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February 26, 2007

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2007 

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in a regular Board meeting on Monday, February 26, 2007, in the Media Center at Rich South High School, Richton Park, Illinois.

 

In the absence of the President, Mr. Brunson, Vice President, called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

 

Mr. Brunson requested all stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.  Following the Pledge, Mr. Brunson requested a roll call.

 

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

Absent: Owens

 

Also Present: Dr. Leak, Mr. Veazey, Ms. High, Ms. Upshaw, Mr. Lefridge, Mr. Bouie, Mrs. Bouie, Ms. Tucker, Mr. Macon, Dr. Kirkwood, Dr.Craig, Ms. Cotton-Ramey, Mr. Mnyofu, Mr. Little, Mrs. Little, Ms. Whalen, Ms. Carle, Mr. Walker, Mrs. Walker, Mr. Hunigan, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Treichel, and student representatives Danielle Hopkins (Rich Central alternate) and Brian Terrell (Rich South), as well as members of the Rich East Girls’ Basketball Team and Rich East Boys’ Wrestling Team.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

There were no citizens who wished to be recognized.

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Craig forward.  Dr. Craig noted he wished to have the Board recognize the Rich East Girls’ Basketball Team – the Rich East Rockets—and their coach, Jonnie Bass.  The team and the coach came forward to be recognized.  He noted that they were 2006-07 Lincolnway Tournament champions, conference champions, 2007 regional champions, and all the girls were quality leaders for the future.  Seven of the eight senior girls were going on to college on basketball scholarships.  The eighth player was injured and would be going to college, though not on a basketball scholarship.  Certificates were presented and pictures were taken.

 

Next, Dr. Craig called the Rich East Boys’ Wrestling Team forward with its coach, Mr. Paul Chandler.  Dr. Craig noted that the team was 18 – 0 in its season, SICA conference

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champions, 2nd in the Lincolnway Regional, had one state qualifier, and had an outstanding year in general.  Mr. Chandler, the wrestling coach, asked Mr. Martinez, a community member who volunteers his time and fundraises for the wrestling team, to come forward to be recognized. 

 

 

Recognition of Teachers

 

Mr. Macon, Rich Central’s principal, called Mr. Charles Brown forward for recognition.  He noted that Mr. Chandler is a model science teacher at Rich Central.  Mr. Brown practices the philosophy that a personal relationship between the students and the teachers is a key to learning.  His classroom is safe, supportive and fun.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Danielle Hopkins, Rich Central’s student representative, and Brian Terrell, Rich South’s student representative, reported on what is happening in their schools.

 

 

Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens asked for approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Jasinevicius asked to have #6f. removed from the Consent Agenda and voted on separately.  Mr. Brunson removed Policy 2.220 from #6h of the Consent Agenda.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following: 

 

(07-80)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed except for #6f. and part of #6h (Policy 2.220):

 

a.         Request for approval of the minutes of the Personnel Committee meeting of January 17, 2007; the regular and closed session meetings of January 22, 2007; the Property Committee meeting of January 31, 2007;and the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of February 12, 2007, as distributed.

 

b.         Request for approval of payroll and bills payable

 

            Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                                                payroll and bills payable dated February 26, 2007,

                                                as follows:

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                                                Payroll

 

                                                Gross Payroll January 25, 2007            1,359,651.55

 

                                                Gross Payroll February 9, 2007            1,346,170.16

 

                                                Bills Payable

 

                                                Education                                               759,670.66

 

                                                Operations & Maintenance                     269,518.40

 

                                                Capital Project Fund                               138,890.94

 

                                                Transportation                                        263,164.25

 

                                                Site & Construction                                135,357.88

 

                                                Tort                                                            8,903.00

 

                                                Bond and Interest                                       5,177.00

 

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

            Preparation Network

 

            Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve

the payroll and bills payable dated February 26, 2007, for the Career Preparation Network, as

                                                follows:

 

                                                Payroll

 

                                                Gross Payroll January 25, 2007                4,704.61

 

                                                Gross Payroll February 9, 2007                4,704.61

 

                                                Bills Payable

 

                                                Education                                                17,461.91

 

d.         Request for approval of classified and exempt personnel report

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            Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                                                classified and exempt personnel report listing new

                                                hires, leaves of absences, promotions, resignations,

                                                retirements, terminations and transfers, as presented

                                                by the Superintendent, provided all the require-

                                                ments of the State of Illinois are met.

 

e.         Open Closed Session Minutes

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the following closed session  of June 5, 2006, June 19, 2006 (Sessions 1 and 2),  June 26, 2006; July 17, 2006 (Sessions 1 and 2); August 5, 2006, August 9, 2006, August 21, 2006; September 7, 2006; September 18, 2006, September 26, 2006; October 16, 2006; November 13, 2006, and November 20, 2006 (Sessions 1 and 2);  remain closed for confidentiality reasons.

 

g.         Request for Acceptance of Donation

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education accept with gratitude the donation from Joan Feehery for the District’s Operation Snowball program.

 

h.         Approval of Policies

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the changes to the following District policies as discussed in the Policy Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting:

 

Policy 2:10, Policy 2:20, Policy 2:50, Policy 2:80, Policy 2:110, Policy 2:130, Policy 2:140, Policy 2:150, Policy 2:200, Policy 2:210, Policy 2:240, Policy 3:10, Policy 3:40, Policy 3:60, Policy 4:10, Policy 4:40, Policy 4:170, Policy 5:30, Policy 5:90, Policy 6:60, Policy 6:250, Policy 7:270, Policy 8:30, and Policy 8:60.

 

i.          Request for approval of new teaching contract

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the following teaching contract:

 

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6th Assignment

 

Tyrone Johnson            Step 5, BA Lane

 

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

 

j.          Request for approval of retirements

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the following retirements for certificated staff members:

 

Staff Member                                       Date of Retirement

 

Viola Baecher                                       End of 2009-2010 School Year

Michael Bartling                                    End of 2006-2007 School Year

Deborah Bernardi-Zajac                       End of 2007-2008 School Year

Lloyd Bernier                                       End of 2007-2008 School Year

Sharon Creamean                                 End of 2009-2010 School Year

Carol Cukierman                                  End of 2009-2010 School Year

Jimmy Daniels                           End of 2008-2009 School Year

Gregory Fash                                       End of 2009-2010 School Year

Nicolette Gabrysiak                              End of 2009-2010 School Year

Dale Randolph Goranson                      1st Semester, 2008-2009 School Year

Deborah Hardwick                               End of 2009-2010 School Year

William Hayes                          End of 2009-2010 School Year

Gloria Holman                          End of 2009-2010 School Year

David Holmes                                       1st Semester, 2007-2008 School Year

Marion Katterheinrich                           End of 2008-2009 School Year

Margaret Thomas Knight                      End of 2009-2010 School Year

Joan LeBeau                                        End of 2009-2010 School Year

David Levin                                          End of 2009-2010 School Year

Ronald North                                       End of 2008-2009 School Year

Dale Nugent                                         End of 2007-2008 School Year

Paul Piekosz                                         End of 2007-2008 School Year

Primo Rodriguez                                   End of 2006-2007 School Year

            Cynthia Stelzer                         1st Semester, 2009-2010 School Year

            Mark Zaban                                         End of 2009-2010 School Year

 

k.         Request for approval of new coaching sponsors

 

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Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the new coaching positions as follows:

 

            Head Softball Coach                            Jonnie Bass

            Head Girls’ Volleyball               Craig Marek

 

l.          Request for approval of resignations

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the resignations of certificated staff member Robert Breit effective January 25, 2007, and certificated staff member Ed Bye effective February 8, 2007.

 

m.        Request for approval of resignation

 

Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the resignation of administrative staff member Pat Keeley effective June 30, 2007.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-80 carried.

 

 

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

 

(07-81)            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.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Cohn, Moten, Norwood

Nay: Jasinevicius

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-81 carried.


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Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton reported on where the District is relative to the construction projects.  He

noted the Board had authorized the sale of $54,000,000 of bonds for construction projects.  In relation to this $54,000,000, $6,000,000 has been spent at Rich East for electrical, doors, lighting, and life safety.  At Rich South and Rich Central, $1,600,000 has been spent for doors, windows, exterior and interior lights.  Marquee signs have been installed at all three campuses.  Two classrooms have been built at East and two at South.  Total costs spent to date are $10,578,260, which leaves $43,421,740 for Phase B of the construction project.  Mr. Hampton noted that starting next week, the Business Office will receive bids for the construction projects.  The District won’t know until bids are opened which projects it will be able to complete.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked if RFP’s (Requests For Proposals) had been requested for these projects.  Mr. Hampton responded that the construction had been broken down into a number of packages to bid on. 

 

Mr. Cohn asked if the District negotiates contingency fees and change order fees.  Mr. Hampton responded that Gilbane will prepare an estimate for the total project, which will include hard costs and soft costs.  Contingency will be 3 – 3.5% of the total cost of the project.  The goal is not to use the contingency fees. 

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked if minority participation was written in.  Mr. Hampton responded the District was asking for a certain percentage of minority contractors in the bids.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a resolution to amend the development incentive agreement regarding Gafni tax abatement.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-82)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Amendment to Development Incentive Agreement Regarding Gafni Tax Abatement entered into in 2000, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-32.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-82 carried.

 

 

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Mr. Hampton requested approval of a resolution providing for a real estate tax abatement for Gafni, LLC.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-83)                        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 07-33.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-83 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of a resolution regarding impact fees from the Village of Park Forest.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-84)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 and the Village of Park Forest, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-34.

 

Mr. Hampton noted that the Village had $30,000 in impact fees to send the District after approval of this resolution.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-84 carried.

 

 

Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Leak reported on Institute Day, February 16, 2007.  She noted all teams across the District met to work on common assessments.  Assessments will be in line with textbooks across the District.  When school opens in the fall, every course will have a completed binder so the District will be able to make sure all courses are aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards.

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Committee Reports

 

Mr. Brunson scheduled a Budget and Finance Committee meeting for March 6, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. in the District Administrative Center.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius reported on the Property Committee meeting held January 31, 2007.  He noted that the architects and construction company gave an update on what is happening regarding construction in the District.  They gave an idea of what the buildings will look like after the construction is completed.

 

Mrs. Moten reported on the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of February 12, 2007.  She noted it had been a very detailed meeting of the Design Team for the Foundation.  This team will establish the Board for the Foundation.  The individuals on the Design Team are committed for six months.  By fall the Foundation will be established. 

 

Mrs. Moten reported on Student Forums of February 20, 2007.  She noted this was the second meeting with students.  The students reported back on issues which had been previously discussed, including the cafeteria food.   They also talked about the cell phone policy.  Students said they cannot leave their cell phones in their lockers.  The students talked about the District’s 2.0 grade point average policy for participation in athletics or activities..  They said that wasn’t high enough.  They felt the policy should be higher.  They were very vocal about raising the standards.

 

Mrs. Brookins added that students look up to the athletes in the District.  In addition, the students were very supportive of community service.  They definitely want to look at doing community service in the District as a graduation requirement.

 

Mrs. Moten added that students want to see their parents involved in the District.

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting of February 21, 2007.  There was a presentation from Mr. Hampton and Ms. Wynne on the food service in the District.  In addition the Athletic Directors gave a presentation on the 2.0 grade point average requirement for participation in athletics or activities policy.  The Committee asked for a breakdown by subject area on how many students are going to tutorial.  Mrs. Brookins noted that Summer School 2007 will be held at Rich Central because of concerns with construction at Rich South.  She noted summer school will not just be for students making up credits but also for other students who want to take classes for credit.  In addition, Advanced Placement courses and Honors and Freshman Academies were discussed.

 

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Mrs. Brookins reported on the Policy Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  She noted that updates on the policy changes from the Illinois Association of School Boards had been discussed.  The revised policy on 2.0 eligibility had been revisited.  There was discussion on the cell phone policy.

 

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

 

(07-85)                        It is moved that the second reading of the revised Policy on 2.0 eligibility be tabled until the March 19, 2007, meeting.

 

After a voice vote, Mr. Brunson declared the motion carried.

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-85 carried.

 

 

Mr. Cohn scheduled a Technology Committee meeting for Thursday, March 8, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. at the District Offices, Olympia Fields.  He noted that the two vendors for the Student Management System will be at the meeting to present their product for the District.  In addition, Mr. Koutavas will give an update on the wireless point to point system.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan noted he was bringing a comprehensive Crisis Plan to the Board for approval.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-86)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Crisis Plan for the District as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-86 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the School Calendar for 2007-2008.  He noted that the first day of school will be for freshmen only.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

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(07-87)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the 2007-2008 school calendar as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-87 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that the District Office is working on being able to supply the Board with an electronic agenda. 

 

Mr. Hunigan announced that the District had received financial recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education.  This is the highest financial category.  The District had received a 3.9 out of 4.0. 

 

Mr. Cohn complimented Mr. Hampton on receiving financial recognition for the District.  He asked that this item be shared with the community.

 

Mr. Hunigan stated he was pleased to announce that the District has made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in reading as noted on the PSAE (Prairie State Achievement Exam) in reading. We are as a District working on math. 

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next Board meeting will take place on Monday, March 19, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich East Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the IASB Spring Dinner Meeting taking place on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at Toyota Park, Bridgeview.

 

Special Meetings of the Board were scheduled as follows:

 

            Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., District Administrative Center.

            (Closed Session for Superintendent’s Evaluation)

 

            Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., District Administrative Center

            Approval of Student Management System

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New Business

 

Mrs. Moten scheduled a Community Forum for April 3, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at Rich South High School.

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled an Education Committee meeting for Tuesday, March 13, at 6:00 p.m., at the District Administrative Center.

 

Mrs. Norwood scheduled a Policy Committee meeting for Monday, March 19, 2007, at 6:30 p.m., in the Rich East Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens thanked the Board and community for the remembrances during her family’s recent loss.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mrs. High was recognized.  She called attention to a flyer she had distributed regarding a workshop by Microsoft taking place at Rich South at 4:00 p.m. on March 6.

 

Mr. Little was recognized.  He noted that it was phenomenal news about the PSAE scores.

 

Ms. Tucker was recognized.  She noted she is looking forward to seeing how she can be involved in the schools.

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He stated that, at the last Board meeting, he had talked about the destruction of the District’s audio tapes but had not talked about approval or non-approval of the District’s closed session minutes.  He asked about the delay in receiving the PSAE scores.  Mr. Brunson responded that the scores will not be available to the public until mid-March.  Mr. Mnyofu requested a copy of the Board policy on destruction of audio tapes.  He also asked for a clarification of whether public participation at a Board meeting was 4 minutes or 3 minutes.  Mrs. Treichel responded that public receives 4 minutes, unless there is a large number of individuals who wish to speak, and then the response time is cut to 3 minutes.

 

 

At 9:15 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-88)                        It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider a student discipline matter and to consider pending litigation.

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-88 carried.

 

 

At 10:20 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-89)                        It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-89 carried.

 

 

Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-90)                        It is moved that Student A discussed in closed session attend the District’s Evening School for the remainder of the 2006-2007 school year under the following conditions:

 

                        1.         Student A is expected to have appropriate grades, behavior and school attendance;

 

                        2.         Student A cannot attend any school activities at any of the schools or away from the schools.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-90 carried.

 


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At 10:25 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-91)                        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, Cohn, Jasinevicius, Moten, Norwood

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-91 carried.

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary