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  • March 9, 2020

    Posted by Administrator on 3/25/2020

    Committee of the Whole

     

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Citizen’s remarks included concern over the Board approving Eid as a non-attendance day for students as well as comments on personnel matters.

    Board Reports - Advisory Committees

    Policy & Personnel: The Committee is awaiting recommendations from a special education and instructional technology committee regarding staffing.  They discussed progress with the hiring process as well. The Committee updated the public on bus safety and stated that the third camera that has been placed on all buses facing the driver has been installed on all routes.  A decision was made to continue requiring proof of residency each year. Additionally, it was noted that a definitive procedure for lunchtime visitors was not decided on; however, the Committee feels that each school should have the same procedure and accompanying enforcement across the District.

    Teaching & Learning: The Committee provided an update on the social studies curriculum pilot and stated that teachers are close to deciding which they’d like to proceed with at all levels.  Dr. Snyder is working with the building principals to roll out the National Junior Honor Society and getting students involved quickly. The Committee also looked into available learning space and explored which buildings may have room for additions or trailers if needed.  The final topic of discussion for the Committee was whether or not the District should begin charging early childhood families on a tuition basis instead of providing that service for free since it may be necessary to build space for the program in the future.

    Finance & Operations: The Committee evaluated health insurance consultants, noting that they identified one that emphasizes health and wellbeing of employees.  This consultant group also provided analytics that would point toward enhancing benefits and reducing costs. The Committee also discussed transportation, recommending that the District move forward with a one-year extension of contract for regular education busing from American School Bus Company (ABC).  ABC is currently working on a bus tracking app for parents as well as GPS systems on all buses and especially for substitutes driving routes for the first time. The Committee noted that the District could not come to an agreement with Sunrise for special education transportation, so the District will go out to bid for that contract.  The Committee also noted that several large summer projects are coming up at many different buildings, including: replacing playgrounds, physical education lockers, roof and HVAC replacements, brickwork, refinishing gym floors, replacing windows, and configuring soccer fields. The Committee mentioned that the before-and-after school care program had been notified that the District was likely terminating their contract in December due to a violation of the terms of that contract, and that options are being explored for a new program offering this service.  The Committee discussed additional cleaning and sanitizing measures being taken at all buildings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as new procedures for students. The new procedures include switching lunch to before recess and encouraging hand washing throughout the day. It was noted that families will be asked to disclose any international travel plans, and the appropriate course of action will be taken in order to keep buildings safe and clean.

     

    Loan to History Museum

    The Orland Park History Museum would like the Board to loan items uncovered from the basement of the administration center for display.  Since District 135 second grade students visit the museum as part of the curriculum, the administration recommends that the Board approve these items for loan.  Items include a teacher’s contract and attendance records. 

     

    Board Meeting Schedule

    The draft Board meeting schedule for the 2020-2021 school year will be approved at next month’s Board of Education meeting.  Next year, the proposed calendar includes meetings at eight school locations so the Board can see more schools in a year. Typically, the Board has held meetings at five school buildings.

     

    Board Policies

    The only change to Board policy 5:220, Substitute Teachers, was to a legal reference.  The policy will be brought forth for a 2nd reading & re-adoption in April. To see the list of Board policies, visit BoardDocs.

     

    Board of Education Meeting

    Recognitions

    Student Recognitions

     Ting Dauber and Haden Toenjes

    Ting Dauber and Haden Toenjes, two fifth grade students, were recognized for having their art works selected to be featured in the Illinois Art Education Magazine, called the Mosaic!  The artwork will be featured alongside a lesson created by Eryn Blaser, art teacher at Meadow Ridge, based on a local contemporary artist.

    Staff Recognitions

    Sara Kash

    Sara Kash was nominated by Monica Socih for the value of COMPASSION.

    Kris Conway

    Kris Conway was nominated by Monica Soich for the value of Effective Communication.

    Julie Rein

    Julie Rein was nominated by Sue Kashkeesh-Al Kaki for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT.

    Brian Dugan (NOT PICTURED) was nominated by the Orland Junior High 7th Grade Team for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT.

    Marilyn Bucci

    Marilyn Bucci was nominated by Valerie Plotke for the value of COMPASSION.

    Early Childhood Team

    Sue Battistoni, Sandy Mars, Marie Polit, Sara Outlaw, Sireen Bamieh, Denise Nelson, Anne George, Jackie Kitchen, Stephanie Anderson, Jaime Nystrom and Kelli Rusnak were nominated by Amy Burke for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT.

    Christina Kmetty

    Christina Kmetty was nominated by 'Ms. Kmetty's Super Fans' for the value of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.

    Molly McLoughlin

    Molly McLoughlin was nominated by Sean Simmons for the value of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.

    Brittany Feltman

    Brittany Feltman was nominated by Jill Decker-Doorn for the value of COMPASSION.

    Tiana Cigrand (NOT PICTURED) was nominated anonymously for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT.

    Lisa Kileen

    Lisa Kileen was nominated anonymously for the value of COMPASSION.

    Patti Kester

    Patti Kester was nominated by Connie Keucher, Lois Boele, and Sheila Schedin for the values of INSPIRATION and COMPASSION.

    Mary Charles

    Mary Charles was nominated anonymously for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT.

     

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Citizen’s remarks included an inquiry into a plan for continuing to provide after school care for District families as well as a comment on personnel matters, and concern over the Board approving Eid as a non-attendance day for students.

    Superintendent’s Report

    March 2020: Student Art Display at Orland Park Public Library: A display of student artwork would be at the Orland Park Public Library during the month of March.  Students in grades K-8 will be featured in the display.

    April 6, 2020: Parent Night - Anxiety & the School-Aged Child:  The District will be hosting a parent information session on anxiety at Meadow Ridge on April 6th.  The speaker will provide parents with guidance on managing their child’s anxiety.

    FOIA Requests: There were two (2) FOIA requests received this past month. One request has been answered, and the other was in process. (It has been completed to date - but this is what was reported at the meeting.)

     

    Revised Board Policies

    To view a list of revised Board policies, visit BoardDocs.

     

    Action Items

    All action items were approved at the March 9 Board of Education meeting.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.




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  • February 10, 2020

    Posted by Administrator on 2/27/2020

    February 10, 2020

    Committee of the Whole

    Board Advisory Committee Updates

    Finance & Operations: The Committee discussed transportation contracts.  It was noted that Sunrise Southwest, who provides special education transportation, has come down significantly in their proposal for next year, and negotiations with American School Bus Company (ABC) are also going well for regular education transportation services.  It is expected that the District will renew with both companies next year. The Committee also discussed solutions to the paid rider fees so that the District no longer loses money on this program. The Committee recommended an increase of $80 per year for the next three years for Board approval to close this gap.  The Committee noted that the vape detectors had been installed in each of the three junior highs, and are operating properly. Additional discussion included the cost for a personality test for new hires (it was mentioned that the validity of this test is not sufficient), exploring a new health insurance broker, and a continuation of the pension shift discussion in Springfield.

     

    Technology:  The Technology Committee previewed the new online proof of residency submission system at their January meeting.  It also held a discussion about e-Learning days, noting that it would be very difficult to successfully utilize this option at an elementary district level - most districts that currently have them in place are high school level.  The technology director from District 230 also attended the committee meeting to answer questions regarding students transitioning into high school, stating that District 135 students have shown that they are well prepared for their freshman year. 

    Administrative Report - Assessment Update

    Curriculum Director David Snyder and Asst. Director Jennifer Nichols presented the Winter assessment updates, noting that District 135 students did very well on their MAP scores from fall to winter.  Last year, all students met their growth expectations in reading and exceeded those expectations in math, and this year all students exceeded in both reading and math.  

     

    Proof of Residency Demonstration

    Eric Simms provided a demonstration of how the new online proof of residency system will work.  Beginning March 3, returning parents will receive an email with directions on how to submit their documents online, which can be done from a mobile device or a computer.  If the documents are denied, parents will receive an email with instructions on how to correct it.

    Proof of Residency Requirement

    The Board discussed consideration to change the proof of residency requirement.  Currently, families must prove residency each year, but it was proposed that the District require proof of residency initially upon entering the District and then when the student changes school buildings or if the family should move.  The Board expressed a desire to have the advisory committees discuss this proposal and directed the administration to prepare a cost comparison for the proof of residency process last year versus what the cost will be this year with the new online residency system.

     

    Proposed School Calendar 20-21

    John Bryk noted that the only change to the proposed calendar is the addition of a non-attendance day on Eid, May 13, 2021.  The proposed calendar was presented for Board adoption during the February 10 regular meeting.

     

    Paid Rider Fees

    The Board revisited its earlier discussion regarding paid rider fees, noting a desire to reduce the deficit caused by this program.  It was stated that many families rely on this program, so the Board does not want to eliminate it, but feels the proposed $80 increase per year is a viable option. A recommendation would be brought forth for Board approval during the regular meeting.

    Policies

    The Board conducted its 1st reading of three revised policies. These policies will be presented for 2nd reading and possible adoption at the March 9 regular meeting.  To view the policies, visit BoardDocs.

    Regular Board of Education Meeting

     

    Recognitions

    Community Spirit Awards

    Crossing guards posing for a photo at the Board meeting

    In honor of National School Crossing Guard week, the Board of Education recognized the following school crossing guards with Community Spirit Awards: Pat Kuszmaul, Peggy Wojcik, Kim Kuchan, Mary Lou Nimtz, Martha Teresiak, Myron Potocki, and Martha Serna.

    Student Recognitions

    The Century Junior High 8th grade girls basketball team (not pictured) was recognized for taking first place in the SWIC conference and tournament this year.

    CJH Boys VBall representative

    The Century Junior High 8th grade boys volleyball team was nominated for taking first place in the SWIC tournament this year.

     

    ABCDE Awards

    Lori Haskett

    Lori Haskett was nominated by Steve Ruppert for the value of INSPIRATION.

    Leanne Brown

    Leanne Brown was nominated by Ann Czerwonka for the value of COMPASSION.

    Paul Foertsch (not pictured) was nominated by the Liberty School Staff for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT.

    Ekram Jaber

    Ekram Jaber was nominated by Lori Napoli for the value of INSPIRATION.

    Sandy Guendling

    Sandy Guendling was nominated anonymously for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT.

    Megan Schuster

    Megan Schuster was nominated by Carly Reilly for the value of INSPIRATION.

    Katlin Davis

    Katlin Davis was nominated by Saoirse Redmond for the value of INSPIRATION.

    Jill Zajicek

    Jill Zajicek was nominated by Eileen Swieboda for the value of COMPASSION.

    Kim Moriarty (not pictured) was nominated by Rebecca Hess for the value of COMPASSION.

    Samantha Dziadkowiec

    Samantha Dziadkowiec was nominated by Aisha Zayyad for the value of INSPIRATION.

    Bridget Carstensen

    Bridget Carstensen was nominated by Eric Schilling for the value of RESPECT.

    Daniel Prorok

    Daniel Prorok was nominated by Mustapha Obeid for the value of COMPASSION.

    Candace Scarpelli

    Candace Scarpelli was nominated by the Kelley family for the value of COMPASSION.

    Bridget Duckhorn

    Bridget Duckhorn was nominated by Jessica Palmer for the value of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.

    Meredith Rucinski

    Meredith Rucinski was nominated by Jessica Palmer for the value of COMPASSION.

    Carrie Forystek

    Carrie Forystek was nominated by Lori Brosnan for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT.

    Jeff Nightingale

    Jeff Nightingale was nominated by Aisha Zayyad for the value of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.

    Eric Kivi

    Erik Kivi was nominated by Irina Sfinaciuc for the value of INSPIRATION.

    Angie Ogean

    Angie Ogean was nominated by Jennifer Schanz for the value of INSPIRATION.

     

    Moment of Silence

    A moment of silence was held for Evelyn Thomas, Early Childhood student at Park School, who passed away on January 23, 2020.

    Superintendent’s Report

    Kindergarten Registration: Kindergarten registration begins on February 11th and each of the primary schools will be open to accept proof of residency from 9 AM to 1 PM.

     

    Donation to OJH library: Libby Hall, a retired District 135 educator, makes a yearly donation to the Orland Junior High School library.  The Board was asked to accept this donation during the regular meeting.

    Featured Authors: The Orland Park Public Library (OPPL) is host to a featured authors exhibit.  This month, writings from junior high authors in District 135 will be hung up in the children’s section at the OPPL.

    FOIA requests: One FOIA request was received and answered.

     

    2nd Reading of Revised Board Policies

    A 2nd reading of revised policies took place.  To view the policies, visit BoardDocs.

    Action Items

    All action items were approved at the February 10 Board of Education meeting.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.

     

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  • January 13, 2020

    Posted by Administrator on 1/29/2020

    BoardBlog - January 13, 2020

     

    Committee of the Whole

    Citizen’s Remarks

    A student addressed the Board regarding the school calendar, inquiring about the possibility of making the Muslim holiday of Eid a non-attendance day to better serve the growing population of students who celebrate the holiday in the District 135 Community.

     

    Board Reports

    Communications Advisory Committee: The committee finalized the questions for an upcoming communication survey, which will be sent out on February 3rd and will accept responses until February 14th.  They also reviewed a teacher recruitment package, continued discussion regarding the possibility of adding a frequently asked questions page to the website and discussed the next episode of 135 Points of Pride.  The committee also reviewed communications procedures in specific situations, such as crises and event notifications.

     

    Finance & Operations Committee: The Committee received an audit review from a representative of Sikich, LLC. The District was noted as having transparent financial reporting and for achieving the highest level of financial recognition, as well as a healthy fund balance. Transportation options for special education services were discussed, and the Committee will continue deliberations on the matter. It was noted that student fees will not be raised; further discussion will be held regarding the paid bus rider fee. In addition, the Committee discussed the implementation of vaping detectors in the junior high schools, as well as areas of improvement for custodial services. The next meeting will be held on February 5 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room.

     

    Policy & Personnel Committee: The Committee discussed lunch visitation concerns in relation to Policy 8:30, noting the data was insufficient/anecdotal. A survey will be conducted for parents to weigh in on the lunch visitation procedure. Survey TBD. The Committee also reviewed special education services, as well as the Tech Department evaluation of hardware/software applications and tech skill sets. Discussion included the evaluation of human resource processes. An outside firm has been selected to conduct the evaluation. Upcoming discussions include pick-up/drop-off procedural changes to help reduce traffic/bus congestion. The next Committee meeting is February 12 at 6 p.m. in the Learning Center. 

     

    2020-2021 School Calendar

    Mr. Bryk discussed the results of the survey, noting that the staff and parents who participated would prefer a start date of August 26th, so the Board would plan to move forward with the draft calendar that reflects such.  Mr. Bryk also noted that, due to a student’s request during citizen’s remarks, he would recommend the Board review the possibility of making Eid a non-attendance day. The Board agreed to hold off on placing the calendar for 30-day display until the matter could be reviewed.

    Custodial Cleaning Services

    Mr. Hansen noted that the District exceeds all State requirements for cleaning and maintaining school buildings.  Student desks are being cleaned daily when possible, noting desks in Kindergarten and self-contained classrooms, as well as student desks that require cleaning according to their IEP are cleaned daily.  It was clarified that five out of the seven primary and intermediate buildings have all desks cleaned daily already, and they are working toward that goal with the other two buildings. Mr. Hansen and his staff have placed hand sanitizer pumps in classrooms and hallways at several buildings to promote cleanliness and noted that there has not been an increase in sick days taken by staff or students this school year.  

    Review of New & Revised Policies - 1st Reading

    The Board reviewed several policies reflecting the latest legislative updates.  These policies will be brought forth for a second reading and final approval at the February 10th regular meeting.  To review these policies, visit BoardDocs.

    Regular Board of Education Meeting

    Student Presentation

    Student holding microphone reading from paper

    Students presenting at the board meeting 5th Grade student ambassadors from Liberty School presented on a project they put together using green screen technology for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Student Recognition

    Pe'Tehn Jackson posing with administration, her teacher, and the Board Pe’Tehn Jackson performed a poem titled Affirmations that her parents wrote for her and that her family has since published.   The Board recognized Pe’Tehn for her outstanding performance. Each member of the Board received a copy of the published book.

    Superintendent Announcement

    New superintendent John Bryk posing with the Board

    The Board of Education announced that, following a long and involved candidate screening process, Mr. John Bryk has been selected as the next Superintendent for Orland School District 135.  Ms. Peckham-Dodge noted that the District received 55 applicants and that the Board and the community were involved in the thorough process. To view the official announcement, visit the District website.

    Vaping Parent Information Session

    Mr. Bryk reminded the Board that the District would be hosting a presentation on vaping at Meadow Ridge School on Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30 PM.

     

    Action Items

    All action items on the January 13, 2020 agenda were approved by the Board.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.

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  • December 16, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 1/6/2020

    BoardBlog - December 16, 2019

    Committee of the Whole

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Citizen’s remarks included comments regarding student desks not being cleaned nightly, as well as gaps in hiring procedures and monitoring of vendors in relation to the incident at Center School in November.

     

    Superintendent Search Process

    The search process for our next superintendent continues.  No action is anticipated until the January 13 regular Board of Education meeting.

     

    Committee Updates

    Teaching & Learning Advisory Committee: The committee spent time in Park and Century to explore over-and-under-used space in District buildings.  They have examined comparable schools in regards to class sizes and will continue to review options to relieve space issues in the future. The committee also examined junior high special courses and would like to consider the opportunity for students to choose their special courses.  Due to the timing of this discussion, all courses would remain the same for the 2020-2021 school year.  

     

    Technology Advisory Committee:  The technology committee reviewed technology use in the classroom and examined time limits for types of use.  It was noted that these guidelines have been posted on the website. The committee also discussed technology help desk tickets, noting that the response time has been cut in half since the system was put into place two years ago.  They also discussed selling devices no longer in use by the district. The committee also reviewed the first episode of 135 Points of Pride and had a positive conversation about the 6th-grade digital literacy course.

     

    Communications Advisory Committee:  The communications committee reviewed the timeline and potential questions for the upcoming communications survey, and noted that a final draft would be reviewed at the next meeting.  The committee also viewed the first episode of 135 Points of Pride and provided positive feedback and suggestions for future episodes.  

     

    Finance & Operations Advisory Committee:  The committee discussed the National School Lunch Program trial and reviewed comments and feedback, noting that the cost savings would not be worth implementing this program.  A representative from the bus company presented on an app that will provide bus locations, as well as the possibility of bus drivers using GPS instead of the current paper system.  It was noted that the special education transportation contract is up, and that there was a proposed price increase for next year, and that the committee would continue discussions regarding that contract.  The committee will begin discussions on how to close the budget deficit at their next meeting.

     

    Policy/Personnel Advisory Committee: The committee reviewed current student enrollment and discussed the superintendent search process.  They also continued discussion regarding the visitors to school policy (which includes parent lunch visits) - no consensus has been reached yet on this matter.  The committee also had a good discussion about the alcohol and drug free policy, recommending that the new verbiage from PRESS be included in the updated policy.

     

    Parent-teacher Conference Survey

    There were 975 responses to the parent-teacher conference survey this year, and that feedback will help the District to address concerns and improve the conference experience for next school year.  It was noted that there was positive feedback from parents regarding the reorganization of junior high conferences.

    2020-2021 School Calendar

    The proposed calendar for the 2020-2021 school year was discussed.  It was noted that the calendar includes two institute days at the start of the school year to allow for more preparation time before students arrive.  Additionally, the proposed calendar includes a non-attendance day on election day in November to address security concerns since several District buildings serve as polling locations.  The Board requested feedback from staff and parents regarding the start date on the proposed calendar, noting that the current draft calendar reflects August 19 as a start date (which is the day District 230 would start as well).  A survey would be sent to parents and staff asking them to choose between two start dates, and the results would be available at the January 13 meeting. It was mentioned that, although the start date may change, spring and winter breaks would remain the same.

     

    School Improvement Work Plan

    Orland Junior High is in the second year of its work plan.  This year’s plan will reflect a continuation of the goals set forth by last year’s plan.  The Illinois Quality Framework Rubric results provided a guide for the school improvement team to write up the plan, which must be approved by the Board by December 30.  It was noted that OJH improved their summative designation from ‘Underperforming’ to ‘Commendable’ in the past year.

     

    Property Tax Relief Grant Application FY 2020

    The application for the Property Tax Relief Grant was submitted; however, the $54 million in grant relief dollars are distributed to the first 50 schools on the list, so it is unlikely that the District will receive money from this grant.

     

    Tax Abatement Resolution

    Mr. Bryk provided an overview of the Tax Abatement Resolution, which is related to the Von Maur Intergovernmental Agreement. The Resolution will be brought before the Board for approval during the regular meeting.

     

    Disposal of Surplus Property

    A Resolution to authorize the disposal of obsolete computers and other classroom technology equipment will be brought forth for recommended Board approval during the regular meeting.

     

    Medicaid Billing Services

    Mr. Bryk reported that a contract to renew Medicaid billing services with R&G Consultants will be brought forth for recommended Board approval during the regular meeting. R&G Consultants, a Third Party Administrator (TPA), has provided Medicaid fund services to the District for many years. 

     

    Worker’s Comp Renewal

    Mr. Bryk discussed the bid process, noting two bids were received, with Mesirow Financial providing the lowest responsible bid. There is a 4.5% increase from last year’s rates due to an increase in claims. Recommended approval will be brought forth during the regular meeting.

     

    Review of New & Revised Board Policies

    Ms. Owens noted that several updates to Board policies required the Board to answer some questions prior to final approval.  The updates to these policies were discussed and the Board came to a consensus on all questions posed by Ms. Owens, with further discussion to take place during January’s 2nd reading regarding the administration of Glucagon to students with low blood sugar.  Among the policies discussed were an update to an employment policy regarding recreational cannabis, and a policy addressing visitors on school property. The policies will be brought forth for a second reading and readoption at the January meeting. To view the list of policies, visit BoardDocs.



    Regular Board of Education Meeting

    Park School Students

    Park School students presented on the concept of growth mindset and shared things that they are able to do now because they believed in themselves.

    Recognitions

    ABCDE Awards

    Edward Boswell  Edward Boswell was nominated by Alicia Gonzales for the value of COMPASSION.

    Tim Kantor Tim Kantor was nominated by Cathy and Mauro Franzese for the value of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.

    Tracy Polcyn (Not Pictured) was nominated by Melissa Dolle for the value of OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT.

    Helen Apostopoulous (Not Pictured) was nominated by Sheila Schedin for the value of COMPASSION.

    Sidney White Sydney White was nominated by Nikki Naroleski for the value of COMPASSION.

     

    Statement and Board Discussion

    A statement was provided regarding an incident at Center School, noting that the District took immediate action and partnered with the Orland Park Police Department and the Department of Child & Family Services to address the incident.  The District made immediate plans to have a District staff member monitor before-and-after-school programs to ensure the safety of our students. The Board discussed the possibility of hiring a firm to explore additional steps that could be taken to improve the District’s hiring process and noted their interest in adding a personality inventory when screening potential employees.

     

    Citizen’s Remarks

    Citizen's remarks included a discussion of additional training measures for staff to identify and prevent incidents as well as a statement from Champions regarding safety and supervision updates.

     

    Moment of Silence

    A moment of silence was held for Margaret “Rone” Leja, a St. Michael School teacher who was tragically killed earlier this month.

    IAR Student Data

    Student group data from the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) was shared with the board.  Students receiving special education services, students receiving English Learners (EL) services, and low-income students all showed growth from 2018 to 2019 at both the intermediate and junior high levels.  

    December 20th: Early Dismissal

    It was noted that Friday, December 20 is an early dismissal day.  Students in grades K-5 will be released at 12PM and students in grades 6-8 will be released at 12:45 PM.  There will be no school for early childhood and pre-k students.

    Giving Tree Donation

    The Aileen S. Andrew foundation gives annually to Century Junior High’s Giving Tree.  The donation will be brought forth for approval during this meeting.

    January 14th Parent Info Night - Vaping

    Mr. Bryk highlighted an upcoming parent information night on vaping.  A presenter from the Robert Crown Center will provide information on the dangers of vaping and review common questions.  Mr. Bryk also noted that the District is exploring the possibility of installing vaping sensors at the junior high buildings that would notify administrators upon detection. This topic will be added to the January 8 Finance/Operations Board Advisory Committee agenda.

    Action Items

    All action items on the agenda were approved.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.

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  • November 11, 2019

    Posted by Administrator on 12/10/2019

    BoardBlog - November 11, 2019

     

    *There was no Committee of the Whole on November 11, 2019

    Regular Board of Education Meeting

    Closed Session

    The Board went into closed session to review candidates for the superintendent position.  

    Return to Open Session

    The Board returned to open session at 7 PM.  

    A moment of silence was held for Adrian Hernandez, a 2019 Orland Jr. High graduate, who passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019, and for Robert “Bob” Scherzinger, night lead at Jerling Jr. High, who passed away on November 5, 2019.

    Student Presentation

    Students performing at the board meeting

    In honor of Veterans Day, students from Center School performed patriotic songs.

     

    Recognitions

    Student Recognitions

    Student spellers being recognized at a board of education meeting

    The following students were recognized for their outstanding performance at the 41st Annual Orland Open Spelling Bee: Eli Herrera, Novak Jagaria, Nikola Jagaria, Jack Kanagy, Emma Kanagy, Zyad Mahdi, Isla Moore, Aesha Patel, Ben Phillips, and Shukri Saada.

     

    Meadow Ridge students recognized at the board of education meeting

    The following Meadow Ridge students were recognized for organizing a bake sale that raised over $500 toward a new bottle filling station for their school: Adrienne Maynard, Julia Humilier, Makenna Wohlberg, Kaitlyn Marks, Caitlin Reiter, and Despina Karanastasis.

     

    Jerling junior high boys and girls cross country teams being recognized at the board of education meeting

    The Board recognized the Jerling Junior High boys and girls cross country teams for placing first in all four SWIC open and conference races.

     

    Jerling junior high girls softball being recognized at the board of education meeting

    The Board recognized the Jerling Junior High girls softball team for placing first in the SWIC tournament.

     

    Staff Recognitions

    Staff members being recognized at the board of education meeting

    The following staff members were recognized for serving as chaperones during the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.:  

     

    Orland Jr. High

    Dr. Lynn Zeder

    Dr. Edward Boswell

    Jenna Spagnoli

    Brian Cragg

    Lisa Novak

    Courtney Berk

    Michelle Gaj

    Morgan Biel

     

    Jerling Jr. High

    Melissa Domico

    Sarah Callis

    Kathy Cavalier

    Chrissy Keith

    Wendy Marinier

    Paula Schackle

    Lisa Schaffer

     

    Century Jr. High

    Dr. Brian Horn

    Lisa Morrey

    Brian Mallo

    Susan Berry

    Gregg Degen

    Jennifer Malinoski

    Kevin Krillic

     

    ABCDE Awards

    Dina McGuire and Jan Sarno

    Dina McGuire and Jan Sarno were nominated by Brian Fogarty for the value of COMPASSION.

    Board Member Report

    The Board noted that it completed a review of candidates for the superintendent position. A total of 54 applications were submitted, and at the time of the meeting had narrowed its selection down to four candidates.  A special Board meeting was held on November 14 to conduct first-round interviews in closed session.

     

    Superintendent’s Report

     

    Illinois Paraprofessional & School Related Personnel Day and Illinois School Board Member Day: Mr. Bryk recognized that the third Wednesday in November is Illinois Paraprofessional & School Related Personnel Day and that November 15 is Illinois School Board Member Day.  Mr. Bryk took a moment to recognize each group and thank them for their service to our students, staff, and families.

     

    Illinois Report Card - Summative Designations:   Dr. Snyder announced that seven District 135 schools received the ‘Commendable’ designation and three schools received the ‘Exemplary’ designation.  Dr. Snyder congratulated all of the schools on their dedication to improving their schools and achieving these designations.

     

    Orland Jr. High School Improvement Plan: Dr. Snyder noted that OJH is in its second year of its School Improvement Plan, which was required by the Illinois State Board of Education due to an ‘Underperforming’ designation last year.  The plan receives funding through a Title I grant, and this year’s plan will be brought forth for Board approval in December.

    Presentation of Estimated 2019 Levy:  Mr. Bryk provided an overview of the estimated levy for 2019 in an amount of $71, 610,000.  He noted that a resolution to approve an estimated levy increase of 1.9% based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will be presented during this meeting for approval, with final adoption set for the December meeting.

    Review of Board Policies

    The Board conducted its 2nd reading of new and revised Board policies, as well as a five-year review of several Board policies. These policies were then brought forth for adoption as presented and discussed. To view a complete list, visit BoardDocs.

    Action Items

    The Board of Education approved all agenda items at its regular meeting on November 11, 2019.  To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.

     

    Board Member Reports and Requests

    Ms. Peckham-Dodge recognized the schools for their wonderful Veterans Day assemblies and activities throughout the month of November.

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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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