Highlights from the 2-11-2019 Board of Education Meeting
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 (March 18, 2019).
The following community members spoke in support of Science Olympiad:
- Laura Horwitz, parent, thanked the District for funding Science Olympiad. Her youngest child currently participates and has had a great experience. She hopes that the District will continue to fund it and consider increasing funding to support the program. It offers teamwork, STEM exposure, competition, benefits that extend beyond the classroom.
- Madhuu Thota, parent, has coached Science Olympiad for several years. He says that students who participate in Science Olympiad are very self directed. He requested that the District continue to fund the program.
- Dan Grant, Science Olympiad coach, thanked the Glenview Education Foundation for funding the Science Olympiad up until last year. Other schools have Science Olympiad night to recognize students who win awards. He said that the budget for Science Olympiad has been cut, and the program have lost teachers because the stipend is small.
- Becky Betts, parent of a current student and alumnus, expressed support for Science Olympiad and her wish for it to have it a permanent place in the budget. This past weekend, students participated in a meet and took first place.
The Board also approved contractor agreements for summer 2019 work, and a resolution abating the District 34 working cash fund. When bonds are issued, they are deposited into the working cash fund, but the money must be transferred through operations and maintenance fund and into the capital projects fund.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports
Kristin Caceres explained that MTSS is about systems; it folds in all of the District's initiatives of support. She said that it eliminates the silos; the T&L team working all together is an example of that holistic view. MTSS focuses on equity and inclusive practices. She outlined priorities of MTSS, including cementing belief systems (such as the culture for high expectations for all, and supporting the whole child) and understanding of state policies surrounding MTSS.
The T&L team conducted a District-wide survey to gather data about staff understanding and beliefs about MTSS. The results show a need to build skills among stakeholders to understand the process.
The District has taken many steps in implementation, including creating an intervention specialist position for math, and building a District MTSS leadership team. Continued work includes ongoing professional development and consistent communication, and the development of a draft MTSS framework.
Mr. Miller recommended that the Board approve Elizabeth Hennessy from Raymond James to serve as the District's municipal advisor. Ms. Hennessy has worked with the District as an underwriter for many years (including in the most recent bond issuance), so she understand's the District's needs and environment.
- Two instructional coaches
- Science teaching specialists for intermediate schools
Overall, the recommendation is for a an increase of 13 FTE in certified staff.
Dr. Hopkins also outlined a change of administration configuration to include assistant principals at every school (an addition of three FTE). Research shows that instructional leadership has a great impact on student achievement. Currently, building principals do not have sufficient time to serve as effectively as they would like as instructional leaders.
The District is looking at new recruiting efforts, including national efforts, to attract the best candidates.
Future Facilities Financing
NSSED Board Report
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:
- Sam Ach (President)
- Natalie Jachtorowycz (Vice President)
- Jim Baumstark
- John Heggie
- Katie Jones
- Jackie Lutz
- Diane Stefani
You can contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.