December 16, 2021
Board Meeting Details
This regular Board of Education meeting was held in person at the District Office with no pandemic-related capacity limit. In-person public comment was available for attendees.
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Meeting Agenda
3. Recognition: What's Good in 109
Mr. Steckling shared highlights from around the six DPS 109 schools.
-Artwork featured at the District Office from South Park students
-109 Gives Back philanthropy projects: South Park helping Gratitude Generation, Kipling helping Restored Hope, and Caruso helping Social Works
-Operation Snowflake housed at Wilmot
-Recognition for Jennah Bolda from the Buildings & Grounds department
-Recognition for our seven nurses for everything they do!
You can see his presentation below.
-MakerSpace activities in the LC
--"One Plastic Bag" activity from STEAM class
-We Are Going Places Postcard project from Ms. Arlia's class
We also heard a great presentation from several students from Mrs. Oshiro's class about the Mood Trackers they have created and put up around Walden School! You can watch their presentation below:
4. Superintendent's Report
Dr. Filippi reports that the COVID-19 vaccine clinics for 5-11 year olds at Shepard have gone very well. The final one is Monday.
Mr. Simeck said that when it comes to COVID, we are seeing more positive cases than at any time since we began testing. He reiterated that most positive cases stem from outside activities that are not related to school in any way and reminded families & the community to celebrate the holiday season responsibly.
He said that we expect a change from Lake County and possibly state health officials in guidance for the 2nd semester, but it's unclear what that will exactly entail. We have heard that it may turn over all contact tracing to local school districts, that the "Test To Stay" protocol would stick around, and that health departments would help support districts with clusters or outbreaks. He said that we won't know what this exactly means for DPS 109 until we see the guidance. After winter break, we continue to expect doing what we have been doing as it relates to mitigation protocols, especially because case counts tend to be higher in the weeks following breaks from school.
Mr. Steckling gave a update on Define 109, reminding the community that the 2nd ThoughtExchange survey is open until 5 p.m. tomorrow. The mission & vision drafting phase would tentatively begin in January.
Mr. Simeck & Steckling then showed some photos around the district and reminded the board that despite every hoop we continue to have to jump through, our students are having a much better and more normalized school experience than they did last year.
5. Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda (Policy 2:230)
6.1. Freedom of Information Requests (Policy 2:250)
President Montgomery noted that due to an agenda snafu, there will be a special board meeting tomorrow where the Caruso auditorium will be an action item.
6.2. 2020-21 Audit Results Presentation. (Policy 4:80)
6.3. 2022-23 Tentative Budget Calendar
6.4. Review of Board Meeting Locations
You can click below to see his prepared document detailing the three options.
7.1. Consent Agenda*
Personnel items were approved.
Bills for payment were approved.
Destruction of closed session audio was approved.
7.2. Accept 2020-21 Audit Results
7.3. Designation to Prepare the Tentative 2022-23 Budget
7.4. Treasurer's Report - October and November
7.5. Approval of Meeting Minutes (Policy 2:220)
7.6. Open Closed Session Minutes (Bi-annual requirement) (Policy 2:220)
7.7. BOE Member IASB Joint Annual Conference Reimbursements
8. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)
Mr. Kuo said the Finance Committee met. Audit results were reported in this meeting.
Mr. Morrison said that the Policy Committee met this evening and reviewed a number of policies that will be brought to the board at some point.
Mrs. Jakymiw said there was a TrueNorth board meeting last week. They have forecast meetings coming up. They will be discussing going to the Equity Symposium for the National School Board Association Meeting.
9. Open Community Participation (Policy 2:230)
10. Board/Superintendent Other
Mr. Morrison gave a shout out to the Finance Department for their track record.
Mr. Begley thanked Greg Himebaugh for all of the contributions he made to the district and the great shape he has left the business department in.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Friday, December 17, 2021 @ 4:30 p.m. - Special Board Meeting to discuss Caruso Auditorium
Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, February 17, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting