BOE Recap

May 25, 2023

Board Meeting Details

This regular Board of Education meeting was held in person at the District Center.

1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.

2. Approval of Meeting Agenda

The agenda was approved.

3-6. Closed Session

The board moved into closed session at 6:04 p.m. to discuss all of the below:

3. Closed Session to Discuss: The placement of individual students in special education programs and other matters relating to individual students. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(10).

4. Closed Session to discuss: The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees, specific individuals who serve as independent contractors in a park, recreational, or educational setting, or specific volunteers of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee, a specific individual who serves as an independent contractor in a park, recreational, or educational setting, or a volunteer of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. However, a meeting to consider an increase in compensation to a specific employee of a public body that is subject to the Local Government Wage Increase Transparency Act may not be closed and shall be open to the public and posted and held in accordance with this Act. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1).

5. Closed Session to Discuss: Collective negotiation matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(4)

6. Closed Session to Discuss: Litigation, when an action against, affecting or on behalf of the particular public body has been filed and is pending before a court or administrative tribunal, or when the public body finds that an action is probable or imminent, in which case the basis for the finding shall be recorded and entered into the minutes of the closed meeting. 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(11).

7. Reconvene To Open Session

The meeting reconvened to open session at 7:00 p.m.

8. What's Good in 109

Mr. Steckling presented the monthly What's Good in 109 report, featuring

-The annual family breakfast returning to Walden. A great event put on by staff!

-A special visit from Wilmot alum and Hollywood actress Marlee Matlin

-South Park students visiting the historic schoolhouse and getting a tour from the Deerfield Area Historical Society

-Kipling's terrific K-2 art show!

We honored a number of middle school conference champions in track,

Congrats to:


Azalea M.: 1st place 1600m Run, 8th Grade Girls

Rachel B.: 1st place Long Jump, 7th Grade Girls

Maddie M.: 1st place Shot Put, 7th Grade Girls - ALSO 3RD PLACE IN THE STATE!


Maddie G., Rose S., Audrey D., and Claudia F. - 4x200m Relay Conference Champs

Audrey D.: Conference champion in 400m Dash for 8th Grade Girls - ALSO Sectional Champion and 6th place in the state!

We also were joined by members of the Shepard Baking Club for a presentation. They recruited two board members to help with a live baking demo.

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9. Superintendent's Report

Mr. Simeck thanked our 15 staff members who will be retiring at the end of the year for the contributions they have made to the district. He shared photos from his visit with the Shepard Tea Club and from the Arbor Day tree planting ceremony at South Park.

He introduced the Net Promoter Score, one of the key performance indicators for the district that the Board of Education adopted earlier this year. This will be measured by a one-question survey that was just sent out to the 109 community earlier today and will be open for a few more days.

Click below to watch his report.

10. Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda (Policy 2:230)

There was one speaker who addressed the board.


11.1. Freedom of Information Requests (Policy 2:250)

There were three requests presented to the board and detailed more in the packet.

11.2. Physical Education/Health Curriculum Review Update

Dr. Danielle Arnold and several PE teachers from across the district presented a review of the physical education & health curriculum.

11.3. RJB Custodial Contract

Dr. Filippi presented the contract that will cover custodial work for the district for the upcoming year.

11.4. Resolution to Appoint Treasurer & Assistant Treasurer & Associated Surety Bonds

Dr. Filippi presented the resolution. Statute requires the district to have these positions, and they can be filled by board members or administration. The recommendation is to have Dr. Filippi serve as Treasurer with Ben Kostecki serving as Assistant Treasurer.

11.5. Net56 Managed IT Services Renewal

Dr. Bialk presented the contract that would renew services with Net56 for technology services for the upcoming school year.


12.1. Consent Agenda*

Meeting minutes were approved.

Personnel items were approved.

Bills for payment were approved.

Destruction of closed session audio was approved.

12.2. Treasurer's Report

The report was approved.

12.3. Recommendation to Approve Olson Transportation Contract Renewal

The recommendation was approved.

12.4. Recommendation to Approve RJB Custodial Contract

The contract was approved.

12.5. Recommendation to Appoint Treasurer & Assistant Treasurer

The recommendation was approved.

12.6. Recommendation to Approve Surety Bonds of Treasurer & Assistant Treasurer

The recommendation was approved.

12.7. Recommendation to Approve Technology Refresh Purchase for the 2023-24 School Year

The recommendation was approved.

12.8. Approval of Special Joint Board Meeting Minutes from May 2, 2023

The minutes were approved.

12.9. Organizational Special Meeting Minutes from May 3, 2023

The minutes were approved.

12.10. Student Settlement Agreement

The agreement was approved.

13. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)

Mrs. Jakymiw attended the recent TrueNorth leadership retreat and updated the board.

Mrs. Wener attended a legislative update for ED-RED via Zoom.

14. Open Community Participation (Policy 2:230)

There was one speaker who addressed the board.

15. Board/Superintendent Other

President Montgomery thanked the baking club for their presentation. She thanked Dr. Arnold and the PE staff for their presentation. She thanked the retirees for their years of service to the district. She mentioned the recent retreat that the newly seated BOE had and that it was a very productive experience.

Mrs. Jakymiw thanked the communications team for all of the online tributes to retiring staff.

Mr. Simeck thanked Dr. Dornfeld and Mrs. Bonar for their strong start to board service and all of the time they have devoted in the orientation process.

16. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:04 p.m.

The next school board meeting is...

Thursday, June 15, 2023 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting