School Board  Niles Township District 219, Cook County, Illinois  MINUTES  Regular Board Meeting, Monday, February 6, 2006   

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 6:42 p.m.  Board members present at Roll Call:  Michael Burnett, Sheri Doniger, Jeffrey Greenspan, Ruth Klint, Timothy Knudsen, Robert  Silverman, Lynda Gault Smith.  II. Executive Session  It was moved by DONIGER and seconded by KNUDSEN to recess into closed session  to  discuss  matters  relating  to  student  discipline,  negotiations,  litigation,  and  the  employment,  appointment,  compensation,  discipline,  performance,  or  dismissal  of  specific employees.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Burnett, Doniger, Greenspan, Klint, Knudsen, Silverman, Gault Smith.  The motion carried.    The Board recessed into closed session at 6:42 p.m.    At  7:50  p.m.  it  was  moved  by  GAULT  SMITH  and  seconded  by  KLINT  to  return  to  open session.    A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Burnett, Doniger, Greenspan, Klint, Knudsen, Silverman, Gault Smith.  The motion carried.    III. Recall to Order of Open Session  Mr. Silverman recalled the meeting to order at 7:55 p.m.  The Pledge was recited.  IV. Changes/Additions to the Agenda  Added  to  the  consent  agenda  was  a  personnel  handout.    Removed  from  the  consent  agenda was review and release of closed session minutes.    V. Audience to Visitors  No one asked to speak.  Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of February 6, 2006 

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  VI. Student Representative Comments  Roshani Sheth and Nitasha Kassam from Niles West reviewed events that were going on  at Niles West.  They spoke of the portable music players pilot program where students  may be allowed to use them in study hall.  They will survey students on this program.    Tessie Neuhauser and Catherine Davison spoke of upcoming events at Niles North.    VII. Community Representative Comments  No one asked to speak.  VIII. Approval of Consent Agenda  It was moved by GAULT SMITH and seconded by KNUDSEN to accept the amended  consent agenda.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Burnett, Doniger, Greenspan, Klint, Knudsen, Silverman, Gault Smith.  The motion carried.   Included in the consent agenda:  − Monthly Bills and Payroll in the amount of $4,503,500.53.  − Personnel  ƒ

Approve employment of Scott Dahlberg as Director – Social Studies, North and West,  205 days, for the 06‐07 school year at an annual salary of $104,000 effective 8/7/06. 

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Approve employment of the following certified staff for the 2005‐2006 school year: 

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NAME 

POSITION  

FTE 

EFFECTIVE DATE 

Bramley, Scott  Gross, Rachel 

English – North   English – West 

From  .4 to  1.0  From .6 to  1.0 

January 23 – June 7, 2006  January 23 – June 7, 2006 

Approve employment of the following support staff effective February 7, 2006:  NAME 

POSITION/LOCATION 

Al‐Bazi, Calvin  Louie, Edwin 

Senior Computer Technician – North, T3‐S1, 260 days  1.0  Computer Technician – North, T2‐S1, 260 days  1.0 

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Accept the resignation of Emily deGuzman‐Moutzouros Social Studies teacher – West  effective February 6, 2006.   

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Accept the resignation of Jennifer Oswald, Teacher Assistant – Special Education ‐  North effective February 6, 2006. 

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Approve the retirement of Janet Hasselbring Math teacher – North effective 6/30/09. 

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

POSITON/LOCATION 

Ruiz, Deanna  Secretary A – Guidance West 

 

FTE 

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TYPE OF LEAVE 

EFFECTIVE DATE 

FMLA – Unpaid 

1/19/06 – 3/10/06 

Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of February 6, 2006 

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Approve the following stipend positions for the 2005‐2006 school year:  NAME  *Crossen, Julie  *Hogendorp, Kevin  *Riportella, Deanne  *Rosenthal, Adam 

POSITION/LOCATION  Play 5 “Other” – West  Assistant Girls Soccer Coach – North  Assistant Boys Volleyball Coach – West  Play 4 “Other” – West 

* Not a District 219 employee 

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Approve the following teacher substitutes for the 2005‐2006 school year:  Jones, John   Joseph, Joyce  Lee, Susie 

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McCarthy, Patricia  O’Donnell, Patrick  Puccini, Stacey 

Weiss, Jodi  Yaro, Sargon   

 Approve Leah Passman as a clerical substitute for the 2005‐2006 school year. 

− Minutes of 1/17/06 and 1/24/06 Meetings, Open and Closed Sessions  − Pinnacle Gradebook Servers Upgrade to authorize the purchase of Pinnacle  Gradebook servers from Dell at a cost not to exceed $16,416.60.  IX. Superintendent’s Report  Mr.  Codell  said  the  Education  Leaders  meeting  will  take  place  March  2  and  all  feeder  schools board members have been invited.  Niles North Science teacher Jacki Naughton  was appointed to the IMSA board by Governor Blagojevich.    Mr.  Codell  said  the  administration  has  discussed  and  closed  some  websites  that  are  beyond  provocative.    Guy  Ballard  explained  that  Myspace.com  is  classified  as  a  dating  site and also a web log.  When you sign on to this site you tell individuals about yourself  and give and share profiles.  This site has become rather disturbing.  Web predators have  gone into this site to gain people’s confidence.  He has surveyed local high schools and  all have blocked this site.  Our Acceptable Use Policy is for educational use.  Since this is  a dating site, the administration feels comfortable in blocking it.  A letter is going out to  parents explaining what the schools are doing.  A training session for parents regarding  cyber predators will be offered.  Sheena Dev said some students are concerned that deans  will search these sites to see what information students have placed on these sites to see  if they have violated the Code of Conduct.  The administration said they are not planning  on doing this and further stated they do not have the manpower to do this research.    Mr.  Codell  said  he  was  interviewed  by  Chicago  Tonight  for  a  PBS  series  on  school  funding.    The  legislators  may  be  heading  in  a  direction  that  would  take  money  from  solvent schools to assist schools that are running at a deficit.  − Principals’ Report  Robert  Freeman  said  the  Rock  for  Kids/Relay  for  Life  assembly  was  successful.   Students learned about a lot of different ways they can get involved in activities.  The  orchestra has been invited to perform at the 60th Anniversary of The Midwest Clinic  on December 19‐23, 2006.  Mr. Freeman also commented on upcoming events.    Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of February 6, 2006 

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  Dale  Vogler  said  Second  City  was  a  huge  success  and  raised  over  $12,000.    The  auditorium  was  full  for  incoming  freshmen  night.    The  ACT  prep  program  started  this week with over 180 students enrolled.    X. Board Members’ Comments  Tim  Knudsen  said  he  attended  a  meeting  with  a  citizens  group  and  there  were  complaints regarding school property tax increases.    Jeffrey  Greenspan  said  he  attended  Second  City  and  it  was  a  wonderful  event.    Mr.  Silverman agreed and said he thought the students did a fantastic job.  XI. Board Committee and Other Reports  Facilities Committee – Mr. Greenspan said a meeting date will be set.    XII. Business   Math Center Update  Lisa  Stone,  along  with  teachers  Sean  Delahanty  and  Shoshana  Goldman,  and  student  tutor  Alla  Sutin,  talked  to  the  Board  on  different  aspects  of  the  Math  Center.    It  was  explained  that  the  center  is  open  all  day  and  assists  students  in  clarifying  concepts,  working  on  homework  and  preparing  for  makeup  exams.    They  also  answer  many  science questions and do PSAE preparation.  Dr. Stein said the Math and Literacy Centers  are positive responses to help students.      Advanced Placement Report for May 2005  Dr. Stein reviewed the data for the 2005 tests compared to the previous four years.  The  Board asked for a breakdown of scores by course.  There was a discussion as to why AP  enrollment may be going down at Niles North.  Sheena Dev said that teacher reputation  makes  a  difference  when  students  are  selecting  courses  for  the  following  year.    Jeffrey  Greenspan noted  that if  counselors encouraged students  to take AP  classes it  may  help  increase enrollment.  Mark Wilson said he started analyzing data last year to see where  students  stop  taking  more  rigorous  coursework.    His  results  will  not  help  increase  enrollment for this year, but may help for 2007.  There was discussion that the cost factor  of  taking  the  AP  tests  may  discourage  students  from  doing  so.    It  was  also  noted  that  some  colleges  may  not  give  college  credit  for  certain  or  duplicate  courses.    Mr.  Wilson  also  said  that  students  who  do  well  in  global  studies  are  being  encouraged  to  take  AP  Psychology in their sophomore year to introduce them to AP courses.  He noted that if  this is done, students need to have help to succeed.  Dr. Stein said he has  been visiting  feeder  schools  to  explain  the  Explore  test  and  how  to  introduce  test  requirements  into  their  curriculum.    It  was  noted  that  Explore  test  results  are  shared  with  feeder  schools  along  with semester grades for  all class  levels.   The board requested that  in next year’s  report a section be added as to what has been done to increase enrollment by department  and by course and also a breakdown of students taking three or more AP courses.   

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Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of February 6, 2006 

  Preventative Maintenance Agreement for Generating Plants  It  was  moved  by  BURNETT  and  seconded  by  GREENSPAN  to  authorize  the  administration to enter into a contractual agreement for maintenance of our generating  plants with Cummins NPower at a cost of $44,535 per year per generating plant with  an inflation factor of 3% for subsequent years beginning February 6, 2006.  The  Facilities  Committee  reviewed  the  contractual  agreement  for  maintenance.    Mr.  Yeggy  stated  that  at  15,000  hours  a  major  overhaul  will  be  needed  and  will  not  be  reached  during  this  contract.    Our  staff  is  trained  to  do  some  maintenance  but  any  significant  maintenance  needs  to  be  done  by  certified  individuals.    Mr.  Knudsen  noted  that  the  costs  are  almost  double  of  the  last  agreement.    Mr.  Yeggy  stated  the  2004‐2006  version required 3,000 hours, and this proposed agreement requires 1,710 and if more is  used there is an additional factor.  These figures took into account 300 hours per year for  summer school provisions.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Burnett, Doniger, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith.  Voting Nay:  Knudsen.  The motion carried.    Purchase of Replacement Low Volume Copiers  

It was moved by BURNETT and seconded by DONIGER to accept the proposal  from Canon Business Solutions to purchase 42 copiers during fiscal years 2006  and  2007  in  an  amount  not  to  exceed  $101,495.    The  existing  copiers  will  be  disposed of in the most economical way.  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Burnett, Doniger, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith.  Voting Nay:  Knudsen.  The motion carried.    Community Relations Plan  It  was  moved  by  DONIGER  and  seconded  by  GREENSPAN  to  authorize  the  implementation of the Community Relations plan for the 2006‐07 school year at a cost  of  $71,280;  cost  not  to  exceed  the  budget  approved  allowances  for  the  Community  Relations Department.    Mr.  Burnett  asked  and  was  assured  that  the  budget  will  not  increase  for  the  2006‐07  school year.    Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of February 6, 2006 

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  A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Burnett, Doniger, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Gault Smith.  Voting Nay:  Knudsen.  The motion carried.    XIII. Old Business  There was no old business.  XIV. New Business  There was no new business.   XV. Audience to Visitors  No one asked to speak.  XVI. Correspondence and FOIA Requests  Mr.  Yeggy  noted  there  were  two  FOIA  requests  received  regarding  transportation  that  have been addressed.    XVII. Closed Session  It  was  moved  by  BURNETT  and  seconded  by  GAULT  SMITH  to  recess  into  closed  session  to  discuss  matters  relating  to  review  of  closed  session  minutes  and  the  employment,  appointment,  compensation,  discipline,  performance  or  dismissal  of  specific employees and adjourn therefrom with possible action to be taken.    A roll call vote was taken.  Voting Aye:  Burnett, Doniger, Greenspan, Klint, Knudsen, Silverman, Gault Smith.  The motion carried.      The meeting adjourned at 11:00 p.m.    _________________________________ 

 

 

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Vice President 

 

 

Secretary 

 

 

 

  MINUTES APPROVED FEBRUARY27, 2006.  

 

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Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of February 6, 2006 

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