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September 14, 2021
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Glenbard News for Sept. 14, 2021

In this issue:

  • Reminder: stay home if you are symptomatic
  • Help wanted for SHIELD testing
  • Transportation, custodial & food service partners are hiring
  • Fund-raiser on Sept. 16 to benefit Boosters
  • Highlights of Sept. 13 Board of Education meeting

Reminder: stay home if you are symptomatic
It is important to stay home if you are symptomatic and to get tested before returning to stop the spread the COVID-19.

Help wanted for SHIELD testing
We plan to implement SHIELD testing for students at our schools the week of Sept. 20. In order for the process to run with minimal disruption to the school day, Med-Call Healthcare, which is coordinating the SHIELD testing at our schools, is hiring committed candidates to assist with collection of SHIELD testing kits. These positions are not demanding, but timely attendance and commuting throughout the day may be involved. All job candidates must have their own transportation.

Those who are hired will be expected to work during school hours. Strong computer/data entry experience is required. Although healthcare experience is ideal, it is not a requirement for this position.

Details:

  • Pay: up to $20 per hour
  • Job types: full-time, part-time, contract
  • Background check, car Insurance and valid driver’s license required

Please contact Kathleen Loomis of Med-Call Healthcare at 708-971-3656 or [email protected] Once you contact Kathleen, more information will be shared about assignments, requirements, locations and training.

Transportation, custodial & food service partners are hiring
Due to a national labor shortage, we are experiencing shortages in a variety of areas, including contracted busing, custodial and food service. Our contracted third-party vendors are hiring. See below for application information. Please share the information with those in a job search.

Sodexo is hiring food service staff. Apply at this link.

First Student is hiring bus drivers. Apply at this link.  

ABM is hiring custodial staff to work in Glenbard District 87. Apply at this link.

Fund-raiser on Sept. 16 to benefit Boosters
Glenbard South Boosters Club is holding a fund-raiser with Nana’s Pizzeria. Order or come in on Thursday, Sept. 16, and if you mention Glenbard South, 20% of your total will go to the Boosters.

Highlights of Sept. 13 Board of Education meeting
After each Board of Education meeting, we provide Board Highlights, which feature a brief description of the action items and discussion items on the meeting agenda. Board Highlights do not replace minutes. The minutes are approved by the board and posted after the next regularly scheduled board meeting.

Present – Judith Weinstock, Margaret DeLaRosa, Kermit Eby, Bob Friend, John Kenwood, Martha Mueller and Mireya Vera.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

  1. Congratulations to our Board of Education on being one of 35 boards of education to earn the Illinois Association of School Boards’ 2021 School Board Governance Recognition designation. This recognition acknowledges school boards that have engaged in activities and modeled behaviors that lead to excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education. Our board members participate in a variety of board development programs and events and develop the skills, knowledge and abilities that are key to good governance. Board members will be recognized at the IASB fall DuPage Division meeting.
  1. We had a great turnout at in-person open houses on Sept. 2. Numerous parents and guardians commented on the professionalism of our staff, and they left feeling confident about their teen’s education. Parents and guardians heard from administrators, visited classrooms and had the opportunity to meet with school counseling staff. Open house is part of our home/school partnership, which is critical to ensuring that students reach their goals.
  1. We encourage community members to watch the following Glenbard Parent Series webinars. Details and webinar links are at glenbardgps.org.
  • Positive Parenting and Social Emotional Health for the Teenage Years at 7 p.m. Sept. 14
  • Technology Training and the Wellness Tips to Help Teens Thrive at 7 p.m. Sept. 16
  • Under Pressure: Taking Control of Stress and Anxiety /Youth Mental Health Post-Pandemic at noon Sept. 23
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist Our Lives Revealed at 7 p.m. Sept. 23
  1. On August 16, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Grace Daigel, requesting information about grading and grading communication. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 16, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Lori Saguto, requesting all pilots and resulting findings/evaluations of all pilots. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 16, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from John Naughton, requesting fees paid to some Glenbard Parent Series speakers and the source of funds used to compensate speakers. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 20, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Lori Saguto, requesting the search terms used for the August 16, 2021 FOIA request. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 23, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Grace Daigel, requesting FOIA response letters from D87 to FOIA requesters; information about denials; and FOIA and OMA letters from the Office of the Attorney General. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 23, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Grace Daigel, requesting the letters in the August 16, 2021 FOIA response to GBN parents and staff. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 24, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Cedra Crenshaw, requesting the curated “anti-racist, equity-focused book collection and book reads” referenced on page 16 of the D87 Culture and Practice of Equity and Belonging Journey booklet. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 25, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Thomas Mccullagh, requesting email communications of Alexandria Taylor, assistant principal, Glenbard East High School from May 24, 2021 to May 25, 2021. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 25, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Thomas Mccullagh, requesting: email communications of Alexandria Taylor, assistant principal, Glenbard East High School from May 25, 2021 to May 26, 2021. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 25, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Thomas Mccullagh, requesting email communications of Alexandria Taylor, assistant principal, Glenbard East High School from May 26, 2021 to May 27, 2021. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 25, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Thomas Mccullagh, requesting email communications of Alexandria Taylor, assistant principal, Glenbard East High School from May 27, 2021 to May 28, 2021. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 25, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Jimmy Dimraj, requesting access to video footage recording of Glenbard East High School’s varsity football field related to a May 24, 2021 paintball incident. The district has responded to this request.
  1. On August 27, 2021, the district received a Freedom of Information Act request from Guy Price, requesting documents concerning the Glenbard North Baseball Varsity program that was provided to MaxPreps and Game Changer; copies of tweets by Panther Baseball; and copies of Baseball Varsity baseball game scorebooks. The district has responded to this request.

THE BOARD APPROVED:

– minutes of the Aug. 23 regular board meeting.

– the following personnel items:

LICENSED STAFF – EMPLOYMENT:

Name                         School/Position                                             FTE                Effective Date

Stueve, Grant           West/Special Ed Teacher (addtl. FTE)       20%                  08/30/2021

Wells, Laura              West/English (addtl. FTE)                             20%                  08/27/2021

Winebrenner, Meghan South/English Teacher (correction)        55%                  08/09/2021

Winebrenner, Meghan South/English Teacher (correction)        10%                 08/09/2021

LICENSED STAFF – RESIGNATIONS:

Name                         School/Position                                                                     Effective Date

Grigoletto, Scott       North/Music Teacher                                                                 09/14/2021

Rodriguez, Celeste  West/Dean of Students                                                             09/03/2021

SUPPORT STAFF – EMPLOYMENT:

Name                         School/Position                                             FTE                Effective Date

Buckley, Alec            East/Study Hall-BIA Supervisor                    87.5%               08/30/2021

Hatzos-Skintges, Cathy South/Special Ed Assistant                    87.5%               09/07/2021

SUPPORT STAFF – CHANGE OF POSITION:

Name                         School/Position                                             FTE                Effective Date

Wells, Laura              West/EL Bilingual Interpreter (FTE revised) 25%               08/27/2021

SUPPORT STAFF – RESIGNATIONS:

Name                         School/Position                                                                     Effective Date

Lindeblad, Mark       South/Music Accompanist                                                        12/17/2021

– accepting the following donation:  JCS Arts, Health & Education Fund of DuPage Foundation Board of Trustees, $3,000 for music clinicians at Glenbard East

– an educational tour.

– serious safety hazard zones. The board contracted with Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE) to review all areas within a 1.5-mile radius (student walk zones) of our schools to determine if the student walk zones were safe, consistent with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) criteria that relates to serious safety hazard zones. The current listing of all hazardous zones is referenced below:

  1. Park Boulevard to Route 53 on McCarron Road
  2. Route 53 – Near Wilson Street
  3. Route 53 – Corridor
  4. Five Corners located at Geneva Road & St. Charles Road
  5. Army Trail Road & County Farm Road
  6. Ahlstrand Road to Butterfield Road
  7. Riford Road to Eastern Avenue
  8. County Farm & Woodhill Drive
  9. Roosevelt Road and Surry Drive
  10. South of Roosevelt Road, west of Highland Avenue
  11. South of Roosevelt Road, east of Highland Avenue

– the special services contract for the interim dean at Glenbard West for the 2021-22 school year. The assignment shall commence on Oct. 18, 2021 and end at the close of the business day on May 20, 2022.

BOARD INFORMATION/DISCUSSION ITEMS INCLUDED:

– the 2021-22 budget hearing. The 2021-22 budget has a net operating surplus of $139,995 in the budget for the upcoming school year. We will continue to maintain our solvency position at the conclusion of the fiscal year and remain above the board goal of 180 days cash on hand. 

Operating Budget: 

  • Operating Revenue = $168,101,190 (3.3% increase)
  • Operating Expenditure = $165,326,510 (.6% increase)
  • Gross Operating Surplus = $2,774,680
    • Permanent Transfer to Debt Service Fund = $2,634,685
  • Net Operating Surplus = $139,995 (gross operating surplus less transfer to Debt Service)
  • Total ending fund balance is estimated to be $86,976,514

ESSER III / ARP Plan:

As part of the budget development, we included a tentative plan for the use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) / American Rescue Plan

(ARP) funds. The grant was made available by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in early July and requires a window for public input as part of the application process. The total available funds for District 87 is $6,515,710. Below is a breakdown of the available funds:

  • Learning needs (Federal allocation) – $1,254,341
  • Learning needs (State allocation) – $174,291
  • Summer enrichment (State allocation) – $34,858
  • After-school (State allocation) – $34,858
  • Discretionary (Unallocated balance) – $5,017,362

– introduction of the following 2021-22 newly hired licensed staff: Glenbard East:  Daniel Bush, Bradley Cardott, Haley Gallagher, Jose Gonzalez, Susana Held, Taylor Lehmann, Gariecia Rose, Marti Shirley, Antonina Ungaro and Patrick Walker

Glenbard North:  Hasham Bhatti, Andrea Contreras, Madison Gillis, Jeffrey Heise, Neil Horton, Frances Jones, Noor Maghrebi, Margaret Quinn, Kristi Rhodes, Jon Scoggin, Levi Treadway and Laura Yamate

Glenbard South:  Michael Aye, Jacqueline Cauley, Corrie Clemens, Frank DeAngelis, Rhiannon Hunter, Marina Kosa, Valerie Moses, James Wallace and Meghan Winebrenner

Glenbard West:  Sydney Chen, Nisa Gabbidon, Monique Godziszewski, Anne Klusak, William Malone, John Metzler, Ionel Saveanu and Grant Stueve

– student services special education, Transition, & English learner update. Reviewed areas include: student services special education and Transition programs and English learner supports.  Integrating these supports in the schools and greater Glenbard community is necessary to ensure that each student is supported, engaged and develops skills identified in our Profile of a Graduate vision.

– three-year letters of agreement between Glenbard District 87 and the Glen Ellyn Public Library, Helen Plum Memorial Public Library, Carol Stream Public Library and the Glenside Public Library District for the 2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24 school years. This year, these libraries enter into an agreement specifying reciprocal services to be provided by each institution on behalf of students and staff at Glenbard North, Glenbard South, Glenbard East, Glenbard West and the Directions program.

– 2021-2022 new textbook adoptions. Twelve new textbook titles proposed for adoption were reviewed and approved by the department chairs in the curricular area, the assistant principals for instruction and the principals at each school where the course will be taught. They were reviewed by the Student Performance and Achievement Committee on September 1, 2021. All 12 titles are novels for special education and world language courses.

– 2022 capital project financial target. We are completing year eight of our capital project plan and have spent an average of $15.5M per year, since this initiative commenced. 

We are planning our project scope for 2022 that will include accelerating our bid schedule to avoid any potential supply chain delays, ensure quality laborers are selected, and minimize the total cost of the project by getting on contractors’ schedules early.

We have identified our project list and have established a capital project spend of not to exceed $16.7M, inclusive of fees. Upon board approval, we will instruct Legat Architects & Performance Services Inc. to move forward on design work on summer 2022 projects to ensure an early bid cycle for us.

– first reading of Administrative Procedure 5:270-AP1 Confidential Employees and Policy 8:70 Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities.

– school year 2021-22 update, including the governor’s vaccination/testing mandate, current safety mitigations, SHIELD testing in schools, COVID-19 data metrics and supports for student illness or quarantine.