West Chicago Elementary School District #33  
Dr. Ed Leman, Superintendent Board of Education
312 E. Forest Avenue West Chicago, IL 60185 Dave Barclay, President
www.wegoed33.k12.il.us Katrine Maguire Secretary
(630) 293-6000      Fax (630) 293-6088 Sharon L. Jones
Contact: Becky Koltz School/Community Relations Specialist Deborah D. Ramsey
    (630) 293-6000 ext. 201 Robert Lemon
    koltzb@wegoed33.k12.il.us   Chris Scheck
Date:     Joseph Lach

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, February 17, 2005.

Board Members in attendance: Chris Scheck, Deborah Ramsey, Sharon Jones, Katrine Maguire, Dave Barclay


Dr. Barb Clark, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources/Staff Development, gave a presentation on her duties in the area of personnel, explaining the philosophy and current practice, and explained the district's staff development model and the vision of enhancing the skills of current employees to retain them long-term.

Approval of Minutes

The Board of Education approved the minutes of the regular board meetings of January 20, 2005 (3rd Thursday), and February 3, 2005 (1st Thursday); and the special board meetings of January 27, and February 4, 2005.

Financial Reports

The Board approved the following current expenditures:

The Board of Education reviewed the Treasurer's Report, Statement of Position, and Budget Report as of February 17, 2005.

Public Comment

Mr. Fred Ringe, a district parent, addressed the Board of Education in reference to balancing the budget.

Information/Discussion Items

The Board of Education reviewed the following informational items:

Action Items

The Board of Education took action on the following:

New Business - Discussion with Possible Future Action

The Board of Education reviewed the proposed renewal contract for food service from Arbor Management and requested the lunch committee to solicit feedback from the schools, comparing the 2004-2005 school year to 2003-2004. This contract will be brought back to the Board of Education at the March 3, 2005 board meeting to consider approval of this 1-year contract that reflects a 4% increase.

Mr. Angel Rivera, Assistant Superintendent for Learning, informed the Board of Education that District #33 will again offer summer school for eligible students with disabilities; and reported that the State may not come through with grant money to fund the Summer Bridges program.

Report of District Committee Meetings

The Board received a report on the Legislative Committee (the Park District meeting was cancelled).

Kathy McKee, E.T.A.W.C. representative, read the following statement:

We are nearing the end of the budget cutting process for certified staff, and the Board of Education should be commended for listening to all points of view. Now all that is left is to live with the results. It will be hard, but we will give it our all, as we always do. We initially heard that one third of cuts would come from the ranks of teachers. Now it appears that the majority of the cuts are teachers. Still, we read in the newspaper and hear at meetings that teachers are not bearing the brunt of balancing the budget; that the pain has been spread around equally. Somehow, it makes an already bad situation worse for us, because it invalidates what we feel and think. We know the reasoning, that teachers' salaries make up a huge part of the budget. We understand that the cause of the problems arise at the state level. Still, we think that a fair and unvarnished appraisal would acknowledge that the students and teachers are being affected the most.

Mr. Dave Barclay, Board President, responded to Kathy McKee, thanking the teachers for working with the Board of Education and administration on the budget and insurance issues.

Review of Upcoming Meetings/Events

The Board of Education members reviewed upcoming meetings and events.

Closed Session

The Board of Education did not go into closed session at this meeting.


The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for the 1st Thursday of the month, March 3, 2005, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The above review of action taken by the Board of Education at their regular meeting is provided in an attempt to keep you informed. If you have any questions regarding any of the information provided or wish to discuss any of the items, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Ed Leman
Superintendent of Schools