Board Briefs

Highlights from the 1-14-2019 Board of Education Meeting


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 (February 11, 2019).

Resolution to Issue Bonds

Assistant Superintendent of Finance Eric Miller reaffirmed the information presented during the public hearing on December 10, 2018. The District will issue $9.8M in general obligation limited tax school bonds to increase working cash funds to address two years of construction. This resolution follows the publication of the intent to issue bonds and the public hearing in December.


Mr. Miller also explained that the District has maintained the highest possible Moody's rating (a Aaa bond rating).

2019-2024 Strategic Plan

Dr. Delli and members of the strategic planning team, along with CEC consultant Perry Soldweldel presented about the process in developing the strategic plan, and shared elements of the plan (outined in a one-page summary).


Key components of the plan include:


Mission:

Empower all learners to:

Aspire to reach their highest potential

Explore their passions and interests

Discover their pathway to success

Connect with each other, the community, and the world


Vision:

District 34 will be an inclusive, equitable school system that provides comprehensive, authentic learning experiences to develop the whole child.


Core Values:

Growth & Aspirations: We are forward-focused on the academic and social-emotional growth of students and the professional growth of staff, and on creating the best future for our community.

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity: We embrace and welcome the differences of each member of our community and provide equitable resources to meet the needs of all learners.

Relationships & Respect: We build collaborative, respectful relationships through trust, open communication, and shared responsibility and accountability.

Stewardship: We are diligent stewards of our resources.


Goals:

Student Success & Well-Being: Provide a comprehensive education that supports deep learning and social-emotional growth.

Educator Growth & Support: Attract, retain, and support quality, collaborative staff who demonstrate content expertise and provide consistent, impactful instruction.

Parent & Community Partnerships: Build strong partnerships with families and the community to create a system of care, support, and extended learning opportunities for students.

Resource Stewardship: Demonstrate effective and responsible use of resources.


The Board will take action on the plan at the February meeting, and then the administration will begin developing action plans to meet the goals.

Teaching & Learning Updates

Educator Mentor Program

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Heather Hopkins and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Dr. Matt Silverman outlined the new educator mentor program. Changes in the program reflect feedback from staff, who said that they would like to have mentors within their buildings and in their roles. Staff also expressed a wish for teachers to have leadership opportunities such as those giving to mentors.


Dr. Silverman said that overall goal of the program is to increase student achievement by increasing teacher efficacy. He said that this program will not only improve teacher effectiveness but also increase teacher retention.


The District will provide support to the mentor-mentee relationship by providing substitute coverage to allow: time to meet; time for mentors to observe new teachers and provide valuable, constructive, relevant feedback; and time for mentees to see master teachers in action.


The application process encourages potential mentors to think about their interests and strengths. The deadline to apply is January 23. Once mentors are selected, they will receive two-day training to understand their role.

Big picture

K-5 Literacy

Dr. Silverman and Executive Director of Educational Technology Brian Engle explained that the administration wants a unified approach to literacy. Their presentation outlined a long-range plan to implement a balanced literacy model that will increase student achievement .


Dr. Silverman explained that a balanced literacy approach with a workshop model and a focus on inquiry will make an enormous impact on student achievement - and will reduce the District's achievement gaps.


He shared data from the strategic planning staff survey that showed low satisfaction in the area of support in implementation of new initiatives. He said that this implementation would be rolled out over five years in a very deliberate manner, with strong District-level support.

Future Facilities Financing

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Eric Miller said that the current bond issue takes the District to its current long-term debt capacity. The administration recommends a few steps to continue to inform and explore the possibilities of funding the identified capital needs beyond those addressed with the bond issue:


  • Look for consultants to help guide the District in making decisions moving forward, which may include a referendum
  • Appoint Raymond James, the underwriter for the current bond issue, to serve as municipal advisor
  • Charge CFAC to look into the debt options to meet the capital needs of the District


Mr. Miller will present a more detailed timeline at the January 24 special board meeting.

Citizens Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC)

CFAC members Scott Nelson and Richard Kreutzfeldt presented. CFAC's primary charge is to develop five-year financial projections of the operating funds to the Board of Education. CFAC's key assumptions:


  • Revenue Assumptions: Property taxes will increase at the rate of inflation (2.3%); 10M in new property additions; the Glen TIF expires in tax year 2021, which increases revenue by $7.4M in FY2024 and $5M in FY2025; state, federal and other revenues remain flat
  • Expenditure Assumptions: Salaries will increase at the rate of inflation subject to the new teacher contract, increasing expenditures by about $1M per year; retirements in FY2020 and beyond will reduce salary costs; benefit costs will increase 6-8% per year; purchased services and other costs will increase at the rate of inflation


The projections this year show a more positive picture than last year, because the District found efficiencies over the last year that reduced expenses as well as unforeseen revenue increases. Mr. Kreutzfeldt said that the District has shown good fiscal management.

Meet the Board of Education

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


  • Sam Ach (President)
  • Natalie Jachtorowycz (Vice President)
  • Jim Baumstark
  • John Heggie
  • Katie Jones
  • Jackie Lutz
  • Diane Stefani


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