October 9, 2018
Posted by Administrator on 10/22/2018
Committee of the Whole - October 9, 2018
Visit to China Update - Dr. Skogsberg thanked Dr. Zeder for coordinating the details of the trip, and acknowledged that there were 32 proposals submitted to fill the 20 slots available for the proposed trip. Proposals were shared with the selection committee. The Board requested to have the trip placed on the Committee of the Whole agenda for discussion. Devin Hodge and Laura Berry led the discussion, stating that, while they firmly believe it would be a great opportunity for our District, due to budget concerns and the geopolitical climate in China, they determined it would be best to table the trip until further notice. The Board noted that they would like to improve the application process when the trip is revisited in the future.
Intergovernmental Agreement with the Village of Orland Park - Dr. Skogsberg noted that the Orland Square Mall is an economic engine of Orland Park, stating that it maintains commercial property value and results in property development. He explained that Mayor Pekau has worked diligently to attract high-end retailers to the area, and with the departure of Carson’s and Sears, only 50% of the mall anchor stores are in place. Should the mall not be sustained, it would have a negative impact on the area. Dr. Skogsberg mentioned that the District has partnered with District 230, the Orland Park Public Library, the Orland Park Fire Department, and the VIllage of Orland Park to agree on an incentive for a specific high-end retailer who is looking to fill the Carson’s location. If the store is not filled, the District would lose 90% of the property tax income from that location. In the proposed agreement, all non-village taxing bodies would abate back 50% of property taxes for 10 years or until the retailer hits the agreed-upon cap. Dr. Skogsberg requested that the Board review the documents provided and then take a vote on the IGA on Monday, October 15th.
Debt Options - Mr. Bryk explained that debt accumulated in 2005 to assist with additions and improvements at Jerling, Liberty, and Prairie is currently being paid from general funds. He noted that the issue could be fixed by issuing bonds, which would then allow the District to use the levy to pay operating expenses instead of paying debt out of it. Mr. Bryk discussed two options: Option one would place an average increase of $39 on taxpayers over the next seven years; and option two would place an average increase of $120 on taxpayers over the next three years. After the two options were proposed, the Board expressed that they do not feel the District is doing enough to close the gap ourselves before enlisting the assistance of the taxpayers, and they would like to have more information on debt reduction options before making a decision. Dr. Skogsberg noted that the previous Board left money on the table when they decided to not raise the levy, and that is the primary cause of the deficit spending. The Board added that additional programming and unfunded mandates added to the deficit. The Board agreed to discuss this in more detail at a future meeting.
Sub Pay Rates - Last year, an audit of surrounding school district sub pay rates was conducted and led to the decision to not raise daily rates of pay for substitute teachers. This year, that same analysis revealed that District 135 is now at the low end of substitute pay rates. Mrs. Owens explained that District 135 is struggling to fill substitutes, and a raise in pay would make the District more competitive in attracting new substitutes. Mrs. Owens recommended an increase to $100 a day for substitute teachers and nurses.
Impact of Projected Village Growth - Dr. Skogsberg provided an overview of the potential residential village growth, which could reach approximately 4200 additional homes. He noted that there have been 289 residential permits pulled since 2015, and that the Village is currently predicting a cap of 75,000 residents. Dr. Skogsberg explained that District 135 services about 10% of the Orland population in our schools, and that currently there are 5200 students in the District. Should Orland Park expand to 75,000 residents, the District may reach near 6,900 students.
Attendance centers: Dr. Zeder noted that at this time, the administration does not recommend a move to K-5 buildings for the 2019-20 school year. She explained that the early childhood program could create some space in overcrowded buildings by moving all EC students to Centennial School, while the diagnostic team would remain at Park. Dr. Zeder mentioned that there are currently 146 students in the program, but it typically rises to over 200 students. Dr. Zeder also noted that this would require an update to the playground at Centennial for it to be compliant with 2-5 year olds. Additionally, Dr. Zeder provided a recommendation to the Board that all 3rd grade students at Centennial move to High Point School. This would result in all primary buildings housing kindergarten through second grade, and all intermediate buildings would house 3rd through 5th grade, which has long been a goal of the administration. It was noted that these changes would not require boundary changes.
Board of Education Meeting - October 9, 2018
The Board approved all agenda items for the regular meeting. To view the agenda, visit BoardDocs.
Reagann Chausse (former Meadow Ridge student, current Century student) had her Metal Embossed Illuminated Manuscript artwork selected to be in the Illinois Art Education State Student Show! Her artwork was selected out of hundreds of art pieces that were submitted by art educators throughout the state. Reagann will be recognized at the Illinois Art Education Association Conference with 45 other student artists in grades K-12 grade on Saturday, November 10th at a Student Artists Reception in Normal, IL. Her artwork will then travel throughout the state for a whole year to several different schools, libraries, hospitals, and other public venues until next August. Her piece was also one of 20 chosen to be displayed at the Advocacy Show at the State Capitol on November 28th.
The Board recognized the following staff members on a job well done on their presentations at this summer’s I-Innovate mini technology conference. The conference was held in August and provided staff an internal opportunity to learn about innovative ways to utilize technology in the classroom. Today, we recognize the first half of this wonderful group of dedicated staff members. Thank you to the following presenters:
Gina Butzow was nominated by Ausra Zaukas for the value of INSPIRATION.
(Not Pictured)Stan Paluszkiewicz was nominated by Leanne Brown for the value of RESPECT.
Lindsay Zilly was nominated by Julie Rein for the value of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.
(Not Pictured) Jennifer Bennett was nominated anonymously for the value of COMPASSION.
Vicky Arends was nominated by Karyl Duffy and Julie Rein for the value of COMPASSION.
Noel Cary-Enriquez was nominated by Julie Rein, Karyl Duffy, and Ellen Broad for the value of COMPASSION.
Marcie Flores was nominated by Edward Boswell and Lauren Bushwaller for the value of COMPASSION.
Sue Berry was nominated by Leanne Brown for the value of INSPIRATION.