Across the Board in D303

Notes from the District 303 School Board Meeting

February 14, 2022

All agenda items, documents, and recorded meetings are available to view on BoardDocs.

School Board

Jillian Barker, President

Heidi Fairgrieve, Vice President

Becky McCabe, Secretary

Kate Bell

Matthew Kuschert

Joseph Lackner

Ed McNally

School Board meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at the Haines Center. All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Agenda packets are available at

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March 14, 2022

Haines Center

Superintendent Report

Aurora University Program for Students with Autism

Dr. Pearson reported that Aurora University is beginning a new program to champion students who have autism as they attend college. This program is one of only several in the nation and we are fortunate to have that resource in our county.

Random Acts Matter Week

Earlier today, Dr. Pearson and Mrs. Geier were invited to Richmond Intermediate School and given a flower and Tootsie Pop bouquet for Random Acts Matter (RAM) week. District staff and students have benefitted from the great fundraising of RAM and we want to highlight their contributions to our community.

Community Input for Superintendent Search

Mrs. Barker reminded community members to participate in the superintendent search school focus group or the community-wide events on February 22 and 23. Information about the superintendent search can be found on the District website.

Public Hearing on ESSER Funds

Unlike the previous two rounds of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Grant funding, the American Rescue Plan requires school districts to provide the public the opportunity to offer feedback on the ESSER Plan prior to submission to the Illinois State Board of Education.

There were no public comments related to the ESSER Funds.

For Discussion

Motion to Clarify 2021-2022 Return to School Plan

The Board discussed the appeal of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that was handed down on February 4 and pointed out that the district’s appeal of the judge's decision is different than the Governor’s appeal related to masks.

The judge’s decision related to the TRO could potentially impact a school board’s ability to make local decisions in the future making the appeal necessary.

The Board discussed writing a letter to the Governor about the burden the continued mitigation has placed on the students, staff members, and the district.

Consent Agenda

The consent agenda passed by a vote of 6-0 (with one abstention)

The consent agenda included items such as:

  • Meeting minutes from previous committee meetings
  • Personnel Reports
  • List of Bills, Treasurer Report, Payroll
  • Designate Individual to Prepare 2022-2023 Budget
  • School Fees for 2022-2023
  • Budget Calendar for 2022-2023
  • Miller Cooper Contract Renewal
  • Gifts and Donations
  • Mid-Valley Contracts

View the full list of items on BoardDocs

For Action

Revised 2022-2023 Calendar

The motion to approve the calendar passed by a vote of 7-0.

There are two changes to the calendar

  • Election Day is now a holiday so the Board approved adding a day at the end of the school year to accommodate the change
  • The institute day originally scheduled for the Friday before Election Day has been moved to the Monday prior to election day, which will give students a four-day weekend

View the Revised 2022-2023 Calendar

Proposed 2023-2024 Calendar

The motion to approve the calendar passed by a vote of 7-0

View the Proposed 2023-2024 Calendar

TRS Supplemental Saving Plan Resolution

The motion to approve the resolution passed by a vote of 7-0

The administration has been given updated information from TRS regarding the savings plan 457 (b) that must be adopted by the district. According to TRS, the Supplemental Savings Plan is a tax-favored retirement savings vehicle that is intended to supplement the retirement benefits provided by the TRS-defined benefit plan.

View the TRS Resolution

2021-2022 Return to School Plan and COVID-19 Mitigations

The Motion to approve writing a letter to the Governor indicating that the School Board would like to see continuity between the public setting and the school setting passed by a vote of


New Business

  • The Board asked for additional information about the ESSER Fund process including the application. Please use this link to access the January Across the Board to find out more information related to ESSER funds.

  • The Board had a discussion about inclement weather and the way that decisions are made to cancel school. Dr. Pearson explained that there are many factors that go into making the decision and reminded the Board that inclement weather procedures were sent to families in the fall and are also on the website.


Agendas and meeting minutes from the School Board meetings are accessible online via BoardDocs.