January 19, 2023
Deerfield Public Schools District 109
Board Meeting Details
This regular Board of Education meeting was held in person at the District Office.
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Meeting Agenda
3. What's Good in 109
-The Shepard debate team receiving congrats for winning a recent debate tournament
-Walden's spelling bee extending into a second-day tiebreaker tomorrow!
-Musicians from Caruso traveling to Wilmot & South Park to perform for younger students and get them excited about joining band, orchestra, or choir in middle school
-Kipling 1st graders getting a visit from officials from the Village of Deerfield to learn about how the village seal was designed and what goes into the process
-Students at all four elementary schools were selected and recognized by the local Hyatt Regency Deerfield to have their drawings printed and mailed out on their company holiday card
Shepard is teaming up with the fire & police departments to have a charity basketball game on February 1st. Tickets are now on sale.
Wilmot is our featured school of the month, as we showcase the 3 C's in one building:
Dr. Brett, the principal of Wilmot, joined the presentation.
Dr. Brett showcased some of the logos students have designed to celebrate Wilmot's 175th anniversary this year and showed a clip of a fun celebrity shoutout from WGN news anchors.
CHALLENGE: Wilmot won the districtwide math challenge for doing problems at home and won a visit from Jiji the math penguin
COLLABORATE: All four elementary schools, including Wilmot, collaborated with the Deerfield Public Library on their annual Tournament of Books. Two 5th graders were interviewed by DPL about the project and will appear soon in an edition of Browsing magazine.
CREATE: 5th grade and 2nd grade buddies worked together to digitally create snowmen that showed different emotions and had to work with each other off of the same presentation to decide their designs.
Finally, Ms. Brantman's 5th grade class was featured as a group for sending drawings and coloring bags to kids in a hospital over the holidays.
Click below to watch the What's Good segment!
4. Legislative Update
Click below to watch his presentation!
5. Superintendent's Report
He complimented the ELA team at Shepard for putting on their 6th grade grit talks in the LC that he got a chance to witness.
Our Master Facility Planning process has begun. The steering committee just held their first meeting. There will be a report from the architects we are working with in the project later in the meeting. Those interested in our master facility planning process can visit www.dps109.org/ourfuture which we will update as we progress through this journey.
Click below to watch his report.
6. Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda (Policy 2:230)
7.1. Freedom of Information Requests (Policy 2:250)
7.2. Master Facility Planning Update
They showed a presentation that was given to the steering committee on January 17th.
The architects took tours with different stakeholder groups (teachers, parents, students, etc.) and presented summaries from each building with key thoughts about the facilities.
In the coming weeks, the steering committee will tour all of the schools. They will have their second meeting on February 21st. In February, ARCON will also embark on the Planning and Concepts/Activation phase.
Again, all updates will be posted to www.dps109.org/ourfuture.
You can watch their report below.
7.3. Surplus Equipment to Sell, Donate, or Recycle
7.4. Two-Way Radio Purchase
7.5. Intergovernmental Agreement for Downtown Deerfield TIF District
8.1. Consent Agenda*
Personnel items were approved.
Bills for payment were approved.
8.2. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from December 15, 2022
8.3. Approval of Quarterly Treasurer's Report (Dec 2022)
8.4. Policy Final Reading
8.5. Approval to Sell, Donate, or Recycle Surplus Equipment
9. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)
10. Open Community Participation (Policy 2:230)
11. Board/Superintendent Other
Mrs. Montgomery thanked the Wilmot students, families, and staff that came in for the What’s Good presentation. She thanked Rep. Morgan for coming in for his legislative update. She thanked our whole staff for a smooth return from break.
The next school board meeting is...
Thursday, February 16, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting