Board Meeting Summary

Glen Ellyn School District 41

November 21, 2022 Regular 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

Meetings are video streamed live online and the videos are archived on the District website, Click Here.

In Attendance

President Dr. Robert Bruno, Vice President Jason Loebach, Secretary Jess Buttimer, Ted Estes, Dr. Chris Martelli
Student Board Members: Elizabeth Bredfeldt and Maeve Bernstein

Not in Attendance

Julie Hill, Tayyaba Syed

Board Member Recognition | watch

Superintendent Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski thanked the Board for their continued work and pointed out items that they will receive in recognition of their service.


HumaneX Survey Results | watch

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. David Bruno introduced CEO of HumaneX Brad Black who presented the District 41 staff climate and culture survey results. Board members asked questions and engaged in conversation about the presentation.

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FY 2022 Audit Presentation | watch

Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities and Operations Eric DePorter introduced Matt Barens who shared information about our 2022 Audit. He explained the process of the audit as well as the results of the final audit report.

2022 FY Levy Presentation | watch

Mr. DePorter presented the third step of the annual levy process. He presented a calculation of the proposed tax extension and explained how the levy process works.

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Post Referendum Reflection | watch

Dr. Kaczkowski presented a process for debriefing about the referendum. She asked questions of the board to help them reflect on the process and next steps.

Board members discussed what they wanted to accomplish with the referendum and the original goals of the process. They discussed how they missed the objectives of the referendum. The board members shared that they wanted to present a plan that the community supported and engaged in conversation about how to move forward with more engagement of the community in the future. They also discussed facilities and continued space challenges at the elementary schools. In addition, they discussed that the community may not have a tolerance for boundary changes. Finally, they discussed the time provided for community engagement and that in our community we need more time for the process prior to a referendum.

Public Participation | watch | listen


Superintendent’s Report | watch

District 41 Immunization Report

Board Reports | watch
Student Board Reports | watch

Discussion | watch

Embrace Software Purchase
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Laurel O'Brien spoke about how we as a district address threat assessments. Part of the threat assessment process requires the safe storage of highly important and highly confidential information. We are at a point in our threat assessment work where we have investigated options and recommend that our current IEP system, Embrace, construct a specialty module for the purpose of threat assessment.
Server Refresh Purchase

Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities and Operations Eric DePorter explained how our critical district servers are near the end of their lifespan. Working with another local school district, Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation Andrew Peterman is proposing that District 41 purchase that district's underutilized servers. A move that would save our district over $30,000.

Action Items | watch | documents

Consent Agenda

Personnel Report

Monthly Financial Reports

Assets for Disposal


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Report

Investment Schedule

Monthly Revenue/Expenditure Summary Report

School District Payment Order

Summary of Bills and Payroll

Treasurer's Report

Board Meeting Minutes

  • October 17, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes
  • October 17, 2022 Closed Meeting Minutes
  • November 7, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes
  • November 7, 2022 Closed Meeting Minutes

Recommendations | watch | documents

Embrace Software Purchase

(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Martelli)

Server Refresh Purchase

(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Martelli)

Approval to Place the 2022 Levy on Display

(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Martelli)

Approve the FY 2022 Audit
(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Martelli)

Closed Session

Return to Open Session

Adoption of Resolutions Authorizing the Acquisition and Lease of Real Estate—811 Bloomingdale Road, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 1 N 249 Bloomingdale Road, DuPage County, Illinois

Prior to taking action, Dr. Bruno provided a summary of the process the Board followed leading up to the acquisition of the property located north of Churchill Elementary School. (Read)

(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Martelli)


  • Monday, December 12, 2022 | Regular Meeting, 6:30 PM | Hadley Jr. High
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | Committee of the Whole Meeting, 6:30 PM | Hadley Jr. High