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Chicago Heights School District 170 Board of Education met September 9

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 21, 2019

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Chicago Heights School District 170 Board of Education met Sept. 9.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

ROLL CALL

Upon roll call, those present were:

Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those absent were:

Member Cordes

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Karin Barber-Keith, Patti Corcoran, Tamara Dillard, Gloria McFarlane, Kati Teniente, Brian Teniente, Karen Brennan, Denise Lira, Regina Alexander and Katie Kollross were present. Kati Teniente addressed the Board as to why there was no playground at the school but other schools have them. Member DiGiovanni explained that the park at Greenbriar belongs to the Chicago Heights Park District not the school district. Mrs. Teniente also wanted to ask if the Board would be receiving half of the funds the State of Illinois received from monies received from the marijuana dispensaries. President Costello explained that individual School Boards have no say in how the funds are distributed. Gloria McFarlane invited the Board to the uniform giveaway sponsored by the Teacher’s Union being held on September 17, 2019 at the Chicago Heights Park District.

SCHOOL DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS

Our student athletes are already busy with practice and competing with local middle schools. Our softball and baseball teams are deep into their season. Softball Regionals are already scheduled for the end of the week. Cross Country meets have also started and so has girls basketball practice. In addition to sports activities, our band has started practicing at Washington-McKinley School.

September 17, 2019 is our first contractual one hour after school session with certified staff. All of the schools will be participating in a webinar reviewing the Response to Intervention procedures using the Embrace MTSS electronic program. All of the schools will be utilizing the program this year to help support our struggling students in areas related to academics, social/emotional behavior and language.

Please consult the September District Calendar of Events and our website for activities and events scheduled at our schools throughout the month.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

- Assistant Superintendent, CSBO Laretta Adams advised the Board that the building and grounds report was provided to them in an attachment.

- Assistant Superintendent, CSBO Laretta Adams advised the Board that the Treasurer’s report was provided to them in an attachment.

- Assistant Superintendent, CSBO Laretta Adams informed the Board that the school activity account at First Midwest Bank was closed.

- Assistant Superintendent, CSBO Laretta Adams informed the Board that a new school activity account was opened at Old Second National Bank.

- Assistant Superintendent Mary Kay Entsminger reviewed the current and upcoming staff professional development with the Board.

- Superintendent Thomas Amadio shared with the Board the upcoming IASB-IASA - IASBO Joint Annual Conference was coming up on November 22-24, 2019.

CONSENT AGENDA

A. Minutes

The approval of the minutes of the Board Meeting held on August 12 , 2019.

B. District Invoices

The approval of invoices for payment on August 22, 2019, September 05, 2019, September 09, 2019.

C. Imprest Report

The approval of the August,2019 Imprest Report.

D. State & Federal Grant Invoices

The approval of invoices for payment on August 22, 2019, August 26, 2019, September 09, 2019.

E. District Pre-K Invoices

The approval of invoices for payment on September 10 , 2019.

F. ISC4 Invoice

The approval of invoices for payment on September 09 , 2019.

G. Personnel

1. Employment Pending Pre Employment Processing

The approval of the employment of the following persons:

Alma Martinez, Cafeteria Worker, District (Change of Position)

Ana Ruth Landaverde, Teacher, 6-8 Grade Dual Language, Washington-McKinley School Jamie McCaffeny, Bus Aide, District

David Louden, Bus Driver, District

Cassandra Everett, McKinney Vento Liaison, District (stipend)

Susana Estrada, Cafeteria Worker, District

Kutrice Newson, Cafeteria Worker, District

Daniel Panici, Payroll Clerk, District

Mary Peppin, Cafeteria Worker, District

Kimberly Cordes, HR duties, District (stipend)

Samantha Revels, Cafeteria Worker, District

Joseph Barker, HR Director, District

Maria Servin, Cafeteria Worker, District

Nick Pezzuto, 2019-2020 Athletic Director, District (stipend)

Laura Ann Zdancewicz, Teacher, 7-8 Grade Social Studies, Roosevelt School

2. Resignation(s)

The approval, with regret, of the resignation of the following person(s): Daniel Downs, Teacher, 7-8 Social Studies, Roosevelt School

Brooke Hall, Teacher, 4th Grade, Washington- McKinley School Deborah Kitching, Paraprofessional, Roosevelt School

Darrell Vetter, Teacher, PE, Washington-McKinley School

3. Retirement(s)

The approval, with regret, of the retirement of the following employee(s): Anna Bozic, Secretary, Lincoln-Gavin School, effective June, 2020

Cara Pastere, Principal, Lincoln-Gavin School, effective June, 2022

4. Leave of Absence(s)

The approval of the following request(s) for a leave of absence:

Janae Allen, Paraprofessional, Jefferson School, Maternity leave, effective 9/2/19-11/5/19 Mark Pesavento, Teacher, Washington-McKinley School, Paternity Leave, effective 12/7/19 -1/6/20

H. Revisions to Board Policy

Board Policy Revisions to: 2:110, 2:140, 2:140 E, 2:230, 2:240, 3:60, 4:20, 4:90. 5:35, 5:40, 5:130, 5:180, 5:310, 6:40, 6:110, 6:340, 7:170.

I. Field Trips

Roosevelt School is requesting permission for an extended day field trip on September 13, 2019 to Camp Manitoqua. The students would depart Roosevelt School at 9:00 am and plan to return at 4:45 pm.

Roosevelt School is requesting permission for an extended day field trip for 7th & 8th grade students on October 23, 2019 to Springfield, Illinois. Students would depart from Roosevelt School at 6:15 am and plan to return to school at 9:00 pm.

Jefferson School is requesting permission for an extended day field trip for 7th & 8th grade students on October 21, 2019 to Springfield, Illinois. Students would depart from Jefferson School at 6:30 am and plan to return at 9:30 pm.

Member Karwowski moved, seconded by Member Castonon , to approve the consent agenda with the exception of G3 which was moved to Executive Session.

Upon roll call, those voting yea:

Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

BOARD ACTION ITEMS

A. Approval of the Proven Copy Machine Lease.

Member Karwowski moved, seconded by Member DiGiovanni , to approve the Proven Copy Machine Lease.

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

B. Adoption of the 2019-2020 Budget

President Costello moved, seconded by Member Castonon , to adopt the 2019-2020 Budget.

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

C. Approval of the Precision Maintenance Service Agreement

President Costello moved, seconded by Member Karwowski , to approve the Precision Maintenance Service Agreement

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

D. Approval of the Resolution to Dispose of Obsolete Equipment/Personal Property

Member Karwowski moved, seconded by Member Castonon , to approve the Resolution to Dispose of Obsolete Equipment/Personal Property

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

Member Karwowski moved, seconded by Member Castonon , to move Items E - I to Executive Session

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

NEW BUSINESS

- Assistant Superintendent Mary Kay Entsminger shared with the Board information regarding the School District 170 Education Foundation’s upcoming Fall Fundraiser on October 18, 2019.

- Member DiGiovanni brought up concerns regarding the difficulty in finding navy uniform pants. Superintendent Amadio said he will look into adding khaki pants for all students not just Jr. High.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Member DiGiovanni moved, seconded by Member Karwowski , to enter into Executive Session at 6:35 pm to discuss:

Personnel

The appointment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine validity. 5ILCS120/2(c)(1)

Collective Negotiating

Collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(5)

Litigation

Litigation, when an action against, affecting or on behalf of the particular public body has been filed and is pending before a court administrative tribunal, or when the public body finds that an action is probable or imminent, in which case the basis for the findings shall be recorded and entered into the minutes of the closed meeting. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(11)

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

President Costllo moved, seconded by Member DiGiovanni , to come out of Executive Session at 8 :41 pm.

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried

ACTION TAKEN EXECUTIVE SESSION

A. Approval of MOU- Retirees- Certified Staff

Member Karwowski moved, seconded by President Costello , to approve the MOU- Retirees Certified Staff.

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

B. Denial of MOU-Extra Duty Pay- Certified Staff

President Costello moved, seconded by Member Castonon , to Deny the MOU- Extra Duty Pay- Certified Staff

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

C. Karin Barber-Keith Grievance Denial

President Costello moved, seconded by Member DiGiovanni , to Deny the Grievance by Karen Barber-Keith.

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

D. Regina Alexander Grievance Denial

President Karwowski moved, seconded by Member Castonon , to Deny the Grievance by Regina Alexander.

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

E. Approval of the Retirement of Cara Pastere, Principal, Lincoln School and Anna Bozic, Secretary, Lincoln School.

Member Castanon moved, seconded by Member Karwowski , to Approve the Retirement of Cara Pastere, Principal, Lincoln School and Anna Bozic, Secretary, Lincoln School.

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

ADJOURNMENT

Member Karwowski moved, seconded by Member Sanders , to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 pm.

Upon roll call, those voting yea: Member Castanon

Member Karwowski

Member DiGiovanni

Member Nevarez

Member Sanders

President Costello

Those voting nay: None

Motion Carried.

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