Board Meeting Summary

Glen Ellyn School District 41

January 25, 2021 Board 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
NOTE: In the interest of safety for Board and staff members, as well as the school community, the meeting format was adjusted. Due to current Executive Order requirements social distancing guidelines were in effect.
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 Jessica Buttimer, Bruce Currie, Ted Estes, Guillermo Guzman, Julie Hill

Superintendent Report | watch

  • Superintendent Kaczkowski celebrated Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Marci Conlin on earning the Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators.
  • Dr. Kaczkwoski gave an update on her most recent meeting with the DuPage County Health Department. The focus was about the scheduling of vaccines. The Glenbard feeder districts are working together to prepare so that we are ready when doses are available for staff in our school districts. She also gave an update on the new variant of COVID-19.
  • The superintendent reminded the Board that we started administering the 500 diagnostic BinaxNOW COVID-19 tests.

Board Reports | watch

Public Participation | watch

Presentations | watch

  • Celebrating the Pathway to the Biliteracy Seal
    Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability Dr. Katie McCluskey and Director of Language Programs Dr. Theresa Ulrich presented about the Spanish language programs in District 41 and how they can lead to students earning the Biliteracy Seal at Glenbard West High School. Click here for the presentation slides.


  • 2021-2022 School Year Calendar | watch
    Dr. Kaczkowski presented a proposed school calendar for the 2021-2022 school year that was drafted by the District 41 calendar committee. First full day of student attendance would be August 18, 2021, and the last day of student attendance would be May 27, 2022. Click here for the proposed calendar.
  • 2021-2022 Student Fees | watch
    Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities and Operations Eric DePorter presented the fees and shared that they will not be increased this year. The one change is that Hadley will not be purchasing calendars because students have them and we also have extra at school for students who need them.
  • Board Policy Revisions - First Reading | watch
    Board Secretary Buttimer presented a number of policy revisions for consideration.

Action Items

Consent Agenda | watch | documents

Personnel Report

School District Payment Order

FOIA Report

Monthly Financial Reports

Monthly Revenue/Expenditure Summary Report

Investment Schedule

Treasurer's Report

Summary of Bills and Payroll

Disposal of Surplus Property

Board Meeting Minutes

(Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

Recommendations | watch

  • New Registrar For District Obligations
    (Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
  • Board Policy Revisions- Second Reading and Adoptions
    (Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
  • Categorization of Non-Bargaining Unit Positions
    (Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

Other/Board Governance/Working Together |

  • Mr. Currie asked if we will be having school tomorrow due to the snow expected in our area. Dr. Kaczkwoski shared that we sent a communication to parents and staff and that we are still monitoring. The call will be made early in the morning.
  • Mrs. Buttimer suggested the Board read a book about equity together that would support the Board’s commitment.

Future Agenda Items | watch
Mrs. Buttimer would like for the district to do a review of our mental health and trauma services. She asked if we have the resources to support all students in this area and if are there any gaps.


Monday, February 8, 2021 | Regular Board Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, February 22, 2021 | Regular Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.