Virtual Board Briefs

Summary of the April 12, 2021 BOE Meeting, held virtually

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 (April 27, 2021).

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Next Meeting: In Person

The reorganization meeting of the District 34 Board of Education, to be held at 7:00pm on April 27, will be held in person at Westbrook School (1333 Greenwood Road). The District will communicate the details of safety and health protocols and attendance procedures.

Board President's Remarks

Board President Natalie Jachtorowycz thanked outgoing Board Member Katie Jones for her service to District 34. Mrs. Jachtorowyz pointed out that Mrs. Jones was involved in strategic plan and the successful referendum and other issues, large and small, over her four years of service. The other Board Members also expressed gratitude and admiration for Mrs. Jones' work, her service, and the time, energy and care that she has given to District 34.

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.

SELebration Recap

Dr. Delli said that the first days of Adapted In Person went smoothly and as planned. He pointed to the increase in cases in Northfield Township and the number of close contacts within the District as shown on the D34 COVID dashboard and asked for the community's cooperation in following health and safety protocols.


Dr. Sarah Gebhardt, District Instructional Coach for Student Services, shared highlights of the week, including staff professional development and parent programming with Dr. Doug Bolton, and student lessons and activities focused on social-emotional learning.

Our Next First Day = Best First Day

Community Participation

In a new procedure for community participation, community members submit their name and connection to the district in an online form, which opens before the start of the Board of Education meeting. Then, they pose their comments and questions virtually. In this community participation period, two parents of D34 students spoke:


  • Mary Ko asked about the COVID case measures that District 34 is using to determine a return to remote learning, and what happens if there is an outbreak in one building
  • Michael Tarkowski also asked about those measures, as well as about foreign language opportunities for younger students, and sensory rooms to help students who need space to help with overstimulation.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report, payroll and vendor warrants and transportation contract amendments.

Discussion

Middle School Schedule Enhancements

Attea Principal Mark Richter and Assistant Principal for Student Services Alison Dauernheim and Springman Principal Jason Kaiz and Assistant Principal for Student Services Karen Schwartzwald presented an update on the enhancements coming next school year to the middle school schedule.


Highlights of the changes include:


  • The addition of STEM (Project Lead the Way) and 21st Century Media classes, and more opportunities for student choice
  • Moving band and orchestra rehearsals into the school day
  • A "Middle School Success" class for the first trimester of 6th grade to support students' transition to middle school

Summer Learning Update

The Teaching & Learning team provided information about the D34 summer learning program. The summer program will take a tiered approach:


  • Tier 1, Open to all: Due to limited staff availability, Tier 1 will be online, through the Imagine Learning platform, which offers language support in Spanish and Korean. It is open to any returning District 34 students and includes asynchronous and synchronous time.
  • Tier 2, Students Identified as Needing Review & Reinforcement: Direct instruction, in person, with access to the online learning platform.
  • Tier 3, Students with IEPs: Direct instruction, in person, with access to the online learning platform.


The focus of summer learning will be on literacy and numeracy, and there is no cost to families for participation at any level.


Summer learning also includes a partnership with the Glenview Public Library and Youth Services. GPL is offering a "Read and Meet the Author" and Youth Services provides an activities-based program for a select group of students (due to staffing limitations).


The District also has been planning supports for next school year, adding after-school learning labs to address learning loss and reinforce critical skills.

Closing Comments from the Board President

Natalie Jachtorowyz will end her term as Board President, but will remain on the Board. She thanked her fellow Board members for their collaborative and impactful work; Board members thanked her for her leadership during a challenging time.

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.