Board Briefs

Very Brief Board Briefs (March 16, 2020 BOE meeting)

Board Briefs is a newsletter-style overview of the highlights of the Board of Education's discussion and action. You can find the meeting agenda online here, and look for minutes of the meeting to be posted after they are approved at the next BOE meeting (April 27, 2020).

Board President Opening Remarks

Board President Natalie thanked the administrators for the work in addressing the school closings and other issues related to the spread of coronavirus. She also thanked District 34 teachers for their flexibility, and the families for their support.

Superintendent's Reflections

Each month, Superintendent Dr. Dane Delli updates the Board of Education and the community about programs, events, notable achievements, and other timely information and celebrations.
Dr. Delli explained that the Illinois State Board of Education released changes in open meeting requirements to allow virtual participation. Board Member Diane Stefani participated in the meeting via phone conference.


He said that throughout the changing situation with coronavirus, the District takes guidance from many agencies and organizations, including the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, the C. The District continue's to collaborate with other local units of government in Glenview and Northbrook through the Glenview Northbrook Coronavirus Task Force.


He said that schools will remain closed until March 31; the District will reassess if they need to be closed longer.


Dr. Delli emphasized that the District is committed to filling the learning gaps that the extended school closure creates and that the maintenance staff is going to great lengths in cleaning all of our schools.


He expressed gratitude to teachers, parents and the School Board for support and guidance.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report, payroll and vendor warrants, staffing allocations, health consultation services and Board policies.


The Board also approved other personnel resolutions.

Discussion

District E-Learning Plan

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning Dr. Matt Silverman shared the District 34 E-Learning plan, which was submitted to the North Cook Intermediate Service Center for approval by the state on March 13. 2020. Dr. Silverman explained that teachers will participate in a virtual professional development day on Tuesday, March 17.


The commitment of E-Learning is to sustain and support previous lessons and learning. There are interactive activities that make up five hours of content each day. Currently, the E-Learning Team has developed five days of content; they are working on an additional five days.


Executive Director of Innovative Instruction Brian Engle said that the District is fortunate to have the staff that developed the plan, including instructional innovation specialists, LRC directors and instructional coaches. The timeline kept speeding up, and they delivered outstanding activities for students. He said it meets the needs of an asynchronous learning environment. Teachers will be available to support students from 9:00am-2:30pm on E-Learning Days.


Executive Director for Student Services Mary Geraghty said that the student services teams have received guidance from ISBE on continuing to meet IEP timelines and goals and service minutes.


The E-Learning website is the hub of the content and instructions for students and families.

Closing Remarks

Board President commended the PTAs for their work in raising funds for the Northfield Township Food Pantry.

Meet the Board of Education

Glenview District 34 is governed by a seven-person Board of Education, elected by the community, that consists of the following individuals:


  • Natalie Jachtorowycz (President)
  • Jim Baumstark (Vice President)
  • John Heggie
  • Katie Jones
  • Mike Korman
  • Scott Nelson
  • Diane Stefani


You can contact the Board at board@glenview34.org.