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June 19, 2006

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

JUNE 19, 2006

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, June 19, 2006, in the Media Center at Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

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

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Hampton, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Wong, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. Macon, Ms. Crapps, Mr. Hughes, Mr. Reed, Ms. Bailey, Mr. Freeman, Ms. Mathiey, Ms. Cotton-Ramey, Ms. Morris, Ms. Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Walker, Ms. Chachakis, Mr. Chachakis, Ms. Gould, Ms. Holm, Ms. West, Ms. High, Mr. Marek, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Martin, Mr. Varnado, Dr. Leak, Mr. Ward, Mr. Hemingway, Ms. Gladney, Ms. Diggs, Ms. Sciacca, Mr. Volz, Ms. Smith, Ms. Saul, Ms. Jarrett, Ms. Echols, Dr. Kirkwood, Ms. Bona, Ms. Demchuk, Mr. Demchuk, Ms. Harger, Ms. Muhammad, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Franklin, Ms. Barnes, Ms. Hatchett.

 

 

Mrs. Owens asked if any citizens wished to be recognized during the public forum.  There were none.

 

 

Recognition of PTSO Organizations

 

Mr. Hunigan called Mr. Macon forward to recognize the Rich Central PTSO.  Mr. Macon asked the Executive Officers of the PTSO to come forward: Javonna Smith, Robin Moore, Tim Farr, Paula Farr, and Fred Veazey.  He mentioned the numerous tasks the PTSO has accomplished over the past year, including college scholarships, recognition of teachers and staff, teacher/staff reception, appreciation cook out, and good luck phone calls to students.

 

Mr. Hunigan called Mr. Keeley forward to recognize the Rich East PTSO.  Mr. Keeley asked Valerie Bona and Annette Demchuk, representing the Rich East PTSO, to come forward.  He noted that the Rich East PTSO had been involved in selling spirit wear for scholarships, had worked the concession stands, the Spree dances, provided continental breakfast for the staff, breakfast to the graduating seniors and scholarships for summer camps and colleges.

 

Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Kirkwood forward to recognize the Rich South PTSO.  Dr. Kirkwood asked Mr. Ward, Ms. Hughes Ms. Crapps, and Ms. Shakora, representing the Rich South PTSO, to come forward.  He noted the Rich South PTSO had been involved in raising money for scholarships, the faculty breakfast, parent patrol group, increased parent/student/teacher

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participation at the campus, e-mail base for contacting parents, the principal’s honors banquets, and the GFS program to raise money. 

 

Mr. Hunigan called Ms. Martin forward to recognize the Phoenix Campus PTSO.  Ms. Martin asked Ms. Gladney to come forward.  She read a tribute to Ms. Gladney, as PTSO president.  Ms. Gladney and the Phoenix Campus PTSO had hosted a holiday party and dinner dance and had used the funds for scholarships for the students.

 

The PTSO officers received certificates of appreciation from the Board of Education.

 

 

At 7:50 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-101)          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.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-101 carried.

 

 

At 8:50 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-102)          It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-102 carried.

 

 

Special Presentation

 

Mr. Daniels, Mr. Hopman and Mr. Keeley, Assistant Principals for Activities and Athletics, gave a presentation on the proposed 2.0 athletic/activity requirement.

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After discussion, Board members stated that they did not want any participation in activities or athletics by students who were making less than a 2.0 Grade Point Average.  Mrs. Owens asked the administration to come back with a new proposal listing specifics and procedures for this policy.

 

 

Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens noted the Board was withdrawing Item “K” from the consent agenda.  She asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda minus Item “K”.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(06-103)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed minus Item “K”.

 

 A.       Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting and closed session of May 15, 2006, the Personnel Committee meeting of May 15, 2006; the Policy Committee and Personnel Committee (Open and Closed

            Session) meetings of June 5, 2006; and the Special meeting of June 6, 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 June 19, 2006, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll May 25, 2006                 1,435,911.69

 

Gross Payroll June 8, 2006                   1,406,079.16

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                             1,080,448.08

 

Operation and Maintenance                     180,704.62

 

Transportation                                          260,107.90

 

Tort                                                                 666.63

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Site & Construction                                    41,866.92

 

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 June 19, 2006, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll

 

            Gross Payroll May 25, 2006                            4,519.75

 

            Gross Payroll June 8, 2006                              4,519.75

 

            Bills Payable

 

            Education                                                    244,467.77

 

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.

 

E.         Approval of prevailing wage rates

 

            Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution entitled “A Resolution Adopting the Prevailing Wage Rates for Laborers, Workmen and Mechanics Employed on Public Works of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-48.

 

F.         Acceptance of audit proposal for fiscal year 2005-2006

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the audit proposal dated May 12, 2006,and engage the services of certified public accountants McGladrey & Pullen, Mokena, Illinois, for the conduct of the District’s annual audit and related services for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, in an amount not to exceed $33,200, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-47.

 

G.        Acceptance of donation

 

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            It is moved that the Board of Education accept with gratitude the donation of $300.00 from the Olympia Fields Woman’s Club to assist in the District’s Snowball Program.

 

H.        Approval of Illinois Association of School Boards annual dues

 

            Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the annual dues for 2006-2007 for the Illinois Association of School Boards.

 

I.          Approval of foreign trips

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the foreign trip for Rich East’s French students to France during Spring Break 2007 and the foreign trip for Rich South’s history students to Greece during the summer of 2007.

 

J.          Approval of administrative contract

 

            Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Twelve Month Administrative Contract for Margurite Martin as the Director of Intervention and Prevention for District 227 beginning July 1, 2006, as attached.

 

L.         Approval of administrative contract

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Twelve Month Administrative Contract for Marda Cotton-Ramey as the Director of Special Education for District 227 beginning July 1, 2006.

 

M.        Approval of administrative contract

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Twelve Month Administrative Contract for Gregory Meyer as the Associate Principal at Rich East High School beginning July 1, 2006.

 

N.        Approval of Agreement

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Agreement for Heidi S. Weekley as the Employee Assistance Coordinator for District 227 for 2006-2007.

 

O.        Approval of new teaching contracts

 

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

 

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            Full Time

 

            Ronette Barnes Step 2, B.A. Lane                    Special Ed/East

            Michael Curta               Step 15, M.A. Lane                 Social Studies/Central

            Yolandus Douglas         Step 12, B.A. Lane                  Band/South

            Jennifer Elzinga Step 1, B.A. Lane                    Social Studies/East

            Mark Evans                  Step 13, M.A. Lane                 Applied Tech/East

            Rodney Freeman          Step 4, M.A. Lane                   Applied Tech/Central

            Toya Jarrett                  Step 13, B.A. Lane                  Math/South

            Robert Krawczyk         Step 1, M.A. Lane                   Business/East

            David Maravilla            Step 6, B.A. Lane                    L.A./Central

            Craig Marek                 Step 7, M.A. Lane                   P.E./Central

            Joanne Mathieu            Step 15, M.A. Lane                 L.A./East

            Denise Morris               Step 1, B.A.+15 Lane              L.A./Central

            Anjail Muhammad        Step 1, M.A.+15 Lane             Sp. Ed./South

            Mark Reed                   Step 5, B.A. Lane                    Social Studies/East

            Jessica Sciacca Step 1, B.A. Lane                    L.A./East

            Corey Stallings Step 9, B.A. Lane                    P.E./Central

            Andre Varnado            Step 1, B.A.+15 Lane              Social Studies/Central

            Thomas Volz                Step 1, B.A. Lane                    Math/East

 

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

 

P.         Approval of psychologist interns

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education hire Karla Bass and Kimberly Driscoll as psychologist interns for the 2006-2007 school year and Angela Diggs as a psychologist intern for the first semester of the 2006-2007 school year.

 

Q.        Approval of Maternity/Family Leave

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Maternity/Family Leave of Dr. Donna Simpson Leak from July 17, 2006, through September 11, 2006.

 

R.         Approval of Leave of Absence

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Sick Leave, Family and Medical Leave and Parental Leave of Absence for Cynthia Morain from September 18, 2006, through the conclusion of the 2006-2007 school year.

 

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S.         Approval of Unpaid Leave of Absence

 

                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                        unpaid Leave of Absence for Paula Argue from August 14, 2006, through

                        November 30, 2006.

 

            T.         Approval of resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the      resignation of administrative staff member Dr. Sunni Ali effective July 1,        2006.

 

            U.        Approval of resignations

 

                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                        resignations of certificated staff members Erika Buys, Karen Cash,

                        Whitney Covalle, Kathleen McBride, and Amanda Misch effective at the

                        conclusion of the 2005-2006 school year.

 

            V.        Approval of resignation

 

                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                        resignation of exempt staff member Marcia Reed-Woodard effective

                        June 2, 2006.

 

            W.       Approval of retirements

 

                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                        retirement of certificated staff members Marjorie Copen and Daniel Osika

                        effective at the conclusion of the 2005-2006 school year.

 

            X.        Approval of retirement

 

                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                        retirement of certificated staff member Nick Katrichis effective

                        December 23, 2006.

 

Y.        Authorization for a Supplemental June Bills Payable List for Career Preparation Network

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to prepare and the Township School Treasurer to issue checks for a supplementary June, 2006, Career Preparation Network bills payable list in an

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amount not to exceed $1200.00, that the same be reviewed by the Budget and Finance Committee Chairperson prior to disbursement, and the full Board at its July meeting, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-49.

 

Z.         Authorization for a Supplemental June Bills Payable List for District 227

 

            Tt is moved that the Board of Education authorize the Director of Fiscal Services to prepare and the Township School Treasurer to issue checks for a supplementary June, 2006, District 227 bills payable list in an amount not to exceed $600,000.00, that the same be reviewed by the Budget and Finance Committee Chairperson prior to disbursement and the full Board at its July meeting, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-50.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

Abstain: Brunson

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-103 carried.

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of the amended budget for 2005-2006.  Mr. Jasinevicius

moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(06-104)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Amended Budget for Fiscal Year 2005-2006 to be in compliance with the Limitation of Administrative Costs Worksheet (Section 17-1.5 of the School Code) in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-52.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-104 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of Closed Circuit TV Camera Upgrades.  Mrs. Norwood

moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

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(06-105)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve Initial Electronics as the vendor for CCTV Camera Upgrades in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-55.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-105 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of the purchase of NovaNET Software.  Mrs. Brookins moved

and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-106)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the purchase of NovaNET Software, in the amount of $273,354, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-53.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-106 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of the Resolution Authorizing the Abatement of $22,000,000

from the Working Cash Fund to the Operations and Maintenance Fund.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved

and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

(06-107)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution Authorizing the Abatement of $22,000,000 from the Working Cash Fund, to be transferred to the Operations and Maintenance Fund,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-54.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-107 carried.

 

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Mr. Hampton requested approval of the Enterprise Wireless Local Area Network.  Mrs. Moten

moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-108)          It is moved that the Board of Education award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder, Sentinel Technologies, for the sum of $72,516.25, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-56.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-108 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of lighting upgrades at Rich East High School.  Mr.

Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-109)          It is moved that the Board of Education award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder, Sentinel Technologies, for the sum of $72,516.25, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-56.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Abstain: Jasinevicius

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-109 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to hire contractors for Rich South and Rich East High Schools’

Summer Renovations.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-110)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of Chicago Heights Construction Company, Amber Mechanical Contractors, Inc., and Glow Electric Company, for Summer Renovations of classrooms at Rich South and Rich East High Schools,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-57.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-110 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested the hiring of a project manager for summer renovations.  Mr. Cohn

moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-111)          It is moved that the Board of Education “Approve the Hiring of Gilbane Construction for Summer Renovation” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-59.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-111 carried.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald informed the Board that the reception for new staff is scheduled for September

18, 2006, at 6:15 p.m. She introduced all the new staff whose contracts were approved at the

meeting.  Mrs. Owens welcomed the new staff to the District.  Dr. McDonald noted that there

were currently 16 vacancies in the District.  The District has received 15 resignations through

today.

 

Mrs. Brookins asked about exit surveys.  Dr. McDonald noted that the number of exit surveys

will be included in the next Board packet

 

Mr. Cohn asked for a report on the seniority of the individuals leaving the District.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Policy Committee meeting of June 5, 2006.  She noted that

the Policy Committee is updating the policy books.  Another meeting has been scheduled

for June 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Central Media Center.

 

 

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Mr. Brunson reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of June 14.  He stated

that it looks as if the District will be in the black at the end of this fiscal year.

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Technology Committee meeting of June 14.  He noted that several

initiatives were presented, including an interactive web site, which will allow surveys to be

completed on the web.  The Dashboard is to be up and running by August.  There will be a

Master Calendar on the website.  It will list all activities for the entire school year.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Property Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.

He noted that Brazley and FGM had made visual presentations on construction projects which

are planned for the next few years. 

 

Mr. Brunson noted that his proposal to the Resolutions Committee must be submitted by

Wednesday, June 21.

 

 

Report of the Assistant Superintendent

 

Dr. Wong reported on Summer School 2006.  He noted there were 259 students enrolled, 161

used District transportation, 14 courses, and 14 teachers.  He is hoping to break even with the

registration fees. 

 

Mr. Cohn asked the Superintendent to break out driver’s education by itself for the Board’s

review.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan gave a report on mandatory meetings.  He said that it was difficult this year to find

a place large enough to hold the meetings due to construction at all the campuses.  The dates will

be available on the website by the end of the week.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that he will be scheduling a meeting with the Community Relations and

Long-Range Planning Committee on the Foundation.

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on Graduation 2006.  He said that from all accounts, graduation went well. 

Next year, graduation will be held on May 19.  Mr. Hunigan asked for Board members’

comments on graduation.  He noted the principals would like to go back to the schools.

 

Mrs. Brookins stated that it was her opinion that graduation cannot be held in the schools.

She asked the administration to check out other areas.

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Mrs. Owens asked for a survey from parents, staff and community so the Board can have

input regarding graduation.

 

Mrs. Norwood stated she felt the schools were too crowded.  She definitely does not want

to go back to the schools for graduation.  As a parent, she was very satisfied with graduation.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius stated he felt graduation went very well.  He was impressed with the

photographer.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next meeting would take place on July 17, 2006, at the

District Office, 20000 Governors Drive, Olympia Fields, IL.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the Board Retreat would take place on August 5.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Ms. Javonna Smith was recognized.  She spoke on the hiring of staff for the District.

 

 

Closed Session

 

Mrs. Owens requested a closed session.  At 9:45 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins

seconded the following:

 

(06-112)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss negotiations strategies 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 06-112 carried.

 

At 9:50 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

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(06-113)          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, Jasinevicius, Moten, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-113 carried.

 

 

At 9:51 p.m. Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-114)          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 06-114 carried.

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary