Virtual Board Briefs

Summary of the August 24, 2020 BOE Meeting, held virtually

Board Briefs is a newsletter-style overview of the highlights of the Board of Education's discussion and action. You can find the meeting agenda online here, and look for minutes of the meeting to be posted after they are approved at the next BOE meeting (September 21, 2020).

D34 Board Meetings: Virtual for Now

District 34 Board of Education meetings are being held virtually until further notice. Information to access the virtual meetings live will be emailed to parents, staff and community members and posted on the D34 website no later than the Friday before each meeting.

Superintendent's Reflections

Each month, Superintendent Dr. Dane Delli updates the Board of Education and the community about programs, events, notable achievements, and other timely information and celebrations.


Dr. Delli expressed that the District's objective remains to bring students back for in-person learning on a broader scale as soon as it is safe to do so. The District continues to follow the guidance of the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in reviewing COVID-19 data and understanding it's impact on our schools. Last week, IDPH released information that starts to bring into focus the data sources and analytics that will guide decisions on opening up or restricting in-person teaching and learning.


He explained that the District has implemented and communicated rigorous safety and health protocols that will be in place whenever there are in-person opportunities in schools. "This year will be like no other, and we remain committed to serving the children of D34," said Dr. Delli.

Community Participation

In the virtual setting, community members submit comments to an online form, which opens before the start of the Board of Education meeting. During the two opportunities for community participation (one early in the meeting, and the other at the end of the meeting), the following community members submitted comments:


  • Denise Joseph, parent, expressed concerns about the delay in receiving class placements and different schools with different schedules; she said that the District's plans do not meet the needs of dual working or single parent households.
  • Joe Wachter, parent, asked about the metrics that the District will use to reopen schools for in-person learning.
  • Jill Weeks, parent, asked questions about technology support and communication, and about how teachers who have both GOAL and Remote+ students (in middle school) will handle the transition to Hybrid.


During the community participation periods, the Board is in listening mode. Responses to questions or other follow-up information is provided to the community member directly and, when appropriate, to the community as a whole.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report, and payroll and vendor warrants.


The Board also approved transportation contract amendments with Alltown and Safeway. Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller shared that the amendments provide flexibility for the District to provide the appropriate level of transportation when moving between learning environments. He mentioned that the District will be running bus routes during Remote+ to allow students to attend in-person, small group meetings.

Discussion & Action

Fall Learning Plan

District administrators presented an overview of the fall teaching and learning environment. They shared the planning that went into launching a completely reimagined educational environment, including the many health and safety considerations and the complex staffing challenges. They pointed to the differences between spring E-Learning and the fall Remote+/GOAL environment:


  • More real-time (synchronous) connections
  • Accountability (attendance and grades)
  • Increased structure and consistency


Much has been done to ensure the needs of all students will be met, and to keep the lines of communication with parents open and clear.


Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning (and GOAL Program Coordinator) Dr. Matt Silverman noted that GOAL is now District 34's largest school.

Big picture

Health & Dental Insurance Renewal Rates

Mr. Miller shared the work of the District's Compensation Committee's insurance subcommittee in reviewing health and dental plans. The recommendation is for the medical plans to increase rates by 10.4% and make no rate change for dental.

Unaudited FY20 Financials

Mr. Miller presented an overview of the District's FY20 financial performance, which will be audited this fall. Overall a budgeted deficit of $8.7M was anticipated, or 10%; the District ended the year with a deficit of $1.8M or 8%.

Final FY2021 Budget

Mr. Miller presented the final budget for the 2021 fiscal year. It reflects $75.6M in operating revenues and $79M in operating expenditures.


The Board is required by statute to place the budget in tentative form on public display for 30 days, hold a Public Hearing, give notice to the public of the Public Hearing and formally adopt the budget by September 30, 2020. The Public Hearing will be held on September 21, 2020.

Board Policies for Review

The Board reviewed recommendations for updates of seven policies, including 4:180 Pandemic Preparedness. This policy update includes many of the new requirements and guidelines that developed as a result of the current pandemic.

Meet the Board of Education

D34 Board Community Strong

Glenview District 34 is governed by a seven-person Board of Education, elected by the community, that consists of the following individuals:


  • Natalie Jachtorowycz (President)
  • Jim Baumstark (Vice President)
  • John Heggie
  • Katie Jones
  • Mike Korman
  • Scott Nelson
  • Diane Stefani


You can contact the Board at board@glenview34.org.