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October 16, 2006

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

OCTOBER 16, 2006

MINUTES

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met at Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields, Illinois, on Monday, October 16, 2006.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:38 p.m.

 

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

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Dr. Leak, Mr. Hampton, Dr. McDonald, Ms. Ramey, Mrs. Treichel, Ms. Theobald, Mr. Bernier, Ms. Witt, Ms. Pawluk, Mr. Yarborough, Mr. Jurges, Ms. Crawley, Mr. Nolin, Mr. and Mrs. Fasel, Ms. Kindberg, Mr. Dykstra, Mr. Sommerville, Dr. Kirkwood, Ms. Gladney, Mr. Mnyofu, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Bozeman, Ms. Green, Ms. Varnardo, Ms. Durley, Mr. Dwyer, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Stovall-Henderson, Mr. Ducat, Ms. High, Mr. Flowers, Dr. Craig, Ms. Nelson, Mr. Macon, Mr. Craig, Ms. Robinson, Ms. Tarn, Mr. Thomas, Ms. Birts, Mr. Curran, Mr. and Mrs. Walker, and student representatives

 

Mrs. Owens began the meeting by noting that the Superintendent wished to share something with the public regarding an incident that occurred back in July.  Mr. Hunigan began by stating that a member of the audience had given him a Freedom of Information Request for a check in the amount of $250.00 which allegedly had been made payable to Mayor Dwight Welch’s campaign in 2002.  He noted he had been told by the District’s Business Office that no record of the check existed.  He then personally called Mayor Welch.  Mayor Welch had no record of the check.  During an audit in Country Club Hills, the check was found.  At that time, Country Club Hills was able to give him the actual check number.  Mr. Hunigan stated he personally went to Rich Central to look up the check.  At the beginning, the check did not come up in the bookkeeper’s records.  It did not come up until the actual number of the check was put in.  Mr. Hunigan stated that he was wrong.  There was a check written for a golf outing for $250.00 in 2002.  The Gift Ban Act was passed in 2003, and in 2004 our Board passed a policy regarding the Gift Ban Act.  Mr. Hunigan noted he needed to share this with the public.  A structure is now in place so a situation such as this should not occur again.  This amount has been refunded to the District.

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

No citizens wished to be recognized.

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Macon called Tiffani Murphy forward.  He noted that Tiffani was being recognized for her travel experience to West Africa with the New Faith Baptist Church.  She painted rooms and handed out supplies for two weeks during the summer.  Tiffani wants to be an interpreter for the United Nations after college.

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Mr. Macon called Mauricio Tolver forward.  Mr. Macon noted that, according to Ms. Barber, Mauricio is crazy about science.  He plays three sports and always puts his best effort forth in class.  Mauricio’s grade point average for the first quarter is 4.07.

 

Dr. Craig called Nadia Crawley and Chris Klaser forward.  He noted Nadia and Chris had exemplary academic records, were involved in many extracurricular activities, and were double entered in Speech.

 

Dr. Kirkwood called Kashundra Bailey forward.  He noted Kashundra was being recognized for her work in the SWS program.  She completed 3 classes in 7 weeks and has shown the District what SWS is all about.

 

Dr. Kirkwood noted that James Kent was also being recognized, although he could not be present at the meeting.  James excels in academics and is a well-mannered individual.

 

 

Recognition of Teachers

 

Mr. Hunigan noted the Board would be recognizing three teachers each month.  These are teachers who inspire students.  He noted that the public would be hearing more about how parents can recommend a teacher to be recognized.

 

Mr. Macon stated that Rich Central would be recognizing Phillip Crews, the band director.  Mr. Crews could not be present at the meeting because of a commitment to Prairie State College.  Rich Central’s band participated in the Cotton Bowl and placed first in many competitions.  The number of students involved in the band went from 30 to 120 since Mr. Crews became involved.

 

Mr. Macon added that the Rich Central Second Annual Marching Band and Drumline Competition would take place on Saturday, October 21.

 

Dr. Craig called Will Dwyer and his wife forward.  He noted that Mr. Dwyer is a Social Studies teacher at Rich East.  He performs many different roles in the District and is a 2007 Golden Apple nominee.  Rich East’s Teacher of the Month award was presented to Mr. Dwyer.

 

Rich South’s Teacher of the Month award was presented by Dr. Kirkwood to Mr. Mike Curran.  Mr. Curran has been in the District for 21 years and exemplifies “Failure Is Not An Option.”  Mr. Curran has been the head soccer coach at Rich South and was a finalist in a recent Illinois Teacher of the Year program.  He is known as “Mr. Rich South.”

 

 

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Student Representatives

 

Brian Terrell, Rich South’s student representative, and Eric Moler, Rich East’s alternative student representative, reported on what is happening at their schools.

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Dr. McDonald introduced Ms. Nancy Pawluk, Ms. Kina Thomas, and Mr. Brian Craig, counselors, who gave a presentation on their roles in the District.  All counselors in the audience stood to be recognized.  Ms. Moten asked the counselors to verify that all students were provided the services as outlined by the counselors.  Mr. Craig responded that the counselors have scheduled every student to meet with the counselors.  They are also devising a system to meet with all parents.  Mr. Jasinevicius asked how the counselors communicate with parents who don’t have access to the web.  Mr. Craig responded that they use mailings and the auto dialer.

 

Mr. Hunigan stated that the District is moving into intervention.  The District needs to know early when students are failing.  Teachers need to let counselors know right away.

 

Mr. Cohn asked what tools are missing to help the counselors do their jobs better.  Ms. Pawluk responded that the District needs a Student Management System.

 

Mrs. Owens asked the counselors to share information regarding their needs with the Superintendent.

 

Dr. Leak was recognized.  She presented the District Plan for Improving Student Achievement.  She noted that the District is working towards common assessments in all courses. 

 

Dr. McDonald introduced Mr. Dykstra.  She noted that teaching of Spanish has been increasing across the District, and Mr. Dykstra will be teaching Spanish.

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-31)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

a.         Request for approval of the minutes of the regular and closed session meetings of September 18, 2006, the District Budget Hearing and Career Preparation Network Budget Hearing of September 18, 2006, the Special

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meeting and closed session of September 26, 2006,  and the Education Committee meeting of October 4, 2006, as distributed.

 

b.         Request for approval of payroll and bills payable

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated October 16, 2006, as follows:

 

Payroll

                                                           

Gross Payroll September 25, 2006       1,311,215.83

 

                                                            Gross Payroll October 10, 2006           1,313,522.21

 

                                                            Bills Payable

 

Education                                               664,824.55

 

                                                            Operation & Maintenance                        115,012.13

 

Capital Project Fund                             1,391,858.19

 

                                                            Transportation                             212,730.73

 

                                                Site & Construction                              54,094.63  

 

Tort                                                        1,458.00

                                                                                                                         

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

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated October 16, 2006, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll           

 

Gross Payroll September 25, 2006       4,704.61

 

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Gross Payroll October 10, 2006           4,704.61

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                       123,509.99

                                              

d.         Request for approval of classified and exempt personnel report

 

            Suggested Motion:        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. Request for approval of teaching contracts

 

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

 

Part time

 

Eric Dykstra                 .2430 of Step 1, BA Lane

                                                                                                East/South Foreign Language

 

                                                            provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois

                                                            and North Central Association are met.

 

f.          Request for acceptance of resignation

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Denise Redick effective October 2, 2006.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-31 carried.

 

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Financial Considerations

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the Certified Staff Union Negotiations Agreement.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-32)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Certified Staff Union Negotiations Agreement between the Board of Education and the Rich Township High School Education Association for the four-year period of July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2010, as presented to the Board and ratified by the Rich Township High School Education Association on September 28, 2006.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-32 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of marquee signs for Central, East and South.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-33)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of All Right Sign, Inc., for Marquee Signs at Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South High Schools,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-11.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-33 carried.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting of October 4, 2006.  She noted that SMART Goals had been discussed in great detail by Dr. Leak.  In addition, SECME had been talked about as well as senior exit surveys.  Mr. Cohn asked about articulation.  Mrs. Owens noted that articulation will be an item on the next Education Committee meeting.

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Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan updated the Board on SECME.  He noted the focus of SECME is to get more students involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  A representative from SECME was in the District last week.  We are working to get a university to become a partner with our school district, which is the first step in the link.  Following that, SECME will be looking at our programs.  SECME is a program to get under represented students into math and science programs.  SECME would like to come to parent groups to discuss programs with them.  Mr. Cohn asked if foundation schools have been exposed to SECME.  Mr. Hunigan responded that that is part of the plan.

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the new Mission and Vision Statements for the District.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-34)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the new Mission and Vision Statements for the District as presented.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that there had been a large group meeting and a smaller group meeting to discuss the Mission and Vision Statements.  He noted that the statements, which he displayed in a power point presentation, had not changed that much from their original format.  In the Mission Statement, “Highest Level of Academic Achievement” had been added.  Mr. Hunigan noted that everything that is done in the District should be tied to that.  Regarding the Vision Statement, Mr. Hunigan noted that the words “Information-Intensive Society” had been added.  Students need to learn to work with technology.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-34 carried.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 20, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Snowball II Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, November 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Camp Manitoqua.

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Board members appointed Mr. Brunson as the Joint Conference Delegate for the November Conference in Chicago.

 

Mrs. Owens asked Mr. Jasinevicius to read a letter from District 218 thanking the Board for its support after one of its students passed away.

 

 

Old Business

 

Mr. Brunson and Mr. Jasinevicius scheduled a joint Budget/Properties meeting for 6:00 p.m. on October 23, 2006, at the District Offices.

 

Mrs. Norwood scheduled a Policy Committee meeting for November 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Brookins will let the Board know regarding the scheduling of an Education Committee meeting.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He noted that parents are struggling to get information from teachers.  He noted he hoped communication will be addressed.  In addition, he would like to know when the District is getting a Student Management System.  He also asked about the status of the District’s foundation.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that Mr. Veazey should attend the Technology Committee meeting on Thursday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the District Office.

 

Mr. Hunigan responded that the District is working to set up an organizational meeting for the foundation.  By November, something will be presented on the foundation.

 

Ms. Darwin was recognized.  She noted she is strongly encouraging the District to purchase a Student Management System.

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He noted he was confused with Mr. Hunigan’s explanation regarding the $250.00 donation made to a political campaign.

 

Mrs. Owens asked Mr. Mnyofu to make an appointment to speak with the Superintendent to discuss the situation.

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Mr. Cohn noted that he felt it was unfair to end the meeting with discussion regarding the check.  He added that Mr. Hunigan was not in the District when the check was written and the majority of the Board members were not serving on the Board at that time.  He noted Mr. Mnyofu was doing a disservice to everyone by continuing to talk on that subject.  The District is moving forward.

 

At 9:30 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(07-35)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider a student discipline matter and to discuss the appointment, employment, discipline, dismissal or compensation of an employee or officer and for pending litigation.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-35 carried.

 

 

At 10:15 p.m.,  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(07-36)            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 07-36 carried.

 

 

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

 

(07-37)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the Superintendent’s recommendation for the administrative and exempt staff salaries for theyear 2006-2007 as discussed in closed session.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were s follows:

 

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

Nay: None

Abstain: Jasinevicius

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-37 carried.

 

 

At 10:17 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(07-38)            It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-38 carried.

 

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary