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  • October 15, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 11/1/2019

    BoardBlog - October 15, 2019

     

    Committee of the Whole

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Citizen’s remarks included a request for the Board to reconsider the proposed limitations on visitors during lunch, as well as a request that the Board vote against a resolution to allow school districts to have armed staff in their buildings.

    Board Member Discussions:

    The Board held a discussion regarding whether or not they would like to accept public comment submissions prior to the Board meeting so that they may have time to put together a response to provide at the meeting.  The Board decided to revisit the issue at a later date.

    Superintendent Search: 

    The Board provided an update on upcoming important dates in the superintendent search, which include a review of candidates from 3-6 PM on November 11, the first round of interviews on November 14, and the second round of interviews on December 2.  It was noted that each date would be posted as a Board meeting and the candidate review and interviews will be conducted in closed session. Due to these changes, there will be no Committee of the Whole on November 11 prior to the regular meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. as scheduled.  The Board noted that at the time of the meeting, there were 19 completed applications and 36 applications in progress.

    Review of 2019 Resolutions Committee Report:  

    The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) published its Resolutions Committee Report, which entails a summary of recommendations submitted by local school boards. Those include: 10 proposed resolutions, five amendments to current position statements, and one reaffirmation of a current position statement.  The Board discussed one recommended resolution to allow teachers to be armed during the school day. Following discussion, the Board consented to vote in opposition to the resolution at the upcoming IASB delegate assembly this November.

    Advisory Committee Updates:

     

    • Policy / Personnel Advisory Committee:  The Committee discussed parents visiting their students during lunchtime, and reached consensus to recommend allowing parents to visit on special occasions, such as birthdays or other recognitions, but not to allow daily visits.  Additionally, another provision under consideration in the policy would allow parents to take students off-campus for lunch, but that outside food delivery services should be prohibited. Discussions will continue at an upcoming Committee meeting.

    • Finance / Operations Advisory Committee: The Committee discussed a proposed change to the state income tax that may result in a freeze on school property taxes.  They also had a discussion regarding the proposal to consolidate districts across the state, noting that, while it may be appropriate for a smaller district, consolidating with High School District 230 may be difficult and not a financially sound decision.  It was also noted that the State is still contemplating placing the burden of teacher pensions on school districts. The Committee discussed the levy, and a recommendation will be made at the November meeting. A discussion was also held regarding the National School Lunch Program trial currently taking place across the district, noting that a survey would be provided once the trial concluded and a decision would be made after that feedback was reviewed.

     

     

    Printer/Copier RFP

    The Board will be asked to approve a printer/copier bid during the regular meeting.  The RFP process was reviewed by the Finance/Operations and Technology Board Advisory Committees as well. One vendor’s proposal came in at a cost significantly below the others that were received, and would provide an estimated $100,000 savings annually for the District over a 45-month period.

    Levy Process and Consumer Price Index

    Possible levy scenarios will be presented at the November 11 Board of Education meeting, with a recommendation to approve the estimated levy for 2019.  Mr. Bryk noted that it must be adopted in December and presented to the county prior to the end of the calendar year.

    Review of New & Revised Board Policies - 1st Read

    The Board briefly reviewed several changes and additions to Board policies.  Visit BoardDocs for a complete list of revisions.  The Board also noted that it will reserve the right to continue conducting the first reading of its policies, rather than assuming the responsibility to the Policy/Personnel Board Advisory Committee.

    Board Policies Scheduled for 5-Year Review

    The Board reviewed several policies that are required by law to be reviewed every 5 years.  For a complete list of policies up for review, visit BoardDocs.

     

    Board of Education Meeting

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Citizen’s remarks included a request for Board members to accept questions prior to their meetings in order to receive timely responses, concerns related to lunch visitor limitations, and a discussion of the IAR results from the Spring 2019 data presented in September.

    Student Presentation

    High Point students posing with Board members after their presentation at the October meeting

    Principal Colleen Joyce introduced several students representing High Point’s Media Team, who showcased their school’s community groups, which typically meet on Professional Learning Days to discuss a variety of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) topics. Asst. Principal Kristin Beeler also noted High Point’s recent recognition as an Apple Distinguished school. Following the presentation, the Board applauded the students and the High Point staff for their outstanding efforts in this important project.

    October 2019 - National Principals Month

    Mr. Bryk noted that October is National Principals Month, and that October 20-26 is Principals Week in Illinois.  Mr. Bryk thanked all of the principals and assistant principals for their dedication and leadership to the students and the District 135 community.

    Veterans Day Activities

    Mr. Bryk noted that the Board has been provided a list of this year’s Veterans Day activities from across the District and are welcome to attend all events.

    Action Items

    The Board of Education approved all agenda items at its regular meeting on October 15, 2019.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.

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  • September 16, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 10/9/2019

    September 16, 2019

     

    Committee of the Whole

    Citizen’s remarks:  

    Citizens addressed the Board of Education regarding math test scores, the ability to freely ask questions of the Board and administration, Board devices, central office staffing, operational costs, and the Orland 135 Foundation for Education.

     

    Committee reports:

    Communications - It was noted that the Communications Committee has been solidifying a mission statement and having discussions about how to disseminate important information in the most effective way to the correct stakeholder groups.  It was also noted that the Committee will continue to collaborate with all administrative departments to tell the District’s story.

    Finance & Operations - The bus company attended the last meeting to discuss safety, screening and background checks for drivers, training runs, and possible GPS improvements on buses, among other topics.  The Committee also discussed the 10-year repair schedule for all District buildings, as well as the upcoming National School Lunch Program trial that will occur on October 15-17. It was noted that the trial will be followed up with a survey.  Copier bids were also discussed.

    Policy & Personnel - The Policy & Personnel Committee discussed whether or not the District should fill its vacant residency investigator, and determined that they would prefer to use an outside firm on a case-by-case basis.  It was noted that the number of residency cases has declined in the years since the District began investigating residency cases and that there are many procedures in place that have also led to this decline.  The Committee also discussed doing a staffing evaluation for District Office.  

    Teaching & Learning - At their last meeting, Director of Curriculum David Snyder gave an extensive overview of curricular resources at all levels and in all formats.  The Committee discussed appropriate class sizes and determined it would be beneficial to hold their meetings at the school buildings. This would give the committee members the opportunity to tour the buildings and see the classroom space.  During the classroom discussion, it was noted that Jerling Junior High has a higher enrollment than Century Junior High this year. The Committee also discussed a timeline for releasing class assignments at the start of the school year.

    Technology - The Technology Committee discussed the different functions of Skyward, as well as printer and copier data.  Discussion included data on student device usage, noting that the Committee would work together with the Communications Committee to disseminate that information.  Keyboarding skills for students was also a topic of discussion; while it was determined that keyboarding is important for students, the Committee does not recommend that keyboarding take up classroom instruction time.

    FY20 Budget Update: 

    Mr. Bryk gave a brief overview of the proposed budget that had been on public display.  Mr. Bryk noted that the budget reflects the District refunding approximately $2.4M in property tax appeals, increased insurance costs at 9.9%, contractual salary increases, a 3% increase for transportation, as well as capital projects.  Mr. Bryk explained that the recent bond sale would offset the cost of capital projects. It was noted that the fund balance will be around $38M, and there is room in the current budget to add staff members throughout the year as student needs change.  The budget deficit was projected to be roughly $1.3M.

     

    Spring Data Report 2019:

    Dr. Snyder and Mrs. Nichols provided an explanation of the two assessments students take throughout the year: the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment.  It was noted that all of the data reported was for the ‘all student’ group and that the specialized group data will be available in October. The presentation can be found on BoardDocs.

     

    Board of Education Meeting

    Recognitions

    Student Recognitions

    Students standing together for a photo at the Board meeting

    At this summer’s I-Innovate mini technology conference, our teachers had the opportunity to obtain professional development from students!  Congratulations to the following students who had outstanding presentations at the conference this summer:

    Alex Accardi, Aya Askar, Ainslee Beaty, Emma Birmingham, Katelynn Cabrera, Jane Chan, Jocelyn Chan, Amaka Chukwumezie, Lama Darwish, Ynna David, Lily Elebaid, Audrey Haas, Myles Jacquez, Katherine Kanagy, Ayah Kashkeesh, Addison Manning, Darren Massey, Quinn McElligott, Alanna Noone, Samuel Peng, Rebecca Philip, Mackenzie Prah, Charlie Prodoehl, Taylor Reilly, Michael Schwarz, Lily Schwarz, Fiona Sejud, Lucy Simmons, Soumil Soni, Ava Valencia, Sabrine Zatar, and Eva Zimmerman.

     

    Staff Recognitions

    A group of teachers standing together for a photo at the Board meeting

    The following staff members had the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge with their colleagues at the I-Innovate mini technology conference over the summer:

    Carrie Arroyo, Katie Berens, Morgan Bianchi, Ashley Bobak, Leanne Brown, Kris Conway, Katlin Davis, Emily Day, Kim DeVries, Kelly Donlevy, Heidi Doogan, Lindsay Duffy, Brittany Feltman, Kristy Gilbert, Katharine Hannigan, Becky Heidegger, Joanne Kapsaskis, Sara Kash, Chrissy Keith, DiFrancesca Kelly, Katie Knopf, Kevin Krillic, Christie Labriola, Caitlin Loizon, Kara McFarlin, Amy McGarry, Jenny McKendrick, Daniel McNicholas, Lauren Musielewicz, Sharon O’Loughlin, Laura Prisby, Dan Prorok, Gabi Sanfilippo, Tara Schultz, Mary Simms, Amy Smith, Erin Smolinski, and Michelle Thorne

     

    ABCDE Awards

    Kim Moriarty Kim Moriarty was nominated by Brian Fogarty for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT.

     

    Lori Kehl Lori Kehl was nominated by Stanley Paluszkiewicz for the value of COMPASSION.

     

    Public Hearing - Fiscal Year 2020 Budget:

    Public Comment: Several citizens spoke during public comment regarding the appropriate placement of specific funds into accounts, field trip reimbursement, and the use of District devices for Board members.

     

    Superintendent’s Report:

    Mr. Bryk provided an enrollment update for the start of the school year, stating we are close to our enrollment from last year.  He also highlighted several upcoming events, including the PFE-sponsored screening of Screenagers on September 25th and the Orland Open Spelling Bee on October 6th.

     

    Parents for Education presenting a presentation check to the district for $126,187 Music Parents presenting a presentation check to the district for $31,793

    The PFE (Parents for Education) and MPA (Music Parents Association) presented the Board with their donations from the 2018-2019 school year, which totaled $157,980.77.

     

    Action Items:

    The Board of Education approved all agenda items at its regular meeting on September 16, 2019.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.



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  • August 12, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 9/10/2019

    August 12, 2019

     

    Committee of the Whole

     

    Transportation:  

    Mr. Bryk outlined a new plan to keep students safe while on the bus, which included installing a third camera for a better view of the driver, random daily video checks, and random staff bus rides on a continuous basis.  The District will also launch a new text messaging tip line that students can use to report incidents they encounter on the bus and at school. It was noted that posters will be hung in the school buildings and on buses, and teachers will communicate to students about this new tool.  District staff will work with the Child Advocacy Center and the Orland Park Police Department on professional development for staff.

    Preschool for All: 

    Mr. Bryk noted that the District did not receive the Preschool for All grant this year; however, the District will continue to apply for this grant in the future.

    Summer school: 

    Ms. Nichols reported on this year’s summer school program, noting that 68 students in grades K-4 participated in the math and reading program. Title money was used to create a school library and purchase a new math curriculum.  Ms. Nichols mentioned that teachers used action plans to identify where each individual student needed support.  

    ESY Update:  

    Ms. Carstensen provided a brief overview of the Extended School Year program.  231 students from early childhood all the way through 8th grade participated in the program.  It included physical education, art, reading, math, and language and social-emotional intervention groups.  Students also had the opportunity to do a STEM activity and spend time with therapy animals. Through the peer mentoring program, 10 junior high and high school students helped with the program this summer.  

     

    Enrollment/Staffing Update:  

    Ms. Owens discussed the current state of class sections, and the number of families who were considered “work in progress”, or those who had not yet completed proof of residency or online registration.  It was noted that there was a consideration to reduce the number of sections earlier in the summer; however, based on the current enrollment numbers, the Board would like to maintain the current section numbers across all buildings and grades.  It was noted that the Board and District Administration will look at long-term planning this coming school year, as many buildings are running out of space and the District’s enrollment is steadily growing.  

     

    Board of Education Meeting

    Schools to Watch:

    Several Century Junior High staff members provided highlights of their presentation, “Increasing Student Voice and Choice in the Middle School,” which was presented during the Schools to Watch conference held June 26-29 in Washington D.C. The conference was sponsored by the National Forum for Middle Grade School Reform. Century Jr. High received formal recognition at this national conference for being selected by the Association of Illinois Middle Grade Schools (AIMS) as a 2019 Illinois Horizon School to Watch. 

    The Board approved all agenda items at its regular meeting on August 12.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs. To view a recording of the Committee of the Whole & Regular Board of Education meeting, click here.

     

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  • July 8, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 8/5/2019

    Committee of the Whole

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Resident Mary McDonald addressed the Board regarding item #4 of the agenda (Special Education Review/Audit). The resident expressed concern if the District was considering cuts in the special education staffing, noting funding requirements to be followed as per IDEA (Illinois Disabilities in Education Act).

     

    Board Member Reports and Requests

    Mr. Bryk responded to a request for information regarding the incident with an American School Bus Company driver.  He noted that it is an ongoing police investigation and that the District has assisted in every way. He also mentioned that the District will meet with ABC and the Orland Park Police Department to determine what can be done in the future to avoid any further incidents.  Mr Bryk stated that the administration would also meet to discuss a campaign to encourage students to report any issues they encounter.

     

    Superintendent Search

    Two search firms, Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates and Ray & Associates, presented on their process for assisting in the selection of a new superintendent.  After the presentations, the Board asked questions and then discussed each of the options. The Board determined that they would hire Ray & Associates for the upcoming superintendent search, and that the cost would be determined once the scope of service was decided on.

     

    Tentative Budget

    Mr. Bryk explained that the tentative budget would be brought forth for approval for public display at the regular Board of Education meeting, and the final budget would not be approved until September due to the 30-day display requirement.  Mr. Bryk noted that the District projects a $1.3M deficit this year, and that contributing factors include increases in insurance, salaries, and transportation costs. He thanked the Board for approving the recent bond sale, stating that several capital projects will be covered with those dollars.  

     

    Interim Payments

    Mr. Bryk explained to the Board that a motion would be brought forth to approve interim payments until the budget is approved.  The Board asked if this was an annual occurrence, and Mr. Bryk stated that in prior years, the Board did not approve interim payments, however, it is becoming a more common practice among school districts. 

    Quest

    It was noted that the Board will be asked to approve a one-year contract with Quest Food Management Service at the regular Board of Education meeting.  Mr. Bryk mentioned that this year, the District experienced a profit of $50,000 from food service, and that they will continue to evaluate the contract throughout the year.

    Cell Tower Improvements

    Mr. Bryk explained that Crown Castle is requesting authorization to improve AT&T equipment on the cell tower located on District property. A recommendation for approval will be presented at the regular meeting.  

    Financial Depositories Resolution

    Mr. Bryk relayed that a resolution designating authorized school district depositories will be brought forth for approval during the regular meeting. It was explained that this resolution provides an updated list of qualified financial institutions that provide banking services for the District.

    Authorization for Bank Account Signers

    Mr. Bryk noted that, due to changes in administrators for the 2019-2020 school year, the Board would need to approve new bank account signers at the regular Board of Education meeting.

    Special Education Review/Audit

    It was explained that the primary goal of the audit would be to get a different set of eyes on the District’s special education programming to ensure everything is operating efficiently.  It was noted that the District plans to fill the vacant special education coordinator position, and the remainder of the special education programming will be reviewed by the Board Advisory Committee.

    Regular Board of Education Meeting

    The Board approved all agenda items at its regular meeting on June 10.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs. To view a recording of the July 8, 2019 Committee of the Whole & Regular Board of Education meeting, click here.

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  • June 10, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 6/24/2019

    June 10, 2019

     

    Committee of the Whole

    Citizens’ Remarks: 

    A resident addressed the Board regarding the proposed Administrative Cost Resolution to be recommended for Board approval during the June 10 regular meeting. He expressed concern with budget entries outlined in Exhibit A of the resolution and requested the motion be tabled until a public hearing is conducted on the matter.

    Superintendent Search

    Thomas Leahy and two colleagues from the Illinois Association of School Boards presented an overview of the process and services available through the IASB for conducting a superintendent search for the District.  They outlined the process, noting that a profile would be created based on feedback from surveys. IASB would also develop a brochure to advertise the District, which would be posted online with the vacancy notice to help inform potential applicants about the District and the community.  The IASB would screen only those applicants who complete the entire application package. Finalists would be brought to the District for interviewing. When asked about their timeline, the IASB team mentioned that the entire process would take between four and five months and that there would be no additional cost to the District if any part of the process needed to be repeated should the candidate not be a good match for the District. It was clarified that the District is in a good position for beginning its search at this time, as it allows for the largest pool of prospective candidates.

    Memorandum of Understanding

    Mr. Bryk relayed that this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes an understanding and agreement between the board and the Orland Council of Educators regarding certain retirement benefits and clarification of provisions within Section 13.6 of the Support Staff contract. A recommendation to approve this MOU will be brought forth during the regular meeting.

    Advisory Committee Update

    The applicant screening process is currently underway.  Due to the volume of applications submitted, the process was split into two screening groups.  Each group screened 57 people. Names were removed from the applications, replaced with an ID number.  Human Resource Director Suzanne Owens noted that, once the applications had been scored, committee members were selected based on their first choice of committee and their location in the District in addition to their rubric score.  Ms. Owens stated that the committees will consist of: two parents from each boundary area, a staff member or community member from each boundary area, two board members, and two administrators. Notification would be sent out soon to all applicants for the Board Advisory Committees.

    Bond Rating

    John Bryk, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, noted that the District received a AA+ stable bond rating and received a largely positive response to this rating.  

    Tentative FY20 Budget

    Mr. Bryk noted that a tentative budget for the 2019-20 school year will be brought forth at the July 8 Board meeting for approval to place on public display for a 30-day period. A public hearing will then be held in September, followed by recommended final adoption of the budget. The tentative budget will be presented in July since there are less than 30 days between the August and September Board meetings.

    Insurance Renewals

    Mr. Bryk noted that health insurance premiums will rise by 9.9% and dental premiums will rise by 4.5% for the coming year.  He noted that the District is moving to Blue Cross-Blue Shield for dental insurance, which will provide a larger pool of in-network providers for employees and a one-time $50,000 credit for switching.  Life and vision insurance will continue as they are for the next three years. Mr. Bryk also noted that the District accepted the lowest bid for property and liability insurance, which would increase costs by approximately $17,000 this year.  These insurance recommendations will be brought forth for approval at the regular meeting.

    Phone Service Agreement

    It was noted that the District will be switching from CallOne phone service to Comcast, saving approximately $65,000.  This change will be brought forth for approval at the regular meeting.

    2019-2020 Facility Handbook

    Mr. Bryk stated that there will not be any changes to the facility handbook for the coming school year. The 2019-2020 facility rental fees outlined in the handbook will be presented for Board approval at the regular meeting.

    Transportation Paid Rider Fees

    Mr. Bryk noted that the paid rider program, which allows students who are not entitled to transportation to pay a fee to receive bus service, requires an additional four buses at approximately $200,000 per year.  It was proposed that the fee for paid bus riders would increase from $220 to $300 for the year in order for the DIstrict to recuperate some cost. A recommendation to approve this increase will be brought forth during the regular meeting.

    Student Lunch Fees

    A proposed change to lunch fees for the 2019-2020 school year discussed.  It was noted that the Board would be voting to approve a consistent student lunch fee of $3.50 across all grade levels.  Mr. Bryk explained that the contract with Quest Food Management Services would remain intact for the next year and that the contract would be discussed further in committee.  Mr. Bryk also mentioned that food committees met throughout the last school year at several buildings and that the results of those committees would be presented at a later meeting.

    Grant Update

    Mr. Bryk provided updated numbers for grant spending, noting that the District would be well within the required amount spent with the money being earmarked for summer school and professional development.

    Administrative Cost Resolution

    Mr. Bryk stated that the District received a letter from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) stating that the District had exceeded the allowed 5% increase in administrative costs.  Mr. Bryk noted that some of the excessive funding was due to money added to a Superintendent Account for the Chinese Delegation initiative, which was not spent since the Board tabled the initiative for future consideration.  A recommendation for the Board to approve the Administrative Cost Resolution will be brought forth during the regular meeting, which would provide for an amendment to the budget to correct the issue.

    Standards-Based Grading Update

    Dr. Dave Snyder, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, first thanked the teachers in the District for their hard work on standards-based grading (SBG) this year.  He noted that there has been a significant improvement in MAP and IAR data this year. Dr. Snyder highlighted some changes for next school year that will improve the standards-based grading system, including:

    • Reducing the number of learning targets for grading efficiency
    • Implementing weighted averaging to allow students to recover from mistakes and reflect growth while more closely resembling traditional grading
    • Adding zeros as a possible grade for not submitting assignments or participating in assignments
    • Including homework as a separate grade in the behavior category
    • Continuing to grade throughout the trimester rather than having grades reset at the beginning of the grading period

     

    The Board discussed concerns that District 230 is not moving to standards-based grading, concerns about apathy toward completing homework, and the overwhelming amount of information on report cards, which have already been addressed with the updates coming for the 2019-2020 school year.

    Foreign Language Resource

    Dr. Snyder noted that the foreign language resource used for German and Spanish has not been updated in quite some time, so the new resource for grades 7 and 8 will be placed on public display for 30 days and then brought forth for adoption by the Board at the July 8 regular meeting.

    6th Grade Specials for 2019-2020

    Dr. Lynn Zeder, Asst. Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, clarified that the special course rotation for 6th grade students will be health, art, music, and digital literacy for the 2019-2020 school year.  She noted that the District is fortunate to have a staff member at each building who has the credentials to teach the new digital literacy class.

    Summer School 2019 & 2019-2020 Professional Development: TABLED

    Due to time constraints, the Board moved to table these reports for the next Committee of the Whole meeting.

    Regular Board of Education Meeting

    Student Recognitions

    Students receiving an award for the economics poster contest  at Board meeting The following students were recognized for their winning entries in the Economics and Financial Literacy Standards contest sponsored by Econ Illinois:  Jane Chan, Lily Schwarz, Angelina Arroyo, Jun Zheng, Baylor Gleghorn, Yazi Paguntalan, Ynna David, Tarek Jibawi, Kaitlyn Marks, Garrison Leonard, and Tyler Naroleski

     

    Students receiving an award for the ICTM Math Contest at the Board meeting

    The following students were recognized for their outstanding performance in the ICTM Math contest: Jane Chan, Eileen Li, and Jun Zheng

     

    **Dylan Straka was recognized for being a top scorer in the Math League competition.

     

    Gabriela Budz

    Gabriela Budz was recognized for being chosen as a winner for Scope Magazine’s Giving Contest.

     

    Track students receiving an award at the Board meeting The following SWIC teams were recognized for their outstanding performance this season:  Jerling Junior High 6th/7th grade boys track, Jerling Junior High 6th/7th grade girls track, and Jerling Junior High 8th grade boys track

    Kevin Brown receiving an award on behalf of Jerling Jerling Junior High was recognized for receiving the Best School Award at the 2019 SWIC Invitational Art Exhibit

     

    Averey Bartley Averey Bartley was recognized for receiving a first place medal in the SWIC declamation competition

    Nikolas Delis

    Nikolas Delis was recognized for receiving a first place medal in the SWIC mathletes competition

     

    Staff Recognitions

    Staff receiving an ABCDE Award

    Kelly Murphy, Kristen Noto, Kyle Gniadek, Kelli Rusnak, Kathleen Conners, Ely Rocha, Kristen Howell, and Claribel Rocha were nominated by Beth Kwiatkowski for the value of INSPIRATION

    Laura Prisby Laura Prisby was nominated by Ailene Shan for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

     

    Lisa Weston (not pictured) was nominated by Ailene Shan for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

     

    Chrissy Keith Chrissy Keith was nominated anonymously for the value of INSPIRATION

     

    Sara Baillie Sara Baillie was nominated by Laura Bingham for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

     

    Connie Kuecher (not pictured) was nominated by Sheila Schedin for the value of RESPECT

     

    Linda Kester and student at Board meeting Linda Kester was nominated by Erin Kanagy for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

     

    Michelle Thorne (not pictured) was nominated by Ashley Bobak and Brittany Feltman for the value of INSPIRATION

     

    Noreen Signorelli (not pictured) was nominated by Diane Grah for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Tori Alvarez (not pictured) was nominated by Saleema Ellis for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Amalia Berchos Amalia Berchos was nominated by the Butzow family for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Sharon Grasman Sharon Grasman was nominated by Lori Donnelly for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Lauren WIllis and Erin Nowak Lauren Willis and Erin Nowak were nominated by Ed Boswell and Lauren Bushwaller for the value of INSPIRATION

     

    Berta Garza Berta Garza was nominated by Danielle Latorre and Ann Czerwonka for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Ashley Bobak Ashley Bobak was nominated by Steve and Carolyn Molinets for the value of RESPECT

     

    Audrey Barc Audrey Barc was nominated by Danielle Latorre and Ann Czerwokna for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

     

    Gabriela Sanfilippo Gabriela Sanfilippo was nominated by Toula Picot for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

     

    Action Items

    The Board approved all agenda items at its regular meeting on June 10.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.

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  • May 13, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 6/5/2019

    May 13, 2019

    Committee of the Whole

     

    Review of New and Revised Board Policies - 1st Reading

    My. Bryk briefly reviewed each of the policies up for first reading.  All policies included minor revisions or changes, except for policy 4:190, which is a new policy that allows the District to create violence prevention teams to oversee building-level threat-assessment teams.  To view all of the policies reviewed at this meeting, visit BoardDocs.

     

    Board Policies Scheduled for 5-year Review - 1st Reading

    A 5-year review is conducted on a regular basis for all Board policies.

     

    Staffing Considerations

    Mr. Hodge discussed the Personnel Committee’s recommendation that the Board considers reducing 7 night helper positions at the building level and one night lead position at District Office, for a total reduction of 8 FTE (full-time equivalent).  The reduction complies with the Illinois Association of School Board Official’s K-12 Cleaning Standards.  It was noted that this reduction already accounted for attrition through retirements and resignations, and that the resolution would be brought forth at the regular meeting.

     

    Consolidated District Plan

    Dr. Zeder provided an overview of the Consolidated District Plan, which must be presented to and approved by the Board of Education each year.  Dr. Zeder noted that the State has determined it will combine all grants for Title Funds to simplify the process of accessing funds for students who require services from multiple grants.  Once the plan is approved, the funds can be accessed by June 1 to begin planning for the 2019-20 school year.

     

    Early Childhood Block Grant

    Mr. Bryk noted that an application for the Early Childhood Block Grant is being prepared by the District.  He mentioned that the District would likely not receive any substantial funding from this grant because of its Tier IV status (Tier I schools receive funding first).  

    Grant Update

    Mr. Bryk updated the Board regarding the status of grant spending for Title Funds as of May 10.  It was noted that the District is on track with spending its available grant funds by the August 31 deadline.  It was noted that a substantial amount of grant money will be used on summer professional development, summer school, and the Extended School Year program.  The District will be within the 15% allowed rollover amount for the next school year.

     

    Apple Device Lease

    It was noted that a proposal to purchase iPads through Apple will be brought forth at the regular meeting.  Mr. Bryk noted that it would cover devices for incoming 1st and 5th grade students, as well as replace outdated staff devices.  This is part of the annual refresh plan, and is necessary to make the purchase at this time to maintain the technology tied to the curriculum for the coming school year.  It was noted that the 1:1 technology plan will be a point of discussion for the Board Advisory Committee to consider in the future. The proposed three-year lease is an estimated $705,000 ($235,000 per year), which will be partially covered by grant funds to help offset costs.

     

    Laserfiche Proposal - Document Management System

    Mr. Bryk provided an overview of a proposal to purchase a laserfiche document management system that would improve the proof of residency process.  The software is similar to the one used by District 230, and provides an opportunity for parents to take photos of their required documents and submit them electronically. Implementation of the laserfiche system would cost $29,195.00, with $4,000 annually thereafter for maintenance and software upgrades, and the use of this system would greatly reduce overtime resulting in a cost savings to the District. In addition to proof of residency, the system would also be used for managing historical student data, approval processes for District request forms, and FOIA requests. The proposal would be brought forth for approval at the regular meeting.

     

    Blackboard Annual Renewal

    Mr. Bryk noted that a contract renewal with Blackboard Inc. will be brought forth for approval at the regular meeting.  Mr. Bryk mentioned that the Blackboard system allows for Director of Communications Jen Obright to communicate in a variety of ways with families.  This annual contract for $27,940.78 will be brought forth for approval at the regular meeting.

     

    Property, Liability & Health Insurance Renewal

    Mr. Bryk mentioned that the recommendation to renew the District’s insurance plans will be brought forth for approval at the June 10 regular meeting, and will include health insurance and commercial insurance.  He noted that this is typically done in May, however, the quotes are currently being finalized.

     

    Request for D135 Permanent Loan to Orland Park History Museum

    Mr. Bryk stated that the District received a request from the Village of Orland Park’s History Museum for a permanent loan of several items that are currently in the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce building at 151st Street and 88th Avenue.  The requested items are a school desk, a pull-down map of Orland Park, a pull-down map of Europe, and framed photos of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The agreement for permanent loan will be brought forth at the June 10 regular meeting.

     

    Committee Selection Process

    The Board stated that a total of 114 applications were received from parents, staff, and community members wanting to serve on Board Advisory Committees.  Ms. Peckham-Dodge noted that Sandy Kulak and Devin Hodge will sit on the selection committee, along with two PFE members, two administrators, and two staff members.  The committee will meet to discuss the screening process, and noted that they may have to divide the applications due to the volume received. The screening would be completed in time to notify the selected applicants before the required June 24 training meeting.

     

    Regular Board of Education Meeting

    Student Performance

    Students from Century Junior High performed selections from the Illinois Grade School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Contest.  Mr. Paul Woodson noted that 1,200 students in grades 4-8 participate in various bands, orchestras, and choirs across the District’s intermediate & junior high levels. A total of 210 students from all three junior high campuses competed in 167 events at the contest, of which 144 solo/ensemble performances earned Division I marks (exceeds standards) with 25 perfect scores; 23 earned Division II marks (meets standards).

    Music students after their performance

    “Gavotte in G Minor” by J.S. Bach was performed by violin soloist Sebastian Rak

    “Caro Mio Ben” from by Giuseppe Giordani was sung by vocalist Ashley Philip

    “Intermezzo” by Forrest Buchtel was performed by alto saxophone soloist Emma Phillips

     

    Student Recognitions

     

    Students and teachers representing D135 at TECH 2019

    Morgan Begley and Ryan Wilkins from High Point, Lucy Hawksworth and Simon Zuckert from Century, and Lucy Simmons and Michael Rainsford from Liberty were recognized for representing the District at the TECH 2019 technology demonstration in Springfield.

    Natalie Galindo and Aleksander Sarnacki

    Natalie Galindo and Aleksander Sarnacki were recognized for their outstanding entries in the 15th Annual Haiku Festival.

     

    Matthew Boll

    Matthew Boll was recognized for earning a 1st place individual medal in the SWIC mathletes competition.

     

    Amey Sharma (NOT PICTURED) was recognized for earning a 1st place individual medal in the SWIC mathletes competition.

    7th Grade Mathletes

    The Orland Junior High 7th grade mathletes were recognized for their 1st place finish in the SWIC mathletes competition.

     

    Staff Recognitions

     

    Michelle Thorne and Kara McFarlin

    Michelle Thorne and Kara McFarlin were recognized for joining the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2019.

     

    A group of educators standing with a student being recognized for an award

    Julie Sullivan, Mark Garrity, Helen Wallis, Renee Gale, Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, Lauren Pammer, Beth Kirkwood, Dr. Brian Horn, Helen Apostolopoulos, Jeff Obradovich, Jennifer Gunderson, and Mary DeBiasio, Century Jr. High Staff, and Diana Jiminez & Tamala Jackson, Sunrise Southwest LLC were nominated by David and Marcie Flores for the values of COMPASSION and RESPECT

     

    Lynn Zeder

    Dr. Lynn Zeder and Renee Burnett (NOT PICTURED) were nominated by Kelly Cantillon for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Karen Cannon-Janettas

    Karen Cannon-Janettas was nominated by Kelly Cantillon for the value of COMPASSION

     

    A group of educators from Jerling Junior High being recognized for an award

    Kevin Brown, Colleen Gavin, Chrissy Keith, Catrina Niven, Christine Henning, Dr. Heather Conrad, Michelle Reynolds, Lisa Killeen, Kevin West, Jen Startz, and Norah Melka were nominated by Kelly Cantillon for the value of COMPASSION

    Karyl Duffy

    Karyl Duffy was nominated anonymously for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Jessica McCahill (NOT PICTURED) was nominated by Jennifer Mase for the value of COMPASSION

    Michelle Spears

    Michelle Spears was nominated by Jennifer Mase for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Cynthia Fowler (NOT PICTURED) was nominated by the Liberty School Staff for the value of COMPASSION

    Connie Kuecher

    Connie Kuecher was nominated by Jill Decker-Doorn for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Stephanie Georgiou (NOT PICTURED) was nominated by Sarah Clay for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Ken Kronberg (NOT PICTURED) was nominated by Nancy Heuser for the value of COMPASSION

     

    Debbie Weber (NOT PICTURED) was nominated by Ailene Shan for the value of COMPASSION

    Park School Staff

    The Park School Staff was nominated by Kimberly Vollan for the value of COMPASSION

    Mary Fox

    Mary Fox was nominated by Liberty School Staff for the value of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

    Dan Surdyk

    Dan Surdyk was nominated by Jennifer Babbington for the value of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

    Katlin Davis

    Katlin Davis was nominated by Ava Simms for the value of INSPIRATION

    Andrea Daly

    Andrea Daly was nominated by Ailene Shan for the value of INSPIRATION

     

    Jeff Koch (NOT PICTURED) was nominated by Laura Bingham for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

    Kathy Crotty

    Kathy Crotty was nominated by Jill Decker-Doorn for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

     

    Special Recognitions - Century Junior High

    John Viano, a representative from the Association of Middle Grade Schools, announced that Century Junior High was recently recognized as a 2019 Illinois Horizon School to Watch.

     

    Antigone Campobasso and Patricia Gonzales of the Illinois Principals Association presented Dr. Brian Horn with the award of 2019 Principal of the Year.

     

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Citizen’s remarks included a request that the Board look into its policy on school fees being paid in order for students to participate in certain 8th-grade activities.  

     

    Public hearing - Intent to sell $3.2M Working Cash Fund Bonds and $6.8M Funding Bonds

    The Board held a public hearing to provide an opportunity for the community to comment on the Board’s intent to sell $3.2M Working Cash Fund Bonds and $6.8M Funding Bonds.  No one provided a comment, and the Board closed the hearing.

     

    Action Items

    The Board approved all agenda items at its regular meeting on May 13.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.

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  • April 29, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 5/9/2019

    April 29, 2019

    Special Board of Education Meeting

    At the Special Board of Education Meeting on April 29th, Board President Laura Berry administered the Oath of Office to new and re-elected Board Members Linda Peckham-Dodge, Tara Schreiber, and Dave Shalabi.

    Board of Education  

     

     

    All agenda items were approved by the Board.  Visit BoardDocs to view the agenda.

     

    Organizational Board Meeting

    At the Organizational Board of Education Meeting on April 29th, the Board conducted its reorganization, including the election of its officers:

    • Linda Peckham-Dodge was elected Board President
    • Michael Maratea was elected Board Vice President
    • Sandy Kulak was elected Board Secretary

     

    In addition, Jill Olson was re-appointed Board Recording Secretary



    Linda Peckham-Dodge noted that the Board members should send in which committees they are interested in serving on, and that those appointments will be finalized at the May 13th Board of Education meeting.

     

    The Board also approved its 2019-2020 meeting schedule. It was noted that a revision to locations will be brought forth at the May 13 regular meeting.  The new schedule has been posted to the web calendar and can also be found on our website.



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  • April 8, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 4/15/2019

    April 8, 2019

    Committee of the Whole

    Summer Projects

    Mr. Bryk discussed two separate bids for roofing upgrades at High Point and Orland Junior High as well as new windows at Park.  He noted that the lowest responsible bids will be presented for approval at the April 8 regular meeting.

     

    Working Cash Abatement

    Mr. Bryk noted that a resolution will be brought forth at the April 8 regular meeting regarding abatement of the working cash fund in the amount of $2,300,000, which consists of $1,600,000 to Capital Projects and $700,000 to Transportation Fund.

     

    Surplus Technology Equipment

    Mr. Bryk outlined the resolution to dispose of surplus technology equipment that will be presented for approval at the regular meeting.  The surplus equipment includes PCs, monitors, printers, and other miscellaneous classroom equipment that is no longer needed for educational purposes.

     

    Debt Refunding and Working Cash Options

    The Board discussed the following debt refunding and working cash options:

    • A $6.8M bond to refinance existing debt, which would cost approximately $39 per year to the average taxpayer; and
    • A new $3.2M bond to assist with the funding of capital projects, such as roofing and HVAC replacement, which would cost an additional $19 per year to the average taxpayer.

    Mr. Hodge suggested that the District should move ahead with the bonds, but use them as a driving force for additional cost-saving measures. Mr. Hodge noted he would like to see the bonds and the cost-cutting to occur simultaneously.  Dr. Berry noted that, while this doesn’t eliminate a need for cuts, the bonds will put the District in a much more favorable position with regards to fund balance. The Board agreed that they would like to move forward with the refinancing as well as the new bond to help pay for upcoming capital projects.

     

    Student Data

    Mrs. Nichols presented student NWEA MAP testing data from the general student population and several subgroups.  She noted that students across the District are meeting or exceeding their expected growth targets. Mrs. Nichols also showed that students receiving resource services and students in the English Learner (EL) program exceeded the growth of the general student group in several grades.  Mrs. Nichols explained that the third-grade scores tend to dip in reading as they make the transition to intermediate school, and Dr. Berry noted that she would expect next year’s third-graders to be less affected by this transition because they are the first full day kindergarten class.  Dr. Berry explained that these scores show that our children are becoming college and career ready, and that preparation begins in kindergarten. She stated that the children in this District have outstanding teachers and administrators and that the data demonstrate that preparation. Mrs. Nichols noted that junior high EL scores are often lower because those students are typically new to the district and have not previously received services; however, our junior high EL students are performing very well on the MAP test.  

     

    Committee Development

    The Board discussed the development of Board Advisory Committees.  The discussion began with reading through the draft application. It was suggested to make the deadline for completing the application Sunday, May 12 (the day before the next Board of Education meeting).  The Board also discussed making the rubric available when the application is posted. The Board agreed that an applicant must agree to the last three questions on the application in order to qualify for a seat on any committee.  Those questions include: accepting that the role of a committee member is advisory; that if selected, they will complete the required training; and that the term of a committee member is two years (and that they are limited to serving two consecutive terms). The Board also discussed the selection committee, noting that it would consist of Board members, staff members, and parents and that applicants would be selected with the help of the PFE.  The Board also directed the administration to add information to the application so that applicants understand how much time they are committing to when they agree to serve on a committee. The application is to be posted no later than April 15th and will be shared out via all communication channels so everyone has the opportunity to view and complete the application.

     

    Staffing Considerations

    Mr. Hodge stated that the personnel committee had met with District Office administrators twice since the last meeting to discuss the staffing considerations that were tabled at the March 11 meeting.  He noted that several positions were too complex to investigate in that amount of time; such positions that fell into that category are being removed from consideration for now, but these will be discussed in Board Advisory Committees at a later time.  Several positions were brought forth for discussion. It was determined that the District would cut its courier position and honorably release all first-year paraprofessionals, as well as one maintenance position through attrition. The Board also noted that they would not replace an instructional technology coach, resulting in additional cost savings.  Additional discussion took place regarding the following positions:

    • Team Leaders:  Mr. Maratea expressed his desire for team leaders to remain intact because they affect students in the classroom.  It was determined that team leaders should be equitable across the District and that this would take additional discussion, so team leaders would not be cut at this time.
    • Residency Investigator:  The Board noted that the residency investigator was put into place to stop families who do not pay taxes in Orland from registering in the District and that it has been extremely successful so far.  The Board expressed a desire to determine, if possible, how much money was saved by not allowing these students to attend school in the District, noting that they did not want to make a decision at this time regarding this position.
    • Director of Safety and Risk Management:  Mr. Okon recommended that the Board not cut this position given how important school safety is.  The Board decided to look at this position in greater detail at a later time.
    • District Technology Specialist: Mr. Bohula noted that the technology department has been continuing to cut overtime hours for staff, and expressed his desire to continue cutting overtime costs without losing a staff member, to which the Board agreed.
    • ELL Coordinator:  The Board discussed the potential of reducing the ELL coordinator and having the assistant director of curriculum absorb those duties. Upon discussion, the Board decided that this position also needed further discussion and would not be voted on at its regular meeting.

     

    Mrs. Peckham-Dodge briefly outlined options for revenue, including modifying the paid bus rider system (which would create a first-come, first-serve program rather than creating new routes for paid riders), applying for the National School Lunch Program, and participation fees.  She noted that some of these will be either discussed at a later date or will be examined by a Board Advisory Committee.

    Dr. Berry summarized the conversation, noting that a vote will be brought forth to reduce the courier position, reduce one maintenance position and one instructional technology coach through attrition, and to release first-year paraprofessionals.

     

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Citizen’s Remarks included a desire for remarks to be returned to the beginning of the meeting to serve as a driving force for the discussion, favorable discussion regarding the debt restructuring as long as cuts are still being made, and a request that the Board discusses cutting the safety and residency positions again.




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    Board of Education Meeting

    Student Presentation

    Students performing Rock of Ages at Jerling Junior High

    Several Jerling Junior High students presented a piece from their upcoming school musical “Rock of Ages.”

     

    Recognitions

    Student Recognitions

    Jacob Maida

    Jacob Maida, 6th grader at Century Junior High, was recognized for receiving a 2019 Outstanding Student Technology Award from the Infinitec Southwest Assistive Technology Coalition.  

     

    CJH Girls Volleyball Team

    The Century Junior High girls volleyball team was recognized for placing 1st in the  SWIC conference and tournament.

    Carson Banker

    Jerling Junior High student Carson Banker was recognized for taking home a 1st place individual medal in the mathletes competition.

     

    (NOT PICTURED): The Century Junior High boys basketball team was recognized for placing 1st in the SWIC tournament.

     

    AAUW Women's History Month Writing Contest Winners

    The following students were recognized for 

    their winning entries in the Women's History Month Writing Contest, sponsored by Palos-Orland Area AAUW:

    • Katelynn Cabrera
    • Jackson Canellis
    • Ilija Erkapic
    • Karyn Galindo
    • Emmanuel Jimoh
    • Delaney May  
    • Finn Rafferty
    • Gavin Vahl

     

    Community Spirit Award

    Orland Park Public Library Youth Services

    The Orland Park Public Library Youth Services Department was nominated by the 5th-grade team at High Point School for a Community Spirit Award.

     

    Staff Recognitions (ABCDE Awards)

    Gary Gow

    Gary Gow was nominated for the value of COMPASSION by Lauren Billo.

    (NOT PICTURED): Ken Kronberg was nominated for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT by the 2nd-grade team at Center School and Mary Ellen Delia.

    Angie Ogean

    Angie Ogean was nominated anonymously for the value of INSPIRATION.

    Jeff Nightingale

    Jeff Nightingale was nominated for the value of COMPASSION by Beth Eliadis.

    (NOT PICTURED): Katlin Davis was nominated for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT by Cathy and Mauro Franzese.

    Mark Garrity

    Mark Garrity was nominated for the value of INSPIRATION by Kim Guiliano.

    Lynn Duehr

    Lynn Duehr was nominated for the value of COMPASSION by the 5th-grade team at High Point.

    Kathy McNicholas

    Kathy McNicholas was nominated for the value of INSPIRATION by the 5th-grade team at High Point.

    Debbie Siegel

    Debbie Diegel was nominated for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT by the 5th-grade team at High Point.

    Maureen Bober

    Maureen Bober was nominated for the value of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION by the 5th-grade team at High Point.

    Nancy Watt

    Nancy Watt was nominated for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT by the 5th-grade team at High Point.

    Elise Kroll

    Elise Kroll was nominated for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT by the 5th-grade team at High Point.

    Cheryl Burns

    Cheryl Burns was nominated for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT by the 5th-grade team at High Point.

    Lindsay Zilly

    Lindsay Zilly was nominated for the value of INSPIRATION by Brenda Feltman.

     

    Citizen’s remarks

    Citizen’s remarks included a request to hire a 10th media specialist so each school has their own, a request to look into current grant money expenditures and the possibility of applying for more, and an interest in applying for the National School Lunch Program.  Additionally, citizen’s remarks included a request to maintain and expand on walking math for honors students, an inquiry about the transportation budget, and a request to the Board to clarify budget numbers for the public so they can better understand the District’s financial situation.

     

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    The Board approved all agenda items for the regular meeting on April 8, 2019.   To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.





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  • March 11, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 4/1/2019

    March 11, 2019

    Committee of the Whole

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Mr. Maratea moved to place the citizen’s remarks agenda item at the end of the meeting.  The motion was approved 6-0 (Mr. Okon was absent).

     

    Advisory Committees

    Dr. Berry provided a brief description of the purpose of Board Advisory Committees.  The Board discussed possible options for advisory committees, that included finance, communications/transparency, teaching and learning, operations, and special education programs.  The Board also discussed communication vehicles to solicit interested community members, which included text/email blasts, website postings, social media, and traditional news media.  

    It was noted that an application process would be put in place for selection of committee members, which would be available online and in a paper format.   The Board suggested partnering with the Parents for Education (PFE) organization to help solicit and select committee members. It was determined that an application would be developed for the Board’s review and that the committees would be discussed further once the new Board is seated on April 29th.

    The Board discussed general training of Open Meetings Act guidelines that would need to be put in place for committee members, and that options for training would be discussed at a later time.


    PTAB History & Resolution

    Mr. Bryk asked for the Board’s consideration to authorize the Board attorneys, Klein Thorpe and Jenkins, ltd., to act on behalf of the Board in regards to all PTAB matters for tax years 2017-2019.  A brief overview of PTAB refunds was provided, indicating an overall amount of $10,345,215 in real estate refunds received by the District between 2010 - 2017.

     

    Live Streaming/Video Recording Board Meetings

    The Board discussed the possibility of video recording or live streaming their meetings, mentioning that the March 11 meeting was being live streamed at the time.  The Board agreed that, although minor technical difficulties may surface, as they do with any new technology, it would move forward with a live stream and recorded video of its open meetings.

     

    RFP - Surplus Maintenance Vehicle

    Dr. Skogsberg reported that one of the maintenance department vehicles, a 2005 Chevrolet box truck, is recommended for disposal via sale since it is no longer feasible to maintain in-house.  It was noted that an RFP would be more cost-effective than continuing to care for the vehicle, so a resolution would be presented for the Board to approve at the regular meeting.

     

    Support Staff Contract

    Dr. Skogsberg congratulated the negotiations team on their efforts to reach an agreement on the new support staff contract.  It was noted that the union had voted to approve the proposed contract and that the Board would need to ratify the contract during the regular meeting.

     

    Financial and Staffing Planning for the 2019-2020 School Year

    The Board discussed a number of possible reductions in staffing and programming as well as opportunities to create additional revenue for the District.  The list of items brought forth for consideration can be found on BoardDocs.

    Concerns were raised by the Board regarding adequate time to review the recommendations and thoroughly understand job responsibilities prior to making any decisions on specific positions.  The Board decided that they would vote to approve cutting district-sponsored field trips and use of fleet vehicles at the regular meeting this month, and will bring the other items for consideration at the April 8 Committee of the Whole meeting.

     

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Several citizens addressed the Board with concerns regarding the financial and staffing plan, which included concerns about the cuts proposed on the March 11 agenda and their impact on student programs.  Concerns were also raised regarding hiring processes and District leadership. Suggestions were provided for the Board to consider moving forward.

     

    Board of Education Meeting

    The Board approved all agenda items for the regular meeting on March 11, 2019.  The staffing and financial plan was amended to only include fleet vehicle usage and district-sponsored field trips.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.

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  • February 25, 2019

    Posted by Jennifer Obright on 3/8/2019

    February 25, 2019

    Committee of the Whole:

    Citizen's Remarks:

    During citizen's remarks, a large number of community members and District stakeholders expressed their concerns regarding the financial and staffing plan that had been approved at the Board's February 11th meeting.  A list of those concerns and solutions/responses has been compiled and can be found by clicking here.

    The February 25th meeting was recorded, and a link to that recording can be found on BoardDocs.

     

     Special Board of Education Meeting:

    The Board of Education approved in a 6-0 vote to rescind the financial and staffing plan that had previously been approved.  

     

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