The meeting of the Board of Education, School District No. 95, Cook County, Illinois was held on December
13, 2012 at S. E. Gross Middle School.
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mr. Landahl called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
II. ROLL CALL
Members present at roll call: Snyder, Waterloo, Blackburn, Elwart, LaBarbera, Speziale and Landahl.
III. CLOSED SESSION-I
For the purpose to discuss appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of
specific employees of the District and student discipline.
MOTION 1 – Mr. Snyder moved to go into closed session I at 7:09 p.m. Seconded by Mr. LaBarbera. Ayes:
Snyder, Waterloo, Blackburn, Elwart, LaBarbera, Speziale and Landahl. Nays: None. Motion carried.
MOTION #2 – Mr. Landahl moved to amend the agenda and add a second closed session after administrative
reports on the agenda. Seconded by Mr. Speziale. Ayes: Snyder, Waterloo, Blackburn, Elwart, LaBarbera,
Speziale and Landahl. Nays: None. Motion carried.
IV. CONSENT AGENDA
A. Regular and Closed Session Minutes of 11-8-2012.
B. Approval of A, T & T voucher in the amount of $273.65
C. Approval of A, T & T voucher in the amount of $482.02
D. Approval of A, T & T voucher in the amount of $2269.33
E. Approval of vouchers in the amount of $617,135.82
F. Approval of Township Treasurer’s Report and Ratification of December Payroll
Dr. Kuzniewski addressed several consent agenda questions from board member Jim Landahl. They included
discussion regarding the following:
Mary Ruth books
One time purchase of these books/long term use
Using multiple resources
LADSE payment amount/unchanged services
MOTION #3 – Mr. Snyder moved to accept the consent agenda as presented. Ayes: Snyder, Waterloo,
Blackburn, LaBarbera, Speziale, Elwart and Landahl. Nays: None. Motion carried.
V. APPEARANCES BEFORE THE BOARD
A. Discipline Presentation by S.E. Gross Administration
Mr. Evans and Mr. Nicholson presented to the board and the audience on the aforementioned topic. Their
detailed presentation included a handout and discussion on the following:
Positive behavior initiatives
Future initiatives for behavioral support
Positive behavior rewards
Changes and adjustments and positive rewards
Structure of program
Alternate protocols for certain segments of students
One on One attention
Bullying issue/critical area/anonymous reporting
Mr. Landahl addressed some questions to Mr. Evans and Mr. Nicholson regarding the above items that were
discussed in detail.
VI. LEVY HEARING
A. Presentation of the 2012 Levy
Mr. Landahl opened the Levy Hearing portion of tonight’s meeting at 8:09 pm. Dr. Kuzniewski made some
comments regarding the 2012 Levy which included the following:
No changes regarding the Levy
Mr. Landahl closed the Levy Hearing at 8:12 pm.
VII. REPORTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS/COMMITTEES
A. Policy Committee
2:20 Powers and Duties of the School Board/Board of Education
2:30 School District Elections
2:110 Qualifications, Term, and Duties of Board Officers
2:125 Board Member Expenses
Option – To expand scope of new provision
2:200 Types of School Board/Board of Education Minutes
2:220 School Board/Board of Education Meeting Procedure
4:45 Insufficient Fund Checks and Debt Recovery – Renamed – Option – Include Offset
4:100 Insurance Management
5:30 Hiring Process and Criteria
5:125 Personal Technology and Social Media: Usage and Conduct
6:60 Curriculum Content
6:110 Programs for Students At Risk of Academic Failure and/or Dropping Out of School and
Graduation Incentives Program
6:210 Instructional Materials
MOTION #4 – Mr. Blackburn moved to approve the Press Plus policies as presented. Seconded by Mr.
LaBarbera. Ayes: Waterloo, LaBarbera, Snyder, Speziale, Elwart, Blackburn and Landahl. Nays: None.
VIII. PUBLIC COMMENT
Dr. Kuzniewski addressed a question regarding the status of some lab tables from audience member Rebecca
Zoltoski. He stated that at this time no payment regarding these tables has been made.
Ms. Waterloo read “Thank You” cards to the board from Brook Park specials teachers and Joanne Collins.
Board member Jim Landahl “thanked “everyone for all the thoughts and prayers sent to him in regards to the
recent passing of his father.
X. OLD BUSINESS
A. Accept and File the 2012 Levy
Ms. Waterloo read aloud the 2012 Levy Resolution
MOTION #5 – Ms. Waterloo moved to accept and file the 2012 Levy. Seconded by Mr. Blackburn. Ayes:
Waterloo, Blackburn, Speziale, Snyder, Elwart, LaBarbera and Landahl. Nays: None. Motion carried.
B. Petition by School District 86 for Withdrawal from LADSE
Dr. Kuzniewski tabled the above mentioned item regarding District 86’s withdrawal from LADSE until after the
C. Electronic Board Packets
Dr. Kuzniewski is in the process of pursuing more information regarding Electronic Board Packets. The
following items listed were discussed this evening:
Review of the District 208 program used
Evaluating technical components involved
Board practice and training involved
Waiting period/new board coming into play
Email document size issue
IASB website contacts
XI. NEW BUSINESS
XII. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
A. Administrators’ Reports
1. Principal, Brook Park Elementary School
2. Principal, S.E. Gross Middle School
3. Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
4. Director of Teaching and Learning
The following comments were made pertaining to each Administrator’s Report.
Texting and ramifications involved
Educating parents on the subject
K-4 Adopt a Cop program
5th Grade/Brookfield/LaGrange Park Police
Elimination of D.A.R.E. program
Standards Based Report Cards Conference attendance
Pier exchange mentoring programs/feedback
Electronic issues/quick fixes/adjustments
S.E. Gross steam leaks/identification
Shape of current pipes
Condition of pipes
Better leak evaluation and finding
Cashman meeting update
Life Safety Issues
Future project work
Long range development/walkthroughs
Winter break projects
Accessing steam pipe leaks
LADSE and professional development
Diverse Learners presentation/positive feedback
XIII. CLOSED SESSION-II
For the purpose to discuss placement of individual students to special education programs and other matters
relating to individual students.
MOTION #6 – Mr. Snyder moved to go into closed session II at 8:57 pm. Seconded by Mr. Elwart. Ayes:
Waterloo, LaBarbera, Elwart, Speziale, Snyder, Blackburn and Landahl. Nays: None. Motion carried.
XIV. INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION
A. IASB Convention Highlights
Board members discussed IASB conference attendance.
MOTION #7 – Mr. Blackburn moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 pm. Seconded by Mr. Snyder. All Ayes.