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April 21, 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 March 17, 2022
Minutes of closed meeting held March 17, 2022
April Bills Payable
March Treasurer's Report
Quarterly list of authorized depositories, investment managers, dealers and brokers
VI. Superintendent’s Report
VI.A. April Student of the Month
Description:  Joseph Casino will be in attendance so that we may recognize his accomplishments in being selected April Student of the Month.
VI.B. Student Services Data
Description:  Mrs. Tina Sonders, Director of Special Education, and Mr. Ryan Geist, Assistant Principal for Student Services will be in attendance to provide an update to the Student Services Department data that was previously presented at the October meeting.  Trend data will be provided showing the need for student support and intervention has been increasing steadily over the past several years.  Data will include suicide prevention efforts, risk assessments conducted, students receiving school counseling services, and interventions/ supports provided to students.
VI.C. MTSS Framework Update
Description:  Dr. Stacie Noisey, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and members of the administrative team will be present to highlight the District’s new MTSS Framework.  Many months of effort have gone into development of the Framework with the goal to provide students the support they need, when they need it, academically, socially and emotionally.
VI.D. Library Procedures **
Description:  The administration will be highlighting newly developed Library Procedures, which provide the background as to how library resources are selected and a formal process for potential objections to library materials.  With library materials not directly associated to curriculum and instruction resources, and not entirely applicable to the school board policies for curriculum and instruction, we felt it necessary to create a process specific to library resources.  Recommend approval of the Library Procedures as presented.
VI.E. Legislative Update
Description:  A brief update will be provided on legislation, including approval of the COVID Administrative Leave Bill and resulting impact on the District.
VI.F. IHSA Membership 2022/23 **
Description:  Recommend that the Board approve membership in the Illinois High School Association for the 2022/23 school term.  In renewing our membership, we are certifying that we are recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education, we will adopt and abide by the Constitution, By-laws, Terms and Conditions, and Administrative Procedures, Guidelines, and Policies of the Association. 

IHSA previously communicated an annual membership assessment that was intended to be invoiced in the 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 school years.  I am happy to report they have stabilized their finances and eliminated the assessment for next year and 2023-24.
VI.G. Future Business Leaders of America National Competition (FBLA) **
Description:  We are proud to report that ten students qualified for the National FBLA Competition and National Leadership Conference.  The competition will take place in Chicago from June 29th to July 2nd.  The sponsor, an additional chaperone and the ten students will stay in Chicago for the duration of the competition.  When students qualify for extracurricular or co-curricular national competitions, the District has traditionally contributed half of the student costs to attend.  The estimated Board paid costs for the competition will be $4,948.31.  Recommend approval of the FBLA costs as presented.
VI.H. Journalism State Competition **
Description:  Three members of the District’s competitive Journalism Team performed well at the regional competition and qualify for the upcoming IHSA State Series.  The Journalism sponsor and three students will travel to Normal on April 21 and return on April 22.  Total costs are estimated at $1,041.  Recommend approval of the Journalism Team costs as presented.
VI.I. Graduation
Description:  We are pleased to be planning for a traditional graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 22nd, in the Fieldhouse.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 P.M.  All Board of Education members are welcomed and encouraged to attend this celebratory event!  Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you are able to attend, so seating and diploma distribution arrangements may be made.
VI.J. IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference
Description:  The 2022 Joint Annual Conference will take place November 18-20 in Chicago.  This is the premier training event for Illinois school board members, administrators and school business officials.  I’d like to determine if the Board of Education is interested in attending next November as registration opens on Monday, June 6th.  The conference website is if you would like to see highlights.
VI.K. Personnel **         ** REVISED **
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Kevin Geist, Asst. Director of Activities and Athletics, 2022/23
  • Lauren Becmer, part-time .8 Social Studies teacher, BA Step 0, 2022/23 school year.
  • Mira Giannetti, full-time Family & Consumer Science teacher, BA Step 0, 2022/23 school year.
  • Julia Lightbody, full-time Bilingual teacher, MA+15 Step 16, 2022/23 school year.
  • Max Boton, Head Girls’ Tennis Coach, 2022/23
  • Mark Jolcover, Head Wrestling Coach, 2022/23
  • Christopher Prostka, Assistant Football Coach, 2022/23

Recommend accepting the resignation letters from:
  • Lynsea Volbrecht, Special Education Teacher, effective end of 2021/22 school year
  • Jacquie Raslawski, System’s Analyst, effective 9/15/2022
  • Brittany Kline, Girls’ Basketball Coach, effective immediately
Notification of FMLA request from Jamie Martin, beginning on June 1, 2022 and ending on August 23, 2022.

VI.L. Principal’s Report
Description:  The Principal’s Report is included in your packet.
VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. 2022/23 Budget
Description:  2022/23 Budget is under construction.  We are continuing to monitor what is happening with COVID-19.  Additionally, we should have renewal rates for health insurance next month, so I plan to bring the tentative budget to you next month for display.
VII.B. 2021/22 Amended Budget **
Description:  Attached is the 2021/22 tentative amended budget for your review.  Changes have been made to accommodate increases in Title I, II and IV grants, increase in state revenue tied to an error in the EBF Funding, increase in costs on special education transportation and other supplies, and decrease in local revenue tied to school fees and interest.  Per statute, the amended budget must be on display for the statutory 30 days.  It will be on the June agenda for hearing and approval. Recommend placing the tentative amended 2021/22 budget on display for the statutory 30 days.
VII.C. Tax Cap Adjustment
Description:  The state multiplier from the Illinois Department of Revenue is 1.00 for tax year 2021.  This equalizer is then applied to our equalized assessed value (EAV) resulting in a total EAV of $988,614,180.  This is an increase of $36,647,383 from 2020.  The EAV increased 3.85% from last year.  As a result, the tax rate is 2.332392.  The consumer price index for this tax cycle was 1.4%.  Approximately, $647,781.57 had to be cut to comply with the tax cap limitation.  A copy of the detailed cap adjustments is attached, as well as a comparison of Grant High School’s tax rate to other high school district’s in Lake County.
VII.D. Landscape Bid Approval **
Description:  The contract we have with the landscaper for the maintenance of the beds here and the grass cutting bed maintenance at Molidor Road expired in November 2021.  On April 8, 2022 we opened bids for Lawn and Grounds Maintenance.  Seven establishments were solicited with four returning an Intent to Bid Form.  Recommend the bid award to the lowest bidder which was Balanced Environments for a three-year contract beginning April 2022 through November of 2024 for the base bid in the amount of $48,966 for year 1, $51,414 for year 2, and $53,985 for year 3.  We also recommend declining Alternate Option A, which was to include the grass cutting at the main campus of 285 E Grand Ave.
VII.E. Resolution Adopting Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois Supplement Savings Plan **
Description:  In August of 2018, the state legislature passed ILCS 5/16-204, part of P.A. 100-769, which requires the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois (TRS) to set up and offer an optional defined contribution plan to members.  As part of this, all employers who have members participating in TRS need to pass a resolution adopting the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois Supplemental Savings Plan.  Recommend adoption of the Resolution Adopting Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois Supplemental Savings Plan.
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) **
X. Action items from closed session discussion
X.A. Potential Board action regarding personnel **
X.B. Potential Board action regarding placement of students **
X.C. Potential Board action regarding student disciplinary cases **
XI. Adjourn

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