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December 19, 2005

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

MINUTES OF MEETING

DECEMBER 19, 2005

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, December 19, 2005, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:45 p.m.

 

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

Absent: Brunson

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Dr. McDonald, Dr. Wong, Mr. Hampton, Mrs. Treichel,  Ms. Jennifer McLaughlin, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Withers, Ms. Deanna Rallins, Ms. Nia Green, Ms. Linda Green, Mr. Matt Tiffy, Mr. Jim Krol, Mr. Timothy Pulley, Ms. Rose Reed, Ms. Aerian Brown, Ms. Lynda Wiley, Mr. Chris Wiley, Ms. Hope Stovall Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Gary, Charles Gary, Miss Alisa Shortell, Dr. Ronaye Bush, Mr. Mike Curran, Ms. Candace Madison, Ms. Bonnie Blue, Mr. Fred Veazey, Dr. Donna Simpson Leak, Mr. Bob Kaufmann, Ms. Brenda High, Mr. John Gibson, and student representatives Naja Hawk, Aerian Brown, and Timothy Pulley.

 

Mrs. Owens explained the new procedures regarding participation and input by the public at meetings.

 

Recognition of Students

 

Rich Central

 

Mr. Macon called Chris Wiley forward for recognition.  He noted that Chris was being recognized for his overall academic success and being involved in multiple school activities. Board members presented Chris with a Certificate of Recognition.  Mrs. Pizzimenti took Chris’ picture.

 

Mr. Macon called Mrs. Green, Alyssa Green’s mother, forward.  Alyssa had a basketball game.     Mr. Macon noted that Alyssa is being recognized for her overall academic success and being involved in multiple school activities.

 

Rich East

 

Dr. Bush recognized Jacari Dismukes and Kevin Lagermann for their accomplishments at Rich East.  Jacari was recognized for becoming involved in the Rich East basketball program and for

 

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his improvement in his grades.  Kevin was recognized for his work in Rich East’s drama productions and for being an outstanding student.

 

Rich South

 

Dr. Kirkwood called Charles Gary and Alisa Shortell forward for recognition.  He noted the reasons Charles and Alisa were being recognized.  Certificates of Recognition were presented to the students, and their pictures were taken by Mrs. Pizzimenti.

 

Phoenix Campus

 

Mrs. Martin called Timothy Pulley forward for recognition.  She noted that Timothy is on the Silver Honor Roll, has been involved in Peer Mediation, and does community service for PADS.  A Certificate of Recognition was presented to Timothy, and his picture was taken by Mrs. Pizzimenti.

 

Student Representatives

 

Naja Hawk reported on what is taking place at the Rich Central campus.  Aerian Brown reported on happenings at Rich South.  Timothy Pulley reported on what is taking place at the Phoenix Campus.

 

Recognition of Citizens (Public Forum)

 

Ms. High asked for specific information why the students were being recognized to be put in the minutes.  In addition, she asked where the pictures went.  It was noted that the pictures were sent to the students.  Mr. Macon stated the pictures could be placed in the schools.

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 8:10 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-37)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider pending litigation.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 06-37 carried.

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

 

(06-38)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-38 carried.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the consent agenda.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-38)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of Regular and Closed Session meetings of November 21, 2005, the Education Committee meeting of November 21, 2005, the Special Meeting of December 1, 2005, the Technology Committee Meeting of December 6, 2005, and the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting of December 7, 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 December 19, 2005, as follows:

 

Payroll

                                                           

Gross Payroll November 23, 2005       1,258,842.03

 

                                                            Gross Payroll December 10, 2005        1,276,522.36

 

                                                            Bills Payable

 

Education                                                604,746.90

 

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                                                Operation & Maintenance                     170,289.92

 

                                                            Transportation                          401,237.99        

 

                                                            Tort                                                          3,525.00            

 

Life Safety                                      14,766.42

       

                                                                                      

            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 December 19, 2005, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll  

 

Gross Payroll November 23, 2005          4,519.75

 

Gross Payroll December 10, 2005       4,519.75

 

Bills Payable                                                 

 

Education                                                   913.68

                                              

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 Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Carmax of Tinley Park

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Carmax of Tinley Park, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-20.

 

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  1. Approval of Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Shurgard Storage Center

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Shurgard Storage Center of Country Club Hills, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-23.

 

  1. Approval of Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Country Inn and Suites

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Country Inn and Suites of Matteson, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-22.

 

  1. Approval of Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for International Code Council (formerly BOCA)

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for International Code Council (formerly BOCA) of Country Club Hills, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-21.

 

  1. Approval of Real Estate Tax Abatements (Miller Auto Mall)

 

It is moved that the Board of Education:

 

1) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/Bauer Cadillac/GMC.

2) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/Miller Buick Pontiac.

3) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/Shaver Mitsubishi.

4) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/Miller Chevy Olds.

5) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/Miller Car Mart VW.

6) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax

Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/Hawkinson Nissan.

7) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax

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Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/Capital Lincoln Mercury.

8) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/Sutton Ford.

9) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/Planet Toyota.

10) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/University of Illinois - Extension Campus.

11) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement” for Miller Auto Mall/Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 2005.

in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-24.

 

  1. Approval of Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Waterwerks

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Waterwerks of Country Club Hills, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-28.

 

  1. Approval of Resignation Agreement and Release

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resignation Agreement and Release between the Board of Education of Rich Township High School District No. 227 and Frank Canzolino, as attached.

 

  1. Approval of Contract for Special Education Coordinator

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Contract with Fred Kravarik as Special Education Coordinator for the 2nd semester of the 2005-2006 school year, as attached.

 

  1. Approval of teaching contracts

 

It is moved that the President, Secretary and Superintendent be authorized to sign contracts as follows:

 

Full Time (2nd Semester)

 

                                                            Mark Dominguez          .5082 of Step 1, BA Lane

                                                            (Math/Rich East)

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                                                            Terri Hightower            .5082 of Step 1, MA Lane

                                                            (Math/Rich South)

 

                                                            VeLisa Tyson               .5082 of Step 1, BA Lane

                                                            (Language Arts/Phoenix & Central)

 

Nancy Yatsko  .5082 of Step 13, MA Lane

                                                            (Family & Consumer Science/Rich Central & East)

 

Kylie Gregor-Whitmire .5082 of Step 4, BA Lane

                                                            (English/Rich Central)

 

Part Time (2nd Semester)

 

Gerald Jones .4054 of Step 13, BA Lane

                                                            (Science/Rich Central) (Revised)

 

                                                            Jennifer Troutman         .3050 of Step 12, BA Lane

                                                            (Language Arts/Rich South)

 

                                                            O. Elliot Pope   .4066 of Step 2, BA Lane

                                                            (Social Studies/Rich Central)

 

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

 

  1. Acceptance of certificated resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Jeffrey Haley and Jennifer McLaughlin effective at the conclusion of the 1st semester of the 2005-2006 school year.

 

  1. Acceptance of administrative resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of administrative staff member Ismael Zamora effective June 30, 2006.

 

  1. Approval of administrative retirement

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the retirement of administrative staff member Faye Smith effective June 26, 2006.

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  1. Approval of leave of absence

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the family and medical leave of Monshea Aguirre from February 10, 2006, through May 1, 2006.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-38 carried.

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton requested adoption of the 2005 Tax Levy.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-39)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the resolution entitled, “Resolution of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois, providing for the Levy of Taxes for the Year 2005,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-26.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-39 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a Resolution to Instruct the County Clerk How to Apportion 2005 Tax Levy.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-40)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution to Instruct County Clerk How to Apportion 2005 Tax Levy Extension Reductions for Rich Township High School District No. 227, Cook County, Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-25.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-40 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a Resolution Authorizing Non-Pro Rata Distribution of Property Tax Receipts.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-41)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution Authorizing Non-Pro Rata Distribution of Property Tax Receipts,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-27.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-41 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of life safety.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-42)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Ten Year Life Safety Report as attached and give the administration permission to submit amendments for Priority Code A for completion.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-42 carried.

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald noted the Personnel Office had hired two full-time special education teachers for Rich East.  The office has been working with Mr. Brim to fill the vacancies.  In addition, one full-time math teacher was hired for Rich East.  There is also a full time opening in the area of Language Arts, and the Personnel Office plans to bring closure to that opening in December.  January begins student registration for the 2006-2007 school year.

 

 

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Summary of Committee Reports

 

  1. Mrs. Brookins reported on the Special Meeting of the Board (Targeting Achievement Through Governance) on December 1, 2005.  Mrs. Brookins noted that the three comprehensive high schools gave their reports on Parent/Community Involvement. 

 

  1. Mr. Cohn reported on the Technology Committee meeting of December 6, 2005.  He noted one of the key items discussed at the meeting was the Dashboard, which is a communications tool to report the progress of the school district to the community and generate interest and dialogue for continued improvement.  It will be part of the District’s web page.  Mr. Koutavas gave an overview of Keytrain WorkKeys.   Mr. Cohn noted that the District would have a District Technology Plan by February.

