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July 10, 2007

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MINUTES

JULY 10, 2007

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Monday, July 10, 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: Ms. Dinwiddie, Ms. Baecher, Mr. Kaufmann, Ms. Janicki, Mr. Douglas, Ms. Ramey, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Dwyer, Ms. Green, Dr. Leak, Ms. High, Ms. Davis, Ms. Ramey, Ms. Bell, Ms. Varnardo, Dr. Colaire, Ms. Stobes, Ms. Turken, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Farr, Mr. Farr, Mr. and Mrs. Walker, Ms. Bassette, Ms. Dunley, Ms. Bouie, Ms. Ball, Mr. and Mrs. Milligan, Dr. Kirkwood, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. Hunigan, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Hampton

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

No citizens wished to be recognized pertaining to agenda items.

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Dr. McDonald and Mrs. Ramey presented Dr. Valeria Davis and Ms. Debra Anderson with a plaque and certificate for their work in facilitating the Instructional Assistant In-Service during the 2006-2007 school year.

 

Mr. Yolandus Douglas gave a presentation on a proposed trip to China for the Rich South band.  The band will be playing in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.  The band would leave on June 11, 2008.  Mr. Douglas introduced Ms. Rose Ramey, Vice President of the Band Boosters.  Mr. Hunigan noted he is working very closely with Mr. Douglas.  The District will be involved in the fundraising. - accounting for the dollars raised for the trip.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Brunson requested approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Hunigan asked Dr. McDonald to come forward to introduce the new staff members who were present.  Dr. McDonald introduced the following individuals: Ms. Georgeann Davis, Ms. Sharon Green, Ms. Jennifer Janicki, Ms. Sheila Allen-Stokes, Mr. Will Dwyer, Ms. LRoselia Colaire. Ms. Teresa Jones Bell. 

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

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(08-01)     It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed with the inclusion of Ms. L.Roselia Colaire as the Instructional Leader for Math at Rich South and Mr. Will Dwyer as the Assistant Principal for Student Activities/Athletics at Rich Central.

 

A.            Approval of the minutes of the special meeting and closed session meeting of April 10, 2007, and the regular meeting, special meeting and closed session meeting of June 18, 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 July 10, 2007, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll June 7, 2007                                                1,387,721.69

 

Gross Payroll June 22, 2007                                                3,770,568.05

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                                              311,045.12

 

Operation and Maintenance                                                        12,294.43

 

Capital Project Fund                                                                      1,012.00

 

Special End of Year Bills Payable (June 27, 2007)

 

Education                                                                           384,411.75

 

Operation & Maintenance                                                     91,916,84

 

Transportation                                                                           123,876.88

 

Site & Construction                                                                 26,083.57                     

 

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 July 10, 2007, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

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            Payroll

 

            Gross Payroll June 7, 2007                                                     4,704.61

 

            Gross Payroll June 22, 2007                                                     4,704.61

 

            Bills Payable

 

            Education                                                                                 5,516.83

 

D.            Approval of classified and exempt personnel report

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the classified and exempt personnel report listing new hires, leaves of absences, promotions, resignations, retirements, terminations, and transfers, as presented by the Superintendent, provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois are met.

 

E.            Approval of new teaching contracts

 

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

 

            Full Time

 

                        Sheila Allen-Stokes                Step 10, MA Lane

                        Nurse at Rich Central

 

                        Georgeann Davis                     Step 19, MA Lane

                        Special Education at Rich Central

 

                        Sharon Green                           Step 10, MA Lane

                        Physical Education at Rich South

 

                        Jennifer Janicki              Step 12, MA Lane

                        Special Education at Rich Central

 

                        Teresa Jones-Bell                    Step 6, MA Lane

                        Special Education at Rich Central/Rich South

 

                        Early Bird Class (Semester 1)

 

                        Mark Adamczyk                    .1 of Step 3, BA Lane

                        AP Physics at Rich East

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                        Krystyna Dabrowska                .1 of Step 10, BA Lane

                        Computer Aided Drafting Honors (CAD) at Rich East

 

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

 

  1. Acceptance of administrative resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of administrative staff member Greg Meyer effective June 30, 2007.   

 

  1. Acceptance of resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Antoine Anderson, Bonnie Cameron, Keith Cucio, Kathleen Johnson, and Robert Staudacher effective at the conclusion of the 2006-2007 school year.

 

  1. Closed session minutes and audio tapes

 

It is moved that the closed session minutes and audio tapes of the closed session meetings from December, 2006, through May, 2007, remain closed to the public for privacy reasons, and that the audio tapes for the meetings prior to 18 months ago be destroyed.

 

  1. Approval of new administrative contracts

 

Suggested Motion: It is moved that the Board of Education approve the following new administrative hires beginning with 2007-2008:

 

Sabrina Freeman                        Instructional Leader for Special Education

            Rich South

Codjhia Shelton                        Instructional Leader for Applied Arts

            Rich Central, East and South

TBA                                                Instructional Leader for Math

            Rich East

LRoselia Colaire                        Instructional Leader for Math

            Rich South

Will Dwyer                                    Assistant Principal for Student Activities/Athletics

            Rich Central

 

 

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

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 08-01 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Fiscal Services

 

No Report

 

 

Personnel Office Report

 

Dr. McDonald reported on that the Personnel Office is excited about its progress in hiring.  She stated that the Board will have a completed recommendation package at the August 14 meeting.

 

Mrs. Moten asked how many new hires there are in the District this year.  Dr. McDonald noted that she will get that information to her.

 

 

Summary of Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Norwood reminded the Board of the Properties Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, July 16, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

Mrs. Upshaw reminded the Board of the Policy Committee meeting to be held Monday, July 16, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled a Technology Committee meeting for July 25, 2007, at 6:00 p.m., at the District Administrative Center.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mrs. Upshaw noted that the Olympia Fields Education Commission will meet on August 6, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at the new Village Hall in Olympia Fields.

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Mr. Imoukhuede asked if copies of the information from the Olympia Fields Education Commission could be distributed to all members of the Board.

 

 

Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Leak requested approval of the Evans Newton, Inc. (ENI) proposal for Science Assessments.  She noted ENI will be developing common assessments for all science classes.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-02)             It is moved that the Board of Education approve the attached proposal from ENI    

             Science Assessments.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 08-02 carried.

 

 

Dr. Leak requested approval of new textbooks – AP Psychology, Earth Science, and Honors Physics.  She noted these are the last of the books to be approved.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(08-03)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the new textbook recommendations 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 08-03 carried.

 

Dr. Leak noted the Board had received a copy of the restructuring plans for each of the campuses. 

 


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Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on the upcoming Mandatory Meetings.  He noted that incoming freshmen and their parents/guardians are to attend one of six meetings scheduled from July 18, 2007, through July 26, 2007. 

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on the opening of school.  He noted that freshmen only would be attending school on August 15, 2007.  Sophomores, juniors and seniors begin on August 16, 2007.  Registration will take place July 31, August 1 and 2, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Mr. Hunigan asked Mr. Hampton to give the Board an update on construction at each campus.  Mr. Hampton noted that the contractors are running into problems at Rich East regarding asbestos.  The asbestos has to be abated within 48 hours.  Rich Central and Rich South are ahead of schedule in the completion of the construction work.  Mr. Hampton noted the District will have $950,000 for extra projects.  He will be bringing forth recommendations at the August meeting.

 

Mrs. Upshaw asked about the tour of the schools.  Mr. Hunigan noted the tour is scheduled for August 6, 2007, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

 

Mrs. Norwood noted the priority list for the extra projects will be discussed at the Property Committee meeting scheduled for July 16.

 

Mrs. Brookins asked about on-line registration.  Mr. Hunigan noted that the District is very close to having on-line registration.  He noted this is an item to be discussed at the Technology Committee meeting.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board of the next Board meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

Mr. Brunson noted that Mrs. Owens will serve as the Board’s representative on the Parent/Teacher Advisory Committee.  Mrs. Moten will serve as the Board’s representative on the Behavioral Interventions Committee.

 

 

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New Business

 

Mrs. Moten congratulated the teachers who had received the A+ energy grant in the amount of $10,000. 

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Stewart was recognized.  He asked the Administration to check into lunch supervision for next year.  Mr. Hunigan noted he will get back to him.

 

Mr. Stewart noted that since school is starting early, he wanted to know where the students who are late will go when arriving at school.

 

Mr. Stewart asked if there was any change in the 2.0 GPA requirement.  Mr. Brunson noted this would be referred to the Policy Committee.

 

Ms. Bassette was recognized.  She stated she had concerns about her daughter’s reading material in Language Arts.  She stated she felt the reading material was outdated.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He asked about the investigation regarding the PTSO.  He also asked about the process used to hire a new Athletic Director.  Mr. Brunson noted the Superintendent will let him know about the process.

 

Mr. Walker was recognized.  He asked about outreach to current eighth grade summer school students.  Mr. Hunigan asked Mr. Walker to contact him.

 

Mrs. High was recognized.  She reported on the upcoming “Jazz in the Park for Charity” concert at GSU on July 29, with the proceeds going to not-for-profit organizations in the south suburban area.

 

Sydney Milligan was recognized.  She stated she was a student at Rich Central.  She would like to see the campuses subscribe to “Speak” magazine.  She noted that she writes for the magazine.

 

At 8:55 p.m. Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the motion to adjourn.  After a voice vote, Mr. Brunson declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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