Kankakee School District 111 Board of Education met March 18
Teacher - Middle Music
Kankakee School District 111 Board of Education met March 18.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
Members present: Mary Archie
Jess Gathing, Jr., Vice President
Angela Shea, Secretary
Members absent: Barbara A. Wells, President (*entered at 5:05 PM)
Darrell Williams (*entered at 5:07 PM)
A quorum was declared present.
At 5:02 p.m., motion was made by Bohlen, seconded by Archie, to adjourn to Room 109 for closed session to discuss:
The appointment, employment, 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 its validity.
Student disciplinary case.
ROLL CALL VOTE--Ayes: Archie, Bohlen, Gathing, Shea, and Works. Nays: none. Motion carried.
The closed session was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
At 7:06 p.m., the regular session was reconvened with Darrell Williams not in attendance.
Meeting with the Board were:
Dr. Genevra A. Walters, Superintendent
Felice Hybert, Assistant Superintendent
Vicki Scott, Recording Secretary
There were no news reporters present.
Edison students led the Pledge of Allegiance and then the students stated why they earned the “Key to Success.”
Dr. Walters reported the following information:
1. Good News
|Taft||Nomination|| The Christensen Institute reached out to ISBE to ask for nominations for five schools to be included in its Canopy Survey, an index of innovative Schools that offer learning experiences designed with students at the center. ISBE nominated Taft Primary School for its
work on Defined STEM and based on their school’sISBE storytelling platform.
ISBE thanked Taft School for their dedication and creativity in support of students. They are also appreciative of the opportunity to highlight their work in a national network of peer-to-peer learning.
Mrs. Felice Hybert, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, and Mr. Tom Gaffney, a coach with building21, gave a dynamic presentation on freshman instruction, explaining competency- based learning. Mrs. Hybert said the foundation for this work came from the community in making sure all our high school graduates have the skills to be successful in the jobs that are available right here in Kankakee County. They provided data from 2002, 2016, and 2018. The district’s student were below the national average on their ACT and SAT scores. In addition, 55% of past students enrolled in a two or four-year university had to pay money and use time to take a college remediation course. Mrs. Hybert said as educators, administrators, and community, we should have provided these skills for our students. Mrs. Hybert said this is exactly why we are engaging in this hard work of introducing competency-based learning. The data provided proved that students have disengaged in the traditional school setting and need a change.
Mr. Gaffney explained the competency-based model grading where traditional grades are not given; students are graded on growth. The competency-based model makes it extremely transparent where a student is right now and how much they have to grow to get ready. Mr. Gaffney said he wants the district to have hope that the students coming into ninth grade, not quite prepared for high school, that instead of a growth that is linear, there will be a slow steady incline and after a year and a half in, they will start shooting up. The whole purpose of this model is to learn about every student and know exactly where he or she are and then help them get better.
Principal’s Report – Cheryl O’Leary, Principal, Edison Primary School
Ms. O’Leary stated that Edison has targets this year that include the facility, staff, students, instruction and the results. She spoke of their remodeling projects, technology updates, uniformity, being cost effective and the staff. Ms. O’Leary said her staff is the heart of Edison. They work as a team, are goal oriented and dedicated to improvement. Mrs. O’Leary said the students have the chance to participate in Student Government, monthly Olympics, King of Multiplication, Tie Tuesday, Keys to Success, Basketball and Girls on the Run.
Mrs. O’Leary shared data that showed growth from 2017 to 2019. She said their ultimate goal is graduation.
Mrs. O’Leary introduced her staff that were present and honored Shirley Bailey, who was unable to attend, but is retiring at the end of the school year after serving the District for 33 years.
There were no public comments.
The following items were presented:
1. The following Board minutes were presented for approval:
March 5, 2019 (Regular & Executive Session Minutes)
2. The Payroll & Related Bills were presented for approval. (See Insert A.)
3. The Head Start Documents were presented for approval.
4. The Illinois High School Association Membership was presented for approval.
5. The Illinois Elementary School Association Membership was presented for approval.
6. The King Middle Grade School Work Plan for School Improvement was presented for approval.
7. The following personnel items were presented for approval:
|Celia Britton||Teacher at KJHS||March 8, 2019|
|Deborah Wright||Cafeteria Helper at Steuben||March 20, 2019|
|Dr. Larry Gray||Principal at KJHS||End of 2018-2019 School Year|
|Derek Hart||Asst. Track Coach at KHS||March 6, 2019|
|Anne King||Cross Country Coach at KJHS||End of 2018-2019 School Year|
|Appointment-Licensed Educational Professional|
|Diana Caise||Biology-Science Teacher at KHS||April 9, 219|
|Angel De los Santos||Asst. Track Coach||2018-2019|
|Leave of Absence-Licensed Educational Personnel|
|Brooke Joerms||Teacher at King||Apr 12, 2019-End of School Year|
|Leave of Absence-Support Personnel|
|Carleen Junior||Clerical at Avis Huff||Mar. 15, 2019-June 30, 2019|
Motion was made by Bohlen, seconded by Gathing, to approve the above listed Consent Agenda items as presented. ROLL CALL VOTE--Ayes: Archie, Bohlen, Gathing, Shea, Works, and Wells. Nays: none. Motion carried.
1. Recommendation for Position Letters for First Year, Second Year, Third Year, and Fourth Year Non-Tenured Staff
First Year Non-Tenured Staff
|Teacher Name||Location||Tentative Assignment|
|Collins Jr., Walter C||Avis Huff||Teacher - Special Education|
|Dowdy, Solymar S||KJHS||Teacher - Spanish|
|Bishop, Matthew E||KHS||Teacher - HS Physical Ed|
|Hazelett, Edward J||Avis Huff||Instructor - Special Education|
|Kernes, Joseph A||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - 04 Fourth Gr Fine Arts|
|Schaefer, Victoria L||Mark Twain Primary||Teacher - 0N PreK|
|Suri, Veenu||KHS||Instructor - Science|
|Teacher Name||Location||Tentative Assignment|
|Allison, Connor P||KHS||Teacher - JH/HS Orchestra|
|Avalos, Mariza||KHS||Instructor - Spanish|
|Barfield, Maura C||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - 06 Sixth Gr CCA|
|Brandy, Annette I||Taft Primary||Instructor - Physical Education|
|Bretzlaff, Katie S||King Middle||Teacher - JH/Middle Art|
|Capps, Emma S||King Middle||Faculty - Social Worker|
|Daniels, Melanie G||Mark Twain Primary||Teacher - Bilingual/ESL|
|Evans, Joshua R||KHS||Teacher - HS Social Studies|
|Ferris, Patricia A||Edison Primary||Teacher - Learning Partner|
|Fillmore, Jay||KHS||Teacher - HS Math|
|Ganster, Sarah P||Mark Twain Primary||Teacher - 01 First Gr Dual Language|
|Garcia-Belka, Lilia||Mark Twain Primary||Teacher - 02 Second Gr Dual Language|
|Garde, Austin H||KHS||Instructor - Physical Education|
|Gent, Adam L||KHS||Teacher - HS Science|
|Goldenstein, Erin R||KJHS||Teacher - JH Math|
|Gray, Dana L||KJHS||Instructor - Math|
|Griffin Jr., Glenwood M||KJHS||Instructor - Math|
|Grimberg, Nicholas A||KHS||Teacher - HS Music|
|Hankins, Samuel H||KHS||Teacher - HS Band|
|Hennessy, Cara J||Edison Primary||Teacher - Special Education|
|Hernandez, Reyna F||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - 04 Fourth Gr Dual Language|
|Howard, Megan L||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - 04 Fourth Gr CCA|
|Howdeshell, Francisca||SteubenElementary||Teacher - 0N PreK|
|Joerms, Brooke A||King Middle||Teacher - 04 Fourth Gr CCA|
|Jordan, Toni R||KJHS||Instructor - Coding|
|Kizer, Lakeisha K||KHS||Faculty - Guidance Counselor|
|Knowles, Tricia M||Edison Primary||Teacher - 03 third Gr CCA|
|Lindemulder, Emily A||Edison Primary||Teacher - Spec Ed Co-Teacher|
|Matthews, Michael L||KHS||Teacher - HS Science|
|Mendez, Jacqueline||King Middle||Teacher - 06 Sixth Gr Dual Language|
|Mkhwanazi, Vincent N||KJHS||Teacher - JH Science|
|Norden, Alyssa B||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - Middle Music|
|Nottke, Christina B||Montessori||Teacher - Elementary Music|
|Nugent, Mary K||KHS||Teacher - Special Education|
|Page, Jennifer A||KHS||Teacher - HS Science|
|Pasel, Kaitlyn S||Taft Primary||Faculty - Psychologist|
|Payne, Reginald G||KJHS||Teacher - JH Math|
|Pizano-Diaz, Juan J||KJHS||Instructor - Native Language|
|Quigley, Carrie A||ennedy Middle||Teacher - Spec Ed Co-Teacher|
|Ramirez, Maron D||KJHS||Instructor - Family Consumer Science|
|Richey, April R||KJHS||Teacher - Spec Ed Co-Teacher|
|Riestenberg, Savannah||Mark Twain Primary||Teacher - Elementary Music|
|Sheets, Tonya A||KHS||Teacher - HS Math|
|Strylowski, Diantha E||Avis Huff||Teacher - Spec Ed Co-Teacher|
|Szczypka, Kate M||King Middle||Teacher - 06 Sixth Gr CCA|
|Tselos, Eleni||Kennedy Middle||Faculty - Psychologist|
|Turner, Elizabeth M||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - 05 Fifth Gr CCA|
|Vegovisch, James M||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - Spec Ed Co-Teache|
|Webster, Katherine E||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - Science Magnet|
|Williams, Megan K||KHS||Faculty - Guidance Counselor|
|Teacher Name||Location||Tentative Assignment|
|Benoit, Stefan J||KHS||Teacher - HS English|
|Bleyle, Daniel R||Kennedy Middle|
|Costanza, Michael M||Kennedy Middle||Instructor - Art|
|Evans, Karla D||King Middle||Teacher - JH Band|
|Guzman, Deisi A||King Middle||Teacher - Traveling Bilingual|
|Guzman, Melissa||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - 05 Fifth Gr Dual Language|
|Haley, Ashley N||Edison Primary||Teacher - Bilingual/ESL|
|Huggins, Jarrod A||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - Spec Ed Co-Teacher|
|Jordan, Rachel M||King Middle||Teacher - 06 Grade Engineering|
|Jurek, Kevin M||Edison Primary||Teacher - Elementary Math|
|Latham, Jodi D||KHS||Teacher - Learning Partner|
|Lohrbach, Stephanie N||Mark Twain||Teacher - 2 Second Gr|
|Marquez, Yadira||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - 05 Fifth Gr Dual Language|
|Pickett, Earnest C||KHS||Teacher - HS English|
|Pommier, Dennis M||KHS||Teacher - HS Physical Ed|
|Reilly, Christine M||KHS||Teacher - HS English|
|Resendiz, Michael J||KHS||Teacher - HS Math|
|Robertson, Amy||KHS||Teacher - HS Math|
|Taylor, Terina M||Mark Twain||Teacher - Spec Ed Co-Teacher|
|Weiske, Brittney L||KHS||Teacher - HS Science|
|Whyte, Roderick||KJHS||Teacher JH Physical Ed|
|Teacher Name||Location||Tentative Assignment|
|Berns, Jennifer L||KJHS||Teacher - CIPS Program|
|Bond, Charity L||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - 06 Sixth Gr Fine Arts|
|Chaplinski, Stephanie M||Mark Twain||Teacher - 02 Second Gr CCA|
|Cox, Rebecca S||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - 05 Fifth Gr Fine Arts|
|Fifer, Kelly M||Edison Primary||Teacher - Spec Ed Co-Teacher|
|Gerdez, Elizabeth A||Taft Primary||Teacher - Spec Ed Co-Teacher|
|Hamm-Smith, Nicole R||Mark Twain Primary||Faculty - Psychologist|
|Hecke, Alyssa M||KHS||Teacher - HS English|
|Henderson, Laura P||KJHS||Faculty - Social Worker|
|Lacy, Patrick W||KHS||Teacher - CIPS Program|
|Lancaster, Cassidy E||King Middle||Teacher - 05 Fifth Gr Dual Language|
|Moncofsky, Lynnea L||Avis Huff||Faculty - Spec Ed Hearing Impaired|
|Newman, Barbara M||KHS||Teacher - HS Art|
|Nikolic, Jennifer L||KHS||Teacher - HS Math|
|Ragsdale, Abigail L||KHS||Teacher - HS Spanish|
|Reick, Jacqueline S||KHS||Teacher - HS Science|
|Rossi, Patrick L||Taft Primary||Faculty - Social Worker|
|Salmich, Jacob M||KHS||Teacher - HS Social Studies|
|Selock, Justine M||Kennedy Middle||Teacher - 06 Sixth Gr Science|
|Stevenson, James O||KJHS||Teacher - JH Social Studies|
|Wyderski, Vanessa A||KHS||Teacher - HS English|
2. Recommendation for Administrative Appointments and Salary Increases for the 2018- 2019 School Year
The administrative appointments and salary increases for the 2018-2019 school year were presented for approval.
Motion was made by Works, seconded by Shea, to approve the administrative appointments and salary increases for the 2018-2019 school year as presented. ROLL CALL VOTE--Ayes: Gathing, Shea, Works, Archie, Bohlen, and Wells. Nays: none. Motion carried.
3. Recommended Expulsion - Case No. 001-18-19-001
President Wells asked for a motion to approve to modify the recommendation for expulsion in abeyance conditional upon student having no presence in our schools without advance approval from the Superintendent from where attendance of special event can be requested, as presented for case number 001-18-19-001.
Motion was made by Gathing, seconded by Shea, to approve to modify the expulsion as presented. ROLL CALL VOTE--Ayes: Shea, Works, Archie, Bohlen, Gathing, and Wells. Nays: none. Motion carried.
1. Resolution Authorizing Reclassification of Assistant Principal and Reassignment to a Classroom Teaching Position (See Insert B.)
Motion was made by Gathing, seconded by Bohlen, to approve the Resolution authorizing reclassification of assistant principal and reassignment to a classroom teaching position as presented. ROLL CALL VOTE—Ayes: Works, Archie, Bohlen, Gathing, Shea, and Wells. Nays: none. Motion carried.
2. Resolution Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement Between the City of Kankakee and Kankakee School District #111 Regarding the Cost Sharing of the 2018 Cops School Violence Prevention Program in the Amount of $500,000 (See Insert C.)
Motion was made by Gathing, seconded by Works, to approve the Resolution Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Kankakee and Kankakee School District #111 as presented. ROLL CALL VOTE – Ayes: Works, Archie, Bohlen, Gathing, Shea, and Wells. Nays: none. Motion carried.
Information and Proposals
The following items were provided for information:
1. Transfers (Administrative Personnel)
2. Redefining the New Governance Team - Board Self-Evaluation
3. February Suspension Report
4. Previous Bill Run
5. Budget Update
6. State and Federal Revenue Report
At 8:20 p.m., motion was made by Gathing, seconded by Works, to adjourn the meeting. All ayes;