Board Briefs

Highlights from the June 17, 2019 BOE meeting

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 26, 2019).

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.

Article in IASBO Journal

Dr. Delli said that Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning Dr. Matt Silverman, along with instructional coaches Aaron Wilkins and Adrienne Hoffer, co-authored an article on supporting student achievement through evidence-based funding that is published in the current issue of Update, the publication of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

New Look for District 34

Dr. Delli and Director of Communications & Strategic Planning Cathy Kedjidjian unveiled a new sign in the Board meeting room with the District's new mission, in the District's new branding.

New Agreement with the Teachers Union

Dr. Delli said that the new contract with the Glenview Education Association provides additional instructional time for students and dedicated collaboration and professional development time for teachers. "This agreement repairs some of the structural defects in our salary schedule, which will help us in our strategic plan goal to attract, support and retain high-quality staff," he said.

Community Comments

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.


In the first opportunity for input, Daniel Shravan, parent of an incoming kindergarten student, spoke in favor of District 34 offering full-day kindergarten and asked if it would be implemented in 2019-2020.

Discussion

Citizens Finance Advisory Committee Presentation

The District 34 Citizens Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC) was charged by the Board of Education with recommending financing options to create a debt structure to fund the District’s Long Range Capital Facility Plan. The CFAC charge was NOT to propose a specific dollar amount or determine the necessity or scope of the proposed projects, but to review and present a funding structure. CFAC did work under the assumption that, given the facility needs identified, and the 2017 Equalized Assessed Value, $140M is the maximum principal that the District can issue.


CFAC member Alex Kamilewicz, along with Raymond James Managing Director Elizabeth Hennessy, described the process CFAC used in developing the recommendations, the current financial position of the District, and outlined the committee's proposals for the capital funding plan.


Ms. Hennessy showed comparisons in several areas between District 34 and surrounding and feeder districts, including board policy for fund balances, tax rate and EAV per pupil, and debt.

Big picture
The net debt limit the District can raise is just over $140 million; with the addition of fund balance and non-referendum bonds, the maximum that the District can spend is $157.2M.
View the Full CFAC Presentation

See comparisons of D34 with other districts, detailed financial analyses, and the potential tax impact of funding structures.

District 34 Early Childhood Program

Executive Director for Students Services Mary Geraghty introduced members of the District 34 Early Childhood team: Westbrook Assistant Principal Stefanie Shefler, Teacher Sarah Frumkin, Social Worker Jobeth Wilson and Teacher Susie Zimmer, who presented information about the program's structure, students and staff.


They shared the following video to give an overview of the program.

https://youtu.be/LrI59mbTcxk

Spring MAP Results

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning Dr. Matt Silverman presented a summary of 2018-2019 student achievement as measured by Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) results. He explained that the focus is on moving District 34 students' results from good to great, and he is excited to see teachers using MAP data to achieve that shift.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Study

Dr. Delli explained that given the District's facility needs, it would be helpful to understand not only projected enrollment numbers, but also more detailed information on the makeup of the community. A GIS study would provide details such as as how many students might come to the District from new construction, and pockets in the community that might have student increases or decreases, to understand individual school population trends.

Tentative Budget

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Eric Miller said that there were a few changes in the tentative budget from the presentation on May 20, including the increases in salaries that are a result of the approval of the contract with teachers, as well as increases in projected revenues.


The Board approved the tentative budget and will hold a public hearing on the budget in September.

Approval of 2019-2023 Glenview Education Association Contract

The Board approved the agreement with the Glenview Education Association. Board President Natalie Jachtorowycz thanked all parties involved in negotiations and acknowledged GEA President Nannette Ross-Meridith for her work. She said that the agreement "provides a solid foundation for the District to move forward in the next four years."

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 board@glenview34.org.