School Board Niles Township District 219, Cook County, Illinois MINUTES Regular Board Meeting Monday, December 17, 2007 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 6:25 p.m. Board members present at Roll Call: Jeffrey Greenspan, Ruth Klint, Robert Silverman, Lynda Gault Smith.

II. Executive Session It was moved by KLINT and seconded by GAULT SMITH to recess into closed session to discuss matters relating to litigation, negotiation, and the employment, appointment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. The Board recessed into closed session at 6:25 p.m. At 8:40 p.m. it was moved by GREENSPAN and seconded by GAULT SMITH to return to open session. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried.

III. Recall to Order of Open Session Mr. Silverman recalled the meeting to order at 8:45 p.m. The Pledge was recited. IV. Swearing in of Board Member Carlton Evans was sworn in as a new board member. V. Changes/Additions to the Agenda Removed from the consent agenda were student trips for Niles West Field Seminar. Mr. Silverman announced that the Unions and the Board have been working together since last summer and they have reached an agreement that will extend the contract, with some changes, through the 2012 school year. The Unions ratified this contract extension last week and the Board will be taking action this evening. He said he is pleased for all.

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VI. Superstar Awards Niles West student recognized were Elizabeth Cohon for academics, Andrew Foerch for athletics, and Emma Reinemann for community spirit. North students recognized were Gavi Nitzarim for academics, Nick Stavropoulos for athletics, and Carly Miller for community spirit. The Board took a 20 minute break to talk with the students and their parents.

VII. Public Hearing on 2007 Property Tax Levy Request It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by KLINT to open the public hearing on the 2007 property tax levy request. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. No one spoke on this issue. It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by KLINT to open the public hearing on debt restructure. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried.

VIII. Audience to Visitors No one asked to speak. IX. Student Representative Comments Anun Amjad updated the Board on upcoming events. Karina Mendez Keil invited Board members to come to West for lunch. X. Community Representative Comments No one asked to speak. XI. Approval of Consent Agenda It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by KLINT to accept the amended consent agenda. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. Included in the consent agenda: − Monthly Bills and Payroll in the amount of $4,393,195.05. − Personnel ƒ Approve the employment of Paul O’Malley as Assistant Superintendent for  Business Services ‐ District effective July 1, 2008 at a yearly salary of $145,000.  

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Approve the employment of the following certified staff: NAME 

POSITION/LOCATION 

FTE 

EFFECTIVE DATE 

Makris, Georgia  Thielsen, Richard 

Math – North, BA‐Step 1  Science – North, BA‐Step 1 

1.0  1.0 

January 22, 2008  December 3, 2007 

Approve the employment of the following part-time/temporary staff for the 20072008 school year effective December 18, 2007: NAME 

POSITION/LOCATION 

RATE 

Ference, John  Joseph, Ashur  Kao, Lulu  Khan, Farah  Panion, Leonard  Rubakha, Dina  Salganik, Daniel  Spiegel, Julia 

Textbook Center Assistant ‐ North  Fitness Center Assistant – North  Wrestling Scorer ‐ North  IRC Assistant – West  Textbook Center Assistant – West  ESL Tutor – North  Science Lab Assistant – North  Theatre Assistant – North 

$7.50/Hr.  $7.50/Hr.  $7.50/Hr.  $7.50/Hr.  $7.50/Hr.  $19.64/Hr.  $7.50/Hr.  $7.50/Hr. 

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

LOCATION 

POSITION 

*Hunsucker, Matthew (.5)  Watson, Torion (.5)  Koch, William 

Niles North  Niles North  Niles West 

Assistant Boys Track & Field  Assistant Boys Track & Field  Pop N’Rock 

* Indicates not a District 219 Employee 

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Approve the leave of absence for the following support staff: NAME 

POSITION/LOCATION  TYPE OF LEAVE 

Baehr, Sherry 

Clerk A – IRC/West 

EFFECTIVE DATE 

Continued Education  1/8/08 – 3/31/08  – Unpaid 

Approve the following disciplinary actions: CASE# 

DISCIPLINARY ACTION 

2008‐09  2008‐10  2008‐11 

Remediation & Resolution Plan    Suspension without pay – 1 day (12/5/07)  Suspension without pay – 2 days (1/16 and 1/17/08)  

Approve the following teacher substitutes for the 2007-2008 school year: Davidson, Sylvi  Grogan, John  Himmelmann, William 

Jafri, Sana  Jahraus, Ashley   

Kelley, Amanda  Miller, Dallas   

 



Minutes of 11/19 and 11/26/07 meetings, open and closed sessions.

− Student Trips ƒ

For 16 West swimmers to attend a training session in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 28-30, 2007 at no cost to the District.

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For six West wrestling students to attend the Freedom Wrestling Invite in Freedom, Wisconsin on January 11-12, 2008 at a cost to the District of $225.

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For 40 North and West students to attend the University of Chicago Model UN in Chicago, Illinois on January 31-February 3, 2008 at a cost to the District of $7,357.

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For 20 West students to attend the Science Olympiad State Competition in Champaign, Illinois on April 25-26, 2007 at a cost to the District of $4,053.79.

− Purchase and Installation of Dye Vat System at North from Rescor Corporation for a cost of $36,922. − Disposal of Obsolete Weight Room Equipment at North in the most economical way, including sale of usable equipment to staff. − 2008-09 School Calendar Monday, August 25 Tuesday, August 26 Monday, September 1 Tuesday September 30 Thursday, October 9 Tuesday, Nov. 4 Tuesday, November 11 Wednesday, November 26 Thursday, November 27 Friday, November 28 Monday, December 22 Monday, January 5 Friday, January 16 Monday, January 19 Monday, February 16 Friday, February 27 Monday, March 2 Friday, March 23 Monday, March 30 Friday, April 10 Monday, May 25 Wednesday, June 10

Teacher Institute Opening Day First Day of School – half day for students Labor Day - No School No School No School Teacher Institute – No School Veterans Day – No School No School Thanksgiving – No School No School Winter Recess Begins (10 days) School Resumes after Winter Break No School - Day off Between Semesters Martin Luther King Day – No School Presidents’ Day – No School Teacher Institute – No School Casimir Pulaski Day – No School Spring Break Begins (5 days) School Resumes after Spring Break No School Memorial Day – No School Last Day of School (if no emergency days used)

− LICA Revisions to Article of Agreement − Contract Resolution for Dispute with Positive Connections XII. Superintendent’s Report Neil Codell said there are events going on every day in the schools. We will be presenting at the Illinois Tech Conference on February 28. The Alumni Coming Home/Giving Back Committee will sponsor the Niles West 50-year Reunion on October 14, 2008. The Skokie Chamber gave a donation to the Education fund. −

Principals’ Report Bob Freeman and Kaine Osburn gave updates on school activities.

XIII. Board Members’ Comments Jeff Greenspan said a Facility Committee meeting should be scheduled after the first of the year to assist West with their recycling and get started with a program at North.

 

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XIV. Business Collective Bargaining Agreement with NTFT and NTSS It was moved by GREENSPAN and seconded by GAULT SMITH to accept the three year agreement between the Board and both Unions, the NTFT and NTSS, that begins in the 2009-2010 school year and concludes at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, awaiting final contract language. Steve Grossman said this contract agreement provides comfort for the teachers and the community. He thanked the Board and the Administration for working together to get this extension. He said the NTFT were unanimous in ratifying this contract A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. Additional Student Coursebook Changes for 2008-09 Dale Vogler said the two field seminar student trips go with the Science Research Topics course. She said the Summer Enrichment class is a 60 hour, one semester course, which will have one week of classroom instruction and 5-10 days of field experience. Mr. Greenspan appreciated the move to offer courses of this type in the summer. It was moved by KLINT and seconded by GAULT SMITH to approve the course proposals delineated in Appendices A through F for the 2008-09 school year. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. Changes approved are as follows: Department – Course Program Change Special Education - Reading 1-2 and 3-4 Add Repeat Course Fine Arts - AP Music Theory Add new course AS&T - Introduction to Engineering Design Add new course AS&T - Consumer Education 3-Week Summer School course Social Studies - Modern African & Latin American History Add new course Science - Field Studies in Science Add a new course for Summer School Long Term Debt Restructuring It was moved by GREENSPAN and seconded by GAULT SMITH to adopt three resolutions prepared by Bond Counsel Chapman and Cutler and Financial Advisor Ray Coyne of Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley related to restructuring of the District’s long term debt. The old interest rate was 5.31% with this new rate being 4.98%. We will be able to obtain additional capital from this transaction. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of December 17, 2007 

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Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. 2007 Property Tax Levy Adoption It was noted that the overall tax levy is going up less than 5%. It was moved by GREENSPAN and seconded by KLINT to approve the resolutions prepared for the 2007 property tax extension request for Educational, Operations and Maintenance, Transportation, Working Cash, IMRF, Social Security/Medicare, Fire Prevention and Safety, Tort Immunity, Special Education and Leasing levies. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. 2007 Summer School Report Dale Vogler, Susan Husselbee and Erika Bougdanos were present to answer questions regarding summer school. Dale Vogler said the proposed calendar for 2008 is basically the same as always. Tuition for 2007 generated payment of past due student fees as Board policy states you cannot attend summer school unless they are paid. After reviewing what other districts in the area charge for summer school, the administration is proposing an increase in course fees, the greatest being for out of district registration fees. It was also explained that driver education requirements have changed and there are additional behind-the-wheel hours required. This will require more hours for driver education instructors. We will be able to service less students and at a higher cost to the District. This will also be an issue during the 2008-09 school year. It was moved by GREENSPAN and seconded by GAULT SMITH to approve the 2008 summer school calendar and tuition, fees and bus passes. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. It was moved by GREENSPAN and seconded by GAULT SMITH to approve that all camp refund requests are subject to a $25 non-refundable processing fee beginning with the 2008 summer camps. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. The Board discussed the recommendations on the three-week Health class. It was agreed that the word ‘rigorous’ would be removed from the summer school coursebook in describing this class, as all classes offered in District 219 are rigorous.

 

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It was moved by KLINT and seconded by GAULT SMITH to approve the three week health class for 2008 summer school with the following guidelines: 1) The Summer School Coursebook will clearly state, “The three-week Health course is fast-paced. Students must be prepared to spend a minimum of four hours per night on assignments and homework.” 2) Students who have previously failed Health during the regular school year will be prohibited from enrolling in the three-week Summer School Health course. 3) The three-week Summer School Health course will be open to grades 10, 11 and 12 during the 2008 summer session. Grade 9 students can enroll only in the six week Health course. 4) If possible, a District 219 Health teacher will be the instructor of a three-week Summer School course. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried.

It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by KLINT to approve the 2008 summer school calendar to run from June 13 to July 25, 2008, with July 4, 2008 being a non-attendance day. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried.

It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by KLINT to approve the increase in summer school tuition and registration fees. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. The 2008 summer school fees will be as follows: Tuition - District 219 students (semester non-lab course) $150 Tuition - District 219 students (semester lab course) $165 Tuition – District 219 students (semester field study course) $225 Tuition - Out-of-District students (semester non-lab course) $175 Tuition - Out-of-District students (semester lab course) $190 Tuition – Out-of-District students (semester field study course) $263 Driver Education $300 Registration Fee - In District (semester course) $50 Registration Fee - Out-of-District (semester course) $100 Bus Pass - 30 rides $50 Bus Pass - 60 rides $100

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Student Trips Dale Vogler explained that the Science Research Topics class covers all areas of science. They do a few trips per year to experience outdoor survival skills they have been prepped for in class. They also go on a trip where they meet up with feeder schools having a trip at the same location. It was moved by KLINT and seconded by GAULT to approve two Niles West Science Research Topics student trips for 20 students to Starved Rock State Park in Ottawa, Illinois on January 31 – February 1, 2008 and May 1-2, 2008 at a cost to the District of $480 for each trip. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried.

XV. Old Business There was no old business. XVI. New Business There was no new business. XVII. Audience to Visitors Eric Poders, 7940 Foster, Morton Grove spoke to the Board about creating a community wide awareness program with large corporations. XVIII. Correspondence and FOIA Requests There was no correspondence or FOIA requests. XIX. Information Items − November 2007 Financial Report XX. Adjournment It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by KLINT to adjourn the meeting. A roll call vote was taken. Voting Aye: Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith. The motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 11:07 p.m.

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President

Secretary

Minutes approved January 14, 2008.

 

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