Virtual Board Briefs

Summary of the January 25, 2021 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 (February 22, 2021).

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D34 Board Meetings: Virtual for Now

District 34 Board of Education meetings are being held virtually until further notice. Information to access the virtual meetings live will be emailed to parents, staff and community members and posted on the D34 website no later than the Friday before each meeting.

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.

Spotlight on Community Partners

Dr. Delli highlighted the contributions of and expressed the immense appreciation for the District's primary partner organizations. Leaders from those organizations shared a presentation about their mission, their accomplishments and ways to get involved.


  • Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs): PTA Council President Beth Conlon shared how the four PTAs engage parents and connect them to their children's schools, and provide funds that enrich the educational experiences of students.
  • Glenview Education Foundation (GEF): GEF Chair Julie Moon showed examples of how the GEF is the "incubator" of innovative programs for D34, and encouraged community members to participate in upcoming activities.
  • Debra Gelfand Children's Foundation: Gelfand Foundation Board President Barbara Silver and Vice President Zach Gelfand described the organization's meaningful history and its evolution to a foundation that serves families in need and honors the memory of Debra Gelfand.
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Updates on Increasing In-Person Time & Vaccines

Dr. Delli explained that Region 10 (suburban Cook County) has moved to Tier 1 mitigations, and the Northfield Township dashboard shows decreasing positivity rates. He reinforced the fact that the District's health and safety protocols work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as we have not seen a spread within our schools. He explained that the health guidance for in-person learning is unchanged, including the guidance to maintain 6-foot distancing as much as possible. "Until that guidance changes, we don't have a solution to bring back students all day, every day," said Dr. Delli. However, the administrative team is looking at ways to bring the District's youngest learners back for more in-person learning; parents of kindergarten students will have more information before they need to make declarations for trimester 3.


Dr. Delli said that there is both excitement about vaccinations and confusion about the supply chain. The District's primary goal is to have all staff vaccinated (though at this time, it is not a requirement for staff to get the vaccine), because reaching that goal will move us closer to a pre-pandemic teaching and learning environment. However, there is much conflicting information and no clear indication yet when vaccines will be easily available to all teachers and educational support staff. D34 is coordinating with the Cook County Department of Public Health, the North Cook Intermediate Service Center/Regional Office of Education, and the municipality to create a system for staff to sign up to get vaccinated, and researching other potential opportunities. Right now, we are communicating opportunities for staff to sign up individually and encouraging them to take advantage of open appointments if they find them.

Community Participation

In the virtual setting, community members submit comments to an online form, which opens before the start of the Board of Education meeting. During the two opportunities for community participation (one early in the meeting, and the other at the end of the meeting), the following community members submitted comments and questions:


  • Mary Ko, parent of D34 students, asked about barriers to moving toward full in-person school for the fall of 2021

  • Gillian Mathews, parent of D34 students, praised her children's teachers for their work in engaging students. She asked about the plan to return to full in-person learning and about vaccinations for staff, and she encouraged the District to offer specific ways for community members to help schools reopen with full in-person learning.
  • Amy McElroy, parent of D34 students, asked about plans to return to a full in-person environment.
  • Liz Lapp, parent of D34 students, asked about vaccinations for staff and plans to return to a full in-person environment.
  • Christine Lake, parent of D34 students, praised District 34 teachers and asked about vaccinations for staff.
  • Jill Griffin, parent of D34 students, asked about plans to return to a full in-person environment.
  • Kelly Quinn, parent of D34 students, asked about skipping spring break and ending the school year early, and about reducing the post-travel quarantine.
  • Dru van Harten, parent of D34 students, asked about the path to return to full in-person.
  • William Chapman, parent of D34 students, asked about the metrics of a return to a full in-person environment.
  • Brian J Murphy, parent of D34 students, asked about balancing morning and afternoon kindergarten class sizes to be able to return to full in-person (half days) for kindergarten students.
  • Bonnie Kearns, community member, questioned the District's assertion that there is not space to maintain distancing in a return to full in-person learning, and urged the District to use park district facilities to increase space.
  • Lisa Schluchter, parent of D34 students, asked about opening schools for in-person learning on Wednesdays
  • Vicky Triantafillou, parent of D34 students, asked when referendum construction would begin, about the possible use of park district facilities, and about surveying parents about GOAL vs. full in-person learning.
  • William Chapman, parent of D34 students, suggested including the number of attendees at Board meetings on the minutes for the meeting.
  • Lyndsey Incandela, parent of D34 students, would like to see additional in-person time and suggested making Wednesday an in-person day.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report, payroll and vendor warrants, 2021-2022 transportation and building use fees, authorization of a supplemental tax levy and the 2021-2022 school calendar. In addition, the Board approved a resolution to establish the 2022 budget and a reduction in force and reassignment of tenured teacher.
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Discussion

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CFAC 5-Year Financial Projections

Each year, the Citizen's Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC), a group of community financial experts, provides a report to the Board of Education regarding financial projections. CFAC member Stevey Toomey presented the committee's updated 5-Year Financial Forecast (FY22-26). This updated projection is based on a new set of assumptions for revenues and expenses given all the changes since last year and changes anticipated in the future.


Overall, the projections are similar to the past; however, this year, a negative trend has emerged following FY24 when the Glen TIF is set to expire. While the Board planned for a fund balance contribution pending a successful building referendum, the projected deficit has been exaggerated by the effects of the global pandemic leading to low fund balances in FY26. CFAC advised the Superintendent and Board to be mindful of this emerging trend, and address it as they see fit.

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Construction Budget & Timeline Update

Project Manager Dave Torres from construction management firm Nicholas & Associates provided an update on the budget and timeline of the "phase one" construction work at Henking, Lyon, Westbrook and Springman. Pending permit approvals, construction will begin in April 2021.
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Meet the Board of Education

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.