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
Mr. Miller also explained that the District has maintained the highest possible Moody's rating (a Aaa bond rating).
2019-2024 Strategic Plan
Key components of the plan include:
Empower all learners to:
Aspire to reach their highest potential
Explore their passions and interests
Discover their pathway to successConnect with each other, the community, and the world
District 34 will be an inclusive, equitable school system that provides comprehensive, authentic learning experiences to develop the whole child.
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.
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
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.
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
- 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)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.