Board Meeting Summary

Glen Ellyn School District 41

November 23, 2020 Board Meeting

The Board of Education provides a "Board Meeting Summary" after each Board meeting. The summary includes a brief description of the main topics and action items. These summaries are not meant to replace minutes. The minutes for each meeting are approved and posted after the next regularly scheduled meeting. We hope these summaries provide some basic information and context around the reports, presentations and action items. For the full packet of information including presentations and reports, Click Here
NOTE: In the interest of safety for Board and staff members, as well as the school community, the meeting format was adjusted. Due to current Executive Order requirements social distancing guidelines were in effect.
Meetings are video streamed live online and the videos are archived on the District website, Click Here.

In Attendance

President Robert Bruno, Vice President Jason Loebach, Secretary Jess Buttimer, Bruce Currie, Ted Estes, Guillermo Guzman, Julie Hill


  • HumanEx Survey Results | watch
    A representative from HumanEx presented survey results of the annual staff engagement survey for District 41. Click here for the report.
  • FY2020 Audit Report | watch
    Matt Beran from the audit firm Lauterbach & Amen, LLP presented the 2020 audit and also answered Board member questions. Click here for the report.

Superintendent's Report

  • Celebration of Remote Science | watch
    Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability Dr. Katie McCluskey shared a celebration about 2nd grade remote learning science. She presented a video of a virtual field trip to Cantigny to learn about how chocolate was used in WWII. Click here to see the virtual field trip video.
  • Immunization Report | watch
    This is an annual report that is posted on our website. Click here for the report.
  • Return to School Plan Update | watch
    Superintendent Kaczkowski presented an update about a meeting with the DuPage County Health Department. She shared that they have enhanced their contact tracing and she gave an update on the COVID-19 surge in general. Dr. Kaczkowski also gave an update about the District 41 COVID-19 saliva screening program that will begin after Thanksgiving break.

Board Reports | watch

Public Participation |


  • FY2021 Levy | watch
    Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Facilities and Operations Eric DePorter presented the levy calculation sheet. This is the second step in the levy process. Mr. DePorter went over the calculations and also talked through the assumptions that go along with the levy. A public hearing will take place in advance of the December 14 Board meeting. Board members asked questions.

Action Items
Consent Agenda |
watch | documents

- Personnel Report
- School District Payment Order

- FOIA Report for Oct 21 - Nov 17, 2020

- October Monthly Financial Reports

- Board Meeting Minutes

(Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

Superintendent Recommendations | watch

  • Hadley Library Media Center Technology Purchase
    (Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
  • Summer 2021 Capital Projects Recommendations
    (Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
  • Approval of Professional Services Contract with Ardor School Solutions
    (Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
  • Accept Fiscal Year 2020 Audit
    (Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)
  • 2020 Preliminary Property Tax Levy
    (Voted Yes: Bruno, Loebach, Buttimer, Currie, Estes, Guzman, Hill)

Other Board Governance - Learning Together | watch

  • Mr. Loebach and Mr. Currie addressed some of the questions and comments that were presented in public participation.

  • Mr. Currie requested and the Board approved to publicly post scenarios and staffing information provided to the Board in preparation for this meeting

Requests for Future Agenda Items | watch

  • Mrs. Hill brought forward a Daily Herald article about climate and culture and teacher/staff burnout. She wants to make sure that we continue to be aware and make sure this is not happening in District 41. She was reassured by our HumanEx survey data.

  • Mrs. Buttimer suggested a discussion on the timing of the next Kasarda Report update. She also suggested a discussion regarding what our staff has learned about remote learning, how they have innovated in the past year and how that might be incorporated into long range planning.


Monday, December 14, 2020 | Public Hearing & Regular Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.