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IASB JOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE


2008 DELEGATE ASSEMBLY MINUTES

President Metzger opened the meeting by introducing those seated on the riser and by recognizing the members of the Resolutions Committee.

The Credentials Committee reported 342 delegates present.

The Delegate Assembly rules and the Conference Program were approved (Ben Anderson, East Dubuque CUSD 119 made the motion, the second by Joyce Jackson, Dolton SD 148.)

IASB President Mark C. Metzger gave his report.

President Metzger noted that Michael D. Johnson's Executive Director's report was included in the delegate packets.

IASB Treasurer Carolyne Brooks gave a financial report.

Mark Metzger was elected president for the 2008-2009 term.

Joe Alesandrini was elected vice-president for the 2008-2009 term.

A new credentials committee report stated that 360 delegates were present.

New Resolution 1 under "Educational Programs", Bilingual Education Options; and New Resolution 2 under "Financing Public Education", Property Tax Cap – GSA Calculation, were adopted on the Consent Agenda.

Ken Kaczynski, board member from Elgin U-46, removed Resolution #1 under "Financing Public Education", Abatements for Home Builders, from the consent agenda. Jim Hollenback, board president at Illinois Valley Central USD 321, removed Resolution #2 under "Board Operations and Duties", Board Member – Travel Reimbursement, from the consent agenda. Vicki Scharenberg, board member from Sandwich CUSD 430, removed Resolution #3, under "Board Operations and Duties", School Board Member Training, from the consent agenda.

Resolution #2, Under "Educational Programs", School Year – Add Days was called. No appeal was filed so the resolution wasn't considered.

Resolution #3 under "Educational Programs" regarding High School Examinations, was appealed. Michael Joseph from E. Peoria S.D. 309 addressed the assembly to ask that the resolution be considered. The motion to consider failed.

Resolution #1 under "Financing Public Education – Local", regarding Abatements for Home Builders, was considered. Joe Alesandrini, on behalf of the Resolutions Committee, moved that the resolution be adopted. Ken Kaczynski (Elgin), Dannie Stanbery (Sycamore CUSD 427), and Vicki Scharenberg, board member from Sandwich CUSD 430, spoke in opposition to the resolution. Rodger Bennett, member from Iroquois West CUSD 10, spoke in support of the resolution. The resolution was adopted on a vote of 174-154.

Resolution #1 under "Board Operations and Duties", Electronic Option for IASB Surveys, was called. No appeal was filed so the resolution wasn't considered.

Resolution #2 under "Board Operations and Duties", Board Member – Travel Reimbursement, was called. Joe Alesandrini moved for adoption of the resolution on behalf of the Resolutions Committee. Phil Pritzker, board member from Wheeling CCSD 21; Bob Layman, board member from Dongola USD 66; and Steve Furman, board president from Virden CUSD 4, all spoke in opposition to the resolution. Mike Kelly, board member from Plainfield CCSD 202; Michele Snyder, board member from Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD 325; Joyce Jackson (Dolton 148); Tony Cicero, board member from CCSD 93 (Bloomingdale); and Steve Cheversia, board member from Cook County SD 130 (Blue Island), all spoke in support of the resolution. The motion carried and the resolution was adopted.

Resolution #3 under "Board Operations and Duties", School Board Member Training, was called. Joe Alesandrini moved for adoption of the resolution on behalf of the Resolutions Committee. Vicki Scharenberg (Sandwich) and Joyce Jackson (Dolton) spoke in opposition to the resolution. Andrew Johnson, board member from Wheaton Warrenville CUSD 200, spoke in support of the resolution. The motion carried and the resolution was adopted.

Resolution #4 under "Board Operations and Duties", Belief Statement Procedures, was withdrawn.

Resolution #1, under "Local-State-Federal Relations", School Calendar Uniformity, was called. Though a written appeal was filed, no delegate wished to call for a vote and the resolution was not considered.

Resolution #1, under "District Organization and Elections", Background checks for Board Members, was called. No appeal was filed so the resolution wasn't considered.

Resolution #2 under "District Organization and Elections", regarding Consolidation into Unit Districts, had an appeal filed. However, no one on the assembly floor stepped forward to address the issue and the resolution was not considered by the assembly.

Under Amendments to Existing Position Statements, Resolutions #2, #3, and #4, were approved on the consent agenda.

Ken Kaczynski (Elgin) removed resolution #1 (Standardized Test Procedures) from the consent agenda. Cyndi Dahl, board member from Darien SD 61, removed resolution #5 (Strike Prohibition) from the consent agenda.

Resolution #1, to amend Position Statement 1.07 (Standardized Test Procedures) was called. Joe Alesandrini moved for adoption of the resolution on behalf of the Resolutions Committee. Ken Kaczynski (Elgin) spoke in favor of the resolution. The motion carried and the resolution was adopted.

Resolution #1, Under "Board-Employee Relations", to amend Position Statement 5.12 (Strike Prohibition) was called. Joe Alesandrini moved for adoption of the resolution on behalf of the Resolutions Committee. Cyndi Dahl (Darien); Dane Tippett, school board member from Triad CUSD 2; Bill Horoszko, board member from Hinckley-Big Rock CUSD 429; Karen Carney (resolutions committee and board member from Elgin U-46), all spoke in opposition to the resolution. Shawn Green, board member from CSD 158 (Huntley); Mike Kelly (Plainfield); and Marvin Perez, board member from Cook County CCSD 168 (Sauk Village), all spoke in support of the resolution. Tom Neeley, a board member from Morton CUSD 709, made a motion to call for the question. The motion was approved. The motion to "Do Adopt" failed on a vote of 157-180.

The resolution to amend Position Statement 7.08, Polling Places in Schools, was called. No appeal was filed so the resolution wasn't considered.

The resolutions to reaffirm Positions Statements 2.14 (Non-Resident Student Tuition) and 2.39 (Utility Tax Abatement for Schools), were approved on the consent agenda.

Chairman Alesandrini explained the "IASB Belief Statements" publication.

Metzger recognized the presence of Bess Eichelberger in the assembly room.

The assembly adjourned.

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