School Board Niles Township District 219, Cook County, Illinois MINUTES Regular Board Meeting Monday, January 14, 2008 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 6:40 p.m. Board members present at Roll Call: Sheri Doniger, Carlton Evans, Jeffrey Greenspan, Ruth Klint, Robert Silverman, Lynda Gault Smith, Eileen Valfer.

II. Executive Session It was moved by DONIGER and seconded by GREENSPAN to recess into closed session to discuss matters relating to litigation and the employment, appointment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried. The Board recessed into closed session at 6:40 p.m. At 8:10 p.m. it was moved by VALFER and seconded by GAULT SMITH to return to open session. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried.

III. Recall to Order of Open Session Mr. Silverman recalled the meeting to order at 8:15 p.m. The Pledge was recited. IV. Changes/Additions to the Agenda Added and removed from the consent agenda were some personnel items. The student trip for the Science Olympiad Nationals will be discussed under business. V. Public Hearing on Driver Education Course Fee and Driving Ranger Waivers It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by DONIGER to open the public hearing on driver education course fee and driving range waivers. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried. Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of January 14, 2008 

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No one spoke on this issue. It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by DONIGER to close the public hearing on driver education course fee and driving range waivers. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried.

VI. Audience to Visitors No one asked to speak. VII. Student Representative Comments Student representatives were not present due to semester final exams. VIII. Community Representative Comments No one asked to speak. IX. Approval of Consent Agenda It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by VALFER to accept the amended consent agenda. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried. Included in the consent agenda: − Monthly Bills and Payroll in the amount of $8,150,467.11. − Personnel ƒ Approve the employment of Anne Roloff as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction at a yearly salary of $145,000 effective July 1, 2008. ƒ

Approve the employment of the following support staff: NAME

POSITION/LOCATION

EFFECTIVE

Landon, Alexandra

Teacher Asst. – Academic Achievement Center – North, P1-S1, 186 Days Executive Secretary – Foreign Language and ELL, North, S4-Step 2, 205 Days Secretary B – Special Education, Off Campus Learning Center, S3-Step 6, 191 Days

1/7 – 6/10/08

Al-Bazi, Carmen McClure, Reginald ƒ

1/15/08 1/15/08

Approve employment of the following stipend positions for the 2007-08 school year: NILES NORTH

NAME

Boys’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach Exceptional Child Club Peer Counseling (PALS) Purple Pack

* Muresan, Nicholas Powell, Page (.33) Beeftink, Christine (1/22-6/6/08) Boll, Michael -2nd semester (.5) Fahy, Mary – 2nd semester (.5)

* Indicates not a District 219 employee  

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Approve the employment of the following temporary/part-time staff: NAME

POSITION/LOCATION

O’Connell, Geraldine Ortiz, Rebecca Passman, Lea Speciale, Raquel Block, Jason

CRT Scoring – West CRT Scoring – West CRT Scoring – North CRT Scoring – North Auditorium Asst.-North

HOURLY

$15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $7.50

EFFECTIVE DATE

1/10-1/17/2008 1/10-1/17/2008 1/15-1/17/2008 1/15-1/17/2008 1/15/08

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Approve Anni Henrici as a clerical substitute for the 2007-2008 school year.

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Approve the following teacher substitutes for the 2007-2008 school year: Kalom, Miller Parrilli, Mary Sanders, Jordan Nierman, Brian Romanelli, Grace Tumborello, Anne

Minutes of 12/4/07, 12/6/07 and 12/17/07, open and closed sessions. Niles Township Property Tax Appeal Cooperative to pay $29,224.18 to this cooperative for efforts undertaken on behalf of Niles Township High Schools District 219 in the property tax appeal arena. Student Trips − For 13 North chess team members to attend the state championships in Peoria, Illinois on February 7-9, 2008 at a cost to the District of $3,442.42. Donations to Auto Program at Niles West from Thomas and Kimeri Swanson-Beck of a 1985 Chrysler Fifth Avenue.

X. Superintendent’s Report Neil Codell spoke about Rashard Mendenhall holding his press conference at Niles West and what a wonderful family they are and the great job the West staff did in coordinating this event. The school districts in Niles Township along with the Niles Township Youth Coalition are networking together to host an event on January 30 where Judge Mulroy will speak on Real Life in Court. The state has increased special education reimbursement by $1,000 per teacher and $700 per teacher assistant. −

Principals’ Report Bob Freeman spoke about 120 students who took part in shopping to purchase items for needy families. Kaine Osburn spoke on student government working on a recycling program and obtaining grants for this program. He invited the Board to a tour of the lunchroom on February 8 at noon.

XI. Board Members’ Comments Jeff Greenspan said he is very pleased to see how many state scholars there are from North and West. Lynda Gault Smith said she attended the Mendenhall press conference and complimented the staff at West for a superb job in preparation for this event. Robert Silverman spoke of North’s performance at the Illinois High School Theater Festival. Both performances were sold out – our school district has an excellent reputation. Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of January 14, 2008 

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XII. Board Committee Reports Jeff Greenspan said a Facility Meeting will be held January 28 at 8:00 a.m. XIII. Business Acceptance of Fiscal Year 2007 Audit Andy Mace of Miller Cooper addressed the Board on the comprehensive audit for 2007. He spoke of the high quality of the report and said District 219 has a solid financial plan and does an outstanding job in its preparation. He said the business office staff goes above and beyond normal school districts in their accounting procedures. Bob Silverman said as proud as he is of our fine arts award, the accounting practices by our business office is something we should all be very proud of and shows our community members’ faith in passing a referendum and our budgeting of these funds. Jeff Greenspan asked for a listing of debts and what they are. Sue Husselbee will prepare this document. It was moved by GREENSPAN and seconded by GAULT SMITH to accept the FY 2007 Audit of financial records of Niles Township High Schools District 219 as presented by Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried. Driver Education Application for Waivers Dale Vogler said if we get the waiver to use the driving range, which would run for five years, we will not be requesting an increase in the driver education fee. The ratio is 1 on 1 for behind-the-wheel, versus 1 on 10 with the range. We would need to get additional cars and staff if the range waiver is not approved. Neil Codell said we need to lobby legislators to approve this waiver. It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by DONIGER that the Board of Education petition the Illinois State Board of Education to waive Section 105ILCS 5/27-23 of the Illinois School Code, allowing District 219 to charge its students more than the $50 fee prescribed in the Illinois School Code and to raise the feel from $350 to not exceed $500 and to waiver Section 105ILCS 5/27-24.3 of the Illinois School Code, allowing District 219 to continue the use of the driving range to fulfill four of the six behind-the-wheel hours. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried. Student Trip for Out of State National Competition Dale Vogler said that a change in procedure 4:110-AP1 allows for groups to petition for funding by the District to take part in national competitions. Currently Science

 

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Olympiad is asking for the District to pay for 50% of this trip. The group will have to place first in the state to go on this trip and this request is in anticipation of that status. Ruth Klint asked that the Board pay for 75% of this trip. The Board discussed other groups that this would impact. This discussion went from a national competition to how much the District should fund if a group was invited to perform out of state or out of the country. Neil Codell said that the Board should be cautious in their decision as this is the first time since the procedure changed that a request has been brought to the Board. He said there are many fundraising opportunities. Should the Board support more than the request 50%, it may bring more sponsors to ask the Board for more funding, and it may not be fiscally sound. Ruth Klint spoke on not wanting fundraising to overtake students’ time spent in the activity. It was moved by KLINT to fund 75% of the student trip for Science Olympiad to attend the national competition should they qualify. There was no second to this motion. It was moved by DONIGER and seconded by GREENSPAN to fund 50% or $7,565.50 to defray half the anticipated cost associated with the Niles West Science Olympiad team to attend the national competition should they qualify. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger,Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried.

XIV. Old Business There was no old business. XV. New Business There was no new business. XVI. Audience to Visitors No one asked to speak. XVII. Correspondence and FOIA Requests There was no correspondence or FOIA requests. XVIII. Information Items − December 2007 Financial Report XIX. Closed Session It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by DONIGER to recess into closed session to discuss matters relating to litigation and the employment, appointment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees with action to be taken following closed session. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried.

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The Board recessed to closed session at 9:45 p.m. At 11:50 p.m. the Board returned to open session. Personnel

IT was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by DONIGER to approve the following disciplinary action: CASE#

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

2008-12 2008-13

Suspension with Pay – 12 days (1/16-2/4/08) Suspension without Pay – 3 days (1/10, 1/11 & 1/14/08) and termination effective January 15, 2008

A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried.

XX. Adjournment It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by DONIGER to adjourn the meeting. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith, Valfer. The motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 11:55 p.m.

_________________________________

______________________________

President

Secretary

Minutes approved February 4, 2008.

 

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