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March 18th, 2008

RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 227

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

MARCH 18, 2008

 

 

The Board of Education of Rich Township High School District 227 met on Tuesday, March 18, 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.

 

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

 

Also Present: Dr. Craig, Ms. Waite, Mr. Speller, Mr. Veazey, Ms. High, Ms. Anderson, Mr. Durley, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Spann, Mr. Joyce, Ms. Bailey, Ms. Ellis-Bowen, Ms. Toth, Mr. Abrams, Ms. Spoolstra, Dr. Leak, Ms. Beatty, Mr. Hayes-Williams, Mr. Winfrey, Mr. Volz, Ms. Schroeder, Ms. Stokes, Mr. Jones, Ms. Gregor-Whitmore, Ms. Feltenstein, Ms. Malak, Mr. Spaniak, Ms. Mitchell, Mr. Mitchell, Ms. Smart, Mr. Kredens, Mr. Curran, Mr. Walker, Ms. Henderson, Mr. Hunigan, Mr. Hampton, Dr. McDonald, Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. Rainey, Ms. Ramey, Mrs. Treichel, and student representatives Arielle Smith (Central), Mickietha Hampton (East), and Margaret Stack (alternate 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

 

No citizens wished to be recognized pertaining to agenda items.

 

Recognition of Students

 

Mr. Rainey called Evan Mitchell and his parents forward.  Evan was recognized for his outstanding scholarship and citizenship.  He has been on the academic honor roll all his years in high school and is an accomplished saxophone player.  Evan will be attending Morehouse College in the fall.

 

Dr. Craig called Jivini Hayes and Lynn Quattrocki and their families forward.  Both students are members of the Rich East Transitions Program and will be graduating this year.  They are role models for the younger students.

 

Dr. Kirkwood called Margaret Stack forward, along with her family.  He noted that Margaret was being recognized as a Golden Apple Scholar.  The best and brightest of

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Illinois youth who are pursuing a teaching career are recognized with this award.  Dr. Kirkwood noted that Margaret is an outstanding student involved in soccer and music.  She has maintained a 3.5 grade point average and has a 95% attendance rate.

 

Recognition of Staff

 

Dr. Kirkwood called Praseela Feltenstein forward.  He noted that Praseela has been a teacher at Rich South in the Special Education Department for 33 years and has an 80% A/B/C rate.  She has been involved with Fusion, has been a teacher leader, and is an inspiration to both students and staff.

 

Dr. Craig asked Ted Spaniak to come forward.  He noted Mr. Spaniak was being recognized for his work with the freshman academy.  He organized four freshman assemblies, produced videos and PowerPoint presentations for students and teachers.  The efforts of Mr. Spaniak have improved the behavior of the freshman students.  In addition, Mr. Spaniak is the Yearbook sponsor, the District photographer and District webmaster.

 

Mr. Rainey asked Oliver Speller to come forward.  Mr. Rainey noted that Mr. Speller is involved in quality instruction on a day to day basis.  He models and demonstrates the standard of excellence of the District and understands the art of engaged instruction.

 

 

Student Representatives

 

Student representatives Arielle Smith (Central), Mickietha Hampton (East), and Margaret Stack (South) talked about the activities and special events taking place at their campuses, including ACT/PSAE preparatory procedures and progress and extra-curricular activities.

 

 

Special Presentation

 

The Rich East Administrative Team gave a PowerPoint presentation on what is taking place at Rich East regarding the school’s efforts to increase student achievement.  Board members asked questions of the East Administrative Team.

 

 

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Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Brunson noted that he was adding the resignation of Emmanuel Crockett to the Classified and Exempt Personnel Report.   He then requested approval of the Consent Agenda with the revised Classified and Exempt Personnel Report.  Mrs. Owens moved and Mrs. Norwood seconded the following:

 

(08-66)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Consent Agenda as revised.

 

  1. Approval of the Budget and Finance/Property Committee meeting minutes of February 19, 2008; the Regular meeting minutes of February 19, 2008;

and the Personnel Committee and Personnel Committee Closed Session meeting minutes of February 25, 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 March 18, 2008, as follows:

 

Payroll

 

Gross Payroll February 25, 2008                      1,478,034.34

 

Gross Payroll March 10, 2008              1,434,651.22

 

Bills Payable

 

Education                                                            381,870.64

 

Operation and Maintenance                                 241,277.47

 

Capital Project Fund                                         1,603,530.72

 

Transportation                                                    209,308.83

 

Tort                                                                         1,804.50

 

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

 

 

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            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the payroll and bills payable dated March 18, 2008, for the Career Preparation Network as follows:

 

            Payroll

 

            Gross Payroll February 25, 2008                          4,859.64

 

            Gross Payroll March 10, 2008                  4,859.64

 

            Bills Payable

 

            Education                                                           1,619.54

 

  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 Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Part-Time Probationary Teachers

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Part-Time Probationary Teachers as distributed.

 

F.         Approval of Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of First and Second Year Probationary Teachers

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of First and Second Year Probationary Teachers as distributed.

 

G.        Approval of Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Third and Fourth Year Probationary Teachers as distributed.

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Resolution Authorizing Dismissal and Non-Renewal of Third and Fourth Year Probationary Teachers as distributed.

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H.        Request for acceptance of resignations

 

            It is moved that the Board of Education accept the resignations of certificated staff members Margaret Adebayo and Melonie Smith effective at the conclusion of the 2007-2008 school year.

 

I.          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 08-66 carried.

 

Report of the Director of Fiscal Services

 

Mr. Hampton requested a Budget and Finance/Property Committee meeting.  The meeting will be to go over the District’s audit report and bids for the press boxes and exterior lighting at all three campuses.  After discussion, the meeting was set for 6:00 p.m. prior to the April 15 Board meeting in the Media Center at Rich East.

 

Mr. Hampton requested a Special Meeting of the Board to approve a bid for cafeteria furniture at Rich South.  This meeting was set for April 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

 

Summary of Committee Reports

 

Mrs. Owens reported on the Personnel Committee meetings of February 25 and March 11, 2008.  She noted that at the February 25 meeting the profile of teachers, the process for teachers to receive tenure, and the status on the search of filling administrative positions had been discussed.  At the March 11 meeting, the Superintendent’s evaluation had been discussed as well as an update on his goals.

 

Mr. Imoukhuede reported on the Community Relations and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting of March 18, 2008.  He noted that he plans to schedule a forum at each of the three campuses the last week in April or first week in May.

 

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

 

 

Special Reports

 

Mr. Brunson and Mrs. Moten reported on Snowball I.  Mr. Brunson noted the closing program had been outstanding.  Mrs. Moten added that she was reporting as a parent and Board member.  All three of her children were in attendance at Snowball.  The skits were very emotional.  She stated that she loves the Snowball program.  Mr. Brunson added that next year is the 25th anniversary of Snowball. 

 

 

Report of the Superintendent

 

Mr. Hunigan requested approval of the Special Pay Rates for the District.  He noted these Special Pay Rates were for special positions within the District, such as substitute teachers and summer hourly employees.  Mrs. Norwood moved and Mr. Imoukhuede seconded the following:

 

(08-67)            It is moved that the Board of Education approve the Special Pay Rates for the 2008-2009 school year as presented.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                                Motion 08-67 carried.

 

 

Report of the President

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board that the next Board meeting was scheduled for April 15, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rich East Media Center.

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board of the SCOPE Dinner Meeting scheduled for April 30, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, Alsip.

 

Mr. Brunson reminded the Board of the National School Boards Association Conference to take place March 28, 2008, to March 31, 2008.  He noted that Board members will be reporting on their attendance at the conference at the next school board meeting.

 

 

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New Business

 

Mrs. Upshaw scheduled Policy Committee meetings for Monday, April 7, and Monday, April 14, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

 

 

Recognition of Citizens

 

Mr. Baxter Stewart was recognized.  He talked about various school-related topics including: 1) Having the advisory or enrichment period before first period; 2) Prom rules; 3) Clarification on the boundaries of the PTSO; 4) Educational movies he recommended; 5) Room stability; 6) Grades; and 7) Nursing Program.  Mr. Brunson noted that Mr. Hunigan and Mr. Rainey will follow up with Mr. Stewart on these items.

 

 

Closed Session

 

At 8:45 p.m. Mr. Imoukhuede moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-68)            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, Imoukhuede, Moten, Norwood, Owens, Upshaw

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-68 carried.

 

At 9:36 p.m. Mr. Imoukhuede moved and Mrs. Brookins seconded the following:

 

(08-69)            It is moved that the Board of Education reconvene its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

                                                                                    Motion 08-69 carried.

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

 

(08-70)            It is moved that the Board of Education terminate the employment of exempt staff employee Joseph Sowinski, Foreman at Rich Central High School, effective March 19, 2008, as discussed in closed session.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-70 carried.

 

 

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

 

(08-71)                        It is moved that the Board of Education adjourn its regular Board meeting.

 

Results of the roll call vote were as follows:

 

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

Nay: None

 

                                                                                    Motion 08-71 carried.

 

 

 

 

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President                                                                      Secretary