January 20, 2022
Board Meeting Details
This regular Board of Education meeting was held in person at the District Office with no pandemic-related capacity limit. In-person public comment was available for attendees.
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Meeting Agenda
3. Recognition: What's Good in 109
Mr. Steckling shared highlights from around the six DPS 109 schools.
-Artwork featured at the District Office from Walden students
-The new webpage created to highlight our World Languages department at Caruso & Shepard
-Glow Day in kindergarten at South Park
-Drawing with math at Kipling
-Playing with Ozobots at Walden
-5th graders performing at Wilmot
You can see his presentation below.
-Composting during lunchtime
-First Fridays performances
-Blue Zones projects in social studies
-Cardboard challenge projects in science
-Shepard Talks speeches from 6th grade ELA
We also heard a great presentation from several students representing the Shepard StuCo (student council) and everything they have been up to. You can watch their presentation below:
4. School Resource Officer Presentation
5. Community Participation Relative to Matters on the Meeting Agenda (Policy 2:230)
6. Superintendent's Report
He reviewed SHIELD testing results. During our first week after break, the positivity rate was 3.34% Last week, it dropped to 1.85%. We also have 2,551 SHIELD consents on file, which amounts to roughly 94% of the student body.
We also have 1,770 student vaccine disclosures on file, which is roughly 65% of the K-8 student body. While the form remains optional, Mr. Simeck encouraged families to fill it out to assist in expediting contact tracing.
There was recent guidance change from IDPH/ISBE that will require individuals returning from a 5-day COVID exposure quarantine to be masked both indoors and outdoors for days 6-10 after returning to school… or for 10 days for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, who were exposed to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. Our contact tracing team calls families and walks them through how the guidance applies to each individual situation.
DPS 109 was one of the districts featured in a CDC published study of the Test To Stay strategy in Lake County. This is a real source of pride for DPS 109, as we are helping lead the way in mitigation efforts for the pandemic.
There will be changes to Test To Stay coming next week from the Lake County Health Department. We expect to communicate those changes around the end of the month.
Mr. Simeck also wanted to clarify that pending lawsuits in Sangamon County concerning mask mandates do NOT involve DPS 109. There is a District 109 named, but it is not our district. An appeal is certain.
7.1. Freedom of Information Requests (Policy 2:250)
7.2. TRS Supplemental Savings Plan Resolution
7.3. Annual Audit RFP Results - Recommendation to Approve Lauterbach & Amen, LLP
7.4. First Reading - Policy
7.5. Printer Lease and Managed Print Services Review
8.1. Consent Agenda*
Personnel items were approved.
Bills for payment were approved.
Meeting minutes were approved.
8.2. Quarterly Treasurer's Report (Dec 2021)
8.3. Recommendation to Sell or Recycle Surplus Technology Materials and Equipment
8.4. Approval of Meeting Minutes: Special Minutes from December 17, 2021
7.5. Approval of Meeting Minutes (Policy 2:220)
9. Committee Reports (Policy 2:150)
Mr. Morrison said that policy committee met earlier this evening. They reviewed proposals for school fees, talked about PRESS updates. Recommendations on both will be forthcoming.
Mr. Ashman said that the Facilties Development Committee met earlier this month. They review summer construction work, will send out an RFQ for architectural services,
Mr. Begley said that Executive Development Committee met and discussed administrator salary information for next year. They also discussed the evaluation tool that the board will be using for Superintendent Simeck.
10. Open Community Participation (Policy 2:230)
11. Board/Superintendent Other
Mrs. Jakymiw commended the flexibility of the staff for just rolling with all of the challenges presented to them.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Thursday, February 17, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - Regular Board Meeting