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August 15, 2005

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

AUGUST 15, 2005

MINUTES

 

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday,

August 15, 2005, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, 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. Hampton, Dr. Wong, Dr. McDonald, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. Michael Brown, Ms. Elizabeth Pearson, Ms. Renee Williams, Mr. Brad Hemingway, Mr. Frank Anderson, Ms. LaDonna Swanson, Ms. Elana Smith, Mr. Advair Willis, Ms. Courtney Baxter, Mr. James Middleton, Ms. Gina Middleton, Mr. John Nizioleke, Mr. Stephen Holton, Ms. Carolyn Richardson, Ms. Camille Richardson, Ms. Alesia Nichols, Ms. Lakenia Robinson, Ms. Carolyn Martin, Ms. Verita Quinn, Mr. Donald Pfau, Mr. Girod Walker, Ms. Ericka Walker, Mr. Ismael Zamora, Dr. Jeff Craig, Mr. John Macon, Ms. Terri Blonquist, Ms. Traci Blonquist, Mr. And Mrs. Rob Farrell, Ms. Robin Moore, Mr. Fred Veazey, Mr. Patrick Smith, Ms. Tabitha Nicked, Dr. Bridget Imoukhuede, Ms. Margurite Martin, Ms. Lynda Hemmerling (The Star)

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Rich South Students on European Tour.  Dr. Kirkwood, Mrs. Hlavacs, Mrs. Harger, and  Rich South students gave a brief report on their recent European trip. They mentioned that everything taught in class means more when it is seen in person.  Overall, the trip was a great success. The students especially wanted to thank the board for giving them the opportunity to go on the trip.

 

Ms. Lundquist was recognized.  She noted there were some problems on the trip.  Mrs. Owens asked Ms. Lundquist to speak to the superintendent personally.

 

Changing Minds Group/Mentoring Program.  Mr. Walker and Ms. Walker from Changing Minds were recognized.  Mr. Hunigan stated that this program is going to be piloted this year at Rich Central with 30 students. Mr. Walker and Ms. Walker noted that combining adult mentors with student advocates provides a holistic way of helping students. 

 

 

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Closed Session

 

At 8:18 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:          

 

(06-07)           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, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Moten, Norwood, Owens

Nay:    None

 

Motion 06-07 carried.

 

 

At 8:45 p.m. Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-08)           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 06-08 carried.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-09)           It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

a.         Approval of minutes

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the minutes of the regular and closed sessions (1 and 2) and Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee minutes of July 18, 2005; the Budget and Finance Committee

 

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meeting of July 28, 2005; the Special Meeting minutes of August 1, 2005; the Special Meeting minutes of August 2, 2005; the Personnel Committee, Property Committee, and Education Committee minutes of August 9, 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 August 15, 2005, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll July 25, 2005             334,838.91

 

Gross Payroll August 10, 2005       277,813.89

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                           291,999.82

 

Operation & Maintenance                209,341.80

 

Tort                                                       17,146.25

 

Transportation                                     36,684.30

 

Life Safety                                              2,156.40

                                                                                      

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 August 15, 2005, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll                                                  

 

Gross Payroll July 25, 2005               1,565.00

 

Gross Payroll August 10, 2005         4,519.00

 

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Bills Payable

 

Education                                              1,448.00

         

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 Revised Pay for Curriculum Coordinators for Social Studies and Science

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Revised Pay for Curriculum Coordinators for Social Studies and Science as per the attached sheet.

 

  1. Approval of new teaching contracts

 

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

 

Full Time

 

Ivette Acosta                Step 3, BA Lane          East/Phoenix

Susan Amati                 Step 1, MA Lane         East

Evie Barber                  Step 1, MA Lane         Central

Greg Beglau                 Step 2, MA Lane         South

Whitney Covalle           Step 1, MA Lane         Central

Lauren Freeman           Step 6, MA+15            Central

Rashad King                 Step 1, BA Lane          South

Patricia Stapleton          Step 8, BA Lane          Central

Carmen Pierce  Step 23, MA Lane       East

Frank Canzolino           Step 3, MA+15            East

 

Part Time

 

David Parker                .6 of Step 15, MA+15 Lane

East

Jodi Smith                    .1 of Step 1, BA+15 Lane

Central

 

 

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VeLisa Tyson               .8 of Step 1, BA Lane

Central/Phoenix

Rita Belluomini  .25 of Step 15, MA Lane

South

Gerald Jones                .8 of Step 13, BA Lane

East

 

Part Time/Revised

 

O. Eliot Pope               .8 of Step 2, BA Lane

Central

 

Kylie Gregor-Whitmire .5 of Step 4, BA Lane

Central

 

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

 

6th Assignments

 

Barbara Edwards                 .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

Central

 

Art Schuldt                             .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

Central

Pamela Williams                   .1 of Step 4, BA Lane

Central

 

  1. Acceptance of resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Patricia Reisdorf, Rita Guritz, Bonnie Mootry, Karen Losnedahl, Gerri Lucas-Williams, Lanada Jones, and Rosalyn Williams-Palmer effective immediately.

 

  1. Approval of psychology interns

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve Liza Pawelek, Angela Diggs, and Danise Bryant as psychology interns for the 2005-2006 school year.

 

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  1. Approval of curriculum coordinator

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the hiring of Graylin Mcleod as the Curriculum Coordinator for Social Studies at Rich East High School beginning with the 2005-2006 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-09 carried.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to lay the Tentative District Budget on the Table.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(06-10)            It is moved that the Board of Education lay the Tentative 2005-2006 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 September 15, 2005; hold a public hearing on said budget September 19, 2005, 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 06-02.

 

Mr. Hampton went over the revenues and expenditures on the budget.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-10 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to lay the Tentative Career Preparation Network Budget on the Table.  He noted we are the administrative agent for CPN and approval of the budget is a formality.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

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(06-11)            It is moved that the Board of Education lay the Tentative 2005-2006 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 September 15, 2005; hold a public hearing on said budget September 19, 2005; 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 06-03.

 

Mr. Hampton noted that, as administrative agent for the Career Preparation Network, it is necessary for our Board to approve the CPN budget.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 06-11 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to award the balance of the Athletic Trainer Contract.  He asked to have the motion amended to a one-year contract and to remove the one-year option. Mr. Hampton noted that Health South had informed us in June, 2005, that they would no longer provide us with Athletic Trainers.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-12)            It is moved that the Board of Education award the balance of the athletic trainer contract to The Athletic & Therapeutic Institute (ATI), for a total amount of $141,000, covering a period of one year, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-04.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-12 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a resolution abating Working Cash Fund to the Allowable Nickel Levy.  He noted that, in order to sell $22 million in Working Cash Fund bonds, we must abate most of the existing balance to the Education fund.  Mr. Hampton noted that Mr. Coyne

 

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was present at the meeting in case there are any questions.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(06-13)                       It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the “Resolution Abating the Working Cash Fund of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-06.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-13 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a resolution to refund General Obligation Bonds, Series 2005A, of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois.  He noted that we currently have $7.46 million in unlimited bonds outstanding that can be refunded to produce an estimated $273,349 in present value savings.  The old bonds are 5% and 5.1% and replacement bonds are about 3.3%.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(06-14)           It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the “Resolution to Refund General Obligation Bonds, Series 2005A, of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-07.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-14 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested adoption of a resolution providing for the issuance of not to exceed $22,000,000 Taxable General Obligation School Bonds.  Mr. Hampton noted that this action continues the implementation of the recommendations of the Board of Education as they pertain to future construction needs and will result in the pricing and sale of the bonds.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-15)           It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the “Resolution providing for the issuance of not to exceed $22,000,000 Taxable General Obligation School

 

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Bonds, Series 2005B, and Limited Series, 2005C, of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, IL., and for the levy of a district annual tax sufficient to pay the principal and interest on said bonds,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-08.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-15 carried.

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald reported on the New Teacher Inservice held August 9 - 12, 2005.  She thanked the mentoring coordinators for their work as well as the union presidents.

 

Dr. McDonald reported on the Classified Staff Inservice held August 9, 2005. The new classified staff met with individuals from the Business Office and toured the District. 

 

Dr. McDonald reported on the Institute Day of August 15, 2005.  New staff were recognized and longevity awards were distributed.  Mr. Hunigan and Dr. Wong spoke about the “Greater Expectations” for the new year.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of July 28, 2005. He noted that Mr. Hampton had presented the 2005-2006 tentative budget.  In addition, the ATI contract had been discussed.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Property Committee meeting of August 9, 2005.  A recommendation to hire a construction manager for the construction work at Rich East was made by the Property Committee.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-16)            It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the posting of an RFP for the selection of a construction manager for the project at Rich East High School, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-05.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-16 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Personnel Committee meeting of August 9, 2005.  The evaluation process and hiring process were discussed as well as the climate of the district.

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting of August 9, 2005.  The meeting was about not being on the same dead horse - getting off and trying something new. 

In addition, some of the agenda items from the previous meeting were reviewed.

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Policy Committee meeting.  The Policy Committee decided to retain the IASB to revise the Board’s policy manual.

 

 

Report of the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning

 

Dr. Wong discussed  articulation with the foundation schools.  Assistant Superintendents from the foundation districts met with him to discuss the Explore test as well as foundation school students taking classes at the district.  He noted that Governors State has a new center for teaching and research, and they want to involve our teachers.  Dr. Wong also noted that he will be distributing a teaching and learning CD this week at all campuses.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that, at the end of each meeting, Mrs. Owens will be asking for information requests in writing.  Information requests may also be turned in at committee meetings.  Mr. Hunigan noted that E-mail requests will also be taken.

 

Mr. Hunigan stated that we don’t have the actual bid ready for the wireless computer purchases for Rich East. He noted he is hoping at our next board meeting we will have the actual proposal. Mr. Koutavas noted that the district has not bid out for the computers at this point.  Mr. Cohn wanted to make sure we used local vendors and the latest technology.

 

 

 

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Report of the President

 

Mr. Owens reminded the Board that the next Board Meeting will take place on Monday, September 19, 2005, in the Rich Central Media Center

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the New Staff Reception on Monday, September 19, 2005, Rich Central Student Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m.

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Board/Administrator meetings of August 1 & 2, 2005.  The topics of the meetings were,  “Where we are,” “Where do we want to go,” and “How do we get there.”

 

Mrs. Owens added that the meetings were with administrators and board members to review the targeting student learning four-part process.  The topic chosen was Parent/Community Engagement and specifically parent involvement. 

 

 

New Business

 

Mr. Brunson set a Budget and Finance Committee to discuss the Teachers’ Retirement System and the Treasurer’s Office.  The meeting was set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 22, in the Board Meeting Room.

 

Mrs. Norwood set a Policy Committee meeting for September 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room.

 

Mrs. Norwood asked to begin Board meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Board members stated the request would be discussed at the next Policy Committee meeting.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius set a Technology Committee meeting for August 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the September 21 Targeting Achievement for Governance meeting at 6:00 p.m.

 

Mrs. Brookins set an Education Committee meeting for September 26 at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

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Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Donald Pfau was recognized.  He requested all the committee meeting dates be put on the web site.  In addition, he asked why our schools don’t start at the same time as the foundation schools.  Mr. Brunson responded that the reason we start earlier is so we can end the first semester before the winter break.

 

Mr. Pfau asked for an update on SICA.  Mr. Hunigan stated that the calendars would stay the same for the current year.  

 

 

At 10:15 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-17)            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, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Moten, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-17 carried.

 

 

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

 

(06-18)            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 06-18 carried.

 


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

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary