Board Meeting Summary

Glen Ellyn School District 41

February 22, 2021 Board Meeting

The Board of Education provides a "Board Meeting Summary" after each Board meeting. The summary includes a brief description of the main topics and action items. These summaries are not meant to replace minutes. The minutes for each meeting are approved and posted after the next regularly scheduled meeting. We hope these summaries provide some basic information and context around the reports, presentations and action items. For the full packet of information including presentations and reports, Click Here
NOTE: In the interest of safety for Board and staff members, as well as the school community, the meeting format was adjusted. Due to current Executive Order requirements social distancing guidelines were in effect.
Meetings are video streamed live online and the videos are archived on the District website, Click Here.

In Attendance

President Robert Bruno, Vice President Jason Loebach, Secretary Jessica Buttimer, Bruce Currie, Ted Estes, Guillermo Guzman, Julie Hill

Recognition | watch

Dr. Kaczkowski introduced the new student board members who will be officially installed at the March 8 regular board meeting. Welcome to the Board of Education, Hadley 8th graders Asiya Ahmed and Blake Noble!

Click Here for the announcement of the student Board members.

Superintendent Report | watch

Dr. Kaczkowski presented an “Understanding the Facts” presentation. She shared information about space (including options for expanding space in the district), impacts on students and learning during the pandemic, planning and preparation for next school year, and summer programming.

Dr. Kaczkowski reiterated that the goal for the next school year is to be:

  • All day

  • Every day

  • All children

It is not "if” we will be fully open next year, the question is “how.” Dr. Kaczkowski shared that the district will be administering a survey focused on options to determine how the community would prefer the district fully reopen next year.

Board members asked questions and engaged in conversation about our current school models. The Board also came to consensus about having a Community Listening Session focused on planning for next school year.

Medical expert Ed Campbell joined the Board meeting to share information about a project opportunity with Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University. They are doing strain analysis and studying how it impacts transmission. It would be a way for families to participate in a study that would further analyze saliva samples of those who tested positive. This study could identify new variants of the virus present in the community.

Public Participation | watch

Discussion | watch

Abatement Process

Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities and Operations Eric DePorter presented information about the abatement process. He also talked about the impact of the pandemic on the state budget and the uncertainty about how much public school districts will receive. Board members asked questions and engaged in conversation about evidence based funding, planned future projects, past abatement in the district, equity, and pandemic expenses. They discussed if the Board should consider abatement at this time, but they did not come to consensus to move forward.

Action Items | watch | documents

Consent Agenda

Personnel Report

School District Payment Order

FOIA Report

Monthly Financial Reports

- Monthly Revenue/Expenditure Summary Report

- Summary of Bills and Payroll

- Treasurer's Report

- Investment Schedule

- Disposal of Surplus Property

Board Meeting Minutes

- January 25, 2020, Regular Meeting Minutes

- January 25, 2020, Closed Session Minutes

- February 8, 2021, Regular Workshop Meeting Minutes

- February 8, 2021, Closed Session Minutes

(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

Superintendent Recommendations

Board Policy Revisions - Second Reading and Adoption | watch

(Voted Yes - Bruno, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

(Voted No - Loebach)

Approve 2021-2022 School Fees | watch

(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

(Voted No - Currie)

Approve 2021-2022 School Year Calendar | watch

(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

Action | watch

Approval of the 2021-2023 Support Staff Agreement Between District 41


(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

(Voted No - Currie)

Other/Board Governance - Learning Together | watch

  • Secretary Buttimer shared that the Board members are reading a book by an author who will appear as part of the Glenbard Parent Series. The book is specifically about diversity, equity and inclusion in schools and the changes that are occurring in communities.


Monday, March 8, 2021 | Regular Board Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Monday, March 22, 2021 | Regular Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.