Board Briefs

Summary of the June 21, 2021 Board Meeting at Westbrook

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 (August 16, 2021).

Superintendent's Reflections

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.

Superintendent Dr. Dane Delli explained that future District 34 Board of Education meetings will be held in person at Westbrook school, following ISBE and IDPH health and safety guidance for meetings. Due to construction and the need to move staff offices, the meeting room in the Administration building (the previous location for Board meetings) is unavailable.


Beginning with the next meeting (August 16, 2021, the first meeting of the 2021-2022 school year), the District will provide a live stream for community members to view remotely. This move is in response to feedback from staff, parents and community members. Citizens who wish to make public comment and address the Board can do so in person.


The District is awaiting ISBE and IDPH guidance for the fall about distancing at lunch, mask wearing, quarantining, managing COVID-like symptoms, contact tracing, transportation, full remote services, vaccination, testing, health office isolation rooms, and more. The administration hopes for some easing of restrictions to improve operations, while continuing to promote health and safety.


Dr. Delli pointed out that this Board meeting is the last one for Executive Director of Human Resources Dr. Heather Hopkins, who has served in her HR role for several years, and previously was principal at Springman. Dr. Delli said that the work that she has done is lasting; she has always been focused on improving the educational environment for students and is an incredibly caring person. Board members also commented about the immense contributions that Dr. Hopkins made.

Student Presentation: Attea Equity Ambassadors

Members of the Attea Equity Ambassadors student group gave a presentation on their work and their experiences in learning and leading conversations about equity in their school community. Approximately 30 students met throughout the year. The student presenters shared their work in developing their "Equity Editorial" publication, and Attea staff member and club sponsors Claire Bansberg, Allison Daurnheim and Robert Glassner shared their perspective on how the club's work aligns with the District 34 strategic plan.

Community Participation

The community is encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings, and contribute during the community participation periods. In all regular Board of Education meetings, the Board follows a set agenda that include two opportunities for community participation.


During the first opportunity, Karina Trapp, parent of District 34 students, commented about her concerns about the Attea Equity Ambassadors. She said that she gives credit to the students who wrote the Equity Editorial, but is concerned about the content in the publication for students.


During the second opportunity, Elena Bezman, parent of District 34 students, said that the District should not require masks for students in the next school year.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report and payroll and vendor warrants, authorization to advance payment of summer warrants, annual certification of hazardous conditions, prevailing wage resolution, intra-fund transfers, administrator and exempt staff compensation, tentative budget and call for public hearing on the budget, donation acceptance and calendar revision.


The Board also approved alternate construction bid design. Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller explained that through the pre-referendum preparation, a prioritized list of work was designated to be included in the referendum work presented to the community. Once the Board essentially provided a “work to” number of $150M, several projects were removed from the final construction list. However, given the favorable results from the first round of bids (coming in significantly under budget), and the efficiency of completing any additional work during the next planned phase of construction, there may be an opportunity following the second round of bids to revisit these projects. The approval allows these alternate items to be included in construction bids; if those bids come in within budget with these additions, the Board would have the ability to approve the work.


In addition, the Board approved a copy paper bid and an agreement with Wesley Child Care.

Glenview District 34 is governed by a seven-person Board of Education, elected by the community, that consists of the following individuals:


  • Scott Nelson (President)
  • John Heggie (Vice President)
  • Mike Korman (Secretary)
  • Jim Baumstark
  • James Dolan
  • Natalie Jachtorowycz
  • Diane Stefani


You can find information about Board members, meeting dates, Board policies and more on the District 34 website.


You can contact the Board at board@glenview34.org.