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August 14, 2007

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

AUGUST 14, 2007

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Tuesday, August 14, 2007, in the Board Room at the District Administrative Center, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

Mr. Brunson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.  He requested everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Present: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Dr. Leak, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Hampton, Mrs. Ramey, Mrs. Treichel, Mrs. High, Ms. Dudek, Mr. Daly, Ms. Christain, Ms. Bassette, Mr. White, Ms. Rago, Ms. Yarborough, Ms. Mmanabor, Mr. Semenske, Mr. Willis, Mr. Kehoe, Mr. Burks, Mr. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Walker, Ms. Lett-Hill, Ms. Simington, Dr. Craig, Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. Hemingway, Mr. Veazey, Mr. Pfau, Mr. Mnyofu, Ms. Smith

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

No citizens wished to be recognized pertaining to agenda items.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

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

 

(08-04)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

A.        Approval of the minutes of the regular Board meeting of July 10, 2007; the Property Committee meeting of July 16, 2007; the Policy Committee meeting of July 16, 2007; the Technology Committee meeting of July 25, 2007; and the Education Committee meeting of August 2, 2007; as distributed.

 

  1. Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated August 14, 2007, as follows:

 

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Payroll

 

Gross Payroll July 10, 2007                                          419,901.67

 

Gross Payroll July 25, 2007                                          332,848.99

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                                    641,713.53

 

Operation and Maintenance                                          168,599.49  

 

Capital Project Fund                                                  4,790,531.30

 

Transportation                                                              26,549.13

 

Site & Construction                                                       1,949.83    

 

Tort                                                                                7,528.15 

 

 

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 August 14, 2007, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll

 

            Gross Payroll July 10, 2007                                         1,709.92

 

            Gross Payroll July 25, 2007                                         1,709.92

 

 

            Bills Payable

 

            Education                                                                      1,240.00

 

D.        Request for approval of classified and exempt personnel report

 

 

 

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            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 new teaching contracts

 

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

 

            Full Time

 

                        Sue Amati                    Step 3, MA Lane         Business/South

                        Sandra Balough            Step 6, BA Lane          Special Education/East

                        Debra Buffington          Step 14, MA Lane       Foreign Language/Central

                        Kona Burks                  Step 1, MA Lane         Language Arts/Central/East

                        Lisa Calgaro                 Step 1, BA Lane          Language Arts/South

                        Margarita Delgado        Step 1, BA Lane          Math/South

                        Heather Davis               Step 2, BA Lane          Math/Central/South

                        Kelly Ann Dudek          Step 7, BA Lane          Language Arts/Central

                        Amber Egan                 Step 7, BA+15 Lane    Science/East

                        Kelly Hackl                  Step 1, BA Lane          Physical Education/Central

                        Johnny Jones, Jr.          Step 2, BA Lane          Social Studies/Central/South

                        Stephenie Joerger         Step 1, MA Lane         Social Studies/East

                        Casey Kasper              Step 2, BA Lane          Special Education/East

                        Robert Kehoe              Step 7, MA Lane         Special Education/East

                        Christine Marianovich Step 6, MA Lane           Special Education/East

                        Nancy Mmanabor        Step 1, MA Lane         Special Education/East

                        Kimberly Pawlicki        Step 4, BA Lane          Math/East

                        Martha Rago                Step 15, MA Lane       Science/South

                        Brett Semenske            Step 4, BA Lane          Science/East

                        Melonie Smith              Step 8, MA Lane         Math/Central/East

                        Nancy Wolski              Step 1, BA Lane          Science/Central/East

                        Andrea Woods-Mells Step 14, MA Lane         Language Arts/South

                        Diane Yarborough        Step 11, MA+30 Lane Language Arts/South

 

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

 

  1. Approval of administrative contract

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It is moved that the Board of Education approve the eleven month administrative contract for David Daly as the Instructional Leader for Math at Rich East beginning July 15, 2007.

 

  1. Acceptance of resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Kimberly Heinz, Beverly Herron, Carol Medrano, and Tondelenia Shaw effective with the conclusion of the 2006-2007 school year.

 

  1. Acceptance of retirements

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the retirement requests of certificated staff as follows:

 

            Praseela Feltenstein                  End of School Year 2010/2011

            Henrietta Hayes                        December 2010

            R. Jeff Horvath             End of School Year 2010/2011

            Tony Marturano                       End of School Year 2010/2011

            Dale Nordmeyer                       End of School Year 2010/2011

            Sandra Spann                           End of School Year 2010/2011

            Wayne Wirta                            End of School Year 2010/2011

            Patricia Wozny             End of School Year 2009/2010

 

  1. Renewal of SCOPE Dues

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the renewal of its membership in SCOPE and payment of dues for the 2007-2008 membership year.

 

  1. Renewal of Illinois Association of School Boards Dues

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the renewal of its membership in the Illinois Association of School Boards for the 2007-2008 school year.

 

Dr. McDonald introduced the new staff present at the meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 08-04 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Fiscal Services

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to lay the tentative District Budget on the table.  Mrs.

Moten moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-05)            It is moved that the Board of Education lay the tentative 2007-2008 Rich Township High School District 227 budget on the table; direct that copies be made available for public inspection for a period of not less than 30 days expiring on or before September 11, 2007; hold a public hearing on said budget September 11, 2007, and direct the secretary to have inserted in the local newspaper the attached notice of said availability for inspection and public hearing, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-01.

 

Mr. Hampton noted that he had made a presentation on the Budget at the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held on Monday, August 13, 2007.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 08-05 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to lay the tentative Career Preparation Network budget on the table.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(08-06)            It is moved that the Board of Education lay the tentative 2007-2008 Career   Preparation Network budget on the table; direct that copies be made available for public inspection for a period of not less than 30 days expiring on or before September 11, 2007; hold a public hearing on said budget September 11, 2007, and direct the secretary to have inserted in the local newspaper the attached notice of said availability for inspection and public hearing, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-02.

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Mr. Hampton noted that Rich Township High School District 227 is a member of the Career Preparation Network consortium.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 08-06 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a resolution authorizing legal counsel intervention in PTAB cases.  Mrs.Upshaw moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-07)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the attached resolution authorizing the law firm of Hauser, Izzo, DeTella & Petrarca, LLC, to intervene on the District’s behalf on all matters pertaining to Property Tax Appeals Board (PTAB) cases, subject to advance administrative review.

 

Mr. Hampton noted that the District saved $500,000 by having a law firm intervene in its Property Tax Appeals Board cases.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-07 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of the audit proposal for Fiscal Year 2006-2007.  Mrs. Upshaw moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(08-08)                        It is moved that the Board of Education accept the audit proposal dated

July 24, 2007, and engage the services of certified public accountants, McGladrey & Pullen, Mokena, Illinois, for the conduct of the District’s annual audit and related services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, in an amount not to exceed $38,000, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-04.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-08 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to hire “Perspective” as the District’s Employee Assistance (EAP) provider.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(08-09)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of

‘Perspective’ as the District’s Employee Assistance Program Provider” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-05.

 

Mr. Hampton noted that this item had been discussed at the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held on August 13, 2007.  This company will offer better services and support for the District’s staff.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-09 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to hire Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd. as an Independent Auditor for the District.  Mrs. Upshaw moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(08-10)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of Miller

Cooper & Co., Ltd. as an Independent Auditor to Evaluate Handling of Cash Receipts for District 227” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-06.

 

Mr. Hampton noted Miller Cooper & Co. would set policies and procedures for the handling of cash receipts.  This had been discussed at the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held on August 13, 2007.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-10 carried.

 

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Mr. Hampton requested approval of the Rich South Band Trip to China.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-11)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Rich South band

trip to Beijing, China, in the summer of 2008.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted this was the official approval of the China trip.  At the last meeting, the Rich South team came and presented to the Board. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-11 carried.

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald reported on the New Teacher Inservice held August 7 – 10, 2007.  She noted that academic expectations were stressed as was connecting everyday practice to the campus school improvement plan.  Dr. McDonald also reported on the Classified Staff Inservice held August 8, 2007.

 

Dr. McDonald reminded the Board of the New Staff Reception scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Cafeteria.

 

 

Summary of Committee Reports

 

Board members summarized what took place in their committee meetings held since the last Board meeting.  Minutes of these meetings are on the District’s web page.

 

Mrs. Upshaw reminded the Board of the Policy Committee meeting scheduled for August 20, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

 

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Special Reports

 

Mrs. Upshaw reported on her attendance at the Olympia Fields Education Commission.  She noted that Mr. Rainey, Associate Principal at Rich Central, was the special guest at the meeting.  She will make the minutes of the meeting available to Board members. 

 

 

Board members reported on the recent Board Retreat.  They talked about what they had gained from the Retreat.

 

 

Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Leak requested approval of the School Restructuring Plans.  She indicated the plans had been discussed at various meetings of the Board.  After approval the plans will be made available to the public.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(08-12)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the restructuring plans for

Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-12 carried.

 

 

Dr. Leak noted that a parent had brought up at the last Board meeting that she is concerned about some of the novels the students are required to read in school.  Dr. Leak stated that every administrator took a book home and read it.  The students will discuss the list at a student forum, and a committee will be organized to look at the list.  The issue will be brought up again in the April Board meeting, and any new books introduced as reading material will be voted on.  At the end of the year, the information will be posted on the District’s web site.

 

Mrs. Norwood asked if the seniors’ novels were also being look at.  Dr. Leak responded that the administration will also be looking at these novels.

 

 

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Mr. Imoukhuede asked if the classes had all their textbooks for school.  Dr. Leak responded that all the books were in except Pre-Calculus 2008.  This book has not been released for distribution yet.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan reported that the libraries at the three campuses would be extending their hours until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  He noted this is something the Board has been asking for. The details are being worked out.  The extension of hours will be communicated to the parents, students and community.

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on Institute Days, August 13 and 14.  He noted that this was a short Institute as staff members were introduced to PowerSchool.  Every classroom in the District has a computer, and the District is looking to improve communication.  The District is looking for parents to begin pulling up grades and student assignments right away.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board that the next Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich Central Media Center.

 

Mr. Brunson requested approval of Board goals.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-13)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Board Goals for

2007-2008 as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-13 carried.

 


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Recognition of Citizens

 

Mrs. Walker was recognized.  She talked about the District’s reading list.  She noted that she gives books to her children to read before school.  She then discusses the books with her children and puts the books in the proper context.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized. He applauded the Board for hiring an independent auditor for cash accounting.  He complimented the Board on getting the libraries open past 3:30 p.m.  Mr. Veazey asked if anything else has been done about dress codes for faculty and staff.  He noted that it was his opinion that the public comments were summarized too briefly in the District’s “Highlights.”  Mr. Veazey asked when the PSAE/ACT results would be available.  He also asked about a response to his letter.  Mr. Brunson said the letter is in the process of being sent.  Mr. Veazey commented that the individuals who come to the Board meetings are looking to improve the District. 

 

Dr. Leak replied that the PSAE scores should be available by August 24.  The ACT scores will be released on August 15.

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He commented on the Board’s motion to destroy audio tapes.  He noted that the District needs to check with the Public Records Commission before destroying tapes.  Mr. Mnyofu stated he was glad the District was working on getting an independent audit of school funds as they relate to cash intake.  He added that in 2003 the U.S. Golf Association held the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields Country Club.  The District had allowed parking facilities to be used.  Mr. Mnyofu noted he had made a Freedom of Information request for all receipts from all events.  There was a deposit made for $4,000 but no record of receipts.

 

Mr. Hampton asked Mr. Mnyofu to give him a call.  He stated he needed to go back and check his records. 

 

Mr. Mnyofu asked if the letter sent by President Brunson in June 2007 was authorized by the Board.  Mr. Brunson responded that the Board received copies of the letter, but the letter was his response to why he did what he did.

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Mr. Hunigan announced that this was going to be the year to implement SECME in the District.  He introduced Mr. Alvin Willis and Ms. Brenda High, who talked about their attendance at the 8-day SECME Summer Institute June 23 – July 1.  They showed projects they had worked on and talked about workshops they had attended. 

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Mr. Hunigan noted that the SECME staff was coming to District 227 in late September or early October.  They will meet with the Board.  They are now ready to work as partners in the District.

 

 

Unfinished Business

 

Mrs. Brookins asked about an instructor to teach Chinese.  Mr. Hunigan noted the one being considered did not get certified.  He stated the District was still looking.

 

Mrs. Brookins asked about residency investigations in the District.  Mr. Hunigan responded that the administration is working on it.

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 9:34 p.m. Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-14)            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, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-14 carried.

 

 

At 9:50 p.m. Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-15)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-15 carried.

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At 9:51 p.m. Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-16)            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, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-16 carried.

 

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary