April 20, 2023
Board Meeting Details
This regular Board of Education meeting was held in person at the District Center.
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Meeting Agenda
3. Closed Session
The board moved into closed session at 6:03 p.m.
Closed Session to discuss: The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees, specific individuals who serve as independent contractors in a park, recreational, or educational setting, or specific volunteers of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee, a specific individual who serves as an independent contractor in a park, recreational, or educational setting, or a volunteer of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. However, a meeting to consider an increase in compensation to a specific employee of a public body that is subject to the Local Government Wage Increase Transparency Act may not be closed and shall be open to the public and posted and held in accordance with this Act. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1). *
*let the meeting record show that the Open Meetings Act Exception listed on the agenda and noted above for Closed Session was a typo. It should have read: Collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees. 5ILCS/2(c)(2). This is reflected in the Regular and Closed Session Minutes from 4/20/23.
4. Reconvene To Open Session
5. What's Good in 109
South Park is our featured school of the month, as we showcase the 3 C's in one building:
-Dr. Faust had a "live report" from SP via Zoom where Showcase Night was just wrapping up. She said it was a very successful event!
-Ms. Bertram's 3rd graders just wrapped up a really cool engineering project where they had to build a tunnel for roly-poly bugs to successful cross underneath a fake road. They had material and budget constraints they also had to consider. Check out pictures on the South Park Facebook page!
-SP as a school knocked a Winter Reading Challenge out of the park, with over 60,000 minutes read across the school. Just one class, Ms. Laughlin's 5th grade, accounted for over 26,000 of those minutes!
-Elsewhere, 2nd graders at Walden & Kipling filled out an info sheet about themselves and it was sent off to 7th grade ELA students at Shepard, who then had to write and illustrate a fictional story about their younger buddy! The middle schoolers then got to take a field trip and meet up with their buddies in their classrooms. What a great project!
We were proud to honor the award winners (pictured below) of the districtwide Young Authors competition, listed below by school:
Kipling - 1st: Emmy L; 2nd: Waverly W
South Park - 1st: Madison B; 2nd: Avery S
Walden - 1st: Autumn E; 2nd: Addy W
Wilmot - 1st: Myles W; 2nd(tie): Dana J & Maya J
Caruso - 1st: Eva R; 2nd (tie): Riley B & Julia S
Shepard - 1st: Marissa T; 2nd: Daphne G
Congrats to all!
Finally, we recognized Daphne G. from Shepard for qualifying for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She is the first qualifier in DPS 109 history! Good luck in D.C., Daphne!
Click below to watch the What's Good segment!
6. Superintendent's Report
He said that safety remains at the forefront of conversation given the events that keep happening in the week. Last month, schools had to be put on a non-emergency lockdown due to a situation in a neighboring community. From every situation we evaluate our response, evaluate both internal & external communication, and collaborate with first responders & official agencies to improve. He urged families to reach out to elected officials to ensure they are doing everything they can to keep schools safe.
The master facility planning committee will meet again next week and there will be an update on their planning in the next 109 News and in the next superintendent's report, if not sooner.
Staff Appreciation Week across DPS 109 is May 8-12. We want to thank all of our staff for their service and dedication to the students of our school district.
Click below to watch his report.
7. Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda (Policy 2:230)
8.1. Freedom of Information Requests (Policy 2:250)
8.4. Student Use of Seat Belts on School Buses
8.5. Olson Transportation Contract Renewal - 2023-2024
9.1. Consent Agenda*
Meeting minutes were approved.
Personnel items were approved.
Bills for payment were approved.
9.2. Treasurer's Report
9.3. Recommendation to Approve 2023-24 Fees
9.4. Final Public School Calendar Submission 2022-23
9.5. Resolution/Teacher Appreciation Week
10. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)
Mrs. Wener attended the ED-RED meeting last week where many legislative topics were discussed.
11. Open Community Participation (Policy 2:230)
12. Board/Superintendent Other
Mrs. Jakymiw thanked Mr. Ashman for his passionate presentation on seat belts.
Mr. Simeck thanked Mr. Begley and Mr. Ashman for their longtime service to the board.
The next school board meeting is...
Thursday, May 25, 2023 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting