Summary of the Homer School District 33C
Board of Education Meeting
November 28, 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 November 28th Board of Education meeting:
- Kara Coglianese, Superintendent, thanked each Board member for his or her service and reminded everyone that School Board members are volunteers who care about their schools and community. To celebrate their work and self-sacrifice, each school sent gifts and/or cards to the Board members expressing their gratitude during National School Board Recognition Month. Among the gifts were superhero capes from Young School because they are, after all, our “superheroes.”
- Members of the Hadley Middle School Student Council presented a check for $500.00 to be used toward the Ross School restoration effort. The students staged a fundraiser at the school’s recent Family Reading Night.
- Superintendent Coglianese announced that Kathleen Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, and Melissa Onesto, Principal at Butler School, recently completed their dissertations and are now officially Dr. Robinson and Dr. Onesto.
- Superintendent Coglianese announced Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage in Lockport has joined the District’s growing list of community partners and will be sending coupons for free hot dogs and fries to the schools so that they may be handed out to students and staff who have earned special recognition.
- Board member Kevin DeSchaaf reported the Board’s Facility Audit Committee recently met with Tria Architecture, Inc. to review the list of projects that will be completed in Phase I of the Facility Master Plan. The projects have been realigned to place emphasis on school security.
- Teachers Union representative Cathy Clayton expressed gratitude for the Board’s support and thanked them for having the best interest of students at heart.
- Support Staff Union representative Susan Kosiarski reported they will be organizing a food drive for families this holiday season and that collection boxes will be placed at each school.
- The Board approved the following personnel recommendations:
- Gloria Powers – building and grounds secretary, Administration, effective November 16,
- Eva Alvarez – lunchroom monitor, Young School, effective November 24, 2017
- John Kwit – bus driver, Transportation, effective November 16, 2017
- Judy Stewart Shervino – custodian, Hadley Middle School, change in retirement effective
date from June 30, 2018 to January 1, 2018
Requests for Leave of Absence (beginning and end dates open to modification)
- Jennifer Theissing – 3rd grade teacher, Goodings Grove, extension of current child care leave of absence effective November 27, 2017 through December 8, 2017 and will return on December 11, 2017
- Allison Connolly – 8th grade Language Arts teacher, Homer Junior High School, FMLA leave effective April 7, 2018 until the end of the 2017-2018 school year and will return at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year
- Katie Farthing – 5th & 6th grade Discovery Math & Science teacher, Hadley Middle School, FMLA leave effective March 14, 2018 until the end of the 2017-2018 school year and will return at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year
- Mary Ann Johnson – Family and Consumer Science teacher, Homer Junior High School, FMLA leave effective November 13, 2017 through December 21, 2017 and will return on January 8, 2018
- Kathleen Negrete – bus driver, Transportation, FMLA leave effective November 10, 2017 through January 8, 2018 and intermittently until the end of the school year
- Jane Fiedor – custodian, Schilling School, FMLA leave effective October 24, 2017 through November 27, 2017
- Gilberto Rosales – custodian, Hadley Middle School, effective December 11, 2017
- Shannon Greenwalt – bus driver, Transportation, effective January 8, 2018, pending completion of criminal background checks and obtaining her CDL for driving a school bus
- Timothy Gajdorus – bus driver, Transportation, effective January 8, 2018 pending completion of criminal background checks and obtaining his CDL for driving a school bus
- Jared McCarthy – wrestling coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
- Christopher Myers – volunteer wrestling coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
- Anthony Storcz – volunteer wrestling coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
- Jimmy Roberson II – volunteer wrestling coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
- Karen Musial – ASTP sponsor, Homer Junior High School, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
- Kelly Zurek – ASTP sponsor, Homer Junior High School, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
- Kathleen Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, presented PARCC Assessment Results for 2017. Homer 33C students continue to perform well on state achievement exams, scoring significantly higher than the state average. According to the most recent PARCC scores:
- 52 percent of Homer 33C students (2 percent more than last year) are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations. The state average is 34 percent.
- The most significant gains were made in English Language Arts with 56 percent of students meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations. Administrators attribute the increase to the newly aligned curriculum, the Wonders reading series and common grade level assessments.
To spur more growth in math, the District is adding supplementals to the math series this year. Currently, 48 percent of students are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations in math. The state average is 32 percent.
- Superintendent Coglianese discussed a proposal by the City of Lockport to lower impact fees by 80 to 90 percent to spur development. The fees, which help offset the cost of educating more students, are paid by builders each time they build a new home. Area superintendents agree that such a proposal will have a detrimental impact on schools. They recently met with the Mayor of Lockport as well as the City Administrator to share their concerns and to propose a counter idea: a 40 percent reduction in impact fees — the same amount that the City of Lockport has offered to cut from its own fees. The City Council is expected to vote on the matter at its December 6th Member DeSchaaf encourages residents to attend the meeting and to contact their elected officials to voice their concerns.
- The Board approved the Resolution to Levy 2017 Property Taxes.
- The Board accepted the retirement of the following individuals subject to compliance with terms and conditions of the District’s one-time IMRF retirement incentive program:
- Jane Fiedor – custodian, June 30, 2019
- Dawn Johnson – paraprofessional, June 30, 2019
- Laurie Moroz – clerical aide, June 30, 2019
- Cheryl Neylon – paraprofessional, June 30, 2020
- Beth Packo – building secretary/registration, June 30, 2019
- The Board approved a resolution allowing operating funds to be reimbursed from the proceeds from any potential future borrowing.
- The Board approved a recommendation to pay Substitute Custodial – Summer Workers $12.50 an hour.
- The Board approved a reimbursement of $159.49 to Board member Karen DeFilippis for parking, mileage and meals at the IASB IASA IASBO Joint Annual Conference on November 17th and 18th.
The Next Regular School Board Meeting is December 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.