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December 11, 2007

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

DECEMBER 11, 2007

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, in the Media Center at Rich South High School, Richton Park, Illinois.

 

In the absence of the President, Mrs. Moten, Vice President, called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m., asked everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and requested a roll call.

 

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

Absent: Brunson

 

Also Present: Dr. Leak, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Hampton, Mr. Hunigan, Mrs. Treichel, Ms. Christain, Ms. High, Ms. Yarborough, Mr. Yarborough, Mr. Scott, Ms. Mayes, Mr. Smith, Mr. Tiffy, Mr. Hardaway, Mr. Lawson, Mr. Cahill, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Alvardo, Mr. Smith, Mr. Eubanks, Mr. Mnyofu, Mrs. Martin, Mr. Reade, Ms. Henry, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Lemke, Ms. Altman, Mr. Altman, Ms. Madison, Dr. Kirkwood, Dr. Craig, Mr. Leftridge, Mr. Durley, Mr. Walker, Mr. Earls, Mr. Whitehead, Dr. Imoukhuede, Ms. Marda Cotton-Ramey, Ms. Crapps, Ms. Muhammad, Mr. Rapp, Ms. Hagemaster, Dr. Morgan, Ms. Scott-Batee, and Student Representatives Arielle Smith (Central), Mickietha Hampton (East), and Dallas Crain (South).

 

Mrs. Moten went over the Board goals. 

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Mrs. Moten asked if any citizens wished to be recognized pertaining to agenda items.  No citizens wished to be recognized.

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mrs. Moten called Dr. Kirkwood forward with Rich South student, Lorne Boutte and his parents.  He noted that Lorne is a golfer, and he placed 1st in the SICA Conference.  In addition, Lorne placed 8th in regional Class 2A and is a sectional qualifier for Class 2A.  He currently has a 3.28 grade point average and has been offered a golf scholarship to Chicago State.  Lorne is also looking into attending Jackson State.

 

Mrs. Moten called Mrs. Martin forward with Jillian Price, Rich Central’s student to be recognized.  Her parents also came forward.  Mrs. Martin noted that Jillian was one of

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two Rich Central students whose ACT score ranked in the top 5% of 400,000 African-American students.  She has a 4.12 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society, Color Guard, Key Club and Spanish Honor Society.  Jillian has been accepted to Hampton University and plans to go to law school. 

 

Mrs. Moten asked Dr. Craig to come forward with the Rich East Football Team.  The team was recognized as the 2007 SICA South Conference Champions.  Eight of the team members were nominated to All-Conference, two were nominated All-Area and one, Brian Lawson, was named to the Illinois High school Association All-State Team.  Brian was also named Defensive MVP for the Conference.

 

 

Recognition of Staff

 

Mrs. Moten asked Mrs. Martin to come forward with Mr. Jeff Bonomo, Rich Central’s teacher to be recognized.  Mr. Bonomo was praised for his continuing efforts in providing PowerSchool tech support to the Rich Central campus.  Mr. Bonomo was nominated by his peers in recognition of his work during and after school to assure that there is adequate access to PowerSchool and all of its benefits.

 

Mrs. Moten asked Dr. Craig and Vikkeda Bass to come forward.  Ms. Bass was being recognized because she has served with great commitment and energy for five years in the Special Education Department at Rich East.  She has been a teacher and mentor and also serves on the Rich East School Improvement Committee. 

 

Mrs. Moten called Dr. Kirkwood forward with teacher Danielle Morrissette.  Dr. Kirkwood noted that Ms. Morrissette has served faithfully for 14 years in the Rich South Science Department.  She is the head of Rich South’s Forensic Science Program. 

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Mrs. Moten asked the student representatives to give their reports on what is taking place at their campuses. 

 

Arielle Smith, Rich Central’s student representative, talked about the support group for girls, Aspiring Angels.  She reported on the Speech Team’s most recent victory and shared that the Rich Central band is collecting gifts to donate for the holiday.

 

Mickietha Hampton, Rich East’s student representative, spoke of the success of Rich East’s homecoming dance, blood drive, food drive and the Breakfast with the Principal

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event.  She also reported that the new parking lot and additional parking spaces were extremely helpful at Rich East.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Moten asked for approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mrs. Upshaw moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(08-39)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as follows:

 

           A.         Approval of the minutes of the Budget/Property Committee meeting of November 12, 2007; and the regular, special and closed session meeting minutes of November 14, 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 December 11, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll November 10, 2007                   1,419,806.41  

 

Gross Payroll November 21, 2007                   1,393,610.31

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                           581,245.60

 

Operation and Maintenance                                 195,498.64

 

Capital Project Fund                                         2,366,133.32

 

Transportation                                                    335,384.31

 

Tort                                                                         1,079.99                                           

 

C.        Approval of payroll and bills payable for the Career Preparation Network

 

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            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated December 11, 2007, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll

 

            Gross Payroll November 10, 2007                       4,859.64

 

            Gross Payroll November 21, 2007                       4,859.64

 

            Bills Payable

 

            Education                                                                900.00                                                                   

  1.       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 new teaching contracts

 

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

 

            2007-2008 School Year

 

            James Doyle                             Step 1, BA Lane

            Language Arts, East

 

            Carmen Johnson                       Step 15, MA Lane

            Special Education, South

 

            Rhonda Lemke             Step 1, BA Lane

            Math, Central

 

            Douglas Schreiber                    Step 1, BA Lane

            Math, East

 

 

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            Early Bird Classes

 

            Mark Adamczyk                      .1 of Step 3, BA Lane

            Early Bird AP Physics, East

 

            Krystyna Dabrowska                .1 of Step 10, BA Lane

            Early Bird/CAD Honors, East

 

            John Detmar                             .1 of Step 10, BA Lane

            Early Bird Driver’s Education, East

 

            Eric Dykstra                             .1 of Step 2, BA Lane

            Foreign Language, East

 

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

 

  1. Approval of Family and Medical Leave

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Family and Medical Leave of Stacy Dunn from May 12, 2008, to May 23, 2008.

 

  1. Acceptance of Resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Mark Evans effective August 27, 2007.

 

  1. Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for International Code Council (formerly BOCA)

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for International Code Council (formerly BOCA) of Country Club Hills, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-20.

 

  1. Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Gafni, LLC

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Gafni, LLC in Country Club Hills, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-21.

 

  1. Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Carmax

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It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for CarMax of Tinley Park, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-22.

 

  1. Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Shurgard Storage Center

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Shurgard Storage Center of Country Club Hills, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-23.

 

  1. Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Country Inn and Suites

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Country Inn and Suites of Matteson, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-24.

 

  1. Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatements (Miller Auto Mall)

 

      It is moved that the Board of Education:

 

1) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Bauer Buick Pontiac/GMC.”

 

2) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Miller Buick & Pontiac.”

 

3) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Family Hyundai.”

 

4) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Miller Chevy Olds.”

 

5) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Matteson Imports.”

 

6) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Hawkinson Nissan.”

 

7) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Capital Lincoln Mercury.”

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8) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Sutton Ford.”

 

9) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Planet Toyota.”

 

10) Approve the “Resolution Providing for Real Estate Tax Abatement for Miller Auto Mall/Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 2007.”

 

In accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-25.

 

  1. Acceptance of $200 Check for Snowball

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept with gratitude the gift of $200.00 from Sertoma for the District’s Snowball Program.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay:  None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-39 carried.

 

 

Discussion on Board Meeting Dates

 

Board members discussed the meeting date for Board meetings beginning in January, 2008.  After discussion, Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-40)                        It is moved that the Board of Education change its regular meeting day to the 3rd Tuesday of every month as per the attached schedule.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-40 carried.

 


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Report of the Director of Fiscal Services

 

Mr. Hampton requested adoption of the 2007 tax levy.  He noted that the amount has not changed since the tentative levy was adopted in November.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-41)                        It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the resolution entitled, Resolution of Rich Township High School District 227, Cook County, Illinois, providing for the Levy of Taxes for the Year 2007” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-18.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-41 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a resolution on how to instruct the County Clerk how to apportion the 2007 Tax Levy.  He noted the District wants the highest proportion of funds to go to the Education Fund.  If this resolution is not passed, the County Clerk will proportionately limit the extension from all funds.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(08-42)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution to Instruct County Clerk How to Apportion 2007 Tax Levy Extension Reductions for Rich Township High School District No. 227, Cook County, Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-19.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-42 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of two Property Tax Abatement Refunds.  He noted that the County Clerk had made an error in not abating the taxes for Country Inn & Suites and for CarMax.  There are four years left on the Country Inn & Suites abatement and one

 

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year left on the CarMax abatement.   Mrs. Owens moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(08-43)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Payment to Montclair Hotel Investors, LLC, as owners of Country Inn & Suites, the amount of $18,062.97, in compensation for the Cook County Clerk’s error in not abating the taxpayer’s property tax bill for 2006 at the rate of 32%” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-26.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-43 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Owens moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(08-44)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Payment to CarMax in the amount of $88,192.94, in compensation for the Cook County Clerk’s error in not abating the taxpayer’s property tax bill for 2006 at the rate of 30%” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-27.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-44 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to hire AETNA as the District’s Term Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment Carrier.  He noted that AETNA had been hired to handle the District’s dental coverage in November.  Hiring AETNA for the District’s Term Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment Carrier will save the District $16,000.  Mr. Imoukhuede moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(08-45)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of AETNA as the District’s Term Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment Carrier” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-28.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-45 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a resolution authorizing non-pro rata distribution of property tax receipts.  He noted that if the District does not receive certain taxes, it wants the Cook County Clerk to reduce the taxes to the funds of the District in least need.  If the District does not pass this resolution, the Cook County Clerk will take the taxes from each fund proportionately.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(08-46)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution Authorizing Non-Pro Rata Distribution of Property Tax Receipts” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-29.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-46 carried.

 

 

Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Leak requested approval of three new courses for the 2008-2009 school year – Algebra I Honors, Fitness Through Yoga, and HZ Spanish I.  Approval of Algebra I Honors will allow Advanced Placement Calculus to be taken in the students’ senior year.  Fitness Through Yoga will give students an opportunity to take Yoga in their Physical Education class.  HZ Spanish I will give Special Education students an opportunity to learn conversational Spanish. 

 

Mrs. Norwood asked if these classes will be district-wide.  Dr. Leak responded that they will.

 

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

 

(08-47)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the addition of Algebra I Honors, Fitness Through Yoga, and HZ Spanish I for its taxonomy beginning with the 2008-2009 school year.

 

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-47 carried.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on the new auto dialer which is now up and running in the District.  He noted it now takes 1 – 2 minutes to make telephone calls with a message to all the individuals on the dialer system.

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on PowerSchool.  He noted that the administrators had met with Pearson, the distributor of PowerSchool.  The second part of PowerSchool, Pearson Inform, will register how students are doing as far as assessments are concerned.  There will be a place for academic interventions.  The program will produce a number of graphs.  Mr. Hunigan noted that a presentation will be given in a forthcoming Education Committee meeting.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Moten reminded the Board that the January Board meeting will take place on January 15, 2008, in the Rich South Media Center.

 

Mrs. Moten asked the Board to sign up for the Scariano School Law Seminar which will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2008, at The Signature Room, Seven Bridges, Woodridge.

 

 

Unfinished Business

 

Mr. Imoukhuede reminded the Board of the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

Mrs. Brookins reminded the Board of the Education Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

 

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New Business

 

Mrs. Norwood and Mrs. Moten scheduled a joint Property Committee/Budget and Finance Committee meeting for 6:00 p.m. on January 9, 2008, in the District Administrative Center.

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled a Technology Committee meeting for Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

Mrs. Brookins suggested that Board members meet with Foundation school board members at some time in the near future to talk about mutual concerns.

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Darrick Scott was recognized.  He noted he was a senior at Rich South.  He talked about the peer tutoring workshop.

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He read a prepared statement regarding a Freedom of Information request he had made of Mr. Hunigan on September 6, 2007, regarding current board members who have relatives who have received contracts from the District.  Mr. Mnyofu asked that the statement be made a part of the minutes.

 

The Rich Central Baseball Boosters gave a short presentation on the improvements to the baseball field.  They thanked the Board of Education for supporting the baseball team and authorizing these improvements.

 

At 8:50 p.m. Mr. Imoukhuede moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(08-47)                        It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-48 carried.

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary