Board Meeting Summary

Glen Ellyn School District 41

November 15, 2021 Regular 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

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, Ted Estes, Julie Hill, Chris Martelli, Tayyaba Syed

Student Board Members: Angela Jaeger and Amana Mariam

Recognition | watch

School Board Member Day

Superintendent Kaczkowski thanked all Board members for their dedication to the students, families, staff, and community.

Problem-Based Learning Collaboration

District 41 Problem-Based Learning Coach Nick Papineau presented information about partnerships and collaborations with organizations such as Cantigny Park, the Shedd Aquarium and the Glen Ellyn Park District, to name a few. The Board thanked Mr. Papineau for his work and celebrated the partnerships that he has nurtured on behalf of the district.

Superintendent Report

Immunization Report | watch

This is an annual report, not related to COVID-19 vaccinations, that we post on the website for the public.

Pandemic Update | watch

DuPage Superintendents communicated a strong desire to be part of the conversations with ISBE and IDPH to develop criteria and a plan for scaling back on mitigation measures, particularly on masking and social distancing. We asked DCHD to convey this message on our behalf. During the day school volunteers will resume soon. Volunteers will be required to show proof of vaccination. A process will be shared with principals and they will coordinate with volunteers in each of their buildings.

Board Reports | watch

Student Board Reports | watch

Public Participation | watch


HumanEx Survey Results | watch

HumanEx representative Svetlana Popovic presented the survey results from the annual staff climate and culture survey. Ms. Popovic also answered Board members' questions.

Click here for the presentation.

2021 Preliminary Property Tax Levy | watch

Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities and Operations Eric DePorter presented the preliminary tax levy calculation in detail for Board consideration. He shared the timeline and process. Mr. DePorter also shared information about a Glendale Heights TIF district that is being dissolved after being active for 23 years. The impact of the TIF district being dissolved will be the addition of approximately $8 million dollars of new property growth being added to our tax rolls. In consideration of the TIF dollars coming onto our tax rolls, Mr. DePorter recommended that we estimate total new property growth for the district at $25 million. At the December meeting the Board will be asked to approve the 2021 levy which will fund the 2022-2023 school year.

Click here for the 2021 preliminary tax levy calculation document.


Adobe Licensing Purchase | watch

Director of Technology and Innovation Andrew Peterman presented a proposed Adobe licensing purchase for discussion. This is a new licensing structure for the district.

Eaton Battery and Capacitor Refresh | watch

Mr. Peterman also requests a battery refresh as this will get the battery through the 20 year

typical end of life of these resources.

Five-Year Capital Project Update | watch

Mr. DePorter presented a list of pressing needs that are slated to be addressed. He emphasized that the five year plan is constantly being updated to reflect items that emerge. There are some energy efficient enhancements for learning spaces including possible solar work for the summer of 2023. Mr. DePorter shared a brief summary, including rough estimates of the cost benefits of adding solar panels at Hadley Jr. High. If the Board is interested in exploring solar, this may be a good time to do so because there are some federal dollars available to offset a portion of the costs. For now, this information is in the update as a placeholder for the Board to think about as a future project.

Summer 2022 Capital Projects | watch

Mr. DePorter explained that we are focusing on not disrupting the buildings due to the possibility of needing to expand summer programs. The bulk of the summer 2022 work is connected to updating HVAC mechanical systems that are beyond their expected reliable lifespan.

Amend COVID-19 Testing Support Agreement End Date with The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (SHIELD Testing) | watch

Dr. Kaczkowksi shared that SHIELD testing will be provided for free to the district through the end of the school year. Dr. Kaczkowski and Nurse Supervisor Katie Adduci answered Board member questions.

Action Items | watch | documents


Personnel Report

Monthly Financial Reports

Disposal of Property

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Report

Investment Schedule

October 2021 Investments

Monthly Revenue/Expenditure Summary Report

School District Payment Order - October 14, 2021 - November 9, 2021

Summary of Bills and Payroll

Treasurer's Report

Board Meeting Minutes

- October 18, 2021, Regular Meeting Minutes

- October 18, 2021, Closed Session Minutes

- November 1, 2021, Committee of the Whole Meeting Minutes

- November 1, 2021, Closed Session Minutes

- November 8, 2021, Special Meeting Minutes

(Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Hill, Martelli, Syed)

Board Policy Adoption

(Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Hill, Martelli, Syed)

Adopt IASB Resolution Positions

(Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Hill, Martelli, Syed)

Approve a Memo of Understanding with GEEA on the District 41 E-Learning Plan

(Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Hill, Martelli, Syed)

2021 Preliminary Property Tax Levy (to be put on public display)

(Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Hill, Martelli, Syed)

Adobe Licensing Purchase

(Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Hill, Martelli, Syed)

Summer 2022 Capital Projects

(Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Estes, Hill, Martelli, Syed)

Other/Board Governance - Learning Together | watch

Dr. Bruno made a comment that the Board appreciates the community for being at the meeting. He respectfully asks that the community keep to the time of 3 minutes for each speaker. This is only to keep the meeting moving.

Mrs. Buttimer shared that Board members will be attending the Triple I Conference for Board member governance this weekend. The District 41 Board has always had a strong presence. Mrs. Buttimer shared that she would like the Board to debrief on what was learned at the conference.

Mrs. Buttimer also asked if the Board can learn more about transportation and also learning continuums for individual students. She would like to learn and understand these two topics better.


Monday, December 13, 2021 | Public Hearing and Regular Board Meeting
Monday, January 3, 2022 | Committee of the Whole Meeting
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | Regular Board Meeting