Monthly Archives: March 2015

Is the Board Agenda a Public Announcement?

Wheaton-Warrenville CUSD 200 will put something in the weekly news letter (Friday Focus), on the front of their web page and in the newspaper if they want the community to know about it.  In the case of Engage 200, they even mailed a flyer to every home.  But, if they would rather we not know about it, it makes the agenda and a vote – Who will know about it?

The following is a short email exchange between Jan Shaw (a wheaton watchdog) and Erica Loiacono  (CUSD 200 Director of Public Relations).

In the Feb. 11, 2015 consent agenda we spotted “5. Approval to Post High School Health Textbook for Community Review”

On Feb, 27 Jan sent this to the district

Was “Pearson Health ©2014″ approved for Public comment during the last board meeting? |
If so, 
where was that public notice sent?  
Where can I find it online?  
Why is it not in the Friday focus?  
The response on March 2, 2015:

Ms. Shaw.

Thank you for taking the time to read our communications each week.

Yes, the textbook you are referring to was approved for posting at the last meeting. It has been on display at the School Service Center and has been since the day after it was approved to post for community review. The voting results of the consent agenda are available once minutes from that meeting are approved. In the interim, we always get the podcasts up as soon as possible so that the community can see results from a meeting. That podcast can be viewed here:


Description: D200 logo for email

Erica Loiacono

Director of Public Relations

The Text Book and the meeting minutes were both approved at the March 11, 2015 Board meeting.

CUSD 200 candidates (2015 election) / issues in the news

The election is April 7, 2015.  Vote for no more than 3.

CUSD 200 candidates / issues in the news


James Gambaiani

Incumbent, first elected in 2011


Gary Tonn


Chris Crabtree


Judith Zapf


James Vroman

Incumbent, first elected in 2011


Errors and Ommissions in COD Board Minutes

At the 2/19/2015 COD board meeting the minutes for 1/22/2015 and 1/28/2015 were both approved as is even though errors and omissions had been pointed out during public comment.  The following are the corrections that should have been made according to Jan Shaw, who watched the podcast in order to document this.  The information was emailed to all board members prior to the March 19, 2015 board meeting.

Note: Jan Shaw led the Pledge of Allegiance during public comment at both the Dec. 18, 2014 and Jan. 22, 2015 regular COD Board meetings.  Ed Franckowiak led the Pledge of Allegiance at the special, Jan 28, 2015 board meeting.  The agenda for the February 19, 2015 board meeting started with the pledge of Allegiance.

In the 1/22/2015 minutes

As approved (With cross-outs and highlighted (Blue) additions to make them correct)

  1. PUBLIC COMMENT 4. A. AGENDA RELATED COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS 4. A. 1) District No. 502 Citizens · Jan Shaw spoke regarding the Agenda and led the Pledge of Allegiance



  1. B. 1) a) December 18, 2014 Regular Board Meeting Minutes Chairman Birt called for a motion to approve Item 8.B.1)a) pulled from the Consent Agenda, Secretary O’Donnell moved and Trustee Svoboda seconded:


Vice Chairman Hamilton stated that the minutes didn’t correctly reflect comments made by some of the citizens. pertaining to previous comments made by Trustee McGuire at the November meeting.  The minutes say “Jan Shaw spoke regarding Tax Levy” – Trustee Hamilton said they should add that Jan lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  The minutes also state that “Matthew Tyrmand spoke regarding Treasurer’s report” which he did.  But he also addressed Trustee McGuire’s November rant comparing the Watchdogs and the Tea Party to Nazis.

Trustee Svoboda stated that the comments correctly reflected “Agenda related” comments.

Chairman Birt asked Secretary O’Donnell to call the roll. Student Trustee Escamilla’s preference is for the motion. Voting aye: Trustee McGuire, Secretary O’Donnell, Trustees Savage and Svoboda, Co-Vice Chairman Wozniak and Chairman Birt. Voting nay: Vice Chairman Hamilton. Motion passed.

In the 1/28/2015 minutes

As approved (With cross-outs and highlighted (blue) additions to make them correct)


  1. PUBLIC COMMENT Chairman Birt announced that due to the number of people who wish to comment, the Board will hear comments until 8:30 p.m. The Board will then move on with the Agenda and then go back to public comments and reminded those present that there is a three (3) minute time limit for all public comments.


The following individuals spoke regarding the President’s Employment Contract:

Dianne Batzkall, Dan Bailey, Daniel Lundehl, Glenn Hansen, Alex Franklin, Deanne Mazzochi, John Kraft, Richard Jarman, Eric Lavergne, Laura Reigle, Kirk Allen, Sandra Pihos, Len Green, Jerry Vachparambl, Roger Kempa, Jill Spealman, Frank Napolitano, Andrew Andrzejewski, Richard Skoda, Stew Gilgis, Charles Bernstein, Trustee Kathy Hamilton, Don O’Neill, Joseph M. Wozniak, Rachel Musselwhite, Jan Shaw, Beverly Perlson, Mary Kranz, Duane Bradley, Rick Lighthart, Heidi Holan, Paul Lefort, Jack Thorne, Kevin Bishop, Fred Wainke, Andrew Nelms, Jeanne Ives, Peter Cooper, Peter Breen, Robert Boque, David Goldberg, Claire Ball and Patricia Fire-Steel.


Stephanie Torres made an appeal for decorum and respect.

  1. GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENTS Chairman Birt announced that the Board would hear the remainder of the public comments.


The following people spoke about the President’s Employment Contract:

Mark Msiorowski, Bobby Kaye, Bill Alrich, Mark Kmiecik, Bill Graham, Mary Pekos, Steve Johnson, Louise Handel, Claudia Freed, Katherine Cornell, Frank Falesch, Ed Franckowiak, Duane Bradley, Brian Lambert, Bruce Mabe, Georgia Zacowiak, Ross Maky, John Kraft, Kirk Allen, Jan Shaw, Roger Kempa and Ron Williams

Ed Franckowiak led the Pledge of Allegiance prior to his President’s Employment Contract comments.

6B GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENTS – others who had not signed up, or who had signed up for the second round of comments in order to talk about something other than Breuder’s contract came forward and spoke.

The following people spoke about the President’s Employment Contract

Duane Bradley, Brian Lambert, Bruce Mabe, Georgia Zacowiak, Ross Maky and Ron Williams.


Rose Johnson complimented President Breuder regarding the 3 + 1 Criminal Justice program and other opportunities the College offers.


John Kraft spoke about FOIA denials, open meeting act violations and mentioned a lawsuit.

Kirk Allen talked about his press credentials and being a 501(C)3, how this relates to the FOIA law and potentially criminal behavior exposed by the watchdogs.

Jan Shaw, in response to comments made by Rose Johnson said that the “watchdogs are not hateful, they’re good.”  Because of them, There is no tuition increase, or tax levy increase this year.

Roger Kempa talked about the changes in enrollment, tuition and staffing levels since 2009.

CUSD 200 Food Fest

Recent news stories about the COD board feasting at the Waterleaf restaurant reminded us of a CUSD 200 FOIA response.

Rather than meeting candidates for  a new Superintendent at a district conference room and ordering moderately priced refreshments, District 200 rented a conference room at the Hilton and had their own food fest. They ordered   “Hilton Breakfast” at $18. 50 each, Asparagus & Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli with Tomato-Basil Sauce at $32.25/person… Grand total for using the Hilton’s conference room with A/V rental, food and soft drinks was $1,346.12.  That was for eight people – Most likely the seven board members and perspective superintendents (one at a time).

see the pdf    sup search food

In the pdf, after the Hilton receipts, there are two receipts for local restaurants on 7/17/2015.  Mary Lou Sender (Superintendent secretary) and Bill Farley (Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations) each took one candidate out to lunch.

The $600. for the Abelson Group was for what?  The Abelson Group webpage lists assessments

Then there is a list of “community member” names.  Our FOIA asked for the list of people involved in the selection process.  These people interviewed the final candidates and recommended one.  Note:  one of these “community members,” Diane Dillow, does not live in the district.   Conspicuously absent from the list is Harold Lonks who has run for school board twice, is an active member of the PTA and attends most, if not all school school board meetings.

Why did the League of Women voters and the Park District send representatives?

  • Dave Brummel – Mayor of Warrenville
  • Michael Gresk – Mayor of Wheaton
  • Diane Dillow -Warrenville Park District, lives out of school district
  • Gregg Ireland – Warrenville Park District
  • Chris Crabtree – PTA, on Engage 200 facilitating team and 2015 school board candidate
  • Eleanor McNear – Engage 200
  • Kyle Neninger – Tiger Paws (past president) and 2013 school board candidate
  • Susan Booten – President SEA Alliance
  • Jeanne Burda – President Gates 200
  • Joan Fefferman – League of Women Voters, Wheaton
  • Bob Hupp – Engage 200
  • Kathy Gotter – PTA
  • Michelle Triscik – PTA
  • Judith Zapf – PTA, on Engage 200 facilitating team and 2015 school board candidate
  • Jim Vroman – School board member and candidate 2015

Still wondering “WHY” these people were picked to interview the final candidates, but my FOIA for names and resumes was denied.  Response Letter rammer 9_22_2014  “…as only the name and resume of the successful candidate for a position with a public body are subject to disclosure under FOIA.”  However, once the district brought in the PUBLIC (even if only a select few) the argument can  be made that – the information is no longer PRIVATE – and should be released in a FOIA.  Other school districts have released the names of candidates under consideration.  CUSD 200 chose to release them to a selected few.


CUSD200 Engage200 – all a plan

Did anyone else notice on the original Engage200 invite, there were talk-bubbles on the one side which turned out to be the 4 topics “picked” by the “public” for discussion topics in session 2, 3, 4 & 5?

engage200 invite1


And from the district website, the list of session topics:

engage200 dist webAccording to the other side of the invitation (3rd paragraph),

“The first session is important because you will have an opportunity to provide input regarding Key areas you think need to be addressed in subsequent sessions.”engage200 invite2


Common Core didn’t make the list.

This is how a “Very well oiled machine” delivers the “desired outcome.”

see our earlier post: