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December 18, 2006

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

DECEMBER 18, 2006

MINUTES

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, December 18, 2006, in the Media Center at Rich South High School, Richton Park, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and asked all to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Mrs. Owens requested a roll call.

 

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

Absent:  None

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Hampton, Dr. Leak, Dr. McDonald, Mrs. Ramey, Mrs. Treichel, Ms. Lavonna Smith, Ms. Jacquie Upshaw, Mr. Fred Veazey, Mr. Marty Edmondson, Mr. Juan Baker, Mr. Eric Wallace, Ms. Brenee Terrell, Zon Pickens-Dumas, Zon D’Amour Dumas, Ms. Brenda High, Ms. Frenchie Upton, Mr. William Gant, Ms. Rose Murray, Ms. LaKenia Robinson, Mr. Darryl Marshall, Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, Mr. John Macon, Dr. Jeff Craig, Mr. Bryant Pares, Ms. Candace Madison, Mr. George Bunn, and student representatives Brian Terrell (Rich South), Eric Moler (Rich East), and Anda Moore (alternate Rich Central).

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Hunigan called Mr. Macon forward to recognize Rich Central students.  Mr. Macon called Akia Parks forward for recognition.  He noted that Akia was being recognized because of her 4.25 grade point average, being a member of the Student Ambassadors’ Program and a member of the Student Mentoring Program.  Akia also tutors other students and is truly making a difference with her peers in the community.  She wants to be an engineer.

 

Mr. Macon called Carl Burres forward.  He noted Carl was first in the Cross Country Regionals and the Cross Country MVP.  He will attend Moorehouse College in Atlanta and also wants to be an engineer.

 

Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Craig forward to recognize Rich East students.  Dr. Craig asked Will Gant to come forward.  He noted Will was being recognized because he has 31 credits and has taken every AP and Honors class he can take.  He has played football for four years and runs track.  He is also on the Varsity basketball team.

 

Dr. Craig called Devin London forward.  He noted Devin was being recognized because of her leadership in the classroom and on the basketball court.  Devin just signed a Letter of Intent and received a full scholarship to Chicago State.

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Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Kirkwood forward.  He noted that Rich South’s two students to be recognized could not be present but he wanted to say a few words about them.  Dr. Kirkwood noted that Artesha Williams was being recognized because she exemplifies academic excellence.  Chelsea Colon was being recognized for her grade point average and because she is an up and coming freshman student.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Zon Dumas, Rich Central’s alternate student representative, Eric Moler, Rich East’s student representative, and Brian Terrell, Rich South’s student representative, reported on what is taking place at their campuses.

 

 

Special Presentation

 

Mr. Hampton gave a quarterly report on the budget.  Mr. Cohn thanked Mr. Hampton and Mr. Hunigan for bringing this report to the Board.

 

 

Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the consent agenda.  Mr. Hampton noted there was a problem with the tax abatement for Gafni.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-50)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda as listed minus item #o regarding the Gafni abatement:

 

a.         Approval of the minutes of the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of November 15, 2006; the regular and closed sessions (2) meetings of November 20, 2006; the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of November 28, 2006; and the Technology Committee meeting of November 29, 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 December 18, 2006,

                        as follows:

 

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                                                Payroll

 

                                                Gross Payroll November 22, 2006       1,664,597.40

 

                                                Gross Payroll December 8, 2006          1,383,423.83

 

                                                Bills Payable

 

                                                Education                                             1,273,306.64

 

                                                Operations & Maintenance                      256,390.65

 

                                                Capital Project Fund                                646,298.78

 

                                                Transportation                                         354,402.39

 

                                                Site & Construction                                   26,459.39

 

                                                Tort                                                             5,194.20

 

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 December 18,

                        2006, for the Career Preparation Network as

                        follows:

 

                                                Payroll

 

                                                Gross Payroll November 22, 2006            4,704.61

 

                                                Gross Payroll December 8, 2006               4,704.61

 

                                                Bills Payable

 

                                                Education                                                  4,300.57

 

d.         Approval of classified and exempt personnel report

 

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                        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 require-

                        ments of the State of Illinois are met.

 

e.         Approval of teaching contracts

 

                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                        teaching contracts as follows:

 

                                                Part-time 2006-2007

 

                                                Ed Bye                         .5028 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                Health at East

                                                Eric Dykstra                 .5028 of Step 1, BA Lane

                                                Foreign Language East/South

                                                Jerry Kinder                 .5028 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                Special Education/East

                                                Martha McCarthy         .1050 of Step 1, BA Lane

                                                Language Arts/Central

                                                Timothy Daggy .5028 of Step 1, BA Lane

                                                PE/South

 

                                                6th Assignments

 

                                                John Benney                 .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                P.E. at South

                                                Gloria Holman  .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                Art at East

                                                Dale Nordmeyer           .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                Art at South

                                                Ronald North               .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                Social Studies at South

                                                Wayne Wirta                .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                Math at South

 

                                                Provided all the requirements of the State of

                                                Illinois and the North Central Association

                                                are met.

 

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f.          Approval of Head Softball Coach

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the hiring of Mark Zaban as the Head Softball Coach for Rich East High School beginning with the 2006-2007 school year.

 

g.         Approval of extension of leave of absence

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

extension of the unpaid Leave of Absence of certificated staff member Paula Argue from December 4, 2006, through January 22, 2007.

 

h.         Acceptance of resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the resignations of certificated staff members Karen Cash (effective December 18, 2006) and Marilyn Ware (effective December 14, 2006).

 

i.          Approval of Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Carmax of Tinley Park

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

            Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Carmax of Tinley Park, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-19.

 

j.          Approval of Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Shurgard Storage Center

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Shurgard Storage Center of Country Club Hills, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-18.

 

k.         Approval of Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Country Inn and Suites

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Country Inn and Suites of Matteson, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-17.

 

l.          Approval of Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for International Code Council (formerly BOCA)

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            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for International Code Council (formerly BOCA) of Country Club Hills, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-16.

 

m.        Approval of Real Estate Tax Abatements (Miller Auto Mall)

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education:

 

1) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Bauer Buick Pontiac/GMC.”

 

2) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Miller Cadillac.”

 

3) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Family Hyundai.”

 

4) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Miller Chevy Olds.”

 

5) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Matteson Imports.”

 

6) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Hawkinson Nissan.”

 

7) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Capital Lincoln Mercury.”

 

8) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Sutton Ford.”

 

9) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Planet Toyota.”

 

10) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 2006.”

 

In accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-24.

 

 

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n.         Approval of Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Waterwerks

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Waterwerks of Country Club Hills,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-23.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-50 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested adoption of the 2006 tax levy.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(07-51)                        It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the resolution entitled “Resolution of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois, providing for the Levy of Taxes for the Year 2006,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-21.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

                                                                                    Motion 07-51 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a resolution to instruct County Clerk how to apportion 2006 tax levy.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(07-52)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution to Instruct County Clerk How to Apportion 2006 Tax Levy Extension Reductions for Rich Township High School District No. 227, Cook County, Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-20.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

                                                                                    Motion 07-52 carried.

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Mr. Hampton requested approval of a resolution authorizing non-pro rata distribution of property tax receipts.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(07-53)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution Authorizing Non-Pro Rata Distribution of Property Tax Receipts,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-22.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-53 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a settlement with a former Rich Township Treasurer employee.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(07-54)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

Settlement with Sue Griffin in the amount of $8,401.25, with the District 227 proportionate share being $4,393.85, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-27.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-54 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a lease for wireless PTP DS3 Services.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(07-55)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

            three-year lease agreement with Apriz Incorporated for the amount of

                        $136,500.00, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-29.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

                                                                                    Motion 07-55 carried.

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Mr. Hampton requested approval of intent to issue Funding Bond Resolution.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(07-56)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

            Resolution set forth and describing in detail claims heretofore authorized and allowed for proper school purposes which are presently outstanding and unpaid, declaring the intention to avail of the provisions of Article 19

of the School Code of the State of Illinois, as amended, and directing that notice of such intention be published as provided by law, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-25.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-56 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval for the development of the land at Interstate 80 and Ridgeland Avenue in Tinley Park.  He asked the Board to replace the motion on the agenda with the motion he distributed.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

                        (07-57)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the concept

                        of both the Village of Tinley Park and the developer, First Industrial Realty

                        Trust, and direct the administration to negotiate the tax abatement percentage

                        and other terms and conditions of the contract agreement.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-57 carried.

 

 

Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Leak Requested approval of new courses.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

 

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(07-58)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the addition of the following courses into the District’s taxonomy:

 

            AP Environmental Science

            Forensic Science (year-long course)

            Computer Applications I and II

            AP Macroeconomics

            AP Microeconomics

            Practical Nursing I

            Practical Nursing II

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-58 carried.

 

Dr. Leak noted that the AP courses will be available for sophomores as well as juniors and seniors as long as they meet the prerequisites.

 

Dr. Leak requested approval of employ ENI (Evans Newton Inc.) to write common assessments for Algebra 1 and Geometry.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(07-59)                        It is moved that the Board of Education employ ENI (Evans Newton Inc) to assist in the development of common assessments for Algebra 1 and Geometry in the amount of $57,750, in accordance with the attached Proposal.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-59 carried.

 

 

Dr. Leak requested approval to employ Dr. Timothy D. Kanold to work in staff development in mathematics.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

 

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(07-60)                        It is moved that the Board of Education employ Dr. Timothy D. Kanold to Work with the District in Professional Learning Community Staff Development in Mathematics in the amount of $11,500, in accordance with the attached Proposal.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-60 carried.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that the passage of the above three motions represent a major step for our school district.  These items will be taking the District to a different level.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Moten reported on the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meetings of November 15 and November 28, 2006.  She noted four candidates had been interviewed to head up the District’s Foundation.  One of the candidates will be recommended this evening for the position to head the Foundation.

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Technology Committee meeting of November 29, 2006.  Presentations were made by Pearson for its Student Management System – PowerSchool, and by SchoolMax of its Student Management System. Both vendors presented how parents would be able to utilize the system.

 

Mrs. Moten reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  She noted a tax abatement for property in Tinley Park had been discussed.  In addition the District will be auditing all activity accounts.  A resolution had been discussed regarding seeking out lower funding for Workers Comp.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that the community and Board have been asking for quite some time that the District get a foundation up and running.  He noted that after the interviews, the Committee had recommended Foundation Consulting Services, which is headed by Dr. Glen K. Gerard.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius questioned why the Committee was recommending an individual from Michigan.

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Mrs. Moten responded that Dr. Gerard had the experience and capability to get the foundation up and running.

 

Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-61)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve a one-year proposal

                        with Foundation Consulting Services (Glen K. Gerard, Ph.D., President),

                        in accordance with the attached proposal. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-61 carried.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that the District would be auditing its student activity accounts by an independent auditor.

 

Mr. Hunigan recognized Ms. Cotton Ramey, who gave an update on Special Education Concerns.  She noted she was familiarizing herself with the District’s programs.  She noted that a system of communication had been established, giving parents an opportunity to network on a monthly basis and establishing a directory to communicate outside the school day.  Ms. Cotton Ramey noted she is continuing the process of building relationships.

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval for Rich Central students to travel to New York City during Spring Break 2007.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-62)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the field trip for Rich

                        Central students to New York City during Spring Break 2007.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-62 carried.

 

Mr. Hunigan reminded the Board of the Big Dipper which begins on December 26 at Rich South High School.

 

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Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next Board meeting will take place on Monday, January 22, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich South High School Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens requested a change in the April Board meeting date.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(07-63)                        It is moved that the Board of Education change the April, 2007, Board meeting

                        Date from April 16, 2007, to April 23, 2007, due to the National School Boards

                        Association conference.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-62 carried.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that there were sign-up sheets going around for the Klein, Thorpe and Scariano School Law Conferences scheduled for February 24, 2007.

 

 

New Business

 

Mrs. Norwood scheduled a Policy Committee meeting for January 10, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

Mr. Cohn scheduled a Personnel Committee meeting for January 17, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

Mr. Brunson scheduled a Budget and Finance Committee meeting for January 22, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich South High School, prior to the regular Board meeting.

 

Mrs. Brookins reminded the Board of Education Committee meeting scheduled for January 9, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

Mrs. Moten asked Mr. Hunigan to decide on dates for the Student Forum and Community Forum in February.

 

 

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Mr. Hampton brought up a resolution giving notice of withdrawal from School Employees Loss Fund (SELF).  He explained that the Budget and Finance Committee had discussed this resolution in its meeting prior to the Board meeting.  The resolution allows the District to withdraw from the School Employees Loss Fund (SELF) at the end of the 2007 fiscal year and to investigate other alternative means of providing Workers’ Compensation protection.

 

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

 

(07-64)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Giving Notice

                        of Withdrawal from School Employees Loss Fund (SELF).

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-64 carried.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He asked if the District could develop an e-mail list to send out notices of meetings, etc.

 

At 8:59 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius wished the Board a Merry Christmas and left the meeting.

 

At 9:00 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-65)                                                It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the District or legal counsel for the District, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee or against legal counsel for the District to determine its validity.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-65 carried.

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At 9:21 p.m. Mrs. Moten moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(07-66)                        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, Moten, Norwood, Owens

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-66 carried.

 

Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-67)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Amendment to the

                        Superintendent’s Contract as presented.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-67 carried.

 

Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-68)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Remediation Plan

                        For “Teacher A” as discussed in closed session.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-68 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Moten asked the Board members to list the achievements associated with each of their committees so she can present them to the communities.

 

 

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At 9:28 p.m. Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-69)                        It is moved that the regular meeting of the Board of Education be adjourned.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-68 carried.

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary