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October 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting

I. Join the Meeting Remotely
Description:  The public is invited to attend the meeting remotely. Information to join the meeting is below. Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, phone, or android device.
If you would like to address the Board of Education, please send your written comments to by 5:00 pm on the evening of the meeting. Please include your name as part of your remarks.
II. Roll Call
III. Call to Order
IV. Pledge
V. Approval of Consent Agenda
The Consent Agenda is a list of routine non-controversial items, which do not require further discussion and which are approved with one motion and one roll call vote. It is an effective procedure to handle routine matters on the agenda expeditiously. All consent items shall be listed with an asterisk(*) and will be enacted with one motion. However, any member of the Board of Education may request that an item be withdrawn from the Consent Agenda and discussed in its regular order.
V.A. Approval of Minutes *
Attachments: (1)
V.B. Approval of Financial Reports 
V.B.1. Payment of Bills (online)*
Attachments: (1)
V.B.2. Monthly Financial Reports (on-line)*
Attachments: (3)
V.B.3. Activity Accounts*
Attachments: (1)
V.B.4. Treasurer's Report*
Attachments: (1)
V.B.5. Investment Report*
Attachments: (1)
V.B.6. Flexible Spending Account*
Attachments: (1)
V.C. FOIA Report *
Description:  We have received two requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act since the September 2021 meeting of the Board of Education. A summary of the request is below.

Requested by:                         Angel Tormis, SteepSteel, LLC

Information Requested:          Please send us copies of all active leases/licenses for cell towers, rooftop antennas, or other wireless installations on property owned or managed by Milne-Kelvin Grove District 91, Illinois along with 24 months of associated payment histories.
FOIA Received:                     September 9, 2021     
FOIA Completed:                   September 13, 2021

Requested by:                         Joe Hart, IEA Field Paraprofessional
Information Requested:         
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, I am writing to request the following information electronically (preferably as an Excel file). Similar requests are being sent to districts throughout the state - This request, therefore, is not only in regard to employees in your district. Nor is it related to any matters regarding employees you may have, represented currently by IEA (e.g., upcoming contract talks, etc.):
·        The names of all non-certified support staff employed by Lockport Elementary School District 91;
·        Their job titles;
·        Their date of hire;
·        Their work building and its address;
·        The number of hours they are scheduled or have worked per week;
·        The number of hours they are scheduled per year;
·        Their collective bargaining unit status (i.e. whether or not they are covered by a collective bargaining agreement) and, if they are in a bargaining unit, the name of the labor organization with which that unit is affiliated;
·        The identity and services provided of any subcontracted companies currently engaged in district support staff work (including but not limited to: transportation services (regular or special ed), food services, custodial services, technology services, and security services)

FOIA Received:         September 16, 2021   
FOIA Completed:       September 17, 2021

V.D. Suspension Report

Attached is the suspension reports for Kelvin Grove for month of September 2021.  There were no suspensions at Milne Grove for the month of September 2021.

Attachments: (1)
VI. Student Recognition
Description:  We will be recognizing the KG students of the month and MG third grade student representatives.  
VII. Staff Recognition
Description:  In honor of National Principals Month, we will be honoring our Kelvin Grove Principal, Mr. Jennings and our Milne Grove Principal, Mrs. Koziol.
VIII. Master Board Member Recognition

The Illinois Association of School Boards recognizes board members through the Master Board Member program for the time and effort they devote to IASB leadership activities and service to the public education community. 

Master Board Member Points are earned by attending IASB division meetings, governing meetings, legislative leadership programs as well as holding positions of leadership within the Association.

IX. Invitation to Address the Board of Education
Description:  Per Policy 2:230 Public Comments at Board of Education Meetings and Petitions to the Board 
At each regular and special open meeting, the members of the public and District employees may comment on or ask questions of the Board, subject to reasonable constraints. 
The individuals appearing before the Board are expected to follow these guidelines: 
  1. Such a person shall submit a request in writing to the Board Secretary to address the Board. Such a request shall be received at least five (5) working days prior to the Board meeting and shall include said reason for the request.
  2. At the meeting, a person who has complied with number 1 above shall inform the Board Secretary of his/her presence at the meeting.
  3. Address the Board only at the appropriate time as indicated on the agenda and when recognized by the Board President.
  4. Identify oneself and be brief. Ordinarily, such comments shall be limited to five minutes.  In unusual circumstances, and when an individual has made a request in advance to speak for a longer period of time, the individual may be allowed to speak for more than five minutes. 
  5. The Board President may shorten or lengthen an individual’s opportunity to speak.  The President may also deny an individual the opportunity if the individual has previously addressed the Board on the same subject within the past 2 months. 
  6. The Board President shall have the authority to determine procedural matters regarding public participation not otherwise defined in Board of Education policy. 
  7. Conduct oneself with respect and civility toward others and otherwise abide by Board policy, 8:30, Visitors to and Conduct on School Property. 
Petitions or written correspondence to the Board shall be presented to the Board of Education in the next regular Board packet unless the Superintendent deems the matter to be urgent. 
X. Board Reports/Discussion Items
X.A. Behavior Interventions Committee Report
Description:  The Behavior Interventions Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 12th at 6pm in the KG LRC.  The following items will be discussed at the meeting:
  • Behavior interventions for special education students
  • Overview of special education
An update will be provided at the board meeting on what was discussed.
X.B. Review 2021 IASB Resolutions Committee Report

Attached is a copy of the IASB Report to the Membership - 2021 Resolutions Committee Report. Please review this report before the November 9, 2021 meeting in preparation for providing input to Mrs. Rodriguez so she can fulfill her responsibilities at the 2021 Delegate Assembly on November 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

X.C. Review Resolution to Regulate Expense Reimbursements
In 2016, PA 099-0604 went into effect resulting in units of local government adopting policies and forms related to reimbursement for travel expenses. In January 2020, the Board of Education approved the attached resolution setting the reimbursement rate of up to $800/day. 

This year the Triple I Conference is only being held November 19-21, 2021 and we are required to review this resolution (attached) annually.

X.D. Balloon Levy and Truth in Taxation Hearing 
Description:  In November, we will have an action item to approve the estimated amounts necessary to be levied for the 2021 levy.  As I look to prepare the estimated amounts for the tax levy, I am seeking the boards input for the consideration of a balloon levy for the 2021 levy based on the new property we will be anticipating along with the current higher average trends of CPI.  We want to make sure we will capture our full entitlement. 

Doing this would require a Truth In Taxation hearing is we ask for more than the 5% that would require both publishing a notice in the paper along with holding a hearing at the December board meeting prior to approving the certificate of tax levy in December.
XI. Reports of the Superintendent
XI.A. FY22 School Maintenance Grant Update
Description:  Mr. Pierson submitted the FY22 School Maintenance grant on behalf of District 91.  The project will include the final window needed to complete last year’s project along with the KG boiler replacement.  Attached you will find a copy of the grant that was submitted.  Further information and discussion on the project will take place at the November Buildings & Grounds Committee meeting. 
XII. Action Items
XII.A. Accept Donations

Accept the donations listed below.


The following donations have been made to the Kelvin Grove Learning Resource Center Collection in Display Case:

Donated by:

Ms. Dianna Underwood

10 Dolls/Doll Collection

We are grateful for the support received from our community. It is my recommendation these donations be officially accepted by the Board of Education.
XII.B. Personnel Report
XII.C. Teacher Device Purchase
Description:  At the June board meeting the application for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) was discussed and the board was supportive of Mr. Kincaid moving forward with submitting an application.  The process began with seeking bids for 50 new laptops to replace our teacher's current computers with more powerful and flexible ones. We received back pricing from all interested vendors. In total we received 10 different proposals. In August, Mr. Kincaid filed for the Emergency Connectivity Fund to help offset the cost for the scheduled laptop purchase for this fiscal year.  We applied to have ECF cover up to $400 of the cost of each eligible device. 

Recently we were notified that we have been awarded the $20,000 that was requested.  Attached is the quote for the 50 Lenovo ThinkBook devices to be purchased.  The total cost is $47,063.66.  With the ECF funding applied to the quote, the district’s cost for the 50 teacher devices will be $27,063.66. 

We recommend the board approve the purchase of the 50 teacher devices.
XIII. Informational Items
XIII.A. Correspondence
XIII.B. Upcoming Dates
XIV. Closed Session
The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the District or legal counsel for the District, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee or against legal counsel for the District to determine its validity. [1] However, a meeting to consider an increase in compensation to a specific employee of a public body that is subject to the Local Government Wage Increase Transparency Act may not be closed and shall be open to the public and posted and held in accordance the [the Open Meetings Act].  5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1), as amended by P.A. 99-646
XV. Adjournment

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