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May 20, 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 special meeting held April 29, 2021
Minutes of regular meeting held April 29, 2021
May Bills Payable
April Treasurer's Report
Destruction of closed meeting audio recording from November 14, 2019
VI. Superintendent's Report
VI.A. Student of the Month
Description:  Audrey Sampson will be in attendance so that we may recognize her accomplishments in being selected May Student of the Month.
VI.B. Excellence in Education Award – 4th Quarter
Description:  Stacy Collins will be in attendance to recognize her receipt of the 4th quarter Excellence in Education Award.
VI.C. Equity
The Equity Committee and Student Voices United have jointly developed an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement for the Board of Education to consider.  The statement reflects best practice and ISBE guidance to improve equity in schools.  Committee members will be in attendance to provide some background on development of the proposed statement and answer any questions you may have.  Both groups are very excited to bring this equity work to life in the GCHS community.
VI.D. Equity Personnel **
I’d like to review with the Board districtwide progress related to equity, diversity and inclusion this school year and discuss broad plans moving forward, along with a personnel recommendation to assist with this important work.
VI.E. Future Business Leaders of America National Competition **
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students recently competed in the Illinois State Leadership Conference online.  As shared below, seven students claimed state championships and automatically qualified for nationals, with six others having earned their spot to compete at nationals.  The National Leadership Conference will take place online June 29 to July 2.

1st Place - Alyssa Manthi - Organizational Leadership

1st Place - Priya Audipudy & Audrey Sampson - Entrepreneurship
1st Place - Diana Ngo - Graphic Design
1st Place - Navid Navidzadeh - Introduction to Business Procedures
1st Place - Carter Kaye - Computer Applications
1st Place - Logan Blancett - Database Design & Application
3rd Place - Jason Denz - Health Care Administration
3rd Place - Heli Viramgami - Personal Finance
3rd Place - Analise Cayet - Impromptu Speaking
4th Place - Joseph Casino - Spreadsheet Applications
4th Place - Zohair Muqeem - Cyber Security
4th Place - Emily Rodriguez - Journalism

When students qualify for extracurricular or co-curricular national competitions, the District has traditionally contributed half of the student costs to attend.  With no travel required this school year, the estimated Board paid costs for the competition will be $422.50.  Recommend approval of the FBLA costs as presented.
VI.F. Summer Curriculum Work **
How we approach summer curriculum work has evolved over the past several years and I wanted to provide a quick recap of the new process.  In the past, teachers submitted a project proposal form and were paid upon completion of the curriculum project.  Instead, certified staff members now apply to work a designated number of hours, either individually or as members of a Professional Learning Team, for curriculum improvement aligned with district goals.  This summer we are focusing curriculum improvement efforts on new courses, gap work related to the pandemic, and incorporating evidence-based grading practices.  Staff are compensated at a summer curriculum rate of $30.23 per hour.  Applications that have been approved for this summer are included for your review.  Recommend approval of the summer curriculum work as presented.
VI.G. 2021/22 School Year Family Learning Preferences
Information regarding learning preferences for the 2021/22 school year went home to families on May 7th.  Based on direction from the Illinois State Board of Education, a remote learning option will be available next year only for students who are unable to attend in person due to an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or live with a family member at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.  With 555 responses received so far, the breakdown in learning options is as follows:
  • In-Person Learning                                      91.2%
  • Medical Reason for Remote Learning           1.1%
  • Unsure                                                           6.7%
  • Not Attending GCHS                                     1.0%
We are excitedly planning for our return to in-person learning!
VI.H. Assessment Plan 2021/22
In 2017, the District transitioned to administering the fall PSAT/SAT for students in grades 9, 10, and 11.  There are advantages to providing both a fall and spring administration, including monitoring student growth from year to year, identifying areas for growth and having time to work with students on those areas, and practice opportunities for the college entrance exam.  Even though the Board of Education approved fall and spring testing for 2017/18 and beyond, I wanted to clarify our assessment plans for next school year since testing has not taken place as typically scheduled over the past 14 months. 

October 13, 2021                                               April (ISBE required)                   
Grade 9 - PSAT 8/9                                          Grade 9 - PSAT 8/9
Grade 10 - PSAT/NMSQT                               Grade 10 - PSAT 10
Grade 11 - PSAT/NMSQT                               Grade 11 - SAT

The cost to the District for the fall administration is approximately $15,000.
VI.I. Community Youth Network Counseling Support **
Description:  The Community Youth Network (CYN) Counseling Center is a Lake County nonprofit community counseling agency.  They are a comprehensive mental health center that provides counseling, assessment, specialized treatment, prevention programs, case work services, and community education.  They bring individual and group counseling directly into schools, thereby reducing barriers for those unable to secure services on their own.  They are currently partnered with eleven districts in Lake County.  Background information may be found on their website       

CYN would provide mental health support to students in need and assist us in proactively providing mental health supports.  CYN would designate a social worker to be on campus one day per week to run social-emotional groups based on identified need, as well as provide additional support for struggling students and students in crisis.  Recommend approval of a one-year agreement for CYN to provide one day of counseling services per week at a cost of $13,000.
VI.J. Student Vaccination Clinic
District 124 is partnering with our feeder districts and Passport Health to offer a local vaccination clinic for students ages 12+.  Vaccines will be provided at Grant High School with vaccine #1 on June 3rd and vaccine #2 on June 24th.  Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent.  There is no cost whatsoever to the school districts for this event.  Passport Health is paid directly by student health insurance carriers or receives federal reimbursement for uninsured students.  Our goal is to provide a local opportunity for our students to receive the vaccine knowing that fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine when in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
VI.K. Lake County Health Department Classroom Quarantine Pilot Project
Effective May 17th, GCHS will begin participating in a Lake County Health Department Quarantine Pilot Program.  I will share a brief overview of pilot details at the meeting.
VI.L. Honors Night
Honors Night took place in the fieldhouse on May 5th where we recognized the achievements of 43 dedicated students.  Through the generous donations of our Grant community we were able to distribute $26,750 in scholarships that evening. It was terrific to be able to gather in-person to recognize the efforts these dedicated students have put forth the past 4 years.  We included a copy of the Honors Night program for you.
VI.M. Co-Curricular Sponsors 2021/22 **
The administration is recommending approval of the co-curricular sponsors for the 2021/22 school year as presented.
VI.N. Personnel **                **REVISED**
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Nick Pelaez, Full-time Special Education Teacher, MA Step 0, 2021/22
  • Andrea Kosmicki, Full-time Special Education Teacher, MA Step 10, 2021/22
  • Janet Contreras, 12-month Administrative Assistant for Student Services, $40,500, starting 7/1/2021
  • Cassi Reid, Teacher Aide, $16.17/hr. starting 8/9/2021
Recommend approval of the summer school teachers as presented, conditional upon adequate student enrollment and summer school courses taking place.

Recommend accepting the resignation letter from the following:
  • Drew Talbot, Freshmen Boys’ Basketball Assistant Coach, immediately
Notification of FMLA request from Stephen Liddle, September 22, 2021 - January 5, 2022
VI.O. Principal’s Report
Description:  Mr. Schmidt will give his monthly Principal’s Report
VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. 2020/21 Amended Budget **
Attached is the 2020/21 amended budget for your review.  Per statute, the amended budget has been on display for the statutory 30 days.  Recommend approval of the amended 2020/21 budget.
VII.B. 2021/22 Budget **
Attached is the tentative 2021/2022 budget.  We’re adjusting to changes in the property taxes and state funding held at this year’s level.  There are still some unknowns tied to our property/casualty and liability insurance as of this report.  We should know final numbers by the time of the meeting.  We will update the tentative budget as soon as they are known.  Per statute, the tentative budget must be on display for the statutory 30 days.  It will be on the July agenda for hearing and approval. Recommend placing the tentative 2021/22 budget on display for the statutory 30 days.
VII.C. Medical Rate Renewal **
In 2016/17, we raised the insurance rates 15% for PPO B and 13% for PPO C, and in 2017/18 we raised both plans’ rates 2.61%.  Last year, we held rates steady.  This year, we have seen a rise in claims, but our reserves have held steady due to increased lives on the plan. Lakes Region Benefit Cooperative met with us, and we have over 90 days of reserves.  There is a slight increase in monthly premiums tied to fixed fees increasing, which is tied primarily to our stop loss policy renewal. We discussed with the Insurance Committee, and we are recommending a slight rate increase this year.

I am recommending the monthly rates for 2021-22 as shown below:

Plan B                                 Current 20/21                       Proposed 21/22
Employee                           $   749.44                              $   763.07  
Employee+Child                 $1,992.88                              $2,006.51

Employee+Spouse             $2,157.04                              $2,170.67
Family                                 $2,534.02                              $2,547.65

Plan C                                 Current 20/21                        Proposed 21/22
Employee                           $   675.84                              $   689.47
Employee+Child                 $1,801.69                              $1,815.32
Employee+Spouse             $1,948.20                              $1,961.83
Family                                 $2,093.24                              $2,106.87

High Deductible Plan       Current 20/21                        Proposed 21/22
Employee                           $   406.13                              $   419.76  
Employee+Child                 $1,082.67                              $1,096.30

Employee+Spouse             $1,170.71                              $1,184.34
Family                                 $1,257.88                              $1,271.51

VIII. Other Business
IX. Closed Session
X. Action Items from Closed Session Discussion
X.A. Potential Board action regarding personnel **
X.B. Potential Board action regarding placement of students **
X.C. Potential Board action on semi-annual review of closed session minutes **
XI. Adjourn
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