School Board Niles Township District 219, Cook County, Illinois MINUTES Monday, November 16, 2009

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, Lynda Smith, Robert Silverman, Eileen Valfer. Executive Session It was moved by DONIGER and seconded by EVANS to recess into closed session to discuss matters relating to the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal or specific employees and discipline of specific students. A roll call was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Smith, Silverman, Valfer The motion carried. The Board recessed into closed session at 6:59 p.m. At 7:50 p.m. it was moved by SMITH and seconded by VALFER to return to open session. A roll call was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Silverman, Smith, Valfer The motion carried. Mr. Greenspan left the meeting at 7:51 p.m. II. Recall to Order of Open Session Mr. Silverman recalled the meeting to order at 7:55 p.m. The Pledge was recited. III. Changes / Additions to the Agenda Changed from Consent Agenda −

Employee Discipline Case #2010-5 Change to personnel as discussed in closed session.

Removed from the Consent agenda and added to Business was: −

Summer School Report

Added to the Consent Agenda was: −

Green personnel handout

IV. Audience to Visitors (on agenda items only) No one asked to speak.

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V. Student Representatives comments Hira Malik, Niles West, reported that some of the events for spirit week were pajama day, going green, and red/white day. They are working on recycling and going green. Parent/teacher conferences are coming up. Cynthia Larios reported that spirit week would be held after Thanksgiving, their blood drive was November 18th and V-Show was sold out. VI. Community Representative Comments No Community Representative asked to speak. VII. Approval of Consent Agenda It was moved by KLINT and seconded by DONIGER to accept the amended consent agenda. A roll call was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Klint, Smith, Silverman, Valfer The motion carried. Included in the consent agenda: − Monthly Bills and Payroll in the amount of $7,806,009.39 − Personnel − Approve the following employment action: CASE# DISCIPLINARY ACTION 2010-5 Suspension without pay One (1) days 2010-6



Termination of Lewis Hutchinson, Paraprofessional, effective November 16, 2009.

Approve the employment of the following part-time/temporary staff for the 2009-2010 school year effective November 16, 2009: NAME POSITION/LOCATION RATE Barko, Souzan Family Liaison – North & West $20.52/Hr. Forman, Samantha Training Room – North $8.00/Hr. Kachaochana, Marosa Family Liaison – North & West $20.52/Hr. Lee, Jum Bon Family Liaison – North & West $20.52/Hr. Moy, Brandon Science Lab Assistant – West $8.00/Hr. Murillo, Enrique Family Liaison – North & West $20.52/Hr. Sayeed, Marta Family Liaison – North & West $20.52/Hr. Vincent, Sithara Textbook Center – West $8:00/Hr. Batochir, Bilegtuya Swim Instructor – West $10.00/Hr. Cossio, David Swim Instructor – West $10.00/Hr. Kobeszko, Patrycija Swim Instructor – West $10.00/Hr. Lagioia, Heather Swim Instructor – West $10.00/Hr. Lood, Moran Swim Instructor – West $10.00/Hr. Melnick, Daniel Swim Instructor – West $10.00/Hr. Mocarska, Patricia Swim Instructor – West $10.00/Hr. Rizvi, Sheeza Family Liaison – North & West $20.52/Hr. Stephens, Fiona Fine Arts – West $8.00/Hr.

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Approve the employment of the following stipend positions for the 2009-2010 school year: NAME Minkus, Aaron (.5) NAME Statema, William *Corday, Brandon (.5) *Corday, Brandon (.5) *Floren, Jennifer NAME Choldin, Kate (.5) Clarke, Karen (.5) * Indicates not a District 219 employee

NILES NORTH International Club, Sponsor NILES WEST Gamespot Boys Soccer, Assistant Girls Soccer, Assistant Girls Basketball, Assistant NILES CENTRAL Testing Supervisor

− Approve the employment of the following staff for the EXPLORE Make-up Test at Niles North, November 15, 2009: SUPERVISORS PROCTORS Dornseif, Ronald Hantel-Relihan, Maggie Bramley, Scott Litberg, Lisa McEvoy, Jennifer Joffe, Mathew France, Kathrine Kakares, Irene Pratt, Charles Lenhardt, Carolyn −

Approve the employment of the following substitute teachers for the 2009-2010 school year: NAME NAME Blosser, Cheryl Michael, Amy Davies, Robert O’Donnell, Rebecca Espel, Ann Stickels, Nancy MacConnell, Jason

− Approve the employment of the following substitute clerical for the 2009-2010 school year: NAME Maggio, Julie −





Accept the resignation of the following Administrator: NAME POSITION/LOCATION Carrescia, Susanne Director of Special Education – North Accept the resignation of the following certified staff: NAME POSITION/LOCATION FTE Cox, Patrick Physical Welfare – North 1.0

FTE EFFECTIVE 1.0 6/30/10

EFFECTIVE 6/9/10

− Approve the employment of the following certified staff for the 2009-2010 school year: NAME POSITION/LOCATION RATE EFFECTIVE Latessa, Diane 1.0 Special Education – West BA-Step 4 11/19/09 Minutes of 10/19/09 Regular Meeting and Closed Session.

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Student Trips: − For 26 Niles West students to attend the Milwaukee Cheerleading Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from December 4-5, 2009 at a cost to the District of $1,510. − For 28 Niles North & West students to attend Chicago International Model UN in Chicago, Illinois from December 10-13, 2009 at a cost to the District of $5,194. − For 27 Niles West students to attend the Illinois High School Theatre Festival in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois from January 7-9, 2010 at a cost to the District to $8,658. − For 24 Niles West students to attend Field Seminar I in Starved Rock State Park in Ottawa, Illinois from January 28-29, 2010 at a cost to the District of $54. − For 58 Niles North students to attend the Millikin Vocal Jazz Festival in Decatur, Illinois from February 19-20, 2010 at a cost to the District of $7,558. − For 40 Niles North students to attend the Midwest Vocal Jazz Invitational in Kalamazoo, Michigan from March 19-20, 2010 at no cost to the District. − For 20 Niles North students to attend the Humana Festival in Louisville, Kentucky from March 19-21, 2010 at no cost to the District. − For 20 Niles West students to attend the Science Olympiad State Competition in Champaign, Illinois from April 9-10, 2010 at a cost to the District of $4,208.86. − For 20 Niles North students to attend the Science Olympiad State Competition in Champaign, Illinois from April 9-10, 2010 at a cost to the District of $3,248.54. − For 14 Niles West students to attend the WYSE State Competition in Champaign, Illinois from April 21-22, 2010 at a cost to the District of $2,878.89. − For 24 Niles West students to attend the Field Seminar II in Ottawa, Illinois from April 29-30, 2010 at a cost to the District of $54. − For 40 Niles North students to attend the IJAS State Competition in Champaign, Illinois from May 7-8, 2010 at a cost to the District of $5,434.33. − For 17 Niles West students to attend the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and London, England from August 3-16, 2010 at no cost to the District.

− Approved Textbook Adoptions as presented for special education as indicated at a cost of $6,115. − Approved Disposal of Obsolete Textbooks as presented with no resale value. − Approved membership in the National School Boards Association in the amount of $4,425. − Approved rental of school facilities as presented. − Accepted donation from Excellent Technology Consultants in the amount of $200. VIII. Superintendent’s Report Dr. Gatta spoke about Board Goal #1 – integrating math and science through our STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We watched a short video. Dr. Gatta gave several examples of how the District is currently working on Board goals such as the partnerships we have formed, the Intergovernmental Agreement with the park districts, Dance Marathon and that the students have done a fantastic philanthropic job. She mentioned that both Kaine Osburn and Karl Costello have recently been published. She spoke of the Niles Township Youth Coalition and their efforts to raise drugfree teens. She asked Jim Szczepaniak to say a few words about GEMS (Girls Empowered by Math and Science). Mr. Szczepaniak explained it was for fifth and sixth grade girls and spoke of some of the events Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of November 16, 2009 Page 4 of 6

and parent sessions in conjunction with the program. Dr. Gatta emphasized that we have to reach students before they get to the high schools. −

Principals’ Comments Mr. Freeman thanked the Board of Education for attending the Breakfast with the board. He spoke of another event, coffee with the counselors. He said forty parents attended. He stated he went to Old Orchard Junior High with Karl Costello and Lara Cummings to help prepare students for the transition to the high school. He stated 1,300 students and staff took advantage of the H1N1 immunization offered by the Skokie Health Department. He said the new entry way looked great. Upcoming events include the fall jazz concert, spirit week , the Booster Club Pancake Breakfast and Parent/Teacher Conferences. Dr. Ryan McTague reported on behalf of Mr. Kaine Osburn. Dr. McTague said Niles West had 89 inductees to the National Honor Society. There has been a good response to Parent/Teacher Conferences. He spoke of the Dance Marathon fundraiser hosting the Wizards Game and the performance of James and the Giant Peach, which was attended by over 2,300 elementary students. The entire Girls Cross Country team went down State. Upcoming events include the Basketball Jamboree and Hot Chocolate with the Principal.

IX. Board Members’ Comments Ms. Valfer said she was honored to go to a session on Institute Day. She likes the direction the District is taking in mathematics and working with the sender districts to build a strong math program. At Breakfast with the Board she noted that the students were articulate, well prepared and she was pleased to see young people in leadership roles trying to make the school better. She had the opportunity to tour the STEM lab and feels it is like a college classroom. Mr. Evans thanked Ms. Smith for encouraging him to cook for the Pathways students. He stated in was a good time and would definitely do it again. He and Jeff Greenspan attended the Greenbuild Expo in Phoenix where Al Gore was the keynote speaker. He feels we are truly on the right track and when the Expo comes to Chicago we should be showcased. Mr. Silverman attended the Variety Show and said it was a real rush to see how students supported each other. He traveled to New York to visit his son who happened to be working with a director who was a Niles North graduate, Brad Mallow. Mr. Silverman happened to see him in 1992 in a production of Brighton Beach Memoirs under the direction of Tim Ortmann, and seventeen years later he is a successful director. He reiterated what fine facilities we have for athletics and fine arts. Mr. Greenspan returned to the meeting at 8:30 p.m. X. Board Committee and Other Reports EPAC Ms. Valfer stated variations in the school day were discussed. She stated a full-time student must take six credits but not more than seven per semester. A new form detailing this will be brought to the Policy Committee. Facility Committee Mr. Greenspan reported on spring season construction. He stated he and Mr. Evans had just returned from the Greenbuild Expo. Finance Committee A Finance Committee Meeting of the Whole is scheduled for December 3rd at 6:45 p.m.

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XI. Business − Summer School Report Keith Robinson and Susan Husselbee reported that Summer School was a success. Numbers were way up. Ms. Husselbee stated that the program covered its costs and actually made money. Discussion ensued as to what classes should be offered and the fees charged. It was asked that this discussion be continued in December but to decide on the calendar at this meeting. It was moved by SMITH and seconded by DONIGER to approve the 2010 Summer School Calendar. A roll call was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Smith, Silverman, Valfer. The motion carried. −

2009 Property Tax Extension Request It was moved by SMITH and seconded by DONIGER to authorize publication of the proposed 2009 property tax levy request in preparation for a public hearing on December 14, 2009. A roll call was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Smith, Silverman, Valfer. The motion carried.

XII.

Old Business There was no old business.

XIII.

New Business There was no new business.

XIV.

Audience to Visitors (on items related to district business) No one asked to speak.

XV.

Correspondence and FOIA Requests There were no FOIA requests received.

XVI. Information Item − October 2009 Financial Report XVII. Adjournment It was moved by DONIGER and seconded by SMITH to adjourn the meeting. A roll call was taken. Voting Aye: Doniger, Evans, Greenspan, Klint, Smith, Silverman, Valfer. The meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

President

Minutes approved December 14, 2009. Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of November 16, 2009 Page 6 of 6

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