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March 20, 2006

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MARCH 20, 2006 

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, March 20, 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.

 

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

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Dr. Wong, Dr. McDonald, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. Macon, Dr. Kirkwood, Mrs. Martin, Mr. Veazey, Mr. Curran, Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Pfau, Ms. Madrien, Ms. High, Ms. Moore, Ms. Brazzale, Ms. Czmyr, M. Beutler, Mr. Cahill, Mr. Cahill, Mr. Lawson, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Mayfield, Ms. McIvor, Mr. Coacicco, Mr. Abbey, Mr. Jchavers, Mr. Colquitt, Mr. Mcgregory, Mr. Gant, Mr. Holcomb, Ms. Gladney, Dr. Craig, Dr. Grossi, Mr. Hopman, Mr. Keeley, Mr. Daniels, Ms. Hatchett and student representatives Jasmine Miner (Central), Quinn Doriety (East), Aerian Brown (South).

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mrs. Owens called Mr. Macon forward to recognize Rich Central students.  Mr. Macon called the following students and their families forward for recognition for having received scholarships to colleges and universities: Yazmin Norwood and Steven Martin (University of Illinois); Jasmine Minor (Loyola University); Kendall Cannon (not present/Alabama A & M); Alton Drummer (Bradley University/mother accepted on his behalf); Morenike Erinkitola (Carthage); Sara Hannett (University of Tennessee); Michelle Hogan (Bradley University); and Richard Jeffries (University of Illinois). 

 

Mrs. Owens called Dr. Craig forward to recognize Rich East students.  Dr. Craig called Cody Czmyr forward and recognized her for her participation in extra-curricular activities and for having a heart of gold.  He also called Taylor Linear forward and recognized her for her participation in Snowball, the Diversity Dinner, and for being a student leader.

 

Mrs. Owens called Dr. Kirkwood forward to recognize Rich South students.  Mr. Kirkwood called Matthew Ford forward and recognized him for his participation in extra-curricular activities, his academic GPA, and for being a quiet leader.  He also called Dominique Steward forward and recognized her for her participation in extra-curricular activities and her grade point average.

 

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Mrs. Owens called Mrs. Martin forward to recognized a Phoenix Campus student.  Mrs. Martin called Steffinie Winfrey forward and recognized her for outstanding academic achievement and citizenship.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Jasmine Minor, Rich Central’s student representative, Quinn Doriety, Rich East’s student representative, and Aerian Brown, Rich South’s student representative, reported on what is happening at their campuses.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens (Public Forum)

 

Mr. Pfau was recognized.  He spoke on behalf of Mr. Veazey on overcrowding in the buildings, safety, and driver’s education at age 16 in the buildings.

 

Ms. High was recognized.  She stated she felt that students who are sending out scholarship applications shouldn’t have to pay postage.  It should be incorporated into the District’s budget.

 

Mrs. Moore was recognized.  She informed the Board that both her children had received scholarships.  In addition, she talked on the National Honor Society.  A student had a 3.7 GPA but had received a detention for not having an I.D. badge on.  She did not get into the National Honor Society.  Mrs. Owens stated that the Superintendent will take a look at that.

 

Mrs. Gladney was recognized.  She stated that the parents at the Phoenix Campus are not satisfied with the numbers regarding the costs for the Phoenix Campus.  She suggested to the Board that students be included at the beginning when decisions are made regarding schools.

Mrs. Owens suggested Mrs. Gladney make an appointment with the Superintendent to discuss this.

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Dr. Diana Grossi, Executive Director of the South Cook ISC 4, gave a presentation on the school audits.  She stated that these audits were necessary because the schools are currently in corrective action.  She noted that the schools need to put their focus on improved reading and math scores.   Mr. Jasinevicius asked what percentage increase in test scores our District needs to get off corrective action.  Dr. Grossi noted that 47.5% of students need to meet or exceed expectations on the PSAE.  Next year, that percentage is going up 7.5%.  She stated there is a formula for safe harbor, which incorporates an increase when schools cannot meet the state’s percentage.

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Mr. Hopman, Mr. Daniels, and Mr. Keeley gave a presentation on the PE/Health/Driver’s Education Department.  They went over the curriculum goals for the department:

 

  1. Understanding Wellness as a Lifestyle
  2. Mastering Health and Nutrition Concepts
  3. Developing Skills in Lifetime Activities/Sports
  4. Providing Opportunities for the Advancement of Specialized Skills Supporting Athletic Programs

 

Mr. Hopman noted that every sophomore student takes driver’s education. 

 

 

Consent Agenda

 

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

 

(06-67)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the consent agenda items as listed.

 

a..        Approval of the minutes of the Education/Policy Committee meeting of February 13, 2006; the Regular Board meeting of February 13, 2006; the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of February 15, 2006; the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of February 15, 2006; the Technology Committee meeting of February 21, 2006; the Personnel Committee meeting of February 21, 2006; the Special Meeting and Closed Session of February 27, 2006; the Policy Committee meeting of March 6, 2006; and the Special Meeting and Closed Session of March 8, 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 March 20, 2006, as follows:

 

Payroll

                                                           

Gross Payroll February 24, 2006          1,386,551.94

 

                                                            Gross Payroll March 10, 2006  1,304,176.28

 

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                                                            Bills Payable

 

Education                                             1,294,366.63

 

                                                Operation & Maintenance                        318,338.93

 

                                                            Transportation                             303,976.72       

 

Site & Construction                                 125,826.15  

 

Life Safety                                         11,138.96

 

            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 March 20, 2006, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll  

 

Gross Payroll February 24, 2006                  4,519.75

 

Gross Payroll March 10, 2006          4,519.75

 

Bills Payable                                                 

 

Education                                                  2,300.02

                                              

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 a contract as follows:

 

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6th Assignment/2nd Semester

 

D. Randy Goranson                                         

 

                                                            provided all the requirement of the State of Illinois and the

North Central Association are met.

 

  1. Approval of Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Part-Time Probationary Teachers

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Part-Time Probationary Teachers as distributed.

 

  1. Approval of Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of First Year Probationary Teachers

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of First Year Probationary Teachers as distributed.

 

  1. Approval of Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Second Year Probationary Teachers

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Second Year Probationary Teachers as distributed.

 

  1. Approval of Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Fourth Year Probationary Teacher

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Fourth Year Probationary Teacher as distributed.

 

  1. Approval of Unpaid Leave of Absence

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the unpaid Leave of Absence for Noreen Riley Wessendorf for the 2nd semester of the 2006-2007 school year.

 

  1. Acceptance of retirement

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the retirement of Assistant Superintendent Ovid K. Wong effective June 30, 2006.

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  1. Acceptance of resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of Associate Principal Ronaye R. Bush effective June 30, 2006.

 

  1. Appointment of Summer School Director

 

It is moved that LRoselia Colaire be appointed Director of the 2006 Summer School.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:     None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-67 carried.

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of student fees.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-68)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Student Fee Schedule” for the 2006-2007 school year as presented for Rich Central, Rich East, and Rich South campuses to remain the same as the 2005-2006 school year, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-34.

 

Mrs. Moten asked why parents are being charged for extra-curricular activities beyond the regular fees. 

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked where the fees are going at each campus.

 

Mr. Hunigan responded that he will get back to Board members regarding these two issues.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-68 carried.

 

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Mr. Hunigan asked for approval of a District office lease.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-69)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Negotiations with Aegis Properties Corporation, Governors Office Park, Olympia Fields,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-36.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-69 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of performance contractors.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(06-70)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of Energy Systems Group and Precision Control Systems, Inc. as the District’s Performance Contractors,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-37.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Abstain: Jasinevicius

                                                                                                            Motion 06-70 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of financing of the Technology Budget for Fiscal Year 2006-07.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(06-71)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Financing of the Technology Budget for Fiscal Year 2006-07, in the amount of $1,125,059,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-35.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted the administration had looked at the budget very closely.  The District can candle the budget for next year.  We are moving forward with the 5-year technology plan and are getting into a cycle of replacement.

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-71 carried.

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald noted that the principals are giving their needs for the 2006-2007 school year to the Superintendent.  She said she met with the Phoenix family and identified the site for the individuals renewing contracts.  They are aware of their employment status.

 

 

Summary of Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood requested a first reading for the Grading Policy.  She read the policy as follows:

 

The administration and professional staff shall establish a system of grading and reporting academic achievement to students and their parents and guardians.  Student performance will be reported using valid standards of learning in a grading system where A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69, and F=below 60.

 

There were no objections to the first reading.

 

Mrs. Moten reported on the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of February 15, 2006.  She noted that 300 members of the community had come together to discuss various issues including the following: dress code, school climate, construction and renovation, and Failure Is Not An Option. Recommendations, suggestions and ideas were given, and the questions and their answers are now on the District’s web site.  The Board is asking the community to help the District improve its schools.

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Technology Committee meeting of February 21, 2006.  A presentation was given on the Technology Plan for the District.  In addition, the Student Information System was addressed. 

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Personnel Committee meeting of February 21, 2006.  He noted that discussion centered on the responsibilities and evaluation of coaches.  In addition, there was discussion on new teacher involvement in sports, raising the GPA for athletes, the statistics of students meeting academic requirements for colleges, and conducting a survey of students and alumni.

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Mrs. Norwood reported on the Policy Committee meeting of March 6, 2006.  She noted that the Board is reviewing the District’s policy manual.  Sections 1, 2 and 3 had been discussed.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Property Committee meeting of March 15, 2006.  He noted that the Committee had discussed performance contracting, which had been approved at tonight’s meeting.

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  There had been a forensics presentation.  Dr. Wong had presented updated science goals.  There was discuss on the math resource lab at Rich East, summer school, Keytrain, and the grading policy. 

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Community Forum scheduled for Thursday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Rich East.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Snowball Closing Ceremonies.  He noted that it was refreshing to hear what the students experienced at Snowball.  He would like to see the program expanded.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that she was particularly impressed with the skits of the students.  She would love to see Snowball mandatory for all students, especially freshmen.

 

 

Report of the Assistant Superintendent

 

Dr. Wong reported on the Alternative Education Committee.  He noted the committee had visited Reavis, Woodstock and McHenry schools for School Within A School programs. 

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked about the curriculum for the School Within A School.  Mrs. Brookins said the curriculum will be computer based - possibly NovaNet.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the 2006-2007 calendar.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mr. Brunson seconded the following:

 

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(06-72)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the School Calendar for the school year 2006-2007 as presented.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 06-72 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan wished Dr. Wong and Dr. Bush the best as they leave the District.

 

Mr. Hunigan stated he will have a report on athletic eligibility to bring to the Board in April.

 

 

New Business

 

Mrs. Norwood noted that she will be setting a Policy Committee meeting with Ms. Laurel DiPrima of the Illinois Association of School Boards.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius noted that he had attended last week’s Village of Park Forest meeting.  He noted that he feels that our District needs to look at equal distribution of the tax burden in Park Forest.

Mrs. Owens noted that this will be looked into with legal counsel.

 

Mrs. Brookins mentioned that she would like to see a District calendar in use throughout the District.  Mr. Hunigan responded that he will get a date to the Board when the District calendar will be in use.

 

Mr. Brunson stated that he had chaired the last Board meeting.  He mentioned that a gentleman from National Investigations had talked about students who are attending our school district but who are not residents.  He added that students who have been identified as not in our school district have been dropped. 

 

Mrs. Moten asked about charging these students tuition.  Mr. Hunigan responded that the legal fees to collect the tuition would outweigh the money received.

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mrs. Owens recognized Mrs. Moore.  Mrs. Moore thanked Dr. Grossi for her report.  She said it was her opinion that the District looks on paper as if it is aligned with the State Standards but she

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felt it is not.  She also mentioned Rich Central’s high school band program.  She said only two Board members attended and no administrators.

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 9:45 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-73)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss a student discipline matter.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-73 carried.

 

 

At 10:30 p.m. Mr.. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-74)            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 06-74 carried.

 

 

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

 

(06-75)            It is moved that Student #1 discussed in closed session be expelled from Rich Township High Schools for the remainder of the 2005-2006 school year.  Student #1 can attend the Ombudsman alternative school during this period of time.  If Student #1 maintains appropriate grades, attendance and behavior at the Ombudsman school, this expulsion will be removed from her record.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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Aye: Brookins, Cohn, Moten, Norwood, Owens

Nay: Brunson, Jasinevicius

 

                                                                                                            Motion 06-75 carried.

 

 

At 10:32 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mrs. Owens declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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