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October 17, 2005

RICH TOWNSHIP HGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

OCTOBER 17, 2005

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, October 17, 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.

 

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

Absent: Norwood

 

Also Present: Dr. Ali, Dr. Craig, Ms. Newman (Tribune), Mr. Butler, Dr. Imoukhuede, Dr. Grossi, Mr. Milligan, Ms. Whittington, Mr. Griffy, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Elmore, Ms. Martin, Ms. Kimes, Mr. and Mrs. Hearns, Caitlin Hearns, Mr. Brim, Mr. Lim, Mr. and Mrs. Walker, Mr. Pfau, Ms. Gladney, Ms. Christain, Ms. Renderman (Star Newspapers), Mr. Smith, Ms. Ewing, Jarrell Ewing, Justin Ewing, Ms. Saul, Mr. Aaron, Ms. Moore, Mr. Macon, Ms. Green, Ms. Madison, Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Fletcher, Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Curran, Ms. Hatchett, Mr. Pilgrom, Ms. Wynne, Ms. Richards, Ms. Walker, Ms. Durley, Dr. Bush, Ms. Smith, Ms. High, Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Hampton, Dr. McDonald, Dr. Wong, Mrs. Treichel, Mrs. Pizzimenti

 

 

Explanation of New Procedures Regarding Participation and Input by the Public at Meetings

 

Mrs. Owens gave an explanation of new procedures for participation and input by the public at Board meetings.  She noted that 20 minutes will be allotted for audience input following presentations.  Each person wishing to speak needs to fill out a card and hand it to the secretary.  Four minutes will be allotted for each individual to speak.  If individuals wish to speak after the 20 minutes is up, there will be an additional time at the end of the meeting.

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Rich Central students Brittney Wakefield and Carrie Walker were recognized by their principal, Mr. Macon. Board members presented the students with certificates.  Pictures of the students and their parents were taken with Board members.

 

Rich East students Justin and Jarrell Ewing were recognized by their principal, Dr. Craig.  Board members presented the students with certificates.  Pictures of the students and their parents were taken with Board members.

 

 

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Rich South students Caitlin Hearns and Kyle Jamison were recognized by their principal, Dr. Kirkwood.  Board members presented the students with certificates.  Pictures of the students and their parents were taken with Board members.

 

The Phoenix Campus student, Mallory Elmore, was recognized by her principal, Mrs. Martin.  Board members presented Mallory with a certificate, and a picture was taken of Mallory and her mother with Board members.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Christopher Gladney, Phoenix Campus representative, Marshall Aaron, Rich South alternate representative, and Sarah Kimes, Rich East representative, reported on what is taking place on their campuses.

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Dr. Diana Grossi, Executive Director of the Intermediate Service Center #4, gave a presentation on the upcoming instructional audit of the District.  She introduced Mr. William Butler, who will be the lead person in the District’s audit.  There will be three components of the audit: (1) Paper and pencil survey; (2) Interviewing people one on one; and (3) School Improvement Plan - Activities Which Are Being Implemented.  Dr. Grossi estimates that the audit will be completed by the end of January, 2006, for all four schools. 

 

The three Curriculum Coordinators for Social Studies, Dr. Sunni Ali, Dr. Bridget Imoukhuede, and Mr. Graylin McLeod, reported on what is happening in their department, including (1) Social Studies Program Goals; (2) Interventions to Insure Student Success; (3) Strategies to Improve PSAE Scores; (4) Improving School Climate; and (5) Wish List.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens (Public Forum)

 

Ms. Crystal Gladney was recognized.  She noted that her son has had so much success at the Phoenix Campus.  She wanted to know the future of Phoenix. 

 

Mr. Hunigan responded that there is a need in the District for an alternative education program.  He noted that the District is in the process of starting discussions.  A final decision has not been reached.  Parents will be involved in the decision.

 

 

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Ms. Robin Moore was recognized.  She talked about various band programs for the Rich Central band, including attendance at the Cotton Bowl.  She mentioned that the band may need help with the cost of the buses to the Cotton Bowl.  There are 150 people signed up to attend the Cotton Bowl.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He noted that he had attended the two committee meetings prior to the Board meeting.  He didn’t feel there was enough time allotted for these meetings.  Mr. Veazey also talked about having surveys for students following each semester class.

 

Mr. Frank Anderson was recognized.  He brought up a competition which is being sponsored by his company.  Information had been sent to the principals on it.  It is called “Black Data Processing Competition.”  He would like to see some of the District’s students apply.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

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

 

(06-16)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

a.         Approval of the minutes of the Hearing on District Budget and Career Preparation Network Budget, Board of Education Meeting, and Closed Session Meeting of September 19, 2005; the Special Meetings and Closed Session Meeting of September 21, 2005; the Property Committee Meeting of September 28, 2005; the Committee of the Whole Meeting of October 3, 2005; and the Property Committee Meeting of October 12, 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 October 17, 2005, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll September 23, 2005            1,275,367.54

 

Gross Payroll October 7, 2005        1,246,733.87


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Bills Payable

 

Education                                             600,850.19

 

Operation & Maintenance                   226,667.60

 

Tort                                                           4,201.79

 

Transportation                                       26,946.05

 

                                                Site & Construction                              108,728.95

 

Life Safety                                               39,670.40

                                                                                     

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 October 17, 2005, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll          

 

Gross Payroll September 23, 2005            4,519.75

 

Gross Payroll October 7, 2005        4,519.75

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                       102,144.11

                                              

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

 

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

 

Part Time (Semester 1)

 

Charles Bintz             .8 of Step 1, BA Lane (Science)

 

Part Time (Additional Class Semester 1)

 

Shara Griffin              .2 of Step 3, BA Lane (Soc.Stud.)

 

O. Eliot Pope             .2 of Step 2, BA Lane (Soc.Stud.)

 

6th Assignments

 

Debra Nicholson       .1 of Step 7, MA Lane (Math)

Luisa Regalado         .1 of Step 15, MA Lane (For.Lang)

 

provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois

and North Central Association are met.

 

f.          Approval of retirements

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the retirements of the following certificated staff members effective at the conclusion of the 2005-2006 school year: David Claudon, Barbara Daiker, Richard Danek, Adrian Frana, and Nick Misch.

 

  1. Approval of foreign exchange student

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the attendance of foreign exchange student Carina Tinoco at Rich East High School for the 2005-2006 school year without payment of tuition.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-16 carried.


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Financial Considerations

 

Mrs. Owens requested a motion to take from the table the September 19, 2005, wireless laptop computer bid.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-17)            It is moved that the motion regarding the wireless laptop computer bid be reinstated on the agenda for action by the Board of Education.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-17 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Owens requested a motion to award the wireless laptop computer bid.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-18)            It is moved that the Board of Education award the bid for 30 wireless laptop computers to Dell Computers for the low responsible price of $33,000, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-14.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-18 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of a Construction Manager.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(06-19)            It is moved that the Board of Education retain the firm of Gilbane as the District’s Construction Manager of record and authorize the administration to enter into fee negotiations.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-19 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of a resolution authorizing legal counsel intervention in PTAB cases.  Mr. Hampton noted that this resolution was necessary as the District had changed attorneys and needed to have a new resolution approved.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(06-20)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the attached resolution authorizing the law firm of Hauser, Izzo, DeTella & Petrarca, LLC, 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 06-15.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-20 carried.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald noted that the Personnel Office will be hiring two new math instructors and one instructional assistant to staff the new Math Resource pilot program at Rich East. 

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the September 21, 2005, Targeting Achievement through Governance meeting.  He noted that the main topics of the meeting were parent engagement and parent involvement.  There should be a report completed by the first of December.  This program is sponsored by a grant from the IASB through the NCLB program.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Property Committee meeting of September 28, 2005.  Three finalists were interviewed for the position of Construction Manager.

 

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Mrs. Brookins reported on the Committee of the Whole meeting of October 3, 2005.  She noted that the Board had met with the IASB to go over school board policies.  The first draft should be completed by January.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Property Committee meeting of October 12, 2005.  He noted that the recommendation from the administration for the Construction Manager was Gilbane.

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Committee of the Whole meeting of October 13, 2005, with the Foster Group.  The Foster Group had given an analysis of the District’s technology and several recommendations for the District. 

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  There was discussion on expansion of the African American Studies class.  Mr. Koutavas had given a presentation on Edline.  Dr. Wong had discussed standardizing the District’s grading policy.  He and Dr. Craig had presented a new Math Resource program, which will be funded from Title I at Rich East High School.

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Personnel Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting. Dr. McDonald and her staff gave a presentation on the on-line application process.  Dr. Wong had talked about the evaluation process for curriculum coordinators.  There was discussion on engaging the counselors and integrating them into the educational process.  This was referred to the Education Committee.  The Superintendent’s quarterly report was postponed to a later date.

 

Mrs. Brookins invited the counselors to attend the next Education Committee meeting.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that the Policy Committee meeting scheduled for October 24, 2005, has been canceled.  It will be rescheduled in early November.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Illinois Association of School Boards fall dinner meeting held October 6, 2005.  Members had been acknowledged for classes and leadership.  Congressman Jessie Jackson had been scheduled to speak but had to cancel at the last minute.

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Ottosen School Law Conference which he had attended, along with Mr. Hunigan and Ms. Moten.  New laws had been passed which are being incorporated into the District’s policy manual. 

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that the Board no longer needs to canvass votes after elections.

 

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Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that data shows that the school climate at our schools has improved since the beginning of school.  The August and September data shows that suspensions are down 20%.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that two job descriptions had been put into the Board members’ packets.  If Board members had any questions on job descriptions, they should give Dr. McDonald or him a call.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next Board meeting will take place on Monday, November 21, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Snowball II Closing Session scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. at Camp Manitoqua.

 

Mrs. Owens asked Board members if they wished to discuss any resolutions included in the IASB Report to the Membership. 

 

Mr. Brunson brought up the fact that a Constitutional Convention is scheduled for 2008.  Illinois will have an opportunity to send two delegates to the Constitutional Convention. 

 

Mr. Brunson noted that he felt it was important for South Cook to have a representative on the Airport Commission. 

 

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

 

(06-21)            It is moved that Tony Brunson be elected as the District’s delegate to the Joint Conference in Chicago in November.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-21 carried.

 

 


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Mrs. Owens pointed out to Board members that there are a number of pre-conference sessions at the Joint Conference in Chicago that they should consider taking.

 

Mrs. Owens talked about the 2006 Summit - Best Practices in Professional Learning Community.  She asked to have this information put into the Board packets.

 

 

New Business

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled an Education Committee meeting for November 21, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at Rich Central.

 

Mr. Cohn scheduled a Personnel Committee meeting for November 10, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at Rich Central. 

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mrs. Moore reminded the Board of the marching band competition on Saturday.

 

 

Closed Session

 

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

 

(06-22)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider student discipline matters.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-22 carried.

 

 

At 10:55 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-23)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-23 carried.

 

 

At 10:56  p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-24)            It is moved that Student #1 discussed in closed session be expelled from the Rich Township High Schools for the remainder of the 2005-2006 school year.  Student #1 may attend the R.I.S.E. alternative school during this period of time.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-24 carried.

 

 

At 10:57 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-25)            It is moved that Student #2 discussed in closed session be expelled from the Rich Township High Schools for the remainder of the 2005-2006 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-25 carried.

 

 

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

 

(06-26)            It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-26 carried.

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary