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February 17, 2022 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 January 20, 2022
Minutes of closed meeting held January 20, 2022
February Bills Payable
January Treasurer's Report
Destruction of open and closed meeting audio recordings from August 20, 2020
VI. Superintendent’s Report
VI.A. Resolution Regarding COVID-19 Mitigation Implementation **
Description:  Two resolutions are being presented for consideration.  The parameters of both resolutions will be explained in depth at the meeting.  In summary, the Resolution Authorizing Suspension of Enforcement of Certain COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and Approving Superintendent’s Authority Related to Pandemic Operations for 2021-2022 School Year authorizes the superintendent to create a local conditional mitigation plan and begin to delayer other mitigations, as deemed appropriate.  The Resolution Regarding COVID-19 Mitigation Implementation permits the superintendent to make any revisions necessary to comply with any current or future orders that are binding on District 124.  Potential approval will be at the discretion of the Board.  
VI.B. School Board Policy 7:910 – Face Coverings **
Description:  Recommend the Board of Education suspend School Board Policy 7:910 Face Coverings indefinitely. 
VI.C. Foreign Language Spring Travel Update
Description:  The administration made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s spring break trips.  It was a tough decision because we know how much excitement and anticipation students and parents had for these trips and the financial investments that families made.  All of that was at the forefront as we have made efforts to postpone, reschedule, re-plan, and make accommodations for overseas travel the past two years.

Despite all of that work, we have deemed school-sponsored foreign travel is not safe at this time with both Spain and France having a Level 4 "Do No Travel" Advisory in effect by the Department of State due to Terrorism, Civil Unrest, and Health.
The District will assist families in resolving financial implications for the trip cancellation with tour management company, ACIS.  
VI.D. Overnight Travel **
Description:  The Grant Future Business Leaders of America chapter will have their State competition April 1-2 in Springfield.  They are requesting for approximately 22 students, their sponsor, and a chaperone to depart on March 31 and return the evening of April 2.  With registration, hotel, and meals, the cost to the District will be $8,212.74. 

The softball team is requesting to travel to Rantoul from March 31 to April 2 to compete in 3 games over spring break.  Approximately 14 players and 3 coaches will travel.  The total cost of $3,020 will be paid with activity funds.

Recommend approval of the overnight travel requests as presented.

VI.E. Personnel **             ** REVISED **
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Andrew Horvath, 2nd Shift Custodian, $17/hr., starting 2/14/2022
  • Jacob Wodrich, Full-time Substitute, BA-Step 0, starting 1/11/2022
  • Lynda Gunther, Vocational Coordinator, $60,000/yr., 2022/23 school year
  • Kim Ziegler, Part-time Office, $23/hr., starting 2/22/2022
  • Sarah Hoddenback-Del Cid, Full-time Sub, including World History LOA, effective 1/24/2022, BA-Step 0 - $227.28/day
  • Tim Norwood, Full-time Teacher, MA45-Step 19, and Head Football Coach, 2022/23 school year
  • Justin Strebel, Asst. Boys’ Tennis Coach

Recommend accepting the retirement/resignation letters from the following:
  • Lori Milbratz, Office Secretary, effective 2/25/2022
  • Penny Zegler, Art Teacher, effective at the end of 2021/22 school year
  • Paul Marquez, Custodian, effective 2/25/2022
  • Jim Cramer, Assistant Track Coach, effective immediately

Notification of Family and Medical Leave Act request from Victoria Shifley, Instructional Coach, beginning April 4, 2022 and ending May 13, 2022
VI.F. Principal’s Report
VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. Preliminary 2022 Financial Profile Designation
Description:  The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the preliminary 2022 Financial Profile Designation for the District based on the 2020-21 Annual Financial Report Data.  I’m happy to say we are receiving a 4.00 out of 4.00, with a status of Financial Recognition.  I’ve included the information from ISBE for your review.
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) **
IX.B. Student disciplinary cases. 5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(9) **
IX.C. Security procedures, school building safety and security. 5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(8) **
X. Action items from closed session discussion
X.A. Potential Board action on personnel matters **
XI. Adjourn

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