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March 19, 2007

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MARCH 19, 2007 

 

 

MINUTES

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met in a regular Board meeting on Monday, March 19, 2007, in the Media Center at Rich East High School, Park Forest, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Owens called the meeting to order and requested a roll call.

 

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

Absent: None

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Hampton, Mrs. Ramey, Mrs. Treichel, Mrs. Loh, Mr. Veazey, Mrs. High, Ms. Upshaw, Mr. Kaufmann, Ms. Birts, Ms. Tucker, Ms. Nelson, Ms. Jones, Dr. Craig, Ms. Pawluk, Ms. Shnay, Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. Moler, Mr. Curran, Ms. Malak, Mr. Leftridge, Mr. and Mrs. Plunkett,, Ms. Terrell, Mr. Winfrey, Mrs. Smart, Calayna Smart, Ms. Smith, Ms. Atkins, Mr. Griffin, Ms. Harper, Mr. Harper, Ms. Jackson, and student representatives Naja Hawk, Eric Moler, and Brian Terrell.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Mr. Curran was recognized.  He asked about the March 13, 2007, Education Committee meeting minutes.  He wants to see a list of the teachers who have been involved in the planning for the academies/small learning communities.  Mr. Curran also talked about the dismissal of staff as listed on the consent agenda.  He noted he felt that intervention was a key factor in retaining staff.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius stated that for the record he was not aware of the dismissal of the staff, and he was not part of the process.

 

Mrs. Owens responded that the administration followed the School Code in the dismissal process.

 

Recognition of Students

 

Ms. Birts, Associate Principal at Rich Central, asked Kyndall Harper and his family to come forward.  She noted that Kyndall was being recognized for grades and for basketball. 

 

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Ms. Birts noted that Elizabeth Woolf could not attend the meeting due to a death in her family.

 

Dr. Craig asked Corey Stutts to come forward with his family.  He noted Corey was being recognized because he was a well-rounded Rocket, involved in extra-curricular activities, taking difficult courses, and in the National Honor Society.

 

Dr. Craig asked Lareese Wells and her family to come forward.  He noted Lareese was being recognized because she was an exceptional role model with high standards and integrity.  She is always respectful and carries herself with integrity.

 

Dr. Kirkwood asked Jennifer Plunkett and her family to come forward.  He noted Jennifer was being recognized for outstanding academic achievement.  She is taking challenging classes, is involved in vocal music, gospel choir, and Fusion.

 

Dr. Kirkwood asked Dalayna Smart and her mother to come forward.  He noted Dalayna was being recognized for her grade point average, her involvement in extra-curricular activities, and the fact that she is striving to be one of the top 10 in her class.

 

 

Recognition of Teachers

 

Rich Central recognized Johnathan Key, who could not be present.

 

Rich East recognized Nancy Pawluk.  Dr. Craig noted that Nancy has been with District 227 for 23 years.  She is the senior class advisor and assists in coordinating the junior parent night.  No job is too big or too small for Nancy.

 

Rich South recognized Deborah Hardwick, who could not be present.

 

 

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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Consent Agenda

 

Mrs. Owens asked for approval of the consent agenda.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the consent agenda items as listed.

 

(07-92)            Approval of the minutes of the Regular Board meeting, Closed Session and Policy Committee meeting of February 26, 2007; the Budget and Finance Committee meeting, Special Meeting and Closed Session of March 6, 2007, the Technology Committee and Special Meeting of March 8, 2007, and the Education Committee meeting of March 13, 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 March 19, 2007, as

                        follows:

 

                                    Payroll

 

                                    Gross Payroll February 23, 2007          1,382,718.64

 

                                    Gross Payroll March 9, 2007                1,382,582.43

 

                                    Bills Payable

 

                                    Education                                                426,985.57

 

                                    Operations & Maintenance                      125,144.76

 

                                    Capital Project Fund                                108,160.20

 

                                    Transportation                                         252,113.72

 

                                    Tort                                                             1,627.73

 

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 March 19, 2007, for the Career Preparation Network, as follows:

 

                                    Payroll

 

                                    Gross Payroll February 23, 2007          4,704.61

 

                                    Gross Payroll March 9, 2007                4,704.61

 

                                    Bills Payable

 

                                    Education                                                518.59

 

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.         Destruction of Audio Tapes

 

                        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.

 

f.          Approval of Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Part-Time Probationary Teachers

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Part-Time Probationary Teachers as distributed.

 

g.         Approval of Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of First and Second Year Probationary Teachers

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of First and Second Year Probationary Teachers as distributed.

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h.         Approval of Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Third and Fourth Year Probationary Teachers

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Third and Fourth Year Probationary Teachers as distributed.

 

i.          Approval of Resolution authorizing Dismissal and Reassignment of Tenured Teachers

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Reassignment of Tenured Teachers as distributed.

 

j.          Approval of Resolution authorizing Dismissal of Administrator

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal of an Administrator as distributed.

 

k.         Acceptance of resignations

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Jack Eddy, Eileen Hatherley, and Michael Hoffman effective at the conclusion of the 2006-2007 school year.

 

l.          Acceptance of resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of Heidi Weekley, Employee Assistance Coordinator for District 227, effective March 13, 2007.

 

m.        Approval of teaching contract

 

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

 

                        Full time (2007-2008)

 

Steven Tadlock                        Step 11, MA Lane       Social Studies, Central 

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

 

n.         Approval of new coaching positions

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the hiring of Steven Tadlock as the Head Football Coach for Rich Central High School effective for the 2007-2008 school year.

 

o.         Acceptance of resignation of coaching position

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of Fred Jacobeit as the Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at Rich East High School effective immediately.

 

p.         Approval of building foreman for Rich East

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the hiring of Martin H. Whitten as the building foreman for Rich East High School effective March 2007.

 

q.         Approval of changes to Board Policies

 

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 1.20, Policy 2.90, Policy 2.120, Policy 2.230, Policy 2.260, Policy 3.50, Policy 4.160, Policy 5.40, Policy 5.150, Policy 5.160, Policy 5.170, Policy 5.300, Policy 5.320, Policy 6.30, Policy 6.80, Policy 6.150, Policy 6.210, Policy 6.220 Policy 6.230, Policy 6.290, Policy 6.330, Policy 7.90, Policy 7.150, Policy 7.220, Policy 7.260, Policy 7.310, Policy 8.10, Policy 8.100, Policy 8.110

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: Jasinevicius

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-92 carried.

 

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Financial Considerations

 

Mr. Hampton gave a quarterly budget report.  Mr. Cohn asked if Mr. Hampton had any concern regarding the funds which were over the budgeted amount.  Mr. Hampton noted that historically the IMRF fund was over budget.  Some of the expenditures will be transferred to the Education Fund.  He noted there is talk about combining funds so school districts have more flexibility in funds.

 

Mr. Hampton talked about the two school funding reform proposals, one of which is proposed to eliminate property tax in funding education and rely on sales tax and income tax and the other to increase tax on corporations.  He noted a rally was planned for May 2 in Springfield.  If anyone was interested in participating in the rally, they should contact him.

 

Mr. Brunson asked if the IEA/NEA was providing transportation to Springfield.  Mr. Hampton responded that it was.

 

Mrs. Owens asked that this information be publicized.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that the south suburban superintendents were planning to publish a position paper in the very near future regarding their stand on the funding proposals.

 

Mr. Brunson asked about the auditors.  Mr. Hampton responded that the auditors do not have the bound copy of the audit report for signature ready yet.

 

Mr. Jasinevicius asked about the $11 million dollars spent out of the construction fund.  Mr. Hampton responded that $6 million had been spent at East, $1.2 million at South, and $1.3 million at Central.  The architects have been paid 90%. 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of the development of land at Interstate 80 and Ridgeland Avenue.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-93)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Development Incentive Agreement between Rich Township High School District 227 and First Industrial Acquisitions, Inc., in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 07-35.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-93 carried.

 

Summary of Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Owens announced that the minutes of the committee meetings are posted on the web site and are available on the table at the meeting.  Chairs will only be summarizing the meetings.

 

Mrs. Norwood requested removal from the table and a second reading of Policy 6.190. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-94)                        It is moved that the Board of Education remove from the table the second

                        reading of Policy 6.190.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-94 carried.

 

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

 

(07-95)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve Policy 6.190 as revised for the District’s Policy Book.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-95 carried.

 

Mrs. Norwood noted that the Illinois Association of School Board’s updates for the policy books had been discussed at the Policy Committee meeting prior to the Board meeting.

 

 

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Mr. Brunson asked about the proposed policy he had brought to the table regarding the next highest vote getter being appointed to the Board in the case of a withdrawal from the Board prior to the new Board being seated.  Mrs. Norwood noted that the Policy Committee had decided not to bring the proposal to the full Board.

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Budget and Finance Committee meeting held March 6, 2007.  He noted the Resolution Development Incentive Agreement with First Industrial Acquisitions, Inc. had been discussed. 

 

Mr. Cohn reported on the Technology Committee meeting of March 8, 2007.  He noted the District is moving forward in the implementation of Pearson PowerSchool for the Student Management System.  In addition, there was an update on the wireless point to point system.  The Technology Plan is almost 100% complete.

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting of March 14, 2007.  She noted that freshman and honors academies had been discussed.  The proposed new Bell Schedule had been discussed.  The Teacher Evaluation Model had been finalized.  The Summer School brochure has been completed. 

 

Mr. Cohn noted that a tremendous effort had been put forth on the Professional Growth and Assessment Plan. 

 

Mr. Jasinevicus asked about the Earth Science class.  Mrs. Brookins noted that Dr. Leak is working in cooperation with the foundation schools regarding Earth Science.

 

 

Special Reports

 

Board members reported on their attendance at the closing ceremonies for Snowball 1.  They noted that the staff and students do an excellent job each year, that it is an awesome experience to see the young people and how they learn and express themselves. 

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the Discipline Section of the Parent/Student Handbook.  He noted that a committee of parents, students, and teachers had reviewed the discipline section.  Mrs. Nelson, who had been on the committee, went over the changes with the Board.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

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(07-96)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Discipline Section

                        of the Parent/Student Handbook as presented.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-96 carried.

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the changes in the bell schedule.  These changes had been discussed at the Education Committee meeting.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-97)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the new bell schedule

                        for Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South as presented.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-97 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of a resolution regarding the No Child Left Behind Improvements Act.  The National School Boards Association asked school boards to approve a resolution regarding the improvements act.  The mandates in the NCLB policy have not been funded by Congress.  Mr. Brunson moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-98)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution regarding

                        the No Child Left Behind Improvements Act as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-98 carried.

 

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Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the Professional Growth and Assessment Plan.  He noted the District is really moving forward with the new process.  Mr. Cohn moved and Mr. Jasinevicius seconded the following:

 

(07-99)                        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Professional Growth

                        and Assessment Plan to assess the performance of District 227 certified

                        staff as presented by the Administration.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-99 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of Special Pay Rates.  He noted that as of July 1, 2007, the minimum wage would be $7.50/hour.  In addition, Saturday detention has been added to the Special Pay Rates.  Regarding the substitute pay rate, Mr. Hunigan noted that our District did a survey and most districts pay only $80 - $85 a day for substitutes.  Mrs. Norwood asked the District to take a closer look at the substitute pay.   Mr. Hunigan noted that Curriculum Pay was increased to $25 an hour.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(07-100)          It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Special Pay Rates

                        schedule as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-100 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on Summer School 2007.  He noted that the brochures for Summer School had gone out.  The administration was working with the foundation districts regarding flexibility for their students to attend summer school.

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on Graduation 2007.  He noted that graduation will take place on May 19, 2007 – Rich Central: 9:00 a.m.; Rich South- 1:00 p.m.; and Rich East 5:00 p.m.

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Report of the President

 

Mrs. Owens requested a change in the April Board Meeting Date.  Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-101)          It is moved that the Board of Education change the April Board meeting

                        date to April 24, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at Rich East High School.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-101 carried.

 

 

New Business

 

Mrs. Moten scheduled the Community Forum for May 1, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at Rich South High School.

 

Mr. Hunigan asked Mr. Steven Tadlock to stand and be recognized.  He noted Mr. Tadlock was a new teacher at Rich Central and also was assuming the head football coaching position at Rich Central.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Jamar Atkins was recognized.  He asked about using electrical equipment during the school day.  Mr. Hunigan said he would have to get special permission.  Jamar asked about using a lanyard for his I.D. which was not school issued.  Mrs. Nelson said she was sure that would be O.K.

 

Mr. Leftridge was recognized.  He asked about the baseball field issues.  Mr. Hunigan responded that the baseball fields will be worked on this summer for next year.  Some items will be taken care of this year.  The other items must wait until after the baseball season has concluded.

 

Mrs. Owens suggested Mr. Leftridge make an appointment to speak to Mr. Hunigan about the issues. 

 

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Mrs. Brookins noted that a Property Committee meeting should be scheduled to talk about the field issues.

 

Mr. Curran was recognized.  He noted that the Professional Growth and Assessment Plan did include both administrators and staff in the decision-making process.  The plan does not go into effect immediately. 

 

Mrs. Owens responded that we do have a mentoring program in effect.

 

Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He noted that at the last two Board meetings Dr. McDonald had not been present. In addition, he asked about the average student in the schools.  He noted that more information needs to get out there regarding the freshman academies.

 

Mrs. Brookins responded that Mr. Veazey should see her regarding the academies.  In addition, she invited everyone to come to the Education Committee meetings.

 

Mr. Hunigan added that the Board is trying to get as much done as possible through the committee structure.

 

Ms. Jones was recognized.  She asked if meetings could be taped.  Mrs. Owens responded that the administration will look into the possibilities.

 

Joshua Griffin was recognized.  He asked about a student not being able to go to the prom unless her or she had a 2.0 GPA.  He asked about calculators in the classrooms.  He noted that it was his opinion that the faculty should work on helping students decide what they want to do with their lives.  He felt too many students did not know what they were going to do after graduation.

 

At 9:45 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(07-102)          It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to consider

                        a student discipline matter 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 ledged 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 07-102 carried.

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At 10:53 p.m. Mr. Cohn moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(07-103)          It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-103 carried.

 

 

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

 

(07-104)          It is moved that Student #1 discussed in closed session be expelled from

                        Rich Township High School District 227 for the remainder of the 2006-

                        2007 school year.  Student #1 may attend the RISE alternative school

                        during her expulsion.  If Student #1 has any problems or attendance issues

                        at RISE alternative school, she will be expelled from the Rich Township

                        High Schools for one complete additional school year with no services.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: Brunson

 

                                                                                                Motion 07-104 carried.

 

At 10:55 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mr. Cohn seconded the following:

 

(07-105)          It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its meeting. Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                Motion 07-105 carried.

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary