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September 29, 2022 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

I. Call to Order
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Roll Call
IV. Consent Agenda **
Description:  Minutes of regular meeting held August 18, 2022
Minutes of closed meeting held August 18, 2022
September Bills Payable
August Treasurer's Report
Destruction of closed meeting audio recording from March 18, 2021
V. Superintendent’s Report
V.A. Student Recognition
Description:  Julia Fornero will be in attendance to be recognized for her selection as September Student of the Month.
V.B. Hall of Fame Induction **
Description:  Recommend approval of the Resolution recognizing Mr. Roy Lucke as a member of the Grant Community High School Hall of Fame 2022.
V.C. Highlight of Upcoming Curriculum Change Recommendations
Description:  Curriculum changes for the 2023/24 school year will be presented to the Board next month for consideration.  The administration would like to preview those changes in advance, provide the rationale for the proposed changes, and answer any questions you may have.
V.D. Demographic Trends and Enrollment Projections – Updated Study
Description:  Dr. John Kasarda recently completed a comprehensive update to our Demographic Trends and Enrollment Projections study.  In order to complete the update, his team considered the following factors:
  • Residential development patterns and demographic dynamics underlying enrollment change in the District.
  • Annual enrollment changes in all of the District 124 feeder districts.
  • An accounting of the factors that shape our future enrollment numbers.

Enrollment has been projected through the 2031/32 school year, which will be a very useful tool to assist in determining staffing needs, resource materials and planning use of physical space.  As was provided previously, there are three series to consider including minimum number of students to expect, most likely number to expect, and a maximum enrollment that can be foreseen.  Dr. Kasarda’s previous studies have tracked within a few students of the "as anticipated" series and expect the same moving forward. 
V.E. Sixth Day Enrollment
Description:  I have provided you with a summary of 6th day enrollment numbers at Grant as well as our feeder districts.  Overall enrollment has increased slightly from 1,830 in 21/22 to 1,860 this year.  Not surprising, as it was just updated, but this is within 6 students of the "as anticipated" projection according to Kasarda.
V.F. School Board Policy Manual – First Reading
Description:  Last November, the Board approved shifting to an IASB customized School Board Policy Manual.  After several meetings and many iterations, President Hill, Vice-President Kusiak, Kris Olk and I are pleased to present a revised Board Policy Manual for first reading.  While all policies remain substantially the same, and continue to follow IASB and legal recommendations, minor changes have been made to many policies.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding policies, please let us know.  Otherwise, this will be presented as a second reading with a recommendation to approve next month.
V.G. Overnight Travel **
Description:  The wrestling team is requesting to travel to a wrestling tournament in Kaukana, Wisconsin, January 6 - 7.  There will be approximately 14-17 student-athletes and 3 coaches in attendance.  Costs will be covered through fundraising and activity funds.  There will be no costs to students.   

The girls’ softball team is requesting to travel to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, from March 25 - 29.  They will compete in 6 softball games at the Cal Ripen Fields.  There will be approximately 14 student-athletes and 3 softball coaches in attendance.  The majority of costs will be paid through activity funds.    

The baseball team is requesting to travel to Marion, Illinois, from March 26 - 30.  They will compete in 4-6 games.  There will be approximately 27 student-athletes and 2 coaches in attendance.  All costs will be covered by the baseball program.

The theater teacher is requesting to travel to the Illinois Theater Festival at the University of Illinois, January 12 - 14.  Approximately 24 students will attend with 4 teachers.  Students will pay the festival fee and for several meals.  The District will cover all remaining costs, which is estimated to be $2,067.75.    

Recommend approval of the overnight travel requests as presented. 
V.H. School Maintenance Project Grant **
Description:  The Illinois State Board of Education has opened up the School Maintenance Project Grant.  The School Maintenance Project Grant is a dollar-for-dollar state matching grant program that provides up to $50,000 to grantees, exclusively for the maintenance or upkeep of buildings or structures for educational purposes.  There is no limit to the cost of a project; however, grant awards will not exceed $50,000.  We are planning to upgrade security cameras and put more fob readers on outside and inside doors, as well as update door handles on internal doors.  Finally, with the changes to the curriculum in Health and Wellness, we are looking to update the weight room floor and equipment so that it better serves the curriculum.  We estimate these projects to cost approximately $190,000. The grant application must be presented to the Board for approval prior to submitting.  Recommend approval of the School Maintenance Project Grant Application.
V.I. Contract with GSF Cleaning and Support Services **
Description:  As we’ve continued to experience a shortage in custodial staff, we explored many options, including reaching out to contract companies to see if anyone could provide us temporary assistance.  GSF Cleaning and Support Services is offering to provide two full-time custodians.  Attached is the agreement they put forth which allows us to contract with them for one year for a monthly cost of $8,172.34 for 2 full-time custodians.  We requested 4 contractual custodians, the number of personnel we are understaffed, but they are only able to provide 2 at this time.  Recommend approval of the contract with GSF Cleaning and Support Services for one year at $8,172.34 per month.
V.J. Personnel **           REVISED
Description:  Recommend the employment of the following individuals:
  • Chris Callahan, full-time paraprofessional, $17/hr, starting 9/19/2022
  • Sherly Kizhakkudthu, Security, $17/hr., starting 9/19/2022
  • Lilian Makey, Security, $15/hr., starting 9/26/2022
  • Annette Centeno, Dishwasher, $15/hr., starting 9/26/2022
  • Elizabeth McKee, full-time Food Service, $16/hr., starting 9/21/2022
  • Tara Singer, Piano Accompanist, $35/hr., maximum 425 hours, starting 9/12/2022
  • Pete Laubenstein, Asst. Boys Track coach
  • Marissa Myers, Speech Team Assistant
  • Mira Giannetti, Asst. Cheer Coach - Fall Sideline and Winter Competition
  • Ryan Reynolds, Asst. Special Olympics Coach

Recommend position changes for the following individuals:
  • Sophie Shaw - from Security to paraprofessional, $15.30/hr., effective 9/26/2022
  • Rita Gier, from Temp. Health Aide to BDIPS paraprofessional, $17.30/hr., effective 8/8/2022

Recommend wage adjustment for Richard Wetter, Transportation wage change from $20.40 to $23.30, effective October 1, 2022.

Recommend accepting resignations from the following individuals:
  • Abigail Bjork, Custodian, effective 8/25/2022
  • Carol Koren, Food Service, effective 9/8/2022
  • Jeff Shaw, Transportation, effective 9/2/2022
  • Kyle Oliver, Security, effective 9/26/2022

Recommend Leave of Absence for Michele Keenan, Boys Head Volleyball Coach for the 2022/23 school year.

Notification of Family Medical Leave Act requests from:
  • Kristina Maestranzi, English Teacher, effective October 11, 2022 - January 23, 2023
  • Patricia Qasabian, FCS Teacher, effective January 19, 2023 - April 24, 2023
V.K. Principal’s Report
Description:  Mr. Schmidt will give his monthly Principal’s Report.
VI. Audience
VII. Other Business
VII.A. FOIA requests
VIII. Closed Session
VIII.A. Student disciplinary cases 5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(9) **
VIII.B. Other matters relating to individual students 5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(10) **
VIII.C. The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1) **
IX. Action items from closed session discussion
IX.A. Potential Board action regarding student placement **
IX.B. Potential Board action regarding personnel **
X. Adjourn

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