Lincolnway Central High School board hears public comments
The Lincolnway Central High School Board of Education met Oct. 3 to hear public comments.
Here is the meeting's agenda, as provided by the board:
Lincoln-Way Community High School
Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes
October 3, 2016
A. Call to Order:
President Dee Molinare called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Lincoln-Way Central
Knights’ Round Table Hall.
After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Mrs. Molinare asked that a roll call be taken.
Members present: Mrs. Christine Glatz; Mr. Christopher Kosel; Mr. Joseph Kirkeeng; Mr.
Joseph Kosteck; Mr. Christopher Lucchetti; Mr. Ronald Lullo; and Mrs. Dee Molinare. A
quorum was established. Members absent: None. Also present: Dr. R. Scott Tingley,
Superintendent; Mr. Tim Reilly, Assistant Superintendent; Mrs. Kelly Luzzo, District
Director of Finance; Dr. Aimee Feehery, District Director of Instruction and Staff
Development; Dr. Brian Murphy, District Director of Technology; Mrs. Taryn Atwell,
Community Relations Director; Mrs. Mary Harrison, District Director of Special Services;
Mr. Rich Wilkey, District Director of Buildings and Grounds; Dr. Sharon Michalak,
Principal, Lincoln-Way East High School; Dr. Mark Cohen, Associate Principal, LincolnWay
East High School; Dr. Monica Schmitt, Principal, Lincoln-Way West High School;
Dr. Robert Madonia, of RJM Consulting Services; and Mrs. Linda Stone, Recording
Mrs. Molinare welcomed the roughly 25 guests in attendance.
B. Public Comment:
The board heard comments from Ms. Vickie Burch; who spoke about the definition of
transparency and corruption. She voiced her opinion regarding the use of Dr. Madonia
facilitating the Strategic Plan at no cost to the district, suggesting he is a district insider.
She would like to feel more confident that students in the district come first.
C. Dr. Robert Madonia thanked the Board for attending the meeting this evening and for
taking this important first step to develop a five-year Strategic Long Range Plan. Dr.
Madonia explained the follow points: Developing the focus areas of study with the Board
of Education; reviewing and updating if necessary, the mission and vision statements;
presenting to the Board of Education and to the Strategic Planning Committee “Best
Practices in the Field”; developing a survey connected to the focus areas and working with
the district to summarize the results; training the board and administrative team to facilitate
individual focus groups; facilitating meetings (7 hours of total planning over the course of
two days) and to create a brochure for the public.
Dr. Madonia had easels and paper setup and began a brainstorming session with the
members of the board. The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to develop a plan for all of the
stakeholders, which include: School and Community Members; Parents; Teachers;
Students; Administrators and the Board of Education. His hope is to develop at least five
main topics related to the needs of the district and to include a diverse group of individuals
working together to reach their goals with the focus on years 2017-2022. Dr. Madonia
explained that this plan is reviewed every year and, in his experience, the participants return
to see the progress they have made in their community; it has a very positive effect for all
stakeholders. After the discussion, the focus areas were established. They include: Finance,
Communications and Public Relations, Building and Grounds, Curriculum Assessment
Outcomes, Human Resources and Technology.
Dr. Madonia answered questions from the Board Members regarding; timelines, metrics,
success from other school districts and areas of study, and when to get started. He
explained the next step is to set dates for each session and to send out a survey to determine
interest in participating.
Dr. Tingley will determine dates after the members of the board return their time requests,
which should be completed by year’s end. He thanked Dr. Madonia for the help and
guidance with this important project. He also reiterated what a professional partner Dr.
Madonia has been through his many years in the Lincoln-Way Community.
Mr. Kosteck moved, seconded by Mrs. Glatz, that the meeting be adjourned. All in favor
voted Aye; none opposed. Motion carried. The special board meeting adjourned at 8:16
Dee Molinare, President Christopher A. Kosel, Secretary