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Brief from the Virtual Board Meeting on May 7

Call to Order: All board members were present on the Zoom meeting.

Public Comment: No public comments were submitted.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: 
One request was received and responded to since the last meeting related to the 2020 masonry remediation bid.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session Board of Education meeting son April 16, 2020
  • Resignations, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated April 24, 2020
  • The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Consolidated District Grant Plans
  • The purchase of software licensing and support from Dell, CDW, SynerComm, Follett and Seesaw
  • The amendment to the student transportation contract with First Student for the 2019-20 school year

Superintendent’s Report:

Superintendent Andy DuRoss thanked District 54 teachers and all employees, acknowledging their work and commitment to students, to the community and to each other.

Associate Superintendent Erin Knoll provided an update on remote learning in District 54 including grade-level planning sessions, the district’s continued focus on social-emotional supports and summer programming. Summer enrichment classes have been cancelled, but the extended school year program for special education will be held remotely. Staff have been using Zoom and Google Meets in order to connect with students face-to-face.

Associate Superintendent Nick Myers provided an operational update, including information about food distribution in District 54, fee reimbursement, school and classroom clean out and hiring for next year. Over the next three weeks, staff will be packing up classrooms and students will be picking up supplies while dropping off district resources. Assistant Superintendent Ric King shared how the district is handling refunding fees on a prorated basis. Assistant Superintendent Danette Meyer talked about the process for hiring staff for next year and hosting virtual orientations to welcome them to the district.

DuRoss also shared plans to celebrate the sixth-grade and eighth-grade rites of passage virtually. Eighth-grade graduation will be celebrated at 7 p.m. May 27 via a virtual ceremony on each school’s website and a special gift that students will receive when they come to school to clean out their lockers. The sixth-grade celebration will also include a special gift and a virtual message.

New Business:

  • The Board approved an amendment to the purchase and sale agreement for the Thacker property.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Thais Perez and Heather Richards as special education coordinators for the 2020-21 school year.

Announcements:

  • The Board wished a happy teacher appreciation week and happy nurses week to District 54 teachers and nurses.
  • Board members also expressed appreciation for all staff as well as our community partners, such as Willow Creek and the District 54 Foundation, who are going above and beyond for our families.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:38 p.m.