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July 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 June 16, 2022
Minutes of closed meeting held June 16, 2022
July Bills Payable
June Treasurer's Report
Destruction of closed meeting audio recording from January 21, 2021
Quarterly list of authorized depositories, investment managers, dealers and brokers
VI. Superintendent’s Report
VI.A. Spring Athletic Accomplishments
Description:  Athletic Director Tom Ross will be in attendance to share highlights for the spring athletic season.
VI.B. Hall of Fame 2022 Selections
Description:  The Hall of Fame Committee reviewed nominations and recently voted for inductees.   Nominations for each have been included in your packet.  We will be recommending the following individuals for the Grant Community High School Hall of Fame at homecoming 2022:
  • Howard "Bud" Scott
  • Roy Lucke

The District will be in communication with both families to see if they are able to commit to participating for 2022.
VI.C. Board of Education Student Representative **
Description:  Based on the positive feedback received last month, the administration is recommending the Board of Education consider the addition of a non-voting student representative to the Board.  As was discussed last month, when reviewing culture and climate feedback at this year’s data retreat, it was evident that students would like more voice in the matters that impact them.  The addition of a student representative position that would serve as a liaison between students and the Board of Education would certainly be a step in providing increased student voice.  A proposal outlining details of the representative position is included for your review, albeit the timeline for selection would need to change for this year only, if approved.
VI.D. College of Lake County – College and Career Navigator
Description:  In the last few years, the College of Lake County (CLC) began embedding College and Career Navigators (CCN) into local high schools.  We’ve annually reviewed feedback on this arrangement through the CLC Alliance, all of which has been positive.  The CCN’s assist students in learning about CLC, career exploration, selecting a field of interest and program of study, assisting with first semester course selection, academic and financial planning, and helping ensure a successful transition to CLC.  We are going to partner with CLC this school year to have a CCN on campus two days per week.  This individual will work closely with the District’s College and Career Counselor.
VI.E. 2022/23 Fall Play and Spring Musical
Description:  Fall Play:  The Matchmaker
  • Book: The Matchmaker
  • Author: Thornton Wilder

The Matchmaker is set in the 1800’s and was first published in 1939.  Wilder’s uproarious farce about love and money stars the irrepressible busybody Dolly Gallagher Levi, who inspired the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly!  Through Dolly’s subtle machinations, several unlikely couples come together to find happiness in 19th-century New York. 

Spring Musical:  The Addams Family
The Addams Family, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family- a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before- keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s "normal" boyfriend and his parents.
VI.F. Consolidated District Plan **
Description:  As a District that receives federal funds, we are required to have the Board of Education annually approve the Consolidated District Plan.  The Consolidated District Plan incorporates reporting and accountability requirements of all federal grants.  All grant requirements have been met in the attached plan.  Recommend approval of the Consolidated District Plan as presented.
VI.G. Overnight Travel **
Description:  The Cross Country Team is requesting to travel to Peoria from September 16 to 17 for the Peoria Notre Dame Cross Country Invite.  Approximately 40-50 student-athletes will attend with 2 coaches and one adult chaperone.  The cost of the trip will be paid with student activity funds, with students responsible for the cost of one meal.
VI.H. Personnel **                      REVISED
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Diane Granatelli, Full-time Special Education Teacher, BA Step 11, 2022/23
  • Stacey Mays, Full-time PE/Health Teacher, MA Step 11, 2022/23
  • Michael Schneider, Full-time PE/Health Teacher, MA Step 7, 2022/23
  • Christina Fischer, Full-time CIA/MTSS Administrative Assistant, $21.02/hr., start date 8/1/2022.
  • Shirley Baisden, Substitute Secretarial, $16/hr., starting 7/25/2022
  • Emily Snyder, Full-time Sub Coordinator/Main Office Support Staff, $18.58/hr. starting 7/25/2022
  • Raya Mayer, from 2nd shift custodian to building custodian/expeditor, $17.15/hr., starting 7/25/2022
  • Eric Bock, Full-time Security Guard, $16/hr., starting 8/3/2022
  • Alex Lee, Full-time Security Guard, $17.68/hr., starting 8/3/2022
  • Kimberly (Bella) Mampe, Full-time Security Guard, $16/hr., start 8/3/2022
  • Kyle Oliver, Full-time Security Guard, $16.64/hr, starting 8/3/2022
  • Charles Rowry-Williams, Full-time Security Guard, $15/hr., starting 8/1/2022
  • Abigail Bjork, 2nd Shift Custodian, $15/hr., starting 7/11/2022
  • Joe Bridge, Asst. Coach Football  
  • John Patrick (JP) Gizowski, Head Coach Girls’ Volleyball-LOA position
  • Jeff Harvey, Asst. Coach Cross Country
  • Robert Janusz, Asst. Coach Boys’ Soccer
  • Mark Jolcover, Asst. Coach Football
  • Justin Strebel, Asst. Coach Girls’ Tennis

Recommend approval of the 2022/23 Supervisions, as listed

Recommend accepting the resignations from the following:
  • Frank Gurgone, Industrial Technology Teacher, effective 7/7/2022
  • Maddie Lyon, PE/Health Teacher, effective 6/20/2022
  • Ross Purchatzke, PE/Health Teacher, effective 7/5/2022
  • James Buss, BDIPS Aide, effective 7/7/2022
  • Sherly Kizhakkadathu, Security, effective 6/30/2022
  • Jessica Dart, Asst. Coach Softball, effective 6/14/2022
  • Emmy Diana, Speech Coach, effective 7/5/2022
  • Nikki Frett, Coach Softball, effective 7/14/2022
  • Ross Purchatzke, Asst. Coach Football, effective 7/5/2022
VI.I. Principal’s Report
Description:  Mr. Schmidt will give his monthly Principal’s Report.
VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. Unaudited Summary of Year End 2021/22
Description:  Attached is an unaudited summary of fiscal year end 2021-22.  We ended the year as a whole in a better position than expected, but higher than expected deficits in O&M and Transportation.
VII.B. Final 2022/23 Budget **
Description:  Attached is the final 2022-2023 budget.  I’ve updated from the tentative budget with all the new employees that have been hired, increased the federal ESSER grant funds per the allocation the state has indicated we will receive and trimmed expenses extensively.  The budget has been on display for the statutory 30 days.  Recommend approval of the 2022-23 budget as presented.
VII.C. Treasurer’s Bond for 2022/23 **
Description:  The treasurer is required by law to be bonded for 25% of the greatest sum of monies they will have custody of.  The bond must be approved by the Board of Education and then filed with the Regional Office of Education.  We have obtained a renewal on the bond.  The bond is for $9,700,000 and the cost has decreased from last year to $9,215.  I have attached the bond information for your review, as well as the Regional Office’s required forms.  Recommend approval of the 2022-23 Treasurer’s Bond.
VII.D. National School Lunch Program
Description:  For the past two years, the District qualified for waivers with the United States Department of Agriculture which allowed us the ability to do pick up lunches the first year and to offer free lunch to all students the second year.  The waiver was not offered this year by the Department of Agriculture, so we will be going back to the National School Lunch Program in 2022-2023.
VII.E. National School Lunch Program – 2022/23 School Lunch Price **
Description:  As part of the Healthy Hunger Free Act of 2010, Section 205, the district each year must analyze the price charged for the school lunches using a paid lunch equity calculator provided by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  The purpose is to comply with the law which requires that schools charge students for paid meals at a price that is on average equal to the difference between free meal reimbursement and paid meal reimbursement.  The paid lunch equity calculator averages our lunch price, since we have 9 different meals ranging from $3.00 to $3.50.

With the implementation of Quest Food Management Services working with our staff, we are increasing the offerings, but decreasing the actual number of meals.  I’ve included a document which outlines the change in meals as well as a sample menu from Quest that they are putting together for the first month of school.  In changing the types of meals, we would also like to make the price for any lunch meal $3.50 and any breakfast meal $1.50.  This simplifies for parents and for staff what the price of a complete meal is.  I recommend the school lunch price to be $3.50 per meal for all meals and the school breakfast price be $1.50 for all breakfast meals.
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) **
X. Adjourn

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