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March 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 February 18, 2021
Minutes of closed meeting held February 18, 2021
March Bills Payable
February Treasurer's Report
VI. Superintendent's Report
VI.A. March Student of the Month
Description:  Dominick Tadewald was selected as the March Student of the Month, but is unable to join us in person for the meeting.  He has pre-recorded a video that will be shared.  We celebrate Dominick’s accomplishments and recognition!
VI.B. Excellence in Education Award - 3rd Quarter
Description:  Max Boton will be in attendance to recognize his receipt of the 3rd quarter Excellence in Education Award.
VI.C. Blended Learning Plan Update 
Description:  We are excited to return to our original Blended Learning Plan and have students on campus two days per week.  The ability to increase student attendance comes as a direct result of Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools released by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) yesterday.  Generally speaking, previous guidelines have been modified to lessen the barriers for in-person learning.  A few of the most significant changes include:
  • Social distancing for in-person learning is now defined as 3 to 6 feet for students and fully vaccinated staff (previously 6 feet);
  • Schools may not operate at less than 3 feet of social distancing in order to provide in-person learning (previously 6 feet);
  • Capacity limits for in-person learning are now determined by a space’s ability to accommodate social distancing and is not a set capacity limit (previous limitation of 50 individuals per space)

Additionally, indicators of community transmission continue to decline and have helped to inform our decision-making for increased student attendance.  We look forward to these changes being implemented effective March 29, 2021.  We will continue to look for additional ways to increase in-person learning opportunities, within the constraints of the updated requirements.
VI.D. Assessment Update
Description:  We are still awaiting final word from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) regarding spring assessments, but we do know a few things for certain.  The following assessments will remain required:
  • SAT for grade 11
  • Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternative Assessment
  • ACCESS for English Learners
  • Illinois Science Assessment

The PSAT for grades 9 and 10 is no longer required and will not take place.  ISBE will be seeking maximum flexibility for accountability as it relates to assessment.  That will be very important as we anticipate participation rates will be much lower than normal, given our blended learning model.  I will follow up with additional assessment and accountability information as soon as it is received.     
VI.E. Extension of COVID Related Positions **
Description:  Last school year, the Board of Education approved several personnel additions to comply with ISBE and IDPH guidelines for the 2020/21 school year.  Based on the knowledge that we have at this time, it is anticipated we may need these positions for the 2021/22 school year as well.  Recommend approval of the following positions for the 2021/22 school year:
  • Remote Learning Aide
  • Health Aide
  • Building Monitor
  • Lunch Monitor (or stipend for current employee)
  • Bus Driver


VI.F. Resolution Authorizing Non-Renewal and Dismissal of Permanent Substitute Teachers and Reduction of Assignment **
Description:  Recommend approval of the Resolution Authorizing Non-Renewal and Dismissal of Permanent Substitute Teachers and Reduction of Assignment as presented.
VI.G. Resolution Authorizing Non-Reemployment of Part-Time, Non-Tenured Teachers **
Description:  Recommend approval of the Resolution Authorizing Non-Reemployment of Part-Time, Non-Tenured Teachers as presented.
VI.H. Summer Coaching Recommendations **
Description:  Recommend approval of the summer athletic coaches as presented, conditional upon if a season is able to take place. 
VI.I. Personnel **
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Stephanie Ashmore, move from Student Services Secretary to Full-time School Counselor, MA Step 0, beginning 2021/22 school year

Accept the retirement/resignation letters from the following individuals:
  • Camille Fiordirosa, Athletics Admin. Asst., retiring effective end of 2020/21
  • Christine Ryza, Food Service, retiring effective August, 2021
  • Barbara Barlass, Food Service, resigning effective immediately


Notification of FMLA for the following individuals:
  • Sharon Sullivan, effective March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

VI.J. Principal's Report

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

VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. Summer School Recommendation **
Description:  As a district, we are discussing this summer, summer school, and how best to help students recoup credits and limit learning loss.  I will have a recommendation for you at the meeting to discuss.
VII.B. 2020-21 Tentative Amended Budget **
Description:  Attached is the 2020/21 tentative amended budget for your review.  Changes have been made to accommodate increases in Title I, II, and IV grants, increase in federal revenue tied to the CARES Act, decrease in costs on special education transportation, and decrease in local revenue tied to school fees and interest.  Per statute, the amended budget must be on display for the statutory 30 days.  It will be on the May agenda for hearing and approval. Recommend placing the tentative amended 2020/21 budget on display for the statutory 30 days.
VIII. Other Business
VIII.A. FOIA Requests
IX. Closed Session
X. Action Items from Closed Session Discussion
X.A. Potential Board action regarding personnel **
XI. Adjourn
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