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May 16, 2005

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

MINUTES

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MAY 16, 2005

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in a regular Board meeting on Monday, May 16, 2005, in the Media Center at Rich East High School.

 

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, Mrs. Treichel, Dr. Brockelman, Dr. Kirkwood, Mrs. Martin, Dr. Craig, Ms. Nelson, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Moore, Mr. Curran, Ms. Holba, Mr. Mnyofu, Mr. Dwyer, Mr. Kredens, Mr. Keeley, Ms. Carter, Mr. Carter, Ms. Malak, Ms. Moore, Ms. True, Mr. Anderson, Ms. Veazey, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Long, Ms. Smith, Mr. Dempsey, Mr. Keeley and students and student representatives Jonathan Matzkin-Bridger, Ab Alalade, Troy Veazey, Lythaniel Dunmars, Simone Collins, Chris Wiley, Greg Wallace, Matt Ratulowski, Paul Anderson, Octavius Carter, Kimberly Stevens, Tiffany Johnson, DeLundon Spearman, Rachel Pierce, Fred Williams, Jevon Moore, Brandi Lake, and Chris Gladney

 

Mrs. Owens stated she was going to change the order of the agenda.  Following the recognition of students, the Board would hear the update on science reform.

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mrs. Celeste Nelson, Associate Principal at Rich Central, called the following students forward: Jonathan Matzkin-Bridger, Ab Alalade, Troy Veazey, Lythaniel Dunmars, Simone Collins, Chris Wiley, and Greg Wallace.  She noted these students had been involved with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Bridge Building Contest.  Pictures were taken of the students and their parents.

 

Dr. Craig called Matt Ratulowski and Paul Anderson forward for recognition.  He noted the reasons these students were being recognized.  Pictures were taken of the students and their parents.

 

Dr. Kirkwood called Octavius Carter, Kimberly Stevens, and Tiffany Johnson forward.  He noted the reasons these students were being recognized.  Pictures were taken of the students and their parents.

 

 

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Update on Science Reform

 

Dr. Brockelman introduced Ms. Tina Malak and Ms. Rachel Gladney, curriculum coordinators for science.  Ms. Malak and Ms. Gladney and three science students did an experiment on the diffusion rate of salt in water. 

 

Ms. Malak showed the Board how the students could use a CD-ROM at home instead of taking their book home with them.

 

 

Recognition of Student Representatives

 

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

 

(05-82)           It is moved that the Board of Education recognize the following student representatives and alternates for their work during the 2004-2005 school year:

 

Rich Central                 DeLundon Spearman and Rachel Pierce

Rich East                      Latoiya Miller and Fred Williams

Rich South                    Jevon Moore

Phoenix Campus           Brandi Lake and Chris Gladney

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-82 carried.

 

Certificates were given out to the students showing the Board’s appreciation of their work as student representatives the past year.

 

DeLundon Spearman, Rich Central’s student representative, Fred Williams, Rich East’s student representative, Jevon Moore, Rich South’s student representative, and Brandi Lake, the Phoenix Campus student representative, gave reports on what is happening at their campuses.

 

 

Closed Session

 

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

 

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(05-83)            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 and pending litigation.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-83 carried.

 

 

At 9:20 p.m. Mrs. Owens reconvened the meeting.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

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

 

(05-84)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed:

 

a.         Approval of the minutes of the Special meeting, Organization meeting, and Closed Session meeting of April 21, 2005, the Policy/Education Committee meeting, Regular Board meeting, and Closed Session meetings  (Sessions 1 and 2) of April 25, 2005, the Special Meeting of May 3, 2005, and the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of May 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 May 16, 2005, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll April 25, 2005           1,215,176.22

 

Gross Payroll May 10, 2005                        1,203,709.37

 

 

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Bills Payable

 

Education                                              385,339.75

 

Operation & Maintenance                   151,275.68

 

Tort                                                          11,620.21

 

Transportation                                       169,262.45

 

Life Safety                                                1,750.00

 

Total Bills Payable                             719,248.09

                                                              

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 May 16, 2005, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll April 25, 2005             6,137.29

 

Gross Payroll May 10, 2005                          6,137.29

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                           26,713.85

 

 

d.         Approval of membership in the National School Boards Association

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve payment of dues and membership in the National School Boards Association for 2005-2006.

 

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  1. Approval of teaching contracts

 

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

 

Full Time 2005-2006 School Year

 

Jeffrey Bonomo            Step 4, BA Lane

Sharralyn Brass            Step 2, BA Lane

Candace Buza  Step 1, BA Lane

Robert Davis                Step 1, BA Lane

Donald Hagemaster      Step 11, BA Lane

Marc Helgeson Step 1 BA Lane

Monica Jones               Step 2, BA Lane

Robert LaFrance          Step 1, BA Lane

Sarah Luby                   Step 1, BA+15 Lane

Jodi Jordan                   Step 1, BA Lane

Jennifer McLaughlin      Step 4, BA+15 Lane

Kathleen Pfeifer            Step 1, BA Lane

Oliver Speller   Step 8, BA+15 Lane

Robert Staudacher        Step 13, BA Lane

Michael White  Step 1, BA Lane

Joanne Wilson  Step 4, MA Lane

 

Part Time 2005-2006 School Year

 

Eileen Hatherley            .2950 of Step 3, MA Lane

O. Eliot Pope               .2950 of Step 2, BA Lane

 

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 Marcus Lyke, Todd Hall, and Anthony Cirrincione effective at the conclusion of the 2004-2005 school year.

 

  1. Approval of classified and exempt personnel report

 

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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 final calendar for the 2004-2005 school year

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the final calendar for the 2004-2005 school year showing an opening date of August 16, 2004, and a closing date of May 26, 2005.

 

  1. Approval of Assistant Principal for Student Activities and Athletics at Rich East

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the hiring of Patrick Keeley as the Assistant Principal for Student Activities and Athletics at Rich East beginning July 1, 2005.

 

  1. Approval of Parental Leave/Family and Medical Leave

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Parental Leave/Family and Medical Leave of Erin Philyaw for the first semester of 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 05-84 carried.

 

Architectural Overview of Construction Process

 

Mr. Jim Zappavigna from Wm. Brazley & Associates gave an overview of the upcoming construction process.  This week, members of the Brazley architectural firm are meeting with individuals from each of the high schools.  The first item which will be completed is an assessment of each of the buildings.  Secondly the demographic study will be reviewed.  Next, the architects will meet with the administration to review needs and wants.  The architects will make a presentation back to the board mid to late summer and will move forward based on Board’s direction.  The architects will also work on updating the District’s10-year life safety plan.  Community meetings will also be organized to discuss the process.

 

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Mr. Hunigan mentioned the Master Facilities Planning Committee and the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee giving input into the process.

 

Mr. Cohn asked about the time frame.  Mr. Zappavigna stated he will complete the gathering of information and life safety work over the summer.  Following that process, everyone will have a better understanding of the issues.  The work will be done in phases.  There was talk about the use of a construction manager.  Mr. Zappavigna noted that the architect should be involved in the selection process.

 

 

Mrs. Owens stated that the Board was removing #9 - Financial Considerations/Real Estate Tax Abatements from the agenda.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Mr. Skinner noted that the administration is continuing to complete staffing.  He complimented the principals on the excellent job they were doing in hiring staff.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Cohn reported that the Personnel Committee had discussed the job description for curriculum coordinators, the evaluation process for curriculum coordinators, and the curriculum coordinators’ involvement in the hiring of teachers. 

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of May 9, 2005. Three underwriting firms were interviewed. Mr. Brunson noted that two financial underwriters will be asked to work in partnership on the District’s underwriting needs.

 

Board Committee meetings were scheduled as follows:

 

May 23, 2005

 

Property                       6:30 p.m.                      District Office Board Room

Budget & Finance         7:00 p.m.                      District Office Board Room

Technology                   7:30 p.m.                      District Office Board Room

 

 

 

 

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June 13, 2005

 

Policy                           6:30 p.m.                      District Office Board Room

 

June 20, 2005 

 

Education                     6:30 p.m.                      District Office Board Room

 

July 18, 2005

 

Long-Range Planning 6:30 p.m.                        District Office Board Room

 

August 15, 2005

 

Policy                           6:30 p.m.                      District Office Board Room

 

 

Mrs. Owens stated she may have to schedule a special board meeting depending on securing of information.

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a second reading of Policy 8.190 - “Use of School Facilities.”  There being no objections, a second reading was held.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(05-85)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the following revised policy into its policy books: 8.190 - “Use of School Facilities.”

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-85 carried.

 

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on the District’s graduation, which will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2005, at the Tinley Park Conference Center as follows:

 

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Rich East                      12:00 Noon

 

Rich Central                 2:30 p.m.

 

Rich South                    5:00 p.m.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that the administration is looking at the calendar regarding mandatory parent meetings in order to get information out regarding these meetings. 

 

Mrs. Owens stated that there should be an ad hoc committee to look at how to conduct these meetings.  Mrs. Norwood will chair and Mr. Cohn and Mr. Brunson will be committee members.

 

Mrs. Norwood mentioned there are other schools having mandatory parent meetings.  Mr. Hunigan will check into this.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens stated that the Board needs to have a special Board retreat as a follow up to the last retreat.  She will be talking to the consultant.  Mrs. Owens will get possible dates to the Board as soon as possible.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next board meeting was scheduled for Monday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the May 18, 2005, Springfield trip in support of SB/HB 750, sponsored by the Better Funding for Better Schools Coalition. 

 

 

New Business

 

Mr. Jasinevicius would like to have a discussion about an ROTC program at one of our campuses.  He would also like an update on the Foundation.  Mr. Jasinevicius stated it would be nice to recognize a teacher of the month or have a teacher of the year.  Mrs. Owens asked Mr. Jasinevicius to refer these items to the proper committees.

 

 

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Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He stated that members of the PTSA had gone on a building tour to identify areas needing improvement.  The maintenance staff at Rich Central have tried to alleviate the building’s problems, but it is his opinion that the maintenance staff needs more help.

 

Ms. Jovanna Smith was recognized.  She spoke on the recent Rich Central protest and the newspaper write-up.  Mrs. Owens stated that the superintendent and his staff are in the process of responding to concerns.  Mrs. Owens asked Ms. Smith to make an appointment with the superintendent.

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He spoke on a personal matter. Mrs. Owens stated that this matter will not be discussed in public.

 

Mr. Cohn asked Dr. Kirkwood how many students going to Europe.  Dr. Kirkwood stated that all 30 students who wanted to go on the foreign trip are going to Europe through the efforts of school board members and private donations.

 

 

At 10:10 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(05-86)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider student discipline matters and 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 05-86 carried.

 

 

At 10:55 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(05-87)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

 

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-87 carried.

 

Mr. Brunson moved and Ms. Moten seconded the following:

 

(05-88)            It is moved that Student #1 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for one complete calendar year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 05-88 carried.

 

 

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

 

(05-89)            It is moved that Student #2 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for one complete calendar year.  Student #2 may attend the Ombudsman alternative school.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 05-89 carried.

 

 

Mr. Brunson moved and Ms. Moten seconded the following:

 

(05-90)            It is moved that Student #3 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for one complete calendar year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 05-90 carried.


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Mr. Brunson moved and Ms. Moten seconded the following:

 

(05-91)            It is moved that Student #4 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for one complete calendar year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-91 carried.

 

 

Mr. Brunson moved and Ms. Moten seconded the following:

 

(05-92)            It is moved that Student #5 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for one semester.  Student #5 may attend the Ombudsman alternative school.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 05-92 carried.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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