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August 18, 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 July 21, 2022
Minutes of special meeting held August 3, 2022
August Bills Payable
July Treasurer's Report
Destruction of closed meeting audio recording from February 18, 2021
VI. Superintendent’s Report
VI.A. Presentation of New Faculty Members
Description:  We are very excited to welcome many new faculty members for the 2022/23 school year!  We would like to formally introduce the Board of Education to our newest faculty members and share their education, experience and interests.
VI.B. Enrollment Update
Description:  Student enrollment as of August 12th is as follows:

Grade 9                490
Grade 10             442       
Grade 11             456 
Grade 12             489
Total                  1,877   

This is an increase of 42 students from last year.  This number is slightly above the Kasarda demographic report enrollment projection of 1,810 students utilizing the occurs as anticipated model.  With prior approval of the Board, Dr. Kasarda is actively working on an updated report and should have that to us in the next month or two.
VI.C. Equity Update
Description:  A brief presentation on progress of the Equity Team is planned so that we may share highlights from the 21/22 school year and our focus areas for 22/23.
VI.D. School Board Policy Manual Update
Description:  We are in the final stages of drafting a comprehensive School Board Policy Manual in partnership with IASB.  This should be available for the Board to review as a first reading in either September or October.   Once approved, it will be hosted on the School Board Policies Online platform.  We will then begin to work on codifying administrative procedures, which will ultimately accompany the Policy Manual.
VI.E. Succession Plan / Organizational Chart
Description:  A District Succession Plan and Organizational Chart have been updated per Board Policy and are being provided for your review.
VI.F. Personnel **            REVISED
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Kacey Cabanban, Paraprofessional, $18.62/hr., starting 8/8/2022
  • Kristen Arndt, Snow Dogs Assistant Sponsor
  • Kyle Whitman, Assistant Football Coach
  • Rachel Bicknase, Asst. Volleyball Coach
  • Jacob Wodrich, Guided Study Hall Supervisor, $37,710 annual, starting 8/18/2022

Recommend accepting resignation from:
  • Ruth Salinas, Paraprofessional for 2022/23
  • Kristina Maestranzi, Literary Magazine, effective 8/15/2022
  • Justin Strebel, JV Academic Team, effective 8/16/2022
  • Maria Lopez, Food Services, Effective 8/16/2022
VI.G. Principal’s Report
Description:  Mr. Schmidt will give his monthly Principal’s Report.
VII. Business Affairs
VII.A. Daily Sub Rate Recommendation **
Description:  Two years ago, we temporarily raised our daily sub rate to $175 per day in order to attract substitute teachers during COVID.  Last year as we moved to more normal operations, we lowered the daily sub rate down to $125 per day.  We are continuously looking to grow our daily substitutes that we can call, so this year we again did a comparison of daily rates around us.  I’ve included a recommendation for your review.  We are recommending that the daily substitute rate be raised to $150 per day, effective August 22, 2022.
VII.B. Evidence-Based Funding Model Update
Description:  The Evidence-Based Funding Model distribution for 2022/23 was released by the state last week and Grant is receiving an additional $272,880. We have maintained the Tier 1 designation in the funding model with an adequacy level of 67%. As a reminder, adequacy level is the amount of local resources available divided by the amount of money it has been determined is "adequate" to educate all students.
VII.C. Agreement with Athletico Athletic Training **
Description:  On July 28, 2022, Tom Ross and myself met virtually with Bo Leonard from Athletico Physical Therapy to discuss a new three-year agreement for athletic training services.  We have partnered with Athletico for the last three years and their service has always been good.  Due to current staffing shortages on their side, they cannot guarantee a part-time trainer during the fall and spring.  The proposed contract covers a full-time trainer to be placed at Grant with our in-house trainer, and the seasonal events in the fall and spring will be covered by a rotation of trainers at $25.00 per hour.  Athletico will work in tandem with our in-house trainer to review schedules and guarantee coverage at all events that we require.  I’ve included the agreement with them for your review.  Recommend approval of a new three-year agreement with Athletico Physical Therapy for $37,840 in 2022-23, $38,984 in 2023-2024, and $40,128 in 2024-25.
VIII. Other Business
IX. Closed Session
IX.A. Collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives. 5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(2) 
IX.B. The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1) **
IX.C. School safety and security 5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(8) **
IX.D. Semi-annual review of closed session minutes.  5 ILCS 120/2(c)(21) **
X. Action Items From Closed Session Discussion
X.A. Potential Board action regarding personnel **
X.B. School safety and security 5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(8) **
X.C. Potential Board action regarding semi-annual review of closed session minutes **
XI. Adjourn
XII. Potential Board action regarding semi-annual review of closed session minutes **

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