Virtual Board Briefs
Summary of the April 27, 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 (May 18, 2020).
The New Look for D34 Board Meetings
Board President Opening Remarks
He explained that as E-Learning continues, the District will share information about end-of-year activities and events. He commended the teachers and the members of the E-Learning Team who developed the structure of the D34 E-Learning program and continue to add to it.
Dr. Delli said that Friday, May 1 is School Lunch Hero Day, and our food service staff has been working hard to provide meals for students in need each week.
The personnel report included the approval of the new principal at Westbrook, and assistant principals for student services at Westbrook and Lyon. Executive Director for Human Resources Dr. Heather Hopkins introduced the new leadership:
- Westbrook Principal Patrick Hoeft moves from the role of assistant principal for student. services at Westbrook to principal.
- Westbrook Assistant Principal Martha Rode and Lyon Assistant Principal Dr. Amanda Spychalski join District 34 with extensive leadership and special education experience.
They being their new roles on July 1.
Update: District 34 E-Learning
"Our number one focus is on the social-emotional needs of our students in this most unique time," said Engle.
Middle School Schedule Changes
They explained the process that began in 2017 with the Time & Learning Task Force to address several priorities:
- Creating a consistent daily schedule
- English Language Arts becoming one block with integrated reading and writing instruction
- Math every day
- More student choice
- Longer blocks
They said that the changes that take place in 2020-2021 focus on B Blocks; additional changes will happen the following year to A Blocks (exploratory class offerings, how global language is delivered and how band, orchestra and chorus are structured).
The new schedule includes an increase in instructional minutes overall, and a significant increase in math instruction time. It also provides a consistent time for school-wide social-emotional learning so all staff can be involved, lowering the class sizes for this instruction. The task force extensively reviewed the time allotment for lunch and recess and determined that the current time fits best in the new schedule.
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:
- Natalie Jachtorowycz (President)
- Jim Baumstark (Vice President)
- John Heggie
- Katie Jones
- Mike Korman
- Scott Nelson
- Diane Stefani
You can contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.