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By AMANDA DRAPIEWSKI

Praises for the newly installed football field were tossed around the room at the Oak Lawn Community High School 229 Board of Education meeting on Sept. 21.

Several members stated how Òimpressed” they were by the new football field and the facility improvements.

Student representatives Thomas Plutz, Kathleen Plutz, Katelyn Mendez and James Pattara then gave a quick Yearbook presentation.

Meriem Sadoun, president of the student council, then reported on the upcoming student council events.

Spirit Week will take place the week of Oct. 9 with spirit days and several homecoming events.

The homecoming parade and pep rally will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13.

The football game will take place on Friday, Oct. 14, followed by the homecoming dance on Saturday, Oct. 15.

After the student council events, Ashley August, Jim Lamb, Jason Rhodes, Alex Wong and Trevin Ziel were all introduced as new staff members at the school.

Several items were then approved by the board.

Items included:

¥ The approval of FMLA leave request for Megan Schillo, Sara Strelow and Grace Briney;

¥ The acceptance of retirement of Julie Hartmann and Jim McHugh;

¥ The approval of the 2011-12 legal budget;

¥ The approval of the proposed facility usage fees and fee reduction procedures; and

¥ The approval of the Board of Education’s participation in the Illinois Association of School Board’s Targeting Achievement Through Governance program.

Catherine Morrin, Jennifer Sidlow and Eileen Jones gave an update on the media center resources and program, and the ongoing work of the Division of Foreign Language, English, Media Services and Social Studies.

Assistant Principals Joseph McCurdy and Jeana Naujokas gave an update on the student leadership conference, the carnival, Oak Lawn Homecoming, the PSAE test and the articulation with feeder schools.

McCurdy and Naujokas both thanked Jessica Nickless and Sidlow for their work in the student leadership conference and all the staff and parent volunteers who took part in the carnival.

Assistant Supt. Rick Hendricks gave a brief update on the football field and track.

Principal Michael Riordan talked about the school improvement planning report and upcoming board-related meetings and events.

Riordan then thanked the school leadership team members for their work on the school improvement planning report.

Other board members then requested to review the cell phone policy and stated how Òimpressed” they were with the new teachers and the media center staff.

The meeting concluded with many thanks to all the people who volunteered and participated n the carnival and Sully Shuffle.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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