 

  1. Mr. Hampton reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of December 7.  Mr. Izzo, attorney, reported on Tax Abatements and TIFs.  In addition, Mr. Izzo talked about Property Tax Appeal Board appeals and financing of construction projects.

 

  1. Mr. Hunigan reported on the Committee of the Whole meeting of December 14.  The administration shared various options for the Board to decide what direction to go regarding construction projects.  It was decided that the District should move forward on life safety, and there is more discussion needed on the options.  Mr. Cohn went over the various construction options. 

 

  1. Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting of December 19, 2005.  It began with a discussion on KeyTrain WorkKeys. The District will begin using KeyTrain in January, 2006.  Information will be sent out to the parents on the KeyTrain process.  In

addition, Mr. Hunigan spoke on detracking.  Dr. Wong talked about a new grading policy.  The District is trying to establish a policy to be used throughout the District.  The Education Committee will continue that discussion at the next Education Committee meeting.

 

 

Report of the Assistant Superintendent

 

Dr. Wong requested approval of a KeyTrain Program Purchase.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-43)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the purchase of the KeyTrain program as outlined on the attached memorandum.

 

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Dr. Wong stated that KeyTrain was presented at the Education Committee meeting.  Funding will be coming from Title I, Perkins, and General State Aid.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-43 carried.

 

Dr. Wong requested approval of restructured courses.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-44)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the restructured courses Art III/2-D Dimensional Art; Art IV/2-D Dimensional Art; Crafts III/3-D Dimensional Art; Crafts IV/3-D Dimensional Art; African American History (D76) for inclusion in the District’s taxonomy.

 

Dr. Wong noted that African America History is an elective which will be given for a full year throughout the District.  A student must be a senior to take this course.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-44 carried.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

In the January Board meeting, Mr. Hunigan will report on a new vision for the District.  He has been meeting with administrative staff members and will be meeting with teaching staff on January 9.  This will be a blueprint for next several year. 

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked about meeting with students.  Mr. Hunigan said that was a good suggestion.

 

Mr. Cohn noted the Community Relations Committee should get involved and market this program to get the community. 

 

 

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Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens noted there was a sign-up sheet going around for the Klein, Thorpe School Law Conference on Saturday, February 11, 2006.

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval for a change in the January 9, 2006, meeting date.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-45)            It is moved that the Board of Education change the regularly scheduled January, 2006, meeting date from January 9, 2006, to January 23, 2006.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-45 carried.

 

 

New Business

 

Mrs. Brookins noted that Mrs. High and her husband did the presentation on scholarships at Rich Central. 

 

Mr. Cohn noted that Rich South has on-going scholarship sessions for their seniors.  He would like to have the other schools doing something along those lines.  These sessions are sponsored by counselors.

 

Ms. Moten noted she would like to make it a community-wide event for scholarships. 

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked for an update on the District’s Foundation.  Mrs. Owens noted that the District needs the names of individuals to serve on the Foundation Board.

 

Ms. Moten scheduled a Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting for January 9, 2006, at  6:00 p.m. in the Media Center at Rich Central. 

 

Mr. Cohn scheduled a Personnel Committee meeting for January 17, 2006, at 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled an Education Committee meeting for January 17, 2006, at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center at Rich Central.

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Mr. Jasinevicius asked for some direction from the Board on how to proceed with the construction options. 

 

Mr. Cohn stated he would prefer that the committees do the work.

 

Mrs. Owens recommended that the chairs of the Budget, Education and Property committees meet with Mr. Hunigan to go over the options.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mrs. Martin was recognized.  She suggested that Board members say something at the funerals of staff members or former Board members who have passed away.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He suggested that notices go out to parents and community when there are job openings in the District.  These individuals may know people who are a good fit for the District.

 

Ms. McLaughlin was recognized.  She asked about her resignation.  Dr. McDonald informed her that it was in the Consent Agenda.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that it was necessary for the Board to schedule a special meeting to go into closed session for student discipline matters.  This meeting was scheduled for January 4, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at Rich Central High School.

 

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

 

(06-46)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider student discipline matters and pending litigation.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-46 carried.

 

 

 

 

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

 

(06-47)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-47 carried.

 

 

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

 

(06-48)            It is moved that Student #1 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for the remainder of the 2005-2006 school year.  Services will be offered to Student #1 at the Phoenix Campus.  Student #1 will be allowed to graduate from Rich Central High School but will not be able to participate in the graduation ceremonies.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-48 carried.

 

 

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

 

(06-49)            It is moved that Student #2 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for the remainder of the 2005-2006 school year.  Services will be offered Student #2 at the Ombudsman Alternative School.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-49 carried.

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At 11:02 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(06-50)            It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-50 carried.

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary