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January 22, 2007

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

JANUARY 22, 2007

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, January 22, 2007, in the Media Center at Rich South High School, Richton Park, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and asked all to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Mrs. Owens requested a roll call.

 

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

Absent: None

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Dr. McDonald, Mrs. Cotton Ramey, Mr. Hampton, Mrs. Martin, Dr. Leak, Mrs. Treichel, Ms. Newmann (Tribune), Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Daniels, Ms. High, Dr. Craig, Ms. Karen Marshall, Ms. Kelly Marshall, Ms. Diane Davis Williams, Ms. Yoon, Ms. Baranowski, Ms. LaQuesha Martin, Ms. Pierce, Ms. Little Mr. Mnyofu, Ms. Marron, Mr. and Mrs. McManaway, Mr. Keeley, Ms. Dunn, Ms Aguirre, Ms. Terrell, Mrs. Joseph, Mr. and Mrs. Bouie, Mr. Lites, Ms. Madison, Dr. Kirkwood, Ms. Jones, Mr. Macon, Ms. Terrell, Mr. McCoy, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Hawkins, Ms. Dishmon, Ms. Stanley, Ms. Harris, and student representatives Naja Hawk (Central), Eric Moker (East), and Brian Terrell (South).

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He objected to having the closed session minutes remain closed and the destruction of the audio tapes prior to 18 months. 

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Hunigan called Mr. Macon forward.  Mr. Macon asked Ashley Adams and her parents to come forward.  He noted Ashley was being recognized for academics, and for her participation in a number of activities at Rich Central.

 

Mr. Macon asked Brittany Mandeville and her parents to come forward.  He noted that Brittany was being recognized for academics and for her participation in a number of activities at Rich Central.

 

 

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Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Craig forward.  Dr. Craig asked Kyle McManaway and his parents to come forward.  He noted Kyle was being recognized because he is a dedicated scholar and involved in various sports as well as the National Honor Society.

 

Dr. Craig noted that Tonishea Mack could not be at the meeting but she was being recognized for her participation in basketball and because she has been on the honor roll since her freshman year.  She will be continuing her education on a full athletic scholarship.

 

Mr. Hunigan called Dr. Kirkwood forward.  Dr. Kirkwood asked Kelly Marshall and her parents to come forward.  He noted that Kelly was being recognized because she was doing an outstanding job in school and achieving at a high level.

 

Dr. Kirkwood asked Danesha Sutton and her parents to come forward. He noted that Danesha was being recognized because she was doing an outstanding job in the classroom and a good citizen in school.

 

 

Recognition of Teachers

 

Mr. Macon call Ms. Paula Marron forward.  He noted that Ms. Marron was being recognized for her outstanding work as the pre-vocational coordinator for Rich Central and for her work in the community.  She has been an education in District 227 for 20 years. 

 

Dr. Craig called Ms. Carmen Pierce forward.  He noted that Ms. Pierce is a veteran teacher of 30 years even though it is only her second year in District 227.  Dr. Craig stated that Ms. Pierce comes early and stays late and is always available to help students and staff alike. 

 

Dr. Kirkwood called Ms. Rhonda Travis forward.  He noted that Ms. Travis is a 2007 Golden Apple nominee.  She has been an educator for 23 years, with rigorous and relevant lessons.  She exemplifies what the District is looking for in a great teacher.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Naja Hawk, Rich Central’s student representative, Eric Moler, Rich East’s student representative, and Brian Terrell, Rich South’s student representative, reported on what is happening at their campuses.

 

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Special Presentations

 

Ms. Marda Cotton Ramey, Director of Special Education, gave a presentation on the special education programs in the District.  She noted that she is working on establishing a Special Education Advisory Board for the District.  She is also making sure that all Special Education students receive curriculum at their grade level.  Ms. Cotton Ramey talked about the establishment of vocational opportunities for students between the ages of 18 and 21 who are special education students in the District.

 

Mr. Daniels, Mr. Hopman, and Mr. Keeley, Assistant Principals for Athletics and Activities, gave a second quarter 2.0 eligibility report.  Board members requested another meeting be set where they can go over the figures in greater depth after they receive a written copy of the report.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens requested approval of the Consent Agenda.  She asked that Items “h” and “i” be removed from the Consent Agenda until more information can be acquired.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(07-70)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the      Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

            a.         Approval of the minutes of the regular and closed session

meetings of December 18, 2006; the Budget and Finance Committee meeting of December 18, 2006; the Education Committee meeting of January 9, 2007; and the Policy Committee meeting of January 10, 2007; as distributed.

 

b.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                        payroll and bills payable dated January 22, 2007,

                        as follows:

 

                                                Payroll

 

                                                Gross Payroll December 21, 2006        1,418,279.83

 

                                                Gross Payroll January 10, 2007            1,387,809.07

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                                                Bills Payable

 

                                                Education                                                370,893.87

 

                                                Operations & Maintenance                      134,277.98

 

                                                Capital Project Fund                                332,949.67

 

                                                Transportation                                         195,165.25

                                                Site & Construction                                 139,303.91

 

                                                Tort                                                             9,715.28

 

                                                Safety                                                          1,360.00

 

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 January 22, 2007, for the Career Preparation Network, as follows:

 

                                                Payroll

 

                                                Gross Payroll December 21, 2006             4,704.61

 

                                                Gross Payroll January 10, 2007                 4,704.61

 

                                                Bills Payable

 

                                                Education                                             145,427.36

 

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 require-

                        ments of the State of Illinois are met.

 

e.         Approval of teaching contracts

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                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                        teaching contracts as follows:

 

                                                Part Time 2006-2007 School Year

 

                                                Michael Gormaly          .5028 of Step 4, MA Lane

                                                Language Arts at South

 

                                                Martha McCarthy         .0607 of Step 1, BA Lane

                                                Language Arts at Central

 

                                                Yonna Stephens           .5028 of Step 1, BA Lane

                                                Language Arts at East

 

                                                6th Assignments

 

                                                Deborah Bernardi-Zajac           .1, Step 15, MA Lane

                                                Art at Central

 

                                                Jennifer Brown             .1, Step 6, BA Lane

                                                Special Education at East

 

                                                William Hayes              .1, Step 15, MA Lane

                                                Foreign Language at Central

 

                                                Tracy Lett-Hill              .1, Step 3, MA Lane

                                                Business at South

 

                                                Kathleen Sabo                          .1, Step 8, BA+15

                                                Career & Tech Ed. At East

 

                                                Edward Schmeski                     .1, Step 10, MA Lane

                                                Health at Central

 

                                                Art Schuldt                               .1, Step 15, MA Lane

                                                PE at Central

 

                                                Jean Paul Zwickert                   .1, Step 7, MA Lane

                                                Math at Central

 

                                                Early Bird Class

 

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                                                Phanna Chou                            .1, Step 2, MA Lane

                                                Math at Central

 

                                                Evening School

 

                                                Audrey Smith                           Hourly Rate

 

                                                Provided all the requirements of the State of

                                                Illinois and the North Central Association

                                                are met.

 

f.          Approval of resignation

 

                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

resignation of certificated staff member Paula Argue effective January 19, 2007.

 

g.         Approval of Family and Medical Leave

 

                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the

                        Family and Medical Leave of certificated teacher

                        Jaydene Mitchell from December 11, 2006, through

                        February 12, 2007.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: Brunson

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-70 carried.

 

 

Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to appoint the Superintendent to prepare a tentative budget.  Mr. Jasinevicius moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-71)            It is moved that the Board of Education, District 227, Cook County, Illinois, appoint the Superintendent of Schools to prepare a tentative budget for said school district for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2007, and ending June 30, 2008, which tentative budget shall be filed with the Secretary of the Board.

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay; None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-71 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval for the issuance of $37,435,000 General Obligation Limited School Bonds.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-72)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution providing

for the issue of $37,435,000 General Obligation Limited School Bonds, Series 2007, of Township High School District Number 227, Cook County, Illinois, and for the levy of a direct annual tax to pay the principal and interest on said bonds, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-30.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius noted that he did not know that the bond issue had been on the agenda for the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting. The agenda for the meeting was revised and was not reposted on the District’s website.  If he had known, he would have been at the meeting.  He also noted that in looking at the figures, it was his opinion that two commissions had been paid to the broker within a two-month period for the same bond issue.  Mr. Jasinevicius stated that he had asked for more information about the bond issue prior to the meeting. 

 

Mr. Grace noted that the debt had to be restructured to stay under 5.1 million dollars annually. 

 

Mr. Hampton added that restructuring saves the District 2.6 million dollars.

 

Mrs. Owens asked Mr. Jasinevicius to make an appointment to speak to Mr. Hampton about the bonding issue.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: Jasinevicius

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-72 carried.

 

 

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Mr. Hampton requested approval regarding authorizing and directing the execution of an escrow agreement

 

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

 

(07-73)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution

                        Authorizing and directing the execution of an Escrow Agreement in

                        connection with the issue of $37,435,000 General Obligation Limited

                        School Bonds, Series 2007, of Township High School District Number

                        227, Cook County, Illinois, in accordance with Business Office

                        Memorandum 07-31.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-73 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Personnel

 

Dr. McDonald reported that 123 candidates had applied for teaching positions at the District’s recruitment fair in January.  She congratulated the District’s Golden Apple nominees.  She also talked about the Personnel Committee meeting which had been held on January 17, at which a document for evaluating certified staff had been discussed.  She noted that the District has 20 teachers who are up for tenure this year.    In addition, the process for selecting and training substitute teachers had been discussed.

 

 

Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Leak introduced six teachers, Jeff Joyce, LaQuesha Martin and Alice Yoon, from the Algebra department, and Monshea Aguirre, Stacy Dunn and Elisa Baranowski, from the Geometry department.  These teachers gave a presentation on S.M.A.R.T. Goals for the District (Student Achievement Driven, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented, and Time Bound).

 

Dr. Leak expressed her thanks to the teachers and to Curriculum Coordinator Bob Kaufmann for their time and effort in developing the presentation. 

 

 

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Mr. Brunson asked if schools are testing on the same day.  Dr. Leak responded that they are. 

 

Board members expressed their thanks and appreciation to the teachers for their presentation.

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting held on January 9, 2007.  Topics discussed were: 1) The addition of courses to the District’s taxonomy; 2) The fact that the PSAE scores have not yet been received; 3) Making sure the District’s students receive Earth Science; 4) A Presentation by the staff of the School Within A School and Evening School.

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Policy Committee meeting of January 10.  She requested a first reading of revised Policy 6.190.  An addition had been made to the policy.  She also requested a first reading of the revised Cell Phone Policy.  A second reading of these policies will take place at the February board meeting.

 

Mrs. Moten reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  A report had been made on the audit for the District.  An extension was received until the end of the month.  There will be a report on the audit of activity accounts in the Board packet on Thursday.  There was discussion on the Gafni Tax Abatement and the fact that Gafni had applied to the Property Tax Appeal Board for a reduction in taxes.  The proposed bonding issue was reviewed by Mr. Ray Coyne of Hutchison, Shockey, a financial consulting firm.

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Personnel Committee meeting of January 17.  He noted that Dr. McDonald had presented the main points of the meeting earlier.  Mr. Cohn asked about the Professional Growth and Assessment Plan.  Dr. McDonald noted the final plan should be available within the next two weeks. 

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that he is working with the Board President to set a date for an update on his performance goals. 

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of a field trip for the Rich Central Jazz Band to go to Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.  He noted that the trip was over 300 miles

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away so Board approval was needed.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(07-74)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the field trip request

                        of the Rich Central Jazz Band to Truman State University, Kirksville,

                        MO, on February 24, 2007.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-74 carried.

 

Mr. Hunigan informed the Board that the Rich Central Jazz Band was also going to Platteville, WI, but since the trip was less than 300 miles it did not need Board approval.

 

Mr. Hunigan informed the Board that Rich Central has received a grant of $11,000 in partnership with the Rich Township governmental group.  The grant is to be used for support, career guidance, and youth service with Rich Township.  Mr. Hunigan noted he hopes to have Mr. Bradford at one of the Board’s future meetings to speak on the grant.

 

Mr. Hunigan mentioned to the Board that the administration is working on presenting the Board packets in an electronic format.  He hopes to have information for the Board at the February meeting.  Mrs. Owens requested a breakdown of costs of paper vs. electronic.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mr. Cohn noted that he had attended the Olympia Fields Education Commission meeting this past week.  Mr. Hunigan and Dr. Leak had given a presentation to the Commission, which had been very well received.  He noted that the District needs a marketing campaign to get the good news out to our communities.

 

Mrs. Brookins reported that she had attended a special session on “Boys in Crisis” at Governors State University.

 

Mrs. Norwood reported that District 159 had a grand opening on its new Colin Powell Middle School.

 

 

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Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board that the next Board meeting would take place on Monday, February 26, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich South Media Center.

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the Scariano and Klein, Thorpe School Law Conferences scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2007.

 

Mrs. Owens informed the Board that a sign-up sheet was being circulated for the South Cook Legislative Breakfast scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2007, at the Matteson Holiday Inn, at 8:30 a.m.

 

 

New Business

 

Mr. Brunson set a meeting with Ms. Moten and Mr. Hunigan for Wednesday, January 24, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. at the District Office.  The purpose of the meeting is to plan for the National School Boards Association presentation.

 

Mrs. Moten noted she was scheduling two meetings – a Student Forum for February 20 and a Community Forum for February 27.  The Community Forum will be held at 7:00 p.m. at a place to be determined.  Place and time for the Student Forum are to be determined.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius set a Property Committee meeting for January 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the District Office.

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled an Education Committee meeting for February 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the District Office.

 

Mrs. Norwood scheduled a Policy Committee meeting for February 26 at 6:30 p.m. prior to the regular Board meeting at Rich South.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens.

 

Ms. Dawn Jones was recognized.  She suggested the board members include biographys on themselves on the District’s web page.  She also suggested the board members publish their financial statements on the web page.  Ms. Jones asked that Ms. Ramey include in-house activities in the schools for special education students.

 

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Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He asked how many teachers have 6th assignments and how many have stipend positions.  He said he felt that teachers were selling their time and did not have time for their class preparations.  Mr. Veazey asked about e-mail notification of committee meetings.  He asked if he could receive a copy of the tenured status approval.  Mr. Veazey said he felt the Board was making a decision on cell phones without having any data to back up its decision. 

 

Mr. Mnyofu was recognized.  He talked about the audit of the student activity accounts, the administrator spending money on a golf outing, the Miller Auto Mall tax abatements.  He asked to know the specifics.

 

Mrs. Owens asked Mr. Mnyofu to make an appointment with the Superintendent to answer his questions.

 

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

 

(07-75)            It is moved that the Board of Education to into closed session to consider student discipline matters, to consider pending litigation when an action against, affecting or on behalf of the particular District has been filed and is pending before a court or administrative tribunal, and for 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 07-75 carried.

 

At 11:50 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-76)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Cohn, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

                                                                                                Motion 07-76 carried.

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

 

(07-77)            It is moved that Student A as discussed in closed session be sent to Evening School for the remainder of the 2006-2007 school year.  The only two activities that Student A will be allowed to attend will be graduation and prom.  Student A’s attendance at Evening School will be based on appropriate grades, behavior and school attendance.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Cohn, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-77 carried.

 

 

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

 

(07-78)            It is moved that Student B as discussed in closed session be expelled for the remainder of the 2006-2007 school year.  Student B will be sent to the Ombudsman Alternative School for the remainder of the school year.  Following the completion of the school year and based on grades,

behavior and attendance, the expulsion will be removed from Student B’s record. Student B will not be allowed at any school activities during the course of his expulsion.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Cohn, Norwood, Owens

Nay: Brunson

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-78 carried.

 

 

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

 

(07-79)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the settlement agreement as discussed in closed session.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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Aye: Brunson, Cohn, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-79 carried.

 

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

 

(07-80)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of administrative staff member LRosilia Colaire as submitted.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Cohn, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-80 carried.

 

 

At 11:55 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-81)            It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Cohn, Norwood, Owens

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-81 carried.

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary