Board Briefs

Summary of the May 17, 2021 Board Meeting at Springman

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 21, 2021).

Building Future Ground Breaking

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Before the Board meeting, Board members, District and building administrators, Village officials, construction and design partners and -- most important -- students led ground breaking ceremonies at Lyon, Westbrook, Henking and Springman. Members of the Building Future Task Force and the YesD34 citizens referendum committee, as well as staff, parents and community members gathered to mark the momentous occasion.


You can view videos of every building's celebration on the District 34 Facebook page, and look for highlights coming soon!

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In Person Board Meetings

District 34 Board of Education meetings will be held in person, following health and safety protocols, including mask and distancing. Meeting attendees must complete a self assessment before entering the meeting.


Due to construction and the need to move staff offices, the meeting room in the Administration building (the previous location for Board meetings) is unavailable. Therefore, Board meetings will be held in school buildings.

Community Participation

The community is encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings, and contribute during the community participation periods. In all regular Board of Education meetings, the Board follows a set agenda that include two opportunities for community participation. There were no comments from community members during this meeting.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report and payroll and vendor warrants. The Board also approved the contract for asbestos abatement work at Springman and Westbrook, and the Consolidated District Plan for submission to the Illinois State Board of Education, which is an annual process that allows the District to receive grant funding from the state.

Discussion

Fall 2021 Learning Plan

The District administration presented plans for Fall 2021. Superintendent Dr. Dane Delli stated that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) directed districts to have fall learning plans in place. He said that he is encouraged by restrictions easing, but schools don't yet have specific guidance. However, it is expected that ISBE will pass a resolution later this week that all schools will return fully in person. Dr. Delli emphasized that the District hopes to learn more from ISBE and the Illinois Department of Public Health about guidance for fall on the mitigations such as masks, distancing, vaccination status and quarantine requirements. He stated that the District will communicate changes in guidance to the community.


He stated that the fall plan does include:


  • The end of GOAL
  • The elimination of the dual teaching environment (where teachers instruct students both in person and remote simultaneously)
  • A strong focus on social emotional learning, transitions and instructional support


The teaching and learning environment will return to full-time instruction in all content areas. At the middle schools, the new schedule will be implemented. In all grades, classrooms will build connections and provide a sense of belonging for all students. The District will implement "Learning Labs," financed through federal funding, to help students who need extra academic support. The labs will offer support before and after school, and mid-day.


The federal government extended the program that provides free meals for every student who needs it. There will not be summer meal pickups; rather, those who qualify will receive a card that they will be able to purchase food at grocery stores.


The District hopes that the parent support and community partnerships that have strengthened through the pandemic will continue into the fall and beyond.

Strategic Plan Update

District administrators gave an update to the strategic plan, and the impact that the pandemic has had on the progress of the plan. Dr. Delli explained that the District has been focused on responding to the pandemic, but the pandemic showed the value of having a dynamic plan. They shared progress in all goal areas:



  • Student Success & Well Being
  • Educator Growth & Support
  • Parent & Community Partnerships
  • Resource Stewardship


In many areas, administrators pointed to areas of the plan that will be strengthened by actions taken and lessons learned during the pandemic.

Fiscal Year 2022 Tentative Budget and Call for Public Hearing

Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller gave the first presentation of the fiscal year 2022 tentative budget. He outlined the budget development timeline and explained that, while there currently is an expected deficit of approximately $4M, as the District gains clarity on COVID-related expenses and federal funding reimbursement, the budget will be refined. The final budget will be presented to the Board in August, and adopted after a public hearing in September.

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


  • Scott Nelson (President)
  • John Heggie (Vice President)
  • Mike Korman (Secretary)
  • Jim Baumstark
  • James Dolan
  • Natalie Jachtorowycz
  • Diane Stefani


You can find information about Board members, meeting dates, Board policies and more on the District 34 website.


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