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March 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 February 17, 2022
Minutes of closed meeting held February 17, 2022
March Bills Payable
February Treasurer's Report
Destruction of open meeting audio recording from September 17, 2020
VI. Superintendent’s Report
VI.A. February Student of the Month
Description:  Tristan Mesmer will be in attendance so that we may recognize his accomplishments in being selected as the February Student of the Month.
VI.B. March Student of the Month
Description:  Rachel Manlubatan will be in attendance so that we may recognize her accomplishments in being selected as the March Student of the Month.
VI.C. IHSA State Wrestling Champions
Description:  Justin Warmoski, Ayane Jasinski and Crystal Villegas will be in attendance so that we may recognize their accomplishments at their respective IHSA State Wrestling Championships.  Justin placed 3rd in State and both Ayane and Crystal placed 4th in the inaugural girls’ State competition.
VI.D. Excellence in Education Award – 3rd Quarter
Description:  Jessica Mitchell will be in attendance to recognize her receipt of the 3rd quarter Excellence in Education Award.
VI.E. Curriculum Audit Presentation
Description:  Dr. Stacie Noisey, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, will be present to highlight results of a schoolwide curriculum audit and discuss next steps.
Description:  Dr. Noisey will also be present to recommend a social and emotional screening tool the District would like to purchase for implementation next school year.  The DESSA suite is a social and emotional learning (SEL) program with an empirical, standardized social and emotional competence assessment. It complements MTSS and PBIS, and provides a common lens and language for developing an SEL program that involves educators, parents, and students. The DESSA is commonly used to inform the delivery of SEL at Tier 1 or Tier 2 as well as measuring the results of that delivery. The assessment and supporting instructional materials are organized around eight key social and emotional competencies aligned to CASEL standards.
The assessments are entirely strength-based.  For each item, the rater is asked to indicate on a five-point scale how often the student engaged in that behavior over the past four weeks.  For students grades 9-12, a self-report is available through Aperture Education’s digital Student Portal. Standard scores can be used to guide school-wide, class-wide, and individual strategies to promote those competencies. 

Recommend approval of a contract with Aperture Education for the Aperture System High School Package for the 2022/23 school year for a total cost of $18,200.
VI.G. Winter Athletic Accomplishments
Description:  Athletic Director, Tom Ross, will be in attendance to highlight winter athletic accomplishments.
VI.H. Overnight Travel **
Description:  Six student members of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter qualified for the State competition and conference in Springfield.  They are requesting for the students, sponsor, and an adult aide to travel from April 7-9 with a District cost of $3,668.04.
VI.I. Lake County Area Vocational System Joint Agreement **
Description:  The Lake County Tech Campus is requesting all member school Boards of Education approve an updated Lake County Area Vocational System Joint Agreement.  The intergovernmental agreement has been updated to reflect newly recommended language, nearly all of which applies to instruction.  This includes preparing students for high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand careers, revised Illinois Learning Standards, and efforts to close achievement gaps.  Recommend approval of the Agreement as presented.
VI.J. Resolution Authorizing Non-Renewal and Dismissal of Permanent Substitute Teachers and Reduction of Assignment **
Description:  Recommend approval of the Resolution Authorizing Non-Renewal and Dismissal of Permanent Substitute Teachers and Reduction of Assignment as presented.
VI.K. Resolution Authorizing Non-Reemployment of Full-time First-, Second-, and Third-year Non-Tenured Teachers **
Description:  Recommend approval of the Resolution Authorizing Non-Reemployment of Full-Time, First, Second, and Third-Year, Non-Tenured Teachers as presented.
VI.L. Personnel **           REVISED
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Cassi Reid, Leave of Absence Special Education Teacher, beginning April 6, 2022 through May 20, 2022, $227.28/day.
  • Lynsea Volbrecht, Assistant Boys’ Volleyball Coach
  • J.P. Gizowski, Assistant Boys’ Volleyball Coach
  • Martin Grum, Interim Head Boys’ Volleyball Coach
  • Ryan DeVito, Assistant Boys’ Track

Recommend accepting the letters of resignation from the following:
  • Paige Stickle, English Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021/22 school year.
  • Nicholas Gaona, Bilingual Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021/22 school year.
  • Matt Lukemeyer, Girls’ Basketball Coach, effective at the end of the 2021/22 season.
  • Jason Papacek, Football Coach, effective March 4, 2022.
  • Lenny Grodoski, Head Wrestling Coach, effective at the end of the 2021/22 season.

VI.M. Principal’s Report
VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. Construction Bid Awards **
Description:  Bids for the summer construction were received March 3.  I provided you with bid tabulation sheets for each of the trade packages.  IHC has interviewed bidders, and I have their recommendations included for your review. 

Recommend approval of the following trade package awards: 
  • Trade Package 26a:  Site Electrical Work - Carey Electric Contracting for $94,200
  • Trade Package 31a:  Parking Lot Improvements - Superior Paving for $717,750

VII.B. 2022 Asbestos Abatement Project Bid **
Description:  Bids for the asbestos abatement for floor tile and mastic in the wrestling room were received February 28, 2022.  Pepper Environmental Technologies, Inc. is managing this project.  They have interviewed the lowest bidder, and I have their recommendation included for your review.

The entire project, including management by Pepper, samples, testing and IDPH reporting will not to exceed $105,700.00. Recommend approval of the FY2022 Grant High School Summer 2022 Asbestos Abatement Proposal bid award to Cove Remediation, LLC in the amount of $62,300. 
VII.C. Appraisal Agreement **
Description:  Attached please find an agreement with Industrial Appraisal Company for insurance valuation.  The last time we had Industrial Appraisal come out was during the summer of 2013.  With the additions of athletic property on Molidor Road and the Transition Center/District Office building, we felt it was a good time to have them come out and do a valuation for insurance purposes, as well as for depreciation tied to GASB 34. 

As members of the Collective Liability Insurance Cooperative (CLIC), we receive a 15% discount on pricing from Industrial Appraisal.  The total cost to the District is $8,345, which includes the insurance valuation with report, the optional Property Inventory and Accounting Cost Record Report in compliance with GASB 34, Annual Maintenance Service for updating the report, and providing asset tags and tagging assets with a replacement cost of more than $500.  Recommend approval of appraisal agreement with Industrial Appraisal Company for $8,345.
VII.D. Auditor Services – 3-Year Contract **
Description:  In February, we put out a Request for Proposal for Audit Services for two reasons:  length of time with the same auditor and moving our accounting basis from cash to modified accrual.  We solicited eight audit firms and received four proposals.  The lowest price we received was from the incumbent, Evoy, Kamschulte, Jacobs & Co. LLP.  I would like to discuss the audit proposals received at the meeting, but the District recommends a three-year contract with Evoy, Kamschulte, Jacobs & Co. LLP, not to exceed $54,000.
VIII. Other Business
VIII.A. FOIA Requests
IX. Closed Session
IX.A. The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1) **
IX.B. Semi-annual review of closed session minutes.  5 ILCS 120/2(c)(21) **
IX.C. Student disciplinary cases 5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(9) **
X. Action items from closed session discussion
X.A. Potential Board action regarding personnel **
X.B. Potential Board action on semi-annual review of closed session minutes **
X.C. Potential Board action regarding student discipline **
XI. Adjourn

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