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  • November 8th, 2021

    Posted by Allison Kaleta on 11/10/2021

    On Monday, November 8th, 2021, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed. 

    1. An update was provided regarding the possible implementation of an advisory class period at the junior high level. Two meetings have taken place regarding this topic, the second meeting included students. This potential advisory period may be put into effect as soon as the 2022-2023 school year. The advisory period would be a time for students to receive support and build relationships and connections with peers and staff. The next advisory committee meeting will be held on November 18th, 2021. 
    2. November 15th is Illinois School Board Member Day. Superintendent John Bryk made a proclamation honoring the OSD135 School Board Members and their dedication to the District and Community.
    3. November 17th is Illinois Paraprofessional & School Related Personnel Day. The Board of Education made a proclamation honoring the District's paraprofessionals and support staff.
    4. The three junior high schools are now live streaming all home sporting events. Families can view the live streamed events for all schools by visiting their school’s website, and navigating to the Parent Resources tab.
    5. Two schools within District 135 have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools. Century Jr High and Meadow Ridge are two of the 23 schools in Illinois to receive this distinction. Liberty and High Point Schools have also received these honors. 
    6. The District received a federal grant that provides funds to support connectivity and our 1:1 device program. The funds go directly to assisting the District in providing technology to students in first and fifth grade as well as internet hotspots for families who require them. 

    The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The next Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting will be held on December 13th, 2021 at Park School.

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  • October 12th, 2021

    Posted by Allison Kaleta on 10/13/2021

     

    On Tuesday, October 12th, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed. 

    1. The Teaching & Learning Department presented on the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Handbook that was created by the MTSS Committee over the summer and the beginning of this school year. MTSS provides intervention, enrichment and English Language support, as well as behavioral and social-emotional support to all students. \
    2. The District’s Insurance Committee recommended the approval of a High Deductible Health Plan - Health Savings Account (HSA) for District staff. The Board of Education approved the option of the new health plan to take effect January, 2022. The District’s current Insurance Plan (PPO) will still be offered to staff as well. 
    3. The Food Service Program, the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) was also discussed. The SSO Program is offered to all students free of charge. The Board is looking to reevaluate the current lunch program. The Board Advisory Finance & Operations Committee will discuss this topic in further detail at their next meeting on November 3rd.
    4. Transportation was also reviewed. Parents are encouraged to download the Ride 360 phone application. That is the first line of communication if a bus is delayed in the morning or afternoon. A daily conference call occurs with ABC in order for the transportation department to prevent the same busses from being delayed multiple days in a row. When possible, communication from the District is going out the day before a bus is delayed to afford families an opportunity to make adjustments.  Conversations between the District and our transportation partners are continuing in order to relieve the current bus issues including possible adjustments to school schedules beginning next school year.
    5. Thanks to our Parents For Education (PFE) volunteer organizations for raising $70,062.93 last school year in support of our students and staff. 
    6. October is Principal Appreciation Month. The Board of Education made a proclamation to  thank the 18 Principals and Assistant Principals for their dedication and commitment to the children and staff of Orland School District 135.

    The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The next Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting will be held on November 8th, 2021 at Center School.

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  • September 13th, 2021

    Posted by Allison Kaleta on 9/15/2021

    On Monday, September 13th, the Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting where the following topics were discussed. 

    1. A Spring MAP Assessment presentation was given by the Teaching & Learning Department. The full presentation can be found on the District website: https://www.orland135.org/cms/lib/IL01905133/Centricity/Domain/4/Spring MAP Data 2021.pdf
    2. The National Driver Shortage was discussed in regards to the late bus routes in the morning and afternoon. The District is working with ABC to improve the issues as well as the communication to families. Arrival and dismissal procedures were also discussed for car riders. We ask that families review their school’s specific drop off and pick up plans to ensure the safety of students and staff during arrival and dismissal times.
    3. The Board Advisory Committees will resume live streaming through our district website. Each meeting will also be available for playback until the next live meeting is posted. 
    4. Starting September 20th, lockers at the junior high level will be phased in for PE and hallway use.  Changing for PE will be optional for students.  Students will also have the option to use their hallway lockers at the beginning of the day, before lunch and at the end of the day. 
    5. The Board reviewed the BinaxNOW COVID-19 test that is now available for all students and staff. Information regarding the voluntary Test to Stay program can be found at the District website: https://www.orland135.org/cms/lib/IL01905133/Centricity/Domain/4/Testing for Students Info.pdf. 

    Families can sign up for the testing via Skyward Family Access.  

    The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The next Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting will be held on October 12th, 2021 at High Point School.

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  • August 9th, 2021

    Posted by Allison Kaleta on 8/11/2021

    The Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting on Monday, August 9th, where the following topics were discussed.

    1. Information about two different free voluntary COVID-19 testing opportunities were presented to the Board; Real-Time PCR Test through SHIELDS Illinois and Rapid Antigen Test (BinaxNOW). The SHIELD Illinois test is a preventative voluntary weekly saliva-based PCR test that is used to detect positive cases of COVID-19.  Click here for more information about the SHIELD program and a video with examples of the collection process.       

    • BinaxNOW is a voluntary rapid antigen nasal swab test used when an individual displays COVID-19 symptoms or has been identified as a close contact, not fully vaccinated, masked at 3 feet or less.  If a participant in this Test to Stay program is identified as a close contact, they would be tested at school on days one, three, five, and seven from the date of exposure and continue to remain in school as long as the results are negative; students do not need to quarantine at home as long as test results are negative.  Click here for more information about the BinaxNOW testing program and a video to learn more about the collection.
    • Based on interest, the District will consider implementing one or both of the free voluntary testing programs during the 2021-2022 school year.  A COVID Testing Survey was sent to all families and staff yesterday.2. 

    2. The Board discussed the Governor's Executive Order regarding all schools to require mask wearing from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The District will continue to follow the Governor's Executive Order of a mask mandate in all District buildings for students, staff, and visitors who are age 2 and older and able to medically tolerate a face covering, regardless of vaccination status, and consistent with CDC guidance. 

    3. The Teaching & Learning Department reviewed the Summer School and the Extended School Year (ESY) Program that took place over the summer. The general education summer school program had 131 students participate in grades Kindergarten through 7th grade. The ESY program had 248 students participate in the program. Reports from the program will be shared with teachers for the upcoming school year to continue the progress made over the summer.

    4. The Teaching & Learning Department also discussed the possibility of implementing an advisory period at the junior high level.  The department presented a plan to put a committee together to explore the idea and talk about different possibilities of a junior high advisory period. The committee would meet from September 2021 through May of 2022 for possible implementation of the 2022-2023 school year. The committee would include parents, teachers and students from each junior high school. More information regarding the junior high student advisory committee can be found on slide five of the Board meeting presentation.

    5. The Quarantine Learning Plan was also presented to the Board. Building substitutes will provide daily guidance and instruction to students who are quarantined due to COVID-19. Teachers will communicate the plans and schedules to substitutes for the quarantined students. Students will have 90 minutes of instruction and guidance per day with an additional opportunity to connect at the end of the day for support. More information regarding the quarantine plan can be found in the Quarantine Learning Plan Presentation that was presented at the Teaching & Learning Committee Meeting on August 3rd.

    6. There will be a FY22 Budget Hearing held at the September 13th Board of Education meeting. The proposed FY22 Budget is posted at the District office until that meeting. 

    7. As a reminder, the first day of school is on August 25th, which is a full day of in-person learning for all grade levels.

    8. All layered COVID-19 mitigation strategies that were practiced last school year will be in place at the beginning of the 2021-22 year.  The District continues to plan and prepare for possible changes in guidance and will respond accordingly when the opportunity is presented.  The Start of School Plan can be found at this link.  Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.  We look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 25th.    

    The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The next Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting will be held on September 13th, 2021 and be moved from the Administration Center to Century Junior High. 

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  • July 12th, 2021

    Posted by Allison Kaleta on 7/12/2021

    The Board of Education met for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Board meeting on Monday, July 12th, where the following topics were discussed. 

    1. The Board of Education discussed the learning model for students who are required to isolate or quarantine per COVID -19  and IDPH guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year.  The isolation and quarantine authority can be found in the Illinois School Code.  After multiple options were presented by the Curriculum department, the Board discussed moving away from the live-stream model that was utilized last year for students who are remote learners. For the 2021-22 school year, instruction for students who are in isolation or quarantine will be supported by a building substitute. Communication regarding remote learning while quarantining will be forthcoming. 
    2. The new CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines were discussed. The Board is awaiting more guidance from the Cook County Department of Public Health before making a decision regarding mask use within the schools for the 2021-22 school year.
    3. The current national bus driver shortage was discussed. In order to conserve buses, due to the driver shortage, the paid ride program will be temporarily suspended until further notice.  The paid rider program and driver availability will be reevaluated in October. In addition, students’ walking distance to bus stops may increase due to the driver shortage.  
    4. Superintendent John Bryk noted that the Orland Park Police Department is hosting the National Night Out Against Crime on August 3rd. The event takes place from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 Ravinia Avenue. Many local businesses attend the event as well as the local police and fire departments.
    5. Start of School Presentation 

    Congratulations to the following staff members for receiving ABCDE Awards during the month of July. 

    (Not Pictured) Lauren Musielewicz was nominated by Kristin Hawksworth for the value of Inspiration. 

    (Not Pictured) Kristina Conway was nominated by Jennifer Annel for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    (Not Pictured) Lori Mathias was nominated by Ailene and Kin Chan for the value of Effective Communication.

    Amy Hevel

    Amy Hevel was nominated by Lynn Kasmer for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    (Not Pictured) Cheryl Knight was nominated by Ailene and Kin Chan for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    Cheryl Anderson

    Cheryl Anderson was nominated by Ailene and Kin Chan for the value of Respect. 

    Tiffany Iwinski

    Tiffany Iwinski was nominated by Aileen and Kin Chan for the value of Effective Communication. 

    (Not Pictured) Jennifer Miller-Corp was nominated by Denise Manning for the value of Compassion.

    Paul Woodson

    Paul Woodson was nominated by Denise Manning for the value of Compassion. 

    Jennifer Roney 

    Jennifer Roney was nominated by Erin Fafoglia Voullet for the value of Compassion.

    (Not Pictured) Cynthia Fowler was nominated by Erin Fafoglia Vuollet for the value of Compassion.

    Dali Hoover

    Dali Hoover was nominated by Erin  Fafohlia Voullet for the value of Effective Communication.

    Melissa Bessler

    Melissa Bessler was nominated by Jacqueline King for the value of Outstanding Achievement.

    Amy Hevel

    Amy Hevel was nominated by Renne Spinella for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    Laura Prisby

    Laura Prisby was nominated by Renne Spinella for the value of Outstanding Achievement.

     

    The entire Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Education meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The next Regular Board meeting will be held on August 9th, 2021 at the Administration Center. 

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  • May 10, 2021

    Posted by Allison Kaleta on 5/15/2021

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    Committee of the Whole - Century Jr High 

    Citizens' Remarks: NONE

    Board Reports

    4/12/21 Teaching and Learning Board Advisory Committee: Ms. Linda Packham-Dodge gave an update on the Teaching and Learning Committee meeting which took place on April 12th, 2021. The committee discussed the proposed 2021-22 consolidated District plan as well as an overview of grant funds. 

    4/21/21 Communications Board Advisory Committee: Ms. Tara Schreiber provided an update on the Communications Committee meeting which took place on April 21, 2021. The committee discussed the District Digest as well as the Board meeting recap email that is sent the day following a Board meeting. The committee enjoys both the Digest and the recap email and wants to see them both continue into the 2021-22 school year. The committee also discussed the District's website which will be updated to a new template during the summer months. The committee favored a website similar to CSHD 230's user-friendly format and navigation. 

    5/5/21 Finance/Operations Board Advisory Committee: Mr. James Bax provided an update on the Finance/Operations Committee meeting which took place on May 5th, 2021. The committee discussed an update from Buildings & grounds, including possible installation of solar panels at Prairie School.  The committee also discussed the upcoming health insurance renewal. The committee also reviewed ESZSER funds and budget outlooks for the upcoming year. Buildings & Grounds Director Rick Hansen clarified that approximately $1.4 million per year is essential in maintaining the District's facilities. 

     

    Administrative Reports - Communication

    Blackboard Contract Renewal- Superintendent John Bryk reported that the contract for Blackboard, the website management service, is up for renewal. A multi-year contract has been developed to cover the District's website, mass notification system, mobile app, and an ADA-compliancy tool called Ally. It was noted that the multi-year contract replaces an annual contract that will save the District about $4,000 per year. The contract will be presented for the Board's review at the May 10 Committee of the Whole meeting with a recommendation for approval at the June 14th regular meeting. 

    Administrative Reports - Teaching & Learning

    Consolidated District Plan 2021-22: Dr. Lynn Zeder and Dr. David Snyder presented highlights of the proposed Consolidated District Plan for the 2021-22 school year. They explained the Plan consists of student achievement plans, professional development, and student safety plans. A social-emotional assessment tool, called Panorama, was also included this year and will be added to the plan moving forward. A recommendation to approve the 2021-22 Consolidated District Plan will be brought forth at the June 14th regular meeting. 

    2021-22 School Year Update: Mr. Bryk discussed planning for the upcoming school year. It is expected that the Illinois State Board of Education will provide COVID-19 health protocols and guidance in the coming months. The administration will present its plan at the July 12 regular meeting. A discussion took place regarding the implementation of in-school testing for students demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms. The test would be saliva-based and voluntary, with a 24 hour turnaround period and a 94%-97% accuracy rate. It was stated that testing in schools would help with contract tracing and allow for a faster turnaround for students to return to the classroom. 

    Administrative Reports - Finance/Operations

    Insurance Renewals - Health, Dental, Life, Property & Liability: Finance Director Tammy Maksa discussed upcoming insurance renewals for the 2021-22 school year. The proposed plan comprises a 6.4% increase in premiums for health care through Blue Cross Blue Shield, no change in dental, and a 50% decrease in premiums for vision. The proposed renewal was previously reviewed by the District's insurance committee and Finance and Operations Board Advisory Committee meeting. 

    Vaccine - Age 12+: Mr. Bryk noted the FDA's recent authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12+ and discussed possible consideration for use of one of the District's schools as a vaccination site. A discussion took place from all members regarding the vaccine as well as utilizing one of the District's schools as a site. It was decided that Mr. Bryk would reach out to other feeder schools of District 230 to see if another building could host the vaccination clinic. There was not a set date, time, or location for this clinic at this time. 

     

    Regular Board of Education Meeting - Century Jr High

    Recognitions: 

    Isaiah Z

    Student Recognition: Century Jr High student Isaiah Zamora received the Infinitec Southwest Outstanding Assistive Technology Achievement Award. 

    Jill Olson

    Community Spirit Award: Jill Olson, the District 135 Board of Education Recording Secretary / Secretary to the Superintendent, received the Community Spirit Award, nominated by Linda Peckham-Dodge & Nichole Browner

    Kristen Howell

    Master's Degree Recognition: Kristen Howell, Prairie School Research Teacher, received her Mast's of Arts - Educational Technology Leadership from Concordia University. 

    Staff Recognitions: ABCDE

    (Not Pictured) Keri Hurley, nominated by Allison Swiatskowski, for the value of Compassion.

    Katie and Ted

    Katie Lazarski and Ted Schulz, nominated by Tammy Maksa, for the value of Outstanding Achievement.

    Meghan Sepcih

    Meghan Sepich, nominated by Sean and Maureen Nugent, for the value of Inspiration.

    Brenda Feltman

    Brenda Feltman, nominated by Brittany Feltman, for the value of Oustanding Achievement. 

    (Not Pictured) Dave Carriel, nominated by Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, for the value of Compassion.

    (Not Pictured) Jeannifer Santucci, nominated by Susan Jachymiak, for the value of Inspiration.

    (Not Pictured) Amy Kenny, nominated by Nichole Browner, for the value of Inspiration.

    (Not Pictured) Lisa Killeen, nominated by Jackie Kitchen, for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    Lori Mathias

    Lori Mathias, nominated by Karin Ringhofer, for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    (Not Pictured) Tracy Latting, nominated by Andie Olson, for the value of Compassion.

    Wesley Rusick

    Wesley Rusick, nominated Anonymously, for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

     

    Superintendent's Report

    8th Grade Graduation: Superintendent John Bryk reported that the Buildings & Grounds Department as well as the junior high administrators are working together for the 8th grade graduation ceremonies that will take place at Sandburg High School on July 6th, with July 13th as a rain date. Mr. Bryk stated that the goal is to have all three graduations take place on the 6th. If weather becomes an issue, ceremonies will be pushed back an hour or two in order to accommodate the rain. Families will be notified by text, email, and robocall if there is a change to the graduation schedule. Mr. Bryk urges families to be flexible and prepared. Students who are quarantining due to close contact, they will be able to arrive in between ceremonies to walk the stage and have their family present. More information is forthcoming from the junior high principals. 

    June 15th, 2021 - Last Day of School: Mr. Bryk reported that the last day of school will be on Tuesday, June 15th, 2021. 

    2021 IASB Tri-Conference: This conference takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving. Jill Olson will be reaching out to Board members for their interest in taking place in this conference. Ms. Peckham-Dodge reported that there are seminars and presentations over the weekend as well as professional development opportunities. 

    Resolutions- 2021 IASB Delegate Assembly: During the Tri-Conference, the Board delegates votes on resolutions brought forth during the conference. If the board wanted to submit a resolution, a form was provided to the Board members during their orientation. When the delegate votes on the presented resolutions, he/she votes in the way the Board has decided prior to the conference. 

    Freedom of Information Act: One request was received and it was fulfilled. 

     

     

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  • April 12, 2021

    Posted by Allison Kaleta on 4/20/2021

    Monday, April 12, 2021

    Committee of the Whole - Orland Jr High

    Citizen's Remarks: A staff member spoke in regards to ask the Board to reconsider all of the changes Congress has made in regards to spending and dependent CARE accounts. Two community members addressed the Board regarding the Prairie playground and noise complaints resulting from the new playground. 

     

    Board Reports

    Teaching and Learning Board Advisory Committee: Sandra Kulak reported on the committee discussions from their meeting held on March 10th. The committee discussed the IAR, Science, ACCESS, MAP, and CogAT testing that will be taking place at the schools within the coming weeks. 

    Technology Board Advisory Committee: Sandra Kulak reported on the committee discussions from their meeting held on March 10th. The committee received an update on device purchasing for 8th-grade students as well as an update on the SOPPA requirements. 

    Policy/Personnel Board Advisory: Dr. Laura Berry reported on the committee discussions from their meeting held on April 5th. The committee discussed evaluations for the Special Education Department as well as the Technology Department. The committee recommended reviewing Chromebooks, which students transition to in high school. 

    Finance/Operations Board Advisory Committee: Linda Peckham-Dodge reported on the committee discussions from their meeting held on April 7th. The committee discussed ESSER II finds, a review of the fund balance ratio, and recommendations for a working cash abatement to the Capital projects fund. The committee also received a Buildings & Grounds update regarding an architect firm RFQ (Request for Qualification) and continued planning for the facility study. 

     

    Administrative Reports

    Teaching & Learning: The Teaching & learning Department presented an overview of assessment data used to help determine areas of students' learning loss and the District's plan for providing essential support to students and staff throughout the summer months and into next school year. To watch the entire presentation, please click here

    Proposed Staffing: 2021-2022 School Year- Director of Human Resources, Suzanne Owens, provided an update regarding the staffing for the 2021-2022 school year. Mrs. Owens submitted a recommendation to increase the District's over Certified FTEs by ten for the coming school year. Two FTE positions are for an increase in enrollment and class sizes at Liberty School. One FTE position would be for a second-grade position at Center School due to large class sizes. In order to support Math Intervention, The District is requesting three FTEs, one for each junior high, in order to have math interventionists at each jr high. In addition to those three math interventionist positions, another FTE is being requested for a math interventionist to split time between Centennial and High Point.  Another three FTEs are being requested at the junior high level in order to decrease class sizes District-wide. Liberty school will also be gaining another social worker in order to support SEL going forward. 

    Update: Capital/Summer Project Bids - The District has two bids for capital projects. One is a roofing bid that will provide a coating to roofs that are 15 years old. That will be posted on Thursday, April 15th, open on April 29th, and a recommendation for approval will come on May 10th. The second bid is for the air handler at Liberty School that will be voted on for a recommendation at the Regular Board Meeting. The bid is higher than what was budgeted by the Department because of the price of raw materials but Rick Hansen, Director of Buildings & Grounds, recommends that the Board should still go through with the project because the machine is already failing. 

    Working Cash Abatement: $1,000,000.00 - Director of Finance, Tammy Maksa, reported that the $1,000,000.00 will be transferred from the working cash fund to the Captial Project fund to cover the project costs. 

     

    Monday, April 12, 2021

    Regular Board of Education Meeting - Orland Jr High

    Dr. James Gay

    Special Recognition: Dr. James Gay, Superintendent of District 230, was recognized for his partenership with District 135 for the last 15 years. Dr. James Gay is retiring at the end of the school year. 

    Courtney Milligan

    Special Recognition: Dr. Courtney Milligan, Principal of Center School, achieved her Master's Degree from National Louis University. 

    Christina Dion

    Special Recognition: Community Spirit Award - Christina Dion was honored with the Community Spirit Award in regards to her help administering COVID-19 vaccinations for the District 135 staff. 

    ABCDE Awards: 

    Dan Prorok

    Dan Prorok was nominated by Carol Elliot for the value of Compassion. 

    Leanne Brown

    Leanne Brown was nominated by Susan Jachymiak for the value of Compassion. 

    (Not Pictured) Samantha Witczak was nominated by Carol Elliot for the value of Compassion. 

    Julie L

    Julie Lehnhardt was nominated by Jennifer Mase for the value of Compassion. 

    (Not Pictured) Jim Mukite was nominated by Katie Lazarski for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    (Not Pictured) Kim Moatiarity was nominated by Katie Lazarski for the value of Compassion. 

    Sylvia Olivo

    Sylvia Olivo was nominated by Carol Elliot for the value of Compassion. 

    (Not Pictured) Nancy Heuser was nominated by Lenore Garoufalis, Mary Ann Cox, and Betsy Noort for the value of Inspiration.

    Kim Vollan

    Kim Vollan was nominated by Poorvia Shah for the value of Inspiration.

    Lauren Bushwaller

    Lauren Bushwaller was nominated by the OJH Staff for the value of Inspiration.

    Brian Fogarty

    Brian Fogarty was nominated by Park Staff for the value of Inspiration.

    Lisa Gartlan

    Lisa Gartlan was nominated by Lauren Bushwaller and Ceddrick Hunter for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    Cathy Burns

    Cathy Burns was nominated by Lauren Bushwaller and Ceddrick Hunter for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    (Not Pictured) Brittany Stefanos was nominated by Lauren Bushwaller and Ceddrick Hunter for the value of Outstanding Achievement.

    (Not Pictured) Aimee Weglewski was nominated by Anonymous for the value of Inspiration.

    Kimberly Vollan

    Kimberly Vollan was nominated by Jamie Okrasinski for the value of Effective Communication. 

     

    Superintendent's Report

    May 3-7: Teacher Appreciation Week - Superintendent John Bryk reminded the Board that May 3-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Mr. Bryk stated how appreciated the staff is and the PFE and Administration will be providing services during that week to show their appreciation. 

    Junior High Graduation - Mr. Bryk reported that a survey was sent out to graduating families in regards to a graduation ceremony. The families were provided with two options, a drive-up graduation taking place at the respective schools or an in-person outdoor ceremony at Sandburg High School. 85% of responses stated that families would prefer an outdoor in-person ceremony. 516 families responded to the survey, 481 votes for the outdoor graduation and 84 voted for the drive-through. Therefore, all three graduations will be held on Sunday, June 6th, at Sandburg High School. Jerling Jr High will host their ceremony at 10:00 am, Century Jr High at 1:00 pm, and Orland Jr High at 4:00 pm. More information will be forthcoming from the junior highs to the 8th-grade families. The rain date for the graduations is Sunday, June 13th. 

    Extracurricular Activities - Mr. Bryk had a meeting with the SWIC conference regarding extracurricular activities and sports. Each school is allowed to provide its own guidance on activities for this spring and summer. There will not be any sanctioned activity or conferences from the SWIC group within the 9 different Districts. The junior highs are working on a track camp/club to provide activities to students. Some virtual clubs are also transitioning to in-person meetings as the school year progresses. Any friendly competitions, if possible, will be held between the District's three junior highs. The plan is to return in full in the Fall with all SWIC activities and conferences.  

    Summer Extracurricular Activities - The District plans to move forward with summer extracurricular activities and camps. band, orchestra, choir, and all sports will return to "normal", following all protocols. Art camp will also be provided for younger students as well as a music camp. Staff hiring is being completed now. The goal is to do as much as the District can as safely as possible. 

    FOIA Request -  There was one FOIA request, which was filled. 

     

    Board Policies - 2nd Reading:

    • Policy 5:35 - Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Policy 5:40 - Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease
    • Policy 5:70 - Religious Holidays
    • Policy 5:80 - Court Duty
    • Policy 5:185 - Family Medical Leave 
    • Policy 5:250 - Leaves of Absence 
    • Policy 5:270 - Employment At-Will, Compensation, and Assignment 
    • Policy 5:300 - Schedules and Employment year
    • Policy 5:310 - Compensatory time Off
    • Policy 5:320 - Evaluation 
    • Policy 6:80 - Teaching About Controversial Issues
    • Policy 6:260 - Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs

    Consent Agenda

    The following items were approved:

    • Accounts Payable as of 3/31/21 - $1,344,189.56
    • Imprest Fund - as of 3/31/21 - $2,283.24
    • Payroll Summary as of 3/31/21 - $3,626,602.26
    • Personnel Report, as presented
    • Resolution Authorizing Nonrenewal of Non-Tenured Teachers
    • 2020-21 Calendar Revision

    Board Motions:

    A. Minutes - 3/8/21 Committee of the Whole Meeting

    B. Minutes - 3/8/21 Regular Board of Education Meeting

    C. Minutes - 3/8/21 Closed Session

    D. Minutes - 3/15/21 Special Board Meeting

    E. Approval of New/Revised Board Policies

    F. Ratification of certified Staff Contract

    G. Approval of 2021-22 Staffing

    H. Rooftop Unit Bid - Liberty School

    I. Resolution - Abatement of Working Cash Fund

    J. Resolution - Appointment of School Treasurer

    K. Administrative Employment - Special Education Director

    L. Administrative Employment - Assistant Principal: Jerling Junior High

    M. Administrative Employment - Assistant Prinicipal: Liberty

     

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  • March 8, 2021

    Posted by Allison Kaleta on 3/8/2021

    Monday, March 8, 2021

    Committee of the Whole - Jerling Jr High

    Citizens’ Remarks: Public Comments ranged from community members stressing opinions of returning students to a full day in-person learning model. 

    Board Reports: 

    Teaching and Learning Board Advisory Committee: The committee met on February 10th, 2021. Mr. Mike Maratea informed the Board that they discussed MAP Testing which took place in January. Maratea stressed that it is hard to compare the testing from last year because testing did not take place in the fall. The committee also discussed the instructional details for teachers to use during the MAP testing as well as communication to send home to parents with details regarding the tests. 

    Technology Board Advisory Committee: The committee met on February 10th, 2021. Sandy Kulak informed the Board that the committee received an update on District office, school secretary’s computers to refresh and replace. The schools computers have been completed and the Technology Department is currently working on the District office computers. The committee also discussed the 8th grade iPad purchase program where families of graduating students have the opportunity to purchase their students device from the District for a fee. The fee breakdown can be found on the Technology website. Families were also emailed details specifically regarding their student’s purchase options. Registration is fully open for all returning students to the District as well as Kindergarten students. More information for registration can be found online. Registration is taking place online this year with all proof of residency documents submitted online. The committee also received an update on the SOPPA Act from the Technology Department. A total of 500 websites have been identified as accessing student information under the SOPPA Act. 

    Communications Board Advisory Committee: The committee met on February 24th, 2021. Mr. Dave Salabi updated the Board that the committee discussed the District Digest, a monthly newsletter that is sent over the email as well as published online. The focus of the newsletter is to focus on positive stories from around the district with an uplifting message. The District wide photo challenge was also discussed, March’s theme is “Start Local, Go Global” a focus on local spots around Orland Park and Orland Hills that OSD135 families like to go to. Mr. Shalabi also talked about the overall communications from the District and he believes that the District is doing a good job at communicating to all stakeholders during this school year. Current communication mediums include emails, robocalls, social media, text messages and website posts. It was also discussed that community members who do not have a child in the District but who are interested in communications can sign up on the District’s website to receive the newsletter as well as Board updates. 

    Finance/Operations Board Advisory Committee: The committee met on March 3rd, 2021. Mr. Mike Maratea updated the Board that the committee discussed the potential sale of Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park. A discussion took place regarding the timeline of purchasing this lot and what that would mean to the District. The committee decided it is not an immediate concern of the current board because it will take years for the sale to go through as well as any construction that may take place after the sale. There was also a Buildings and Grounds update with a possible facility survey for long term planning being discussed. The committee wants to go to the building administration first to hear about their concerns with each building. There were 6 proposals for photography and yearbook contracts. 

     

    Administrative Reports: Teaching & Learning

    1:1 Device Refresh Program: Instructional Technology Director Chris Bohula provided an overview of the Apple device lease agreement. The lease agreement involves replacement iPads for 1st and 5th graders as well as accessories and macbooks for certain staff members. Out of date equipment is disposed of upon Board approval. This will be approved during ther Regular Board meeting. 

    Testing Update: Assistant Director of Curriculum, Jennifer Nichols, provided an update on upcoming testing. AIR testing with begin on April 5th for grades 3-8 in reading, match, and science for 5th and 8th graders only. ACCESS testing will also be administered during April to all English Learning students (EL). The Department is considering forgoing the MAP testing scheduled for May, and postpone it until the Fall. 

    Summer Academy: Director of Curriculum, Dr. David Snyder, highlighted a variety of enhanced learning opportunities planned for the summer months. Reading and Math Summer School, Summer Math Academy, and a Summer e-Learning web page will all be available to families depending on qualifications for programs. More information regarding the summer academy will be forthcoming. 

    In-Person/ remote Update: April 12th - Junior High; Junior High Survey: Mr. Bryk, Superintendent, reported that overall student enrollment continues to indicate an average of 70% of students attending in-person and 30% ofs students learning remotely. My. Bryk reported that 66% of junior high families responded to the recent survey seeing feedback regarding students attending five days a week in-person or attending remotely. Results indicated a 10% increase for families preferring junior high students to attend every day in-person, which matches the current K-5 learning model. 

    Return to Full-Day Discussion: The board and administration discussed consideration of returning this year’s in-person instruction to a full-day schedule five days a week. My. Bryk presented key areas to consider including transportation, facility preparations, and add the lunch period. Staff concerns regarding a full day of in-person learning included all-day live streaming, potential class schedule changes, maintaining social distancing, and the lunch period. The Board weighed the two schedule options for the remainder of the year and ultimately decided to continue the current schedule with the abbreviated in-person learning, K-5 ending at 12 and junior high ending at 12:45 with specials and check-ins happening in the afternoon via Zoom. 

    2021-22 School Year: Full-Day/ Remote Options: Mr. Bryk noted that the 21-22 school year is planned as a regularly scheduled year with full-day instruction. Further details will be provided as direction is received by the State. 

     

    Administrative Reports: Finance/Operations

    Yearbook/Photography Proposals: Tammy Maksa, Finance Director, presented proposals for yearbook and school photography services. Two recommendations will be presented at the Regular meeting to approve one-uear contracts with Herff Jones for yearbook and Van Gogh for photography services. There is no cost to the District for these services, the fees are directed to the families. 

    Surplus Disposal - Maintenance Vehicle: Ms. Maksa reported on a recommendation for authorization to dispose of a 2008 Ford F350 Super Duty truck as it is beyond repair. 

    Vaccine Update: Suzanne Owens, Director of Human Resources, commended the staff’s cooperation and willingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and explained some updates from the IDPH and the Cook County Department of Public Health. 

     

     

    Monday, March 8, 2021

    Regular Board Meeting - Jerling Jr High

    Recognitions

    Kristy Gilbert

    Special Staff Recognition- ISTE Certified: Kristy Gilbert, Library Information Specialist at High Point was recognized as an ISTE Certified Eductor. 

    ABCDE Staff Recognition:

    Faith Swanson

    Faith Swanson was nominated by Katrina Singer for the value of Compassion.

    (not pictured) Carolyn White was nominated by Nicole Mazgay for the value of Compassion.

    Jen Madsen

    Jen Maden was nominated by Nicole Mazgay for the value of Compassion. 

    (not pictured) Sandra Kulak was nominated by Beth Colby for the value of Compassion.

    Silvia Olivio

    Sylvia Olivo was nominated by David Snyder for the value of Compassion.

    Colleen Panega

    Colleen Panega was nominated by Katrina Singer for the value of Compassion.

    Brittany Feltman

    Brittany Feltman was nominated by Carmela Baniewicz and Jenny Miele for the values of Effective Communication and Inspiration. 

    Suzanne Owens

    Suzanne Owens was nominated by William Stine for the value of Outstanding Achievement.

    (Not pictrued) Nicole Detres was nominated by Beth Eliadis for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    Superintendent’s Report

    National Youth Art Month: A video was shared showcasing select student artwork from each school within the district. The Board commended the students for sharing their creative and budding talents. 

    March 11: parent Education Series - Shifting from Punishment to Opportunity: The next parent education series is scheduled for March 11 at 6:0 pm as part of the Restorative Practices Parent Academy. 

    March 15-April 9: Panorama Social Emotional Learning Assessment for Students: Mr. Bryk reported on the upcoming Panorama assessment for students. Notification was sent this week and families are encouraged to have their child participate. 

    March 22-26: Spring Break: Mr. John Bryk noted that Spring Break will take place Mach 22-26. Updated travel guidelines from the IDPH will be emailed to families and staff.


    FOIA Request: One request came in and one was filled.

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  • February 8, 2021

    Posted by Allison Kaleta on 2/8/2021

    Monday, February 8, 2021

    Committee of the Whole - Century Jr High

     

    Citizens’ Remarks: There were no Citizens’ Remarks. 

     

    Board Reports: 

    Finance/Operations Board Advisory Committee: Mr. Michael Marate updated the Board on this meeting which was held on February 3rd. He commented that Tom Sullivan, who is from ABC Bus Services, gave an update about the app Ride 260 which tracks the buses while out on the route. A couple of the parents that sit on the committee had issues with the app that Tom Sullivan talked through. ABC, the bus service, will look into solving the app issues in order to make it more seamless. The committee also discussed capital projects that still need to take place this year including lighting, bleacher updates, and the purchase of a new truck. The committee also discussed the need for new roofs at some schools. They hope to replace them during the 2021-2022 school year at Liberty, Jerling and Prairie. A financial report was also given during this committee meeting and an update that photo and yearbook bids that will come in March. Registration fees will not be increased for this upcoming school year and the transportation fee increase is forthcoming for next year. The committee also discussed the second part of the CARES Act. The District expects to receive $1.9 million from this Act. This money has to last until September 2023. Board President, Linda Peckham-Dodge also added that the District does not have a spending deficit this year. 

    Policy/Personnel Board Advisory Committee: Mr. Devin Hodge updated the Board about the Policy/Personal BAC Meeting which was held on January 20th. The committee reviewed the COVID-19 positivity rate within the District which was noted as “significantly low”. Mr. Hodge believes that everyone within the District should be commended for this percentage. There was also a discussion about the District’s collaboration with a Meadow Ridge parent who will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Mr. Lynn Zeder joined the meeting and discussed the plan on staffing for the 2021-2022 school year which usually begins this time of year. Administration is currently focused on staffing needs for the upcoming school year. A remote learning option will be included in the planning for next year. Staffing plans are focused on reducing class sizes at the junior high levels. President Peckham-Dodge added that the Board believes that ISBE will mandate a full remote learning option for 2021-2022 school year and stressed that the board is not operating under the fact that school will be fully remote, but an option will be available. A question will be included within registration asking parents if they would rather enroll their child in a full remote learning option or in-person learning option for the 2021-2022 school year so that the administration can start planning. 

    Teaching & Learning Board Advisory Committee: Ms. Sandy Kulak updated the Board on this meeting which was held on January 13th. The committee discussed a panamera survey that was given by the Department of Curriculum. The survey that was given had a focus on social-emotional learning as well as overall student well-being. The panorama team at each building will analyze the results in order to adjust towards needs. The committee also held a brief discussion on cultural awareness, as well. 

    Technology Board Advisory Committee: Mr. Dave Shalabi updated the Board about the Technology meeting which was held on February 3rd. The committee discussed the future evaluation of Seesaw and Google Classroom and opportunities for improvement.They also discussed that 8th grader device purchasing is the same as in years past. The committee also discussed the Student Online Privacy Protection Act (SOPPA) which will be presented later within this meeting. 

     

    Administrative Reports: Finance & Operations

    Vaccine Update: Mrs. Suzanne Owens, Director of Human Resources, updated the Board about the vaccine distribution. The District is fortunate to have a Meadow Ridge parent who is a Jewel pharmacist working with the District to vaccinate staff in-house. The week before this meeting was held, there were two vaccination days held at Meadow Ridge School where 120 staff members were vaccinated. 120 staff members are currently scheduled to receive the vaccine the week of February 15th at Orland Jr High. To date, 363 staff members within District 135 have received either one or both doses of the vaccine. After the vaccination drive next week, 40 staff members will remain to be vaccinated which Mrs. Owens will work with the pharmacist to get those remaining vaccines scheduled. The Board expressed sincere gratitude towards the parent who is helping vaccinate the District and hopes to honor her in an upcoming meeting. Superintendent John Bryk added that District 135 is one of few south suburban schools who have had this opportunity according to his conversations with surrounding districts. 

     

    Administrative Reports: Teaching & Learning

    Update- Student Online Privacy Protection Act (SOPPA)- Director of Instructional Technology, Chris Bohula, gave an update about this Act. It currently is in effort but there are new guidelines that will be placed on July 1st. To see Mr. Bohula’s presentation regarding the SOPPA Act, click here. 

    In-person/ Remote Update- Superintendent John Bryk gave an update on the percentage of in-person students and remote students. There has not been much of a change, the District sits at 68% in-person and 32% full remote percentage. A breakdown was asked for Kindergarten through 5th grade versus the jr high numbers. Mr. Bryk responded that a those numbers can be given during the Regular Board Meeting. President Peckham-Dodge asked Mr. Bryk for plans after the vaccination process and if there was an plan on going back full-time in-person learning. Mr. Bryk stated that the District has been trying to think ahead about jr high students returning for everyday in-person learning rather than the alternating schedule. Mr. Bryk projected that two weeks after Spring Break, the 6-8th grade in-person students could return to in-person learning everyday like the K-5 grades are currently enrolled in. Mr. Bryk believes that more traveling will happen during Spring Break which is why he is asking for two weeks after the Break to give a buffer and time for self-quarantine for any families who did travel. Mr. Bryk stated he is not comfortable extending the hours of in-person learning to include lunch. He does not think that would be feasible and would like to keep the hours the way that they are moving forward but is open to adjusting the junior high in-person learning to five days a week. Ms. Tara Schreiber asked if the District has talked to the staff about the adjustment of in-person learning. Mr. Bryk responded he believes there would be some uncomfortable feelings from the staff regarding the class sizes that the jr high students and teachers would be in if they were to move to a five days of in-person learning. The Board is recommending that the District should move forward with moving in-person jr high students to everyday in-person instruction starting in the middle of April. 

    2021-22 School Year - Mr. Bryk asked the junior high principles to evaluate what staffing would need to be done to get class sizes to the mid-twenties for the 21-22 school year to which they found it wouldn’t be an extreme amount of change. The District will bring on additional staff in order to decrease class sizes. Mr. Bryk also stated that he would prefer not to live stream classrooms next school year. 




    Monday, February 8, 2021

    Regular Board Meeting - Century Jr High

    Recognitions

    Special Staff Recognition- Masters Recognitions: Sandy Sotzen, Resource Teacher at Liberty School, was recognized for becoming a published Author, “Why Do They Do That?”

    ABCDE Staff Recognition:

    (Not Pictured) Tammy Maksa was nominated by Brian Fogarty and Dave Snyder for the value of Compassion. 

    (Not Pictured) Bethany Ingram was nominated by Jill Czerwinski for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    Mary Karyl Duffy

    (Pictured) Mary Karyl Duffy was nominated by Colleen Martin for the value of Compassion. 

    Holly K

    (Pictured) Holly Kokonas was nominated by Marissa Rudolph for the value of Inspiration. 

    (Not Pictured) Lisa Leach was nominated by Ausra Zaukas for the value of Inspiration. 

    (Not Pictured) Renee Cagala was nominated by Susan Jachymiak for the value of Compassion. 

    (Not Pictured) Kelly Hickey was nominated by Katelyn McBrady for the value of Compassion. 

    Mary Jo

    (Pictured) Mary Jo Noreikis was nominated by Maureen Nugent for the value of Inspiration. 

    Lesley Winkler

    (Pictured) Lesley Winkler was nominated by Jennifer Mase for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

     

    Superintendent’s Report

    February 16: 2021-22 Kindergarten Registration Begins: The Teaching and Learning Department will open Kindergarten registration on February 16th. All documents will be uploaded on-line for parents. Families will not have to bring in documents in-person to register their child. Families do not need to pay their registration fees when they register their child. If families register by June 1st they will receive a cheaper registration price. 

    March 2: Registration/Residency: On March 2nd, 1-8th grade registration will open online for current families. 

    Donation to OJH Library: Mrs. Rita Hall has donated her annual amount of $1,500 to the Orland Jr High Library. 

    District Compliance Visit: Mr. John Bryk stated that the District is doing extremely well. District 135 has gone two years without any issues. There are no recommendations on doing any better because the District is already doing “extremely well”. 

    New Board Member Orientation: Four new board members will be elected in April. A smooth transition is in the works right now in order to train the new members with everything involved with the Board of Education including meeting Departments within the District. 

    FOIA Request: Two requests came in and two were filled. 

     

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  • January 11, 2021

    Posted by Allison Kaleta on 1/11/2021

    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Committee of the Whole - Orland Jr High

    Citizens’ Remarks: There were no Citizens’ Remarks. 

     

    Board Reports: 

    Teaching & Learning Board Advisory Committee: Ms. Sandy Kulak provided an overview for the meeting held on December 16th, 2020. The committee discussed the new curriculum state mandates. Ms. Nichols relayed the new mandates that address the LBGTQ Bill that goes into effect for the 2021-2022 school year. The bill states that all public schools to introduce instruction that accurately portrays the contributions made by the LBGTQ community. The intent is to provide students with a more complete picture and understanding of American society and to promote a more safe and positive school climate. Updates to the curriculum will include historical figures who helped shape this society as well as the world. ACCESS Testing for the English Learners program was initially supposed to take place after winter break but it has been postponed until March. Dr. Lynn Zeder and Jennifer Nichols from the Teaching & Learning Department are working on the schedule for the ACCESS Test but believe, at the time of this meeting, that testing will take place after Spring Break. The committee also reviewed the MAP testing that will take place this winter for all students between the grades of 2nd - 8th. This test will provide information that will assist teachers in planning for the rest of the year. Last spring, a Social Emotion survey was sent to parents last spring and in response to that, the District is providing sessions throughout the year for parents to get more information. It was also stated that  during the February Board Advisory Committee meeting, the Teaching & Learning BAC will look at class sizes. 

    Finance & Operations Board Advisory Committee: Mr. Maratea provided an overview of the meeting that was held on January 6th, 2021. The committee discussed an update on FEMA and also found out that the District will get about four times more money from the relief act as they did from the CARES act. The committee also had an audit presentation during their meeting that will be presented to the Board later in the Committee of the Whole meeting. The audit did find that the District is doing an excellent job. The committee also had an update from Buildings & Grounds about the Air Purifiers that are being utilized throughout the schools. 

     

    Administrative Reports: Finance & Operations

    Annual Audit Review Presentation: An auditor from the audit company presented their findings to the Board. To watch this presentation, please click here

    Buildings & Grounds - Air Purifier Update: Mr. Rick Hansen provided this update to the board. The District has 275 Air Purifiers, 273 of which are in operation right now throughout the 10 buildings in the District. The focus was placing them in rooms with the most children and staff. For example, Park school has about 24 units while Centennial has about 37 units. The size of the building and the amount of classrooms comes in to play when dividing up the filtration systems. Communication was sent out to all building principals that the staff that occupy the rooms with the filtration devices in them are responsible for the unit. At night, the night staff will shut the units down and they will stay off over the weekend. So far, the plan is going well. Some requests have been made for certain rooms that may have been missed. The units are not in every classroom, but in spaces that are 700 square feet or larger. 

    Federal Stimulus - COVID Relief Package: Superintendent Mr. John Bryk explained that a package of 54.3 billion dollars was given to the state for educational expenses. Official communication should be coming “soon” from ISBE regarding the amount per school. Conversation is still taking place at the state level regarding details about this package but the District is expecting $2 million that can be used on meals & technology, special education, mental health services, summer learning, school facility repairs, and machine & technology that deal with air quality. 

     

    Administrative Reports: Teaching & Learning

    Return to School Update: Beginning the week of January 25th, all K - 5th grade will be able to attend in-person learning 5 days a week and jr high students will be alternating in-person learning on Wednesdays. The alternating Wednesday schedule for Jr High students can be found on the website. Mr. Bryk urged families to keep students home if they do not feel well and if international travel occurred, to quarantine for 14 days. Board President, Ms. Peckham-Dodge inquired about how the Kindergarten - 2nd-grade teachers are doing during this learning model. Mr. Dave Snyder, Director of Curriculum, stated that carrying out the live-stream learning model as well as teach the in-person students is difficult. The department has helped where they can as well as provide building substitutes for each building. Mr. Snyder also did touch upon the benefits that the live-stream has provided as well. Ms. Peckham-Dodge addressed Human Resource Director, Suzanne Owens, and asked about building substitutes. Ms. Owens reported that two building subs have been hired for each building which has helped immensely. Special teachers are also assisting in the classroom when they can because their special classes are a recorded session and are not taught live. Mr. Bryk chimed in with praise towards the Human Resource Department for all of their efforts with staffing as well as contact tracing. 

    Testing Update: Ms. Jennifer Nichols discussed that beginning the following week, the MAP testing would begin. 2nd-grade students who are learning remote will be invited in while 3rd-8th grade students will test in their current learning model. Ms. Nichols reiterated that the ACCESS test has been pushed back to March-May. The school district will wait and conduct these tests in April, after Spring Break. The Department is still waiting on learning more information regarding the testing as well as requiring students to come into the building to test. IAR required 90% of students to take the test for the report card. 

     

    Review of New & Revised Board Policies - 1st Reading

    • Policy 3:40 Superintendent
    • Policy 3:40-E Exhibit - Checklist for the Superintendent Employment Contract Negotiation Process
    • Policy 4:80 Accounting and Audits
    • Policy 4:90 Student Activity and Fiduciary Funds
    • Policy 6:20 School Year Calendar and Day
    • Policy 6:340 Student Testing and Assessment Program
    • Policy 7:100 Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations; Immunizations; and Exclusion of Student
    • Policy 7:140 Search and Seizure
    • Policy 7:300 Extracurricular Activities



    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Regular Board Meeting - Orland Jr High

     

    Recognitions

    Special Staff Recognition: Sandy Sotzen, Resource Teacher at Liberty School, was recognized for becoming a published author, “Why Do They Do That?”

    Sandy Sotzen

     

    ABCDE Staff Recognition:

    Dan Prorok

    Dan Prorok was nominated by Courtney Basiorka for the value of Inspiration. 

    (not pictured)Samantha Witczak was nominated by Allison Swiatkowski for the value of Compassion. 

    Strolia

    Elizabeth Fasel was nominated by Lauren Bushwaller and Ceddrick Hunter for the value of Compassion.

    Sam Witczak

    Francesca Strolia was nominated by Lauren Bushwaller and Ceddrick hunter for the value of Compassion. 

    Holly Krokonas

    Holly Kokonas was nominated by Amanda Tonra for the value of Inspiration. 

    Claire Badke

    Claire Badke was nominated by Halina Ruiz for the value of Inspiration. 

    Katherine Berens

    Katherine Berens was nominated by Lydia Chung for the value of Compassion. 

    (Not Pictured) Ann Czerwonka was nominated by Carmen Briseno for the value of Compassion. 

    Katie Curtin

    Katie Curtin nominated by Anonymous for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    (Not Pictured) Kelly Kelly nominated by Laila Safia for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    (Not Pictured) Tracy Latting nominated by Laila Safia for the value of Inspiration. 

    (Not Pictured) Catherine Tinny nominated by Laila Safia for the value of Compassion. 

    (Not Pictured) Marial Pontillo nominated by Lauren Gute for the value of Inspiration. 

    Hollly K

    Holly Kokonas nominated by Lindsey and Matthew Sapp for the value of OUtstanding Achievement. 

    Annemarie Chiapetti

    (Not Pictured) Annemarie Chiapetti nominated by Lindsey Sapp for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    (Not Pictured) Val Johnson nominated by Lindsey Sapp for the value of Outstanding Achievement. 

    (Not Pictured) Dali Hoover nominated by Sara Crowley for the value of Compassion. 

     

    Superintendent’s Report

    Social Emotional Learning - Parent Education: Dr. Snyder, Director of Curriculum said the District is looking forward to an event on January 21st. They are beginning a series on Parent Education with restorative practices. The award-winning authors of the book “Hacking School Discipline” have been working with District teachers and staff on restorative practices. Then, starting on January 21st, a parent education series will be available on Facebook and the District website for parents to tune in and watch. Six different sessions will take place from January to April. An explanation of the series, topics, and times can be found on the District website. 

    Monthly District-Wide Photo Challenge - Superintendent John Bryk urged families to keep an eye out for the District-Wide photo challenge that takes place. Families are urged to take pictures or draw something that corresponds with that month's theme. Families have submitted snowmen, veteran’s videos, and winter-themed activities that then been compiled into a video showing off different talents and activities. 

     

    Consent Agenda

    The following items were approved: 

    • Minutes: December 14, 2020, Committee of the Whole Meeting
    • Minutes: December 14, 2020, Board of Education Meeting
    • Minutes: December 14, 2020, Closed Session
    • Accounts Payable as of 12/31/20: $683,778.39
    • IMPREST FUND- as of 12/31/20: $9,806.85
    • PAYROLL SUMMARY as of 12/31/20: $3,624,960.31 
    • Personnel Report, as presented 

     

    Board Motions

    The following items were approved: 

    • 20221-2022 Official School Calendar
    • Amendment of Superintendent’s Contract
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