November 18, 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. Adjourn to Closed Session** (Policy 2:220)
4. Reconvene to Open Session at Approximately 7:00PM
5. Public Hearing: Truth in Taxation
6. What's Good in 109
Mr. Simeck shared highlights from around the six DPS 109 schools.
-Artwork featured at the District Office from Kipling students
-A recap of the 109 Gives Back Food & Supply Drive
-The 5th grade inquiry fair at Kipling
-The PERK program running at Walden
-A combined performance by the Caruso and Shepard choirs
You can see his presentation below.
7. Superintendent's Report
COVID Mitigations have not undergone any major changes since the last board meeting. The Test-To-Stay program continues to keep kids in school. Band concerts, fall sports, and other activities continue to resume.
Dr. Filippi discussed the student vaccination clinics. The vaccine clinics began today at Shepard Middle School. The clinic is being offered through Passport Health. We have opened the clinic to the wider community to ensure that all spots are filled.
SHIELD Testing results are now taking up to 48-hours due to the increase in testing taking place throughout the state. The courier issue that occurred last week was an isolated incident, and additional testing was offered Tuesday for the two impacted schools.
Mr. Simeck said he has received several questions about what is next after students are largely vaccinated, and the honest answer is we don't know. Guidance could change from the health department and the state and it's too early to speculate anything.
Define 109 has received staff survey results, student survey results, completed virtual and in-person community sessions, and ThoughtExchange closes as of 5 pm November 19th.
8. Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda (Policy 2:230)
9.1. Freedom of Information Requests (Policy 2:250)
9.2. RSP Associates Agreement
10.1. Consent Agenda*
The meeting minutes were approved.
Personnel items were approved.
Bills for payment were approved.
Destruction of closed session audio was approved.
10.2. Resolution Approving the Aggregate Levy for the Year 2021
10.3. Resolution Authorizing Levy for Special Education Purposes
10.4. Resolution Providing for the Payment of Debt Service and Abating Taxes
10.5. Andy Frain Crossing Guard Services Agreement
10.6. School Resource Officer Agreement
10.7. Recommendation for Administrative Contract Renewals
10.8. RSP Associates Agreement
10.9. Recommendation to Approve the 2022-23 Public School Calendar
11. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)
Mr. Kuo said that Finance Committee will meet on 12/16 before the next board meeting.
The policy committee is trying to coordinate their next meeting.
12. Open Community Participation (Policy 2:230)
13. Board/Superintendent Other
President Montgomery discussed recent building tours that board members have taken as part of the Master Facility Plan preparation process.
She thanked Dr. Fisher and the whole leadership team for the "Top Workplaces" effort. She also thanked Dr. Filippi for facilitating the vaccine clinic being held at SMS.
She mentioned that discussions around District 113 issues and any possible consolidation have only been held at a "very high level" and that no immediate action is forthcoming.
Mr. Simeck thanked the tech team for their work in broadcasting the live meeting seamlessly.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Thursday, December 16, 2021 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, February 17, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting