Board Meeting Update - May 23

1. The board received a presentation about the Y.E.M.B.A., Inc. Mentoring Empowering Program that is available to students and families at Brooks and Julian middle schools. 

2. The board received a presentation about the kindergarten team teaching model at Mann Elementary School. 

3. The board received an update on the district's technology plan, along with recommendations for the 2017-18 school year. These recommendations include the refresh of student devices (e.g., shared devices in first and second grade, 1:1 devices in grades three through eight and the devices used in conjunction with the Project Lead the Way program at the middle schools) and the purchase of mobile hot spots for families that do not currently have home Internet access. You can access the report that was featured in the board packet by clicking here and the PowerPoint that was presented to the board by clicking here

4. The board received a report about the district's draft goals for the 2017-18 school year

5. The board approved the minutes from the following meetings:

6. The board approved the following items on the consent agenda:

7. The board approved the final calendar for the 2016-17 school year. The calendar was modified because the district did not utilize the five designated emergency days that were included in it when it was originally adopted by the board. 

8. The board awarded the district's custodial supplies contract for the 2017-18 school year to Warehouse Direct

9. The board appointed Dr. Alicia Evans to serve as the district's treasurer from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

10. The board approved entering into an agreement with AIMSWeb Plus to provide a progress monitoring system and universal math screener for kindergarten and first grade.

11. The board approved the selection of Baker Tilly to perform auditing services for fiscal years 2017, 2018 and 2019

12. The board approved the alternate east site expansion proposal for Holmes Elementary School. While the already board-approved west site proposal remains the preferred option, the east site proposal provides flexibility in case issues emerge with the west site (e.g., unfavorable results from the soil borings test, increased costs for relocating the utilities, etc.). 

13. The board approved entering into a 24-month agreement with Comcast to provide WAN and Internet services.

14. The board reviewed the proposed board meeting calendar for the 2017-18 school year

15. The board reviewed proposed changes to the format and agendas for future board meetings. These changes would include moving from having two standard meetings each month to having one work session and one business meeting. You can access a sample agenda for the work session by clicking here and a sample agenda for the business meeting by clicking here

16. The board reviewed a recommendation regarding the SELF Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund Renewal Rates for the 2017-18 school year

17. The board reviewed a recommendation to renew the district's membership with the Collective Liability Insurance Cooperative for the 2017-18 school year

18. The board reviewed the following proposed transfer resolutions:

  • Transferring $1,338,260 from the Working Cash Fund to the Operations & Maintenance Fund and then from the Operations & Maintenance Fund to the Capital Projects Fund. The current balance is a result of construction work completed this year.
  • Transferring $194,933 from the Education Fund to the Debt Service Fund for lease payments for items such as computers and copiers.
  • Allowing for the transfer of interest to the fund(s) of greatest need at a future time. 

You can access additional information about these proposed resolutions by clicking here.

19. The board reviewed a recommendation to accept the bid from Celtic Environmental to perform asbestos abatement work during the summer of 2017

20. The board reviewed a recommendation to keep the Dental PPO contributions and Dental HMO rates at the same level they were for the 2016-17 school year

21. The board reviewed a recommendation to dispose of materials that are obsolete and/or can no longer be used for educational purposes. You can access the list of materials by clicking here

22. The board reviewed a draft intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Oak Park that is related to a joint partnership for pursuing design-consulting services in conjunction with a fiber project involving both entities.

23. The board reviewed a donation request from the Irving PTO for a buddy bench that would be installed on the school's playground in honor of retiring teachers Ellyn Gullo, Cindy Schassburger and Patricia Von Hagel.

24. The board reviewed thedraft agenda for its regularly scheduled meeting on June 13, 2017.

25. The board received the following information only reports: