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February 18, 2021 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 January 21, 2021
Minutes of closed meeting held January 21, 2021
February Bills Payable
January Treasurer's Report
Destruction of closed meeting audio recording from August 18, 2019
VI. Superintendent’s Report
VI.A. Student Recognition
VI.B. Excellence in Education Award Winner Recognition
Description:  Lori Lev will be in attendance to recognize her receipt of the 2nd quarter Excellence in Education Award.
VI.C. Community Equity Committee
The first community Equity Committee meeting was held the evening of February 9th.  The Committee meeting was facilitated by Jeremy Anderson, District Equity Coordinator, and included staff, students, parents, and community members.  Efforts have already been underway with a number of involved staff members, but we look forward to expanding discussions about equitable practices to include more stakeholders.  We look forward to learning together as a community, being very intentional with our equity efforts and taking actionable steps to providing a culturally responsive learning environment.
VI.D. Blended Learning
Description:  I would like to update the Board on a number of blended learning matters at the meeting, including in-person student attendance, academic performance, academic plans through remainder of school year, risk mitigation efforts, vaccination status of staff, and updated state and federal school guidance.     
VI.E. Athletics and Activities
I am happy to report sports, clubs, and activities have resumed as a result of transitioning to Phase 4, following all public health protocols.  Activities and clubs are proceeding partly in-person and partially remote for both practices and competitions.  With recently released schedules for all 2020/21 sports, we are now determining how best to handle season crossover to support our multi-sport athletes and coaches.  With contact days available for all out-of-season sports as well as practices and competitions for in-season sports, scheduling will be challenging.  We will also have to closely follow practice schedules, as we need to ensure no student exceeds the IHSA established thresholds for weekly practice time.
VI.F. State Assessment
Superintendents have been in ongoing discussions with state and federal representatives over the past several months regarding challenges to in-person testing this spring.  Any change to assessment would require a federal waiver.  A group of 674 superintendents from districts across Illinois formally requested that such a waiver be considered and I’ve included a copy for your review.  Fortunately, State Superintendent Carmen Ayala recently announced on February 5th that ISBE will advocate for the U.S. Department of Education to make waivers available for spring assessments.  ISBE has acknowledged the challenges associated with in-person testing this spring and appear to support our focus on current instructional and social/emotional efforts.
VI.G. Graduation Requirements
Similar to the above discussion on state assessments, school administrators have also been in touch with State officials regarding graduation requirements for the Class of 2021.  Last year, emergency modifications were approved at the State level for the Class of 2020 due to the pandemic.  We remain hopeful modifications may be considered for the Class of 2021, as learning in remote and blended learning conditions has been difficult for some students.  I will keep you posted as to what, if any, changes are recommended by the Illinois State Board of Education.
VI.H. Senior Recognition
Senior recognition efforts are ongoing, but wanted to share the status of plans:
  • Student care packages arrived at homes week of February 11
  • Senior art competition underway to design senior apparel - student voting begins on or about February 22 with apparel purchases available after winning design selected
  • Senior portraits are scheduled on site the week of February 22
  • PBIS has recognized more than 150 students through Bulldog Blitz
  • Senior Spotlight Athletic/activity recognition ongoing
  • Student postcards are nearly complete and will be mailed week of March 1
  • Alternate prom activities are being identified and developed
  • Graduate yard signs are ordered and will be delivered in early spring
  • End-of-year senior parade plans underway
  • Families notified of outdoor graduation plans

While it has been a tough senior year, we are doing everything we can to help these students finish strong and feel valued!
VI.I. Personnel **                **REVISED**
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Sinthya Dayment, Bus Driver-On-call Sub $19.77/hr. starting 2/1/2021

Recommend the following coaching positions conditional upon the season taking place:
  • Mike Schneider, Asst. Baseball Coach
  • Garrett Olsen, Asst. Boys’ Basketball Coach
  • Drew Talbot, Asst. Boys’ Basketball Coach
  • Cory Dooley, Asst. Girls’ Basketball Coach
  • Andrea Weaver, Asst. Girls’ Basketball Coach
  • Oriana Williams, Asst. Cheer Coach
  • Rachel Bicknase, Asst. Winter Competitive Cheer Coach

Notification of the following Family and Medical Leave forms:
Garrett Olsen, Teacher, April 2, 2021 - March 15, 2021
VI.J. Principal’s Report
Description:  Mr. Schmidt will give his monthly Principal’s Report.
VII. Business Affairs              **REVISED**
VII.A. 2020/21 Amended Budget
The 2020/21 Amended Budget is almost complete.  There will be some adjustment to grants, as well as supply and salary budget lines due to COVID-19.  I anticipate bringing it to you next month to be placed on display, with hearing and approval to occur in May.
VII.B. 2021/22 Budget
We are beginning the budgeting process, meeting with departments and assessing needs.  Staffing will be finalized mid-March.  I hope to have a draft for you to look at April meeting.
VII.C. Preliminary 2021 Financial Profile Designation
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the preliminary 2021 Financial Profile Designation for the District based on the 2019-20 Annual Financial Report Data.  I’m happy to say we are receiving a 3.65 out of 4.00, with a status of Financial Recognition.  I’ve included the information from ISBE for your review.
VIII. Other Business
VIII.A. FOIA Requests
IX. Closed Session
IX.A. Semi-annual review of closed session minutes.  5 ILCS 120/2(c)(21) **
IX.B. Student disciplinary cases 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(9) **
IX.C. The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1) **
X. Action Items from Closed Session Discussion **
X.A. Potential Board Action on Semi-Annual Review of Closed Session Minutes **
XI. Adjourn
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