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  • August 13, 2018

    Posted by Administrator on 8/29/2018

    At the Committee of the Whole meeting on August 13th, the Board discussed the following topics:

    • While not on the agenda, the Board made note of an upcoming 5K run/walk to be hosted by the new Orland 135 Foundation for Education.  The event will take place on September 8th at the Metra station on 153rd Street.
    • The Board reviewed several small changes to a variety of policies.  Those policies and the changes discussed can be found on BoardDocs.
    • An update from the summer school program was provided by Assistant Director of Curriculum Jen Nichols.  Summer school was held at Prairie this year, and took place over four weeks in July. Seven teachers were employed for the reading and math program, and 50 students participated.
    • An update on the Extended School Year program was provided by Bridget Carstensen, who served as the ESY principal this summer.  This year, 212 students participated in the program that was facilitated by 42 certified staff and 30 classified staff. Adaptive physical education and art were added to the curriculum this year.  The theme of ESY was camping, and REI was invited to give a demonstration of camping equipment. ESY students also experienced a visit from therapy animals and had a Special Olympics day.
    • Dean Pappas, special education coordinator, presented a new approach to early childhood diagnostic testing.  In the past, the testing was done one-on-one with students, however, now they approach diagnostics in a group setting.  This allows them to observe the children interacting with others.
    • Human Resources Director Suzanne Owens presented a staffing update, stating that the District was still working to fill several spots for the new year, but that everything was going smoothly.  As of the meeting on August 13th, the District was able to remain cost-neutral compared with last year when hiring FTE employees.
    • Karen Janettas, Director of Student Services and Special Education, presented an enrollment update.  At the time of the meeting, there were 577 new students enrolled, and 710 returning families who had not yet completed verification of residency and/or online re-registration.  A plan to send another mass notification blast was confirmed with Director of Communications Jen Obright.
    • The Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS) is a tool that helps teachers identify students who are at risk of behavioral issues.  Dean Pappas, special education coordinator, noted the various levels of communication involved when a student is identified. Lower tier situations will be handled at the classroom level, and as a child moves up the tier system, District administrators will work with building staff to provide support.
    • Dr. Lynn Zeder discussed the proposal for the trip to China that will take place in the spring of 2019.  The administrative team made additions to the proposal requirements, including monthly meetings and professional development presentations.  The Board agreed to move forward with accepting proposals, and the application will be made available during the first week of school.
    • Dr. DJ Skogsberg went over the administrative retreat that was held on Thursday, August 9th.  The agenda was narrowed down to four hours and was very prescriptive to prepare for the new school year.  
    • Rick Hansen, director of buildings & grounds, noted that many improvements had been made to Park and Centennial over the summer, and he invited the Board to tour the buildings with him later this week.

    At the regular Board of Education meeting on August 13, 2018, all agenda items were approved.  Visit BoardDocs to view the agenda and attachments.

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  • July 9, 2018

    Posted by Administrator on 7/16/2018

    At the Committee of the Whole meeting on July 9, 2018, the Board discussed the following topics:

    • Karen Janettas, Director of Special Education and Student Services, discussed the new Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS) tool.  Teachers use SRSS to monitor and identify students who may need additional support or interventions related to Social-Emotional Learning.  It will be used in the fall, winter, and spring to monitor student behavior and progress to ensure all students have the tools they need to succeed.  A presentation is available on BoardDocs.


    • Dr. Lynn Zeder, Assistant Superintendent, presented an initial proposal for a delegation of 20 Orland School District 135 representatives to travel to China for an education immersion and learning experience over spring break in March of 2019.  
      • District 135 has a long history of hosting a delegation of educators from China so they can learn about the American public school system.  
      • On their last trip to Orland Park, the delegation extended an invitation to help organize a trip for our staff to visit them.  
      • The Board was in support of moving forward, so a committee will begin accepting applications from staff who are interested in attending.
      • The goal of this trip would be to create Global Ambassadors in the District who would not only serve as a liaison when the Chinese delegation comes to visit, but will also share their experiences and knowledge with staff members throughout the year.


    • Dr. Lynn Zeder, Assistant Superintendent, discussed the curriculum, English Language Learners, and special education grants and how much money the District can expect to receive for the 2018-19 school year compared with the past two years.  These graphs can be found on BoardDocs.


    • The Board and Administration considered moving the Treasurer’s Report at the agenda of regular Board of Education meetings to the updates section at the end of the agenda in the interest of saving time.  It was noted the report will still be publicly available through BoardDocs, and Board members will review it prior to each regular meeting, but the report would no longer be read out loud. The Board and Administration agreed to the change moving forward.


    • The Board of Education reviewed an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Village of Orland Park and Orland School District 135.  This agreement is similar to that of District 230’s and will allow the two government agencies to share necessary information.


    At the regular Board of Education meeting on July 9, 2018, the Board approved all items on the agenda.  To view the agenda and associated documents, visit BoardDocs.

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    Posted by Admin on 6/26/2018

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