Board Meeting Summary

Glen Ellyn School District 41

December 14, 2020 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. Due to current Executive Order requirements social distancing guidelines were in effect.
Meetings are video streamed live online and the videos are archived on the District website, Click Here.

In Attendance

President Robert Bruno, Vice President Jason Loebach, Secretary Jess Buttimer, Bruce Currie, Ted Estes, Guillermo Guzman, Julie Hill

Public Hearing | watch
2020 Tax Levy


  • Celebration Video | watch

    7th and 8th grade students participated in the 44th Annual Science Contest at Fenwick High School. Hadley placed 3rd overall. Congratulations, Hadley students and teachers!

    Click here to watch the celebration video!
  • Dual Language Parent Survey Results | watch
    Director of Language Programs Dr. Theresa Ulrich presented data from the dual language parent survey that was administered last spring. She shared that the survey results indicate that parents are very satisfied with the dual language program.

Superintendent's Report

  • Saliva Testing Update | watch
    Dr. Kaczkowski shared that to date 2161 students and 283 staff have opted into COVID-19 surveillance. The participation numbers continue to increase. She also reviewed the variety of reasons for why an individual may not be participating. She talked about the dashboard of the district’s COVID-19 surveillance data and shared that we are continuing to improve and adjust the dashboard data. Dr. Kaczkowski shared that District 41 is becoming a model for surveillance testing and that she has been engaging with other districts and sharing our experiences.
  • New DuPage County Metrics | watch
    DuPage remains in substantial transmission. New cases per 100,000 is increasing again. The county shared that we are seeing the data bouncing up and down, but that we are remaining in the upper levels and in substantial.
  • Additional Clarification to Questions | watch
    Dr. Kaczkowski shared that we have been gathering and monitoring questions and adjusting our communications to include topics that the district community is asking about. She went through some questions that have come up on multiple occasions and answered them.

Board Reports | watch

Public Participation |

| watch

  • Review FY 2021 Levy Questions Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities and Operations Eric DePorter offered to answer any questions about the levy prior to the vote later in the meeting. Board members had no questions.

Action Items
Consent Agenda |
watch | documents

- Personnel Report
- School District Payment Order
- FOIA Report
- November 2020 Financial Reports
- Board Meeting Minutes for November 23, 2020 Regular Meeting

(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

(Voted No - Currie)

Superintendent Recommendations

  • Approve Transportation Agreement | watch
    (Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
  • Adopt a Binax Testing Program | watch
    (Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
    (Voted No - Currie)
  • Approve Job Description Nurse Consultant | watch
    (Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
    (Voted No - Currie)
  • Approve the 2020 Levy | watch
    Mr. Currie motioned to amend the levy recommendation with a lowered levy amount. The motion to amend did not pass.
    (Voted Yes - Currie)
    (Voted No - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
  • Original Motion | watch
    (Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
    (Voted No - Currie)

Other Board Governance - Learning Together | watch

  • Efforts of the D41 Kids Foundation - Jessica Buttimer

  • Letter to State and Local Legislators Regarding School Funding - Julie Hill

Approve Conditional Personnel Recommendations

The Board authorized Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Marci Conlin the ability to hire positions that will need to start before the January 11, 2021 Board meeting.

(Voted Yes - Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

(Voted No - Currie)


Monday, January 11, 2021 | Regular Board Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Monday, January 25, 2021 | Regular Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.