Virtual Board Briefs

Summary of the May 18, 2020 BOE meeting, held virtually

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 (June 22, 2020).

D34 Board Meetings: Virtual for Now

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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.
Dr. Delli gave "perpetual thanks" to the students, staff and parents for supporting E-Learning.


He acknowledged that people are curious about what school will look like in the fall and that, in the absence of specific guidance from the state, there is a lot of speculation. He explained that there are a few things we do know that will guide our decisions:


  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan establishes five phases to reopen the state. It calls for schools to reopen in phase four.
  • The Centers for Disease Control issued a three-phase approach to reopening the country and guidance for reopening schools. He pointed to the many complexities of this plan.

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Dr. Delli said that the leadership team is developing conceptual frameworks to make decisions about the fall, and that the District is being very deliberate in our decision making. He asked for patience from the community and promised clear communication as decisions are made.


He stressed that the District's first priority in all decisions is the safety of students and staff.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report, payroll and vendor warrants, ISBE consolidated grand application and Board policies. The Board also approved a contract for natural gas and transportation contract extensions.


In addition, the Board authorized a public notice of a public hearing on the District's Remote Learning Plan. The public hearing will be held virtually on June 22, 2020 at 7:30pm. Community members who wish to participate in the public hearing should email Cathy Kedjidjian (ckedjidjian@glenview34.org) by June 22, 2020 at 6pm for login information.


NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING FOR ADOPTION OF AN REMOTE LEARNING PLAN.

Glenview School District No. 34 hereby gives Public Notice for a public hearing regarding its Remote Learning Plan. The public hearing shall be held on (6/22/2020) at (7:30 p.m.). The public hearing will take place virtually via electronic platform. In order to participate in the public hearing, please contact Cathy Kedjidjian (ckedjidjian@glenview34.org ) for information on logging in no later than (6/22/2020 6:00 p.m.). A copy of the plan can be found on the District’s website.)

Discussion

E-Learning (Remote Learning) Update

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning Dr. Matt Silverman explained that two reasons explain the shift to "Remote Learning" from "E-Learning":


  1. "E" implies 'electronic" and, particularly moving forward, the lessons and activities that comprise the District's teaching and learning when schools are closed will not all come in electronic form.
  2. "Remote Learning" aligns with the Illinois State Board of Education's (ISBE's) terminology in their requirement for school districts to submit remote learning plans.


He shared that in grades preschool-5, students have submitted 67,425 attendance forms as of Friday, yielding a 70% attendance rate. (This is an optional step the District uses to gauge attendance and engagement.) While the district strives for a higher number, the national average for remote learning is 50%.


Executive Director for Instructional Innovation Brian Engle described the current work to assemble a staff team made up of representatives from every building, grade and subject area to prepare for what remote learning would look like in the fall if we are unable to return to in-person learning. He stressed that starting a school year in a remote learning environment is very different than ending a year that way and the team will consider the needs of students and staff for social-emotional learning, professional development, support, etc.

Summer School

Executive Director for Student Services Mary Geraghty described the District's three-tiered summer remote learning program.


Dr. Silverman said that based on what he has seen from the Summer Learning Team, the free, open-to-all, Tier 1 program will be very compelling for students to participate. The team's first parameter in developing the program is that learning should be fun.

End-of-Year Activities

Director of Communications & Strategic Planning Cathy Kedjidjian gave an overview of the "pack-up/pick-up/close-down" activities. She said that building leaders are developing schedules and processes to safely allow staff in the buildings May 26-29. They will pack up student items, their own belongings, and do a modified version of end-of-year close down actions. Starting June 8, families will be able to drive through to pick up student items. Again, school leaders are developing the schedules and processes that work most efficiently and safely for their buildings. The middle schools scheduled special pick-up days for eighth grade families that will include a celebratory feel.

2020-2021 Tenatative Budget

Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller provided the first presentation of the tentative budget for the 2020-2021 school year. He acknowledged the uncertainty due to the pandemic. The administration will consider convening the Citizens Finance Advisory Council in light of the financial impact of the COVID-19 shutdown.

Student Fee Credits

Mr. Miller reported that the business office will issue credits for certain fees, including bus fees, fourth quarter fees for early childhood and field trip fees. Families can use those credits to cover the fees for the 2020-2021 school year, being collected now. Families also can ask for a refund.

Post-Referendum Planning

The architects are working with building committees made up of representative staff members to finalize designs. Once finalized, Nicholas Associates will develop estimates prior to going out to bid. The District is working with the Village on their Plan Commission hearing, and on offering a community presentation of the final designs.

Meet the Board of Education

D34 Board Community Strong

Glenview District 34 is governed by a seven-person Board of Education, elected by the community, that consists of the following individuals:


  • Natalie Jachtorowycz (President)
  • Jim Baumstark (Vice President)
  • John Heggie
  • Katie Jones
  • Mike Korman
  • Scott Nelson
  • Diane Stefani


You can contact the Board at board@glenview34.org.