October 26, 2020
Board Meeting Details
The October 26 regular board meeting was held both on site at the District Office and remotely via Zoom. Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, only 10 people were permitted inside the boardroom at any given time, observing proper physical distancing and wearing face coverings. Members of the public could listen/observe the meeting by logging in to a designated Zoom webinar. For open/community participation, a laptop was set up in the District Office to accommodate live public comment. The district also created a dedicated voicemail line for public comment.
Superintendent Search Schedule Update
Teacher Presentation -- Kipling School
Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda
Mr. Rafferty thanked the teachers & staff for their tremendous work in pivoting to remote learning. He mentioned that other Deerfield agencies have been using the 109 COVID Data Dashboard to keep tabs on the latest numbers.
Mr. Fisher gave an update on the on-site COVID testing program. We completed our 12th day today. The district has completed 135 tests at a cost of just over $10,000.
Mr. Rafferty mentioned that District 109 has been in touch with several other districts about starting a surveillance testing program.
The administration and Board discussed the decision-making approach moving forward when it comes to returning to in-person learning.
Ms. Ford updated the Board on Student Services, and how her department has been intensely communicating with families about potential changes and how they will evaluate increasing in-person services.
Ms. Arnold gave a Teaching & Learning update. Discussions have begun about what it would take to return to 109 Online from the hybrid model at the elementary level, but no decisions have been made.
Mr. Steckling discussed the new district dashboard and the twice-weekly videos he is producing to provide context on the data.
School Board Members Day Recognition
Bills for payment were approved.
Destruction of Closed Session Recordings from April 15, 2019 was approved.
Special Meeting Minutes from September 8, 2020 were approved.
Regular Meeting Minutes from September 21, 2020 were approved.
Resolution to include PNC Bank as Investment Vendor and Depository was approved.
2019-2020 Audit Report was approved.
September Quarterly Treasurer's Report was approved.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Monday, November 16, 2020 -- Regular Board Meeting
Monday, December 14, 2020 -- Regular Board Meeting