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September 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

I. Call to Order
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Roll Call
IV. Superintendent’s Report
IV.A. Student Recognition
Description:  Logan Blancett will be in attendance to be recognized for his selection as September Student of the Month.
IV.B. Hall of Fame Induction **
Description:  Recommend approval of the Resolution recognizing Mr. Fred Loffredo as a member of the Grant Community High School Hall of Fame 2020-2021. 

Recommend approval of the Resolution recognizing Mr. Steve Hill as a member of the Grant Community High School Hall of Fame 2020-2021.
IV.C. IASB Board Member Recognition & Lake Division Dinner Meeting
Description:  The Illinois Association of School Boards Lake Division Meeting will be held October 13th.  The program "Prioritizing Emotional Health for Everyone" will be delivered by Meridian CUSD 223 Superintendent Dr. PJ Caposey.  There are no details yet regarding venue, so it is possible it will be delivered virtually again this year.  Please let me know if you would like the District to register you for this event.
IV.D. Learning Update
Description:  I would like to provide the Board a brief update on in-person learning and review updated guidance from state and local officials as it relates to our educational program.
IV.E. Student Vaccine Pod
Description:  The District is partnering with Passport Health and our feeder districts to offer a third vaccine pod at GCHS.  Vaccination dates will be September 22 and October 13, with the event completely free for attendees and at no cost to the districts.
IV.F. Personnel **            REVISED
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Noemi Zavala, Attendance Secretary, $15/hr., starting 9/27/2021
  • Jody Davis, Swing Shift Custodian, $15.40/hr., starting 10/4/2021
  • Sarah Pasko, Bus Driver at $20.15/hr. and Food Service at $12.00/hr., starting 10/4/2021
  • Andrea Kosmicki, Environmental Club Sponsor

Recommend accepting the resignation letters from the following:
  • Judy Lawn, Attendance Secretary, effective 9/8/2021
  • Rachel Bicknase, Asst. Cheer Coach, effective
  • Rodd Hansen, Woodworking Club Sponsor, effective 8/26/2021

Notification of FMLA request from the following:
  • Rachel Lesiak, from October 22, 2021 - November 11, 2021
IV.G. Principal’s Report
Description:  Mr. Schmidt will give his monthly Principal’s Report
V. Business Affairs
V.A. Public Act 97-0256 (105 ILCS 5/10-20.47) Sec. 10-20.47
Description:  Each school board shall report to the State Board of Education, on or before October 1 of each year, the base salary and benefits of the district superintendent and all administrators and teachers employed by the school district.  For the purposes of this Section, "benefits" includes without limitation vacation days, sick days, bonuses, annuities and retirement enhancements.  Prior to this annual reporting to the State Board of Education, the information must be presented at a regular school board meeting, subject to applicable notice requirements and then posted on the Internet website of the school district, if any.  Please find the report for the 2020-2021 school year attached for your review.
V.B. 2020-2021 Compensation Over $75,000 Report
Description:  Pursuant to a modification made to the Illinois Open Meetings Act (Public Act 97-0609), which took effect January 1, 2012, an IMRF-participating employer must post on its website the "total compensation package" for each employee having a "total compensation package" exceeding $75,000 per year.  Under the law, "total compensation package" is defined as salary (all compensation paid to an employee for work done in the year), health insurance, housing allowance, vehicle allowance, clothing allowance, bonuses, loans, vacation days granted and sick days granted.  IMRF has taken the position that this requirement applies to "all IMRF employers and their employees (including those not participating in IMRF)."  Additionally, the Illinois Attorney General has agreed and advised that employers should abide by such an interpretation.  This report is informational only and is required to be posted on our website within five days of passing the budget.
V.C. Administrative Salary/Benefits Report 2020-2021
Description:  Pursuant to Illinois Public Act 096-0434, on or before October 1st of each year, a school district must post on their website an itemized salary compensation report for every employee in the district holding an administrative certificate and working in that capacity.  The salary compensation report shall include without limitation base salary, bonuses, pension contributions, retirement increases, the cost of health insurance, paid sick and vacation day payouts, annuities and any other form of compensation paid on behalf of the employee.  As part of this public act, the report must be presented at a regular school board meeting and submitted to the regional superintendent of schools.  Please find the report for the 2020-21 school year attached for your review.
V.D. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) **
Description:  As the District continues to plan for educating students during this pandemic, we are also looking at ways to assist all employees with the introduction of an Employee Assistance Program.  This is a voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential assessments and short-term counseling for a broad range of issues both personal and professional.  Additionally, many include nurse advice lines, basic legal assistance or adoption assistance.  The benefits are available to the employee and their dependents.  We have received quotes from three companies and recommend approval of the quote from Perspectives, Ltd. for 6 sessions per episode at $1.50 per employee per month.  The annual cost based on 270 employees is $4,860.
VI. Consent Agenda **
Description:  Minutes of regular meeting held August 19, 2021
Minutes of closed session held August 19, 2021

September Bills Payable
August Treasurer's Report
VII. Other Business
VIII. Audience
IX. Closed Session
IX.A. The purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body.  5 ILCS 120/2(c)(5) **
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 regarding real property for the use of the public body **
X.B. Potential Board action regarding student disciplinary cases **
X.C. Potential Board action regarding personnel **
XI. Adjourn

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