Board Briefs

Highlights from the January 27, 2020 BOE meeting

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 (February 24, 2020).

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.

Honoring National Board Certified Teacher

Dr. Delli highlighted the accomplishment of Mandy Freer, Westbrook 1st grade teacher, who received her National Board Certification in literacy in December. Dr. Delli explained that the process of becoming certified is a rigorous one. It is not only an indication of Mandy's commitment to the profession and to her students, but also a benefit to the District -- and to students -- to have board-certified teachers in our classrooms.

Springman Students

Springman 8th grade students from Tracey Servé's class, Evie Golden and Trevor Leitel presented to the Board their ideas on reducing plastic straws and water bottles in their school and throughout the District.


They shared their research, and advocated to the Board and administration for consideration.


Evie and Trevor plan to survey Springman students about their thoughts on plastic straw and water bottle use. Board members commended the students for their work, their drive, and their poise in presenting. Dr. Delli promised that District leadership would consider their proposals.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report, payroll and vendor warrants and 2020-2021 fees. The Board also approved a resolution to establish a fiscal year and authorize development of the 2021 budget.

Discussion

Citizens Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC) 5-Year Projections

CFAC member Marvin Lutz presented CFAC's work in forecasting three scenarios:


  • Referendum passes, and the District charges a fee of $3,000 for full-day kindergarten
  • Referendum passes, and the District does not charge a fee for full-day kindergarten
  • Referendum fails


In any of the scenarios, the District contributes operating fund balances. If the referendum passes, the budgeted contributions would defray costs to reduce the tax burden. In the event of a failed referendum, those operating funds would be the source to fund critical facility needs.


Board policy requires the District keeps a minimum 30% fund balance. If the referendum fails, the fund balance would fall below 30%. Mr. Lutz said that, if that were the case, CFAC would not recommend that the District rely solely on operating fund contributions to cover the cost of the necessary capital work. He said that in the event of a failed referendum, he expects the District would have contingency plans to avoid that dangerous financial situation.

Big picture

Full-Day Kindergarten Fee

Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller shared estimated costs for full-day kindergarten. In looking at comparable districts, and considering the District's financial situation, Mr. Miller suggested that the Board consider a fee in the range of $2,700-$3,300. He said that the District would investigate implementing a fee waiver.


Board Vice President Jim Baumstark calculated that a $3,000 fee would equate to approximately $16 a day, or $5 an hour. Board members expressed interest in offering payment plans if a fee were implemented.


The Board will continue discussions about full-day kindergarten at future meetings.

Intergovernmental Agreement for Student Service Programs

Dr. Delli explained that this agreement would allow greater and more flexible sharing of staff and services among the feeder districts and District 225.

Resolution to Award and Assign Trade Contractor Aggreements for Summer 2020 Work

Mr. Miller explained that last year, the Board approved $9.8M for summer work in 2019 and 2020. There are $2.7M of funds remaining for the summer 2020 work. He explained that the work has been planned and structured so that, if the referendum passes, none of the summer work would have to be "undone."


Dave Torres from Nicholas & Associates, the District's construction management firm, explained that he saw it as a competitive bid climate and that the District is out early in the process.

Community Comments

In the second opportunity for community comment, Jules Dessibourg, parent, applauded the Board in pursuing full-day kindergarten. He also asked if the District would provide more clarity about the 2020-2021 changes in school hours and address parental concerns.

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.