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January 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting

Agenda
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 addresstheBoE@d91.net 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. Communications
V.A. D91 Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
V.B. D91 Foundation
V.C. D91 Parent Athletic Association (PAA)
V.D. 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. 
 
VI. Staff Recognition
Description: 

We will be recognizing our two newest National Board Certified Teachers who completed their certification in December 2021:

 

Marcella Stateman

Magdalena Zajkowski

VII. Student Recognition
Description:  We will be recognizing the KG students of the month.
VIII. 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.
VIII.A. Approval of Minutes *
VIII.A.1. December Regular Meeting Minutes
Attachments: (1)
VIII.A.2. December Board Discussion Group Minutes
VIII.B. Approval of Financial Reports 
VIII.B.1. Payment of Bills (online)*
Attachments: (1)
VIII.B.2. Monthly Financial Reports (on-line)*
Attachments: (3)
VIII.B.3. Activity Accounts*
VIII.B.4. Treasurer's Report*
Attachments: (1)
VIII.B.5. Investment Report*
Attachments: (1)
VIII.B.6. Flexible Spending Account*
Attachments: (1)
VIII.C. FOIA Report *
Description:  We have not received any requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act since the December 2021 meeting of the Board of Education.
VIII.D. Suspension Report *
Description:  Attached is the suspension report for Kelvin Grove for the month of December 2021.  There were no suspensions at Milne Grove for the month of December 2021.
IX. Reports of the Superintendent
IX.A. School Improvement Team Updates for KG and MG
Description:  This month, Mrs. Koziol and Mr. Jennings, along with their school improvement team members, will update the Board regarding their building improvement plans. The presentation will include progress towards goals included in the 2020-21 improvement plans and goals added by the leadership teams for the 2021-22 school year.
IX.B. Completed Winter Break Projects 
Description: 

Tuesday evening, Mr. Pierson will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding the winter break projects that were completed.  Attached is a list of the work that was done.

X. Board Reports/Discussion Items
X.A. Buildings & Grounds/Finance Committee Update
Description: 

The Buildings and Grounds & Finance Committee will meet jointly on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 5:30 pm in the Kelvin Grove LRC.  The agenda discussion items are listed below.  All members are invited to attend the meeting.

 

Committee Discussion Items

  • Building Assessment Review from 2019

  • Updates to Buildings and Equipment since 2007

  • Future Facility Expenses

  • Financial Overview - PMA Financial

 

Information discussed at the meeting will be reviewed by the full board during the Board reports/discussion items portion of the meeting on Tuesday.  I look forward to seeing all board members who are able to attend on Tuesday at 5:30pm at the KG LRC.

 

 

X.B. Continue First Reading of Policies - Press Policy Issue 108
Description: 

Attached you will find a copy of the PRESS Policy Update Memo, Issue 108.  This will include complete descriptions for each draft update. All actual policies with highlighted changes are attached as well.

 

Please review the policies. The Board will continue to review and discuss these on Tuesday. Updates will be made as the Board deems necessary and they will be submitted for official Board approval as part of the February meeting.

X.C. First Review of 2022-2023 School Calendar
Description: 

Tuesday evening, we would like to discuss the 2022-2023 school calendar. There are three options attached for discussion.  The first two options were presented to the D91 Teacher’s Association for feedback.  Overwhelmingly, they preferred option 1, specifically for the beginning of the year schedule.  From the feedback received, there was a suggestion to combine the start of the school year from option 1 with some minor tweaks to winter break from option 2.  You will find these changes in option 3, which gives us the closest alignment from the winter break to high school for families who are looking for common time between their children(s) break schedules.

One big change in the calendar proposal is the reinstatement of the late start days.  There will be a total of eight that will be on Wednesdays throughout the school year to be in alignment with the late starts at the high school.  These late starts will allow for grade level team meetings and/or building meetings to take place to help support student improvement at each building.

After the January discussion, we will plan to have the calendar hearing and have the Board officially approve the calendar in February, so we can release it to parents.
X.D. Triple I Conference Report
Description:  I have included this item on the agenda for those who attended the conference to share any information from the sessions attended with the other members. Attached you will find some notes from Mrs. Rodriguez who attended the conference on behalf of the school board.  Dr. Wilkey will share a verbal overview of what she learned during the conference.
XI. Action Items
XI.A. Approval of Personnel Report
Description: 
XI.B. Approval of Bond Resolution
MOTION: Resolution providing for the issue of not to exceed $775,000 General Obligation Limited Tax Refunding School Bonds, for the purpose of refunding certain outstanding bonds of the District, providing for the levy of taxes to pay said bonds, and authorizing the sale of the bonds to the purchaser thereof
Description:  RECOMMENDATION:
To approve Resolution providing for the issue of not to exceed $775,000 General Obligation Limited Tax Refunding School Bonds, for the purpose of refunding certain outstanding bonds of the District, providing for the levy of taxes to pay said bonds, and authorizing the sale of the bonds to the purchaser thereof

BACKGROUND:
On Tuesday night during the joint Buildings and Grounds & Finance Committee meeting, the board will be presented with an option to refinance some bonds for the same amount of time as the current bond at a lower interest rate.  This will save approximately $40,000 in interest over the remainder of the bond payments.

Attached is a draft copy of the resolution.
XI.C. Accept Donations
Description: 

RECOMMENDATION Accept the donations listed below.

 

BACKGROUND  The following donations have been made to the Kelvin Grove Learning Resource Center:

Donated by: Mrs. Christine Soulian
3 giant checkers

We are grateful for the support received from our D91 faculty members. It is my recommendation these donations be officially accepted by the Board of Education.

XII. Informational Items
XII.A. Correspondence
XII.B. Legislative Report
XII.C. Upcoming Dates
XIII. Closed Session
Collective negotiating matters between the District and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees. 5 ILC 120/2(c)(2).
XIV. Adjournment

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