Virtual Board Briefs

Summary of the December 14, 2020 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 (January 25, 2020).

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D34 Board Meetings: Virtual for Now

District 34 Board of Education meetings are being held virtually until further notice. Information to access the virtual meetings live will be emailed to parents, staff and community members and posted on the D34 website no later than the Friday before each meeting.

Public Hearing: 2020 Tax Levy

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Before the regular meeting, the Board of Education held a public hearing on the 2020 Tax Levy. Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller reviewed information presented at previous Board meetings. He explained that the Board is considering a 4.87% levy, though the expected actual increase is 2.87% over the 2019 extension.


There were no comments during the community participation period. In the regular meeting, the Board approved the levy.

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.

Student Award Winner Recognition

Dr. Delli introduced Executive Director for Student Services Mary Geraghty to recognize Attea student Cidney Poshi-Sinani, who received the 2020 Infinitec Outstanding Student Technology Award. Ms. Geraghty and Assistive Technology Facilitator Erin Ross shared, in a video interview and recording, how Cidney uses the "Eye Gaze" technology to communicate and create.

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Adaptive Pause Update

Dr. Delli said that the expectation is that the schools will return to in-person Hybrid learning on January 19. If there is any change to that plan, the District will inform the community a week before. We will look at data on the Township Dashboard and guidance from the Cook County Department of Public Health, and will review our ability to staff schools as necessary, including the ability to have an adequate sub pool. District 34 will consult with other elementary feeder districts and District 225.


Dr. Delli expressed hope to have more accurate and widespread information about vaccine distribution and administration from health agencies in the coming weeks.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report, payroll and vendor warrants, school library per capita grant and closed session minutes. In addition, the Board approved the 2020 Tax Levy, as well as a resolution to receive a reduced extension if required under the property limitation law.
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Of note, the Board approved a resolution for the first bond issuance resulting from the March 2020 referendum. The resolution approved is to issue General Obligation Bonds of up to $60M to pay for the referendum-approved capital projects. Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller announced that Moody's gave the District a Aaa bond rating, the highest rating, which puts the District in a favorable position with interest rates. Elizabeth Hennessy from Raymond James reported that interest rates have gone down about 30 basis points since before Election Day. The District will take competitive bids on December 15.

Discussion

Transportation & Building Use Fees

Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller presented the proposed fee schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. Given the financial challenges that many families are facing due to the pandemic, there are no proposed increases. In addition, the District will continue to offer a $50 early registration discount for those who register before May 31. The registration period will begin later this year, and will run April 1-May 31.

Proposed 2021-2022 School Calendar

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Heather Hopkins presented a draft of the 2021-2022 school calendar. The calendar was developed by the Calendar Committee, a subcommittee of the Personnel Committee. The parameters the committee used in developing the calendar include:


  • Alignment with District 225
  • Maximize the number of five-day weeks


The implementation of Wednesday late start days, which provides a consistent opportunity for staff professional development, allows the District to reduce the number of days off for institute days.


The Board will take action on the calendar at the January 2021 meeting.

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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.