Board Briefs

Summary of the November 15, 2021 Board Meeting at Westbrook

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 (December 13, 2021).

Board Meeting Recording

The meeting was streamed live on the District 34 YouTube channel; the recording is available below.
Glenview District 34 Video Live Stream

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.

Park District Award

Dr. Delli welcomed Glenview Park District Executive Director Michael McCarty, who shared information about the Illinois Association of Park District (IAPD) "Best of the Best" Award that was given for the Camp REC program, a partnership between the Glenview Park District, Wesley Child Care, Glenview Public Library, Youth Services and D34. Camp REC provided programming to support the District's remote and hybrid environments in the 2021-2022 school year. Mr. McCarty also shared that the Glenview Northbrook Coronavirus Task Force also won an IAPD Intergovernmental Award.
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New Middle School Electives

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning Dr. Matt Silverman, introduced Instructional Coach Aaron Wilkins and middle school teachers teachers Leia Bradley and Dina Grammas who shared the success of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and Modern Media, new classes in middle school this school year.


Ms. Bradley explained that Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a project-based class for science, technology, engineering and math. Students are posed with a real-world challenge and design solutions within criteria and constraints.


Ms. Grammas said that Modern Media students learn about consuming and creating media. They create print, audio and video. The presentation included videos of students sharing their excitement for these classes (and their creativity).

Tenured Teachers

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Kevin Dorken recognized the 22 staff members who earned tenure status this year.

School Board Member Recognition

In Illinois, November 15 is designated as "School Board Members Day" in Illinois. This is an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the essential role locally elected board of education members assume in a representative democracy. Dr. Delli honored the members of the District 34 school board for the time and work that they give to our community.

Resolutions

Consent Agenda

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report and payroll and vendor warrants and a workers compensation RFP.

Approval of FDK Fee & Staffing Plan

The Board approved the previously discussed full-day kindergarten fee and staffing allocation.


The approved fee is $3,300 for registrations before March 31, 2022; the fee after the early bird deadline is $3,600. Families who need financial assistance can apply for an income-based fee waiver. The reduced fee is $580. The criteria for receiving a fee waiver are the same as the National School Lunch Program.


Dr. Delli shared with the Board that kindergarten registration would open this week. The District is encouraging early registration so that the administration can begin the staffing process and make decisions about the half-day option.

2021 Tax Levy: Glen TIF Closure Impact

The Board approved the tentative 2021 Tax Levy and schedule a public hearing for the 2021 tax levy. This year's tax levy is different than previous years because of the Village's recent announcement that they will be closing the Glen TIF a year earlier than planned; it will close as of December 31, 2021.


In his presentation, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller explained that this move provides District 34 a one-time opportunity to capture the property from the TIF (estimated to be $430M). As a result, the 2021 Tax Levy will be higher than in years past to capture this large new property amount. However, as previously shared with the community, the closure of the TIF will not lead to increased taxes for residents. The taxes are being redirected from the TIF to the taxing bodies, including District 34. No resident will see a 30% increase in property taxes as a result of the Glen TIF closure.


The Board will hold a Truth in Taxation hearing on the 2021 Tax Levy at the December Board meeting.

Other Resolutions

The Board also approved resolutions to provide professional development to optimize outcomes for multilingual programs. This PD will help build understanding among all teachers about best practices to support students who are English learners.


The Board also approved the retirement contract for the Food Service administrator, and the student, transportation and building use fees for the 2022-2023 school year. The only fee increase is for lunch fees (by 20 cents per meal).

Discussion

IASB Delegate Assembly

The Board discussed two of several resolutions that school board members representatives Illinois districts will vote on at the upcoming Illinois Association of School Boards delegate assembly:



These resolutions do not have any impact on legislation; the IASB does not have authority to pass laws. The Board discussed concern about the concealed carry language in Resolution #2, and about the content of Resolution #15 being outside the purview of schools and school board authority. Members agreed that Board Member Mike Korman, the D34 representative to the delegate assembly, should vote "Do Not Adopt" for those two resolutions.

Supplemental Tax Levy & Bond Issuance

The Board discussed a supplemental tax levy to pay the principal of and interest on certain outstanding limited bonds of the District.


In addition, Elizabeth Hennessey from Raymond James shared the results of the November bond sale (the second sale of referendum bonds). She explained that the competitive bid for the District’s Aaa-Rated bonds resulted in an all-in true interest cost of 1.98% (lower than the 2.55% estimate presented to the Community Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC) at its October 5 meeting).

TRS Supplemental Savings Plan

A new defined contribution savings plan will be available for TRS Tier 3 employees who are hired after January 1, 2022.

Glenview District 34 is governed by a seven-person Board of Education, elected by the community, that consists of the following individuals:


  • Scott Nelson (President)
  • John Heggie (Vice President)
  • Mike Korman (Secretary)
  • Jim Baumstark
  • James Dolan
  • Natalie Jachtorowycz
  • Diane Stefani


You can find information about Board members, meeting dates, Board policies and more on the District 34 website.


You can contact the Board at board@glenview34.org.