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April 24, 2006

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

APRIL 24, 2006

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, April 24, 2006, in the Media Center at Rich East High School, Park Forest, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. and asked everyone to stand for the pledge of allegiance. Following the pledge, Mrs. Owens requested a roll call.

 

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

Absent: None

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Hampton, Dr. McDonald, Dr. Wong, Mrs. Treichel, Ms. LaDonna Swanson, Ms. Constance Means, Mr. Rob Kimes, Mr. Bob Kaufmann, Mr. Mike Curran, Ms. Traci Toth, Ms. Margurite Martin, Ms. Judy Lohr, Ms. Brenda High, Ms. Rachel Gladney, Mr. Don Pfau, Ms. Cynthia Reed, Ms. Mandy Kimes, Mr. Keith Abbey, Mr. Matthew Lagermann, Ms. Justine Gustafson, Ms. Linda Benjamin, Ms. Samantha Hofsome, Ms. Clara Wagner, Ms. Phoebe Wagner, Mr. Tyler Muritto, Ms. Annette Demchuk, Ms. Carley Demchuk, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brazzae, Mr. Jeremy Lewis, Ms. Linda Curl, Ms. Linda Zett, Mr. Dillon Zett, Mr. Erich Zett, Ms. Deidre Richie, Ms. Maddyn Muhammad, Ms. Maggie Hatchett, Ms. Deanna Hatchett, Ms. Cindy Johnson, Mr. Kevin Kredens, Mr. Wm. Gant, Ms. Mary Patterson, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Bournes, Ms. Sarah Kimes, Ms. Susan Kimes, Ms. Barbara Rada, Ms. Katie Aul, Ms. Margo Anderson, Ms. Jacqueline Golden, Mr. Michael Cahill, Mr. Kevin Hathaway, Mr. Chris Santiago, Mr. Josh Cahill, Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, Ms. Leah Humphrey, Ms. Deanna Hatchett, Ms. Roianne Benjamin, Dr. Jeff Craig, Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, Mr. John Macon

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. John Macon, principal at Rich Central, came forward to recognize two Rich Central students.  Ms. Binti Elmore was called forward with her parents.  Binti was recognized by Rich Central for her leadership skills and her music abilities.  Ms. Samara Chapman was called forward with her parents.  Samara was recognized for her leadership skills and her work in child development.

 

Dr. Jeff Craig, principal at Rich East, came forward to recognize three Rich East students.  Mr. Ronald McDowell was not present, but he was recognized for his singing ability.  Ms. T’era Currin was called forward with her parents.  T’era was recognized for her singing at a talent show.   Ms. Lauren Newson was called forward with her parents.  Lauren was recognized for her poetry.

 

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Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, Principal at Rich South, came forward to recognize two Rich South students.  Mr. Justin Bournes and his parents were called forward.  Justin was recognized for his academic achievement and for being a good citizen at Rich South.  Ms. Courtney Jenkins was not present, but she was recognized for being on the honor roll and for her good attendance. 

 

Mrs. Owens announced that the Phoenix Campus student, Ramona Mosby, will be recognized at the next meeting.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Rich Central’s student representative, Mr. Jonathan Matzkin-Bridger, Rich East’s student representative, Quinn Doriety,  Rich South’s alternate student representatives, Brittny Randolph and Akilah Davis, and the Phoenix Campus student representative, Christopher Gladney, all reported on what is taking place at their campuses.

 

 

Mrs. Owens informed the Board and audience that she was holding off on the Recognition of Citizens until after the presentation on the Lincoln-Way/Rich South student exchange.

 

Lincoln-Way/Rich South Student Exchange

 

Dr. Kirkwood announced that Rich South and Lincoln-Way Central had decided to do a student exchange.  Ten students from Rich South went to Lincoln-Way, and ten Lincoln-Way students came to Rich South to spend the day.  The students talked about what they liked about the other school and how much alike the schools and students were.  Dr. Kirkwood recognized Dr. Monica Schmitt, principal at Lincoln-Way Central, and Ms. Margo Anderson, counselor at Rich South, and thanked them for their contributions.  Dr. Schmitt thanked Dr. Kirkwood for allowing the students to have this wonderful experience.  Dr. Schmitt noted that the students had discovered that prejudice rarely survives experience.  Dr. Kirkwood and the students gave Board members a t-shirt which had been designed by both groups of students.  Mrs. Owens stated that she was happy that the students were able to have such a rewarding experience.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mrs. Owens announced that the Board may not discuss any personnel issues in public or entertain comments regarding personnel.  The individuals present who wished to discuss personnel issues should make an appointment with their building principal.

 

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Mr. Kimes was recognized.  He asked about the District’s drop-out rates.

 

Mrs. Kimes was recognized.  She spoke about the fact that the young people came to the Board meeting to be heard on an issue and they weren’t allowed to talk on the issue.

 

Mrs. Owens responded that the School Code and Board Policy did not allow personnel issues to be discussed in an open meeting. 

 

Miss Mandy Kimes was recognized.  She spoke on maintaining high quality teachers at Rich East. 

 

 

Presentation by Mr. Thomas Hysell, Executive Director, Career Preparation Network

 

Mr. Thomas Hysell gave a short presentation on the Career Preparation Network.  He noted that CPN is a consortium composed of District 227, District 206, District 201U, District 233, and Prairie State College.  Rich Township District 227 is the Career Preparation Network’s Administrative District and Fiscal Agent.  Mr. Hysell explained the services which are provided by CPN to the consortium, including Career and Technical Education Grants Administration.  The CPN provides the link between its member districts and the Illinois State Board of Education.  It also creates partnerships between business and education.  Board members asked Mr. Hysell questions about CPN.

 

 

Presentation by Art and Music Department

 

Ms. Malak, Ms. Gladney, and Mr. Sterling, curriculum coordinators for the Art and Music Departments at their campuses, gave an overview of the Art Program Goals, the Art courses taught, the Music Program goals, the Music courses taught, and Fine Arts Initiatives.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

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

 

(06-76)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

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a.         Approval of the minutes of the Property Committee meeting of March 15, 2006; the special meeting and closed session of March 15, 2006; regular and closed session Board meetings of March 20, 2006; the Education Committee meeting of March 20, 2006; and the special meeting and closed session of April 3, 2006, as distributed.

 

b.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated April 24, 2006, as follows:

 

Payroll

                                                           

Gross Payroll March 24, 2006  1,299,282.70

 

                                                            Gross Payroll    April 10, 2006  1,304,826.29

 

                                                            Bills Payable

 

Education                                                426,502.94

 

                                                Operation & Maintenance                        266,220.74

 

                                                            Transportation                              75,302.75

 

Site & Construction                                  1,321.25

 

            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 April 24, 2006, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll  

 

Gross Payroll March 24, 2006  4,519.75

 

Gross Payroll April 10, 2006    4,519.75

 

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Bills Payable                                                 

 

Education                                        78,824.45        

                                              

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 contract

 

It is moved that the President, Secretary and Superintendent be authorized to sign contracts as follows:

 

Full Time 2006-2007  Step and Lane

 

                                                            Mark Adamczyk                      Step 2, BA Lane/Science

                                                            Kelly Burton                             Step 2, BA Lane/P.E.

Laura Delgado              Step 2, BA Lane/For. Lang.

                                                            Gerald Jones                            Step 14, BA Lane/Science

                                                            Michael Kennedy                     Step 2, MA Lane/Lang. Arts

Shara Griffin                             Step 4, BA Lane/Soc. Stud.

                                                            David Parker                            Step 16, MA+15 Lane/Applied Tech.

                                                            Jennifer Troutman                     Step 2, BA Lane/Lang. Arts

                                                            Thomas Vespa             Step 2, BA Lane/Math

                                                            Nancy Yatsko              Step 14, MA Lane/Family and Consumer Science

                                                                       

                                                            provided all the requirement of the State of Illinois and the

North Central Association are met.

 

  1. Acceptance of resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Joseph Simone effective at the conclusion of the 2005-2006 school year.

 

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  1. Acceptance of administrative resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of administrative staff member Thomas Brim effective June 30, 2006.

 

  1. Request for approval of job shares

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the job share requests of Amy Bloodgood and Sarah Harger and Kameelah Jones and Jason Streeter for the 2006-2007 school year.

 

  1. Approval of Special Pay Rates for 2006-2007

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Special Pay Rates for 2006-2007 for pay rates outside the negotiated contract as distributed.

 

  1. Approval of renewal of membership in the Illinois High School Association

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the membership renewal of Rich Central, Rich East, and Rich

South in the Illinois High School Association for 2006-2007.

 

  1. Renewal of membership in the National School Boards Association

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve renewal in the National School Boards Association for 2006-2007.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-76 carried.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a food service equipment bid.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

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(06-77)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the lowest responsible bid, meeting specifications, for Traulsen Pass-Thru Refrigerators (2) and Heated Cabinets (2) for Rich Central High School in the amount of $27,604.00, from Boelter Contracting, LLC, 11100 W. Silver Spring Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-38.

 

Mr. Hampton noted this equipment was for the Rich Central cafeteria to replace outdated refrigerators and heated cabinets.  Two bids had been received.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked if Mr. Hampton had requested specifics in the bid request.  Mr. Hampton noted that he had requested something similar to the current model.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-77 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested adoption of a “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for GAFNI, LLC (formerly DHK)”.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-78)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for GAFNI, LLC (formerly DHK) of Country Club Hills,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-39.

 

Mr. Brunson noted that these types of items need to be addressed by the Assessor’s Office.  He asked Mr. Hampton to send a letter to the Assessor’s office.  Mr. Hampton responded that Mr. Izzo, the District’s attorney, has addressed letters numerous times to the Cook County Clerk’s Office on errors and omissions committed regarding tax abatements. 

 

Mr. Cohn noted that the media should look at what these errors and omissions are costing the schools in South Cook County. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-78 carried.

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Mr. Hampton requested reimbursement to DHK Enterprises, LLC, in the amount of $54,288.94, for tax abatements in 2001 and 2003.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-79)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Reimbursement to DHK Enterprises, LLC, in the amount of $54,288.94, for Tax Abatements in 2001 and 2003, which the County Clerk failed to implement” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-40.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-79 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested reimbursement to GAFNI, LLC in the amount of $31,124.65 for a tax abatement.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-80)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Reimbursement to GAFNI, LLC, in the amount of $31,124.65, for the tax abatement which was due for the 2004 taxes,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-41.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-80 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a payment to Bauer Cadillac.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-81)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payment to Bauer Cadillac in the amount of $38,653.68,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-42.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-81 carried.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald reported that the administrators are interviewing candidates for 24 full-time teaching, 9 classified staff, and 4 administrative staff positions.  She also noted that Mr. Hunigan had the names of the teachers receiving tenure this year

 

Mr. Cohn asked about the standards for the interview process.  Dr. McDonald stated that the District is following the highly qualified mandates under the No Child Left Behind Act and the teaching job descriptions.

 

 

Summary of Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a second reading on the grading policy.  Following the second reading, Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-82)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Grading Policy (6.280) for inclusion in the Board Policy Books.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-82 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Norwood reminded the Board of the Policy Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, May 8, 2006, in the District Board Room at 6:00 p.m.

 

Mrs. Moten reported on the Community Forum held on March 23, 2006.  She stated that the community had shared concerns and suggestions regarding the proposed renovation and construction for the District.

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Mr. Cohn reported on the Special Meeting of the Board held on April 3, 2006.  He noted that options for renovation and construction had been considered.  The Board voted unanimously to begin with the life safety issues at all three schools.

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  Topics covered included athletic eligibility, education and attendance (parents involved in the process), and options for career technology (incorporating more career technology in our class schedules).

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mrs. Owens asked the Board members to report on the National School Boards Association Conference at the next meeting.  She also asked that Board members make their reports in writing.

 

 

Report of the Assistant Superintendent

 

Dr. Wong reported on Summer School.  He noted that Summer School offerings had been sent to all parents and students.  Mrs. Brookins added that, as a parent, she had appreciated receiving this information ahead of time.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of an amended school calendar for 2005-2006.  He noted that the emergency/snow days had been removed from the calendar.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:       

 

(06-83)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the amended school calendar for school year 2005-2006 as presented.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     Non

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-83 carried.

 

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Mr. Hunigan requested approval of changes to the discipline section of the Parent/Student handbook.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(06-84)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the changes to the discipline section of the Parent/Student handbook for the 2006-2007 school year with the exception of Item F, which is to go to the Policy Committee.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-84 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan stated that he will be reporting on his attendance at the “Failure Is Not An Option” conference at the May Board meeting.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that things are progressing on the administrative move to 20000 Governors Drive, Olympia Fields, and should be completed by the end of May.

 

Mr. Hunigan stated that information on summer construction projects will be published in the summer “Message.”  The District is pleased that the public is supporting its decision.  Phase 1 will be completed without any tax increase. 

 

Mr. Hunigan talked about the District’s drop-out rate.  He said the drop-out rate is less than 7%. 

 

Mr. Cohn asked the administration to measure freshmen as opposed to seniors in the drop-out rate.  He wants to know how many students enter the building and finish in four years.

 

Mrs. Owens asked the administration to report on students leaving the District at various grade levels and why.

 

 

Old Business

 

Mr. Jasinevicius stated that the Village of Park Forest had filed a complaint regarding the taxing situation on the Park Forest Cooperatives.  He will give the information to Mr. Hampton.  Mr. Jasinevicius also noted that the Park Forest Village President had sent letters out to cooperatives asking for a voluntary contribution of $100.00.  He will give this to Mr. Hampton for review, also.

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Mr. Brunson talked about a resolution passed by the IASB Convention which called for IASB support of an Illinois Constitutional Convention.  He asked Board members to read the information he had distributed and get back to him before the June Board meeting with their thoughts. 

 

Mr. Brunson asked if the Board would like to sponsor an IASB workshop regarding the District’s mandatory meetings for freshmen and sophomores.

 

Mrs. Owens asked Board members to review the information and get back to Mr. Brunson with their comments.

 

 

New Business

 

 

Mr. Cohn set a Personnel Committee meeting for May 15, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center at Rich East.

 

Mr. Brunson scheduled a Budget and Finance Committee meeting for May 10, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Brookins noted that she would like to schedule a student forum at each school before the end of the school year.

 

Mrs. Norwood asked about the exit survey for seniors.  Dr. McDonald noted that the exit survey will be part of the end of school activities for senior students.  She will have the results available for the June meeting.

 

Mrs. Norwood asked what will be changed in this year’s graduation vs. last year’s graduation.  Mr. Hunigan noted that there will be more time between graduations.

 

Mrs. Owens asked for more information on graduation to be included in next week’s Board packet.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Ms. High was recognized.  She said she felt there should be more music theory in the District’s music curriculum.  She also talked about the CPN National Conference, which will be held July 6 - 8, 2006.

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Closed Session

 

At 9:50 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(06-85)            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 and for negotiations strategies.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-85 carried.

 

 

At 10:20 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(06-86)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-86 carried.

 

 

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

 

(06-87)            It is moved that Employee “A” discussed in closed session be terminated immediately for failure to meet the District’s standards for attendance.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-87 carried.

 

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

 

(06-88)            It is moved that Employee “B” discussed in closed session be terminated immediately for a felony conviction.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-88 carried.

 

 

At 10:25 p.m., Mrs. Moten moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(06-89)            It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-89 carried.

 

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary