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July 15, 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 June 17, 2021
Minutes of closed meeting held June 17, 2021
July Bills Payable
June Treasurer's Report
Destruction of closed meeting audio recording from January 16, 2020
Quarterly list of authorized depositories, investment managers, dealers and brokers
VI. Superintendent's Report
VI.A. Back to School 2021/22 Learning Plans
On July 9th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois State Board of Education issued updated public health guidance for COVID-19 prevention in schools.  We are working quickly to finalize our Back to School Learning Plan based on the new guidance.  I will provide a brief presentation of our learning plans.  
VI.B. Deep Equity Partnership **
We are prepared to partner with Fox Lake Grade School District 114 and Grayslake Community High School District 127 for Corwin’s Deep Equity School Leadership Team training for the 2021/22 school year.  The Deep Equity training is an evidence-based process that has been shown to have a measurable, positive impact on student outcomes.  The adult training will focus on:
  • Deepening the work of personal growth toward cultural competence for all staff;
  • Expanding our approach and analysis of the multiple dimensions of difference (including race, culture, class, gender, language, sexual orientation, special needs, religion, learning styles, etc.);
  • Deepening understanding of issues of social dominance and social justice;
  • Providing instructional tools aligned with the 7 Principles for Culturally Responsive Teaching;
  • Providing a multi-year process of peer support aimed at transforming pedagogy at the classroom level and close targeted achievement gaps at the individual student level; and
  • Supporting districtwide efforts at systemic change and strategic planning for equity.

The cost for the School Leadership training will be approximately $51,400 shared among the districts based on number of participants.  Our estimated cost for year 1 is $10,280. 

We would then partner with Grayslake on the Youth Equity Stewardship training in year 2, or the 2022/23 school year.  The youth training is designed to complement the adult training and engages students in learning about equity stewardship and becoming advocates for culturally responsive learning environments.  The cost of the youth training in 2022/23 will be $41,500 to be shared among Grant and Grayslake based on the number of participants.  With participation split among 3 high schools, our estimated cost is $13,695. 
Recommend approval of the multi-district partnership for Corwin’s Deep Equity training and sharing of costs as presented.
VI.C. Bilingual Liaison Partnership **
The District seeks to partner with Gavin School District 37 and Fox Lake Grade School District 114 in the hiring of a Bilingual Parent Liaison position.  I’ve attached a draft job description for the position that districts will be meeting on next week to finalize.  With an increasing population of English Learners in each of our districts and increasing statutory requirements with this program, we are seeking to jointly employ a bilingual parent liaison to supplement current administrative efforts.  Gavin and Fox Lake would each be allocated 2 days per week and contribute 40% of position costs per district.  Grant would be allocated 1 day per week and contribute 20% of position costs.  Recommend approval of a shared Bilingual Parent Liaison as presented.
VI.D. School Board Policy Modifications – First Reading **
I am recommending changes to the following School Board Policies based on direction from the Illinois Association of School Boards and legal counsel.  The Board may determine to review as a first reading or vote upon if no additional time to consider is necessary. 

1:30          School District Philosophy
2:10          School District Governance
2:130        Board-Superintendent Relationship
5:10          General Personnel: Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority
6:145        Migrant Students
6:160        English Learners
6:235        Access to Electronic Networks
6:260        Complaints about Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs
7:50          School Admissions and Student Transfers to and from Non-District
8:90          Parent Organizations and Booster Clubs
VI.E. Personnel **           ** REVISED **
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Frank Gurgone, Full-time Technology Education Teacher, BA+15-Step 12, 2021/22 school year
  • Kayla Rutkowski, Full-time Art Teacher, BA-Step 0
  • James Buss, BDIPS Teacher Aide, $16.07/hr., 2021/22 school year
  • Vanessa Boss, Attendance Office Administrative Assistant, $15/hr., beginning August 11
  • Jessica Strom, Main Office Receptionist, $16.50/hr., tentative start date July 19
  • Alexandria Peterson, Student Services Administrative Assistant, $17.50/hr. beginning July 19, 2021
  • Virginia Voelker, Full-time Building Substitute, BA-Step 0, 2021/22 school year

Recommend accepting the resignation letters from the following:
  • Janet Contreras, Student Services Secretary, effective June 22, 2011
  • Ryan Frank, Lacrosse Coach, effective immediately
  • Kali Williams, Cheer Coach, effective immediately


VI.F. Principal’s Report
Description:  Mr. Schmidt will give his monthly Principal’s Report.
VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. Unaudited Summary of Year End 2020/21
Attached is an unaudited summary of fiscal year end 2020-21.  We ended the year in a better position than expected due to an additional property tax payment that came in on June 30th.
VII.B. Final 2021/22 Budget **
Attached is the final 2020-21 budget.  I’ve updated from the tentative budget with all the new employees that have been hired, increased the federal ESSER grant funds per the allocation the state has indicated we will receive and trimmed expenses extensively.  The budget has been on display for the statutory 30 days.  Recommend approval of the 2021-22 budget as presented.
VII.C. Fees
Annually, we review the school fees that are charged to families to offset the cost of items currently supplied by the District for all students.  Examples of such materials include textbooks, workbooks, consumables, art supplies, materials for science experiments, library resources, paper and copying costs, student screening materials, printer supplies and other items.  I’ve attached information from neighboring districts for comparison.  We are not recommending any increase to fees at this time.
VII.D. National School Lunch Program
In a typical year, the District participates in the National School Lunch Program which allows families who qualify, either directly through the state due to Medicaid, SNAP, or TANF or by filling out income eligibility applications, to receive either reduced pricing or completely free lunches.  This past year, we qualified for a special waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture which allowed us to provide free meals to all students.  We are again qualifying for that waiver and under a program that is called Seamless Summer Option, we will be serving lunches to students at no cost.  We offer two options under this program, a main meal and a pizza meal.  There are no ala carte items available to purchase, but each type of meal includes a protein, vegetable (or two), fruit and a milk.  Each meal served is claimed and the federal government reimburses the district $4.3175 per meal. This will be the last year for the waiver, so we anticipate going back to the National School Lunch Program in the 2022-23 school year.
VIII. Other Business
IX. Closed Session
X. Action Items from Closed Session Discussion
X.A. No Board action is anticipated
XI. Adjourn
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