News

November 12, 2020

A recorded video of this board meeting is available on the District 54 YouTube Channel.

Levy Public Hearing:
District 54 held a Public Hearing on the 2020 Levy. No public comments were received, in person or through the electronic form, in regards to the Levy Public Hearing. Click here to read the submitted Levy Public Comments for the November 12 Board Meeting.

Public Comment:
District 54 received three electronic public comments for tonight’s meeting and three comments from people in person related to District 54’s response to the pandemic. Click here to read the submitted Public Comments for the November 12 Board Meeting.

Discussion – Reopening of District 54 Schools Update:
District 54 moved all students to remote learning only effective Nov. 9 with a return date of Nov. 30, if health and operational metrics allow. As of Nov. 6, all four key school health metrics for Cook County are identified as substantial by the Illinois Department of Public Health. District 54 also shared the positivity rate and weekly new case rate for District 54 zip codes, as reported by a Northwestern Medicine COVID Dashboard. The decision to return to full remote was also based on internal data, such as the number of staff members in quarantine which makes it difficult to provide coverage for students attending school in person. On Nov. 6, when we moved students to full remote, 781 students and 158 staff were in quarantine and six schools had been placed on an adaptive pause due to rising positive COVID case counts. 

Freedom of Information Act:
District 54 received and replied to three Freedom of Information Act requests since the last report to the Board regarding purchasing records, guest speaker contracts and snow bid contracts.

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

  • The minutes of the regular Board of Education meeting on Oct. 15, 2020
  • Resignations, leaves, termination, employment and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated Oct. 23 and Nov. 6, 2020
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for September 2020
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for October 2020
  • The Blue Cross Blue Shield self-funded HMO and PPO medical insurance rates for 2021
  • The Delta Dental and Vision Service Program insurance rates for 2021
  • Workplace Solutions as the provider of the District’s Employee Assistance Program
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield as the excess loss carrier for District 54 health care plans
  • A resolution authorizing attorneys Franczek P.C. to intervene in appeals proceedings for assessment year 2020 before the Illinois Property Tax Appeals Board
  • A resolution authorizing attorneys Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick, & Kohn to intervene in appeals proceedings for assessment year 2020 before the Illinois Property Tax Appeals Board
  • A resolution authorizing attorneys Franczek P.C. to intervene in tax objection complaint proceedings for the assessment year 2020 pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • The purchase of technology licensing and support from JAMF Software
  • An upgrade to districtwide security software
  • A proclamation in recognition of American Education Week 2020 and International Education Week 2020, both being celebrated November 16-20, 2020

Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB): 
Board Vice President Mary Kay Prusnick reported that Board Member Jim Pye received level one status and Board Member Ken Van Dyke received level two status in the training required to obtain master board member status. Prusnick and Board Member Barb Hengels also were recognized for maintaining their master board member status.

Foundation Report: 
Board Vice President Mary Kay Prusnick reported that Scott Felgenhauer was elected to be the new chairman of the Foundation and Andy Murray was elected as the vice chairman. She also thanked the SEA and SEEO organizations who made generous donations to the Foundation’s Crisis Fund to support financially struggling families.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved the Certificate of 2020 Tax Levy and adopted a resolution regarding what amounts to levy for each fund.
  • The Board approved a resolution authorizing the Cook County Clerk to reduce the education levy by 80%, the operation and maintenance levy by 10% and the transportation levy by 10% that is in excess of the limiting rate.
  • The Board appointed an additional representative from the community to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2020-21 school year. 
  • The Board approved revisions to Policy 1:60 – Prohibition of Sexual Harassment.
  • The Board Policy Committee had the first reading of revisions to Policy 4:110(a) – Student Transportation Services.

Closed Session: The Board adjourned at 7:55 p.m. to closed session to discuss employment/appointment matters.