Board Briefs

Highlights from the 12-10-18 Board of Education 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 (January 14, 2018).

Public Hearings

Before the regular meeting, the Board of Education held two public hearings:

  • 2018 Tax Levy: The 2018 tax levy will fund the 2019-2020 budget. The Board considered a 4.99% levy
  • Intent to Sell Up to $9,800,000 Working Cash Fund Bonds

There were no comments from the community on the tax levy or bond sale. In the regular meeting, the Board approved the levy. The Board will take action on the bonds at their January meeting.

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.

Successful Snow Day Management

Dr. Delli thanked Director of Operations Steve Ruelli and the Buildings & Grounds staff for their work in managing the winter-related school closing on November 26.

Strategic Planning Update: Nearing the Final Plan

Dr. Delli explained that the Strategic Planning Team met on November 13 to develop a draft of the plan. That draft was shared out with the community, and the team will review that input at their next meeting, December 13. More than 150 parents, staff and community members gave input. when they will finalize the plan - a one-page document - that they will present to the Board of Education on January 14, 2019. A strategic plan is designed to be succinct, with a mission, vision, values and goals. The objectives -- the "deliverables" -- are the detailed work that the administration will develop and set in motion after the plan is approved.

Philanthropy Across the District

Dr. Delli expressed gratitude for the generosity of the community, which is especially visible during the holiday season. Director of Communications & Strategic Planning Cathy Kedjidjian described several recent philanthropic initiatives throughout D34, including Holiday Helper programs at all elementary clusters, a winter wear and blanket collection at Springman and a book collection at Attea. District-wide, a team is working with the Northfield Township Food Pantry to develop a plan to address food insecurity with a snack and backpack program.

Authorization for Space Utilization Study

Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller shared that FGM architects has proposed a comprehensive study over the next 4-5 months to look at current space utilization. (They presented their proposal at the November Board of Education meeting.) The Board approved the study, at a cost of $76,000.

Teaching & Learning Update: District Common Assessments

Dr. Matt Silverman, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, along with a team of instructional coaches, presented information on their work to implement common assessments to provide parents and students with timely feedback and consistency in expectations and reporting progress. In a study of the District a few years ago, CEC identified a need for creating common assessments and for using data from assessments to guide instruction. Instructional Coach Barrie Shinsky said that teachers are excited about the direction D34 is heading in this area. The coaches said that the new standards-based report card truly reflects what is happening in the classroom and has allowed teachers to develop a common understanding of what student progress looks like. They believe that increased collaboration between staff District-wide will increase follow-through, alignment and student achievement.

2019-2020 School Calendar

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Heather Hopkins presented the draft of the 2019-2020 calendar, developed by the Calendar Committee, a subcommittee of the Personnel Committee. She explained that the committee reviewed Board parameters and School Code in the calendar development. Highlights of the calendar include:

  • 8/20 Opening Day Staff
  • 8/21 First Day Students
  • 9/2 District Closed - Labor Day
  • 9/30 District Closed
  • 10/1 Institute Day – No Students in Attendance
  • 10/4 Parent Teacher Conferences – No Students in Attendance
  • 10/9 District Closed
  • 11/5 Institute Day - No Students in Attendance (Election Day)
  • 11/27 Institute Day - No Students in Attendance
  • 11/28-29 District Closed - Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/23-1/3 Winter Break
  • 1/20 District Closed -MLK Day
  • 2/17 District Closed - Presidents Day
  • 2/18 Institute Day - No Students in Attendance
  • 3/6 Parent Teacher Conferences - No Students in Attendance
  • 3/23-3/27 Spring Break
  • 4/10 District Closed
  • 5/25 District Closed - Memorial Day
  • 6/4 Last Day for Students and Staff
  • 6/5-6/11 Emergency Days

Student, Transportation & Building Use Fees

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Eric Miller showed a comparison of D34 fees with peer districts. He explained that overall, District 34 student and facility use fees are comparable, but below average of the fees charged by other elementary districts in the region. The only increase recommended for 2019=2020 fees is in the area of school lunch, with a $.10 increase for grades 1-2, $.20 for grades 3-5, and $.05 for grades 6-8.

Mr. Miller also recommended that the District continue to offer an early bird discount of $50 for families who complete the annual registration process before May 24, 2019. Board members discussed the merits and effectiveness of this incentive. The administration will review whether or not there will be a change in the proposal to offer the discount.

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:

  • Sam Ach (President)
  • Natalie Jachtorowycz (Vice President)
  • Jim Baumstark
  • John Heggie
  • Katie Jones
  • Jackie Lutz
  • Diane Stefani

You can contact the Board at