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August 21, 2006

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

AUGUST 21, 2006 

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met at the District Administrative Center in Olympia Fields, Illinois, on Monday, August 21, 2006. 

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. and asked everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

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

Absent: Cohn (Arrived at 8:35 p.m.)

 

Mrs. Owens asked all present to observe a moment of silence in memory of Cheryl Paulett, a Rich South staff member who had recently passed away.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

No citizens wished to be recognized.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Naja Hawk, Rich Central’s student representative, Bianca Aguirre, Rich East’s student representative, and Brian Terrell, Rich South’s student representative, reported on what is happening at their campuses.

 

 

Special Presentation

 

Mr. Arnold and Mr. Krol from Precision Control reported on the work that Precision has completed at Rich South and Rich Central, including lighting and doors at South and Central.  Mr. Krol noted that the District would be saving 38% in lighting costs with the new lighting.  He noted that windows had also been replaced at Rich South, and the District would be receiving grants for the lighting retrofit. 

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

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(07-11)            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 regular and closed session (1 and 2) meetings of July 17, 2006, the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of July 24, 2006, the Policy Committee meeting of July 28, 2006; the Special meeting and closed session meeting of August 5, 2006; and the Special meeting and closed session meeting of August 9, 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 August 21, 2006, as follows:

 

            Payroll

                                                           

Gross Payroll July 25, 2006                  293,708.84

 

                                    Gross Payroll August 10, 2006 280,615.86

 

                                    Bills Payable

 

Education                                             672,497.82

 

                                    Operation & Maintenance                     144,392.97

 

Capital Project Fund                         4,409,184.00                              

 

Transportation                            45,778.72 

 

Site & Construction                  365,124.25

 

Life Safety                                                2,875.63  

                                                                                      

            c.         Approval of payroll and bills payable for the Career Preparation Network        

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It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated August 21, 2006, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll                                                   

 

Gross Payroll July 25, 2006                     1,624.13

 

Gross Payroll August 10, 2006           4,682.18

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                   471.86

                                              

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:

 

Full Time

                                                           

                                                            Cecilia Baader  Step 5, MA Lane         Central/East

                                                            Patrick Baker               Step 1, MA Lane         Central

                                                            Stephen Bayles Step 14, MA+30          East

                                                            Joseph Bozeman           Step 6, MA Lane         Central

                                                            Eileen Dowd                 Step 1, MA Lane         East/South

                                                            Dina Egonmwan           Step 3, MA Lane         East

                                                            Ronald Foote               Step 1, BA Lane          Central

                                                            Eileen Hatherley            Step 2, MA Lane         Central

                                                            Lana Manson               Step 8, MA+45            South

                                                            Joel Metellus                Step 1, MA Lane         Central

                                                            Sandra Schlesselman    Step 1, BA+15             East

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                                                            Tondelenia Shaw          Step 5, BA Lane          South

                                                            Grant Smith                  Step 16, BA+15           South

                                                            David Stein                   Step 11, BA+15           Central

                                                            Bryan Stuart                 Step 1, BA Lane          Central

 

Part Time

 

                                                Jeffrey Baird                 .8674 of Step 1            East

                                                                                                MA+15 Lane

 

 

                                    Gail Conrad                  .2983 of Step 5            Central

                                                                                                BA+15 Lane

                                                            Debra Hingst                .4972 of Step 7            South

                                                                                                MA Lane

Denise Redick  .4972 of Step 3            Central

                                                                                                MA Lane

 

6th Assignments

 

Deborah Zajac .1 of Step 15, MA Lane           Central

                                                            Phanna Chou                .1 of Step 15, MA Lane           Central

Gloria Holman  .1 of Step 15, MA Lane           East

                                                            Jaydene Mitchell           .1 of Step 14, MA Lane           South

Dale Nordmeyer           .1 of Step 15, MA Lane           South

                                                            Ronald North               .1 of Step 15, MA Lane           South

                                                            Kathleen Sabo  .1 of Step 7, BA+15 Lane        East

                                                            Art Schuldt                   .1 of Step 15, MA Lane           Central

 

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 Deborah Herrick, Michael Kennedy, Lawrence Robinson, Jason Streeter, Renita Streeter, and Danny Turner effective at the conclusion of the 2005-2006 school year.

 

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  1. Approval of Exempt Staff Member

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the exempt staff contract of Robin Nettles as the Executive Secretary to the Director of Fiscal Services beginning August 22, 2006.

 

  1. Approval of leave of absence

 

                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the unpaid leave of absence for Christopher Moore for the 2006-2007 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Jasinevicius, Moten, Owens

Nay: None

Abstain: Norwood

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-11 carried.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton gave a presentation on the tentative budget for 2006-2007.  He noted that a budget hearing will be held on September 18 at 7:20 p.m. for the District budget and 7:25 p.m. for the Career Preparation Network budget. The budgets will be on display in the District Office for 30 days and will be on the agenda for approval at the September 18 meeting.  Mr. Hampton noted that District 227 is the fiscal agent for the Career Preparation Network and has no control over the budget.

 

Mrs. Owens asked anyone who had questions to contact Mr. Hampton.

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval to lay the Tentative District Budget on the Table.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(07-12)            It is moved that the Board of Education lay the Tentative 2006-2007  Rich Township High School District 227 budget on the table; direct that copies be made available for public inspection for a period of not less than 30 days expiring on or before September 18, 2006; hold a public hearing on said budget

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September 18, 2006, and direct the secretary to have inserted in the local newspaper the attached notice of said availability for inspection and public hearing, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-05.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-12 carried.

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval to lay the Tentative Career Preparation Network Budget on the Table.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(07-13)            It is moved that the Board of Education lay the Tentative 2006-2007 Career Preparation Network budget on the table; direct that copies be made available for public inspection for a period of not less than 30 days expiring on or before September 18, 2006, hold a public hearing on said budget September 18, 2006; and direct the secretary to have inserted in the local newspaper the attached notice of said availability for inspection and public hearing, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-06.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-13 carried.

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald asked the new teaching staff who were present at the meeting to stand and be recognized.  She noted that the web site will highlight the background and experience of new administrative and teaching staff.  Dr. McDonald reported on the New Teacher Inservice held August 8, 9, 10 and 11 and the Classified Staff Inservice held August 8, 2006.

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the Interim Associate Principal for Rich Central High School.  Mr. Hunigan noted that Mrs. Hicks would be acting as Associate Principal through September 8, 2006.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

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(07-14)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Agreement with Barbara Hicks as the Interim Associate Principal for Rich Central High School beginning August 14, 2006, as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-14 carried.

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the Associate Principal for Rich Central High School.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-15)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the twelve month administrative contract of Sherrie Birts as the Associate Principal at Rich Central High School beginning August 28, 2006.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that he asked Mrs. Hicks to work with Ms. Birts through September 8, 2006.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-15 carried.

 

 

Dr. McDonald reminded the Board of the New Staff Reception scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2006, at 6:15 p.m. in the Rich Central Student Cafeteria.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  He noted there had been a presentation at the meeting from Mr. Hampton on the budget for the coming year.  Mr. Hampton had also talked about the nickel levy, purchasing of bonds, and a tax abatement for a new tenant at the Miller Auto Mall.  The bills payable will be given to the Board in a new format which is easier to read and understand.

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Mrs. Norwood reported on the Policy Committee meeting held on July 28, 2006.  She noted that the new policy book will be on display in the District Office for a period of 30 days.  The Policy Committee concluded its updating of the policies on July 28.  Mrs. Norwood noted that this was a first reading of the new Policy Book.

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a second reading of Policy 6.160 - Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities. She noted that, after the first quarter grace period, students will need to maintain a 2.0 grade point average to participate in sports or extracurricular activities.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-16)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt revised Policy 6.160 - Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities into its policy books.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-16 carried.

 

Mrs. Moten reported on the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of July 24, 2006.  She noted that discussion items at the meeting included Board members participating at the following: 1) Community meetings on Saturdays; 2) Village meetings; and 3) Homeowners’ Associations.  She noted that she will be surveying the Board members to see how they wish to proceed.  Mrs. Moten indicated that the Community Relations Committee will be scheduling a Student Forum as a follow up from the last Student Forum.  She also indicated that the Foundation will be up and running this year. 

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

First Week of School

 

Mr. Hunigan introduced the principals who reported on the first week of school at Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South.  The principals entertained questions from the Board.  Mrs. Moten asked about PBIS.  Dr. Kirkwood noted that PBIS stood for Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies.  All the schools are involved in implementing PBIS.  PBIS will be run by a teacher, not led by administration. 

 

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Mr. Cohn asked if the principals needed any changes in the registration process.  Mr. Macon noted that the schools needed a new system regarding scheduling classes.

 

Dr. Kirkwood added that the District needs to make sure AP classes are available for all students.

 

Mr. Macon suggested giving a price break for early registration. 

 

Mr. Craig noted all the schools were working on a process to streamline the registration system.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked about the School Within A School.  Mr. Craig noted that the SWS program at East was at its beginning stages.  There were three brand new classrooms at East to start building the program. 

 

Dr. Kirkwood added that SWS was at its maximum at Rich South.  They are waiting for the new computers to arrive.  They still have to do impact bargaining for night school.

 

Mr. Macon stated that the SWS students are meeting in the Media Center at Rich Central.  They are waiting for the computers.

 

Mrs. Moten asked about students taking care of fines at the end of the school year instead of the beginning of the year.  Dr. Kirkwood responded that, since students turn in their books on the last day, school would be out before the fines were computed.

 

Mr. Brunson questioned the principals regarding online registration.  Dr. Kirkwood stated that the schools are continuing to work on it. 

 

There was discussion on the purchase of computers and laptops.  Mrs. Owens noted that Mrs. Norwood would be scheduling a Policy Committee to discuss the purchase of computers and laptops.

 

Mrs. Owens complimented the principals on their reports.  She noted she is looking forward to great things happening in each of the schools this year.

 

Mr. Hunigan added that he hoped the Board and public truly see that we are working as a District.  In light of the No Child Left Behind Act, a District focus is needed. 

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on Institute Day August 14, 2006.  He noted that longevity awards had been distributed to staff.  In addition, there had been a dynamic speaker, who had talked about

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the District needing to operate like a Fortune 500 company.  The teachers were very positive about the speaker.  He noted that copies of the teachers’ comments were available on the Board table.  Board members agreed that the Institute Day speaker was right on target. 

 

Mr. Hunigan stated that the District would be working on developing  new Vision and Mission Statements.  He also introduced the Board Goals for 2006-2007.  He asked the Board to approve these goals.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-17)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the Board Goals for 2006-2007 as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-17 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that, regarding a situation which had been brought up at the last Board meeting on a donation, he had been in touch with the Mayor of Country Club Hills who said he did not receive a donation for his campaign from our school district.  In addition, the Business Office had checked its files and could find no check made out to the campaign. 

 

Regarding the situation brought up at the last Board meeting on the teacher making inappropriate comments regarding a student, that teacher shared that there had been general conversation but denied that the comments were inappropriate.

 

Dr. Leak noted that the District had not yet received its PSAE scores.  Regarding the ACT scores, the average score for students in the District is 17.9.  The scores have reached a plateau. Only 5% of the students had met all the benchmarks for college. Many students could be performing better if they had taken the courses. 

 

Mr. Cohn mentioned introducing test-taking strategies to the students and possibly having the students take the ACT earlier.  He asked the Education Committee to look at those two components. 

 

 

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Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next Board meeting would take place on Monday, September 18, 2006, in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens passed around correspondence she had received.  She noted there would be a celebration in Tinley Park for Tinley Park having received an “Excellence in Economic Development” award.  Board members were invited to attend.

 

On Saturday, September 9, the City of Country Club Hills would be holding its Back to School Parade.  Board members were invited to attend.

 

 

Old Business

 

Mr. Jasinevicius brought up the purchase of computers for the CAD labs.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following: 

 

(07-18)            It is moved that the Board of Education award the contract for the desktop and small form factor computers to Dell Corporation in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-03.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Jasinevicius

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

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-18 defeated.

 

 

Mrs. Owens noted that the Board would be calling a Special Meeting to discuss the purchase of computers.

 

Mr. Koutavas stated that the programs at the schools would not be affected.  Mrs. Norwood asked for more information on the computer purchase.

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled an Education Committee meeting for September 27, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Administrative Center to discuss the ACT scores and PSAE scores.  In addition, items from the SECME Conference would be discussed. 

 

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Mrs. Moten noted that the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee would be scheduling a Student Forum on September 11.  Members of the Committee would be going to all three campuses to meet with the students.  They will invite the principals and counselors.  Students will be pulled out of class.  There will be between 20 and 30 students in each session.

 

Mr. Cohn asked for the intended outcome.  Mrs. Moten stated that this would be a follow up to the students’ suggestions from the first forum.

 

Mr. Brunson asked about having the forum on a Student Council day.  Mr. Hunigan responded that the committee wanted a wide range of students at the forum, not just Student Council students.

 

 

New Business

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked about scheduling a Policy Committee meeting.  Mrs. Norwood responded that she was not scheduling one at this time.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked about asset management - Title 1 funds.  Mrs. Owens stated no policy was needed.  One of the administrators will walk Mr. Jasinevicius through the Title 1 requirements.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked about scheduling an Open House for the public at the campuses.

 

Mr. Hunigan responded that there will be one.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius mentioned the new housing developing in Park Forest - Legacy Square. 

He asked the Board members to stop by and view the models.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Kimes was recognized.  He asked how long the CAD computers for East would be delayed.  He stated that the kids at East have been waiting since January.

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 10:07 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

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(07-19)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss negotiations strategies, possible litigation, and 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 07-19 carried.

 

 

At 11:00 p.m., Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-20)            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 07-20 carried.

 

 

At 11:01 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-21)            It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-21 carried.

 

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary