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June 20, 2005

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

MINUTES

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

JUNE 20, 2005

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in a regular Board meeting on Monday, June 20, 2005, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields. Illinois.

 

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

 

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

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Hampton, Dr. McDonald, Mrs. Treichel, Dr. Craig, Dr. Kirkwood, Ms. High, Mr. Pfau, Ms. Rich, Mr. Lim, Ms. Walker, Ms. Swanson, Ms. Marshall, Ms. Gladney, Mr. Falkenhal, Mr. Schweiger, Mr. Brown, Mr. Dorus, Mr. Curran, Ms. Fenske-Mathers, Ms. Addison, Ms. Harston, Ms. Goodman, Mr. Ward, Ms. Phillips, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Daniel, Ms. Shelton, Ms. Moore, Ms. Hatchett, Ms. Davis, Mr. Cole, Ms. Cole, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Hemmerling (The Star)

 

Presentation of Certificates from County Clerk’s Office

 

Mr. Jasinevicius and Mr. Brunson passed out certificates of election from the County Clerk’s Office to Ms. Brookins, Ms. Moten, Ms. Norwood, and Ms. Owens. 

 

Recognition of PTSA/PTSO Organizations.  Mr. Hunigan asked the building principals to come forward to recognize their PTSA/PTSO organizations.

 

Rich Central PTSA - Fred Veazey, President. No one present.

 

Rich East PTSO - Jane Addison, President.  Mr. Craig introduced PTSO president, Mrs. Jane Addison.  Mrs. Addison highlighted some of the events of the year in which the Rich East PTSO has been involved.  Mrs. Owens handed out a certificate on behalf of the Board.

 

Rich South PTSO - Yogi Ward, President.  Mr. Kirkwood introduced the PTSO president, Yogi Ward, and his executive board.  Dr. Kirkwood went over some of the major events in which the PTSO has been involved during the past year.  Mrs. Owens handed out a certificate on behalf of the Board. 

 

Phoenix Campus PTSO - Jeanette Goodman, President.  Mrs. Martin was not able to attend, so Dr. Kirkwood called Mrs. Goodman and her executive board forward.  Dr. Kirkwood read a short statement of the accomplishments of the Phoenix PTSO, and Mrs. Owens handed out a certificate on behalf of the Board.

 

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Recognition of Teachers Involved in Dating Violence Prevention Education Program

 

Mrs. Owens called Ms. Kimberly Lux, Prevention Specialist, forward.  Ms. Lux explained the Dating Violence Prevention Education Program.  She introduced Ms. Carter from the Matteson Police Department, who handed out certificates to teachers.  Ms. Mathers, Mr. Schweiger, Ms. Moore and Ms. Husband were present to receive certificates.  Ms. Lux thanked the District for the attention and time it has given to this important program.

 

Closed Session

 

At 8:00 p.m., Mrs. Owens requested a motion to go into closed session.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(05-93)            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 05-93 carried.

 

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

 

(05-94)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

Motion 05-94 carried.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the consent agenda. Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

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(05-95)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

  1. Approval of the minutes of Regular meeting, Closed Sessions (1 & 2), and Personnel Committee meeting of May 16, 2005; Property Committee meeting and Technology Committee meeting of May 23, 2005; Special meeting of May 31, 2005; and Policy Committee meeting of June 13, 2005; as distributed.

 

  1. Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated June 20, 2005, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll May 25, 2005                             1,417,027.13

 

Gross Payroll June 10, 2005                             1,302,958.24

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                            762,869.59

 

Operation & Maintenance                                    243,270.12

 

Tort                                                                        4,729.78

 

Transportation                                         308,126.15

 

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 June 20, 2005, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll


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Gross Payroll May 25, 2005                               6,137.29

 

Gross Payroll June 10, 2005                                6,137.29

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                         223,274.35

 

  1. 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 prevailing wage rates

 

It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution entitled “A Resolution Adopting the Prevailing Wage Rates for Laborers, Workmen and Mechanics Employed on Public Works of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-49.

 

  1. Acceptance of audit proposal for fiscal year 2004-2005

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the audit proposal dated May 12, 2005, and engage the services of certified public accountants McGladrey & Pullen, Mokena, Illinois, for the conduct of the District’s annual audit and related services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, in an amount not to exceed $22,175, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-48.

 

  1. Approval of resolution authorizing legal counsel intervention in PTAB cases

 

It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the attached resolution authorizing the District’s legal counsel to intervene on the District’s behalf on all matters pertaining to Property Tax Appeals Board (PTAB) cases, subject to advance administrative review, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-50.

 

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  1. Acceptance of donation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept with gratitude the donation of $200.00 from the Olympia Fields Woman’s Club for the District’s Snowball Program.

 

  1. Approval of parental leave of absence

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the parental leave of absence for certificated staff member Susan Lundgren for the 2005-2006 school year.

 

  1. Acceptance of resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff members Kenneth K. Smith and Susan L. Ali effective at the conclusion of the 2004-2005 school year.

 

  1. Approval of Illinois Association of School Boards annual dues

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the annual dues for 2005-2006 for the Illinois Association of School Boards.

 

  1. Approval of administrative contract

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Eleven-Month Administrator Contract for LaDonna Swanson as the Coordinator for Career and Technical Education/Grants Administration for District 227 beginning July 1, 2005, as attached.

 

  1. Approval of Letter of Agreement

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Letter of Agreement for Fred Kravarik as the Interim Special Education Coordinator for District 227 beginning August 8, 2005, and ending December 23, 2005, as attached.

 

  1. Approval of Agreement

 

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It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Agreement for Heidi S. Weekley as the Employee Assistance Coordinator for District 227 for 2005-2006.

 

  1. Approval of new teaching contracts

 

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

 

Full Time

 

Elisa Baranowski                      Step 4, BA Lane

Bonnie Cameron                       Step 11, Ph.D. Lane

Edward L. Coleman                 Step 2, MA+15 Lane

Martha L. Croll                        Step 16, MA Lane

Elizabeth Hamann                     Step 1, BA Lane

Kimberly Heintz                        Step 2, BA Lane

LaQuesha Martin                      Step 1, BA Lane

Kathleen McBride                    Step 16, BA+15 Lane

Christopher Moore                   Step 8, MA Lane

Marisa Ptak                              Step 3, BA Lane

Laura Richmond                       Step 1, BA Lane

Jeannine Seyfried                      Step 3, MA Lane

Gregory Schweiger                   Step 6, BA Lane

Rosalyn Williams-Palmer          Step 9, MA Lane

 

Part Time (Semester 1)

 

Kylie Gregor-Whitmire .6 of Step 4, BA Lane

Shara Griffin                             .6 of Step 3, BA Lane

Jennifer Troutman                     .6 of Step 1, BA Lane

 

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

 

  1. Request for approval of contract for Principal at Rich Central High School

 

  1. Authorization for a Supplemental June Bills Payable List for Career Preparation Network

 

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It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to prepare and the Township School Treasurer to issue checks for a supplementary June, 2005, Career Preparation Network bills payable list in an amount not to exceed $1,200.00, that the same be reviewed by the Budget and Finance Committee Chairperson prior to disbursement, and the full Board at its July meeting, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-51.

 

  1. Authorization for a Supplemental June Bills Payable List for District 227

 

It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to prepare and the Township School Treasurer to issue checks for a supplementary June, 2005, District 227 bills payable list in an amount not to exceed $600,000.00, that the same be reviewed by the Budget and Finance Committee Chairperson prior to disbursement, and the full Board at its July meeting, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-52.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-95 carried.

 

 

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

 

(05-96)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconsider the previous motion.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-96 carried.

 

 

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

 

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(05-97)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve above consent agenda items

with the exception of #P, which is withdrawn from the motion.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-97 carried.

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton requested assignment of DHK Enterprises Intergovernmental Property Tax Incentive Agreement to Gafni, LLC.  He noted that DHK has sold the property to Gafni, LLC.  Attorneys have reviewed the data and have agreed DHK is in compliance with the Intergovernmental Agreement.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(05-98)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Assignment of DHK Intergovernmental Property Tax Incentive Agreement between Rich Township High School District 227 and DHK Enterprises, LLC. to the proposed purchaser of the property, Gafni LLC.,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-53.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-98 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested the awarding of underwriting services.  Mr. Brunson moved and Ms. Moten seconded the following:

 

(05-99)            It is moved that the Board of Education award the Underwriting Services Agreement jointly to Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Company, (HSE) 60% economics and JP Morgan, 40% economics, in response to the District’s April 29, 2005, Request for Information, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 05-54.

 

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Mr. Hampton noted that the Budget and Finance Committee had agreed to a joint agreement with Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co. and JP Morgan to handle the District’s underwriting services.  Both underwriters have agreed to the joint agreement, with Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co. as the lead underwriter for the bond issue. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-99 carried.

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald reported the hiring of 17 new teachers, five of which are African American and twelve Caucasians.  Mr. Brunson requested the number of years of experience.  Dr. McDonald stated she will make that a part of the monthly report.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Property Committee meeting of May 23, 2005.  He noted that  Mr. Licatesi will come up with a process on repairs and keeping up the athletic fields. 

 

Mr. Cohn requested a copy of what work will be done during the summer.  Mr. Hunigan will get a copy for next week’s packet. 

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Technology Committee meeting of May 23, 2005.  Summer projects for the technology department were discussed. Mr. Jasinevicius stated he will schedule another date when Mr. Koutavas and Mr. Cohn will be able to attend.

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Policy Committee meeting of June 13, 2005.  She noted the District would only meet with freshman, sophomore, and transfer students this summer.  Mr. Hunigan shared some tentative dates with the Board for the meetings.  He asked for feedback.  Mr. Cohn noted that we should encourage counselors to attend the meetings.  Mrs. Norwood noted that the return of homework will be addressed as an administrative procedure.

 

Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

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(05-100)          It is moved that the Board of Education require the parents and freshman, sophomore, and transfer students to attend a mandatory meeting prior to registration for 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 05-100 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting of June 20, 2005.  She stated that articulation with the foundation schools was discussed.  It was noted that the foundation school superintendents will be meeting together on July 12 to televise a program for Mr. Cohn’s show.  In addition, discussion items centered on the following: (a) Establishing a data bank in problem subject areas and interventions; (b) Training and proper use of teacher aides; (c) Individualized goal setting for all classes; (d) Exit surveys for seniors. 

 

 

Mr. Cohn reminded the Board of the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee Meeting Monday, July 18, 2005, 6:30 p.m., Rich Central.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan stated that a number of individuals were present from Cole Security Productions to report on the recent Security Audit and to discuss with the Board recommended changes for the 2005-2006 school year.

 

Mr. Cole from Cole Security Productions gave a power point presentation on security in the buildings.  He went over his recommended changes in the District’s security.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that he would talk to the Board at a later date about the recommendations.  Mr. Cole stated he would be willing to come back at a later date and sit down and go over the recommendations. 

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of Administrative and Exempt Staff Salaries.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

 

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(05-101)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Administrative and Exempt Staff salaries for 2005-2006 as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-101 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan suggested the Board set a date for a subcommittee to discuss graduation 2005 and make plans for graduation 2006.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next regular meeting was scheduled for July 18, 2005,  Rich Central High School Media Center, at 7:30 p.m.

 

Mrs. Owens asked the Board members to sign up for the National School Boards Association Conference November 18 - 20, 2005

 

Mrs. Owens stated she will be contacting Board members for a Board Retreat date.  In addition, the Board needs to set a date for meeting with the Superintendent on goal setting.  She noted the following dates: Week of July 12, July 18, July 19; Week of July 25; August 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, and also some Saturdays.  Mrs. Owens asked the Board members to look at the dates and let her know when they are not available.  She mentioned that this needs to be set up as soon as possible.

 

 

Old Business

 

Mrs. Brookins noted that the Rich Central Band would be attending the Cotton Bowl.

 

 

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Mrs. Brookins asked the Personnel Committee to bring a report on the evaluation of coaches and stipend positions to the Board.

 

Mr. Cohn asked the Policy Committee if the Board can implement minimum standards for the coaches.  Mrs. Owens suggested this be addressed to the superintendent.

 

Mr. Brunson questioned automatic raises and automatic assignments to teachers.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius brought up the possibility of the District having an ROTC program.  He would like to invite school districts that have an ROTC program into our district to give a presentation.  He asked Mr. Hunigan to look into this.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Pfau was recognized.  He asked how the foundation students score on the standardized tests.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He asked about administrative hiring procedures.  Mrs. Owens stated that Mr. Veazey should get in touch with Mr. Hunigan.

 

Mrs. High was recognized.  She spoke on a scholarship that her son,Thurston, had received. 

 

 

Adjournment

 

At 10:30 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(05-102)          It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-102 carried.

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary