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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 of the Organizational Meeting, please click here.
  • For the full agenda of the Regular Meeting, please click here.

This meeting was recorded and that recording can be viewed here: www.sd25.org/0429FullMeeeting.

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

Board Of Education Meeting | April 29, 2021
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Be it and it is hereby resolved by the Board of Education of School District 25, Cook County, Illinois, that the attached Abstract of Votes of the election held on April 6, 2021, to elect four members for full four-year terms to said Board of Education is a true and correct canvas of the Certificate of Results of each precinct thereof as submitted to this Board by the election authority, the Cook County Clerk.

Be it further resolved, that said Abstract of Votes shall be signed by each member of this Board of Education. That is hereby found and determined that Anisha Ismail Patel, Greg Scapillato, Gina Faso, and Richard Olejniczak, received the highest number of votes cast for the four full four-year terms, and each has been elected a Board Member of the Board of Education of Arlington Heights School District 25.

To watch the oath taken by the elected Board of Education members, click here.


Appoint Board President | Scott Filipek


Appoint Board Vice President | Brian Cerniglia

Brian Cerniglia and Anisha Ismail Patel were both nominated for Board of Education Vice President.


Appoint Board Secretary | Anisha Ismail Patel


Appoint Board Recording Secretary | Lana O'Brien


Adoption of Past Practices, Policies, Motions


Setting of Meeting Dates and Times

The October meeting initially proposed was scheduled for October 14, 2021. The amended motion moved the October meeting to October 7, 2021. To view the meeting dates and times for the 2021-2022 school year, click here.


Bank Depository | Appointing the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurers of the School District and the bank depositories for the period July 1, 2021 through July 1, 2023.

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recognition of principal lori naumowicz

Congratulations to Thomas Middle School Principal, Lori Naumowicz, who was awarded the 2020-2021 Illinois PTA Outstanding Administrator.

Click here to watch the recognition ceremony.

Several people addressed the Board during this public comment portion of the meeting. Those public comments begin at the 27:45 mark of the meeting and can be viewed by clicking here.

Public comments were also submitted via an online Google form prior to the meeting. All public comments were read that were received by the submission deadline (noon on the day of the meeting). Any public comments submitted prior to the start of the meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 29, 2021, are available in full and can be read by visiting www.sd25.org/0429Comments.


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The Director of Technology for District 25, Chris Fahnoe, presented to the the Board of Education on the recently updated Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA). The District has made steps to comply with the new requirements of SOPPA.

District 25 maintains procedures, as put forth by federal and state laws, to safeguard student data provided to educational technology operators and vendors. Ensuring the protection of that data through federal, state, and district procedures and guidelines is an important practice to remain vigilant and updated.

To view a PDF of the presentation, click here.

To watch this portion of the meeting, click here.


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


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Extension of Contract with Audit Firm

The Assistant Superintendent for Business/CSBO, Stacey Mallek, recommended to the Board of Education that District 25 continues to work with Baker Tilly as their independent auditor for the next 3 years.

The District has been with Baker Tilly as our independent auditor, since 2011-12. The District has been extremely happy with the services Baker Tilly has provided, as well as their resources to service the District and meet the necessary timelines.

To watch this portion of the meeting, click here.


Extension of Bus Transportation Contract

Cook County has proposed a 3.5% increase for 2021/22, or an increase of about $47,600 based on maintaining the same number and types of routes as typical (i.e. not the reduced routes as a result of COVID). These increases are based on their need to increase their pay rates to attract additional drivers and remain competitive, insurance increases, and a need to replace some buses to maintain our required average age of our fleet. After a conversation with Cook County Bus Co., Assistant Superintendent for Business/CSBO, Stacey Mallek expressed her comfort in recommending this extension. The District has been pleased with the services of Cook County during this current contract.

To watch this portion of the meeting, click here.

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As a special education cooperative, NSSEO is required to transmit their proposed budget to member districts for approval prior to its adoption. NSSEO intends to present the budget to their board for the final vote in June, and requires a resolution from each member district indicating approval or disapproval prior to doing so. The Assistant Superintendent for Business/CSBO, Stacey Mallek, presented the budget to the Board for potential adoption at the Thursday, May 6 meeting.

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.


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Second Reading of Policies from Strategic Plan

At the April 8, 2021 meeting, Superintendent Dr. Bein brought two policies to the Board that align with the newly adopted strategic plan that would run through June of 2025. These policies were brought back to the Board at this meeting for approval.

To view a PDF of these policies, visit our BoardDocs page and navigate under Superintendent Report and Second Reading of Policies from Strategic Plan.

To watch this portion of the meeting, click here.

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The Board was given three policies to review. These policies will be brought back to the Board at the meeting on Thursday, May 6, 2021 for potential adoption.

To watch this portion of the meeting, click here.


The District 25 Board of Education offers a second opportunity for public comment at each Board Meeting that takes place once all the agenda items have been presented, discussed, or voted on.

That portion of the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.


School Board Meeting

Thursday, May 6th, 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.