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June 17, 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 November 14, 2019
Minutes of closed meeting held November 14, 2019
December Bills Payable
November Treasurer's Report
Destruction of closed meeting audio recording from June 21, 2018
VI. Superintendent's Report
VI.A. Faculty Recognition
Description:  Teacher Joree Morris will be in attendance to be recognized for her selection as the 2021 Outstanding Educator of the Year.
VI.B. School Board Policy 6:185 Remote Educational Programs **
With the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) releasing a resolution supporting in-person learning in May, we are continuing to plan for students to return to campus in person next school year.  You may remember that previous ISBE language included an exception to in-person learning for students with medical conditions that may have placed them at increased risk of COVID-19.  In the new resolution, that exception has been removed.  However, it may be in the best interests of some students to continue with a remote educational program.  If schools want to continue to offer a remote educational program for students that would be medically or instructionally eligible after the gubernatorial proclamation expires, the District must have a policy in place to permit that.  The policy I am sharing would provide the District with the opportunity to place eligible students in a remote learning program, when deemed medically necessary and/or in the best instructional interests of the student.  You may consider this as a first reading for the policy or approve, as I’ve listed as a potential action item.  This is the model policy provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards and approved by legal counsel.  Recommend approval of SBP 6:185 as presented.
VI.C. 2021 School Report Card
The 2021 School Report Card will have three different releases of data due to the unique school year.  In late October, metrics not related to assessments will be released.  The first week of December, SAT, ACCESS and DLM-AA performance and College and Career Ready data will be released.  In late April, all remaining assessment data and College and Career Ready data will be released.  The following are new metrics that will be included in the Report Card:
  • Advanced Academic Programming
    • Students enrolled in Accelerated Placement
    • Students enrolled in Advanced Placement coursework
    • Students enrolled in Enriched or Honors coursework
    • Students enrolled in dual-credit coursework
  • College and Career Ready Indicators
    • Distinguished Scholar
    • College and Career Scholar
VI.D. College of Lake County High School Feedback Report
The High School Feedback Report provides a profile of our students enrolled at the College of Lake County and their college readiness in reading/writing and mathematics as compared to the Lake County average.  College readiness of Grant students increased in each of the last two years in both reading/writing and mathematics as well as scoring above the Lake County average.
VI.E. Consolidated District Plan **
As a district that receives federal funds, we are required to have the Board of Education annually approve the Consolidated District Plan.  The Consolidated District Plan incorporates reporting and accountability requirements of all federal grants.  All grant requirements have been met in the attached plan.  Recommend approval of the Consolidated District Plan as presented.
VI.F. Deep Equity Partnership
I will provide a very brief update on the status of Deep Equity training in partnership with District 114.
VI.G. Bilingual Liaison
I will provide a very brief update on discussions with feeder districts for a potential shared bilingual liaison position.
VI.H. Legislative Update
A number of bills impacting education did pass both the Illinois House and Senate and are awaiting signature of the governor.  I will provide a brief update on bills that will have a significant impact, either from a planning or financial perspective.
VI.I. Travel and Overnight Trips **
The Cross-Country team is requesting to attend the Peoria Notre Dame Cross Country Invite from September 17-18, 2021.  All costs will be paid with team activity funds, except one meal students will be responsible for on the way back Saturday afternoon.  Recommend approval of the overnight travel as presented.
VI.J. Fall Coaches 2021/22 **
Recommend approval of the fall coaching staff for 2020/21 as presented.
VI.K. Personnel **              **REVISED**
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • John Recktenwall, Full-time Teacher-English/Social Studies, BA Step 0
  • Anthony Johnson, Full-time Credit Recovery Teacher, $36,000 salary, formerly Teacher Aide
  • Nick Fanella, Full-time Teacher Aide, $16.15/hr., 2021/22 school year
  • Cheryl Kwiatkowski, Transition Program Job Coach, formerly Teacher Aide
  • Rachel Bicknase, Full-time Substitute, BA Step 0, 2021/22 school year
  • Cory Bowles, Full-time 12 Month Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director, $38,500 salary, beginning July 1, 2021
  • Alana Stephens, Sign Language Interpreter, $30/hr., starting 6/10/2021

Recommend approval of the following summer school teachers, conditional upon adequate student enrollment and summer school courses taking place
  • Ecaterina Everhart
  • Kim Husko

Recommend accepting resignations from:
  • Leonard Grodoski, Asst. Football Coach, effective immediately
  • Thomas Evans, Asst. Varsity Football Coach, effective immediately

Notification of Family Medical Leave Act requests from:
  • Rich Panerali, May 18 - May 27, 2021
  • Michael Werner, September 15 - November 12, 2021
VI.L. Principal’s Report
Description:  Mr. Schmidt will give his monthly Principal’s Report.
VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. CLIC – Renewal of Workers’ Compensation and Liability Insurance **
We received our renewal for workers’ compensation as well as the liability insurance through the Collective Liability Insurance Cooperative (CLIC).  Workers’ Compensation shows an increase of 9.39%, which is primarily due to funding the variable costs/loss fund and increase in payroll.  The liability/ property/casualty package is increasing 13.66%, tied to increases in the renewals for the actual insurance package when CLIC went out to bid - primarily in the Cyber Liability Theft.  Recommend approval of the Workers’ Compensation and Liability Insurance renewal as presented.
VII.B. Bid Results – Cardiovascular Equipment Bid **
On June 1, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., we received bids for Cardiovascular Equipment.  This was specifically for thirty-seven (37) Indoor Cycles and thirty-seven (37) dumbbell holders for the bikes.  The purpose of this bid was to replace outdated indoor cycles that are in the spin room with ones that meet the curricular needs of the new physical education classes being offered in the fall.  This bid release was advertised in local publications more than ten days prior to the bid opening.  Attached for your reference is the bid tabulation sheet.  Three contractors requested and received bid documents.  We received three bids.  Low bidder was Life Fitness who bid $51,844.03 for the indoor cycles and $1,727.90 for the dumbbell holders for a total bid of $53,571.93.  Recommend award of Cardiovascular Equipment Bid to Life Fitness in the amount of $53,571.93.
VII.C. Student Online Protection Act (SOPPA)
New requirements go into effect on July 1, 2021 related to the Student Online Protection Act.  I will have a short presentation at the meeting to go over these requirements, our actions to date, and our plan going forward at the meeting.
VII.D. Information Technology Managed Services Agreement **
In January 2019, after our Network and Desktop Specialist had retired the previous June, we brought in McQueen Technology Group, LLC.  We did that as a 2 year and 6-month contract.  The contract is set to retire at the end of June.  Recently, we sat down with them to review how the contract period has gone and to discuss a second contract.  They are proposing a 3-year contract of 50 hours a month for $7,000 per month, for a total of $84,000 each year, which represents a $0 increase over the previous contract.  I’ve included their proposal for your review.  Recommend approval of the contract with McQueen Technology Group, LLC.
VII.E. Soteria Device Purchase Agreement **
As part of our relationship with McQueen Technology Group, LLC, we were given the opportunity to demo a security vulnerability scanning tool called Soteria that was developed specifically for education institutions.  This device scans our systems and servers 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Soteria identifies ransomware, phishing attempts, DoS attacks and tests for other vulnerabilities.  When vulnerabilities are identified, it sends notification to a tech team member who can take action.  The cost of the device is $19,995, with an annual license fee of $1,500. I’ve included some information regarding the device for your information.  Recommend approval to purchase the Soteria Device for $19,995 with annual license fee of $1,500.
VII.F. Turf Replacement Update
I will have an update at the meeting for you on design, cost, and process related to the turf replacement project.
VII.G. Daily Substitute Rate for 2021/22 **
As we move forward after the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reviewing the daily pay rate for substitute teachers in the district.  Last year, the Board had approved a one-year increase to $175.00 per day in an effort to attract substitutes.  This was an increase from our regular rate of $115.00 per day.  I’ve attached a recommendation for a small increase to the daily substitute rate of pay based on the comparison of area schools.  Recommend approval of the Substitute Daily Rate of Pay for 2021.
VII.H. Treasurer’s Bond for 2021/22 **
The treasurer is required by law to be bonded for 25% of the amount of monies they have custody of.  The bond must be approved by the Board of Education and then filed with the Regional Office of Education.  We have obtained a renewal on the bond.  The bond is for $10,500,000 and the cost has decreased from last year to $9,975.  I have attached the bond information for your review.  Recommend approval of the 2021/22 Treasurer’s Bond.
VIII. Other Business
IX. Closed Session
IX.A. 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 regarding personnel **
XI. Adjourn

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