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December 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

I. Call to Order
II. Pledge of Allegiance 
III. Roll Call
IV. Audience
V. Consent Agenda **
Description:  Minutes of regular meeting held November 19, 2020
Minutes of closed meeting held November 19, 2020
December Bills Payable
November Treasurer's Report
Destruction of closed meeting audio recording from June 20, 2019
VI. Superintendent's Report
VI.A. Student Recognition
Description:  Mia McLoughlin will be in attendance via Zoom so that we may recognize her accomplishments in being selected December Student of the Month.
VI.B. Equity Planning Update 
Description:  Jeremy Anderson will be in attendance via Zoom to update the Board on his first semester efforts as the District’s Equity Leader, focusing on improving the culture and climate specific to equity, diversity, and inclusion/support for all students.  He will also highlight the long-term goal setting process underway and plans in development. 
VI.C. Student Performance Update
Description:  Greg Urbaniak, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, will be in attendance to review student performance results for the fall PSAT assessment and last year’s Advanced Placement testing.  The pandemic and remote learning has definitely impacted student learning and limited assessment opportunities, but we would like to share the data we do have.    
VI.D. Second Semester Planning
Description:  Important changes are forthcoming as it relates to second semester planning.  The Lake County Health Department (LCHD) has advised they will be moving away from the dashboard we have been using to make decisions to a "risk stratified model" in the coming weeks.  The new model will focus on five key mitigation efforts, including consistent and correct use of masks, social distancing to the extent possible, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, and contact tracing to reduce risk.  LCHD officials have stated if all of these measures are done consistently and correctly, risk will be lowered and schools may consider opening.  We were very well prepared to implement those things with fidelity this fall and am confident we can continue to do those things consistently and correctly second semester, given the opportunity to reopen school. 

We are very optimistic about a potential vaccine being available in the very near future.  The educational sector has been moved to Phase 1b for vaccinations, considered essential workers, and are told we may expect a vaccine for staff to be available as early as January.

As a result, we are planning to transition to Blended Learning Plan 2.0 effective January 19, 2021, with 25% of students present on any given day.  We will then seek to build to 50% on campus per the original Blended Learning Plan and then ultimately 100% in-person attendance as soon as it is feasible to do so.  Families are currently considering the blended and remote learning options, with decisions due the week of our meeting.  I will be able to share results of those decisions and the number of students we can expect on campus.  We couldn’t be more excited to get students back in school second semester! 
VI.E. Alternative Pathways Plot Program **
Description:  The administration is seeking to pilot the addition of another layer of academic and social-emotional support for at-risk students, through implementation of an Alternative Pathways Program.  This would be an intensive intervention designed to assist students who are currently not on pace for graduation within 4 years of school.  The district recognizes the need to meet the various needs of students through a wide variety of approaches.  With some students struggling to find success within our traditional bell schedule format during these unprecedented times, the Alternative Pathways Program would seek to provide support outside the bell schedule to meet student needs.  The program would run four nights per week, from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., focusing on English and mathematics.  A social worker would be scheduled one evening per week, to provide individual support for students.  The pilot would include a potential enrollment of 30 students.  We are proposing transportation to and from school be provided.  Details of estimated costs have been provided.  Recommend approval of an Alternative Pathways Pilot Program for second semester of the 2020/21 school year.    
VI.F. Portrait of a Graduate Update
Description:  While it has been some time since we identified Portrait of a Graduate 21st Century competencies, GCHS art teacher, Jeff Austin, and GCHS art students have been busy designing the important graphic to publicly represent our work.  I wanted to share with you a draft of the graphic that has been developed and get your feedback.  The Teaching and Learning Committee has also been busy this year developing the Portrait of a Grant Teacher, which will be shared with you once fully developed.     
VI.G. School Board Policy Modifications - First Reading **
Description:  I am recommending changes to the following School Board Policies based on direction from the Illinois Association of School Boards and legal counsel:
  • 4:80      Accounting and Audits
  • 4:90      Student Activity and Fiduciary Funds
  • 6:300    Graduation Requirements
  • 6:340    Student Testing and Assessment Program
  • 7:100  Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations; Immunizations and Exclusion of Students
  • 7:300     Extracurricular Athletics
The Board may review and consider this a first reading or approve this evening if no additional time to consider is necessary. 
VI.H. April Board Meeting Date Change **
Description:  Due to the upcoming election on April 6th, it is necessary to change our April Board of Education meeting date.  We have been informed the last day for the county clerk to certify elections results is Tuesday, April 28th.  Within 28 days after the election, or by May 4th, the Board shall certify the results, organize by electing its officers, and fix a time and place for regular meetings.  Our current meeting date of April 15th will not work with the dates provided.  I am recommending we change our April meeting date from April 15, 2021, to April 29, 2021, in order to be able to reorganize in the allowable timeframe.     
VI.I. Personnel **
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Angela Balanag, English Lab PM Supervisor-Thursday, hourly rate per contract
  • Lenny Grodoski, English Lab PM Supervisor-Tuesday, hourly rate per contract
  • Drew Talbot, Math Lab PM Supervisor, hourly rate per contract
  • Timothy Viscioni, After School Credit Recovery Teacher, $42.29/day
  • Tracy Highley, After School Credit Recovery Teacher, $42.29/day
  • Rachel Bicknase, Full-time Substitute, pro-rated salary at BA Step 0, start date 1/4/2021
  • Andrea Weaver, FMLA Leave Substitute, 10 days at sub rate then move to BA Step 0, dates beginning 1/4/2021 - 3/12/21
VI.J. Principal's Report

Mr. Schmidt will give his monthly Principal’s Report.

VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. COVID-19 Expenditures/Revenues to-Date
Description:  I have included an update for you of the costs we have incurred as a District to-date, in order to be properly prepared due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additionally, I have also included the funding we have received specific to COVID relief.  I will go over this information with you at the meeting.
VIII. Other Business
IX. Closed Session
Description:  A. The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1)**

B. Student disciplinary cases 5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(9)**
X. Action Items from Closed Session Discussion
X.A. Potential Board action regarding personnel **
X.B. Potential Board action regarding students **
XI. Adjourn
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