July-August 2011 Board Briefs

Below is a summary of items discussed and voted on at the July 21 and August 1 and 18 School Board meetings:

Employment Matters 
On July 21, the Board accepted resignations from Marie Murphy School tech specialist Kevin Kolcz and Marie Murphy School nurse Joanne Banks, both effective immediately.  The Board also approved a request from tech specialist Marcy Seiler for a lateral transfer from her position at Avoca West School to Marie Murphy School, effective August 22, 2011.  The Board approved the following personnel matters on August 18:  Employment of Jeanne Bischoff as an Avoca West School tech specialist, effective August 22, 2011; a 12-week child-bearing leave of absence request from PreK-2nd grade intervention specialist Lori Kvasnicka, commencing January 5, 2012; a 9-week child-bearing leave of absence request from Marie Murphy School learning resource specialist Jessica Bodzewski, commencing August 22, 2011; an approximate 12-week FMLA request from Avoca West School 1st grade teacher Kathleen Chapko, commencing August 22, 2011; and a request by Marie Murphy School instrumental music teacher Mary Rudzinski to withdraw her notice of intent to retire at the close of the 2014-2015 school year.

2010-2011 Great Indicators Report
The Board was provided with an in-depth report on the 2010-2011 Greatness Indicators at the July 21 meeting.  The report covered the following topics:  Student academic achievement; recognition of students, staff, schools and district; leadership in innovation; student connectedness; success in high school and beyond; and fiscal responsibility.  In terms of academic achievement, it was reported that students in grades 3 through 8 exceeded expected growth rates by testing two to three and a half years above grade level in reading and math.

Review Tentative 2011-2012 Budget
In July, Business Manager Beth Dever provided the Board with an end-of-the-year financial summary and the tentative 2011-2012 budget.   At the August 18 Board meeting, she reported there were very few changes to the tentative budget since it was first presented.  As of August 17, there was an overall deficit of approximately $50,000 and a projected balance of $10,106,298 by the end of fiscal year 2012. The final 2011-2012 budget will be approved following a public hearing on the budget immediately prior to the September 22 Board meeting.

Agenda Postings on the District Website
On August 1, the Board discussed which supporting documents should be posted for the public on the District’s website.  The Board decided to begin posting complete agendas and appropriate supporting documents starting with the August 18 Board agenda.

Superintendent Mentoring
On August 1, the Board discussed a proposal to have former Superintendent Dr. Joseph Porto mentor Dr. Kevin Jauch during his first year as superintendent.  The number of times they would meet, and for how long, was to be determined in the formal agreement.  The Board officially approved Dr. Porto’s contract at the August 18 meeting.

2011 Summer School Program Report
On August 18, Pupil Services Director Cindy Devin provided the Board with a breakdown of remedial, IEP and enrichment students and fees collected for the summer school program.  Cost-saving measures connected to the program will be discussed at the next Wilmette Community Special Education Agreement (WCSEA) meeting. Ms. Devin will report back to the Board with an analysis of summer school costs.

Upcoming Board Meeting Dates
Regular Board meetings are open to the public and are held at Marie Murphy School in the Community Center during the school year and in the Marie Murphy School library during the summer months.  The public is invited to share input during the two visitors’ comments portions of the meeting.  Regular Board meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the second to the last Thursday of the month, and Committee of the Whole Board meetings take place at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month in the Marie Murphy School Library. To confirm the times and locations of the meetings, please contact the superintendent’s office at 847-251-3587.  All open session School Board and Committee of the Whole Board meetings are videotaped.  A DVD copy of a particular meeting may be requested by the public through the Pupil Services Office (847-251-3138).  Please allow a minimum of three business days when requesting a copy.  Upcoming Board meeting dates include:

>10/3, 5:30 p.m. – Committee of the Whole
>10/20, 5:30 p.m. – Board Finance Committee
>10/20, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Education

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