Board Briefs

March 30, 2020

In order to comply with Governor Pritzker's Stay-At-Home order due to COVID-19, the District 109 Board of Education held the 3/30 Board of Education Meeting virtually. No one was onsite at the District Center, our regular meeting location. Members of the public could listen to the meeting by calling a designated number. For open/community participation we created a dedicated voicemail line for public comment.

We expect to follow the same procedures for our April 20 Board of Education meeting.

Thank you for your flexibility during this time and please stay well.

Superintendent's Report

Dr. McConnell discussed the current situation facing the District and its staff and families caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The District has been operating our eLearning plan since March 16th and feedback has been positive. Our teachers, staff, students, and families are going out of their way to adjust to this new reality. Dr. McConnell thanked Districts 112 and 113 for their partnership. Dr. McConnell also thanked the Village of Deerfield, the Deerfield Park District, the Deerfield Police and Fire Departments, and the public library for their dedication and support during this time.

For more information and to access communications and resources please visit the District’s extended closure resource page.

Superintendent's Search Process

The Board was joined at the meeting by School Exec Connect consultants, Dr. Ben Martindale and Dr. Linda Yonke, to discuss the process for identifying an interim superintendent and the timeline for the permanent superintendent search process. More information will be coming from the Board by the end of the week on the process.

Auditorium Bid Results

The Board was presented with bid proposals for construction on the Caruso auditorium project. Although there were appropriate bids within the estimated project range, the Board has decided to delay any action for the time being. The COVID-19 pandemic has created numerous uncertainties and the Board felt it was best to discuss it again when the pandemic is over.

Action Items

The consent agenda was approved.

Personnel items were approved.

Bills for payment were approved.

The destruction of closed session recordings from September 17, 2018, was approved.

The resolutions to dismiss part-time teachers, probationary teachers, administrators, and at-will employees were approved.

The Board of Education 2020-2021 meeting schedule was approved.

The honorable dismissal of teachers was approved.

The boiler replacements at South Park, Kipling, and Wilmot were approved.

The video surveillance installation at all District 109 sites was approved.

Committee Reports


NSSED met prior to the schools closing due to COVID-19. The Northern Suburban Special Education District has been discussing options for renaming and rebranding.

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, April 20, 2020 - Regular Board Meeting

Monday, May 18, 2020 - Regular Board Meeting

Monday, June 8, 2020 - Regular Board Meeting

Previous Board Briefs

Due to the rapid nature of activity and communication the week of March 9 - 13, we missed sending the Board Briefs from the March 9th Board of Education meeting. Please see the link below for those Board Briefs and others.

March 9, 2020 Board Briefs

February 10, 2020 Board Briefs

January 13, 2020 Board Briefs