May 24, 2021
Board Meeting Details
Upon the guidance of IL Open Meetings Act P.A. 101-0640 - this meeting was held virtually. The District Center was open, but Board Members were not physically present. Due to space constraints, capacity including staff was limited. For open/community participation, a laptop was set up in the District Office to accommodate live public comment. The district also created a dedicated voicemail line for public comment.
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Meeting Agenda
3. Adjourn to Closed Session
The meeting adjourned to closed session at 6:34 p.m.
4. Reconvene to Open Session
5. Recognition: INSPRA Distinguished Service Awards
6. 109 Gives Back Recognition: #SydStrong & Caruso Student Council
7. Teacher Presentation
8. Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda (Policy 2:230)
9. Superintendent's Report
He said that DPS 109 was the first district in Lake County to be fully onboard with the pilot classroom quarantine protocol, which was first used today.
Mr. Simeck explained the rationale behind not allowing remote students to switch to in-person, explaining that "space available" isn't applicable when it comes to running a comprehensive school system. A decision regarding one student ultimately ends up allocating resources and impacting others.
He ended his report by addressing what we currently know about the 2021-2022 school year:
-The intention is open school in the fall with full school days for all grade levels.
-All health & safety protocols would be followed
-Right now, it appears lunch & recess would look very similar to what they currently are.
-Given the current state of affairs we are operating on the assumption that mask-wearing will continue in public schools.
-Some reports say children as young as 2 may have the opportunity to be vaccinated before the end of the calendar year and we will certainly pay attention to that.
-We are exploring what remote instruction may look like.
-We are exploring if there any adjustments needed to the SHIELD testing schedule.
You can expect updates on these questions at the June & July Board of Education meetings and more frequently via email if warranted.
10.1. Freedom of Information Requests (Policy 2:250)
10.2. Resolution to Establish a District 109 401(a) Plan
10.3. ISBE Consolidated District Plan for Federal Grant Application and Management
10.4. Recommendation to Purchase Chromebooks
10.5. ECRA Group Professional Services Agreement with the Project 440 District Consortium with Districts Bannockburn District 106, Highland Park District 112, and Township High School District 113
11.1. Consent Agenda*
The meeting minutes were approved.
Personnel items were approved.
Bills for payment were approved.
April treasurer's report was approved.
Destruction of Closed Session Audio was approved.
11.2. Student Settlement Agreement
11.3. ISBE Consolidated District Plan for Federal Grant Application and Management
11.4. Olson Transportation Renewal
11.5. Resolution to Recall Licensed Teachers
11.6. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from April 26, 2021
11.7. Approval of Closed Session Meeting Minutes from April 26, 2021
12. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)
President Montgomery announced that the committees have been re-constituted with the new board members and that the new committees are posted on the BOE page on the DPS 109 website.
Open Community Participation
The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Monday, June 14, 2021 @7pm - Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, July 29, 2021 @7pm - Regular Board Meeting