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October 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Regular School Board Meeting

Agenda
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
II. ROLL CALL
III. CLOSED SESSION
         • For the purpose to discuss appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the District.
IV. ACTION FOLLOWING CLOSED SESSION
V. CONSENT AGENDA
V.A. Approval of Regular Minutes of 09/10/20
V.B. Approval of Payables and Ratification of Payroll in the amount of $1,696,527,.97
V.B.1. Approval of Board Accounts Payable
V.B.2. Approval of AT&T Accounts Payable
 
V.C. Approval of Township Treasurer's Reports
VI. APPEARANCES BEFORE THE BOARD
VI.A. Ryan Evans - Status Update on Remote Learners
VII. PUBLIC COMMENT
VIII. COMMUNICATIONS
VIII.A. None
IX. FOIA REQUESTS
IX.A. None
X. OLD BUSINESS
X.A. Press Plus Policy 105 - Second Reading
X.A.1. 2:260 Uniform Grievance Procedure
X.A.1.a. * Question 1.  A district must prominently display its Title IX non-discrimination policies (this policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure, and policy 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure) and contact information for its Title IX coordinator(s) on its website, if any, and in each handbook made available to students, applicants for employment parents/guardians, employees, and collective bargaining units. 34 C.F.R. §106.8(a) and (b). Notifications must state that nondiscrimination extends to employment, and that inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the district’s Title IX coordinator, to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Assistant Secretary of Education, or both. 34 C.F.R. §106.8(b). See sample exhibit 2:250-E2, Immediately Available District Public Records and Web-Posted Reports and Records, available at PRESS Online by logging in at www.iasb.com.

Title IX regulations require districts to designate and authorize at least one employee to coordinate efforts to comply with Title IX and to refer to that employee as the Title IX Coordinator. 34 C.F.R. §106.8(a). Districts must identify the Title IX coordinator by name, office address, email address, and telephone number.   

The Nondiscrimination and Title IX Coordinator(s) need not be the same person. Does the District's Nondiscrimination Coordinator also serve as the Title IX Coordinator.

_X__ The Nondiscrimination Coordinator also serves as the District's Title IX Coordinator. (default)
X.A.2. 5:10 Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment
X.A.3. 5:100 Staff Development Program/Institute Day
X.A.4. 5:20 Workplace Harassment Prohibited
X.A.5. 5:330 Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays and Leaves
X.A.6. 7:10 Equal Educational Opportunities
X.A.6.a. Question 1.  Executive Order (EO) 2019-11, titled "Strengthening Our Commitment to Affirming and Inclusive Schools" established the Affirming and Inclusive Schools Task Force (Task Force) to identify strategies and best practices for ensuring welcoming, safe, supportive, and inclusive school environments for transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming students. The Task Force delivered a report that served as the basis for two non-regulatory guidance documents entitled Supporting Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Nonconforming Students and Sample District Policy and Administrative Procedures at www.isbe.net/supportallstudents. The Ill. State Board of Education (ISBE) hosts these documents on its website.

Does the Board want to incorporate ISBE’s Sample District Policy and Administrative Procedures policy recommendation into this policy?

_X__ No (default)
X.A.7. 7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment
X.A.8. 7:185 Teen Dating Violence Prohibited
X.A.9. 7:20 Harassment of Students
X.A.10. 2:265 The IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure
X.A.10.a. * Question 1.  Does the District employ Assistant Principals?                                             
_X__ Yes (default)                                             
                              
* Question 2.  Does the District employ a Dean of Students?                                              
_X__ No (IASB will remove Dean of Students references from the policy)                           

* Question 3.  34 C.F.R. §106.45(b)(1) lists the basic requirements for a grievance process. While live hearings are only required for postsecondary institutions, elementary and secondary schools may choose to offer them as part of their grievance process. Consult the board attorney if the board wants the district to use a live hearing in its grievance process.                                      
                                               
* Will the District use a live hearing during the grievance process?                                    
_X__ No (default)                                          
                                               
* Question 4.  34 C.F.R. §106.45(b)(1)(vii) requires the Title IX sexual harassment grievance process to state the standard of evidence it will use to determine responsibility of the respondent. The standard of evidence selected must be applied "consistently to formal complaints alleging Title IX sexual harassment regardless of whether the respondent is a student or an employee." 85 Fed. Reg. 30373.  This policy uses the preponderance of the evidence standard, not the clear and convincing evidence standard. Preponderance of evidence is a standard used in civil cases. It means "the greater weight of the evidence, not necessarily established by the greater number of witnesses testifying to a fact but by evidence that has the most convincing force." See Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th ed. 2019.  Preponderance of the evidence is the standard used in sample policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. Clear and convincing is a higher standard, requiring more than preponderance of the evidence but less than proof beyond a reasonable doubt. It means "evidence indicating that the thing to be proved is highly probable or reasonably certain." See Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th ed. 2019.  Consult the board attorney regarding the appropriate standard for the district, as well as implications if a different standard is used in this policy than in 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. Ensure the same standard of evidence is used in the district's implemented administrative procedure 2:265-AP2, Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Grievance Process.                                     
                                               
* Which standard of proof has the Board adopted for policy 2:265?                                                                              
_X__ Clear and convincing evidence (IASB will replace "preponderance of" with "clear and convincing")
XI. NEW BUSINESS
XI.A. FY 2020 Audit
XII. INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION
XII.A. Update on Instructional Model
XIII. ADJOURNMENT
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