Board Meeting Summary

Glen Ellyn School District 41

April 13, 2020 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

NOTE: In the interest of safety for Board and staff members, as well as the school community, the meeting format was adjusted. All Board and staff members participated remotely.

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

In Attendance

In attendance - President Dr. Robert Bruno, Vice President Jason Loebach, Secretary Jessica Buttimer, Bruce Currie, Ted Estes, Julie Hill, Guillermo Guzman

Student Board Members: Ashlynn Kousggard and Abigail Herbold

Superintendent Report | watch

  • Celebration Video
    A video celebrating Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day was shared.
  • Update on Work of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA)
    IASA has put together a Covid-19 Task Force. The group provides information sharing throughout the state to help districts navigate the situation and work through issues.
  • Dr. Zarse Sessions Update
    The District 41, Regional Office of Education and Franzek P.C. live stream series partnership featuring Dr. Nancy Zarse has completed 3 of the 4 part series. The 4th session will air this Wednesday and will be about returning to normalcy. A 5th session will be added specifically for educators about how to manage through this time. This session will be aired during Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • Virtual Hadley 8th Grade Graduation Planning
    Due to the school closures, we are working on plans to hold the Hadley graduation virtually. The District and Hadley are working together on ideas to make this a special experience for the 8th graders. Dr. Kaczkowski and Hadley administrators will be engaging a steering committee of parents to work on the planning.
  • Scenario Planning
    The District is planning for the possibility that schools may not reopen this school year. The District is waiting to hear on a decision about the end of the school year and summer activities.
  • Strategic Planning
    The work of the Strategic Plan Committee has been put on hold for the month of April. Dr. Kaczkowski explained that this decision was made so that the community could focus on health and wellness in these uncertain times. The leadership team is looking to revise the process online and it may start back up soon. The Community survey that has already been launched is active and open.
  • Remote Learning Update
    Dr. Kaczkowski thanked Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability Dr. Katie McCluskey and her team for transforming learning to a remote learning model. She shared that teachers have demonstrated patience, flexibility and creativity as they work to implement the plan during a very unanticipated and stressful period of time. Staff and families are encouraged to be patient and flexible because that will be what gets us through this. She reminded the Board that It is important to note that the remedies of furloughs and layoffs are not available to the public school districts of DuPage County nor to any public school district in the state of Illinois. The Executive Order issued by Governor Pritzker prohibited public schools from releasing public school employees during this crisis as a matter of budget reduction while mandating the continued payment to third party contractors whose services will be needed upon the reopening of schools for in-person instruction. Additionally, each school district was charged with the duty of providing food to all students who request it during school days.
  • School Finance During the Closure
    School Districts cannot use furloughs or layoffs as a part of an executive order. The District will continue to work on this and problem solve to work in new ways and to continue to provide learning and support for students. Food service for students continues and the District will work hard to make sure this continues even when supplies are low.

Board Reports | watch

Student Board Reports | watch

Public Participation | watch


School Improvement Plan Presentation - Forest Glen School | watch

Principal Scott Klespitz and Literacy Coach Annie Robinson presented Forest Glen’s report. A video of a virtual Building Leadership Team meeting was shared and Board members made comments and asked questions.


Budget Development Calendar | watch

Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities and Operations shared the FY21 Budget Development Calendar. The calendar and process is similar to what the District has done in previous years with some adjustments due to buildings being closed and working from home.

  • Transportation Update | watch
    Mr. DePorter shared information about how District 41, and the other school districts in the transportation co-op, came to an agreement to amend the current contract with First Student transportation services. The action the Board will take later in the meeting does not include Hopewell transportation services. That agreement will be presented at the next Board meeting.
  • 2020 Technology Recommendation - Student Chromebooks | watch
    Director of Technology MIke Wood explained the plans to refresh Hadley Junior High 6th grade Chromebooks.
  • Summer Capital Project Bids | watch
    Director of Buildings and Grounds Dave Scarmardo presented the bid for the last capital project of the year, the drainage for the back of Lincoln School.

Action Items | watch

Consent Agenda
Personnel Report

  • Resignation and Retirement

Finance, Facilities and Operations

Board Meeting Minutes

Superintendent Recommendations | watch

  • Summer Capital Bid
    (Voted Yes - Currie, Estes, Buttimer, Hill, Loebach, Guzman, Bruno)
  • 2020/21 Board of Education Meeting Calendar
    (Voted Yes - Currie, Estes, Buttimer, Hill, Loebach, Guzman, Bruno)
  • Second Steps - Social Emotional Learning Resources (Voted Yes - Currie, Estes, Buttimer, Hill, Loebach, Guzman, Bruno)
  • Transportation Contract Amendment (Voted Yes - Currie, Estes, Buttimer, Hill, Loebach, Guzman, Bruno)

Other/Board Governance/Working Together | watch

Future Agenda Items | watch

Mrs. Hill asked if there are any Board members who have ideas for resolutions to submit to Triple I. She would like to discuss this and vote to move any forward before June.


Monday, April 27, 2020 | Regular Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.