Virtual Board Briefs
Summary of the February 22, 2021 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 (March 15, 2021).
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D34 Board Meetings: Virtual for Now
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.
Thanks and Recognition
During the two opportunities for community participation (one early in the meeting, and the other at the end of the meeting), the following community members submitted comments and questions:
First Community Participation Period (Before Presentations)
Laura Coleman, parent of D34 students, cautioned against comparing the private school experience to District 34's in bringing back students as their student population are much less that D34's.
Sarah Lund, staff member and president of the Glenview Professional Association, expressed that the environment has been working well. She shared support of maintaining the CDC recommended guideline of 6', and concern that eating lunch in buildings puts students and staff at risk.
- Erin Murningham, parent of future D34 students, said that other districts, areas and states are open to greater in person learning than District 34.
- Nisha Patel, parent of D34 students, asked how District 34 interprets "6' when feasible" and what the plans are for distancing, given that some public schools in the area are using 3'.
- Jaclyn Deppen, parent of D34 students, asked what is the measure/metric to bring students back to full in-person learning.
- Scott Steele, parent of D34 students, asked what data the District is using to justify not fully reopening schools.
- Liz Lapp, parent of D34 students, asked why the schedule hasn't changed from remote learning on Wednesday; and what supports and plans will be in place for students who are struggling.
- Kathleen McNeela, parent of D34 students, would like to know about summer programs available to fill in learning gaps.
- Tracy Kellner, parent of D34 students, thanked the Board and staff for keeping students safe. She expressed that the inconsistency in having a remote day on Wednesday provides challenges.
- William Chapman, parent of D34 students, thanked the District for increasing kindergarten in person time.
- Dr. Dana Russo, parent of D34 students, would like to keep the discussion open with bringing students back full time with 3' distancing with masks to consider the negative impact on students of remote learning.
Second Community Participation Period (After Presentations)
- Nanette Ross-Meridith, staff member and president of the Glenview Education Association, expressed that a full-time in person environment creates health and safety concerns, particularly given the current limited supply of vaccines.
- Dr. Alpa Modi, parent of current D34 students, expressed support for reducing 6' distancing and would like to see all teachers vaccinated.
- Kirby Murphy, parent of current D34 students, said that the District should have had a plan in place prior to now.
- Vikas Patel, parent of current D34 students, said that the goal is to get kids back in school as the current model is not sustainable. He said that while 6' distancing is an ideal situation, it is not necessary.
- Cori Mohr, parent of current D34 students, thanked the Board for holding meetings virtually to make it accessible to a wider audience. She said that special education is not special treatment, and thanked the District for the work and attention to detail.
- Rebekkah Sobolewski, parent of current D34 students, thanked the Board for considering in-person learning. She suggested the use of barriers and encouraged the District to ask parents to be part of the solution.
- Bonnie Kearns, citizen, asked if the District considered a refund to taxpayers and said that her children have been fully in person all year in private school.
- Danielle Scharf, parent of current D34 students, thanked the Board and administration. She expressed expressed concern of the mental health of students and staff and the need to provide resources to support them.
- Lauren Singer, parent of current D34 students, thanked teachers and Board for representing the community. She said that is discouraged that there isn't a plan in place to return, and that parents would be willing to donate to fund the needs to return.
- Whitney Langas, parent of current D34 students, thanked the Board for sharing their thought process and for their volunteerism. She thanked the administration and encouraged them to call upon the community for help.
- Tracy Kellner, parent of current D34 students, said that she appreciated seeing the information laid out in the presentation. She would like to know if there would be an opportunity to change choice of environments.
- Tom Kiesau, parent of current D34 students, praised the Board and expressed disappointment in the administration.
- Jules Dessibourg, parent of current D34 students, would not support a return without proof that 3-4' distancing is safe.
- Laura Coleman, parent of current D34 students, expressed concern about the comments from other community members.
Approval of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources & Glen Grove Principal
Consideration for Adapted In-Person
The considerations that the administrative team covered in their presentation includes:
- Health and safety protocols, with an emphasis on understanding the inconsistencies in guidance for distancing
- Space needs
- Transportation and lunch
- Staff vaccination
- COVID-19 testing
Board members directed the administration to plan for a move to adapted in person no later than April 12.
The District will provide an update as soon as possible on the details including timeline, in-person/GOAL selection process, scheduling and placement, staff considerations and more.
Staffing Allocations for 2021-2022 School Year
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.