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April 15. 2008

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

APRIL 15, 2008

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in the Media Center at Rich East High School, Park Forest, Illinois.

 

Mr. Brunson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and asked everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Roll Call:

Present: Brookins, Brunson, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Absent: Imoukhuede

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Hampton, Mrs. Cotton Ramey, Dr. Simpson Leak, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Treichel, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Rainey, Dr. Kirkwood, Dr. Craig, Mrs. Treichel, Mr. Veazey, Mr. Thiele, Ms. Waite, Mr. Joyce, Mr. Freeman, Mr. McClinton, Mr. Durley, Mr. and Mrs. Ragland, Ms. Malak, Mr. McNeal, Ms. High, Mr. Pilgrom, Dr. Epstein, Ms. Yarborough, Ms. Foston, Mr. Reese, Mr. Benney, Ms. Franklin, Mr. Baxter, Mr. Small, Ms. Wessendorf, Mr. Goranson, Mr. Toner (SouthtownStar), Ms. Whitmire, Ms. Stovall Henderson, Ms. Smith, Mr. Winfrey, Ms. Stokes, Ms. Halek, Mr. Dwyer, Ms. Buckner Grubbs, Mr. Curran, Ms. Muhammad, Mr. Pipikios, Mr. O’Toole, Mr. Kredens, and student representatives Arielle Smith (Central), Mickietha Hampton (East), and Dallas Crain (South).

 

Mr. Brunson went over the Board goals for the year - #1: Student Achievement; #2 School Climate (Internal Learning Community); and #3 Community Relations (External Learning Community).

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

Mr. Brunson noted that he had one card from Ms. Yarborough regarding improvements taking place at Rich East.  Ms. Yarborough said she would hold off on her comments until later.

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Rainey, principal at Rich Central, was recognized.  He asked Jazmine Upshaw and her family to come forward.  Mr. Rainey noted Jazmine was being recognized for her grade point average, her participation in the Gospel Choir, Mathletes, and her love of British literature.  Jasmine enjoys singing in the choir, going to school and church.  Jazmine will be attending Howard University in the fall.

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Dr. Craig, principal at Rich East, was recognized.   He asked freshman Sam Simon and his father to come forward.  Dr. Craig noted that Sam began attending Rich East while he was still in the 7th and 8th grades.  As a freshman, he is currently in the Junior level Honors Math and ranks #1 in the Freshman class.  He has earned straight As thus far and has achieved a GPA of 4.21.  Sam is a member of numerous organizations at Rich East.  In a recent Mathletes competition, he took 1st place in both probability and oral composition.

 

Dr. Kirkwood, principal at Rich South, was recognized.  He asked two Rich South students, Frank Baxter and Justin McClinton, to come forward with their families.  Dr. Kirkwood noted that Frank was being recognized because he is an honor roll student who has earned a 3.94 GPA and plans to attend the University of Illinois, where he will major in Accounting and Aerospace Engineering.  Frank earned a score of 34 on his practice PSAE exam in reading and a 26 in math.  Justin McClinton has earned an overall GPA of 3.1, with a 3.9 this quarter.  He has been on the honor roll all three quarter this year.  On the recent practice PSAE exam, Justin scored a 35 in reading and a 26 in math.  He plans to attend the University of Illinois, where he will major in Business Administration.

 

 

Recognition of Staff

 

Principal Maceo Rainey congratulated Teacher of the Month, Audrey Smith, for her extraordinary efforts to inspire students.  Ms. Smith initiated an extra credit project which involved the display of student work.  Students now have the opportunity to visit the area and take advantage of extra credit opportunities.

 

Dr. Roudell Kirkwood applauded the efforts of Teacher of the Month, John Benney, who has been devoted to the interests of students at Rich South for more than 28 years.  Mr. Benney teaches Driver’s Education and has a 95% ABC rate and a 99% attendance rate. In addition to dedicating himself to the pursuit of education throughout his tenure, Mr. Benney also coaches three sports including bowling, baseball and golf. 

 

Dr. Jeff Craig congratulated Teacher of the Month, Rodney Freeman, for his commitment to the interests of the students he teaches and to the District.  Mr. Freeman, who began teaching as a special education instructor at Rich South, began teaching Applied Arts at Rich East this year and has amassed a faithful following of dedicated students who follow his expertise and example.

 

 

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Student Representatives

 

Student Representatives Arielle Smith of Rich Central, Mickietha Hampton of Rich East, and Dallas Crain of Rich South, shared upcoming events, recent achievements and status updates regarding their schools.  All three representatives are seniors and will graduate in May. 

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Board Vice President, Yvette Moten, introduced the members of the Design Team who were instrumental in selecting the Trustee Board for the Rich Township District 227 High School Educational Foundation.  Ms. Moten also introduced the Trustees of the Foundation.  Foundation President, Cheryl Buckner Grubbs, spoke on the merits of unity and the intent of the Foundation to provide opportunities, resources and leadership to the students it proudly services.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Brunson requested approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Upshaw seconded the following:

 

(08-72)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

Approval of the minutes of the Personnel Committee Meeting of the Whole and the Personnel Committee Meeting of the Whole Closed Session of March 11, 2008; the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee Meeting, the Regular Board Meeting, and the Closed Session of March 18, 2008; the Special Meeting, Closed Session, and Education Committee Meeting of March 19, 2008; the Special Meeting of April 3, 2008; and the Policy Committee Meeting of April 7, 2008; as distributed.

 

Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated April 15, 2008, as follows:

 

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Payroll

 

Gross Payroll March 20, 2008                        1,440,243.33

 

Gross Payroll April 10, 2008                                    1,429,236.32

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                               715,057.56

 

Operation and Maintenance                                       185,938.08

 

Capital Project Fund                                                1,542,632.64

 

Transportation                                                    214,677.81

 

Tort                                                                               3,081.25

 

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 April 15, 2008, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll

 

            Gross Payroll March 20, 2008                  4,859.64

 

            Gross Payroll April 10, 2008                                4,859.64

 

            Bills Payable

 

            Education                                                         161,820.05

 

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.

 

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Renewal of membership in the Illinois High School Association

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the membership renewal of Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South High Schools in the Illinois High School Association for 2008-2009.

 

Renewal of membership in the National School Boards Association

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve its renewal in the National School Boards Association for 2008-2009.

 

Appoval to Sign and Submit Grants

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the signing and submission by the Superintendent of any grants for which the District may be eligible.

 

Destruction of Audio Tapes

 

It is moved that the Board of Education authorize the destruction of audio tapes of closed session meetings which were taken prior to 18 months ago.

 

Approval of teaching contracts

 

It is moved that the President, Secretary and Superintendent be authorized

to sign contracts as follows:

 

                        Full Time 2008-2009                Step and Lane

 

Stacye Howard-Nance            Step 4, MA Lane

(Counselor/Rich South)

Stephen Walker, Jr.                        Step 1, MA Lane

(Math/Rich Central)

 

Provided all the requirements of the State of Illinois and the North

Central Association are met.

 

                        Acceptance of resignation

 

It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignation of certificated staff member Amber Egan effective at the conclusion of the 2007-08 school year.

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-72 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Fiscal Services

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of student fees for the 2008-2009 school year.  Mrs.

Moten moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(08-73)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Student Fee Schedule” for the 2008-2009 school year as presented for Central, East, and South campuses, to remain the same as the 2007-2008 school year, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-34.

 

Mr. Hampton stated that he was recommending the fees remain the same as the 2007-2008 school year, which is $205.00, or $195.00 with timely payment.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-73 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested establishment of the 2007-2008 tuition charge.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-74)                        It is moved that the Board of Education establish the tuition charge for

non-resident students attending the Rich Township High Schools for 2007-2008 at $13,921.25, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-35.

 

Mr. Hampton announced that the tuition charge was based on the previous year’s audit report. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-74 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested acceptance of the Independent Auditor’s Report.  Mrs. Upshaw moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(08-75)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the Independent Auditor’s Report on the general purpose financial statements of Rich Township High School District No. 227 for the Fiscal Year 2006-2007, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-36.

 

Mr. Thiele from McGladrey & Pullen gave a short presentation on the findings of the auditors.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-75 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of alternate projects.  He noted the funds for these projects have already been estimated in the budget, and they came in on target at $2.5 million.  These projects will be started in May and be completed by August. 

 

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

 

(08-76)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of Chicago Heights Construction Company, J & M Decorating, Shamrock Flooring, McCauley Mechanical Corp., Precision Controls, All Phase Electrical and George’s Landscaping for Alternate Projects at Rich South High School” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-37.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-76 carried.

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

 

(08-77)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of Chicago Heights Construction Company, All Phase Electrical and George’s Landscaping for Alternate Projects at Rich Central High School,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-38.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 07-77 carried.

 

 

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

 

(08-78)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of Chicago Heights Construction Company, R. J. Olman, Meade Electric, Calumet City Plumbing and George’s Landscaping for Alternate Projects at Rich East High School,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-39.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-78 carried.

 

 

Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Leak updated the Board on the new textbooks the administration was asking the Board to adopt.  The four textbooks being recommended are:

 

            Active Physical Science 2005

This is a science book for special education students.  The District is requiring all students to take two years of science.

 

Intermediate Algebra 2008

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This book is recommended for the Algebra I Honors class in both the 8th grade and at the high school level.

 

Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions 2007

This book can be used in AB Calculus and BC Calculus and is for students who begin their math sequence in 8th grade through Grade 12.

 

Adult All-in-One Course Lesson*Theory*Technic

This is a lesson theory driven book for a piano lab class.

 

Dr. Leak noted that the foundation districts have not committed to Algebra I Honors yet in the foundation schools.

 

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

 

(08-79)            It is moved that the Board of Education adopt the new textbooks as listed on the attached sheet for use at Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South High Schools beginning with the 2008-2009 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-79 carried.

 

 

Summary of Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Education Committee meeting held on March 19, 2008.  She noted there had been an update on Special Education.  The District may have to look at adding teachers in Special Education when the new rules go into effect.  In addition, the District is looking at keeping special education students in house.  The presentation was very comprehensive and was presented by Mrs. Cotton Ramey and her staff. 

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Special Meeting of April 3, 2008.  He noted that approval of the vendor for the Rich South cafeteria furnishings had been the one item on the agenda for the meeting.

 

Mrs. Upshaw reported on the Policy Committee meetings of April 7, 2008, and April 14, 2008.  She noted various policies had been reviewed and would be presented to the Board

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for a first reading at the May 20 meeting.  There are 12 additional policies for consideration.  Mrs. Upshaw noted she will schedule an additional meeting to review these policies.

 

Mrs. Norwood reported on the Budget/Property Committee meeting held prior to the Board meeting.  She noted there had been a presentation on the 2006-2007 audit, a presentation on the food service prepay process, and a discussion on alternate bids for all three campuses. 

 

 

Special Reports

 

Board members reported on their attendance at the National School Boards Association Conference.  They highlighted various workshops they had attended and what they had learned.  Mr. Brunson noted that this is how good School Board members become better.  It gives them the opportunity to see the best practices in other districts.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the amended school calendar for 2007-2008.  He noted that, because of the emergency/snow day on February 1, 2008, it was necessary to extend the school calendar until May 27, 2008.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-80)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the amended school calendar for the school year 2007-2008 as presented.

 

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

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-80 carried.

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the school calendar for 2008-2009.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-81)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the school calendar for the school year 2008-2009 as presented.

 

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

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-81 carried.

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Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the Discipline Section of the Parent/Student Handbook.  Mrs. Martin highlighted a number of changes that are being recommended by the Discipline Review Committee.  Mrs. Martin noted that the policy on bullying and harassment will be included in the Parent/Student Handbook.  Mrs. Owens added her concern about the tardy policy.  She asked that the consequences for tardies include referral to the counselor to see if there are extenuating circumstances.  Mrs. Norwood suggested students owe a teacher the amount of time he/she is late to class.  Mrs. Norwood noted she does not like students going to study hall.  Mrs. Upshaw asked for a residency update in the Parent/Student Handbook.  Mr. Brunson mentioned that he would like to see a reference to pictures or movies being put on Utube.  He would like that kind of activity curtailed.  Mrs. Upshaw responded that there will be recommendations forthcoming from the Illinois State Board of Education regarding Utube and MySpace.  When they are available, she will share with the Board.  Mrs. Brookins added that possibly a student that has special issues with being late could work on NovaNet.  Mrs. Martin responded that space is an issue.  The District would need more licenses and computers, but it is a possibility.  Mrs. Martin thanked the Discipline Review Committee for the hard work.   Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-82)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Discipline Section of the Parent/Student Handbook with the suggestions and corrections noted.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-82 carried.

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of a contract for Thomas Hysell as Interim Director of the Career Preparation Network.  He noted that it was a procedural matter for our District to approve the contract since our District is the administrative district for the Career Preparation Network.  CPN does the paperwork and also has a separate board.  Mrs. Upshaw moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-84)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the contract for Thomas Hysell as Interim Director of the Career Preparation Network as presented.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-84 carried.

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Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the Associate Principal for Operations at Rich Central High School.  Mr. Hunigan asked Mr. Rainey to introduce Mr. Philip Henry.  Mr. Rainey noted that Mr. Henry was the best candidate for the position.  He brings experience to the job and is committed to working long hours.  Mr. Rainey noted that the process to choose the best candidate was organized and democratic.  Mrs. Owens added she appreciated having the opportunity to serve on the committee.  She stated the process was outstanding and congratulated Dr. McDonald for setting up the process.  Mrs. Owens also noted she was impressed with Mr. Henry’s experiences.

 

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

 

(08-85)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve Philip Henry as the Associate Principal for Operations at Rich Central High School beginning July 1, 2008.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-85 carried.

 

 

Mr. Henry said he was happy to be here and excited to get started in his new position.

 

Mr. Hunigan informed the Board members that they had a survey in front of them from the Illinois Association of School Boards.  He asked the Board members to complete the survey and return it to him within the next two weeks.

 

Mr. Hunigan informed the Board that the Rich South band parents had met. It was the decision of the parents that, due to concerns with security, it was not advisable for the band to go to China.  The band parents are working on the process of getting refunds of the money already collected.  Mr. Hunigan noted there will be other trips coming up for the band, but they will be within the Continental United States.

 

 

Unfinished Business

 

Mrs. Moten and Mrs. Norwood reminded the administration to recognize the Student Representatives for their year of service.

 

 

 

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New Business

 

Mrs. Brookins scheduled an Education Committee meeting for May 12, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.  She noted that agenda items will include the following: 1) Advisory periods; 2) School climate; and 3) Update on senior exit survey.

 

Mrs. Upshaw stated that she will get back to the Policy Committee on setting a date to continue discussions on the recommended policies from the Illinois Association of School Boards.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Willard High was recognized.  He stated that it is important for students to take a music theory class.  He noted that this class is vital. 

 

Mr. Brunson asked Dr. Leak to look into adding a music theory class to the District’s taxonomy.

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 9:40 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(08-86)            It is moved that the Board of Education go into closed session to discuss 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, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

N ay: None

 

                                                                        Motion 08-86 carried.

 


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At 10:12 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(08-87)                        It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                        Motion 08-87 carried.

 

 

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

 

(08-88)            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the Resignation and Release Agreement regarding the certificated staff member as discussed in closed session.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                        Motion 08-87 carried.

 

 

At 10:15 p.m. Mrs. Norwood moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(08-88)                        It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its regular meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                        Motion 08-88 carried.

 

 

 

_______________________________                      ______________________________

President                                                                      Secretary