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July 18, 2005

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

MINUTES

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

JULY 18, 2005

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in a regular Board meeting on Monday, July 18, 2005, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:37 p.m.

 

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

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Hampton, Dr. Wong, Dr. McDonald, Ms. Lanada Jones, Ms. Robin Moore, Mr. Jonathan Bridgon, Ms. Jasmine Minor, Mrs. Judy Lohr, Mr. Mike Brown, Mr. Patrick Smith, Ms. Brenda High, Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, Mr. John Macon, Ms. Margurite Martin, Mr. James Zappavigna, Mr. Jeff Huck, Mr. William Brazley, and Ms. Lynda Hemmerling (The Star Newspapers)

 

 

Special Presentation

 

Architectural Report

 

Wm. Brazley from Brazley & Associates, architects, updated the Board on the construction work.  He noted that the architects are trying to determine what each school needs, especially in regards to life safety.  They are determining how much money needs to be spent.   No work will be completed until they are able to determine the priorities and secure community input.  The architects stated the District needs to bring the schools up to date for the 21st century.

 

Mr. Zappavigna from the architectural firm noted the District is on schedule with the original program.   He stated they are taking a look at space in each of the buildings and compiling a spreadsheet. 

 

Mr. Brazley stated he will give a report to the Board every two weeks.

 

Mr. Brunson asked if it will be one of the considerations to redefine the various school boundaries.

 

Mr. Zapavigna responded that part of the situation involves whether the buildings could handle additions.  Enrollment growth is not evenly spread.

 

 

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Mr. Brazley noted that the process is going to involve the staff.  Once the programming and the preliminary design are finished, they will come back to the Board with options.

 

Mrs. Owens asked if anyone from the audience had questions for the architects.

 

Mrs. Moore was recognized.  She asked if the band room situation had been addressed.  Mr. Zapavigna stated that the band directors had come up with a list of priorities.

 

Mr. Smith was recognized.  He asked if the architects are in touch with each community. Mr. Brazley responded that no work will be completed without community input.

 

 

At 8:00 p.m. Mrs. Owens requested a motion to go into closed session for the appointment, employment, discipline, dismissal or compensation of an employee or officer.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-01)           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 06-01 carried.

 

 

At 8:40 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-02)           It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-02 carried.


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Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the consent agenda. 

 

Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-03)           It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

a.         Approval of the regular meeting and closed session of June 20, 2005; the Education Committee meeting of June 20, 2005; and the Special Meeting and closed session of July 11, 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 July 18, 2005, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll June 25, 2005                       3,445,402.88

 

Gross Payroll July 7, 2005                  328,543.08

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                              359,119.52

 

Operation & Maintenance                     57,316.15

 

Tort                                                            1,024.60

 

Transportation                                        43,605.45

                                                                          

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 July 18, 2005, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

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Payroll                                                  

 

Gross Payroll June 25, 2005                          11,226.85

 

Gross Payroll July 7, 2005                    1,565.20

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                              320.17

 

  1. Approval of supplemental bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the supplemental bills payable dated June 28, 2005 as follows:

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                71,810.45

 

Operation & Maintenance                          1,898.75

 

Transportation                               2,456.56

 

Fire & Safety                                                620.55

 

  1. Approval of supplemental bills payable for the Career Preparation Network

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the supplemental bills payable for the Career Preparation Network dated June 28, 2005 as follows:

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                  852.27

                                              

f.          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.

 

 

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  1. Closed session minutes and audio tapes

 

It is moved that the closed session minutes and audio tapes of closed session meetings from December 13, 2004, through May 16, 2005, remain closed to the public for privacy reasons.

 

  1. Approval of SCOPE Membership

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the District’s membership in the South Cooperative Organization for Public Education (SCOPE) for 2005-2006.

 

  1. Approval of teaching contracts

 

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

 

Full Time

 

Joanne Maloney           Step 2, BA Lane (East)

Primitivo Rodriguez       Step 15, BA+15 Lane (Central)

Ellen Schumer   Step 14, MA Lane (Central)

Alvin Willis                   Step 3, BA Lane (Central)

Kenneth Wynn Step 6, MA Lane (Phoenix/East)

Alice Yoon                   Step 1, BA Lane (South)

 

provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois and

the North Central Association are met.

 

  1. Acceptance of resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Francisco Carbajal (Central),  Sarah Luby (Central),  and Jennifer Pollack (South).

 

  1. Approval of Family and Medical Leave

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the leave of Nancy Roach (Central) under the Family and Medical Leave Act for twelve weeks of the 2005-2006 school year.

 

 

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  1. Approval of Residency/Truancy Investigations Program

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the use of National Investigations, Inc. to provide documentation and evidence for verification of residency to validate school enrollment.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-03 carried.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

  1. Report by the Director of Fiscal Services

 

Mr. Hampton asked to schedule a meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee on July 28, 2005, at 6:00 p.m.  Mr. Stricker, President of the Village of Matteson, has asked to give a report to the Board on economic development.  Mr. Brunson stated date and time acceptable for the Budget and Finance Committee meeting.  Mr. Cohn asked if Mr. Stricker was going to give the status of economic development in the Village of Matteson.  Mr. Jasinevicius asked about Lincoln Mall. Mr. Hampton will look into this.

 

  1. Mr. Hampton requested acceptance of a Computer Lease Proposal from Dell Financial Services, L.P.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-04)                        It is moved that the Board of Education accept the Computer Lease Proposal from Dell Financial Services, L.P., in the amount of $129,791.60, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-01.

 

Mr. Hunigan mentioned that, for the computers that are needed at East, the District is going to be looking at additional funding.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

 

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-04 carried.

 

 

Report of the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

 

  1. No Child Left Behind Update

 

Mr. Wong talked about how the District can make adequate yearly progress.   The Illinois State Board of Education and Federal Government have changed requirements under the No Child Left Behind act..  He explained the changes.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius would like to see an assessment regarding the students who took two math courses at one time.

 

Mrs. Moten would like to see data on 2004-2005 scheduling conflicts.  Mr. Koutavas will get that data.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

  1. Report on Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee Meeting held prior to the Board meeting

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  He noted that the Superintendent is going to look into two-way communication between the community and the Board. The Committee is looking at reactivating the Key Communicator group.  Also discussed was the Master Plan vs. Strategic Plan.

 

  1. Schedule Budget and Finance Committee Meeting for July 28, 2005, 6:00 p.m., Rich Central. Mr. Brunson noted that material from the Business Office will be more user friendly in the future.

 

  1. Reminder - Policy Committee Meeting, Monday, August 15, 2005, 6:30 p.m., Rich Central.  Mrs. Norwood stated there will be an update on mandatory meetings and the registration process.      

 

Special Reports

 

  1. Report on Special Meeting of July 11, 2005

 

Mrs. Owens reported on the Special Board meeting of July 11, 2005.  Mr. John Macon and Dr. Donna Leak were hired as Principal and Associate Principal for Rich Central.  Dr. Ovid Wong was hired as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for the District.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

  1. Mr. Hunigan stated that registration information is going out to all parents/guardians.

 

  1. Report on Mandatory Meetings (Freshmen, Sophomores, Transfer Students, Parents/Guardians) Mr. Hunigan noted that the mandatory meetings have been very successful so far. Mr. Hunigan noted he had received a number of personal telephone calls from parents saying they had appreciated the meeting. Juniors and Seniors will be hearing the same speech during the first week of school. 

 

 

Report of the President

 

  1. Reminder: Next Board Meeting Monday, August 15, 2005, 7:30 p.m., Rich Central Media Central.

 

  1. Mrs. Owens stated she will be scheduling a Board Retreat some time in August.

 

  1. Mrs. Owens noted that information regarding on-line courses for Board members has been in the Board packets and that she will see that Board members receive another copy.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Jonathan Matzkin-Bridgen, president of Rich Central Student Council, was recognized.  He asked what is being done to keep teachers from teaching to the test.

 

Dr. Wong answered that testing should be part of learning, and they should go together

 

Mrs. Moore was recognized.  She asked about scheduling conflicts.  Mr. Hunigan noted that the counselors are working on minimizing scheduling conflicts.

 

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Mrs. High was recognized.  She asked what is the District doing to attract students. She also asked about the Talented and Gifted program.  Mrs. Owens asked Mrs. High to contact the Superintendent for answers to her questions.

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 9:30 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-05)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss potential litigation.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-05 carried.

 

 

At 10:59 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

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

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-06 carried.

 

 

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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