School Board  Niles Township District 219, Cook County, Illinois  MINUTES  Regular Board Meeting Monday, February 2, 2009    The meeting was held in the Board Room of the District Office located at 7700 Gross Point  Road, Skokie, Illinois.     I. Call to Order and Roll Call   Board President Robert Silverman called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m.  Board  members  present  at  Roll  Call:    Sheri  Doniger,  Carlton  Evans,  Jeffrey  Greenspan, Ruth Klint, Robert Silverman, Eileen Valfer.  II. Executive Session  It was moved by EVANS and seconded by DONIGER to recess into closed session  to  discuss  matters  relating  to  student  discipline,  litigation  and  the  appointment,  employment,  compensation,  discipline,  performance  or  dismissal  of  specific  employees.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Valfer.  The motion carried.    The Board recessed to closed session at 6:45 p.m.    At  7:37  p.m.  it  was  moved  by  DONIGER  and  seconded  by  EVANS  to  return  to  open session.    A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Valfer.  The motion carried.    III. Recall to Order of Open Session  Mr. Silverman recalled the meeting to order at 7:45 p.m.  The Pledge was recited.    IV. Changes/Additions to the Agenda  Added  to  the  consent  agenda  were  personnel  items;  however,  one  of  them  will  be  added to business section.  Removed from the consent agenda was the change in the  Board meeting date.  Added to the business section will be a student trip.  President Silverman took this opportunity to address the Sun‐Times article in which  they  talk  about  Neil  Codell  being  the  highest  paid  superintendent  in  the  state.    He 

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wanted  to  communicate  openly  to  the  public  that  the  Board  members  are  elected  officials  and  are  accountable  to  ensure  that  tax  dollars  are  spent  wisely.    Mr.  Silverman  spoke  of  the  accomplishments  of  Neil  Codell  in  building  a  collaborative  relationship  with  the  two  bargaining  units,  administration  and  the  Board,  resulting  in  an  upcoming  daycare  facility  and  a  wellness  committee.    He  cited  other  accomplishments  under  Mr.  Codell’s  leadership,  including  the  introduction  of  the  Individualized  Learning  Plan  (ILP),  which  tracks  the  academic  progress  of  every  student; changing the school mod schedule to nine periods; increasing the number of  attendance days, and the many connections and solid links he built with community  organizations.    Mr.  Codell’s  average  salary  of  $275,490  was  ¼  of  1%  of  the  District  budget.  Mr. Codell put in countless hours to promote and acknowledge District 219.    Mr.  Silverman  spoke  of  the  District’s  diverse  population  with  six  out  of  every  ten  students  speaking  a  native  language  other  than  English.    The  article  said  our  state  test  scores  are  down  from  recent  years  but  the  article  failed  to  mention  that  this  is  due to having to include ELL and special education students’ scores.  Mr. Silverman  said the District looks at every student’s individual growth, which is up on average 5  points,  and that is also the Board’s goal.  Mr. Silverman further stated that Neil Codell’s retirement benefits are based on the  same  state  laws  that  govern  benefits  for  teachers,  administrators  and  support  staff.   This  enhancement  was  to  encourage  higher  paid  staff  to  retire  so  school  districts  could  hire  staff  at  a  lower  cost.  Mr.  Silverman  further  stated  that  he  and  the  entire  Board  recognize  the  challeges  in  our  community  with  the  recession  and  they  are  trying to make the best use of the district funds.  Last year administrative costs did  not go above 5% and the District stayed within fund limits of the budget.  He said the  Board is thrilled with the benefits Neil Codell brought to District 219.  V. Audience to Visitors  Patricia Jones, 9012 Lamon, Skokie addressed the Board regarding her daughter.  Her  daughter has participated in numerous extra curricular activities.  She said incidents  have happened this year where her daughter was mistreated and was also kicked off  of a team.  She feels the school did not handle this properly.  Dr. Gatta will address  this situation in more detail with Mrs. Jones.  Gil Peters, 5802 Carol, Morton Grove spoke of Neil Codell and the Sun Times article  regarding  his  salary.   He  said his taxes have him  paying $2,000  to District 219.    He  said it takes him and 161 other families to cover Mr. Codell’s salary.    VI. Student Representative Comments  Amy  Amin  said  she  will  be  at  Curriculum  and  Activities  night  as  they  want  to  encourage incoming students to get involved in student government. 

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Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of February 2, 2009

Danielle  Butbul  said  more  mirrors  were  installed  in  the  boys’  bathrooms  as  many  were  vandalized.    Vending  machines  with  healthy  foods  were  installed  for  use  by  students after school.   VII. Community Representative Comments  No one asked to speak.  VIII. Approval of Consent Agenda  It  was  moved  by  DONIGER  and  seconded  by  VALFER  to  accept  the  amended  consent agenda.   A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Valfer.  The motion carried.  Included in the consent agenda:  − Monthly Bills and Payroll in the amount of $5,123,870.73  − Personnel  ƒ Approve the employment of the following support staff effective 2/3/09:  NAME 

POSITION/LOCATION

FTE

Mandic, Ljubomir  Maintenance Mechanic I – West, M1‐Step 1, 260 days,   Silverberg, Ivan  Teacher Assistant –English – North, P1‐Step 1, 186 days 

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1.0  1.0 

Approve employment of the following temporary/part‐time staff effective 2/3/09:  NAME 

POSITION/LOCATION

Colby, Ashley  Floyd, Jarad  Marzalado, Anna Marie  Pacis, Vincent  Smith, Jessica 

Science Lab Assistant – North  Science Lab Assistant – North  Athletics – North  Textbook Center Assistant – North  Wrestling Scorer – North 

HOURLY RATE

$7.75  $7.75  $7.75  $7.75  $7.75 

ƒ

Accept the resignation and tentative agreement of Jane Stanton, Registered  Nurse – North, effective February 3, 2009. 

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Approve change in retirement date for certified staff: Lou Torres, Applied  Science & Technology West from January 2009 (approved 2/4/08) to June 2009. 

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Approve the employment of the following teacher substitutes for the 2008‐09  year:  Apfel, Gloria  Olsheski, Jessica  Lasser, Alicia  Reinbold, Mary  Mitchell, Kevin  Sackett, Jessica  Moffett, Michael  Zubb, Paul 

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Approve the employment of the following stipend positions for the 2008‐2009  school year:  NAME 

SCHOOL

POSITION

Iafrate, Stephanie (.25) –  2nd Semester  Leung, Linda (.25) –  2nd  Semester  *Ramirez, Geraldo  Hentz, Stephanie  Bravos, George  Choi, Jane  DeNapoli, Lisa  Fahrenbacher, Matthew  Fliman, Jessica  Glaubke, Margaret 

Niles North 

Chinese Club 

Niles North 

Chinese Club 

Niles North  Niles West  Niles West  Niles West  Niles West  Niles West  Niles West  Niles West 

Swimming Assistant Coach  Girls Soccer Assistant Coach  Variety Show  International Relations Council  Croatian Club  Computer Club  Russian Club  International Relations Council Co‐ Sponsor  Boys Indoor Track Assistant Coach  Recycling “Go Green” Club  Bosnian Club  Wild Wolves Club  Rock & Roll Club  Boys Indoor Track Assistant Coach  Swimming Assistant Coach 

*Grossman, Michael (.5)  Niles West  Gulak, Tatyana  Niles West  Jukic, Jasminka  Niles West  Koreman, Neil  Niles West  Lander, Steven  Niles West  *Perez, Jorge (.5)  Niles West  VanderJeugdt, Daniel  Niles West  * Indicates not a District 219 employee 

− Minutes of 1/12/09, Open and Closed Sessions  − Student Trips  ƒ

For 13 North Chess students to attend the State Chess Meet in Peoria, Illinois  on February 12 – 14, 2009 at cost to the District of $3,442.63. 

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For 25 North WHO Club members to attend a spring break service trip to  New Orleans on February 22‐28, 2009 at no cost to the District. 

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For 3 West and North students to attend a French Exchange in France on June  12‐26, 2009 at no cost to the District. 

− Disposal of Obsolete Textbooks entitled The Developing Child.  − Niles Township Property Tax Appeals Cooperative Payment of $11,719.25 for  efforts undertaken on behalf of Niles Township High Schools District 219 in the  property tax appeal arena.  IX. Superintendent’s Report  Dr. Gatta spoke about events going on in our schools. 

 

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Principals’ Report  Mr. Freeman spoke of the competitions, awards and accomplishments of students  and staff.  He also advised the Board of upcoming events.  Mr. Osburn spoke about upcoming events at Niles West.  Niles  West  band  director  Bill  Koch  was  present,  from  the  band  were  Stephen  Small,  Beth  Kimura  and  Elizabeth  Lotsof,  and  orchestra  students  present  were  Spencer  Love,  Hillary  Lindwall,  Jennifer  Wong  and  Tommy  Ng.    The  band  and  orchestra  competed  in  the  Presidential  Inaugural  Heritage  Music  Festival  in  Washington,  D.C.  on  January  17‐19  and  were  awarded  first  place  trophies  for  Outstanding  Band  and  Outstanding  Orchestra.    They  also  received  the  Adjudicators  Award,  which  is  given  to  an  instrumental  group  with  an  average  score  of  92  or  higher.    Maestro  Awards  for  their  extraordinary  musical  ability  were  given  to  Stephen  Small  for  alto  saxophone  and  the  entire  Wind  ensemble  bassoon  section  of  Margaux  Lim,  Julie  Schwenk,  Colleen  Galicia.    The  students  also had an opportunity to attend the presidential inauguration ceremonies. 

X. Board Members’ Comments  Jeffrey  Greenspan  spoke  of  the  five  athletes  who  were  given  football  scholarships.   He  said  Curtis  Tate  should  be  recognized  for  having  a  part  in  these  students  receiving this award.  XI. Board Committee and Other Reports  Policy – Dr. Doniger said a meeting is scheduled for tomorrow.  Facility  –  Mr.  Greenspan  reported  that  the  District  enrolled  in  demand  reduction  with Commonwealth Edison and as a result we received $50,000 in credit.    XII. Business  Personnel  It  was  moved  by  VALFER  and  seconded  by  DONIGER  to  approve  the  employment  of  John  Heintz  as  Assistant  Superintendent  for  Human  Resources  and Chief Legal Officer, a 260‐day position, at a yearly salary of $152,250 effective  July 1, 2009.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Doniger, Evans, Klint, Silverman, Valfer.  Abstain:  Greenspan.  The motion carried.  Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of February 2, 2009 

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Dr.  Gatta  spoke  of  John  Heintz  and  how  he  began  his  career  as  a  teacher  in  Niles  Township  in  1990.    He  brings  his  experience  as  a  teacher  along  with  his  juris  prudence  degree.    He  has  a  deep  passion  for  having  students  come  first  and  Dr.  Gatta  said  how  pleased  she  is  that  is  coming  back  to  the  District.    Mr.  Heintz  was  present.    He  thanked  the  Board  for  his  approval.    His  family  was  present  and  he  introduced them.    Student Trip   Mr.  Freeman  said  the  cheerleaders  were  in  competition  this  past  weekend.    They  qualified  for  state  which  will  take  place  this  weekend  and  therefore  this  request  is  late in coming to the Board.  It was moved by SILVERMAN and seconded by DONIGER to approve the trip for  24  Niles  North  cheerleaders  to  attend  the  state  competition  in  Bloomington,  Illinois on February 5‐7, 2009 at an estimated cost to the District of $4,584.00.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Valfer.  The motion carried.      Daycare Lease  Ruth  Klint  said  the  Board  can  feel  very  comfortable  about  this  decision.    It  came  down to three providers and presentations were made by each with questions asked  by the committee.  The teachers are very excited about the childcare provider.    It was moved by VALFER and seconded by DONIGER to approve the Daycare  Lease Agreement with Children’s Learning World, a Montessori School.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Valfer.  The motion carried.  Policy Changes – 2nd Reading  Paul  O’Malley  reported  that  per  the  Board’s  request  a  survey  was  done  of  surrounding schools for their bidding threshold for purchases.  The results show that  New Trier, Stevenson and Glenbrook all have raised their amount to $25,000 which is  the  same  as  the  state  law  bidding  procedure.    Mr.  O’Malley  further  stated  that  for  any pricing we get quotes from three different vendors.   

 

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It was moved by DONIGER and seconded by VALFER to accept the policy  changes for second reading.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Valfer.  The motion carried.  Policy changes were for ‐   Number  2:220  3:20  4:60  4:70  4:160  5:90  5:150  5:240  5:290  6:60  6:120  6:160  6:300  7:10  7:20  7:50  7:210  7:230  7:240  7:290  7:300 

Name  School Board Meeting Procedures  Administrative Organizational Chart  Purchases and Contracts  Resource Conservation  Hazardous and Infectious Materials  Abused and Neglected Child Report  Personnel Records  Suspension  Employment Termination and Suspensions  Curriculum Content  Special Education  English Language Learners  Graduation Requirements  Equal Educational Opportunities  Harassment of Students Prohibited  School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non‐District Schools  Expulsion Procedures  Misconduct by Students with Disabilities  Code of Conduct for Participants in Extracurricular Activities  Adolescent Suicide Awareness and Prevention Programs  Extracurricular Activities 

  Change in date of the April 6, 2009 Regular Board Meeting  It was moved by DONIGER and seconded by VALFER to change the April 6 Board  meeting date to March 30, 2009.  A vote voice was taken.  The motion carried.  XIII. Old Business  There was no old business.   XIV. New Business  There was no new business.  

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XV. Audience to Visitors  No one asked to speak.    XVI. Correspondence and FOIA Requests  There was one FOIA request asking for a listing of candidates that filed for the school  board election.  XVII. Information Items  •

December 2009 Financial Report 

XVIII. Closed Session  It was moved by EVANS and seconded by DONIGER to recess into closed session  to discuss matters relating to student disciple , take action on this in open session  and adjourn therefrom.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Valfer.  The motion carried.    

The Board went into closed session at 9:40 p.m.  At.10:05 p.m. the Board returned to open  session.  Student Discipline Case 2009‐11  It  was  moved  by  EVANS  and  seconded  by  VALFER  to  approve  the  hearing  officer’s  report  on  Student  Case  2009‐11  and  to  put  the  expulsion  recommendation  in  abeyance  and approve the settlement agreement discussed in closed session.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Valfer.  The motion carried.     

The meeting adjourned at 10:05 p.m.  _________________________________ 

 

 

______________________________ 

President 

 

 

Secretary 

 

 

 

 

Minutes approved February 23, 2009.  

 

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