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April 25, 2005

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MINUTES

APRIL 25, 2005

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in a meeting on Monday, April 25, 2005, in the Media Center at Rich East High School, Park Forest, Illinois.

 

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

 

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

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Skinner, Dr. Brockelman, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. Ian Blacksmith, Ms. Robin Moore, Ms. Renee Waters, Mr. Fred Veazey, Mrs. Mildred Williams, Mr. Fred Williams, Mrs. Kathryn Damon, Miss Yazmin Norwood, Mr. Michael Norwood, Mrs. Rachel Gladney, Ms. Yvonne Broomfield, Miss Akilah Davis, Ms. Debra Davis, Mr. Conrad Wayne, Mr. Ed Genzler, Ms. Frances Smith, Mr. Greg Zipprich, Mr. Tom Falkenthal, Ms. JanMoore, Mrs. Karen Nobile, Mr. Tony Nobile, Ms. Cindy Shaffer, Mr. Bobbi Shaffer, Mr. Komaa Mnyofu, Ms. Brenda Calvin, Ms. Barbara Hicks, Mr. Chris Hicks, Mr. Daryl Wilson, Mr. Advaine Neeol, Ms. Elana Smith, Mr. Roy Beard, Jr., Mr. Roy Beard, Sr., Mr. Michael Jones, Ms. Javonne Smith, E. J. Bassette, Ms. Maria Henderson, Ms. Rhonda Johnson, Mr. Jeron Bailey, Mr. Michael Johnson, Ms. Teresa Rogerson, Ms. Brenda Heffner, Ms. Josandra Winfield, Mr. Calvin Winfield, Miss Brittany Winfield, Ms. Canesha Winfield, Mr. Alex Cliff, Ms. Joann Lundquist, Ms. Meaghan Farrell, Ms. Kate Farrell, Mr. Robert Farrell, Mr. Kevin Kredens, Mr. Sylvester Pilgrom, Ms. Melanie Jones, Mr. Bud Griffy, Ms. Kenya Powell, Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, Mr. Doug Lim, Ms. Lakenia Robinson, Ms. Candace Madison, Ms. Karen Marshall, Mr. Kenall Beard, Ms. Kelly Marshall, Ms. Susie Richards, Ms. Annette Demchuk, Ms. Ginny Fenske-Mathers, Ms. Pat Reisdorf, Ms. Bessie Williams, Ms. Theresa Clark, Mr. Mike Curran, Ms. Ruby Robinson, Ms. Maggie Hatchett, Mr. Derrick Chambers, Mr. Leonard Chambers, Mr. John Gibson, Ms. Terri Blonquist, Mr. Jeff Craig, Mr. James Middleton, Ms. Alesia Nichols, Ms. Tabatha Nichols, Ms. Julia Veazey, Ms. Sally McCotter, Ms. Janice Neumann (Tribune) and student representatives Fred Williams, Delundon Spearman, Megan Falkenthal, and Akilah Davis.

 

Mrs. Owens welcomed Ms. Yvette Moten to the Board of Education.

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mrs. Owens recognized Dr. McDonald, who called Melanie Jones and Yazmin Norwood  and their families forward for recognition.  Dr. McDonald talked about the reasons each student was being recognized.  The Board congratulated the students, and their pictures were taken.

 

 

 

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Mrs. Owens recognized Dr. Craig, who called Keith Abbey and Carley Demchuk and their families forward for recognition. Mrs. Demchuk represented the Demchuk family, and Keith Abbey was not able to attend the meeting.  Dr. Craig talked about the reasons each student was being recognized. 

 

Mrs. Owens recognized Dr. Kirkwood, who called Kendall Beard and Akilah Davis and their families forward for recognition.  Dr. Kirkwood talked about the reasons each student was being recognized.  The Board congratulated the students, and their pictures were taken.

 

Mrs. Owens recognized Ms. Martin, who called Megan Falkenthal and DeAndre Owens and their families forward for recognition.  Ms. Martin talked about the reasons each student was being recognized.  The Board congratulated the students, and their pictures were taken.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Fred Williams, Delundon Spearman, Megan Falkenthal, and Akilah Davis, student representatives, informed the Board regarding what is happening at their campuses.

 

 

Recognition of Retirees

 

Mrs. Owens called Dr. McDonald, Dr. Craig, Dr. Kirkwood, and Mr. Skinner forward to recognize the following retirees:

 

Rich Central               Rich East                   Rich South                 District

 

Diane Kolosh             Lynn Carter                Kathy Damon             Barbara Hicks

Sharon Frigo             Clyde Griffy

Ed Genzler                 Ruth Monk

Mildred Williams       Karen Nobile

Gregory Zipprich       Conrad Wayne

Janis Westlund

 

Mrs. Kolosh, Mr. Genzler, Mrs. Williams, Mr. Zipprich, Mrs. Damon, Mr. Griffy, Mrs. Nobile, Mr. Wayne, and Mrs. Hicks and their families came forward for recognition.  Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Frigo, Mrs. Monk and Mrs. Westlund were unable to attend but were recognized in abstentia.

 

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

 

(05-73)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the resolutions honoring the District’s retirees as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-73 carried.

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 8:30 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(05-74)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session for the appointment, employment, discipline, dismissal or compensation of an employee or officer.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-74 carried.

 

 

At 9:05 p.m. the Mrs. Owens reconvened the Board meeting.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Skinner removed the names of Sandra Winter and William Laschoeber from #f. of the consent agenda.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(05-75)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as amended.

 

 

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a.         Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting, closed session, hearing on the sale of bonds, and Policy Committee meeting, all of March 21, 2005, as distributed.

 

b.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated April 25, 2005, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll March 25, 2005         1,207,672.50

 

Gross Payroll April 10, 2005           1,200,044.03

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                               972,485.93

 

Operation & Maintenance                     149,922.46                        

 

Tort                                                             1,263.89                 

 

Transportation                                        304,667.79

 

Total Bills Payable                            1,428,340.07       

                                                                          

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 April 25, 2005, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll  

 

Gross Payroll March 25, 2005             6,137.29

 

Gross Payroll April 10, 2005               6,137.29

 

 

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Bills Payable

 

Education                                           153,537.15

                                              

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 administrative contract

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the appointment Ilandus Hampton as the Director of Fiscal Services beginning April 26, 2005.

 

  1. Approval of teaching contracts

 

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

 

Full time (2005-2006 school year)

 

Stephanie Saul  Step 5, BA Lane

Glen Abbott                 Step 4, MA Lane

Erika Buys                    Step 2, BA Lane

Phanna Chou                Step 2, BA+15 Lane

Keith Cucio                  Step 2, MA Lane

Carl Cogar                   Step 10, MA+30 Lane

Kathy Gray                  Step 10, MA+15 Lane

Tracy Lett-Hill  Step 2, MA Lane

Phillip Jenicek   Step 1, BA Lane

Donna Norris               Step 1, MA Lane

Kim Nowak                 Step 1, BA Lane

Terrone Parham            Step 2, BA Lane

John Ritchie                  Step 1, BA Lane

Juanita Southern           Step 2, MA+15 Lane

Susan Szafranski           Step 2, BA+15  Lane

Brianne Tiemens           Step 2, BA Lane

 

 

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provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois and

the North Central Association are met.

 

 

  1. Approval of renewal of membership in the Illinois High School Association

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the membership renewal of Rich Central, Rich East, and Rich South in the Illinois High School Association for 2005-2006.

 

  1. Acceptance of resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Gwendolyn Sampson-Walski effective at the conclusion of the 2004-2005 school year.

 

  1. Request for acceptance of resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of administrative staff member Gawaine Perkins effective June 10, 2005.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

Motion 05-75 carried.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mrs. Owens requested the award of bid for duplicating paper.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(05-76)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the low bid meeting specifications for non-recycled duplicating paper for the Central, East, South and Phoenix campuses, for the 2005-06 school year, from the Murnane Paper Co., Elmhurst, IL, in the amount of $53,383.10, plus the Alternate Add On for Laser Paper, in the amount of $144.00.  Total combined cost for the bid is $53,527.10, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-48.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-76 carried.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Mr. Skinner noted that one of the goals of the District is to hire highly qualified minority candidates.  He noted that of the 20 new hires, 50% are minority hires.  Mr. Skinner stated that it is his hope to have the majority of the hiring completed before the end of the school year.

 

 

Report of the Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Brockelman stated she was presenting seven new textbooks for consideration.  She noted that the textbooks were on display on the counter if anyone wished to examine them.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(05-77)           It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the new textbooks for the 2005-2006 school year as recommended on the attached memorandum.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:    None

 

Motion 05-77 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cohn questioned whether any of the textbooks were available in a digital mode.  Dr. Brockelman stated she would check.

 

Dr. Brockelman informed the Board about the possibility of receiving a Smaller Learning Community Grant.  She noted that this was a program the District was going to talk about  and study next school year.  Dr. Brockelman noted that research indicates students do better in a smaller school or one that sets itself up in smaller learning communities in the school.  The

 

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District would be investigating the possibility of putting in an application for a grant for the 2006-2007 school year.  This would be a 5-year commitment.  Individuals would be spending next year visiting other schools to investigate how the smaller learning communities within a school operate.  Dr. Brockelman stated that there would be more discussion on this topic next year, and a decision would be reached on whether to pursue the grant. 

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a first reading of Policy 8.190 - “Use of School Facilities.”  There being no objections, a first reading was held.  A second reading will take place at the May meeting.  Mrs. Norwood requested a second reading of Policy 7.400 - “Students with Disabilities/Graduation.”  There being no objections, Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(05-78)           It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the following policy into its policy books:

 

7.400 - “Students with Disabilities/Graduation”

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-78 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  She stated that there had been a discussion on the return of graded work to students and parents.  The Board is looking at a policy to return work and tests.  A suggestion had been made that students would take the tests home, get a parent’s signature, and then return the tests to the school.  The District is also looking into the use of a test bank.  The Education Committee and Policy Committee will meet with Mr. Hunigan to discuss a proposed policy.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Board members attending the National School Board Association Conference reported on the sessions they had attended.

 

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Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan reminded the Board of the Strategic Planning meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. in the Rich Central Staff Cafeteria for Board members, and at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Student Cafeteria for community members.  He asked all community members attending the Board meeting to sign up for the Strategic Planning meeting if they were interested in attending.  Mr. Hunigan noted that this meeting would involve updating the District’s current Strategic Plan.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next Board meeting would be held on Monday, May 16, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich East Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the SCOPE Dinner/Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, Alsip.

 

 

New Business

 

Mr. Cohn scheduled a Personnel Committee meeting for 6:30 p.m. on May 16, 2005, at Rich East.

 

Mr. Cohn stated he will be looking at the data collected on May 3 and schedule a Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Ms. Ian Blacksmith was recognized.  He noted he was a senior at Rich East.  He questioned the Board on the fact that no flash photography or balloons were allowed at graduation.  Mr. Craig responded that the three principals had met and made the decisions regarding graduation.  Mr. Blacksmith also questioned the times for the graduations.  Mr. Hunigan responded that the times had been worked out knowing how long each graduation should last.

 

Mr. Fred Veazey was recognized.  He read a resolution in support of a parent who had been banned from the schools.

 

 

 

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Ms. Sarah Harger was recognized.  She noted that students had raised $40,000 for the Rich South European trip.  At the present time, 26 students were going on the trip.  There are 30 students who want to attend.  They are short $2,500 to send the other 4 students.  Mrs. Owens noted that the Board will pursue options and get back to her.

 

Ms. Maria Henderson was recognized.  She noted she is a Rich Central parent and PTSA member.  She noted there was a tape of the Rich Central situation which caused the parent to be banned from the schools.  If anyone was interested in watching the tape, they should contact Mr. Veazey.

 

Mrs. Williams was recognized.  She wanted to know who runs Rich South.  Mrs. Owens responded that the school board hires a superintendent.  She asked Mrs. Williams to make an appointment with the superintendent if she had some particular issues she wanted to discuss. 

 

Mrs. Moore was recognized.  She questioned if the activity fees went directly to the schools.  She also stated she had not yet received the 4th quarter mid-quarter progress report.

Mrs. Owens stated that these items would be looked into.

 

Mr. Curran was recognized.  He noted he had been on the interview committee to interview the Director of Fiscal Services.   On behalf of the teachers’ association, he welcomed Mr. Ilandus Hampton to the District. Mr. Hunigan introduced Mr. Hampton.

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 10:35 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(05-79)           It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider student discipline matters.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-79 carried.

 


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At 11:00 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(05-80)           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, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Moten, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-80 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(05-81)           It is moved that the student discussed in closed session be placed in the Ombudsman alternative school for the remainder of the 2004-2005 school year.  In addition, the student may graduate from Rich Township High Schools but may not attend the graduation ceremonies.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-81 carried.

 

 

At 11:00 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mrs. Owens declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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