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April 24, 2007

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

APRIL 24, 2007 

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, in the Auditorium at Rich East High School, Park Forest, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and asked everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.  She then requested a roll call.

 

Present: Brookins, Brunson, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Moten (8:15 p.m.), Norwood, Owens

Absent: None

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Dr. McDonald, Dr. Leak, Mr. Hampton, Ms. Ramey, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. and Mrs. Bouie, Dr. Epstein, Ms. High, Ms. Dumas, Ms. King, Mr. and Mrs. Barnes, Ms. Marshall, Ms. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Grant, Ms. Atkins, Ms. Gaston, Ms. Winn, Ms. Gregor-Whitmire, Ms. Moyer, Ms. Owens, Ms. Madison, Ms. Demchuk, Mr. Imoukhuede, Dr. Craig, Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. Smiley, Mr. Kredens, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Upshaw, Ms. McCoy, Mr. Zych, Ms. Tucker, Ms. Smith, and Student Representatives Zon D’Amour Dumas (Alternate Rich Central), Jamair Atkins (Alternate Rich East), and Brian Terrell (Rich South).

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Hunigan asked Mrs. Martin to come forward to recognize Rich Central’s students.  Mrs. Martin requested Kenneth Barnes and his family to come forward.  She noted that Kenneth was being recognized for having a grade point average of 3.8 and for his participation in extra-curricular activities. Kenneth wants to be a pharmacist.  Mrs. Martin noted that Elliot Robinson was not present, but he was being recognized for his grade point average, his enthusiasm to learn, and his participation is sports.

 

Mr. Hunigan asked Dr. Craig to come forward.  Dr. Craig noted that DeAndrea Ingram was not present.  He asked Adra Grant to come forward.  He noted Adra was being recognized for her positive attitude, her participation in Student Council and cheerleading, and the fact that she took on the challenge of uptracking her courses to honors.

 

Mr. Hunigan asked Dr. Kirkwood to come forward.  Dr. Kirkwood asked Corey Zych and his family to come forward.  He noted that Corey has a 4.3 grade point average and is currently valedictorian of his class.  He exceeded in all categories on the Prairie State Achievement Exam.  He is an outstanding citizen at Rich South and has a 98% attendance rate.  Dr. Kirkwood asked Craig Harden II and his family to come forward.  He noted Craig was being recognized for his musical abilities, his attendance rate, and the fact that he is an outstanding student at Rich South.

 

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Recognition of Teachers.

 

Mr. Hunigan called Mrs. Martin forward.  Mrs. Martin asked Dan Osika to come forward for recognition.  He noted that Mr. Osika teaches Biology Honors and Advanced Biology at Rich Central.  He has made endless contributions to Rich Central and has been a very caring teacher and mentor.  Mr. Osika plans to teach part time after his retirement.

 

Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Craig forward.  Dr. Craig asked Dr. Ryba Epstein to come forward to be recognized.  Dr. Craig noted that Dr. Epstein has been a teacher for 34 years, 17 of them at Rich East.  She was instrumental in establishing the AP courses, and has used her expertise in numerous ways at Rich East. 

 

Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Kirkwood forward.  Dr. Kirkwood asked Tracy Lett-Hill to come forward for recognition. He noted that Ms. Lett-Hill has high expectations for all students and believes failure is not an option.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Ms. Zon D’Amour Dunas, Rich Central’s alternate student representative, Ms. Jamair Atkins, Rich East’s alternate student representative, and Mr. Brian Terrell, Rich South’s student representative, reported on what is happening at their campuses.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

No citizens wished to be recognized.

 

 

Special Presentations.

 

Invest in Excellence (School Funding Reform).

 

Ms. Christy Hagemaster noted that the State of Illinois has to change what is happening with the funding of education.  Eighty percent of the school districts in the state are running with deficit spending.  On May 2, 2007, the IEA/NEA will sponsor buses to leave the south suburbs heading to Springfield to attend a funding rally.  District 227 has authorized 24 teachers to attend the rally.  Ms. Hagemaster invited the Board members to also attend the rally.  Ms. Hagemaster asked the Board members if they had any questions for her or for Mr. Lamb, who was also at the meeting.  Mrs. Owens asked if there was space on the bus for community members.  Ms. Hagemaster said yes, community members could attend.  They should notify Mr. Hunigan’s

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office if they wished to attend.  The bus will leave at 6:30 a.m. on May 2 and arrive home around 6:30 p.m.

 

Presentation on France Trip by Rich South and Rich Central students. 

 

Dr. Kirkwood, Ms. Saul and students from Rich South and Rich Central talked about the trip they had taken to France over Spring Break.  They noted they had an excellent time and the trip had been very beneficial.

 

Mr. Cohn asked if there would be future opportunities for formal exchange programs.  Ms. Saul stated that a committee had been formed to explore options for an exchange program.

 

 

Consent Agenda

 

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

 

(07-106)          It is moved that the Board of Education removed item #8k. from the Consent Agenda.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-106 carried.

 

 

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

 

(07-107)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the remaining Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

a.         Approval of the minutes of the Special Meeting and Closed Session of March 17, 2007; the Policy Committee Meeting, Regular Meeting and Closed Session of March 19, 2007; and the Special Meeting and Closed Session of April 2, 2007; as distributed.

 

b.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

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                                    It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated April 24, 2007, as follows:

 

Payroll

                                                           

Gross Payroll March 23, 2007  1,363,228.79

 

                                                            Gross Payroll    April 5, 2007                1,349,423.64

 

                                                            Bills Payable

 

Education                                             1,345,747.21

 

                                                Operation & Maintenance                        273,210.60

 

Capital Project Fund                                175,852.52

 

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                                                            Transportation                                        141,179.74

 

Tort                                                           2,462.00

 

Site & Construction                                   4,616.00

 

            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 April 24, 2007, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

Payroll  

 

Gross Payroll March 23, 2007      4,704.61

 

Gross Payroll April 5, 2007                      4,704.61

 

Bills Payable                                                 

 

Education                                          115,376.98

 

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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 teaching contract

 

                                    It is moved that the President, Secretary and Superintendent be authorized to sign a contract as follows:

 

Full Time 2007-2008              Step and Lane

 

                                                            Margaret Adebayo                   Step 8, MA Lane

                                                            Special Education (East)

                                                                                                                       

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

 

            f.                      Acceptance of resignations

 

                                    It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Eliot Pope, Joseph Hooks, Gregg Beglau, Michael White, Kelly Burton and Ellen Schumer effective at the conclusion of the 2006-2007 school year.

 

            g.                     Renewal of membership in the Illinois High School Association

 

                                    It is moved that the Board of Education approve the membership renewal of Rich Central, Rich East, and Rich

South in the Illinois High School Association for 2007-2008.

 

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            h.                     Renewal of membership in the National School Boards Association

 

                                    It is moved that the Board of Education approve renewal in the National School Boards Association for 2007-2008.

 

            i.                      Destruction of Audio Tapes

 

                                    It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the destruction of audio tapes of closed session meetings which were recorded prior to 18 months ago.

 

            j.          Approval to Sign and Submit Grants

 

                                    It is moved that the Board of Education approve the signing and submission by the Superintendent of any grants for which the District may be eligible.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-107 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Fiscal Services

 

Mr. Hampton requested establishment of the 2006-2007 tuition charge. He noted the tuition charge is based on the 2006-2007 audit report.  This tuition charge is for students outside our boundaries who attend the schools in our district.

 

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

 

(07-108)          It is moved that the Board of Education establish the tuition charge for non-resident students attending the Rich Township High Schools for 2006-2007 at $12,178.09, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-37.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                Motion 07-108 carried.

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Mr. Hampton requested acceptance of the Independent Auditor’s Report.  He noted that the auditors had found no items of concern during their audit.  The District had received Financial Recognition.  Normally, the audit report is completed in October or November of each year.  Due to the change in Treasurer’s Offices, the audit was just completed. Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-109)          It is moved that the Board of Education accept the Independent Auditor’s Report on the general purpose financial statements of Rich Township High School District No. 227 for the Fiscal Year 2005-2006, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-38.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-109 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to hire contractors for Rich South, Rich East and Rich Central High Schools.  He noted that a number of contractors had been hired at the April 2, 2007, Special Meeting of the Board.  At that meeting, the Board had been informed that additional contractors would need to be approved.  Mr. Hampton noted that Gatlin Plumbing and Heating had withdrawn its bid due to an omission in the bid specs and that the next low bidder is Voris Mechanical. There are five bid packages remaining.  Under the projected budget, the Board will be able to add some alternates to the project.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(07-110)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of Abbey Paving, Waukegan Steel, Oosterbaan, Shamrock Flooring, Great Lakes West, Precision Control Systems and Voris Mechanical” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-39.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-110 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of student fees for 2007-2008.  He noted that the fees will remain the same for next year.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

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(07-111)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Student Fee Schedule” for the 2007-2008 school year as presented for Central, East and South campuses, to remain the same as the 2006-2007 school year, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-40.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-111 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Personnel

 

Dr. McDonald noted that her office has reviewed the applications for administrative positions.  A consultant is assisting with the interview process.

 

Dr. McDonald reminded the Board that the retirement dinner is scheduled for May 10, 2007, at the Odyssey Country Club beginning at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Leak requested approval of textbooks for the 2007-2008 school year.  She noted that textbooks for AP courses had been updated.  Textbooks for common courses had been ordered.  There are 20 new textbooks being recommended, which have been on display in the District Office for the past two weeks and are also displayed at this meeting.  Dr. Leak noted that current textbooks have a life span of 4 – 5 years. 

 

Mr. Brunson asked if the textbooks were consistent with what the foundation districts are teaching.

 

Dr. Leak responded that the foundation districts are all using the same textbooks, especially in the 8th grade.  She noted this is the second phase of textbook purchases for the District.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked about the plans for Earth Science. 

 

Dr. Leak responded that Earth Science has been divided up and diffused into Social Studies.  This summer, her office will be looking at the curriculum and putting in Earth Science where appropriate.

 

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

 

(07-112)          It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the new textbooks as listed on the attached sheet for use at Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South High Schools beginning with the 2007-2008 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-112 carried.

 

Dr. Leak talked about the new Academy Structure for Freshman and Honors Academies for the three schools.  She noted that two full hours had been devoted to Academy Structure at the Education Committee meeting.  Data had been looked at.  Learning Communities had been discussed.

 

Dr. Leak brought up funding for summer school.  She noted her office is looking at rewriting the title grants to support summer school for 2008.

 

Mrs. Owens introduced the two newly elected Board members who were in the audience – Mr. Emmanuel A. Imoukhuede and Ms. Jacqueline Upshaw.  She also noted that Mr. Tony Brunson, currently a Board member, had been re-elected to the Board.

 

 

Summary of Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Brookins continued the report on the Education Committee meeting of April 23, 2007.  She noted that the three school reports on academies had been outstanding.  All School Improvement Teams had done an excellent job. 

 

Mrs. Owens added that when you see teachers come with such enthusiasm, it is contagious.

 

Mr. Cohn thanked the leadership in the District which has unleashed such talent in the District.  He complimented Superintendent Hunigan and Dr. Leak.

 

Special Reports

 

Mrs. Owens asked that the report on the National School Boards Association Conference be postponed until the May 2007 meeting.

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Mrs. Moten reported on the meeting of the Design Team for the Foundation, which was held on April 18, 2007.  She noted there are committed community members working on the team to come up with a plan for the foundation.

 

Mrs. Moten reminded the Board of the Community Forum scheduled for May 1, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich South. 

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that it was necessary to amend the school calendar due to the snow day taken on February 14, 2007.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-113)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the amended school calendar for 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 07-113 carried.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next regular meeting will take place on Monday, May 21, 2007, in the Rich East Media Center at 7:30 p.m.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Special Meeting/Reorganizational Meeting scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on May 14, 2007, in the District Administrative Offices.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that the Board would be scheduling a Special Meeting to discuss No Child Left Behind—District Report Card.

 

Mrs. Owens asked Mr. Jasinevicius and Mr. Cohn to come forward.  A special presentation was made to them in appreciation from the Board.  Mr. Cohn and Mr. Jasinevicius thanked the Board and community for their support over the past four years.

 

At 9:20 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

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(07-114)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the District or legal counsel for the District, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee or against legal counsel for the District to determine its validity.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-114 carried.

 

 

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

 

(07-115)          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 07-115 carried.

 

 

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

 

(07-116)          It is moved that Student #1 discussed in closed session be expelled for one complete calendar year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-116 carried.

 

 

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

 

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(07-117)          It is moved that Student #2 discussed in closed session be expelled for one complete calendar year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-117 carried.

 

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

 

(07-118)          It is moved that the Board of Education award a salary increase to the Superintendent as discussed in closed session.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Cohn, Norwood, Owens

Nay: Brunson, Moten

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-118 carried.

 

 

At 11:00 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-119)          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, Moten, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-119 carried.

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary