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February 19, 2008

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

FEBRUARY 19, 2008

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Tuesday, February 19, 2008, in the Media Center at Rich South High School, Richton Park, Illinois.

 

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

 

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

 

Also Present: Mr. Hunigan, Dr. McDonald, Dr. Leak, Mr. Hampton, Mrs. Ramey, Mrs. Treichel, Mrs. Martin, Ms. Bailey, Mr. Joyce, Mr. Jenicek, Dr. Gladney, Ms. Stokes, Mr. Pilgrom, Mr. Craig, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Malak, Ms. Baecher, Ms. Simington, Ms. White, Ms. Pounders, Ms. High, Ms. Johnson, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Henderson, Ms. Witt, Ms. Christain, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Toner, Ms. Foston, Ms. Madison, Ms. Durley, Ms. Willis, Ms. Varnado, Ms. Sokol, Ms. Waite, Ms. Shelton, Ms. Toth, Mr. Vines, Ms. Birts, Ms. Velasquez, Mr. Wade, ms. Mitchell, Ms. Smart, Mr. Veazey, Mr. Dice, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Doyle, Mr. Wieher, Ms. Segfried, Ms. Towery, Mrs. Towery, Mr. Beavers, Dr. Kirkwood, Dr. Craig, Mr. Rainey, Mr. and Mrs. Butler, the Kriha family, Mr. Karras, Ms. Jones, Dr. Imoukhuede, Dr. Freeman

 

Mr. Brunson went over the Board goals for the year – Student Achievement, School Climate, and Community Relations.

 

Recognition of Citizens Pertaining to Agenda Items

 

No citizens wished to be recognized pertaining to agenda items. 

 

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Rainey, Principal at Rich Central, congratulated the Rich Central band for its historic performance at the recent Chick-Fil-A Bowl competition in Atlanta, GA.  Under the direction of Band Director, Phillip Crews, the talented group earned first place titles in Jazz Band, Concert Band, marching Field Show, Parade and Drumline.  The band also earned Best Auxiliary in Parade, Best Auxiliary in Field Show, Best Drum Majors and Most Outstanding Soloist.

 

Dr. Craig, Rich East’s Principal, called Mickietha Hampton and her parents forward.  He congratulated Mickietha on her impressive record of achievement.  Mickietha is President of the Student Body at Rich East and the Board representative from Rich East.  She is

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extremely involved with student government and the community.  This fall, she will attend Aurora University majoring in broadcasting and journalism.

 

Principal Roudell Kirkwood congratulated Rich South student, Marlon Wade.  Wade has consistently maintained a 3.4 G.P.A. and an impressive 95% attendance rate.  He is very involved in student service and exceeded in all three categories of the PSAE.

 

Recognition of Staff

 

Phil Crews, Band Director for Rich Central, was recognized by Principal Maceo Rainey  for his visionary leadership of the Rich Central band, his dedication to his students and his example of achievement for the school and the District.

 

The ACT/PSAE Prep Teachers were recognized by Dr. Jeff Craig, Principal at Rich East, for their diligence in preparing students for the ACT/PSAE exam.  They are Brad Wieher, James Doyle, Sherrie Towery, Stacy Dunn, Mark Zaban, and Jeannine Seyfried.

 

Mark Crawford, Chef of the ProStart Culinary Program at Rich South, was recognized by Dr. Kirkwood for his leadership in culinary arts.

 

Student Representatives

 

Student representatives Arielle Smith and Mickietha Hampton reported on what is happening at Rich Central and Rich East campuses, including ACT/PSAE preparation, extra-curricular activities, and upcoming events.  Dr. Kirkwood reported on activities at Rich South.

 

 

Special Presentation

 

The Rich Central Administrative Team and Counselors Bryan Craig and Debra Witt gave a PowerPoint presentation on what is taking place at Central regarding the school’s efforts to increase student achievement.  Board members asked questions of the Administrative Team and Counselors.

 

 

Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Brunson requested approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Hunigan introduced two individuals who were on the Consent Agenda for approval – Mr. John Jones and Mr. Errol Dice.  Mr. Imoukhuede moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

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(08-61)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda items as listed.

 

  1. Approval of the Budget and Finance/Property Committee meeting minutes of January 9, 2008; the Regular and Closed Session meeting minutes, the Personnel Committee and Personnel Committee Closed Session meeting minutes of January 15, 2008; the Technology Committee meeting minutes of January 22, 2008; and the Special Meeting and Closed Session minutes of January 24, 2008; as distributed.

 

  1. Approval of payroll and bills payable

 

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

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll January 25, 2008                        1,389,849.56

 

Gross Payroll February 8, 2008                        1,421,472.92

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                         1,088,174.39                                      

Operation and Maintenance                                 292,986.88                 

 

Capital Project Fund                                         2,070,151.16

 

Transportation                                                    210,523.89

 

Tort                                                                       10,025.50

 

  C.      Approval of payroll and bills payable for the Career Preparation Network

 

            Suggested Motion:        It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated February 19, 2008, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

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            Payroll

 

            Gross Payroll January 25, 2008                             4,859.64

 

            Gross Payroll February 8, 2008                             4,859.64

 

            Bills Payable

 

            Education                                                              2,242.20

 

  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 new teaching contracts

 

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

 

            2007-2008 School Year (Second Semester)

 

            Errol Dice                     .2928 of Step 11, MA+30 Lane

                                                Dean at Rich Central

 

            Susan Halek                 .4254 of Step 1, BA Lane

                                                Math at Rich East

            6th Assignments

 

            Brent Bronnenberg       .1 of Step 15, MA Lane

                                                Science at Rich Central

 

            Dawn Bronnenberg       .1 of Step 15, BA+15 Lane

                                                Family Consumer Science at Rich South

 

            Nicolette Gabrysiak      .1 of Step 17, BA+15 Lane

                                                Family Consumer Science at Rich Central

 

            Hope Henderson          .1 of Step 6, MA+45 Lane

                                                Business at Rich Central

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

 

  1.      Approval of Family and Medical Leave and Parental Leave

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Family and Medical Leave of Cynthia Morain for 60 school days of the 2008-2009 school year and the Parental Leave for Cynthia Morain for the remainder of the 2008-2009 school year.

 

  1.      Approval of Interim Associate Principal for Rich Central

 

It is moved that the Board of Education approve the hiring of John M. Jones as the Interim Associate Principal for Rich Central High School from February 25, 2008, through June 12, 2008.

 

  1.      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.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-61 carried.

 

Report on the Director of Fiscal Services

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval of an alternate construction project for exterior lighting.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-62)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Alternate Construction Project for Exterior Lighting at Rich Central, Rich East and Rich South” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-30.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-62 carried.

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Mr. Hampton requested approval for the issuance of not to exceed $5,000,000 General

Obligation School Bonds.  He noted the resolution will give the District permission to

issue these refunding bonds at a time when the District can save the most in interest.  Mrs. Moten moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(08-63)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution providing for the issuance of not to exceed $5,000,000 General Obligation Refunding School Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2008, of Township High School District 227, Cook County Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-31.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-63 carried.

 

Mr. Hampton requested approval to authorize and direct the execution of an Escrow Agreement.  He noted that the escrow resolution sets up an account to pay off the refunded bonds.  It provides instruction to the escrow agent as to what bonds the agent is responsible for and what bonds will be the responsibility of the District.  Mr. Imoukhuede moved and Mrs. Owens seconded the following:

 

(08-64)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the “Resolution authorizing and directing the execution of an Escrow Agreement in connection with the issue of General Obligation School Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2008, of “Township High School District Number 227, Cook County, Illinois,” in accordance with Business Office Memorandum 08-32.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-64 carried.

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of a proposal from Revere Consulting Company.  He noted that, if approved, Revere Consulting would be conducting a technology audit.  Mr. Revere gave a short presentation on what the audit would consist of. He noted he would be providing the District with information to identify weaknesses in the technology area. 

 

 

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Mr. Imoukhuede asked how long the audit would take.  Mr. Revere said it would take about two weeks.

 

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

 

(08-65)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the proposal from Revere Consulting Company for a Technology Audit as attached.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                        Motion 08-65 carried.

 

Report of the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

 

Dr. Leak reported on the reading consultants.  She noted they have been in the classroom five times.  They will be working with the District through April 12 in preparation for the PSAE.  They have also tutored students.

 

Mr. Imoukhuede asked about attendance at the Saturday sessions. Dr. Leak responded that about 84 students have been present at the Saturday sessions. Mr. Imoukhuede noted he would like to know how these students who are attending the Saturday sessions do on the PSAE.

 

 

Summary of Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Brookins reported on the Technology Committee meeting held on January 22, 2008.  Data had been distributed on teacher, student and parent usage of PowerSchool.  The Revere Audit had been discussed as well as information on bids for the items on the technology replacement cycle.  Mr. Koutavas had informed the committee that the auto dialer had been installed and was working. 

 

Mrs. Owens reminded the Board of the March 11, 2008, Personnel Committee Meeting of the Whole.  This will be a closed session for personnel matters.  Mrs. Owens also scheduled a Personnel Committee Meeting of the Whole for February 25, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. in the District Office. 

 

Mrs. Upshaw noted that she would be meeting with the Superintendent on Friday to discuss proposed Board policies.  Following that meeting, she would be scheduling a Policy Committee Meeting.

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Mrs. Brookins scheduled an Education Committee meeting for March 19, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. in the District Administrative Center.

 

Mrs. Norwood scheduled a Property Committee meeting for March 18, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rich East Media Center.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted that he would have information on the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rich South’s new student cafeteria in the Board packet this week.

 

Mr. Hunigan noted the Human Resources Audit would be on the agenda for consideration in March.

 

Mrs. Brookins asked where the District is regarding scheduling meetings with the foundation districts.  Mr. Hunigan responded that these meetings are not finalized due to problems with schedules.  He will continue to try to schedule the meetings.

 

Mr. Imoukhuede congratulated the schools on the parent conferences held February 14 and 15.  He noted everything had gone extremely well.

 

Mrs. Moten asked for a breakdown of attendance for certified staff for each school.

 

Mrs. Moten noted she had a concern about how the tenured staff is evaluated.  Mrs. Owens noted this item is on the agenda for the February 25 Personnel Committee meeting.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board that the next Board meeting was scheduled for March 18, 2008, at Rich East High School beginning a 7:30 p.m.

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board of the Rally for Public Education scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. at The Carlisle, Lombard.

 

 

New Business

 

Mrs. Brookins mentioned that she had attended the recent Legislative Breakfast.  She noted it had been a very interesting session. 

 

 

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Mrs. Brookins noted she had attended the NCLB conference.  There had been a phenomenal speaker at lunch.  He had talked about looking at curriculum and books.  Substance is need in reading material.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Brunson announced he had two cards from citizens.  He asked if Ms. Simington was present.  She was not.  Mr. Brunson read Ms. Simington’s card inviting parents of Rich South to display their talent during “Open Mic” night on Friday, February 22.

 

Mr. Brunson asked if Ms. Robinson was present.  She was not.  Mr. Brunson read Ms. Robinson’s card.  Ms. Robinson said Bus Route #9 service is unacceptable.  There have been three no shows. 

 

 

Adjournment

 

At 9:30 p.m. Mrs. Moten moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(08-66)                        It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its meeting.

 

After a voice vote, Mr. Brunson declared the meeting adjourned.

 

                                                                        Motion 08-66 carried.

 

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary