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November 21, 2005

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

NOVEMBER 21, 2005

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, November 21, 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.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

 

Present: Brookins, Brunson, Cohn, Jasinevicius (8:30 p.m.), Moten, Norwood, Owens

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Dr. Wong, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Hampton, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Zamora, Ms. Colaire, Ms. Nelson, Mr. Koutavas, Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. Brim, Dr. Leak, Mr. Macon, Ms. Martin, Dr. Craig, Ms. Toth, Ms. Carson, Mr. Mosby, Mr. and Mrs. Brazzale, Ms. Davis, Mr. Baeza, Mr. Collins, Mr. Derrick, Mr. Young, Ms. Mosby, Mr. Shields, Ms. Pugh, Mr. Kaufmann, Ms. Shields, Mr. Clemons, Ms. Chopra, Ms. Brother, Ms. Shields, Ms. Stadt, Ms. Ebben, Ms. Larson, Ms. Fountain, Dr. Imoukhuede, Mr. and Mrs. Myers, Ms. Shepard, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Gladney, Mr. Pfau, Mr. Navickas, Ms. Miller, Ms. Madison, Ms. Williams, Ms. Hughes, Ms. Wozny, Mr. Hyatt, Mr. Anderson, Ms. Schauer, Mr. Baranowski, Mr. Brim, Mr. Joyce, Ms. Stapleton, Ms. Smith, Mr. Curran, Ms. Demchuk, Mr. Zych Ms. Zych, Ms. Hatchett, Ms. Stovall-Henderson, Ms. McCoy, Ms. Hearns, Mr. Smith, Ms. Pizzimenti, and student representatives Christopher Gladney (Phoenix), and Jonathan Matzkin-Bridger (Central)

 

 

Mrs. Owens explained the new procedures regarding participation and input by the public at Board meetings.  She informed the public that there was a brochure at the sign-in table explaining the process.

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Macon called Laura Myers and her family and Nupur Chopra and her family forward for recognition.  He noted the reasons Laura and Nupur were being recognized.  Certificates were given to the students by the Board.  Ms. Pizzimenti took their pictures.

 

Dr. Craig called Marjorie Larson and her family and Rayshonn Clemons and his family forward for recognition.  He noted the reasons Marjorie and Rayshonn were being recognized. Certificates were given to the students by the Board.  Ms. Pizzimenti took their pictures.

 

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Dr. Kirkwood called Sherie Shields and her family and Aaron Zych and his family forward for recognition.  He noted the reasons Sherie and Aaron were being recognized.  Certificates were given to the students by the Board.  Ms. Pizzimenti took their pictures.

 

Ms. Martin called Bonnie Davis and her family forward for recognition.  She noted the reasons Bonnie was being recognized.  A certificate was given to Bonnie by the Board.  Ms. Pizzimenti took her picture.

 

Ms. Martin called Helayna Carson and Traci Fountain and their families forward.  She noted that Traci was a victim of the Katrina hurricane and had come to live with her aunt in Country Club Hills.  Helayna had become her friend and mentor at the Phoenix Campus.  A certificate was given to both girls by the Board.  Ms. Pizzimenti took their pictures.

 

Mrs. Owens congratulated all the students on their accomplishments.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Jonathan Matzkin-Bridger, student representative from Rich Central, and Christopher Gladney, student representative from the Phoenix Campus, reported on what is happening at their schools.

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Mr. Patrick Smith, President of the Richton Park Community Organization, and Ms. Andrea Shepherd, HIV Prevention Coordinator and Educator, gave a presentation entitled, “A Look at the STD and HIV Rate in our Youth.” 

 

Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Zamora, and Ms. Colaire, math curriculum coordinators, gave a presentation on what is taking place in math at all three high schools.  Mr. Kaufmann gave a historical perspective, and Mr. Zamora and Ms. Colaire talked about Technology Integration, Instructional Support, Initiatives with Teachers, and Testing Information. 

 

Mr. Cohn asked about alignment with the foundation schools.  Dr. Wong said all are teaching to the state standards.  Therefore, the transition should be smooth.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens (Public Forum)

 

Mr. Mosby was recognized.  He said he was the parent of a Phoenix Campus student.  He praised how the Phoenix Campus is helping students.

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A Rich East student asked why Rich East does not have band uniforms.  Mrs. Owens said she will ask the administration to look into the East band uniform situation.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens asked for approval of the consent agenda.  Mr. Jasinevicius questioned the site and construction fees.  He asked for a schedule of expenses for architect fees and construction manager fees.  Mrs. Owens asked Mr. Jasinevicius to speak to Mr. Hampton.  Mr. Hampton responded that the costs are for programming and life safety work.  The architects and construction manager will have a schedule of fees for the Board members.

 

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

 

(06-27)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

a.         Approval of the minutes of the Special meeting and closed session of October 12, 2005; the regular meeting and closed session of October 17, 2005; the Personnel Committee and Education Committee of October 17, 2005; the Special meetings (2) and closed sessions (2) of November 3, 2005; the Property Committee of November 3, 2005; the Special meeting of November 7, 2005; the Personnel Committee of November 10, 2005; and the Policy Committee and Special meeting of November 14, 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 November 21, 2005, as follows:

 

Payroll

                                                           

Gross Payroll October 25, 2005           1,334,487.94

 

                                                            Gross Payroll November 10, 2005       1,370,615.79

 

                                                            Bills Payable

 

Education                                               879,046.49

 

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                                                            Operation & Maintenance                       252,111.45

 

                                                            Transportation                            342,765.18       

 

                                                Site & Construction                                  49,270.64      

                                                                                                              

            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 November 21, 2005, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll           

 

Gross Payroll October 25, 2005                4,519.75

 

Gross Payroll November 10, 2005            4,519.75

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                 11,744.69

                                              

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 teaching contracts

 

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

 

Part time (Sem. 1), Full time (Sem. 2)

 

                                                            Brian Sievers    (Math/Rich South)

.674 of Step 7, MA Lane

 

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                                                            Part time (Revised) Semester 1

 

Kylie Gregor-Whitmire (English/Rich Central)

.4917 of Step 4, BA Lane

 

Part time (Semester 2)

 

                                                            Kylie Gregor-Whitmire (English/Rich Central)

.4066 of Step 4, BA Lane

 

Shara Griffin (Social Studies/Rich Central & South)

.4066 of Step 3, BA Lane

 

                                                            Gerald Jones (Science/Rich Central)

.3050 of Step 13, BA Lane

 

                                                            David Parker (Applied Tech/Rich East)

.3050 of Step 15, MA+15 Lane

 

6th Assignment (Revised)

 

                                                            Barbara Edwards (PE/Rich Central)

.1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                                                   

                                                            provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois

                                                            and North Central Association are met.

 

  1. Approval of resignation

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the resignation of certificated staff member Erin Philyaw effective at the beginning of the 2nd 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 06-27 carried.

 

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Financial Considerations

 

Ms. Cynthia Sah, auditor from McGladrey & Pullen, gave an oral report on the District’s financial situation.  She noted the District has a financial profile of “review.”  She stated that the District should look at possible additional cost savings measures. 

 

Mr. Hampton requested acceptance of the auditor’s report. Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-28)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the Independent Auditor’s Report on the general purpose financial statements of Rich Township High School District. No. 227 for the fiscal year 2004-2005, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-17.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-28 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-29)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement Regarding the Dissolution of the Offices of the Rich Township Trustees and Rich Township Treasurer,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-19.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-29 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to establish a tuition amount for incoming non-resident students.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

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(06-30)            It is moved that the Board of Education establish the tuition charge for non-resident students attending the Rich Township High Schools for 2005-2006 at $11,692.75, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-16.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-30 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton gave a power point presentation on the tentative tax levy. He noted the District was limited to a 5% increase in its administrative costs under the tax cap.  He then asked for approval of the tentative tax levy.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-31)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Regarding the Estimated Amounts Necessary to be Levied for the Year 2005, authorize the publication of the truth-in-taxation notice, and set a hearing date for December 19, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. at Rich Central High School, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-18.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-31 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to renew the Medicaid Agreements with TAMES.  He noted this was a 3-year contract.  TAMES has been processing the District’s Medicaid claims for billing services since 1994 and administrative outreach claims since 2001.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-32)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the renewal of the contracts with TAMES for Medicaid reimbursement as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-32 carried.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald noted all students will be selecting their courses for 2006-2007, and the District will be deciding its staffing needs in January.  She noted the District has been working on hiring math teachers for the new program at Rich East.  One teacher has been selected and interviews are being conducted for the second teacher.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Property Committee meeting of November 3, 2005.  The architects had presented a 10-year life safety plan for discussion.

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Personnel Committee meeting of November 10.  Dr. McDonald had presented information on recruiting and job fairs.  In addition, standards for counselors had been discussed. 

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Policy Committee meeting of November 14.  A new grading policy had been discussed and a Complaint Form had been presented for consideration.  In addition, content in final exams and the weight of a final exam grade had been discussed.

 

Mrs. Owens reported on the Special Meeting of November 14.  She noted architects and the construction manager had made a presentation on estimated costs for construction at each building.  These costs included life safety items.

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  She noted there had been a continuing discussion on Edline.  In addition, the new math program at Rich East, funded by Title I, had been discussed.  The principals at Rich East and Rich South had given presentations on Climate Improvement Plans at their campuses.  Next moth, the principals of Phoenix and Rich Central will make presentations on Climate Improvement at their schools.  The grading policy has been transferred to the Education Committee.

 

 

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Special Reports

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Technology Conference of October 27 - 29, 2005.  He noted that every school district which has a successful implementation of technology has a buy-in from everyone, including the communities.

 

All Board members reported on their attendance at the Joint Conference in Chicago November

18 - 20, 2005.  Mrs. Owens suggested that the Board members schedule follow up on the sessions they had attended.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan reminded the Board of the community meetings regarding construction scheduled for November 29 (Rich Central), November 30 (Rich East), and December 1 (Rich South) at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next regularly scheduled Board meeting will take place on Monday, December 19, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Targeting Achievement for Governance meeting with the Illinois Association of School Boards scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

 

New Business

 

Mr. Brunson scheduled a Budget and Finance Committee meeting for Wednesday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central.  Mr. Jasinevicius asked to include Tax Increment Financing on the Budget and Finance Committee agenda. Mr. Brunson agreed.

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled an Education Committee meeting for Monday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m. prior to the Board meeting at Rich Central.

 

Mr. Cohn scheduled a Technology Committee meeting for Tuesday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

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Mrs. Norwood scheduled a Policy Committee meeting for Monday, January 9, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Campus.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Student representative Jonathan Matzkin-Bridger suggested audience members be allowed to speak more than once at a Board meeting.

 

Mr. Anderson was recognized.  He talked about the possibility of building another school in the District.

 

Mr. Pfau was recognized.  He stated he had attended the community meeting at Central.  He would like to hear about all three buildings at each community meeting.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He stated the District should take a look at its enrollment projections.  The district needs to take care of its life safety issues and technology.  It needs to get class sizes down and work on academic achievement.

 

At 10:55 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved that the Board of Education extend its 11:00 p.m. curfew to 11:30 p.m.  Motion failed for want of a second.

 

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

 

(06-33)            It is moved that the Board of Education extend its 11:00 p.m. curfew to 11:15 p.m.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Present: Jasinevicius

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-33 carried.

 

 

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

 

(06-34)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider a student discipline matter.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-34 carried.

 

 

At 11:14 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-35)            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 06-35 carried.

 

 

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

 

(06-36)            It is moved that Student #1 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for one complete calendar year.  During Student #1's expulsion, the District will provide schooling at the Country Club Hills Tech and Trade School.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-35 carried.

 

 

At 11:15 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

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(06-36)            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 06-36 carried.

 

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary