Summary of the Homer School District 33C Board of Education Meeting October 24, 2017 (pictures of Mustang Baseball )

Summary of the Homer School District 33C

Board of Education Meeting

October 24, 2017


    Deb Martin, President      Elizabeth Hitzeman, Vice President      Karen DeFilippis, Secretary

Adam Briner, Member  Kevin DeSchaaf, Member  Christine Marcinkewicz, Member  Russ Petrizzo, Member                                                                                     



At the October 24th Board of Education meeting:


  • The Board recognized the Homer Mustang Baseball Team and Coach Joel Button for their third place finish in the IESA Boys Baseball State Series

  • Member Hitzeman reported on the recent District Leadership Team (DLT) meeting, which reviewed data and test scores from across the district. The team also discussed the District’s timeline for making its website ADA compliant. The District is on target for making the website accessible to those with hearing and visual impairments.

  • Teachers Union representative Cathy Clayton reported the second quarter is underway and that Homer Junior High School teachers, students and staff are looking forward to their Unity Walk on October 25, 2017. In addition, union officers are working with Superintendent Kara Coglianese to receive training on how to address issues when they arise.


  • The Support Staff Union had nothing to report

  • The Board approved the following personnel recommendations:

Separation of Employment

  1. Pamela Copher – bus driver, Transportation, effective October 9, 2017


  1. Colleen Sciacca – lunchroom monitor, Young School, effective October 13, 2017
  2. Mark Blend – custodian, Hadley Middle School, effective October 10, 2017
  3. Christopher Myers – wrestling coach, effective immediately


Requests for Leave of Absence (beginning and end dates open to modification)

  1. William Nathan Keasler – physical education teacher, Goodings Grove School and Homer Junior High School, effective November 20, 2017 through December 21, 2017, returning January 8, 2018
  2. Amy Lowman – 2nd grade teacher, Butler School, effective January 17, 2018 through April 9, 2018
  3. Catherine Piasecki – paraprofessional, Butler School, effective October 10, 2017, returning November 6, 2017




           Employment Recommendations

  1. Andrea McCarthy – 1st grade teacher, Goodings Grove School, to cover an FMLA/Child care leave of absence for the 2017-2018 school year. Effective date changed to October 11, 2017
  2. Patricia Malzone – 0.50 FTE Library, District Media Center Classroom Volunteer Coordinator, Schilling School, effective October 25, 2017
  3. Nicole Phillips – 0.50 FTE custodian, Young School, effective October 25, 2017
  4. Kimberlee Glynn – lunchroom monitor, Young School, effective October 25, 2017
  5. Eva Alvarez – lunchroom monitor, Young School, effective October 25, 2017
  6. Meghan Harris – secretary, building level at Schilling School, effective October 25, 2017
  7. Concepcion Marquez – bus driver, Transportation, effective November 27, 2017 pending successfully completing her criminal background check and obtaining her CDL
  8. Kendra Michalik – ASAP sponsor for 8th grade math, Homer Junior High School, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
  9. Sawsan Jaber – ASAP sponsor for 7th and 8th grade reading, Homer Junior High School, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
  10. Ashley Nelson – ASAP sponsor for 4th grade math, Schilling School, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
  11. Ashley Nelson – ASAP sponsor for 4th grade ELA, Schilling School, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
  12. Shannon Schroeder – sponsor for Natural Helpers, Homer Junior High School, effective for the 2017-2018 school year


  • The Board reviewed and approved a revised job title and job description for the After School Assistance Program teacher


  • Nick Graal, senior staff architect for Tria Architecture, presented an update on the District’s Facility Audit. He reviewed how Tria visited the district’s six schools, transportation center and administration center and compiled a list of repairs needed at each facility, including HVAC systems, roof replacements and updated fire alarm systems. The firm estimates it will cost $36.6 million to address every repair, not including architect fees and, if necessary, asbestos abatement. The District plans to address the most urgent repairs first at a cost of $10 million. Graal outlined a timeline for those projects. Member Petrizzo questioned the timetable for installing security cameras at each school and reminded everyone that the Facility Audit Committee wanted to make security the District’s top priority. The timeline will be adjusted to reflect that.


  • Superintendent Kara Coglianese reported the District recently met with the Village of Homer Glen to discuss future residential plans and what the District can expect if it decides to sell its 54.6 acres on Bruce Road. The site is zoned residential and could bring an additional 79 homes/families to the District. Coglianese plans to meet with the City of Lockport next.


  • Certified Public Accountant Ed McCormick from MPS/CPA presented an overview of the 2017 audit. He reported Homer 33C is one of the few school districts in the State of Illinois with no outstanding debt and praised the District’s business office for their accounting practices.


  • The Board accepted the retirement of the following individuals subject to compliance with the terms and conditions of the District’s one-time IMRF retirement incentive program and to approve separation agreements:
  1. Cynthia Malacina – clerical aide, effective June 30, 2020
  2. David Trella – head custodian, effective June 29, 2018
  3. Kay Popadowski – paraprofessional, effective June 30, 2020
  4. Sylvia Chord – bus driver, effective December 5, 2020
  5. Debra Primozic – media center professional, effective August 26, 2018
  6. Arlene Siefert – technology director, effective June 30, 2019
  7. Eileen Roe – media center professional, effective June 30, 2018
  8. Loraine Creedon – paraprofessional, effective June 30, 2019


  • Christi Tyler, Assistant Superintendent for Business, reviewed the 2017 Tax Levy and reminded everyone that a levy is what governing bodies ask for — not what they receive. She also reviewed how taxing bodies calculate the extension, which is the total amount a taxing body receives. Based on preliminary estimates from the county (which show a significant increase in new property), Homer 33C is seeking a levy of $43.5 million to make sure it captures all new growth. The Board will vote on the levy at its November 28th


The Next Regular School Board Meeting is November 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.





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