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February 25, 2008



FEBRUARY 25, 2008




The Personnel Committee of the Whole of the Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on February 25, 2008, in the Board Room at the District Administrative Center, Olympia Fields, Illinois.


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


Present: Owens (Chair), Brookins (Member)


Also Present: Mrs. Moten, Mr. Brunson, Mr. Imoukhuede, Mr. Hunigan, Mrs. Treichel, Dr. McDonald, Mr. Veazey, Ms. Varnado, Mr. Woods, Ms. Smith, Mr. Durley


Mrs. Owens turned the meeting over to Mr. Hunigan.  Mr. Hunigan noted that he and Dr. McDonald were working on a profile of teachers – what the District is looking for in new teachers.  He noted that he had just come from an all administrator meeting at which four teachers from each building had been invited.  The make-up of the staff has changed drastically, which will have implications as far as staff development is concerned. 


Dr. McDonald presented statistics relative to tenured/non-tenured staff, ethnicity information, the evaluation process, and the District Recruitment Plan.  Mr. Hunigan added that less people of color are choosing education as a profession. 


Mrs. Brookins asked if the District is marketing to the HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). She also asked if the District is following up with alumni. 


Dr McDonald noted that the District is reaching out to HBCUs.  The District has put out word and has done on-line postings.  The District is also taking advantage of regional and state human resource meetings and offices where needs are shared.


Mr. Hunigan added that the District does not wait until a teacher’s fourth year to determine if he/she is being successful.  A minimum of four observations are conducted during a teacher’s first year, two by the principal and two by the principal’s designee. 

He noted that the principal is responsible for the bottom line regarding a teacher’s evaluation.


Dr. McDonald noted that evaluations are tied to the District’s goals, the ABC rate, feedback received from parents and students.


Mrs. Owens added that those areas are indicated in the actual document.


Mrs. Brookins asked if tenure was automatic.

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Mr. Hunigan responded that the District would have to have a reason to let a teacher go in year four.  The reason would have to be documented in the evaluation.


Mrs. Moten asked about parent evaluations of staff.


Mrs. Owens noted that the District cannot give the impression that parents can evaluate teachers.


Mr. Brunson asked if mentors were part of the evaluation process.


Dr. McDonald stated no, but at each campus the principal works closely with the mentors of first and second year teachers.


Mr. Veazey asked what can or cannot be done prior to tenure being awarded.  Are there checks and balances?


Dr. McDonald stated that a written evaluation is made to the Cabinet.  In January principals have to provide a progress report.  They have to tell the Cabinet how teachers are progressing.


Mr. Hunigan noted that principals are responsible for the evaluations.


Dr. McDonald noted that each Cabinet member is assigned to a building.  Each Cabinet member has to report out to the Superintendent what is happening at their campus.


Mrs. Brookins asked if the District tracks the students who receive a Golden Apple awards.


Dr. McDonald noted this was a new recommendation.  She will follow up on it.


Mrs. Moten asked about the 49 teachers that left the District.  What schools did they come from?


Dr. McDonald noted she will find out.


Mrs. Moten asked how many came from HBCUs. 


Dr. McDonald stated she will check on that. 





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There was discussion regarding using a consulting firm.  Mr. Hunigan mentioned Microsoft.  Dr. McDonald mentioned Ventures.  She also noted that Governors State received a grant to provide professional development.


Mr. Hunigan noted that there are so many non-tenured staff, evaluations present a challenge to staff.


Mr. Hunigan noted that the District is in the process of looking to fill an Associate Principal of Operations at Rich Central and an Instructional Leader in Math at Rich South.  He noted in the Spring, he will be getting a team together at Rich Central.  The Math Instructional Leader is proving hard to find.


Mr. Imoukhuede noted that time is of the essence in the hiring of teachers.


Dr. McDonald responded that the District does have a staffing timeline. 


At 7:15 p.m. Mrs. Brookins moved and Mrs. Moten seconded the following:


            It is moved that the Personnel Committee of the Whole of the Board of Education

of Rich Township High School District 227 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, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens

Nay: None


                                                                        Motion carried.



At 8:47 p.m. Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:


            It is moved that the Personnel Committee of the Whole reconvene its meeting.


Results of the roll call vote were as follows:


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Aye: Brookins, Brunson, Imoukhuede, Moten, Owens

Nay: None


                                                                        Motion carried.



At 8:48 p.m. Mrs. Owens adjourned the Personnel Committee of the Whole meeting.