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September 19, 2005

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

SEPTEMBER 19, 2005

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, September 19, 2005, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

 

Present: Brooking, Brunson, Cohn (7:50 p.m.), Jasinevicius, Moten, Norwood, Owens

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Hampton, Dr. McDonald, Dr. Wong, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. Ward, Mr. Niehaus, Mr. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Brazzale, Ms. High, Mr. and Mrs. Patterson, Mr. Lim, Mr. Ehi, Ms. Lux, Ms. Toth, Mr. Sims, Nathan Sims, Joel Tokarczyk, Yasminda Young, Russell Lowe, Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Navickas, Ms. Madison, Ms. Stovall-Henderson, Ms. Wozny, Mr. Zamora, Ms. Pizzimenti, Mr. Smith, Ms. Long, Mr. Brazzale, Ms. Schlitt, Caitilin Schlitt,  and student representatives Naja Hawk (alternate Central), and Christopher Gladney (Phoenix).

 

 

Reports from Student Representatives

 

Naja Hawk (alternate student representative, Rich Central) and Christopher Gladney (Phoenix Campus student representative) gave reports on what is happening at their campuses.

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Macon, principal at Rich Central, called Caitilin Schlitt and her mother, and Joel Tokarczyk and his mother and father, forward.  Caitilin and Joel were recognized for their accomplishments at Rich Central.  Mrs. Owens and Mrs. Norwood congratulated Caitilin and Joel, and Mrs. Pizzimenti took their picture.

 

Dr. Craig, principal at Rich East, called Mitchell Salinas and Nathan Sims and his father, forward.  Mitchell and Nathan were recognized for their accomplishments at Rich East.  Mrs. Owens and Mrs. Norwood congratulated Mitchell and Nathan, and Mrs. Pizzimenti took their picture.

 

Dr. Kirkwood, principal at Rich South, recognized Robert Farrell, Sean Rogerson, Richard Bogue and Zavian Porter for their achievement on the PSAE.    The students were not present.

 

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Mrs. Martin, principal at the Phoenix Campus, called Yasminda Young and Russell Lowe forward.  Yasminda and Russell were recognized for having been chosen to attend a conference in Washington, D.C. sponsored by Dating Violence.  Ms. Kimberly Lux, from Dating Violence, spoke about the Dating Violence Program.

 

Presentation from Village of Tinley Park

 

Mr. Scott Niehaus, Village Manager, Tinley Park, and Mr. Ivan Baker, Director of Economic Development, Tinley Park, shared what is happening in the Village of Tinley Park in regards to economic development in the area of Tinley Park within the District 227 boundaries.  They noted that there are 25 students from Tinley Park attending school in District 227, and 450 acres of undeveloped property in Tinley Park within the District 227 boundaries. 

 

Presentation on Prairie State Achievement Exam Test Scores

 

Dr. Wong presented a summary of the PSAE test scores in 2005.  He noted the District did not make Adequate Yearly Progress.  The target is that 47.5% of students meet or exceed expectations on the exam. 

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that, having been on the watch list for two years, we are now on corrective action.  The state will be coming in and doing an actual audit of the District, especially in the areas of math and reading.  We are in the process of scheduling that audit.

 

Presentation from Language Arts Department

 

Mr. Navickas, Rich South Language Arts Coordinator, Ms. Traci Toth, Rich East Language Arts Coordinator, and Ms. Pat Wozny, Rich Central Language Arts Coordinator, gave a Power Point presentation on what is taking place in the Language Arts Department at the three high schools.  The presentation included: Curriculum Design and Implementation, Strategies to Improve Reading Skills, Language Arts Initiatives to Increase Reading Success, Climate, and Strategies for Reducing Student Failures.

 

Summer School Presentation

 

Mr. Ismael Zamora and Ms. Hope Henderson gave a short presentation on Summer School 2005.  Mr. Zamora recommended that the registration process be started in January after the first semester grades have gone out.  He noted they are trying to identify students who need to take summer school classes by their grades on their report card.  Mr. Zamora stated that they want to offer more enrichment classes to students during summer school.

 

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Mr. Cohn asked about the monetary deficit in summer school.  Mr. Hampton stated that the registration fees do not cover the cost of summer school.  He noted that the District is looking into building a true budget in relation to the needs of summer school.

 

Mr. Hunigan stated that the District needs to see if the summer school data, including the R.A.M.P. program, supports the expenditure. 

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

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

 

(06-09)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

  1.                         Approval of minutes

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the minutes of the Policy Committee meeting, regular Board meeting, and Closed Session meetings of August 15, 2005; the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of August 22, 2005; the Technology Committee meeting of August 29, 2005; the Special Meeting and Closed Session of September 6, 2005; and the Committee of the Whole meeting of September 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 September 19, 2005, as follows:

 

            Payroll

                                                           

Gross Payroll August 25, 2005 1,062,319.88

 

                                                            Gross Payroll September 9, 2005         1,236,728.83

 

                                                            Bills Payable

 

Education                                             1,004,985.66

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                                                            Operation & Maintenance                        256,920.48

 

Tort                                                      10,643.99

 

Transportation                            99,643.38

 

Site & Construction                                 84,172.27

 

Life Safety                                               34,249.60

                                                                                      

            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 September 19, 2005, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll                                                   

 

Gross Payroll August 25, 2005     4,519.75

 

Gross Payroll September 9, 2005             4,519.75

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                  1,594.21

                                              

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 new teaching contracts

 

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

 

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6th Assignments

 

Deborah Hardwick       .1 of Step 15, MA Lane (Business)

                                                            William Hayes  .1 of Step 15, MA Lane (ESL)

                                                            Stacy Dunn                   .1 of Step 3, BA Lane (Math)

                                                            Sheila Phelan                .1 of Step 15, MA Lane (Career &

                                                                                                                                          Tech)

                                                            Corina Irvin                  .1 of Step 15, MA Lane (Business)

 

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

 

  1. Approval of curriculum coordinator

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the hiring of L. Roselia Colaire, as the Curriculum Coordinator for math at Rich South High School, beginning with the 2005-2006 school year.

 

  1. Approval of leave

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Family and Medical Leave of certificated staff member Nancy Roach for the 1st semester of the 2005-2006 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Cohn, Moten, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

Abstain: Brunson, Jasinevicius

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-09 carried.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of the Career Preparation Network budget.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-10)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the 2005-06 Career Preparation Network budget, as revised from that originally presented on August 15, 2005, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-09.

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-10 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of the District Budget.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(06-11)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the 2005-06 Rich Township High School District 227 budget, as revised from that originally presented on August 15, 2005, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-10.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-11 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a wireless laptop computer bid.  Mr. Cohn requested to lay the motion on the motion on the table until more information on the bid can be obtained.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-12)            It is moved that the motion to approve the wireless laptop computer bid be laid on the table.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-12 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested confirmation of an Intergovernmental Agreement with Bloom Township Treasurer’s Office.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

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(06-13)            It is moved that the Board of Education confirm the Intergovernmental Agreement between Rich Township High School District 227 and Rob Grossi and the Bloom Township Treasurer’s Office, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-13.

 

Mr. Brunson stated that this matter had come before the Budget and Finance Committee.  A number of other districts are with the Bloom Township Treasurer’s Office.  This Agreement gives us the opportunity to terminate the agreement if Mr. Grossi is no longer with the Bloom Township Treasurer’s Office. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-13 carried.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald reported on the new staff reception held prior to the Board meeting.  She noted that 120 new family members had been welcome to the District 227 family. 

 

Dr. McDonald stated that the new on-line software for applications has been customized for the District.  She noted she will be showing the Board members the customized software at a future date.

 

Dr. McDonald noted that on Wednesday, September 21, the administrators would be attending an administrative inservice on teacher evaluation.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of August 22, 2005.  He noted that discussion had included the hiring of the Bloom Township Treasurer’s Office and the new state laws regarding the Teacher’s Retirement System.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Technology Committee meeting of August 29, 2005.  He noted that the short-term goals of the Technology Department, an asset management plan, and instructional technology standards had been discussed.

 

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Mrs. Brookins reported on the Committee of the Whole meeting of September 12, 2005.  She noted that the architects had presented their preliminary plans for the construction work on the buildings.

 

 

Report of the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning

 

Dr. Wong reported on the September 7 Institute Day, where school climate had been discussed.  Mrs. Brookins noted that if students are not excited about being in school, they will not be engaged.  Dr. Wong noted that the information gathered will be used for improvement of school climate.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan reminded the Board that there will be a closed session for student discipline on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that on October 13 at 5:30 p.m. the Foster Group will be giving an overview of the direction the District is headed in regards to technology.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next regular Board meeting will take place on Monday, October 17, 2005, in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Special Meeting with the Illinois Association of School Boards on Targeting Achievement Through Governance, Wednesday, September 21, 2005, in the Rich Central Media Center beginning at 6:00 p.m.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Ottosen Law Conference on Saturday, September 24, 2005, at 8:30 a.m. in Lisle.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the meeting with the Illinois Association of School Boards on Monday, October 3, 2005, at 5:30 p.m. on Updating Board Policies, in the Board Room at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the IASB Fall Dinner Meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2005, at the Double Tree Hotel in Alsip.  She noted there was a sign-up sheet going around.

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New Business

 

Mr. Jasinevicius scheduled a Property Committee meeting for September 28, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled an Education Committee meeting for October 17, 2005, at 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center at Rich Central.

 

Mr. Cohn scheduled a Personnel Committee meeting for October17, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Norwood scheduled a Policy Committee meeting for 5:30 p.m. on October 24, 2005, in the Board Room at Rich Central.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Ms. Czmyr was recognized regarding a foreign exchange student.  Mrs. Owens asked her to speak directly to the Superintendent.

 

Ms. Long was recognized.  She noted it would have been good to allow citizens to speak on the PSAE scores when they were discussed.  She also said the District is not listening to the students when it comes to school climate. 

 

Mr. Pfau was recognized.  He asked who makes the decision about co-oping an activity or sport.  Mr. Hunigan stated that the Athletic Directors have the primary responsibility.  Mrs. Owens asked him to speak to Mr. Hunigan.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He stated he felt the same thing is said every year with regards to the PSAE scores.  He said we have to listen to the students.  If we make students feel better about what is going on in school, they will do better.  The curriculum has to be aligned across the district.

 

Ms. High was recognized.  She stated she felt the students don’t have goals.  The career area is under utilized.

 

Requests for Information from Board Members

 

Mr. Cohn requested the total school counts before Labor Day and after Labor Day.  He also asked for information on security at sporting events and outside students attending sporting events.

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Mrs. Moten asked to have procedures looked at for checks and balances in funds collected at schools.

 

 

At 10:40 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following: 

 

(06-14)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss pending litigation.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-14 carried.

 

 

At 11:00 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(06-15)            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 06-15 carried.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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