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August 19, 2008

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

AUGUST 19, 2008

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Tuesday, August 19, 2008, in the District Administrative Center, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

 

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

 

Mr. Brunson requested a roll call.

 

Present: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Absent: Brookins, Norwood

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Dr. McDonald, Dr. Leak, Mr. Hampton, Mrs. Treichel, Mrs. Ramey, Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. Rainey, Mr. Kramer, Ms. Softic, Ms. Harp, Ms. High, Ms. Neumann (Tribune), Mr. Daly, Ms. Gregor-Whitmire, Ms. Thomas, Mr. Zabelka, Ms. Smith-Wilson, Mr. Motton, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Steppes, Ms. Birts, Ms. Bailey, Mr. Argue, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Toner (Southtown Star), Mr. Kyles, Mr. Veazey, Mr. Dykes, Ms. Lett-Hill, Ms. Bunn, Mr. Beard, Ms. Boston-Robinson, Ms. Henderson, and student representatives Jasmine Jamison (Central), Alyssa Hernandez (East), and Paul Argue (South).

 

 

Mr. Brunson stated that, in absence of the secretary, it was necessary to elect a secretary pro tem.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(09-10)            It is moved that Jacquie Upshaw be appointed secretary pro tem for the August 19, 2008, Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 09-10 carried.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

No citizens wished to be recognized pertaining to agenda items.

 

 

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Student Representatives

 

Paul Argue, Rich South’s student representative, reported on what was taking place at Rich South.  He noted the school renovations have created a better learning environment for South students.  In addition, all students can now eat together.  There are special activities planned for freshman students, including a dance.

 

Alyssa Hernandez, Rich East’s student representative, reported on upcoming Rich East activities, including Homecoming, Spree, the food drive, the blood drive, the talent show, and a possible parade.  She stated that the Student Council representatives want to go to the Leadership Convention.  They also want to apply for the National Council of Excellence Award.  Ms. Hernandez talked about Rich East students spreading the word about the 2.0 requirement for activities and athletics.

 

Jasmine Jamison, Rich Central’s student representative, talked about Rich Central’s Freshman First Day, the Central skate night, blood drive, and the Homecoming kickoff.

 

 

Special Presentations

 

Report on Opening of School

 

Mr. Rainey reported on the Opening of School at Rich Central.  He discussed the building goals for Rich Central, the internal climate and the external climate.  Mr. Rainey noted the events that are happening at Rich Central, including events with the Central band and the millennium scholarship student.  He noted there was a new student pride at Central, and exceptional teachers were going to be recognized.  Mr. Rainey talked about assigning various Central administrators to the surrounding communities to get input from the communities. 

 

Mr. Rainey highlighted the ribbon cutting at Rich Central and the pride the Central students have in their clean building.  He added that all activities for Rich Central are listed on line.

 

 

Mr. Kramer reported on the Opening of School at Rich East.  He mentioned he had never been in a building that operated as smoothly as Rich East on its opening.  He was very impressed with the quality of students at Rich East.  Rich East is now a building that works, with a lot of students eager to learn.  Mr. Kramer noted that East has scheduled a Freshman Bash for September 4.  East wanted to make sure all new freshman students

 

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were included in the bash.  Mr. Kramer added that East would also be celebrating with the students in regards to the increase in PSAE scores.

 

 

Dr. Kirkwood reported on the Opening of School at Rich South.  He noted all staff and students were enjoying the new cafeteria, new Media Center, and the 4 additional labs at Rich South. He stated that he met with every freshman student and their parent/guardian.  Every freshman will have a mentor and has received a book bag, binder, paper and pencils. They will be going to Irons Oaks for team building.  Dr. Kirkwood added that there is going to be discussion on the use of PowerSchool at the Open House on August 28.  Dr. Kirkwood stated that there is no reason Rich South students are not achieving as they should.  Rich South is going to celebrate the students who met and/or exceeded in all categories on the PSAE.

 

 

Report from Student Interns

 

Mr. Rainey reported that Rich Central had two student interns this past summer.  Jon Wolf worked as a student intern but has already returned to college.  Alfred Larry, who also had worked as a student intern, thanked the Board for the opportunity.  He stated he enjoyed the work and hoped to return to Rich Central.

 

Mr. Kramer introduced Angela Birts.  Ms. Birts, a sophomore at Xavier University in New Orleans, stated she was able to enhance her clerical and secretarial skills during her summer internship at Rich East.  She would love to do it next summer.

 

Kendall Beard was introduced by Dr. Kirkwood at Rich South.  Kendall stated he was a District alumnus who was leaving for Western Illinois University.  Kendall helped beautify the grounds at Rich South over the summer and saved money for college.  He stated he also worked registration. Kendall is really looking forward to working with the District again next summer.

 

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Brunson requested approval of the consent agenda.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(09-11)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

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A.        Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting and closed session meeting of July 15, 2008; the Special Meeting of August 8, 2008; the Closed Session of August 8, 2008; and the Special Meeting of August 9, 2008, as distributed.

 

B.         Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated August 19, 2008, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll July 25, 2008                              363,990.51 

 

Gross Payroll August 8, 2008                           415,654.57

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                      1,032,803.67                                                         

Operation and Maintenance                              250,389.97               

 

Capital Project Fund                                    3,107,930.20                                                       

Transportation                                                 337,130.10

 

Tort                                                                      2,062.75                                                                

 

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 August 19, 2008, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll

 

            Gross Payroll July 25, 2008                              1,709.96

 

            Gross Payroll August 8, 2008                           4,954.02

 

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                        Bills Payable

 

            Education                                                        1,635.00                       

 

  1.       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 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

 

            Lorine Egans                                                    Step 15, MA Lane

            Special Education, Rich South

 

            Monica Foley                                                   Step 9, MA Lane

            Language Arts/Reading Specialist/Rich East

 

            Robert Grigsby                                     Step 1, BA Lane

            Social Studies, Rich East

 

            William Keel                                                     Step 7, BA+15 Lane

            Science, Rich South

 

            Cynthia Levy                                                    Step 7, MA+30 Lane

            Language Arts, Rich South

 

            Nicole Mancione                                              Step 3, BA Lane

            Language Arts, Rich East

 

            Danielle Mantia                                     Step 1, BA Lane

            Foreign Language, Rich Central, Rich East

 

            Christine Moler                                     Step 2, BA Lane

            Language Arts, Rich East

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            Cecily Neita                                                     Step 10, MA Lane

            Special Education, Rich East

 

            Eric Sala                                                           Step 3, BA Lane

            Math, Rich Central

 

            Shanda Smith-Wilson                                       Step 8, MA Lane

            Special Education, Rich Central

 

            Jenna Tabor                                                     Step 1, BA lane

            Business Education, Rich East/Rich South

 

            Matthew Tyo                                                    Step 1, BA Lane

            Science, Rich Central

 

            Alexandria Wilks                                              Step 12, BA Lane

            Family and Consumer Science, Rich East/Rich South

 

            Cessily Wilson                                      Step 2, BA Lane

            Foreign Language, Rich South

 

            Charles Zabelka                                               Step 20, MA Lane

            Applied Technology, Rich Central/Rich East

 

            Revised Contract

 

            Nicholas Ochoa                                                Step 1, BA Lane

            Social Studies, Rich South

 

            Reclassifications

 

            Joseph Gordon                                     From Science Teacher to

                                                                                    Dean at Rich South

 

            Susan Szafranski                                               From 1.0 FTE to .5 FTE

            Language Arts/Central

 

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

 

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F.         Approval of Resignation Agreement and General Release

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resignation Agreement and General Release between the Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 and Pat Wozny as attached.

 

G.        Approval of Administrative Resignation

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Administrative Resignation of Tina Malak as the Associate Principal for Teaching and Learning at Rich Central High School effective 7/31/08.

 

H.        Approval of Certified Staff Resignations

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the resignations of the following certified staff effective at the conclusion of the 2007-2008 school year: Lisa Berens (Science, Central), Toni Dactilidis (Math, Central), Rachel Giddens (Special Education, South), Wallace Henley (Applied Technology, Central/East), Jessica Sciacca (Language Arts, East), and Cindy Sowles (Language Arts, South).

 

I.          Closed Session Audio Tapes

 

It is moved that the closed session audio tapes prior to 18 months ago be destroyed.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                        Motion 09-11 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Fiscal Services

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of Membership in the Illinois Association of School Boards for the 2008-2009 school year.  Mr. Imoukhuede moved and Mrs. Upshaw seconded the following:

 

 

 

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(09-12)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve its membership in and payment of dues for the Illinois Association of School Boards for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                        Motion 09-12 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to lay the tentative District Budget on the Table.  He gave a PowerPoint presentation on the tentative budget, which listed $68,466,000 in projected revenues and $65,581,000 of projected expenses, with a surplus of $2,885,000.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(09-13)                        It is moved that the Board of Education lay the tentative 2008-2009 Rich Township High School District 227 budget on the table; direct that copies be made available for public inspection for a period of not less than 30 days expiring on or before September 16, 2008; hold a public hearing on said budget September 16, 2008; and direct the secretary to have inserted in the local newspaper the attached notice of said availability for inspection and public hearing, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 09-01.

 

Mrs. Owens asked if the higher cost for commodities was included in the budget.  Mr. Hampton responded that the District was part of a consortium and is able to buy gas at a lower rate.  Electricity is locked in at what is being projected over the next three years.  He noted he did not know if the District would start to see a lower tax collection rate.  Mr. Hampton stated that, in October, he will report out to the Board what the tax collection rate is.  He said he was recommending that the District not increase any expenditures until it realizes an increase in dollars.  He will be watching the attendance numbers at each campus.  Right now, each campus has a lower enrollment rate than projected.  The District will be looking at the numbers again after the Labor Day holiday. 

 

Mrs. Upshaw noted that the new construction was giving the District some efficiency in gas and electricity.  Mr. Hampton responded this was true as far as the Operations and Maintenance Fund was concerned.

 

 

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Mr. Imoukhuede asked about the negative balance in the Bond and Interest Fund.  Mr. Hampton responded that this was the fund in which we repay the debt we owe.  The numbers are based on 100% tax collection rate.  At this point, the District has a 93% collection rate, although it is hoping to receive more.  The District has a healthy fund balance as it relates to bonds.  Historically, the District has had a 93% collection rate.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                        Motion 09-13 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of the Career Preparation Network budget.  He noted the District acts as a fiscal agent for CPN and has no control over its budget.  Mrs. Upshaw moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(09-14)                        It is moved that the Board of Education lay the tentative 2008-2009 Career Preparation Network budget on the table; direct that copies be made available for public inspection for a period of not less than 30 days expiring on or before September 16, 2008; hold a public hearing on said budget September 16, 2008; and direct the secretary to have inserted in the local newspaper the attached notice of said availability for inspection and public hearing, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 09-02.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                        Motion 09-14 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of the audit proposal for fiscal year 2007-2008.  He stated that the Illinois State Board of Education requires an independent audit be conducted.  For 18 years, our District has received a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.  What needs to be reported to the state is very extensive.

 

Mrs. Moten asked if the District bids out the audit.  Mr. Hampton responded that it does not but it will next year.  The District has been with the same firm for 18 years.  Mrs. Upshaw moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

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(09-15)                        It is moved that the Board of Education accept the audit proposal dated June 1, 2008, and engage the services of certified public accountants McGladrey & Pullen, Mokena, Illinois, for the conduct of the District’s annual audit and related services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, in an amount not to exceed $42,000, in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 09-03.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                        Motion 09-15 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of the Worker’s Compensation Carrier.  He noted that our District is moving in the right direction in regards to Worker’s Compensation, with a 22% reduction in what would have been our costs.  Mr. Imoukhuede moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(09-16)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Hiring of Workers Compensation Self-Insurance Trust for the 2008-2009 school year” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 09-04.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye:  Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay:  None

                                                                        Motion 09-16 carried.

 

 

Report of the Director of Human Resources

 

Dr. McDonald reported on the New Teacher Inservice held August 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2008.  She also introduced new staff who were present at the Board meeting.  Dr. McDonald mentioned that Ms. Debra Nicholson was the mentor coordinator for the District.  The new staff had taken a tour of the District.  The District has hired 55 first year teachers and 29 second year teachers.

 

 

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Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.

 

Dr. Leak requested approval of a proposal from Evans Newton Inc.  This proposal will help the District continue with the management of the software the District uses to collect data from benchmark assessments.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Upshaw seconded the following:

 

(09-17)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the proposal submitted by Evans Newton Inc. (ENI) for diagnostic services for math and science as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                        Motion 09-17 carried.

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of a Rich East Marching Band trip.  He noted the band wished to participate in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis December 30 – January 3, 2009.  Mrs. Moten asked that Rich East submit the proper paperwork for the trip.  Mrs. Owens asked about fundraising for the trip and also about the contract for transportation. Mr. Imoukhuede asked about chaperones for the trip. Mr. Sanders, the band director, stated he will complete the proper forms and get the information regarding fundraising, transportation, and chaperones to the Board.  Mr. Hunigan stated he will refer to Ms. Upshaw the development of a possible policy on chaperones.  Mrs. Upshaw moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:

 

(09-18)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Rich East Marching Band Field Trip to the 2008 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, from December 30, 2008, to January 3, 2009.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                        Motion 09-18 carried.

 

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Mr. Hunigan requested approval of a Rich South Field Trip.  He noted the “History and Thought of Western Man” class from Rich South wished to visit Germany, Austria and Italy from May 27, 2009, to June 9, 2009.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(09-19)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Rich South Field Trip for the “History and Thought of Western Man” class to visit Germany, Austria and Italy from May 27, 2009, to June 9, 2009, as attached.

 

Ms. Sarah Harger, teacher, answered questions regarding the trip.  Mrs. Upshaw asked about any possible unrest in these countries.  Ms. Harger responded the travel agency will only cancel the trip if the U.S. government says they can’t go.  Mr. Hunigan added that if there is any potential concern, he will again come to the Board for a decision. 

 

Mrs. Moten asked if Rich South reached out to the other schools.  Ms. Harger said that she did.  Rich Central does not have this class, and Rich East never responded to her request.  Mrs. Moten asked Mr. Kramer to look into the situation. 

 

Mr. Brunson asked if students received any credit for this type of trip.  Ms. Harger said there is no policy giving students credit for trips. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                        Motion 09-19 carried.

 

 

Mrs. Moten asked that the students report back to the Board following the trip. 

 

Mr. Imoukhuede added that he hoped that some day the students are able to take a trip to
Africa. 

 

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the Board to hire a firm to conduct a demographic study.  Mrs. Upshaw moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(09-20)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the proposal of John D. Kasarda, Ph.D., Demographer, to prepare a demographic study for Rich Township High School District 227 as attached.

 

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Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                        Motion 09-20 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of a Foreign Exchange Student.  Mr. Imoukhuede moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(09-21)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve Hana Softic from Italy as a Foreign Student at Rich East High School without payment of tuition for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

Mr. Kramer introduced Hana and asked her to come to his office on Wednesday

morning to get a schedule. 

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                        Motion 09-21 carried.

 

 

Mr. Hunigan reported on the District’s Institute Days held August 11 and 12, 2008.  He

noted the Institute Days had been the most positive he had seen in 4 l/2 years.  The District has a very good group of teachers. 

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Brunson reported on the Special Meetings of the Board August 8 and 9, 2008.  He noted the Board had been involved in a Retreat.  The Board is also taking steps to schedule a follow-up Retreat. 

 

Mrs. Owens noted that the Retreat had involved a self-evaluation.  All Board members had completed a survey.  The self-evaluation was facilitated by the Illinois Association of School Boards. 

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board that the next regular Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at 7:30 p.m., in the Rich Central Media Center.

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Unfinished Business

 

Mrs. Owens noted that she will be scheduling a Personnel Committee Meeting of the Whole to discuss the Superintendent’s Performance Goals after the Prairie State Achievement Scores become official.  Mr. Hunigan noted he will get possible dates to Mrs. Owens.

 

Mrs. Moten asked for a final report on construction.  Mr. Hampton noted that the Board will have the final report by the end of September or early October.  He will call Mrs. Moten and Mrs. Norwood to schedule a joint Property/Budget meeting.

 

Mrs. Moten asked Mr. Hunigan what the plan was to get parents and students to register on time.  Mr. Hunigan responded that one of the major recommendations is to look at a Saturday registration.  He will share the recommendations in the Board packet.

 

Mrs. Owens asked if the District was making calls to the parents of students who did not yet register.  Dr. Kirkwood responded that the automatic dialer was being used to call parents.  Mrs. Owens suggested personal calls, with the District actually trying to talk to someone.

 

 

New Business

 

Mr. Brunson brought up the fact that the District 227 community had experienced a loss.  The President of Matteson, Mr. Mark Stricker, had passed away.  He asked the Secretary Pro Tem, Mrs. Upshaw, to read a resolution which had been drawn up regarding Mr. Stricker.  Mrs. Upshaw read the resolution, a copy of which is attached.

 

Mrs. Owens noted that she was happy the District was moving forward with the demographic study.  She stated this was a prelude to the Strategic Plan. 

 

Mr. Imoukhuede requested a Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting for August 27, 2008, at 6:00 p.m.

 

Mrs. Upshaw asked for statistics on the District’s homeless student population.

 

Mrs. Upshaw stated she was concerned about the District’s turnover in staff.  The District needs to retain its good talent. 

 

Mrs. Upshaw asked about the teacher/student ratio in the District.

 

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Mrs. Owens noted that she would put teacher retention as an agenda item for the next Personnel Committee meeting.

 

Mrs. Upshaw noted that the District needs to get in front of where student registrations are in the District.

 

Mr. Imoukhuede stated he was excited to hear the students giving the reports.  They are carrying the banner of a 2.0 grade point average to other students.  All schools should try to inform students of the importance of the 2.0 grade point average needed to participate in sports and activities.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that he would share the recommendations with the Board on the potential 2.0 policy for graduation.  He would also share the number of student impacted.

 

Mr. Imoukhuede asked about a report on summer school.  Mr. Hunigan responded it would take place in September. 

 

Mrs. Moten asked for an update on meeting with the foundation schools.  Mr. Hunigan responded it would take place in September.  He cannot get dates yet.

 

At 9:30 p.m. Mr. Imoukhuede moved and Mrs. Upshaw seconded the following:

 

(09-22)                        It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

Aye: Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

 

                                                                        Motion 09-22 carried.

 

 

 

 

______________________________            ________________________________

President                                                          Secretary