Board Briefs

July 28, 2022

Board Meeting Details

This regular Board of Education meeting was held in person at the District Office with no pandemic-related capacity limit. In-person public comment was available for attendees.

1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

2. Approval of Meeting Agenda

The agenda was approved.

3. Superintendent's Report

You can watch his presentation below.

Mr. Simeck expressed the district's condolences and grief over the events that happened during the 4th of July parade in Highland Park. He expressed a thank you to our staff who leapt into action to help the community in various ways and many of our families who have been involved in various fundraisers, charitable efforts and other avenues and have his thanks.

Dr. Filippi discussed an overview of security in District 109. He stressed that we don't publicly release detailed emergency plans and procedures because doing so would diminsh their effectiveness. We do have plans and procedures centered around deterrence, detection, delay, and response.

-Public notices/signs on campus

-Crime prevention through environmental design

-Bollards and other physical barriers

-Exterior lighting that discourages unauthorized access


-Video surveillance accessible by staff and first responders

-Integrated PA systems

-Panic buttons

-Two way radios

-Access controls with visitor screening


-Reinforced facility entries

-Bullet resistant glazing


-Comprehensive national incident management system that has been deveklooped and vetted by security experts

-Staff trained in Dewey Cornell model

-Multiple means of monitoring district communications to identify red flags

Dr. Filippi noted that plans and procedures have been vetted by national security experts. We have consistency in plans and procedures with neighboring groups like the village and park district. FEA will have a study that will be done in short order. Every 3 weeks they (FEA) will be spending time in district to work on staffing/training.

Mr. Simeck said that gun violence is a public health crisis. He said that all of the measures Dr. Filippi mentioned, none were in place when he was a child. He said the government's first duty is to protect its citizenry and parents' instinct to protect their kids. He stressed that school is the safest place for children to be. Gun violence affects every aspect of every family's life. Mr. Simeck said that parental involvement is critical on this issue.

Mr. Simeck went over COVID protocols for the upcoming year, noting that the goal is to get the kids in and keep them in school. He also noted the following:

  • There will be no daily COVID certification
  • SHIELD testing will now be offered in a take-home format
  • Symptomatic testing will no longer be offered outside the District Office, but at-home tests would be accepted
  • Masking is optional, masks available on site for those who want them
  • Individuals that test positive for COVID will be out for 5 days, and then required to wear a mask days 6-10 upon their return
  • While notifications pertaining to every case won't happen, families will be notified if there's a situation in their child's class that could be considered an outbreak

DPS 109 reserves the right to adapt the above plan based on changing conditions and state or federal guidance during the school year.

Mr. Steckling described upcoming district communication, starting with a Back To School Checklist being released on August 2nd, followed by a welcome back email from principals on August 5th, and finally a communications test sent out on August 9th. (Note: this date was later changed to August 10th). He also noted that had over 160,000 page views during the 2021-2022 school year, the highest on record for the district.

Mr. Simeck gave an update on mission/vision work. He said that the new mission and vision would begin to be installed in buildings shortly. The district's updated strategic plan will be shared at the August BOE meeting.

Mr. Simeck also shared pictures of the progress of the construction that took place over the summer at Caruso.

4. Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda (Policy 2:230)

There was no one wishing to make public comment.

5. Public Hearing for the 2022-2023 Budget

The hearing began at 7:33 p.m. President Montgomery asked for public comment three times as required. There was no comment. The hearing closed at 7:34 p.m.

6. Public Hearing for Interfund Transfer from Education Fund to Operations & Maintenance Fund

The hearing began at 7:34 p.m. President Montgomery asked for public comment three times as required. There was no comment. The hearing closed at 7:35 p.m.


7.1. Freedom of Information Requests (Policy 2:250)

Dr. Filippi said one request was made and has been fulfilled.

7.2. Demography Presentation: RSP Associates

Dr. Filippi introduced a representative from RSP Associates to present on demography. He discussed the recent demographic study done of the district. They are forecasting that enrollment will decrease by about 200 students over the next 5 years. He discussed live birth data and enrollment data. He discussed student cohort information. Enrollment data is projected to be stable to declining over the next five years. 3 buildings may have capacity challenges: Kipling, Walden, and Shepard. There are trends that we don't know yet how they will play out. Click below for the meeting agenda, where can read the RSP study.

7.3. Security Camera Upgrade

Dr. Filippi discussed the agreement that woudl allow for the purchase of additional security cameras for all facilities in the district. This will be brought back for action at the August Board of Education meeting.

7.4. Resolution Regarding the Superintendent's Authority Related to COVID-19 Operations

Mr. Simeck presented an updated resolution to the board.

7.5. Resolution Regarding Gun Violence, Advocacy, and Call to Action

Mr. Simeck presented this resolution for board approval. It's a statement from the board that will be sent to groups, organizations, and lawmakers for their consideration. President Montgomery read the resolution which is included in the meeting agenda linked above.


8.1. Consent Agenda*

The approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from May 26, 2022 was removed from the agenda and will be voted upon at the July 28, 2022 Board meeting.

Personnel items were approved.

Bills for payment were approved.

Destruction of closed session audio was approved.

8.2. Approval of Amended Regular Meeting Minutes from May 26, 2022 (Policy 2:220)

The minutes were approved.

8.3. Approval of Committee of the Whole Minutes from May 26, 2022

The minutes were approved.

8.4. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from June 16, 2022 (Policy 2:220)

The minutes were approved.

8.5. Approval of Closed Session Meeting Minutes from June 16, 2022 (Policy 2:220)

The minutes were approved.

8.6. Quarterly Treasurer's Report and Year End June

The report was approved.

8.7. Recommendation for Final Approval of the 2022-23 Budget (Policy 4:10)

The budget was approved.

8.8. Recommendation to Approve a Resolution Regarding the Superintendent's Authority Related to COVID-19 Operations

The resolution was approved.

8.9. Recommendation to Approve a Resolution Regarding Gun Violence, Advocacy, and Call to Action

The resolution was approved.

8.10. Recommendation to Approve a Resolution for an Interfund Transfer from the Education Fund to the Operations & Maintenance Fund

The resolution was approved.

8.11. Recommendation to Approve a Resolution for an Interfund Transfer from the Operations & Maintenance Funds to the Capital Projects Fund

The resolution was approved.

9. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)

The policy committee will be meeting August 25th.

10. Open Community Participation (Policy 2:230)

There was one speaker asking questions about school security relating to the gun violence discussion.

11. Board/Superintendent Other

President Montgomery thanked the DPS 109 staff that went above and beyond that provided support to our students and students from the neighboring community in the wake of the tragic July 4th shootings. She wished Mr. Steckling a happy birthday and gave him kudos on the increased web traffic numbers. She thanked Dr. Filippi for all of his work. She thanked the board for their work and agreement on the resolution regarding gun violence.

12. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:57 p.m.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

Thursday, August 25, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting