Summary of the Homer School District 33C Board of Education Meeting July 25, 2017

Summary of the Homer School District 33C
Board of Education Meeting
July 25, 2017
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Deb Martin, President Elizabeth Hitzeman, Vice President Karen DeFilippis, Secretary
Adam Briner, Member Kevin DeSchaaf, Member Christine Marcinkewicz, Member
Russ Petrizzo, Member
At the July 25th
Board of Education meeting:
Teachers Union representative Cathy Clayton expressed appreciation for having a financial
expert explain the key principles of Illinois school finance at the Board meetings
Support Staff Union representative Susan Koziarski reported the Union is once again working
on a charitable endeavor with the Junior Woman’s Club. Details will be shared in August
The Board approved the following personnel recommendations:
Resignations
1. Lisa Jeszke – lunchroom monitor, Schilling School, effective July 12, 2017
Request for Leave of Absence
(Beginning and end dates open to modification)
1.
Gina Suggs – 1st
grade teacher, Goodings Grove School, effective October 31, 2017 to
February 5, 2018 and a child care leave of absence from February 6, 2018 through the
end of the 2017-2018 school year, returning for the 2018-2019 school year
Employment Recommendation
1. Christine Gabrielow – TPI teacher, Young School, effective August 21, 2017
2.Kelly Ryan- Special Education Instructional teacher, Schilling School, effective August
21, 2017
3.Renata Forst – 4th
grade teacher, Goodings Grove School, effective August 21, 2017
(one year position to cover child care leave of absence)
4.Jennifer Vondra – kindergarten teacher, Schilling School, effective August 21, 2017
5.Jennifer Dell – kindergarten teacher, Schilling School, effective August 21, 2017
6.Aimee Barton – kindergarten teacher, Schilling School, effective August 21, 2017
7.Joanne Lynn – Reading Specialist, Schilling School, effective August 21, 2017
8.Margaret Smith – 7th& 8thgrade Girls Basketball Coach, effective for the 2017-2018
school year
9.Daisy Peters – Cheerleading Coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
10.Daisy Peters – Track Coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
11.Leanne Kubinski – 6th
grade Girls Basketball Coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school
year
12.Jennifer Donahue – sponsor for Mustang Buddies, Homer Junior High School, effective
for the 2017-2018 school year
13.Kenton Brace – sponsor for Band Director, Summer Band Director, Percussion
Ensemble Director and Mustang Band Director, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
Employee Recall
1.
Jessica Suerth – paraprofessional, Hadley Middle School, effective for the 2017-2018
school year
Ron McGrath from TRIA Architects reported a flood test was conducted at Butler School to
determine how and where water is entering the school during rainstorms. They discovered
water is entering through a roof louver and suggested the District remove the louver for further
examination and possible replacement. The Board agreed to move forward with the project
immediately. It is expected to take three to four weeks to complete at a cost of $10,000 to
$15,000
Nick Graal from TRIA Architects presented a detailed facility audit to the Board outlining
projects and repairs that need to be addressed throughout the District. Member Petrizzo and
Member DeSchaaf will now head a committee to map out a timeline for each project
The Board accepted the retirement of the following individuals subject to compliance with the
terms and conditions of the retirement incentive program:
Tari Mitcheff, bus driver, effective December 31, 2019
Michael J. Haehnlein, maintenance mechanic, effective June 30, 2019
Cindy Denton, nurse, effective June 30, 2019
Walter Brown, maintenance mechanic, effective March 27, 2019
The Board approved the following employees for participation in the District’s one-time IMRF
retirement incentive:
Anne Antanaitis, bus driver, effective end of 2017-2018 school year
Carole Costa, paraprofessional, effective June 2018
Cindy Denton, nurse, effective June 30, 2019
Bianet Gaztambide, paraprofessional, effective June 2017
Michael J. Haehnlein, maintenance, effective June 2019
Eva Hull, secretary, effective August 1, 2018
Maria Kagianas, paraprofessional, effective February 1, 2018
Marytherese Sajdak, nurse, effective June 2, 2017
Karen Schwab, secretary, effective November 30, 2017
Patricia Weber, bus driver, effective end of 2017-2018 school year
Diane Wojowski, media center professional, effective June 2018
The Board approved the sale of an easement along Bell Road (in front of Hadley Middle
School and Homer Junior High School) to Will County so that the road can be widened
The Board approved a resolution authorizing the sale of (39) 71-passenger school buses, (16)
30-passenger Special Education buses and (1) 2004 F250 Ford pickup truck
The Board voted to change its May 22, 2018 meeting to May 29, 2018
Communications/Public Relations Manager Charla Brautigam presented an update on Ross
School, the one-room schoolhouse at the entrance to Hadley Middle School and Homer Junior
High School. Contractors estimate it will cost $100,000 to repair and rebuild the school, which
dates back to the 1850s. The District reached out to more than a dozen area businesses
(including construction companies, roofers, landscapers and heating and cooling businesses)
and asked if they would assist by donating building materials or lending their expertise. Only
one company agreed to help: Will-Cook Ace Hardware, which offered to donate the paint and
painting supplies. In June, the District turned to Sandy Vasko, Director/President of the Will
County Historical Society and Chair of the Will County Preservation Commission, for advice.
She toured the school and suggested the District save the school by installing a new roof
immediately and applying for Landmark Status, making it eligible for grant money. The Board is
considering its options
Dr. Thomas Kersten, author of
Taking the Mystery Out of Illinois School Finance
, presented the
first of three informational programs on the principles of school finance. Teachers and
administrators who attend upcoming presentations will earn CPDU (Continuing Professional
Development Unit) credit.
The Board approved the hiring of Nathan Baldwin as the Assistant Principal at Schilling
School, effective August 1, 2017

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