December 15, 2022
Board Meeting Details
This regular Board of Education meeting was held in person at the District Office.
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Meeting Agenda
3. What's Good in 109
A recap of the 109 Gives Back Holiday Gift Drive. Thank you to our entire community for your donations!
-Caruso students in Mandarin learning the Chinese game "Go"
-South Park 2nd graders holding an auction where they had to learn about budgeting in order to ensure they got multiple items
-Walden 2nd graders working on persuasive writing, including an attempt to get the principal to put in a pool
-Wilmot 5th grade classes combining forces for some SEL time, including learning coping strategies
-Kipling 3rd graders creating a living museum where they researched famous figures and then had to dress up as them and give speeches about it
Shepard is our featured school of the month, as we showcase the 3 C's in one building:
Mr. Cybulski, the principal of SMS, joined the presentation.
CHALLENGE: A fun 6th & 8th grade assembly had teachers trying to keep up with students and their dance moves
The Spartan Pride World Cup has been a schoolwide competition to display good behaviors and learning habits, rewarded with goals
COLLABORATE: E-sports is up and running, winning a few matches this month. Every student on the team has a role to play, whether they actually have a controller in their hands or are keeping stats or even commentating
CREATE: Reading groups where students do fun "simulations" based on their books. Students who read Fish in a Tree learned what it is like to have dyslexia, did class activities like the students in the book, and made meaningfull connections to what is possible. Students in The Running Dream learned what it was like to be on a track team and to live without a leg. Finally, students who read A Night Divided experienced life inside the Berlin Wall and helped East Berliners to escape in a simulation in the LC.
Finally, Mr. Crowe's 6th grade Core 1 class was featured in a video about their physics Hot Wheels project.
4. Superintendent's Report
He reminded families about the impending winter weather and how DPS 109 plans to utilize, when possible, a remote learning day in place of a traditional snow day. If the forecast calls for a significant weather event, students and families will be given a heads up the day prior to bring devices home.
The 109 Way magazine is hot off the presses and will be mailed out to all homes and businesses in the DPS 109 attendance area later this week. This is a bi-annual publication and another issue will be out in the spring. He thanked Mr. Steckling and his team for their work on this.
We need businesses, organizations, and residents in our community to collaborate with us on potential learning experiences for students. You can visit our website to learn more or to offer up your expertise.
Finally, Mr. Simeck congratulated Dr. Danielle Arnold (Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning & Innovation), who recently earned her doctorate title!
5. Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda (Policy 2:230)
6.1. Freedom of Information Requests (Policy 2:250)
6.2. Policy: First Reading
6.3. Resolution Authorizing Emergency Repairs to Caruso Middle School
6.4. Annual Audit for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2022
6.5. Appointment of IMRF Authorized Agent
6.6. 2023-24 Budget Calendar
7.1. Consent Agenda*
Personnel items were approved.
Bills for payment were approved.
Meeting minutes were approved.
Closed session meeting minutes were approved.
7.2. Recommendation to Approve Triple I Board Member Expenses
7.3. Closed Session Minutes Bi-Annual Review
7.4. Recommendation to Approve Special Meeting Minutes from October 24, 2022 - Arcon Peer School Site Visits
7.5. Recommendation to Approve a Resolution Authorizing Emergency Repairs to Caruso Middle School
7.6. Recommendation to Accept Annual Audit for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2022
7.7. Recommendation to Approve Appointment of IMRF Authorized Agent
7.8. Recommendation to Approve Memorandum of Understanding for COVID-19 Additional Instructional Stipend 2022-23
7.9. Recommendation to Approve Memorandum of Understanding - Online Trainings
7.10. Recommendation for Approval of Summer Work 2023 Base Bid 1 - Stuckey Construction Company
7.11. Recommendation for Approval of Summer Work 2023 Base Bid 2 - Accomplished Mechanical Industries
7.12. Recommendation to Approve 2023-24 Budget Calendar
7.13. Treasurer's Report
7.14. Administrative Contract Approval for Business Manager
7.15. Recommendation to Approve Legislative Priorities
8. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)
Mr. Simeck was also at TrueNorth. They are evaluating needs for their physical plant, like roofing and such, and how those costs may be shared by member districts. They are working on their strategic plan that will be presented to districts this spring.
Mrs. Wener attended an ED-RED meeting. She will be the board legislative liaison.
9. Open Community Participation (Policy 2:230)
10. Board/Superintendent Other
President Montgomery congratulated everyone on a great fall and thanked several individuals for their work. She gave some updates on IASB resolutions that the DPS 109 board had given recommendations on.
The next school board meeting is...
Thursday, January 19, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting