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May 19, 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 April 21, 2022
Minutes of closed meeting held April 21, 2022
May Bills Payable
April Treasurer's Report
Destruction of closed meeting audio recording from November 19, 2020
VI. Superintendent’s Report
VI.A. Student of the Month
Description:  Alyssa Manthi will be in attendance so that we may recognize her accomplishments in being selected May Student of the Month.
VI.B. Community Youth Network Counseling Support 2022/23 **
Description:  The Community Youth Network (CYN) Counseling Center is a Lake County nonprofit community counseling agency.  They are a comprehensive mental health center that provides counseling, assessment, specialized treatment, prevention programs, case work services, and community education.  We have partnered with CYN in past years to provide mental health support to students in need and assist us in proactively providing mental health supports.  CYN will designate a social worker to be on campus one day per week to run social-emotional groups based on identified need, as well as provide additional support for struggling students and students in crisis.  Recommend approval of a one-year agreement for CYN to provide one day of counseling services per week at a cost of $12,000.
VI.C. Lake County Health Department – Assessment and Counseling Services 2022/23 **
Description:  The Lake County Health Department (LCHD) and Community Health Center provides assessment and counseling services related to substance use and abuse.  We are requesting to continue our partnership with LCHD to provide these valuable services to our students.  Recommend approval of a one-year agreement for LCHD to provide 3.5 days of counseling services per week at a cost of $53,135.
VI.D. Illinois Youth Survey
Description:  This spring, approximately 608 students in grades 10 and 12 completed the Illinois Youth Survey.  The annual survey provides data on a variety of health and social indicators, including substance use, physical and social/emotional wellbeing, school culture, and more.  Results do reinforce that there is a need for the continued services of both CYN and LCHD.  Survey results are included for your review.
VI.E. Equity Team Update
Description:  The Equity Team has had several planning meetings since completion of the four Deep Equity training days.  The Team is previewing equity activities that focus on tone and trust as potential all-staff activities for next year.  Additionally, the Team has begun to identify District practices that align with the 7 Principles for Culturally Responsive Practices and which do not.
VI.F. Honors Night
Description:  Honors Night took place in the fieldhouse on May 4th where we recognized the achievements of 70 students.  Through the generous donations of our Grant community we were able to distribute $40,000 in local scholarships that evening as well. It is always a wonderful ceremony that provides an opportunity to recognize the efforts these dedicated students have put forth the past 4 years.  The Honors Night program is included for your enjoyment.
VI.G. Lake County Educator of the Year Awards
Description:  Also taking place on May 4th, the Regional Office of Education hosted the first Lake County Educator of the Year Awards ceremony.  Three of our teachers were nominated for Lake County Educator of the Year awards and I am happy to report Jessica Mitchell was selected as the Diverse Learner Educator of the Year!  Also receiving a standing ovation on stage that evening were the school nurses of Lake County.  Our school nurse, Cheryl Bengston, was in attendance and it was wonderful recognition for all of her efforts during COVID!
VI.H. Overnight Travel Requests **
Description:  The Girls’ Basketball Team is requesting to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison Team Camp June 17-18.  Two coaches and approximately 10-12 student athletes will attend with the cost of the event being covered in part by the Booster Wish List and in part through fundraising efforts.

The Dance Team is requesting to attend the DTU Dance Camp at Illinois State University June 20-22.  Three coaches and approximately 30 student-athletes will attend with costs offset by fundraising efforts and families paying the remaining costs.

The Wrestling Team is requesting to attend the Malacek Team Wrestling Camp at Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells July 27-30.  Three coaches and approximately 20-30 student-athletes will attend with families responsible for camp costs.
VI.I. Co-Curricular Sponsors 2022/23 **
Description:  The administration is recommending approval of the co-curricular sponsors for the 2022/23 school year as presented.
VI.J. Fall Coaches 2022/23 **
Description:  Recommend approval of the fall coaching staff for 2022/23 as presented.
VI.K. Personnel **            REVISED
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Jordan Alexander, Full-time Special Education Teacher, MA Step 0, 2022/23
  • Amanda Jacobs, Full-time Art Teacher, MA Step 2, 2022/23
  • Marissa Kelley, Full-time Social Worker, MA Step 0, 2022/23
  • Matt Mueller, Full-time English Teacher, MA+30 Step 8, 2022/23
  • Cassi Reid, Full-time Special Education Teacher, BA Step 0, 2022/23

Recommend accepting the letter of resignation/retirement from the following:
  • Jerry Peters, Custodian, retirement effective 6/30/2022
  • Kyle Kujala, Girls’ Volleyball Coach, effective immediately
  • Lexi Vesneske, Cheer Coach, effective immediately
  • Lynsea Volbrecht, Volleyball Coach, effective end of 2021/22
  • Nick Nenni, Asst. Boys & Girls Cross Country Coach, eff. 8/8/2022
  • Jeff Austin, Snow Dogs Sponsor, effective 2/17/2022
  • Ashley Gaura, Freshman Class Sponsor, effective 3/11/2022
  • Dan Nitz, Gamer’s Club Sponsor, effective 3/11/2022
  • Shea Wintersteen, Table Tennis Club Sponsor, effective 3/11/2022
  • Anna Bartels, Lacrosse Club Sponsor, effective 3/15/2022
  • Rose Craig-Tyler, Asst. Marching Band Director, effective 3/23/2022
  • Jessica Mitchell, American Sign Language Club Sponsor, eff. 3/23/2022
  • Beth Suehr, Spring Musical Director, effective 4/13/2022

Notification of FMLA request:
  • Stefano Avallone, beginning 4/18/2022, ending 6/1/2022
  • Kim Schmidt, beginning 5/2/2022, ending 5/20/2022
VI.L. Principal’s Report
Description:  Mr. Schmidt will give his monthly Principal’s Report.
VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. 2021/22 Amended Budget
Description:  Just a reminder this is currently on display and will be on the agenda next month for approval.
VII.B. 2022/23 Budget
Description:  We are still waiting on a few items related to insurance renewals for both medical and property/liability/worker’s compensation insurance in order to finalize the tentative budget.  We will have that for you at the June meeting to put on display.
VII.C. Trade Package 26b – Electrical for Parking Lot Lighting **
Description:  Bids for the summer construction of the new parking lot were received May 10.  I have provided you with bid tabulation sheet for Trade Package 26b.  I recommend approval of the bid for Trade Package 26b:  Electrical for Parking Lot Lighting.  IHC has interviewed the bidder, and I have included their recommendation for your review. 

Recommend approval of the following trade package award: 
Trade Package 26b:  Electrical for Parking Lot Lighting - Carey Electric Contracting for $96,020
VII.D. Trade Package 31b – New Parking Lot **
Description:  Bids for the summer construction of the new parking lot were received May 10.  I have provided you with the bid tabulation sheet for Trade Package 31b.  The low bidder for Trade Package 31b requested their bid to be withdrawn due to it being incomplete as they forgot to include the fencing that is required as part of the project.  The next lowest bidder is $57,600 more.  I am recommending we reject all bids for Trade Package 31b and rebid that trade package.

Recommend rejecting all bids for Trade Package 31b-New Parking Lot and rebid this trade package.
VII.E. Authorization for the Business Manager to Approve Bids for Trade Package 31b – New Parking Lot to the Lowest Responsible Bidder **
Description:  If the Board approves the rejection of the Trade Package 31-b bids, and authorizes the District to re-bid this package, we will have a bid opening at the end of May.  In preparation for construction to begin as soon as possible after the bids open, I am requesting authorization from the Board for the Business Manager to review and approve the new bids for trade package 31-b-New Parking Lot to the lowest, responsible bidder.
VII.F. Quest Food Management Services Observations and Recommendations
Description:  Earlier this year, the Board approved for Quest Food Management Services to evaluate our current food service program and make recommendations for changes.  Attached is the report of their findings.  I would like to review this at the meeting with you, and discuss possible future changes.
VII.G. 5-Year Financial Projections
Description:  Annually, we develop the financial projections for the District using known and projected data.  I will have the 5-Year District Financial Projections to review with you at the meeting.
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. Other matters relating to individual students.  5 ILCS 120/2(c)(10) **
X. Action items from closed session discussion
X.A. Potential action regarding personnel and compensation **
X.B. Potential action regarding matters relating to individual students **
X.C. Potential action on appeal of Superintendent’s decision pursuant to Board Policy 2:260 **
XI. Adjourn

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