. Tandy reported on the Tenured Teacher Reception held prior to the Board meeting.  He noted it was a celebration for the teachers about to go on tenure.  A teacher must work for a school district four years before receiving tenure.  This reception gives the Board members an opportunity to congratulate the teachers who will be receiving tenure.

 

Mr. Tandy also reported on the District’s Annual Retirement Dinner.  He noted that 18 retirees had been recognized. 

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reported on the Special meeting of May 10, 2004, with the Illinois Association of School Boards.  She noted the IASB is conducting a Superintendent search.  Responses from the staff and community were shared with the Board.  A brochure is being prepared regarding the position.  September 1 is the closing date for accepting applicants.  Interviews will be conducted in October.  The IASB will bring 5 or 6 finalists to the Board in October.  By January 1, 2005, the Board hopes to have appointed a new Superintendent. 

 

Mrs. Owens noted she had attended the DECA awards program, which had been a very rewarding activity. 

 

Mrs. Owens noted she is working on the appointment or reappointment of Board members to committees.

 

 

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At 10:00 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(04-166)          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 04-166 carried.

 

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary