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May 15, 2006

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

MAY 15, 2006

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, May 15, 2006, in the Media Center at Rich East High School, Park Forest, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m., and asked for everyone to stand for the pledge of allegiance.  Following the pledge, Mrs. Owens requested a roll call.

 

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

Absent: Norwood

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Hampton, Dr. Wong, Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. Macon, Dr. Craig, Mrs. Martin, Mr. Pfau, Mr. Veazey, Ms. High, Ms. Harrell, Mrs. Lohr, Tony Coleman,  Mrs. Caldwell, Mrs. Wynne, Ms. Jackson, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Kredens, Ramona Mosby, Mr. Mosby, Ms. Bailey, Ms. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Crapps, Brianna Gibson, Ms. Gibson, Ms. Harden, Mr. and Mrs. Frangella, Mr. and Mrs. Sime, Ms. Green, Ms. Swanson, Mr.and Mrs. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Kimes, Sarah Kimes, Mandy Kimes, Ms. Ginny Fenske-Mathers, Ms. Hatchett, Mike Augustiniak, Joe Augustiniak, Constance Whiteside, and student representatives Naja Hawk, Sarah Kimes, Quinn Doriety, Aerian Brown, and Chris Gladney.

 

 

Approval of Performance Contracts

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of performance contracts.  Mr. Hampton stated that the performance contracting includes HVAC, electrical, and doors at East and exterior doors and lighting at Central and South.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(06-90)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the contracts of Energy Systems Group for the amount not to exceed $5,828,881 and Precision Control Systems for the amount not to exceed $1,702,160 for Performance Contracting Services, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-46.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Cohn, Moten, Owens

Nay: None

Abstain: Jasinevicius

 

Motion 06-90 carried.

 


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Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Macon noted that Rich Central was recognizing three students for their work on a history project which is on display in the Rich Central Media Center.  He called Mike and Joe Augustiniak forward for recognition.  Prentyce Robinson was not able to be present. 

 

Dr. Craig, principal at Rich East noted that Eva London and Jon Asamoah, Rich East=s students for recognition, were unable to be present at the meeting.

 

Dr. Kirkwood, principal at Rich South, called Tony Coleman forward to be recognized for his poetry, Brianna Gibson for her academic achievement, and Constance Whiteside for receiving first place in vocal music in the latest SICA competition.

 

Mrs. Martin, Phoenix Campus principal, called Ramona Mosby forward to be recognized for her efforts with raising funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, her work with Kiwanis, Key Club International, and for being on the honor roll.

 

 

Recognition of Student Representatives

 

Mrs. Owens requested a motion to recognize the student representatives for the past year.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-91)            It is moved that the Board of Education recognize the following student representatives and alternates for their work during the 2005-2006 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-91 carried.

 

Phoenix Campus

 

Mrs. Martin called Christopher Gladney forward to be recognized.  She noted that this was his third year as a student representative.  In addition, he has had perfect attendance in school for the past three years.

 

 

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Rich South

 

Dr. Kirkwood called Aerian Brown forward to be recognized.  He stated that Aerian was an outstanding student, involved in student government, and student class president for Rich South.

 

Rich East

 

Dr. Craig called Sarah Kimes and Quinn Doriety forward to be recognized.  In addition to being a student representative, Sarah was also very involved in Mathletes.  Quinn was Vice President of his class, involved in speech and debate, and would be attending the University of Illinois as a pre-med student.

 

Rich Central

 

Mr. Macon stated that although Jonathan Matzkin-Bridger was not able to be present, he wanted to recognize him for his work on the board and for being valedictorian of his class and Student Council president.  He also recognized Naja Hawk for her work as student representative and noted that she was also prom queen.

 

 

Recognition of Retirees

 

Mrs. Owens stated that the Board of Education would like to recognize retirees for their years of service to District 227.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(06-92)            It is moved that the Board of Education recognize the following retirees for their many years of service to Rich Township High School District 227.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-92 carried.

 

The following staff members were recognized by the Director of Human Resources or the principal of their school.

 

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District Office

 

Faye Smith - Special Education Coordinator

Dr. Ovid Wong - Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

 

Lois Ramaeker - Food Service at East and District Payroll

Maureen Sebek - District Executive Secretary

 

Rich Central

 

Barb Daiker - Science Teacher

 

Leola Jackson - Food Service

Virginia Rzab - Food Service

 

Rich East

 

David Claudon - Language Arts Teacher

Adrian Frana - History Teacher

 

Betty Bertram - Cashier

Denise Manning - Guidance Secretary

Jewel Marcoux - Food Service Manager

 

Rich South

 

Rich Danek - Social Studies Teacher

Nick Misch - Vocational Education Teacher

 

Ruth Davis - Food Service and Media Center Clerk

Jackie Frangella - Food Service

Unice Harden - Food Service

Annita Parks - Instructional Assistant

Pearl Pisterzi - Food Service

Marcia Sime - Career Resource Center

 

Phoenix Campus

 

Adrienne Johnson - Instructional Assistant at South and Phoenix

 

 

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Recess

 

At 8:15 p.m. Mrs. Owens called a recess in order to give the Board an opportunity to congratulate the retirees.

 

At 8:30 p.m. Mrs. Owens reconvened the Board meeting.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Dr. Wong, Dr. McDonald, and Mrs. Martin gave a report on the Alternative School Proposal.  Dr. Wong recognized the members of the 34-member committee who were present at the meeting.  Topics discussed were: 1) Mission and Goals; 2) Target Population; 3) Curriculum;

4) Projected Costs. 

 

Mr. Brunson asked about the number of students who would be served.  Dr. McDonald noted that there would be 25 students per campus served under the School Within A School concept, and up to 100 students served in the Evening School, District wide. 

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that there would be a lead teacher for the night school who would report to the principal.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked whether the District would still be using the Ombudsman program and RISE program.  Mr. Hunigan responded that the District would be looking at situations on a case by case basis.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that the District wants freshmen to try the traditional school setting.  He added that alternative education is not for every student.  Only a few students should be served by alternative education. 

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

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

 

(06-93)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

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a.         Request for approval of the minutes of the Education Committee meeting, the regular Board meeting, and closed session of April 24, 2006; and the Policy Committee meeting of May 8, 2006, as distributed.

 

b.         Request for approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated May 15, 2006, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll April 25, 2006    1,345,282.17

 

Gross Payroll May 10, 2006                 1,256,393.85

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                             1,200,923.66

 

Operation & Maintenance                        155,039.80

 

Transportation                              313,446.26

 

Tort                                                             6,239.86

 

Site & Construction                                          370.00

 

                        c.                     Request for 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 May 15, 2006, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll  

 

Gross Payroll April 25, 2006         4,519.75

 

Gross Payroll May 10, 2006                      4,519.75

 

 

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Bills Payable                                                 

 

Education                                               4,018.01

                                              

 

d.                     Request for 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.                     Request for approval of teaching contract

 

It is moved that the President, Secretary and Superintendent be

authorized to sign contracts as follows:

 

Full Time 2006-2007  Step and Lane

 

 O. Eliot Pope              Step 3, BA Lane

Social Studies/Central

Stephen Reade             Step 13, MA+30 Lane

SWS/East

 

Jeffery Karras               Step 1, BA Lane

SWS/Rich South

 

Part Time 2005-2006 Step and Lane

 

Sharon Frigo                            .1381 of Step 15, MA Lane

Sp. Ed. (25 days)

 

provided all the requirement of the State of Illinois and the

North Central Association are met.

 

  1.                         Request for approval of administrative contracts

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the administrative contracts for Jacalyn Bailey as Special

 

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                                    Education Curriculum Coordinator for Rich Central and Rich South and Kelly Gould as Special Education Curriculum Coordinator for Rich East beginning July 1, 2006.

 

  1.                         Request for approval of extra schedule contract for                                           Stephen Reade

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the extra schedule contract as Head Football Coach at Rich East for Stephen Reade beginning with the 2006-2007 school year.

 

  1.                         Request for non-renewal of extra schedule contract for                          Brent Bronnenberg

 

It is moved that the extra schedule contract for Brent Bronnenberg as the head boys= basketball coach be non-renewed for the 2006-2007 school year.

 

i.                                  Request for approval of Parental Leave of Absence

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the unpaid Parental Leave of Absence for Amy Paris for the first semester of the 2006-2007 school year.

 

  1.                         Request for acceptance of resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Corie Rivera effective April 24, 2006.

 

  1.                         Request for approval of grant writing and submission

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the writing and submission of all grants for the 2006-2007 school year for which the District may qualify.

 

  1.                         Request for approval of contract for Executive Director of                                       Career Preparation Network

 

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It is moved that the Board of Education approve the contract for Thomas Hysell as Executive Director of the Career Preparation Network for the year 2006-2007.

 

  1.                         Request for approval of Payroll/Bookkeeper

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the hiring of Deborah L. Mason as the payroll/bookkeeper for the District Office beginning July 1, 2006.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-93 carried.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton requested award of a bid for duplicating paper.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs.

Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-94)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the low bid meeting specifications for non-recycled duplicating paper for the Central, East and South campuses, for the 2006-2007 school year, from the Murnane Paper Co., Elmhurst, IL, in the amount of $71,253.45, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-43.

 

Mr. Hampton noted he was bringing forth to the Board the paper bid for the entire district.

Murnane Paper Co. had the lowest bid.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-94 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested award of the athletic trainer contract.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

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(06-95)            It is moved that the Board of Education AAward the Three Year Athletic Trainer Contract to the Athletic & Therapeutic Institute (ATI), for a total amount of $211,500.00, commencing with the 2006-07 school year, and concluding with the 2008-09 school year,@ in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-44.

 

Mr. Hampton noted that ATI had stepped in and assumed the duties as athletic trainers after Health South went bankrupt.  This is the same cost as we are currently paying.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 06-95 carried.

 

Mr. Hunigan asked to have #10c. removed from the agenda at this time.  It will be discussed in closed session.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald noted that in the Personnel Committee meeting prior to the Board meeting a proposal for a new position was presented.  Extra schedule data and vacancy date were also presented.  The Personnel Office is currently trying to fill 25 classified and 31 certified positions.

 

 

Summary of Committee Reports

 

In the absence of Mrs. Norwood, Mrs. Brookins reported on the Policy Committee meeting of May 8, 2006.  She said the Policy Committee met and continued its discussion on updating the policy manual.  In addition the Policy Committee is asking to have #3(f) from the Recommended Handbook Changes reinstated into the handbook recommendations for the 2006-2007 school year.

 

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

 

(06-96)            It is moved that the Board of Education reinstate 3(f) back into the Recommended Handbook Changes for 2006-2007 as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 06-96 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Personnel Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  He noted the successes of the Personnel Office during the past year.  In addition, Mr. Cohn stated that the Personnel Committee had talked about sending all staff to customer service training sessions.  The Personnel Office will be drawing up its goals for 2006-2007.

 

Mrs. Brookins talked about the student forum which was held on Saturday, May 13.  She stated that 30 students had been present, and they had talked about a number of topics.  She noted she appreciated the students coming out and plans on having forums again next year. 

 

Mr. Cohn stated that the Board should have the forums at the beginning of the year so that students can tell the Board what they would like to see in the schools.

 

Mrs. Brookins thanked Mrs. Woodard for her help with the forum.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mr. Brunson talked about the Board having a workshop at the National School Boards Association Conference in 2007.  He noted that the District=s mandatory meetings would be the focus of the workshop. 

 

Mr. Hunigan added that some of the successes of the District can be tied to other interventions.

 

Mrs. Owens stated that the Board can submit the proposal for review by the NSBA Committee.

 

Mrs. Owens set an ad hoc committee to work on the proposal.  Mr. Brunson will chair the committee and Mr. Cohn will be a member.

 

Mr. Brunson talked about the Board=s support of the Illinois Constitutional Convention.  He will draft a resolution for the Board packet prior to the next Board meeting on June 19.

 

Board members discussed various sessions they had attended at the National School Boards Association Conference in April, 2006.

 

 

 

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Report of the Assistant Superintendent

 

Dr. Wong reported on a recent meeting with the Center for Systems, Security and Information Assurance, which is connected with Moraine Valley Community College.  The District has developed a planning committee to discuss partnerships with this group.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on his meeting with students at Rich East.  After the last Board meeting, he made an appointment to meet with these students regarding their issues.  He noted that the most important point to come out of the meeting was the issue of communication.  He agreed that, beginning in 2006, he would come out to the buildings to meet with groups of students on a quarterly basis.  The students will get topics together for discussion. 

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on Graduation 2006, which is scheduled for May 27.  He noted that next year, graduation will not be on a holiday weekend.  It will be the week before the Memorial Day weekend.  Graduation this year will be held at the Tinley Park Convention Center a follows: 

 

9:00 a.m.                 Rich South

 

1:00 p.m.                 Rich East

 

5:00 p.m.                 Rich Central

 

 

Report of the President.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that the next regularly scheduled Board meeting will take place on Monday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m.  The place is yet to be determined.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that the Board needs to be thinking about dates for a Board retreat with an IASB facilitator.

 

 

New Business

 

Mr. Brunson scheduled a Budget and Finance Committee meeting for Wednesday, June 14, at 6:00 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

 

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Board members are to look at their calendars for dates for a Personnel Committee of the Whole to discuss the Superintendent=s Evaluation.

 

Mr. Cohn asked the administration to look at dates for a Technology Committee meeting with Mr. Koutavas in attendance.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Pfau was recognized.  He asked for an update on negotiations.  Mrs. Owens responded that the contract expires on June 30, 2006.  A number of meetings have taken place and a number have been set for the next two months.

 

 

Mr. Kimes was recognized.  He talked about the forum being scheduled after the Rich East prom.  He also said that he wants to know if there will be a gymnastics program at Rich East next year.  Various individuals have not returned his telephone calls.  Mr. Hunigan will look into this.

 

 

Closed Session

 

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

 

(06-97)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss pending litigation.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 06-97 carried.

 

 

At 10:45 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-98)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Motion 06-98 carried.

 

 

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

 

(06-99)            It is moved that the Board of Education AApprove the Settlement with Corporate Lakes of Matteson, in the amount of $474,476.00, spread over three years,@ in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 06-45.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-99 carried.

 

 

At 10:50 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(06-100)          It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

Motion 06-100 carried.

 

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary