Board Briefs

June 14, 2021

Board Meeting Details

Upon the guidance of IL Open Meetings Act P.A. 101-0640 - this meeting was held virtually. The District Center was open, but Board Members were not physically present. Due to space constraints, capacity including staff was limited. For open/community participation, a laptop was set up in the District Office to accommodate live public comment. The district also created a dedicated voicemail line for public comment.

1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

2. Approval of Meeting Agenda

The motion was approved.

3. Recognition: Meghan Bolon Kindness Award

Director of Communications Eric Steckling presented about the Meghan Bolon Kindness Award, given every year to an outgoing 5th grader at Kipling Elementary School. You can watch the video below.

Meghan Bolon Kindness Award: Kipling Elementary School

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

There were two voicemails played during this portion. No live speakers were present.

5. Superintendent's Report

Mr. Simeck thanked a student who brought him some drawings and presented the district with gifts of appreciation because they are moving out of the country.

He said that all 6 of our buildings have been in the Test to Stay pilot classroom quarantine program and that it has successfully kept students in school that would have otherwise been excluded.

We are planning on some form of SHIELD testing next year.

We are anticipating mask wearing to be in effect when the school year starts. There is the possibility that there may be further clarification from IDPH or ISBE over the summer.

We are planning on an in-person board meeting for the July 29th meeting. There are still technical details being worked on but the meeting will also be recorded in some form.


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

There were none this month.

6.2. Preliminary 2021-22 Budget

Dr. Filippi presented a preliminary copy of the 2021-2022 budget. It would be the 17th consecutive year that DPS 109 has a balanced operating fund budget. You can see a copy of his slides below and watch his presentation in the recording above.

There will be a public hearing relating to the budget as part of the Thursday, July 29th Regular Board of Education meeting.

6.3. NWEA/MAP and Panorama Spring Report

Dr. Schwartz and Mrs. Arnold presented spring data on the NWEA/MAP assessment. You can see a copy of their slides below and watch their presentation in the recording above.

6.4. Request to Accept Crossing Guard Services

Mr. Himebaugh presented a request that would have DPS 109 take over crossing guard services from the Deerfield Police Department.


7.1. Consent Agenda*

Meeting Minutes: Regular Minutes from May 24, 2021 and Closed Session Minutes from May 24, 2021 (Policy 2:220) were approved.

Personnel items were approved.

Bills for payment were approved.

7.2. Annual Bank Depository Approval

The agreement was approved.

7.3. Annual Resolution for Serious Safety Hazards

The resolution was approved.

7.4. Resolution Authorizing Adoption of the Prevailing Wage

The resolution was approved.

7.5. Designation of Interest

The resolution was approved.

7.6. Request to Accept Crossing Guard Services

The request was approved.

7.7. ECRA Group Professional Services Agreement with the Project 440 District Consortium with Districts Bannockburn District 106, Highland Park District 112, and Township High School District 113

The agreement was approved.

7.8. Recommendation to Purchase Chromebooks

The recommendation was approved.

7.9. Resolution to Establish a District 109 401(a) Plan

The resolution was approved.

7.10. Approval of Contract for Assistant Principal

The contract was approved.
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7.11. Open Closed Session Minutes to the Public (Bi-Annual Requirement)

The proposal was approved.

8. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)

Mrs. Jakymiw gave updates from the most recent NSSED meeting that she attended.

Mr. Kuo gave a Finance Committee update.

Open Community Participation

There were no speakers present.

Board/Superintendent Other

Several board members thanked Dr. Schwartz for his years of service to District 109.

The meeting adjourned at 9:57 p.m.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

Thursday, July 29, 2021 @7pm - Regular Board Meeting

Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 7 p.m. -- Regular Board Meeting