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May 15, 2007




MAY 15, 2007 




The Education Committee of the Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in the District Administrative Center, Olympia Fields, Illinois.


Mrs. Brookins called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.


Present: Brookins (Chair), Moten (Member)


Also Present: Mr. Brunson, Mrs. Owens, Mrs. Upshaw, Mrs Norwood, Mr. Imoukhuede, Mrs. Treichel, Mrs. Leak, Mrs. Ramey, Mr. Mayer, Miss Wheatley, Dr. Imoukhuede, Ms. Bailey, Dr. Kirkwood


Mrs. Brookins turned the meeting over to Dr. Leak.  Dr. Leak talked about the District’s articulation efforts with the foundation schools.  She noted she has been meeting with the Assistant Superintendents from each foundation district regarding the following subjects:


  1. Foreign language as an early bird class or possibly a 10th period class.


  1. Algebra 1 connection.  Algebra must start in 8th grade.  Algebra 1 may be given in Summer School for incoming freshmen.


  1. Explore Testing.  Explore measures how ready students are for college.


  1. Future Endeavors.  During the 2008-2009 school year, the District will offer Algebra 1 Honors so students will be ready for Calculus BC.


There was discussion on Honors and Advanced Placement Courses.  The District is working on increasing the number of students taking Honors and Advanced Placement Courses. Dr. Kirkwood reported that a lot of students take the AP classes but don’t take the AP exam.  Rich South is going to require students to take the AP exam if they take the class. 


Dr. Leak went over the PSAE scores for 2006 for each school and the District composite.  She noted that all schools are in the restructuring phase of the No Child Left Behind Act.


Dr. Leak talked about the Freshman Academies planned for 2007-2008 at all three schools.  She outlined the commonalities at each of the three schools.   In addition, school specific items were outlined.


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Dr. Leak outlined the commonalities at each of the three schools related to the Honors Academies planned for the 2007-2008 school year.  A brochure listing all honors and advanced placement classes was distributed. 


Other academies planned for our three schools were noted as follows:


                        Central - Olympian Academy

                        (Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors not in the Honors Academy)


                        East - Green and Gold House

(Alpha split for Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors not in Honors Academy)


                        South - Galaxy 4

                        (Sophomores Juniors, Seniors not in Honors Academy)



The next steps related to implementation of these academies were outlined.


Dr. Leak noted how these programs relate to the District’s three goals


Mrs. Moten asked how the sign up for Summer School was going.  Dr. Leak noted there were 35 students signed up by the end of April.  The enrollment stood at 50 at the present time.


Mrs. Owens asked about assistance for students who could not afford to attend Summer School. 


Dr. Leak stated she was working on supplemental educational services through Title 1.  The District is working to see if some Title 1 funds can be used for extended learning time. 


Mr. Imoukhuede asked about students getting to classes if there are only three students enrolled in a class.


Dr. Leak responded that these classes would be set up as Early Bird classes and most students drive to Early Bird.  She noted that Early Bird classes have been expanded for next year, and there may possibly be bus transportation.


Mr. Mayer, a teacher from Rich South, was recognized.  He asked about presenting a proposal to be considered by the Education Committee.  Dr. Leak asked him to contact her office and sit down with her to discuss the proposal before it is presented to the Education Committee.


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At 7:45 p.m. Mrs. Brookins adjourned the meeting.