Virtual Board Briefs
Summary of the October 19, 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 (November 16, 2020).
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D34 Board Meetings: Virtual for Now
Superintendent's Reflections -- Hybrid Update
Each month, Superintendent Dr. Dane Delli updates the Board of Education and the community about programs, events, notable achievements, and other timely information and celebrations.
Dr. Delli and members of the District 34 administration team presented an update on hybrid teaching and learning. The presentation included an overview of the positive aspects of hybrid learning, as well as the areas for improvement. Dr. Delli also gave an update on the District COVID-19 dashboard. At this time, all positive cases in our schools are the result of community spread; no positive cases of staff and students in District 34 have led to additional positive cases.
He also shared an update on the local and regional metrics that the Northfield Township elementary school districts are following. He explained that the District expects that the numbers will continue to trend upward (with more COVID cases and a higher positivity rate), soon putting us in the "substantial community transmission" category. The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) does not give school districts a formula that dictates when we need an adaptive pause, but we do work closely with CCDPH health professionals to better understand the data as it relates to our schools.
- Watch your distance
- Wash your hands
- Wear a mask
- D34 Parents: Jules Dessibourg, April Perry, Lauren Bauerschmidt, Joanne Penne
- D34 Staff Members: Mara Caplan Pierce, Jamie Fishbain
During the community participation periods, the Board is in listening mode. Responses to questions or other follow-up information is provided to the community member directly and, when appropriate, to the community as a whole.
Financing Summer 2021 Construction
Elizabeth Hennessy, managing partner from Raymond James Finance. She gave an update on the volatility of interest rates after the COVID-19 shutdown. She explained that the District's Aaa bond rating has never been more valuable, as it will save the District 20-25% in interest. In addition, the assumptions for rates in the coming years have been reduced due to the changing global economy. Both of those will provide savings to taxpayers over time.
Tentative 2020 Tax Levy
The proposed tax levy will ensure staff and students have the necessary resources. It is subject to the limitations of the Property Tax Limitation Law (PTELL) -- commonly known as the tax cap -- and restricts the growth in property tax revenue to the lesser of 5% or the annual change in the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar year, plus new construction. The 2019 CPI was 2.3%.
He reviewed the tax levy calendar, which includes a Truth in Taxation Hearing for December 14, 2020. By law, the Board must hold such a hearing if the proposed levy exceeds the prior year's levy by 5% or more. Even though this levy is an increase of less than 5%, a hearing will be held in the interest of transparency.
Workers' Compensation RFP
Superintendent's Charge to Work with CFAC
Mr. Miller explained that every year, the Board asks the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC) to review the 5-year financial projections. The committee will report back to the superintendent in January 2021. He also said that CFAC also will look at the debt structures related to the referendum debt issuance and report to the superintendent, who will share it at the November Board of Education meeting.
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.