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March 19, 2007




MARCH 19, 2008



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


Mrs. Brookins called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.


Present: Brookins (Chair), Imoukhuede (Member), Moten (Member)


Also Present: Mr. Brunson, Mrs. Ramey, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Nelson, Mr. Hunigan, Mrs. Treichel, Dr. Leak, Ms. Waite, Mr. Jenicek, Mrs. Sokol, Ms. Bailey, Mr. Joyce, Ms. Anderson, Mr. Veazey, Dr. Freeman, Ms. Ellis-Bowen, Mrs. High



Mrs. Ramey presented an update on special education. She noted that special education students are eligible for services up to the day before their 22nd birthday.  Mrs. Ramey presented an overview on the following special education topics:


                        Special Education Law Update

                        Program Update

                        District Demographic Data

                        Comparison Data

                        Student ABC Rate

                        Educational Environment Data

                        Program Accomplishments

                        Long Range Plan


Mrs. Ramey noted that, beginning in 2009-10, class size calculation will change.  She noted the District will probably need at least two additional special education teachers.


Mr. Imoukhuede asked for a written definition of all the special education terms.  Mrs. Ramey said she would send it to him.  He noted that the District needs to look at the new class size calculation rules when it works on the budget for next year. 


Mrs. Moten asked about parent involvement. 


Ms. Ellis-Bowen responded that parental involvement is very important.  Many students have no support system at home.


Mrs. Moten asked if there was anything the Board could do to support the Special Education Department.  She asked Mrs. Ramey to think about that.


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Mrs. Brookins asked about decreasing the number of facility placements.


Mrs. Ramey responded that a couple of high schools have programs in their own buildings and, therefore, have a smaller number of students out placed. 


Mrs. Brookins asked if this was included in the District’s plan.


Mr. Hunigan responded that it was part of the District’s 5-year plan. 


Mrs. Sokol noted that she knows how important it is to have the students taken care of at home.  She noted that if the students do not come to school, the parents should be immediately contacted.


Mrs. Brookins thanked Mrs. Ramey for the very well-organized presentation. 


Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Nelson, Mr. Jones and Ms. Ellis-Bowen began a presentation on senior updates and school climate.  They talked about creating a climate for learning.


Mrs. Brookins noted that what she really wanted to hear was what was going on in the buildings - how the students and staff are being motivated - what the atmosphere of each building is. 


Mr. Hunigan explained that the schools had not been instructed to deliver this type of report.


Mrs. Brookins asked about surveys.  Mrs. Martin responded that the HSSSE survey was climate based.  Plans are underway to do an all-school survey regarding climate issues.  She added that the principal and associate principal set the tone for the climate.  She asked Mr. Jones what he felt about Rich Central.


Mr. Jones responded that he has been very impressed with the general atmosphere and climate at Rich Central.  He added that the staff members are engaged and cooperate and working hard to try to reduce suspensions.  He stated he felt Rich Central was moving in the right direction. 


Mr. Imoukhuede noted he had been in contact with a former Rich Township student.  The student stated Rich Township is Harvard in comparison to where he is doing his student teaching.  We sometimes think it is greener someplace else.


Mrs. Moten stated that she wanted to make sure the District’s staff and students haven’t been overloaded.  That is the information the committee is trying to get.


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Mr. Veazey was recognized.  He noted that school should be a haven.  The climate at the school is affected by the community. 


There was discussion on the SWISS management program.  Mrs. Owens asked for an explanation of what SWISS does. 


Mrs. High asked about the senior survey.  Does it note post secondary plans?


Mrs. Anderson responded that it does. 


At 7:42 p.m. Mrs. Brookins adjourned the meeting.