BOE Recap

October 27, 2022

Board Meeting Details

This regular Board of Education meeting was held in person at the District Office.

Full Recording of 10/27 Board Meeting

For your convenience, we have skipped past the closed session part of the meeting. (You can go back and see it if you scroll back on the player)

1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m.

2. Approval of Meeting Agenda

The agenda was approved.

3. Closed Session

The board adjourned to closed session at 6:36 p.m. to discuss: The placement of individual students in special education programs and other matters relating to individual students. 5ILCS 120/2(c)(9)

4. Reconvene to Open Session

The board reconvened to open session at 7:06 p.m.

5. What's Good in 109

Mr. Steckling presented the monthly What's Good in 109 report, highlighting:

The Stop, Drop, and Draw event at Walden today


-Wilmot students embarking on their new PAWS system, rewarding good behavior

-Shepard's 8th grade boys cross country team winning the conference title


-Walden using two extra lockers as Little Free Libraries this year


-A Caruso student designing a really neat Halloween flip animation

-Kipling 2nd graders creating and running their own businesses

South Park is our featured school of the month, as we showcase the 3 C's in one building:

CHALLENGE: 4th grade writers working together to critique each others' work

COLLABORATE: South Park has hosted successful Family Reading & Math nights this year, giving our families a glimpse into what their children are doing at school

CREATE: Kindergarteners playing at the "South Park Cafe" using materials from Starbucks and other businesses

We also recognized Mrs. Kelly Jahng and the South Park library for winning the Exemplary Library Award from AISLE.

Finally, three 5th graders presented a Halloween-themed project they have been working on, where they had to design their own candy containers and measure the volume.

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6. Superintendent's Report

Mr. Simeck gave another thank you to our principals and AP's on the heels of Principal Appreciation Week & Month.

He showed pictures from the Deerfield Farmers Market, where the superintendent and several board members had a table set up last month. It was a great opportunity to connect with the public and we look forward to more events like this in the future.

Caruso's auditorium construction is coming along. He showed a picture of the interior looking out to the seating bowl from the stage. The project remains on time.

Finally, the master facility planning process keeps marching along. Members of the Board of Education visited a few other schools this past month to take a look at some more recent construction.

Watch the Superintendent's Report

The first 30 seconds were clipped due to an audio issue

7. Recognition: School Board Members Day on November 15, 2022

Mr. Simeck read a proclamation honoring the DPS 109 school board in advance of School Board Members Day.

8. Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda (Policy 2:230)

There was one speaker present.


9.1. Freedom of Information Requests (Policy 2:250)

Dr. Filippi discussed three items that are included in the meeting packet/agenda. There were no questions.

9.2. Tax Levy

Dr. Filippi gave a presentation about the 2022 tax levy. His presentation gave a brief explanation of some terms that are used in the process. The board will hold a public hearing in November for the tax levy strategy. The district must file the levy by December 2022. Any taxes collected from this process would take place in June & September of 2023. You can see this portion of the meeting by clicking below.

9.3. IASB Delegate Assembly/Resolutions Committee Report

The board reviewed the report and discussed some of the resolutions.

9.4. 2023-24 Public School Calendar

Dr. Fisher presented the draft of the 2023-2024 school calendar. He said that the top goal is to try and align the calendar with District 113 (Deerfield High School) as closely as possible to accommodate families.

9.5. Assessment and Strategic Plan Update

Mrs. Arnold presented on the four goals of the strategic plan and highlighted key objectives and steps within each goal.

Goal 2: SEL leadership teams have begun meeting in all six schools. Building leaders attended a Safe & Civil Schools conference this past summer.

Goal 3: We are doing the universal design for learning planning on alternating early release Wednesdays. There is a lot of excitement surrounding the new social studies curriculum.

Goal 4: ELT has been visiting all of the buildings for lunchtime sessions. We have been opening our doors to host more family and community-based events.

Panorama SEL survey: This has been assessed for 3 years in District 109. It’s feedback that children give about themselves. The results align with what we have seen in the past. Sense of belonging and engagement were new additions to the survey this year.

Mr. Jezuit covered math data from the IAR assessment. He said that fall MAP math data shows improvement across the board, with scores closing in on pre-pandemic levels. He also discussed ELA data. We are down from pre-pandemic years past, like in math. However, data is improving.

Mrs. Arnold covered the release of the Illinois Report Card. Both Caruso and Shepard have been labeled with Commendable designations, while all four elementary schools (Kipling, South Park, Walden, and Wilmot) have been labeled as Exemplary.


10.1. Consent Agenda*

Personnel items were approved.

Bills for payment were approved.

10.2. Treasurer's Report - August 2022

The report was approved.

10.3. Quarterly Treasurer's Report - September 2022

The report was approved.

10.4. Recommendation to Approve Key Performance Indicators

The recommendation was approved.

10.5. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes from the School Site Visits with Arcon on September 12, 2022 (Policy 2:220)

The minutes were approved.

10.6. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes from the School Site Visits with Arcon on September 13, 2022 (Policy 2:220)

The minutes were approved.

10.7. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from September 22, 2022 (Policy 2:220)

The minutes were approved.

11. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)

Mr. Ashman gave a Facility Development Committee update.

Mrs. Jakymiw gave a TrueNorth update.

Mr. Morrison said that the Policy Committee will meet next week.

12. Open Community Participation (Policy 2:230)

There were no speakers present.

13. Board/Superintendent Other

Mr. Simeck said he had a great meeting with other partner agencies from the Village of Deerfield this week. He also gave thanks to the staff and planning that went into the October 25th training with a large number of our teachers.

President Montgomery also expressed her appreciation for the partnership with our other village agencies. She thanked various members of the administration for the work they have been doing.

14. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:17 p.m.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

Thursday, November 17, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting