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February 13, 2006

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

FEBRUARY 13, 2006

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, February 13, 2006, in the Media Center at Rich South High School, Richton Park, Illinois.

 

In the absence of the President, Mr. Brunson, Vice President, called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

 

Mr. Brunson asked everyone to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Mr. Brunson requested a roll call.

 

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

Absent: Owens

 

Also Present: Dr. Wong, Dr. McDonald (7:45 p.m.), Mrs. Treichel, Mr. Sanders, Ms. Herron, Ms. Dunn, Mr. Pfau, Mr. Curran, Ms Bradford, Ms. Davis, Ms. Gladney, Ms. High, Mr. Borus, Ms. Wasney, Ms. Mack, Mr. Macon, Mr. Dixon, Ms. McIvor, Ms. Clayton, Ms. Baber, Ms. Heffner, Ms. Abbey, Mr. Blackful, Mr. and Mrs. Ruckets, Ms. Samson, Ms. Knox, Dr. Kirkwood, Dr. Craig, Ms. Bedell, Mrs. Bedell, Mrs. Junkins, Ms. Junkins, Mr. and Mrs. Brazzale, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Quarles, Mrs. Martin, Dr. Imoukhuede, Mrs. Martin, Ms. Hatchett, Mr. Hemingway, Ms. Fenske-Mathers, Ms. Malak, Mr. Tiffy, Ms. Sokol, Ms. Woods, Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Sterling, and student representatives Naja Hawk (Rich Central), Quinn Doriety (Rich East), Aerian Brown (Rich South), and Christopher Gladney (Phoenix Campus). 

 

Mr. Brunson announced that Mr. Hunigan and Mrs. Owens were not present at the meeting as both individuals had a death in their families.

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Macon, principal at Rich Central, recognized Stephen Martin and Brittney Junkins for their grades and participation in school activities. 

 

Dr. Craig, principal at Rich East, recognized 17 Rich East athletes.  He noted these students had an average ACT score of 25, an average GPA of 3.45, and a class rank from #1 to #40.  Dr. Craig asked these students to stand.  They were: Jon Asamoah, Keith Abbey, Amber Baker, Koree Blackful, Ross Brazzale, Kati Brudd, Tana Chongsuwat, Tara Chongsuwat, Lauren Clayton, Justine Gustafson, Eva London, Terrance Mayfield, Taneshia Mack, Samantha Quarles, Glen Rocket, Alicia Shivers, and Amy Wasney.

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Dr. Kirkwood, principal at Rich South, recognized Ashley Bedell and Joseph Leyendecker.  Ashley was recognized for her grades, attendance and behavior.  Joseph was recognized for qualifying for State in the DECA competition and for academics.

 

Mrs. Martin, principal at the Phoenix Campus, recognized Corwin Snyder for his grades.  He is also a peer mediator.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Naja Hawk, Rich Central’s alternate student representative, Quinn Doriety, Rich East’s alternate student representative, Aerian Brown, Rich South’s student representative, and Christopher Gladney, the Phoenix Campus’ student representative, reported on what is taking place at their campuses.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Ms. Brenda Heffner was recognized.  She stated she felt that when parents were not allowed to speak on the Phoenix Campus, it was a violation of the Board’s own policy on speaking at meetings.

 

Mr. Brunson stated that the Board is going to try to limit interruptions in the middle of a meeting.  He apologized for the Board going into closed session in the middle of the last Board meeting for so long.

 

Mr. Don Borus was recognized.  He stated that taxpayers should be taking a proactive position on residency.  Mr. Brunson responded that it would be unfair to say anything about Mr. Borus’ comments as the Superintendent was not present.

 

 

Presentation From Science Department

 

The three Curriculum Coordinators for Science, Ms. Gladney (Rich Central), Ms. Malak (Rich East), and Mr. Sterling (Rich South) gave a presentation on what is happening in Science in the District.  They noted that at the present time students are only required to take two science classes.  They would like to increase the percent of students who take science all four years.  They also noted they would like to increase the percent of students performing at the A, B, or C level.

 

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Mr. Cohn added that he would like to see the Science Department have a goal for increasing the performance in their department.

 

The Curriculum Coordinators talked about the enthusiasm with which the Forensics Class has been received.  Ms. Malak suggested bringing the Forensics teachers to the Board for a presentation.

 

Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Brunson asked to have the $125,826.15 Site & Construction figure removed from the Bills Payable.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(06-63)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed with the removal of the $125,826.15 in Bills Payable - Site & Construction.

 

a.         Approval of the minutes of the special meeting and closed session (session 1) of January 23, 2006; the regular meeting and closed session (session 2) of January 23, 2006; the special meeting and closed session of January 30, 2006; the Property Committee meeting of February 6, 2006; and the special meeting and closed session of February 6, 2006; as distributed.

 

b.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

Payroll

                                                           

Gross Payroll January 25, 2006            1,265,373.49

 

                                    Gross Payroll February 10, 2006          1,275,386.22

 

                                    Bills Payable

 

Education                                                455,215.48

 

                                    Operation & Maintenance                        198,201.35

 

Tort                                                                734.00

 

                                    Transportation                               70,002.75

 

Life Safety                                          44,030.28 

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

 

Payroll  

 

Gross Payroll January 25, 2006               4,519.75

 

Gross Payroll February 10, 2006             4,519.75

 

Bills Payable                                                             

 

Education                                         198,089.56

                                              

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:

 

6th Assignment/2nd Semester

 

                                    Luisa Regalado .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

 

                                    provided all the requirement of the State of Illinois and the

North Central Association are met.

 

  1. Approval of retirements

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the retirements of exempt staff members Lois Ramaeker effective July 3, 2006, and Maureen Sebek, effective August 25, 2006.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-63 carried.

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of payments regarding abolition of the Treasurer’s Office.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-64)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the recommendation entitled, “Recommendations for Payments Regarding Abolition of Treasurer’s Office,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-32.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-64 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval for the disposal of personal property - former Township School Treasurer’s Office.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(06-65)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution entitled, “Resolution Authorizing Disposal of Personal Property - Former Township School Treasurer’s Office,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-33.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-65 carried.

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald noted she had attended the City of Country Club Hills village meeting where she had received a check in the amount of $73,000 for impact fees.

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Dr. McDonald stated the district is continuing to schedule students for the 2006-2007 school year.  Individuals from the District are also continuing to attend job fairs in search of candidates for positions in the District.  In addition, Dr McDonald noted she is working closely as a team with the Phoenix staff regarding their positions for next year.

 

Mr. Brunson asked about next year’s student enrollment.  Mr. Hampton stated that he has had meetings with the principals, and he is receiving data from the foundation schools.  He will have an estimate later this week.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Property Committee meeting of February 6, 2006.  He noted the Board had received two responses to RFPs for a performance contract.  The Board has not made a decision about performance contracting or the two companies.

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  She noted there had been a KeyTrain demonstration by Dr. Wong.  In addition, there had been discussions on summer school and placing students who have failed classes in summer school.  Dr. Wong brought up hiring an outside vendor to review the math department.  Mrs. Brookins noted that more information is needed on this item. Dr. Wong presented a grade distribution analysis for semester grades and final exams.  He also presented a grading policy with a standardized grading scale.  This has been submitted to the Policy Committee for a first reading.

 

Mrs. Norwood noted that the grading policy will be on the agenda for a first reading in March. 

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board that there is a Budget and Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Moten reminded the Board that there is a Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

Mr. Cohn reminded the Board that there is a Technology Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Rich Central.  The purpose of the meeting will be a presentation of the District’s overall technology plan and the budget as it relates to technology.

 

Mr. Cohn reminded the Board that there is a Personnel Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Rich Central.  The purpose of the meeting will be to take a look at the requirements for coaches and standards for measuring coaches.

 

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Special Reports

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on his attendance at the Klein, Thorpe School Law Conference on Saturday, February 11, 2006.  He noted that he had received an update on new legislation.

 

 

Report of the Assistant Superintendent

 

Dr. Wong noted that applications for the summer school principal were closing on Monday, February 13.  On Wednesday, February 15, the District will be holding its first Alternative Education Committee meeting.  A visit is planned in March to a school with a School Within A School program and a night school.  Friday, February 17, is the District’s Institute Day, “A Framework for Understanding Poverty.”

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board that the next regular Board meeting will take place on Monday, March 20, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich South Media Center.

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board of the Scariano School Law Conference scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2006.

 

Mr. Brunson requested approval of a motion to change the April meeting date because of the National School Boards Association conference.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(06-66)            It is moved that the Board of Education change the regular Board meeting date from April 10, 2006, to April 24, 2006, at Rich East High School.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-66 carried.

 


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Old Business

 

Mrs. Brookins stated she would like to discuss residency issues when the Superintendent returns.

 

 

New Business

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled an Education Committee meeting for Monday, March 20, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. in the Rich South Media Center.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He brought up the fact that the Science Curriculum Coordinators had discussed the differences in Science curriculum at each school.  He felt there was a conflict with the District finals being the same for all Science classes.  Mr. Veazey also commented on the fact that the Science Curriculum Coordinators noted that they projected 20% of the Algebra students would fail.  Dr. Wong noted he will discuss this with the Science Curriculum Coordinators. 

 

Mr. Pfau was recognized.  He said the registration sheet given to Central students had no AP Science classes listed on it.  Dr. Wong will look into this.

 

Ms. Sokol was recognized.  She said the District needs some measurable goals in its Science Department.

 

Mrs. Brookins noted she would like Dr. Wong to look into what is being laid aside for the KeyTrain program.

 

 

At 9:25 a.m. Mr. Brunson requested a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mr. Brunson declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

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