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September 20, 2004

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 20, 2004

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, September 20, 2004, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

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. Hunigan, Mr. Cahill, Mrs. Treichel, Dr. Kirkwood, Dr. McDonald, Ms. Nelson, Mr. Craig, Mrs. Martin, Mr. Armbrust, Mr. Huck, Mr. and Mrs. Chachakis, Christopher Chachakis, Mr. Veazey, Mr. McAlister, Mr. and Mrs. Barr, Davidson Barr, Mrs. Newman, Daniel Newman, Mr. Curran, Ms. High, Mrs. Demchuk, Carley Demchuk, Mrs. Hicks, Ms. Quinn, Mr. Kaufmann, Mrs. Disney, Julia Disney, Mrs. Moore, Ms. Cribbs, Gary Weisenberger, Mrs. Lohr, Ms. Addison, Ms. Moore, Mrs. Anderson, Mr. Pfau, Ms. Madison, Mr. Mnyofu, Ms. Veazey, Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Hatchett, Ms. Neumann (Tribune), and student representatives Delundon Spearman (Central), Latoiya Miller (East), Jevon Moore (South) and Brandi Lake (Phoenix Campus).

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Dr. Powell announced that the Board was instituting a new procedure and would be recognizing students at each meeting.  He thanked the Marcus Theatres, Pizza Hut, and the Career Preparation Network for supplying gifts or gift certificates for the students this month.

 

Rich Central

 

Mrs. Owens called the following Rich Central students forward for recognition: Davidson Barr, Julia Disney, and Delundon Spearman.  Dr. McDonald, Rich Central’s principal, noted the reasons these students were being recognized.  Photographs of the students were taken with Dr. McDonald and Mrs. Owens.

 

Rich East

 

Mrs. Owens called the following Rich East students forward for recognition: Carley Demchuk and Kimberly Wasney.  Mr. Craig, Rich East’s principal, noted the reasons these students were being recognized.  Photographs of the students were taken with Mr. Craig and Mrs. Owens.  Dr. Powell noted that Eseosa Idemudia had a conflict and could not be present at the meeting.

 

 

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Rich South

 

Mrs. Owens called the following Rich South students forward for recognition: Christopher Chachakis and Gary Weisenberger.  Dr. Kirkwood, Rich South’s principal, noted the reasons these students were being recognized.  Photographs of the students were taken with Dr. Kirkwood and Mrs. Owens.

 

Phoenix Campus

 

Mrs. Owens called Daniel Newman from the Phoenix Campus forward for recognition.  Mrs. Martin, the Phoenix Campus’ principal, noted the reasons Daniel was being recognized.  Photographs were taken of Daniel with Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Owens.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Mrs. Owens welcomed the new student representatives.  Delundon Spearman, Rich Central’s student representative, Latoiya Miller, Rich East’s student representative, Jevon Moore, Rich South’s student representative, and Brandi Lake, Phoenix Campus student representative, reported on what is happening at their campuses.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Mrs. Stephanie Anderson was recognized.  She questioned why the District did not have a foreign exchange program where District 227 students visit other countries.  Mrs. Owens noted that the Board has asked the administration to investigate this possibility.  The Board will then make a decision as to whether students could be sent to a foreign country as exchange students.

 

 

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

 

Dr. Powell stated the insurance broker motion was being removed from the consent agenda due to a lack of proper notice regarding the meeting held.  He noted that Mrs. Brookins and Mrs. Norwood would again be meeting with Mr. Cahill.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens asked if any Board members wished to remove any other items from the consent agenda.  Mr. Jasinevicius questioned where the money came from for the Rich Central band

 

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uniforms.  Mr. Cahill explained that each campus has 10% hold back funds.  In addition, each campus has funds from the $43 athletic/activity fee.  Mr. Jasinevicius stated that answered his question. 

 

Mr. Cohn brought up the approval of the head basketball coach.  Mr. Hunigan stated that a number of people had been involved in the interviewing process.  Two applicants had been interviewed, and the committee came forward with the recommendation.

 

Mrs. Owens asked for a motion to approve the consent agenda.  Mr. Burnette moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(05-12)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the consent agenda items as listed:

 

  1. Approval of the minutes of the Regular and Closed Session meetings of August 16, 2004, the Special meetings of August 25 and 26, 2004, and the Special meeting, Closed Session, and Personnel Committee meetings of August 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 September 20, 2004, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll August 25, 2004 999,730.10                 

 

Gross Payroll September 10, 2004   1,185,720.42

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                             595,773.51     

 

Operation & Maintenance                     313,903.03

 

Bond & Interest                                          485.00      

 

Transportation                          48,557.90

 

 

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                                    Construction                                            6,326.05

 

Life Safety                                                  833.00

 

Total Bills Payable                             965,878.49                                                                                                                                    

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 September 20, 2004, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll           

 

Gross Payroll August 25, 2004    5,040.00

 

Gross Payroll September 10, 2004           6,137.37

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                 2,280.67

                                              

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 2004-2005 Application for Recognition of Schools

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the 2004-2005 Application for Recognition of Schools as attached.

 

  1. Approval of moving expenses

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the moving expenses for Howard Hunigan as attached.

 

 

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  1. Approval of new teaching contracts

 

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

 

Full Time

 

Daniel Turner                .9061 of Step 6, BA Lane

 

Part Time

 

Karlene Hubbard          .0818 of Step 15 MA Lane

 

Part Time (Revised)

 

Diana Morgan              .7724 of Step 16, MA Lane

Greg Schweiger            .7724 of Step 5, BA Lane

Tracy Hill                     .5547 of Step 1, MA Lane

 

6th Assignments

 

Thomas Williams          .1 of Step 5, BA Lane

Daniel Osika                 .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

Sandra Spann               .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

Cynthia Morain .1 of Step 8, MA Lane

Nancy Roach               .1 of Step 10, MA Lane

 

provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois

and North Central Association are met.

 

  1. Acceptance of resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Kelly Cooper effective immediately.

 

  1. Acceptance of check

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept with gratitude a check in the amount of $200.00 received from the Olympia Fields Woman’s Club for the District’s Student Assistance Program.

 

 

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  1. Approval of Reciprocal Reporting Intergovernmental Agreement

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Reciprocal Reporting Intergovernmental Agreement between the Village of Park Forest and School District 227 as attached.

 

  1. Request for appointment of Head Basketball Coach for Rich Central

 

It is moved that the Board of Education appoint Brent Bronnenberg as the Head Basketball Coach at Rich Central for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

  1. Confirm Bid Award - Band Uniforms

 

It is moved that the Board of Education waive any and all irregularities in the bidding process and award a bid meeting specifications for band uniforms and associated accessories to DeMoulin Bros. for the low, responsible price of $69,240.41, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-08.

 

  1. IRS Section 125 Plan Contribution-IMRF Treatment

 

It is moved that the Board of Education adopt resolution to include compensation paid under an Internal Revenue Code Section 125 Plan as IMRF earnings in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-11.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 05-12 carried.

 

 

Financial Consideration

 

Mr. Cahill reminded the Board of the Master Facilities Planning Committee meeting scheduled for September 29, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. in the Rich Central cafeteria.  He noted the committee would be looking into the cost of any work that might need to be done and potential funding sources.  Mr. Cahill stated that at subsequent meeting the committee will be interviewing architects.  Mr. Brunson stated that the architect would not be employed by the committee; the Board would do the hiring.

 

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Mr. Cahill stated that he would like to have a Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled when the Master Facilities Planning Committee hears the RFQ (Request For Qualifications) on architects.

 

Mr. Cahill discussed the impact fees/developer donations received from the District’s communities.  These are fees received by the District when a new residence is constructed.  At the present time, Olympia Fields is the only community that does not have an ordinance regarding impact fees for school districts.

 

Mrs. Norwood discussed the amount of impact fees received by various school districts.

 

Mrs. Norwood also talked about the architects possibly using as many local workers as possible.

 

Mr. Cahill stated that he hoped to have the name of a potential demographer to the Board as early as next Monday.

 

Mrs. Norwood mentioned the possibility of District 227 sharing costs with District 159.  Dr. Powell responded that Dr. King, Superintendent of District 159, is on the Master Facilities Planning Committee.

 

Mr. Cahill reminded the Board that Mr. Brunson and Mr. Jasinevicius are the Board’s designees on the Master Facilities Planning Committee.  Mr. Jasinevicius questioned Mr. Cahill on the Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee also serving on the Master Facilities Planning Committee.  Mr. Cahill responded that the original plan called for that individual to serve, but due to a resignation on the Board that had not taken place.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Mr. Hunigan updated the Board on the staffing for 2004-2005.  He noted that the reception prior to the Board meeting had given the Board an opportunity to meet the new staff for this year.  Mr. Hunigan stated that he was considering a new process for hiring of staff in future years.  He mentioned that the District is trying to get ahead in the recruiting process by recruiting early and getting commitments from teachers early.

 

Mrs. Norwood stated that there was a lot of energy and education in the new staff.  Mrs. Brookins mentioned that there were a lot of young teachers.  The District needs to build upon these young teachers and support them.

 

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Mr. Hunigan introduced Ms. Verita Quinn, the District’s Family Resource Coordinator.  He noted that Ms. Quinn had been hired by the District to give early interventions in support of students at risk.  Ms. Quinn was present at the meeting to give an update on what she has been involved with since the beginning of the year.

 

Ms. Quinn updated the Board on her work in the District, including following up on students who hadn’t completed registration or hadn’t shown up in school.  She noted that she is familiarizing herself with different agencies in the surrounding areas.  She stated she is working to let the student know she is here and available for them.  She stated she is part of the crisis team at each school.  Ms. Quinn noted that she will be making weekly reports to Mr. Hunigan and quarterly reports to the Board.

 

Mr. Cohn questioned when Ms. Quinn would have a list of the students who are “at risk.”  Ms. Quinn responded that the Associate Principals are currently working on the list.  Mr. Cohn stated he would like to know when the list is developed. 

 

Mrs. Brookins stated that sometimes it’s the staff member who sees the students every day who is more in tuned with what is happening with the students.

 

Mrs. Norwood suggested using a box at each campus for students to anonymously deposit notes in regards to concerns they may have.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Burnette reported on the Personnel Committee meetings of August 30, September 13, and September 18, 2004.  He noted that the committee had focused on working on a superintendent evaluation tool.  He noted this tool was 90% completed.  After completion, the committee will work on developing a job description for the new superintendent.  Mr. Burnette scheduled this meeting for Wednesday, September 29, 2004, at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Rich Central.

 

Dr. Powell reported on the Special Board Meetings of August 25 and 26, 2004, where Dr. Gatta had made a presentation to the Board and guests.  Dr. Powell stated that he is not recommending that the Board do a Strategic Planning follow up until a new superintendent is in place.

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Dr. Powell reported on graduation dates and times.  He stated that he was recommending that the schools hold graduation on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 17, 18, and 19.  He stated that outside venues had been looked at but they were too expensive.

 

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Mrs. Brookins asked the administration to do a survey with the parents of seniors to see what they would prefer–a graduation during the week or a Saturday graduation.

 

Dr. Powell responded that he would have the results to the Board by the October meeting.

 

Dr. Powell stated that the District is looking at a technology audit.  He has not yet received a proposal from the Foster Group but will have it for the next meeting.

 

Dr. Powell talked about the condition of Rich East High School.  He stated that Rich East was the oldest building and the one most in need of repair. 

 

Mrs. Owens stated that the Board was in agreement to do whatever is necessary to keep Rich East up to par.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next meeting will take place on Monday, October 18, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Special meeting regarding the superintendent search scheduled for Monday, September 27, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Board Room.  She noted the IASB would be bringing 5 or 6 applications of candidates for the Board’s consideration.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that there was a sign-up sheet being circulated for the IASB Fall Dinner Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 30, 2004, at the Radisson Hotel Chicago-Alsip.

 

Mrs. Owens reported on “Hands Across Southland Unity Days” held recently at Lincoln Mall.  She noted it had been a very exciting event.  Mrs. Owens asked citizens to write letters to businesses asking them to locate in the District’s area.

 

 

Mrs. Brookins reminded the Board that there would be an Education Committee meeting on Thursday, October 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the District Office.

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Curran was recognized.  He questioned the Board policy regarding the PTSA and the educational process at each campus.  Mrs. Owens read the Board’s policy to Mr. Curran and the audience.

 

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Mr. Curran noted there was an issue with one of the District’s PTSAs referring to individuals in a negative manner at its meetings. 

 

Mr. Curran questioned Mrs. Brookins regarding her statement about the staff member who sees the student every day being more in tune with what is happening with the student.  Mrs. Brookins responded that helping the students should be a team effort.

 

Mr. Curran inquired of Mrs. Norwood regarding her statement about hiring workers from within the communities.  Mrs. Norwood responded that it was a way to show the taxpayers that their dollars were being spent in partnership with the communities the District serves.

 

Mrs. Moore was recognized.  She spoke regarding the District’s discipline policy.  She questioned when parents would be receiving a copy, especially in regards to the “sweep” procedure.  Board members and audience members discussed this new process, especially as it relates to Rich Central.  Mrs. Owens stated that good points had been brought up which need to be investigated.

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He noted he was requesting specific documents regarding expenditures.  Mrs. Owens responded that he should make a request under the “Freedom of Information” act.

 

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

 

(05-13)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider a student discipline matter and to discuss the acquisition of property.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-13 carried.

 

 

At 11:08 p.m. Mr. Burnette moved and Mrs.Norwood seconded the following:

 

(05-14)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-14 carried.

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary