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September 18, 2006

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

SEPTEMBER 18, 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, September 18, 2006. 

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:44 p.m.

 

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

 

Also Present: Ms. Smith, Mr. Ducet (Star Newspapers), Ms. Saul, Ms. High, Ms. Lonest, Mr. Wilson, Ms. Wilson, Mr. Stewarat, Mr. Marshall (Kickert), Mr. Barnes (Illinois School Bus Co.), Dr. Colaire, Mr. Lewis, Ms. Faulkner, Mr. Dumas, Mr. Pfau, Mr. and Mrs. Miles, Ms. Powell, Ms. Harden, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Kimes, Mr. Kimes, Ms. Johnson, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Ms. Durley, Dr. Kirkwood, Ms. Cotton-Ramey, Dr. Craig, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Mason, Ms. Madison, Mr. Jenkins, Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Mnyofu, Ms. Atkins, Ms. Stovall-Henderson, Mr. Hunigan, Ms. Treichel, Mr. Hampton, Dr. Leak, Dr. McDonald, and student representatives Jamaire Atkins (East), Arielle Smith (Central), and Brian Terrell (South).

 

 

Reports from Student Representatives

 

Arielle Smith, Rich Central’s alternate student representative, Jamaire Atkins, Rich East’s alternate student representative, and Brian Terrell, Rich South’s student representative, reported on what is happening in their schools.

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Hunigan called Mr. Macon forward to recognize students from Rich Central. 

 

Mr. Macon called Dion Wilson and his parents to the front.  He noted that Dion was being recognized as he is a dedicated athlete, good student, high achiever and puts forth his best efforts. 

Mr. Macon called Ashley Faulkner and her parents forward.  He noted that Ashley is being recognized as she is a Central varsity volleyball player, in the band, in National Honor Society, a good student, and hard worker with high expectations.

 

Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Craig forward to recognize students from Rich East.

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Dr. Craig asked Mandy and Sarah Kimes and their father to come forward.  He noted that Mandy and Sarah had spent two months in Chili in a program sponsored by their church.  They had lived with a Chilian family and had attended school in Chili every day.  They raised the funds for this trip by babysitting and soliciting contributions.  Mandy and Sarah had told Dr. Craig that they would like to be missionaries some day.

 

Dr. Craig noted that Brian Tatum was unable to be present at the meeting tonight.

 

Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Kirkwood forward to recognize students from Rich South.

 

Dr. Kirkwood called Craig Harden II, Marcus Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Darryl Lewis-Powell, Matthew Reggs and Brian Terrell forward with their parents.  He noted these six young men had attended Boys’ State Leadership at Eastern Illinois University.  All six students are involved in numerous activities and are high achievers.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that Board was proud of all the students and happy to recognize students who are achieving.

 

Illinois School Bus Co./Kickert Presentation

 

Mr. Hampton announced that the District has had a transition to a new bus company this year.  During this transition, the District has had trials and tribulations.  Several meetings have been held regarding students not being picked up and dropped off on time.  There have been concerns about the safety of students.  The District was adding an addendum to the contract stating that if a bus is 10 minutes late, there will be a deduction from the daily rate the company receives.  He asked the two individuals representing the bus company to come forward.

 

Mr. Barnes noted there will be an on-site supervisor at each school to handle parental and faculty concerns. In addition, the bus company has given the District its direct lines and cell phone numbers.  Mr. Barnes noted that he is going to make it his business to meet with the Superintendent and Business Manager to make sure things work out.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked the reason the buses are running late.  Mr. Barnes answered that the buses are handling other school districts.  The company needs to resolve these issues.

 

 

Consent Agenda

 

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

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(07-22)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

a.         Approval of minutes

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the minutes of the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of August 21, 2006, the regular and closed session meetings of August 21, 2006, and the Special and closed session meetings of September 7, 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 September 18, 2006, as follows:

 

            Payroll

                                                           

Gross Payroll August 25, 2006 1,099,284.73

 

                                    Gross Payroll September 8, 2006         1,356,302.76

 

                                    Bills Payable

 

Education                                               703,270.48

 

                                    Operation & Maintenance                        117,638.63

 

Transportation                               62,924.54

 

Tort                                                           1,446.82

 

Capital Project                         1,819,042.03

 

Site & Construction                                   53,037.00

                                                                                      

            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 September 18, 2006, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

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            Payroll                                                   

 

Gross Payroll August 25, 2006    4,704.61

 

Gross Payroll September 8, 2006            4,924.61

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                   796.12

                                              

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 new teaching contracts

 

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

Full Time 2006-2007 School Year

 

                                                            Robert Abrams Step 9, MA Lane         Science/East

 

                                                            6th Assignments

 

                                                            John Benney                 .1 of Step 15, MA Lane          

                                                                                                PE/South

                                                            William Hayes  .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                                                                Foreign Language/Central

                                                            Hope Henderson          .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                                                                Business/Central

                                                            David Holmes   .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                                                                PE/East

                                                            Renee Williams .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                                                                Foreign Language/East

                                                            Jean Paul Zwickert       .1 of Step 6, MA Lane

                                                                                                Math/Central   

 

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Evening School Teachers

 

                                                            Glen Abbott                 Math    (2nd semester)

 

                                                            Debra Nicholson          Math    (1st & 2nd semester)

 

Marilyn Ware   Language Arts (1st & 2nd semester)

 

                                                            Christopher Walsh        Social Studies (1st & 2nd semester)

 

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

 

  1. Approval of termination

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the terminations of certificated staff Elishondra Davis effective immediately.

 

  1.             Approval of resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the resignation of certificated staff members Sandra Schlesselman effective September 8, 2006, and Angail Muhammad effective August 14, 2006.

 

  1. Approval of foreign trip

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the addition of students from Rich Central and Rich South High Schools to the approved Rich East High School foreign trip to France during Spring Break 2007.

 

  1. Approval of Application for Recognition of Schools

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Application for Recognition of Schools.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-22 carried.

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Financial Considerations

 

Mrs. Owens requested adoption of the Career Preparation Network Budget.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(07-23)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the 2006-07 Career Preparation Network budget, as revised from that originally presented on August 21, 2006, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-08.  

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-23 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Owens requested adoption of the District Budget.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(07-24)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the 2006-07 Rich Township High School District 227 budget, as revised from that originally presented on August 21, 2006, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-10.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-24 carried.

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of a tax abatement agreement.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(07-25)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Agreement to Allow Bob Watson Dealership to Undertake Rights and Obligations Provided Under Economic Incentive Agreement from 1997,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-09.


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Mr. Hampton noted that the Economic Incentive Agreement had been signed in 1997 but this tax abatement did not begin until 2001.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-25 carried.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Dr. Colaire reported on Summer School 2006.  She introduced Ms. Wilson, who had helped in the Resource Room during summer School.  Ms. Wilson noted that she had been appointed behavior specialist/resource teacher. 

 

Dr. Colaire noted that it is her objective that summer school will continue to operate in the black.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked whether District students attended summer school.  Dr. Colaire responded that very few outside students were in attendance.  She noted that if she is given the opportunity to be the Director of Summer School next year, with the help of Dr. Leak she would like to look at the overall program.  She would like to hire more staff and have smaller classes. 

 

Mr. Cohn asked if Driver’s Education should be a part of summer school.  He stated he felt it was a drain on the District’s Summer School program.

 

Mr. Hampton noted he will look into whether Driver’s Education should continue to be part of Summer School.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked about a program for incoming freshmen.  Mr. Hunigan responded that the District’s RAMP program had to be revamped.  The District will be working with the foundation schools on a new program, which will not be part of the Summer School program.

 

Mr. Cohn noted that he would really like to see the District bring something forward on an enrichment program.  Also we need to have summer reading lists for the students.

 

Mrs. Owens noted these suggestions will be passed on to the Education Committee.

 

 

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Mr. Brunson reported on his attendance at the Ottosen School Law Conference.  He noted a wide range of topics had been discussed, including Driver’s Education.  If students drop out of school before age 18, their driver’s license is taken away effective July 1, 2007.  A law has been passed that will only allow diesel engines to idle for 10 minutes or less.  The Open Meeting Act will allow a Board member to attend a meeting telephonically, as long as a quorum is physically present.  Special Education issues were discussed.  Mr. Brunson suggested that administrative staff, including principals, attend these conferences.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked if Board members can attend a closed session telephonically.  Mr. Brunson responded that they could if there was a quorum present.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald reported on the New Staff Reception held prior to the Board meeting.  Ms. Rich gave a power point presentation, highlighting the mentoring program.  A portion of the evening’s reception was dedicated to Board members meeting and dialoging with new staff members. 

 

Ms. Brookins noted it had been a great reception.  The new staff members seemed energetic and full of life. 

 

Mr. Cohn noted that he liked the format, and the jazz music was very nice.  Many new teachers come from different careers.

 

Mr. Brunson added that several new teachers were former students, and several did their student teaching in our District.

 

Mrs. Norwood stated that Dr. McDonald had done a great job.  The new staff is a very diverse group of people.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood reported that the Policy Committee was bringing a draft of a new policy manual to the Board for approval.  She noted that the Policy Committee and Board members spent untold hours on the revision.  The policies will be in every building and on the web site.  She thanked all the Board members for their attendance at the meetings. 

 

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

 

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(07-26)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the amended new Policy Books.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                            Motion 07-26 carried.

 

 

Mr. Brunson added that the policy book is not a static documents.  It will be reviewed periodically.  It is a working document.

 

 

Mrs. Moten and Mrs. Brookins reported on the Student Forums of September 11.  Mrs. Moten noted that one forum had been held at each school at the request of the students.  Feedback from the May meeting had been discussed as well as items the students would like to see changed.  It was agreed that Student Forums will be held quarterly.    Mrs. Brookins added that Mr. Licatesi and Ms. Wynne were at the meetings.  The students expressed what is happening in their schools.  They talked about what makes a great teacher.  Posters were made with their suggestions.  There will be a follow up with what makes a great student.  The kids want their parents more involved in their education.

 

Mr. Cohn stated he would like to challenge the administration, board and community to help the Rich East band get new uniforms before this school year is over.  The students are embarrassed to be marching in t-shirts. 

 

Mr. Hunigan noted the administration has started developing a plan.  It will be brought to the October school board meeting.

 

Mrs. Owens added that the students asked the Board to help them come up with a strategy to get their parents more involved in the schools. 

 

Mrs. Brookins brought up that the Board needed a new date for the Education Committee meeting.  It was decided that the Education Committee would meet on October 4 as the PSAE scores were not yet received.

 

Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Leak noted that the District was anxiously awaiting the results of the PSAE scores.  They were due in August.

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Dr. Leak noted that the September 6 half day inservice and September 13 school improvement day had been used to work on SMART Goals and PBIS (Postive Behaviorial Interventions and Support).  She noted that data will be available on the District’s Dashboard website.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan updated the Board on SECME.  He noted representatives from SECME will be in the District on October 11.  They will meet with parents, administrators, students, teachers and community leaders.  Our District is the only school district in the Midwest accepted into the SECME ranks. 

 

Mr. Cohn thanked the Superintendent for bringing SECME into the District.

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on enrollment in the District.  He noted the District had acquired about 200 additional students over last year, and about 800 students from 2001.  The District needs to continue to look at enrollment growth.

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of a foreign exchange student.  He noted the District is working on a process whereby the District’s students will be able to be part of an exchange program to go to school in other countries.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-27)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the attendance of foreign exchange student Ana Lucio Lopez from Spain at Rich Central High School without payment of tuition for the 2006-2007 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-27 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on the Those Who Excel award received by the S.T.A.R.S. Council.  He noted that he would be attending the banquet in Decatur on October 7 where the S.T.A.R.S. Council would receive the Award of Merit.  Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Kirkwood forward to explain what the S.T.A.R.S. Council was involved with.

 

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Mrs. Owens congratulated the Rich South S.T.A.R.S. Council on receiving this award.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Community Forum (Vision/Mission Meeting) on September 20, 2006, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich Central.

 

Mrs. Owens noted there was a sign-up sheet going around for the National School Boards Association Conference on April 14 - 17, 2007.

 

Mrs. Owens mentioned that she had attended the SPEED ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony on September 9, 2006.  She noted that all the programs from SPEED had been consolidated into one new facility.  She said she will bring a video in for the Board to view. 

 

Mrs. Owens reported on the Country Club Hills Back To School Picnic.  The Rich Central band had participated.  Mr. Jasinevicius and Mr. Hunigan had attended.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He asked if each school gets an amount of money for activities. 

 

Mr. Hampton responded that part of the registration fees go to each school.  This occurs in October and is based on the number of students at each school.

 

Ms. Myles was recognized.  She stated she is disappointed with the Special Education Program in the District.  This is the fourth week of school and her son has had four incidents.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that this situation will be addressed.

 

Mr. Pfau was recognized.  He noted there was a teacher teaching an AP class who had never taught the subject.

 

Mrs. Owens stated Mr. Pfau should fill out a formal complaint and turn it in to the principal.

 

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Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He again asked about the $250.00 donation to Dwight Welch’s campaign.  He noted he had been informed by the Superintendent that a response would be delivered today.  Mr. Mnyofu also talked about the disclosure of information about his son.  He stated he had parents who were willing to go to court and swear that a teacher had disclosed information about his son.  Mr. Mnyofu stated that, per the Open Meetings Act, the Board cannot mention a specific name but the audience is allowed to mention a name.  He added that his son has given him authorization to check on the situation.

 

Mr. Hunigan announced that Old Business and New Business will be discussed following the closed session.

 

At 9:40 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-28)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider negotiations strategies.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                            Motion 07-28 carried.

 

 

At 10:00 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(07-29)            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 07-29 carried.

 

 

Board members had no Old Business or New Business to share.

 

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At 10:03 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-30)            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 07-30 carried.

 

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary