april 8

in-person and livestreamed via YouTube

The bOARDBuzz is put together following District 25 School Board Meetings and serves as a recap of what occurred. For the full agenda, please click here.

This meeting was recorded and that recording can be viewed here: www.sd25.org/0408FullMeeeting.

As always, the bOARDBuzz is archived at www.sd25.org/BoardBuzz.

Board of Education Meeting | April 8, 2021


recognition of the d25 custodial & maintenance team

The Board and District 25 Administration honored, recognized, and thanked the District 25 Custodial & Maintenance Team for their commitment and contributions to the District 25 students, staff, and community.

Since the initial COVID-19 shutdown of March 2020, the D25 Custodial & Maintenance Team has worked tirelessly to ensure the Arlington Heights School District 25 community is provided with clean facilities. District 25's return to in-person learning would not have been possible without the dedication and care from this staff.

Click here to watch the recognition ceremony.

Several people addressed the Board during the public comments portion of the meeting. Those public comments begin at the 13:06 mark of the meeting and can be viewed by clicking here.

Per Board Policy 2:230, public comments are to be held for a total of 30 minutes and in unusual circumstances, the Board may extend the total time allotted.

Public comments were also submitted via an online Google form prior to the meeting. If comments were not read aloud at the meeting it was due to running out of the allotted time for public comment. Any public comments submitted prior to the start of the meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 8, 2021, are available in full and can be read by visiting www.sd25.org/0408Comments.


There were no items presented by the Department of Student Learning.


There were no items presented by the Department of Student Services.


action item


2021-2022 Student Fees

At the March 18 meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Business/CSBO, Stacey Mallek, presented the proposed student fees for the 2021-2022 school year as an informational item. At this meeting, the fees were brought to the Board of Education as an action item. Click here or visit BoardDocs to see the student fees approved by the Board of Education for the 2021-22 school year.

To watch this portion of the meeting, click here.


There were no items presented by the Department of Facilities Management.


There were no items presented by the Department of Personnel and Planning.


action items


2021-2025 Strategic Plan

At the March 18 meeting, Superintendent Dr. Bein presented the proposed strategic plan that would run through June of 2025. At this meeting, this plan was brought to the Board as an action item. The Board approved the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan with two edits:

  1. Goal Three (bolded adjustment below)
    Adding the words "and community" in the first strategy of goal three, so it reads: Improve classroom, school and district connections, collaboration, and communication with our families and community to enhance external relationships, trust, respect, commitment, engagement and satisfaction.
  2. Goal Four (bolded adjustment below)
    Adding the word "hiring" in the first strategy of goal four so it reads: Improve policies, procedures and hiring practices with our employees to enhance internal relationships, trust, respect, commitment, collaboration, communication and satisfaction.

For the updated overview of the strategic plan, click here.

To watch this portion of the meeting, click here.

To watch the Board discussion and vote, click here.


Superintendent Dr. Bein presented an update on District 25's Transitional Model of Reopening that contained the following:

  • Planning for April 26, 2021 - June 11, 2021.
  • Planning for the 2021-2022 School Year.

Following the presentation, the Board of Education made and voted on two motions. Those are listed below.

To view a PDF of this presentation, click here.

To watch this presentation, click here.

To watch the Board's discussion and vote on this topic, click here.


The Board of Education implement in-person learning on Mondays effective April 26, 2021 while continuing the option for remote learning for families that choose it, that this continues through the current 2020-2021 school year, and empower the Superintendent to make the final details, and communicate such details to the community as soon as possible.


That the Board of Education implement full in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year while offering a separate remote learning option for students at increased risk of severe illness, and for students who live with people at increased risk as required by the Illinois State Board of Education.

informational items


This item was on the agenda as a review of Policy 1:32 (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) to ensure that it aligns with the proposed 2021-2025 Strategic Plan. Superintendent Dr. Lori Bein's presentation to the Board on Policy 1:32 (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) covered the following items that Dr. Bein believes show alignment:

  • National Association of School Board’s Equity Statement
  • Resolution Affirming the AHSD25 Board of Education’s Commitment to Eliminate Racial Injustice
  • Policy 1:32, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Proposed Strategic Plan 2021-2025

To view a PDF of the presentation, click here.

To watch this presentation, click here.

To watch the Board's discussion on this topic, click here.

"There was never a thought of revoking anything or changing anything...this [policy] is meant to be built into the DNA of what we are as a District." - Board President Brian Cerniglia


The following policies were presented to the Board for a first reading.

To watch this portion of the meeting, click here.


The District's Head of Communications & Storytelling, Adam Harris, presented a review of the Communications Guide created in 2016 and updated in 2020. The presentation specifically reviewed the department's mission, along with key strategies used to communicate with the District 25 and Arlington Heights community. This presentation also reviewed the ways the District communicates "directly to the parent".

To view a PDF of the presentation, click here.

To watch this presentation, click here.

To watch the Board's discussion on this topic, click here.


School Board Meeting

Thursday, April 29th, 7:30pm

1200 South Dunton Avenue

Arlington Heights, IL

This meeting will be held at the Dunton Administration Building and will be livestreamed via YouTube. That link will be posted on the Board Agenda page (www.sd25.org/BoardAgenda) the week of the meeting.

This meeting will allow audience members in the room. We will have an overflow room(s) available as well, where the meeting will be livestreamed.

Visit www.sd25.org/BoardAgenda closer to the day of the meeting for the most accurate details of how the meeting will be held.

Public Comments

Anyone who has a public comment and is not going to attend the meeting in-person is welcome to submit their comment using the following process by filling out the public comments Google Form.

Meeting Recordings

A video of the meetings will be recorded and uploaded to our site the following day on the 'Board Agenda' page and on our 'Catch up on Meetings' page.

Please note that not every item at the meeting may be detailed on the Board Buzz. This is intended to hit the topics of high interest to the community. For the full agenda for each meeting, visit www.sd25.org/BoardAgenda.