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School Board Meeting: 05/21/2018

September 19, 2019


[RACZAK] The time is now 7:00pm and I’m
calling to order and reconvening to open session the regular Board of Education
meeting for Indian Prairie School District 204 on Monday May 21st 2018
Jackie can you call the roll please [JACKIE] Mrs. Piehl
[PIEHL] Here [JACKIE] Mr. Karubas
[KARUBAS] Here [JACKIE] Mrs. Price
[PRICE] Here [JACKIE] Mr. Raczak
[RACZAK] Here [JACKIE] Mrs. Demming
[DEMMING] Here [JACKIE] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Here [JACKIE] Mrs. Donahue
[DONAHUE] Here [RACZAK] We have a quorum
Mr. Rising will you lead us in the Pledge [RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE] [RACZAK] And being the end of the year we have
many board salutes and they are fantastic and I’m gonna ask Mr. Karubas
begin with the first board salute [KARUBAS] US News and World Report
released its 2018 best high school rankings all three district 204 high
schools made the national list and were ranked in the top 25 for the state US
News ranked Neuqua Valley 646 in the nation and 16th in the state
Metea Valley was 854th in the nation and 19th in the
state Waubonsie Valley ranked 1143 in the nation and 24th in the
state rankings are based on state assessments graduation rates and how
well schools prepare students for college congratulations to all three of
our high schools on this outstanding achievement [APPLAUSE] [KARUBAS] Is that why we have all
three principals here right now [PIEHL] Didn’t we outrank another school district [RISING] Yeah we did
[KARUBAS] That will not be named [DONAHUE] The board salute seven district 204 high school seniors who are recently named 2018 National Merit Scholars by the National
Merit Scholarship Corporation the scholars are Eshan Dhar from Metea Valley Yujia Chen, Kevin Hong, Andy Ze Wang and Joyce Zhou from Neuqua Valley and Shaelyn Iyer and Elliot Myong from Waubonsie Valley these scholars were
chosen for more than 15,000 finalists and selected by college admissions
officers and high school counselors who reviewed a substantial amount of
information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools each
student will receive $2,500 scholarship we congratulate all our National Merit
Scholars on their selection for this very prestigious award [APPLAUSE] [PIEHL] District 204 students received
accolades at the State Youth in Government assembly Illinois YMCA Youth
in government is a mock government program for high school students in
Illinois all three district 204 high schools did an outstanding job
participating in the 69th state assembly Metea Valley had their first elected
statewide officer president of the Senate and was also offered most awarded
and most effective legislator you need to go down and teach some people I think
the Mustangs had first place finishes in three categories Waubonsie Valley
students had four first place finishes and won best legislator and also
received the press award and three positions in the executive branch
including governor lieutenant governor and secretary of state were filled by
Neuqua Valley as well as three presiding officers five committee chairs and three
judicial positions Neuqua Valley students earned first place finishes in two
categories Wow congratulations to all the students and staff who participated [APPLAUSE] [PIEHL] INSPRA award presented to Dr. Sullivan [APPLAUSE] [PIEHL] The Illinois chapter of the national
school of public relations Association recently held its Distinguished
Service Award program to honor outstanding communications work Dr.
Sullivan along with Jeff Craig of West Aurora Tony Sanders of U-46
and Jennifer garrison of Vandalia received the award of excellence in the
team category for their work to raise awareness of education funding issues
across the state the team worked together to rally more than 400 Illinois
superintendents and their communities to encourage legislators to
pass a budget and create adequate and equitable funding for schools INPRA’s
award honors those who have consistently gone above and beyond to
enhance education and convey its importance to the community at large
congratulations to Dr. Sullivan on receiving this award and thank you so
much from all of us from this day to have equitable and adequate funding
possibly hopefully [APPLAUSE] [PRICE] The board salutes Dr. Mark Liu Metea Valley music educator one of five teachers who will be honored by a Northwestern University with the
2018 distinguished secondary teacher award the award honors high school
teachers who have touched the lives of northwestern students and carry an award
of $5,000 for each teacher and $5,000 for each of their schools nominated by
former students award recipients are the exceptional high school teachers who
have had a lasting impact on their lives congratulations to Dr. Liu on this
prestigious award I was a student of his and he’s touched my life so he’s had a lasting impact on my life [APPLAUSE] [RISING] The board solutes Waubonsie
Valley’s Laura Schmidt who was named state champion in the
architectural board category at the Illinois Design Educators Association
competition the Warriors had seven other medalists and twelve state qualifiers
Neuqua Valley had six state qualifies who participated in the competition
congratulations to Laura and all the students who participated [APPLAUSE] [RISING] The board
salutes Kristin Mattson Waubonsie Valley’s LMC director who will be
honored by the International Society for technology and education or ISTE for
short I know about this because I’m in the technology space and education this
is a huge conference at McCormick Center she was recognized as a 2018 ISTE
emerging leader the ISTE the emerging leader Awards honors individuals 35
years or younger who demonstrate vision innovation action and transformation and
using technology to improve learning and teaching awardees demonstrate that
they’ve made an impact on students and the education community actively share
ideas and continually strive to improve their professional work congratulations
to Kristin on this incredible wonderful recognition [APPLAUSE] [DEMMING] Nearly 6,000 business
professionals of America students competed at the National Leadership
Conference in Dallas Texas and all district 204 high schools did very well
from Neuqua valley first place winners for small business management were
Shreya Patel, Akshat Maheshwari, and Vedika Ranjan
from Metea Valley Aryan Gandhi won first place for financial math and
analysis and from Waubonsie Valley Courtney Arellano
won first place in the virtual business challenge congratulations to all our
BPA students [APPLAUSE] [DEMMING] Waubonsie Valley wind ensemble earns
top honors in the state the board salutes the Waubonsie Valley Wind Ensemble
who earned the top spot for class 4A at the University of Illinois super state
concert band festival they are invited back next year to perform as the 4A
honor band congratulations to Waubonsie Valley music teachers Mark Duker Kevin
Carroll Chris Dandeles and all the music students on this wonderful honor [APPLAUSE] [RACZAK] And those are oursalutes and now it’s
time for our student representative report for the last time this year and
for the last time Kaitlyn Backe from Neuqua Kaitlyn is a junior she has one
more year right [KAITLYN] Yeah one more years as a Wildcat which I look forward to I have a
lot planned for my senior year [RACZAK] So thank you on behalf of the board for your year of service to us [KAITLYN] Thank you for having me this was an amazing opportunity okay
hello I am Kaitlyn Backe and I am the 2017-2018 school board representative
for Neuqua Valley sadly this year’s or next year’s representative Aria Naluery is sick so he looks forward to seeing you all next year Neuqua has been
very busy in the Spring so I will jump right into it on Wednesday April 11th we
hosted our Indian Prairie scholars ceremony we also hosted a Day of Silence
on April 11th to support the LGBTQ community we hosted our NVSO concert
particularly to showcase solo talent we had our annual Neuqua honors ceremony to
congratulate various outstanding students we dedicated the month of April
to celebrate poetry on April 19th we hosted confront the elephant to educate
students on substance abuse the Neuqua theatre department put on Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the spring musical on April 26th 27th and
28th on May 5th the senior class celebrated an elegant
night under the stars at Drury Lane for their prom we celebrated Teacher
Appreciation Week May 7th through May 11th and had an ice cream social for our
teachers on May 9th on May 21st we host our annual retirement celebration for our
2018 retirees our Wildcat caterers were able to go to the Disney around
the world competition and come home with 2nd for their phenomenal side dish made
by Regan Oliver and Izzy Harter we had a great celebration for our Indian Prairie
scholars which is awarded to all seniors that have earned a 3.6 GPA or higher for
seven or more semesters we also had an engineering design and development
showcase Michael Barron represented Neuqua at State for boys gymnastics
and he qualified in six events our baseball coach coach Renner achieved his
500th win badminton won their sectional championship and brought home fourth at
state boys water polo continued their winning streak and was ranked 3rd in the
Daily Herald the Neuqua math team finished fourth at state we host our
annual k9 search to help protect staff and students personally I appreciated
this as it gave me a peace of mind and allowed me to know that our school is
constantly working on improving safety in the US News and Report Neuqua
ranked 16th in Illinois and I’m very proud that Neuqua is also the highest
ranked K through 12 school girls track and field took on State this weekend
freshman track member Riley Ammon Hauser currently holds the national record for
triple jumper and this weekend was announced the state champion for triple
jump junior McKenna Robinson meddled in the 800 meter race finishing third and
Karina Penta qualified for the finals in the 1600 meter race finishing
in 9th Karina also competed in high jump missing the finals by only one inch
boys track and field were conference champions for the third year in a row
lastly Neuqua hosted the Fine Arts Festival this weekend to celebrate all
forms of art grades K through 12 and that would be everything Neuqua
has been up to lately any questions [LAUGHTER] [KAITLYN] I would personally like to thank Neuqua and the school board for this phenomenal
opportunity I would especially like to thank Dr. Sullivan for everything she
does for this district Dr. McBride for meeting with me before every meeting and
cheering me on at every meeting and Mrs. Horvath for sending me reminders before
every single meeting usually at this point the school board representative will
announce which college they’re going to but I am proud to announce that I have
one more year at Neuqua Valley but instead of being at this position I will
be passing it on to Aria and taking on the student council executive
president position as difficult as it is to leave this position I know for a fact
that I’m leaving it in great hands thank you again and as Dr. McBride
always says go Wildcats [APPLAUSE] [RACZAK] So it is now time for public comment for non agenda items if you are here to speak to an agenda item that comment will be taken
immediately prior to that item 30 minutes is allowed for public comment
and each person is limited to three minutes when addressing the board we ask
that you respect the confidentiality and safety of our students and school
district personnel we also ask that those addressing the board be cognizant
this is an open meeting and is available to all age groups and as such ask that
you consider who the audience members are this evening can keep comments
age-appropriate public comments represent the voice and the opinion of
the speaker there will be no feedback from the board
members during the meeting but follow-up will be provided by an administrator as
appropriate and our first non-agenda item speaker is Elona Erastus [RACZAK] Welcome [ELONA] Thank you good evening everybody
so last week I was voted in as the PAGES president for Waubonsie Valley
High School PAGES I thought everybody know that thank you
and I just want to carry this banner on that the former president had
carried all year and I want to start by sharing a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson
who stated the secret in education lies in respecting the student so I want to
ask all who are able to and have the power to to arrange to deal with the
achievement gap which is too wide between African American students and
their peers education is not a choice it is a right an inclusion is not simply
about physical proximity it is about intentionally planning for the success
of our students all students in order to realize the high expectations we have
for our students there needs to be appropriate action action that is
tailor-made to increase the grades of these students and hence bring about
their academic potential Frederick Douglass said it is easier to build
strong children than to repair broken men let me use a comparison none of us
would drive around in a car with a broken exhaust pipe ok closing the
achievement gap is a win-win situation for all schools will experience higher
grade averages and school districts will also experience a positive impact on
their averages we ask that you seriously consider helping our students all we’re
asking for is equity and I thank you all for your time thank you very much [RISING] Elona are you sticking around because we have a great presentation [ELONA] Yes I am [APPLAUSE] [RACZAK] Our next speaker is Stan Logan [STAN] Thank you good evening
board members my name is Stanley Logan and I am the newly elected vice
president of PAGES I’m here tonight to continue to bring awareness to our plight
for enrichment in equity in the district 204 for the advancement of our
African-American students as an advocate for my own two children within the
district I’d like to make sure that all kids are getting the great educational
opportunity that the district has to offer and to provide within our
community as the state rank institutions we are bound to provide the
best education for our kids within the district no matter race color or skin as
we continue to advocate for our kids we really strive for equality and equity
for all the kids so that they can continue to thrive within their school
environments in closing I’d like to continue to lend my voice in making sure
that all of our kids are provided the luxury of obtaining and exceeding their
educational goals [BOARD] Thank you [APPLAUSE] [RACZAK] We have a special Proclamation today and
I’m going to ask Mr. Stan Gorbatkin to come on up here [RACZAK] This is bittersweet
Mr. Gorbatkin is going to retire from the district I have known Mr. Gorbatkin
since 1991 where he served as band director at Hill middle school he moved
on bigger and higher assistant principal, principal, director of technology,
assistant superintendent and before I read this Proclamation I can say this Stan
there there is no one more detailed than you everything is done to the tea and every program that you ran whether it was the
band trip that we took together to Michigan or the one-to-one
implementation for the entire district has been done in a meticulous manner
that just serves our kids not only do you have the attention to detail but
more importantly you’re just a good guy you care about kids and that’s really as
important to me and I think to our board that you bring yourself and then you
bring that hard work to the district so our proclamation is as follows
whereas Stan Gorbatkin has served Indian Prairie School District 204 for the past
30 years starting his career as a music teacher at Hill middle school in Waubonsie
Valley High School and later serving as assistant principal at Still
middle school principal at Crone middle school director of technology
services and assistant superintendent of technology services and whereas
Mr. Gorbatkin was selected as principal to use the
strength and organization and planning to facilitate the opening of new Crone
middle school at its present location and whereas during his career
Mr. Gorbatkin has received awards including Chicagoland outstanding music educator
two-time recipient of the IPEF most influential educator award and was a
Golden Apple Award nominee and whereas Mr. Gorbatkin has been a key participant
to represent District 204 in the highly regarded digital promise league
of innovative schools which pioneers innovative learning and leadership
practices that prepare students for a lifetime of learning and whereas
Mr. Gorbatkin has supported the computer redeployment program providing hundreds
of refurbished computers to students in need was instrumental in the
implementation of District 204’s one-to-one technology plan providing
devices to enhance instructional learning launch the middle-school tech
squads to facilitate troubleshooting of computer issues in the classroom and
always keep systems running so students can use technology during their school
day to learn and whereas Mr. Gorbatkin has meticulous attention
to detail a pleasant demeanor an unwavering commitment to excellence in
education and is generally admired by staff and students throughout the
district now therefore be it proclaimed that is a measure of our esteem for Stan
Gorbatkin we join unanimously in expressing our gratitude for the
commitment and leadership he has given to all those who live and work in our
district and we recognize the sincere dedication to the young people of our
community we wish you the best and thanks for all your contributions [APPLAUSE] [STAN] This is very nice
thank you over the last 30 years I’ve learned many things throughout my work
here in Indian Prairie one of which is to keep it short at the board meetings
particularly when there’s a long agenda with that said this evening I would
simply like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity to serve
our students and community for the past 30 years it’s gone by so fast
it’s truly been an honor and a privilege to work alongside so many
dedicated and talented leaders school board members building administrators
teachers support staff technology service staff parents and community
partners in service to our students who bring meaning and purpose to our work
every day it really has been an honor and a privilege and before I wrap up
here I just wanted to thank my wife Julie for almost surprising me tonight
and some of our text staff for coming and just something we do up here at the
CEC Anu would you mind waving to everyone Anu works in our department
helps keep us organized and we could always judge how well someone’s
going to do when they’re new in the district because when they come by the
technology department I introduce Anu as the second most patient woman in
the world the real smart ones don’t have to ask
who the most patient person is who of course is my wife but anyway it really has
been an honor and a privilege to be here in honor of a lifetime and I can’t thank
you all enough for this I’ll cherish it along with all my great memories here
and I look forward to helping support a good transition for my successor and
Adam Smeets who I had a chance to talk with and he’ll be starting here in June
and our goal is just to support the best transition we can and keep things
running and moving forward for our kids Thank You all again [RISING] Can’t thank you enough Stan [APPLAUSE] [SULLIVAN] So this is the last board meeting before graduation ceremonies right guys
on Thursday night May 24th at 7:00 we’ll hold graduation ceremonies at Indian Plains
high school always one of my favorite events of the year
and then on Sunday May 27th our three high schools will hold their ceremonies
at Northern Illinois University Convocation Center the the elements
don’t matter to us there but this year the construction might so we want people
to pay attention to that Metea Valley will start us off at 10 a.m.
followed by Waubonsie Valley at 2 and then Neuqua Valley at 6 p.m. so again
for those who are attending please pay attention to your school communications
that are coming out about the construction on the way to NIU you might
want to look at some alternative routes and certainly make sure that you if you
need additional they may need additional time to get to the ceremonies because we
will start on time right on time for those that are not
able to attend we will be live-streaming the ceremony so please check our website
for more information about that I know this is a day that we always look
forward to it’s a long day for the board but a rewarding one when we
see our students cross that stage on another note on behalf of the
teachers staff students and families of Indian Prairie district 204 we want to
thank our Indian Prairie parents Council for organizing a gift card donation
drive to support our low-income students the IPPC did this it seemed like in a
very short amount of time they recognized a need for support of this
growing student population and they’ve collected a total of $4,677 to support our students so these funds will
have a tremendous impact and provide a positive start the idea for the funds
are for school supplies to start the school year or needs that students have
for students returning in August so we can’t thank them enough for that and
since this is our last board meeting before the school year ends I would
acknowledge our staff members who are retiring this year just came from the Neuqua
event where they were honoring their retirees we have a very large number of
this year we have a total of 88 staff members retiring we have 63 members of
our Teachers Association 21 members of IPCA 2 non-bargaining employees and 2
administrators retiring at the end of the year so we want to thank them for
their total of 1,752 and a half total years of service to Indian Prairie District 204 so they have contributed
certainly to the success of our district and to our students and we wish them
well as they enter that new chapter in their lives so congratulations to all of
them and then finally we have one administrative position tonight that
is on the agenda and it’s for our assistant principal position at Crone
middle school beginning July 1st and we’re pleased to bring forward Susan Forcash
for this position Susan I’ll ask you to stand up so we all see who you are
Susan comes to us most recently from LaGrange District 102 where she’s
worked as a teacher and teacher leader since 2003 susan has her bachelor’s
degree from knox college and her master’s from national Louis University
I think she’s a was a basketball coach and I think was as soon as she stood up
I know why she was a basketball coach so we’re excited to recommend Susan Forcash
for your approval to the position of assistant principal at Crone middle school [RACZAK] Thank you and I need a motion to approve Susan as assistant principal [RISING] I’ll make a motion for the Board of Education to approve miss Susan Forcash
as assistant principal at Crone middle school as presented [PIEHL] Second [RACZAK] I have a motion and
a second any other discussion hearing none Jackie call the roll [JACKIE ] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Piehl
[PIEHL] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Karubas
[KARUBAS] Yes [JACKIE] Mr. Raczak
[RACZAK] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Donahue
[DONAHUE] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Demming
[DEMMING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Price
[PRICE] Aye [RACZAK Motion passes welcome to District 204 [APPLAUSE] [RACZAK] We now move to our consented agenda
items and I need a motion for the Board of Education to approve consent agenda
items of F through N [KARUBAS] I move that the Board of Education
approve Consent Agenda items F through N [PIEHL] Second [RACZAK] I have a motion and a second
any discussion Jackie we will call the roll [JACKIE] Bear with me for a moment I have to
make an adjustment for N [JACKIE] I apologize the second was
was that you Mrs. Piehl
okay no I’m ready for F through N [JACKIE] Mr. Karubas
[KARUBAS] Yes [JACKIE] Miss Piehl
[PIEHL] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Donahue
[DONAHUE] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Price
[PRICE] Aye [JACKIE ] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Demming
[DEMMING] Aye [JACKIE ] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Aye [RACZAK] Motion passes Mr. Karubas you left M out [KARUBAS] I move that the Board of Education approve the personnel report with the exception of Rikki Amesquita and Angela Merriweather [PRICE] Second [RACZAK] I have a motion and a second any other discussion Hearing none Jackie can you call the roll [JACKIE] Mr. Karubas
[KARUBAS] Yes [JACKIE] Miss Price
[PRICE] Aye [JACKIE ] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Donahue
[DONAHUE] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Piehl
[PIEHL] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Demming
[DEMMING] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Raczak
[RACZAK] Aye [RACZAK] Motion passes we are now moving to our
action items and we have a speaker before our first action item
I think Mr. Gamboa knows the drill but we’re gonna go through the drill anyway
and the action is the approval of the 2018 to 2022 IPEA contract again
you’re limited to three minutes [PAUL] I won’t be that long [RACZAK] Alright go ahead Paul [PAUL] On my 10 years of leadership with IPEA District 204 has always demonstrated
that in all of our interactions between the Association administration and the
Board of Education that collaboration is a critical components of any successful
school district as we like to say we attack the problem and not each other
the last six months of negotiations have shown our commitment to this core belief
and why we have spent a tremendous amount of time with each other face to
face we remain focused on one thing how can we address our problems
in a collaborative and respective manner I want to thank the Board of Education
our administrative team our board attorney Jack Hanna and the IPEA
negotiating team many of whom have joined us tonight for remaining focused
on the reason we are all here what’s best for kids
we remain driven to focus on what truly matters and I had truly appreciate the
board’s negotiating team for coming to the table devoted to working together
for over 2,000 teachers and 28,000 students to reach an agreement that is
respectful to our kids to the public and shows how much the Board of Education
values our teachers I want to thank everyone involved for the truly
collaborative experience and for listening actively problem-solving and
focusing on what truly matters a great education for all our students so on
behalf of IPEA I want to truly thank the board and our administrative team for
working together towards our common goals and that is inspiring all students
to achieve the greatest potential thank you for your time [BOARD] Thank you [RACZAK] And then I need a motion that the Board of Education approved the 2018 to 2022
IPEA agreement as presented [DEMMING] I move that the board approved the 2018 to
2022 IPEA agreement as presented [DONAHUE] Second [RACZAK] I have a second
Mr. Eccarius [DOUG] Thank you
Paul said a lot of these things so I’ll just say the Indian prairie Education
Association or IPEA represents our license teaching staff there are over
2,100 employees in this bargaining group and they make up close to 70% of our
workforce the agreement that you have before you is the result of a long
process that began with the board back in September before we started talks
with the IPEA we were directed to focus on the obvious financial aspects of
living within our means but also to look toward aligning our contract dollars in
a manner that best supports student achievement retaining and recruiting a
quality motivated workforce was a key focus as over the last decade we’ve
become less competitive with comparable districts we hear from our parents all
the time about the importance of keeping quality teachers in the classroom this
goal has been increasingly difficult to obtain as educational funding has become
less predictable the administration does feel that the financial aspects of this
contract is a step in the right direction while still
staying a positive financial outlook the bargaining teams began officially
meeting in November of 2017 met for 15 sessions and clocked in well over a
hundred hours of bargaining these hours include only those when the to
bargaining teams were meeting together and don’t take into account hours spent
by each team preparing for the sessions or for the subcommittee’s met to
hammer out the contract language we reached a tentative agreement on
Thursday May 10th 2018 the result is a four year agreement that is before you
this contract calls for an increase in new money for salaries of4.13% for 18-19 school year 3.5% for the 19-20 school year 3.43% for the 20-21 school year and 3.46%for the 21-22 school year the salary changes include base salary
increases step each year in the removal of longevity stipends
additionally the contract includes stipend movement for extracurricular
sponsors and coaches the contract includes annual savings of around a
million dollars from changes to healthcare benefits and/or health care
planned the contract also includes language that may change the terms or
terminate the contract after year two if the district experiences significant
financial changes due to legislative financial changes from the state on
behalf of the administrative team in the Board of Education I’d like to thank
Paul Gamboa the IPEA president Katie Pop the IPEA lead negotiator and the entire
IPEA bargaining team for their hard work dedication and commitment to the
district and to the bargaining process and the IPEA membership ratified this
agreement on Friday May 18th 2018 with a 71% approval rate at this time
the administration recommends that the Board of Education approved the Indian
Prairie Education Association negotiated agreement as presented [RACZAK] Thank you
questions Hearing none Jackie call the roll please [JACKIE] Miss Demming
[DEMMING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Donahue
[DONAHUE] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Karubas
[KARUBAS] Yes [JACKIE] Miss Price
[PRICE] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Raczak
[RACZAK] Because I have a relative in the bargaining unit I need to recuse myself
from this vote I will vote present however as everyone said here
negotiations are a very delicate and fine balance they go back and forth but
the spirit that was expressed today in terms of the collaboration and the work
together to honor teachers and honor our staff which is really
important and do it in a fiscally responsible manner it’s really
important to this board and this community our excellence is a direct
result of this kind of cooperation that we have continually receive so my vote is present [JACKIE ] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Piehl
[PIEHL] Aye [RACZAK] Motion passes 6-0 and one present
congratulations everyone [APPLAUSE] [RACZAK] And since we’re on a roll we are now
recommending the approval of the 2018-19 non-bargaining salaries do I have a
motion to do so [PRICE] I move that the Board of Education
approved the 2018 2019 non-bargaining salaries as presented [RACZAK] Do I have a second
[RISING] Second [RACZAK] Motion and a second [DOUG] Alright in District 204 we have tried to be consistent with all of our employee
groups so oftentimes our employees most of the time have similar insurance
similar working conditions and we have tried to stay consistent with them so
under this we’re recommending to the Board of Education to approve the same
these are for one year though unlike a teacher’s contract 4.13 salary increase
for 2018-19 school year for non-bargaining employees this group of
employees includes occupational therapists physical therapists
registered nurses administrative assistants business support staff HR
support staff Tech Services support staff communication support staff
science technicians piano accompanist and Title I school wide facilitators
we asked that the Board of Education improved the increase for the 2018-19
school year [RACZAK] Questions Hearing none Jackie call the roll [JACKIE] Miss Price
[PRICE] Aye [JACKIE ] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Demming
[DEMMING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Piehl
[PIEHL] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Karubas
[KARUBAS] Yes [JACKIE] Miss Donahue
[DONAHUE] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Raczak
[RACZAK] Aye [RACZAK] Motion passes we now move on to the approval of 2018-19
administrative contracts and salaries do I have a motion to do so [RISING] I’ll make a
motion Board of Education approved the 18-19 administrative contracts and
salaries as presented [PIEHL] Second [RACZAK] I have a motion and a second [DOUG] Under the same logic we have our administrative group in the district who
also which I think is unique to our districts here’s the same insurance plan
and coverages as do our other employee groups and so at this time we recommend
the Board of Education approved that same increase for the 2018-19 school
year 4.13% for administrative employees this group
includes all principals assistant principals athletic directors and
central administrators [RACZAK] Questions [RISING] Can I make a comment as with our teachers and our classified staff I feel we have some of the best administrators if not
the best administrators in the state of Illinois administrators all often
times get a bad rap that they’re paid too high and and I just wanted to make a
comment that we have always as the board even before my tenure on board aligned
the raises of administration to our teachers and our classified staff as
many may or may not know the number of administrators we have is one of the
least amount compared to students in the state of Illinois in other words we have
one administrator to so many students that ranks very very low or high
depending on how you look at it so we do not have a lot of administrators we are
not top-heavy as an organization and our administrators for us being the third or
fourth largest district in the state are not paid the third or fourth best as
you know one could make the argument they should be so I just wanted to make
a comment regarding our administrators because often times they are branded
that they get paid too much and I don’t think we would have as
excellent of a district we do if we didn’t have the administrators we have
so I just wanted to add that [RACZAK] Thank you
other comments Jackie call the roll please [JACKIE ] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Piehl
[PIEHL] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Raczak
[RACZAK] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Price
[PRICE] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Demming
[DEMMING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Donahue
[DONAHUE] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Karubas
[KARUBAS] Yes [RACZAK] Motion passes [RACZAK] We now are moving to the
approval of our Title 1 school wide plans I need motion to do so [DONAHUE] I move that the Board of Education approved the Title 1 school wide plans as presented
[PIEHL] Second [RACZAK] And I think we have Mrs. Johnston here [LAURA] Thank you so much board members for allowing us to share with you our Title 1
plans the Illinois State Board of Education allows us to look at using our
Title 1 funds school-wide when schools reach a point where their low income
students is between 20 and 40% students so three of our schools Gombert
Elementary School Cowlishaw Elementary School and McCarty Elementary School have
been working all year with their leadership teams to develop plans and to
conduct a needs assessment to determine how they can best utilize funds to serve
those students so we asked for your approval tonight of those three plans we
also provided for you the plans for Longwood and Georgetown those two
Title 1 schools were approved as school-wide back in 2011 but those
teams that those two schools updated their plans any questions [DEMMING] I just have a comment I was very it pleased me when I saw this
I think it’s a great opportunity Georgetown I had the opportunity the
first day of school to go and and we were together help welcome students and
to see the LMC their portable seating that they were able to take advantage of
and and it’s something that benefitted all students at that school so to see
the types of things that can occur at each school with
being a school-wide opportunity I think is is is fabulous [LAURA] Absolutely it’s
beneficial for all students [RACZAK] Questions comments Jackie call the roll please mrs. Donahue I miss [JACKIE] Miss Donahue
[DONAHUE] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Karubas
[KARUBAS] Yes [JACKIE ] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Demming
[DEMMING] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Price
[PRICE] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Raczak
[RACZAK] Aye [RACZAK] Motion passes i’m gonna do a little bit before this
our next agenda item is the approval of the Board of Education
IASB/IASA/IASBO that’s actually the 2018 annual conference and by law we
have to estimate our travel expenses do this in public and so and and this
conference is held in November so what we’re doing for the audience’s sake I
think on the board we know what we’re doing is approving our estimated travel
expenses for our participation and our staff development in November so do I
have a motion to approve those estimated travel expenses [PRICE] I move that the Board of
Education approve the Board of Education IASB IASA IASBO 2018
annual conference estimated travel expenses as presented
[DEMMING] Second [RACZAK] I have a motion and a second
any discussion [RISING] Just for clarification that’s the conference
that’s held in our State [RACZAK] Correct
[RISING] Just wanted to make that clarification [RACZAK] Jackie called the roll please [JACKIE] Miss Price
[PRICE] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Demming
[DEMMING] Aye [JACKIE ] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Karubas
[KARUBAS] Yes [JACKIE] Miss Donahue
[DONAHUE] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Raczak
[RACZAK] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Piehl
[PIEHL] Aye [RACZAK] Motion passes I need to explain this because we’re
gonna have to try to identify someone and the person who has been the
representative for IPEF has been myself so in around August in 2016 the Board of
Education engaged in the memorandum of understanding with the Indian Prairie
Educational Foundation of course we love the foundation because they help
identify school and student needs they develop ways to provide valuable support
for our district and they help support our creative and teaching enrichment
programs but a portion of this Memorandum of Understanding which was
new was the participation of a board member from this board the Indian
Prairie Educational Foundation board and I have found it to be very helpful in terms of
two-way communication I think the foundation has found it helpful in terms
of really recognizing what district goals are what board goals are and what
the limitation of our resources are in order that we can provide the best
services to our students so having someone on that board I think is
extremely beneficial since I’ve been on it for a couple years I think it’s time
to have someone else assume that responsibility so I’m looking for
someone to do that [DONAHUE] I would be interested in that [PRICE] I think Mrs. Donahue is a very good choice for that position so with
that I’d like to make a motion that the Board of Education determines that it is
because we have to have a motion before we discuss it so I move that
the Board of Education determines that it is appropriate for the Board of
Education that the Board of Education be represented on the board of directors of
IPEF and that the Board of Education approves the appointment of school board
member as Laurie Donahue to the Indian Prairie Educational Foundations Board of
Directors effective July 1st 2018 as presented
[PIEHL] Second [RACZAK] I have a motion and a seconds
any discussion [PRICE] As I started to say I think it’s a great
choice I think it’s important that you know our new board members although I
really can’t call you new any more because it’s been a year so now we’re
throwing you into the fire but I do think it’s important that we have our
newest members get involved in some of those other activities that benefit the
board and benefit the district and as Susan was involved and they Engage 204
did a great job with that in in coordinating that and giving us all the
information pertaining to that and I think Laurie I think this is a good chance
for you to again represent the board in that role and I know you’ll do what’s
best for the district as well so I’m was happy to nominate you [KARUBAS] I appreciate any volunteer school board
member that wishes to volunteer furuther on another board that also has other
volunteer opportunities [PIEHL] Early morning meetings too right [ALL LAUGHING] [KARUBAS] I had a chance to serve
on that foundation’s board my father was one of the founding members and I would
definitely support your role in that board thank you [RACZAK] And really before it is
too late why don’t we call the roll [JACKIE] Miss Price
[PRICE] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Piehl
[PIEHL] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Karubas
[KARUBAS] Yes [JACKIE] Miss Demming
[DEMMING] Aye [JACKIE ] Mr. Rising
[RISING] Aye [JACKIE] Mr. Raczak
[RACZAK] Aye [JACKIE] Miss Donahue
[DONAHUE] Can I vote on this, OK aye [RACZAK] Motion passes we are
now moving to our discussion items we’re gonna discuss our equal opportunity
schools update Dr. Lee is here I know we have oh we have students here I was
wondering if our award-winning principals were gonna be with us but I’d
actually rather listen to students so [LOUIS] Good evening board members we’re
excited to talk with you about our ongoing partnership with equal opportunity
schools before we get started tonight I’d like to take the time to introduce
and thank again Dr. Tracy Conrad she is our assigned partnership director
for the district from equal opportunity schools and in my opinion and the
opinion I believe of EOS is the best because we ask for the best and this is
who they sent this so tonight we’re going to take some time just to do some
review and really have a moment to hear a little bit more from the stars of the
show here are the three individuals that are sitting next to me we have with us a
student representative from each of the three large
high schools with us tonight and you’ll hear a lot more about their experience
in just a moment so the first part tonight we like to just talk a little
bit about how our work with Equal Opportunity Schools fits within our
overall equity implementation plan we’ll hear a little bit about some of the
reoccurring goals and outcomes of EOS we’ll get a chance to really have an
opportunity for the students to tell their story and for you to give a chance
to talk a little bit about some of their experiences with equal opportunity
schools and then with the review of some of our first year data with our
first quarter group of students and then finally we’d like to tell you a
little bit about some future plans with Equal Opportunity Schools and how that
fits and with that before I introduce or turn it over to
Dr. Conrad in our equity implementation plan we have four identified strands in
that plan within that plan there are a lot of workable actual activities with
goals and this the work of equal opportunity schools actually fits into
the teaching and learning strand and then some of those other strands include
leadership professional development and growth and then family and community
engagement and with that I’ll turn it over to Dr. Conrad [CONRAD] Hello good evening
thank you for allowing me to come back I always like to start with the why of our
work and that is that we believe in research will back us up that the number
one predictor of college success is having a rigorous high school experience
so our goal is to make sure that every student that wants to go to college or
any post-secondary endeavor take at least one AP class preferably two to
help prepare them that’s what the research tells us will really increase
their chances of graduating so if we look at the graduation rates of individuals I think this is probably one
of the most stunning slides and again the why and you can look at that and see
that different groups of students graduate from college at really differrent rates so our premise is that if we encourage students
who may fly below the radar in our school these are students who should be
taking AP classes but because maybe they do not know about AP classes or the
correlation that AP has with being successful in post-secondary endeavors
we make it our purpose to reach out to them and ensure that they have that
opportunity like the different demographics of racial demographics we
look at the low SES it’s pretty stunning that the upper quartile represents over
half of the students who graduate from college and if you look at the bottom
quartile which is less than $34,933 per year which is actually pretty high they represent less than 10%
of the graduates so with that we’ll turn it over to the stars
[LOIS] Please we encourage you to ask questions throughout our presentation so with us
tonight we have as I said earlier three student representatives from each of
three large high schools at this time I’m going to let them all introduce themselves [LILIANA] I’m Liliana Cepeda from Waubonsie Valley High School and I’m a senior [CHRISTIAN] Good evening everyone I’m
Christian Charlie and I’m a senior at Neuqua [OWEN] I’m Owen Ravelo I’m a senior at
Metea Valley [LOIS] And we’d like
to with all of them we actually have their parents in the audience tonight
too so we do want to thank them for being here before we turn it over to
them one of the things that we do with our work with EOS is every single
student in the building 9th thru 12th takes a survey and that
survey looks at a number of things it looks at their level of grit it looks at
how determined they are it looks at some of the challenges or things that make
barriers that may keep them from wanting to take an AP course it also looks at
how many teachers may advocate for them that feel that they should
be in an AP course and this survey the results of that is listed and what we
call a student insight card and a student insight card is really a
powerful piece of data because it really gives us a visual and very demographical
look at a student and their story and this is just a sample and what you see
are some of the things includes their goals their career interests the apples
that will be up there to our equatable to the number of teachers who feel that
this is a student who not only is ready for an AP course but belongs there and
then it also based upon some of their answers will show identifiable skill
sets that the students have and some of the most powerful things really are the
students comments the EOS survey captures allows for the students to list
some of their goals and challenges and beliefs that they have and these really
are some of the most powerful pieces that we have so with that
we’re going to turn this over a little bit to our students and we’ll get started
by asking them a couple of questions about their experiences [CONRAD] This is rather informal but
we knew that you would much rather hear from them than us and so we’ll start off
with we’ll ask each one of you tell us a little bit about yourself and especially
like what are you planning to do next year [SULLIVAN] Before you start will you just
share that you all agreed to have us see your insight cards and that your
families agreed that it was okay for us to show these right I just want to be
make sure everybody is okay with that [LILIANA] I’m Liliana Cepeda so
in the beginning I did plan on taking an AP class but I wasn’t sure I was nervous
because I didn’t expect what it had but we had a meeting at her school with
other students about AP classes and they talked about the benefit is and so that’s where I decided that I didn’t want to take an AP
class my senior year and I was nervous I didn’t like I’ve never taken an AP
class but after I can say that I was glad that I took one because the
teachers they’re like they also help out like if you need help and yeah I was
very comfortable taking an AP class [CHRISTIAN] For me my
name is christian charlie once again thank you all for having me here a
little bit about myself again I’m a senior at Neuqua Valley High School and
some of the things I like to do for interests is music I’m a musician and
also a writer and a poet so April was a great month for me and in terms of
what I’m going to be doing next year I will be heading to the University of
Michigan and I’ll be getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Performing
Arts technology with a third year focus in music production so I’m very proud of
that I’m very happy to see what the future will hold for me so for me in
terms of when it comes to AP classes this goes along with just who I am as a
person and what my experience was so I knew that for me AP classes I started
when I was a freshman I believe the stigma if you were in
an AP class that you were better than everyone else and you know when I got
into junior year I started to not believe that stigma so much and by
senior year when I’m in an AP class I just think that stigma is completely
should be non-existent frankly so when it comes to me and AP classes again
relating to who I am as a person I genuinely believe that AP classes are
there just to better you overall and they’re definitely challenging for me
I’m taking AP Calculus and then also AP music theory there’s honors Chinese
too which allows me to take the AP test I don’t know if you can consider that an AP course
but for me with what I learned from those AP classes is that they
challenge you and not necessarily with amounts of homework you know I rarely
got homework in any of those classes but the homework that I did get was a lot
and it was challenging for me to get through but what I learned from there
is just how prepared I could be for a college standpoint and just how prepared
I can be for an adult standpoint now as well thanks to those AP classes so it
was very beneficial to me to see something like that happen in such a
short amount of time and what I learned from that is that yes I should
believe the stigma that AP classes make me better just because I’m in AP class
doesn’t mean I’m somehow higher on the social hierarchy when it comes to being
a teenager or being an adult you know AP classes are there just for those
who want a challenge and if you want a challenge than AP class is there to help
you it’s there to better you as a person not to better you on you know a social
status and overall I think the main lesson that I got from AP courses is a
responsibility factor what I learned from each of my AP teachers Mr. Cous for
Calculus and then Mr. Remington for AP music theory was that they
treat the course as if they were actual college professors in the past you know
teachers would be trying to help you get in a help you in any way they can they
would intentionally reach out and reach their limits to make sure that you get a
good grade in AP courses it’s a little different because all that
responsibility is on you now if you got a problem with your homework you go to
the teacher if you don’t understand something you go to the teacher the
teacher won’t really reach out to you and I think that’s a good thing because
it allows you to better yourself with a responsibility factor so I think that
with Mr. Remington is allowing me to take that responsibility if I was
confused on something you know if I didn’t know how to do the integral of F
of X DX I would go to Mr. Cous about that if I didn’t know what the interval
for a minor third in music or like a dissonant fifth and I was just really
confused that mr. Remington was right there for
me and they’re always open I love it when people go to them and when they’re
honest so I think with that preparation it just betters you especially going
into college as I know most people go to a two or four-year college so I think
with that preparation it’s just super beneficial and I think overall it
betters you as a person [OWEN] For future plans I’m
planning on actually going to Columbia College to get my Bachelor of Arts
in game design I’m also a music student so for my AP courses originally
as of last year I was planning on taking one AP course AP Computer Science
because I knew that I wanted to do a programming course and that was the
only course offered by our school that was actually somewhat rigorous and that
had the content that I wanted to learn I also took another course AP
environmental science which I was recommended to take by one of my or by
my science teacher last year last year physics was not as hard I ended up
moving from regular physics to honors physics and that’s probably why my
teacher recommended that I took a AP environmental science class because
originally I wanted to do horticulture he told me you should probably
take environmental science I bet you do great turns out I did
going into the course I didn’t really know what to expect I haven’t
heard too much about AP courses in terms of what they actually what
actually happens during the course I know students have taken the course
there was a little bit a little bit of a stigma of oh we’re slightly better than
you but not as much to turn me from the actual classes going into it it
was a lot more challenging than I was expecting at first I remember in AP
environmental science the first project we did was just suddenly all right
you’re making a project about butterflies go and it was very
surprising hard to get oh it was hard at first but once I understood what was
going on I kind of got into it and I enjoyed myself a lot the classes are a
lot more enriching than many of the other regular classes and I definitely
recommend it as mentioned earlier the AP classes are usually treated like actual
college level classes the teachers don’t necessarily say or aren’t necessarily on
top of you about what you should be doing they just tell you here’s the
assignment we’re gonna teach you the content hopefully you do it if you do
that’s great do your best I’d say they overall
that AP classes have been quite beneficial and it’s nice that they also
offer some credits for college because it is a college-level course and you
do actually learn things that you would learn in college so taking the class was
helpful and insightful to stuff that I’ll end up doing in the future [RACZAK] Can I ask a question you guys I have a lot of respect for I went to a
lot of forums in the high school conducted by the principals they
would say what would you take the class that gives you the easy A or the AP class that you might get a B or C for and our
schools are reflective of American education doesn’t matter who you are
most of the kids said the easy A so we could have I’m glad the principals aren’t here [ALL] They are here [RACZAK] I know they’re here, not “here”
I don’t care they’re over there How do we normalize that it’s better to
challenge yourself then get that easy A I mean what was your experience what do
you think how do you get your friends to say you know this was good [OWEN] Personally I gotta say the classes themselves are pretty fun so other than
the fact that it’s harder to actually take the class I’ve had most of my
friends are actually from the AP classes as throughout this past year so it’s
it’s more enjoyable than an easy A class where you would get bored but in terms
of grade wise AP classes are weighted of one point more than other grades so if
you get a B that’s comparable to getting an easy A but if you get an A
it’s like an extra boost [CHRISTIAN] For me I would personally say that taking the AP class is should be
the normal I think that again it kind of goes back to that whole status point I
think people want that easy A just to say hey I got an A in the class you know
but I think that overall in those AP classes you are getting a different
teaching feel and your overall getting a better what’s the word I’m looking for overall a better environment that you can learn
in I remember in my AP Music Theory course that the first thing that we were
tasked to do is just write a definition of music as a class and on our tests
that we have funny thing I should mention is that
Mr. Remington my teacher doesn’t call them tes he calls them celebrations of
knowledge and he calls actual celebrations tests it was a weird thing
but I’ve grown to love it so now I just see every test as a celebration of
knowledge okay cool I’m celebrating my knowledge but one of the things that he
actually put on the test is that he mentioned to us specifically that
anything and he means anything we’ve talked about could be on this test
regarding music or not music and the second question that was on my first
celebration was what was the name of my kids as soon as I saw the question I
kind of just turned to Mr. Remington just give him a look like so I think
overall AP classes just again give you a different environment and a different
feel the same thing goes for my calculus course and Mr. Cous is a bundle of
energy he’s fun to work with and overall just amazing to talk to you can come to
them about anything and I’ve seen some people who go to him about personal
issues because in an AP course you’ve just had that kind of connection with
your teachers and in that environment you can open up to people whether it be
about academics or not academics so when I got into that environment it just
overall gave me a better feeling so I think if we can normalize the fact that
you should feel something worthwhile in your future and not feel like just the
status to brag about then I think a lot of people would be more interested in
taking AP courses I think we can get that out to the general public
especially teenagers in some way shape or form I think that could change or
start even a revolution especially in the 204 District [LILIANA] I also think like for
myself I was nervous I don’t know what to expect so I think some students just
over think like how I do but once you take an AP course you realise that it is
challenging but you’re able to like overcome it and realize that it’s
not as hard as you thought it was hard so taking an AP class is definitely you
should definitely do it like you learned something different
but you’re able to like you’re able to like it’s hard but like you know that
you’re able to do it as long as you’re motivated because you build a
relationship with teachers so like that helps even more to get more help [PIEHL] So you went in you had some goals already for your near future did taking the course
alter your goals or have any kind of effect on your future goals at all [CHRISTIAN] So for me taking the AP courses I think just furthered my future goals because I
did take them specifically for what I wanted AP music theory obviously
would benefit me as I going into music for college and then AP calculus
I’ve always just been fond of math I always thought it was very interesting
and whenever I’m challenged with something new going from simple algebra
like ax+bx=c to something like taking the integral of f of X DX
equals some kind of quadratic formula and I think that just intrigued me in a
sense even to the point my dad even asked me are you sure you want to do
music in college you seem like you’re you’re very fond of you know what you do
in math and I’m just thinking like yeah I’m fond of it but it’s just fun I
love music too and math I feel like it’s just something that just kind of got
thrown my way and I just started enjoying it so I can understand why he
would say that but overall I think music was the thing that you know set ablaze
in me it’s something that I enjoy so to be able to take an AP music theory
course like that just furthered my future goals as a person in what I
wanted to do in my future [OWEN] Originally before I started
taking AP classes I have had some experience in terms of programming and
that’s why I originally wanted to take an AP computer science class that way
I could enrich myself with that and I’m once again I’m going on into game design
and one element of game design is the code behind it so having at least
basic understanding of that is very important and so in terms of that class
my future goals haven’t changed but since I’ve taken AP environmental science
I’ve actually seen like seeing the light of more of how the
world actually works and in a way became a mini hippie it was a very enriching experience I’m glad I took the class now I know
a lot of things that I wouldn’t have before [LILIANA] I am Mexican and so speaking Spanish it’s not the best so I
took AP Spanish and this did help my language a little better and this helped
me because I’m able to in the Spanish class I’m able to speak more
Spanish and we do like a lot of academic discussion so we’re
always interacting with the students speaking Spanish 24/7 and this did
benefit me because I’m able to speak it just a little bit tiny better but in the
future I’m gonna attend Aurora university and get a major in biology for a
physician’s assistants or a nurse so I’ll be able to speak both language and
help patients out with like they don’t know English [DEMMING] Just a quick question extremely impressed with all three of you and just
phenomenal so thank you so much one of the reasons that correct me if my
assumption is wrong but one of the reasons that I think that you may be
sitting here is because were AP classes not something that was presented to you
earlier or I’m just is was is that the reason that was that I guess if you can
confirm that or or help me doctor or either one of you and I’m saying that
because I’m just I’m just so impressed obviously you’ve had success so I can
see I mean it’s so critical for us to make sure that all students have an
opportunity to experience classes that are challenging because if part of
EOS is to help us ensure that students who aren’t usually recommended or
haven’t been identified for AP or honors courses have that access so that’s why I
was asking if that’s why you were sitting here if that if that
conversation had not taken place as freshmen or sophomores but they are
certainly representative of exactly why it is so crucial for us to ensure that
that all students have those conversations with their parents [CONRAD] Right and I think that I can speak to generally the this is a pretty
good representation of the students that we’re identifying and many of them said
that they had entertained the thought of taking AP classes so I don’t want to try
to say that oh they would have never ended up in an AP class have we not
landed on the scene however there are 300 of these students and so again these
are academically talented students that for some reason by the time they’re
juniors and seniors have not enrolled in an AP class and so whether if you look
at the insight card typically traditionally you may look at maybe test
scores a teacher recommendation hey you’re good in this maybe you should
think about it or even grade point average and when we look at an insight
card we have over 30 data points that we pour into this insight card and it’s a
much more comprehensive overview of the student and their skills so far be
to grade point average you’re looking at things like do they have mindset do they
have grit do they have a focus and academic understanding of themselves
it’s much more comprehensive and less focused on strictly academics and so
again most of these students I can say at some point thought well maybe I
should do that we’re just kind of them in the door and make sure they don’t get
out once they get in [KARUBAS] Did AP environmental science
provide you an opportunity attend tree haven [OWEN] I was presented the opportunity I personally didn’t take it because money issues but we’ve had other field trips like to
Fermilab and that was also a fun field trip and if you see our green house at
school we’ve been up there before even though we’re not horticulture [LOIS] What advice would you
give to others I mean you guys as the board members have talked about you’re
at the end of this process you know what would you do to someone who is just
terrified of challenging themselves or taking an AP course or as we read some
of the insight cards some of you put up there you know you were just afraid of
not getting a good grade or or what it might mean with the time what would you
give to that student who has some of those same you know thoughts right now
and and maybe walk us through what you would say to them and maybe how it was
for you and maybe how your mindset changed [CHRISTIAN] For me I would say my advice
for any person who’s thinking about taking an AP course is simple just do it
it’s it’s really that simple and I think that you know you shouldn’t fall for
this stigma because I’ve seen it before and there’s two different types of stigmas I’ve seen some people don’t take
it because they’re afraid or that they think like they’re not on that social
status and then there’s others who take it just to be like on the status
themselves I remember seeing some people who absolutely hate history or hate
science but then I see them in like AP US history or AP environmental science
and then they come to me and complain to me I’m I’m like what’s wrong and they
said I absolutely don’t like this class like so I’m like why did you take it
then and they say just because you know it’s an AP course I just wanted to take
an AP course I just look at them like the most dumbfounded face in the world
but what I think you should take the AP course if you truly want to if you truly
want to be challenged take an AP course that you feel like you will
enjoy as I can tell use to anyone who’s thinking about right now if you’re not
if you are taking a course that you don’t think you can enjoy it’s going to
suck because you are required to do things that you didn’t even have
interests in the first place so that is a dare I say a very naive decision that
you should think about in the future or before you you know sign up for an AP
course in general so they do have AP courses for a lot of things you know if
you’re a fan of computer science there’s AP Comp Sci if you love your math there’s
calculus if you love your history not really too much of a
fan of that sorry but you have your AP US history and much more science you
have AP environmental science and also much more AP Physics so there’s a
plethora of things that you can take in order to you know challenge yourself but
also you know feel free and have enjoyment in what you do so don’t be
afraid just because you hear the word advanced-placement you don’t think
you’re good enough you are good enough because you’re willing to do it you want
to do it and therefore that makes you good enough so don’t be afraid [LILIANA] I would definitely suggest
them to take whether it’s one AP class or two or however
many to just take it coming from someone who was nervous didn’t know what
to expect from an AP class as long as you put in the time and effort you’re
gonna receive a good score just as long as you’re willing to do the
work and put in the time and effort into every project or whatever it is it not
only benefits you from like your grades but it also gives you college credit
which is good agreeing with you I think most of the students think that they’re not
good enough or they’re not in that advanced place but it’s not true as long
as you’re willing to take whichever course you want to it’s going to help
you and whatever you want to do [RISING] This was something I asked when you were here a year ago we started talking my biggest concern back then and it still is today and I’m gonna ask the three of
you although you don’t strike me as this but so my main concern was with students
that maybe are borderline of wanting to take honors or AP course my fear was are
we setting them up for failure are we setting them up to get even more
discouraged or frustrated or pressured with school in general and and I said we
cannot do that unless those students are fully aware of the supports or the help
that’s in place with those particular courses and Christian you kind of made a
you made a reference to it earlier when you said you know what one of the big
things that taught you was was the responsibility and the accountability to
to to make sure that you went and asked if you were if you were having problems but
and typically the smart kids they’re already doing that right they’re already
doing stuff like that so my concern is those kids that maybe haven’t or not
thought about an honor or AP course and now you put them in this situation and
they don’t know how to advocate for themselves or how to go and
ask for a teacher you know are we is there enough are you told enough
times I guess in these classes like here’s the office hours come if you
need help come be help you know do you feel like there’s enough support there
for you if you were struggling because what I don’t want to see is those kids
fail and then you just totally devastated them for for education maybe
you know so I just wanted you to talk about that yeah [CHRISTIAN] I believe that
there is a ton of support that you can get whether that be from you know your
teachers themselves or if that be from the administration or the principal even
I think you have a lot of support when it comes to going into an Honors or an
AP course but at the same time it has to be kind of an equal equal what’s the
word I’m looking for [RISING] Not your hand basically to pull you through [CHRISTIAN] It has to be that equal setting between both
the administration and also the students so yes the administration can always
nudge and always support those who they feel should be in an AP course but at
the same time if they generally don’t think that they want to do if they
really don’t want to do it you know there’s only so much that you can or
should do because then if you throw them into something that they didn’t feel
like you wanted to be in or weren’t willing to be in afterwards and yeah
that everything just goes kind of becomes a tumbleweed after that so it
has to be kind of a 50/50 effort between both the administration and the student
themselves sometimes those students just need that small little nudge in order to
get into an AP class that small bit of encouragement and then I think once that
once they get that encouragement they’ll still be a little nervous maybe when
they get into the AP course but they know that there’s someone out there
that they can depend on if they have questions on you know how to ask a
teacher for help or if they’re confused on what necessarily they’re doing in the
course or how it’s different between a regular course and why they we’re put in
there you know I think they’ll have that encouragement to help back them up
and just know that there’s always someone that they can go
to help them get through [ROWEN] In my personal case in
my AP computer science class AP computer science isn’t necessarily the easiest
things to grasp just knowing native languages because it’s you’re basically
learning a whole new language from scratch almost literally so in our class
we have a lot of students who do need a lot of help and
attention and the teacher does his best to encourage
the students he helps them after school hours if he can during lunch
whenever he is available he tries to lend his time to help the students we
have we have resources at our school called Fish Bowls where students could
always go in and get help whenever and we’re constantly told hey if you need
help just go here during your lunch hour and we’ll help you along with that
though in in my case for my AP computer science class
whenever a student needs help other students also tend to help those
students because whether you’re ahead of with your work
someone just asks the question everyone’s there it’s a good community
than everyone’s just helping each other as much as they can [SULLIVAN] I actually think that
Dr. Conrad is dying to get to some of the next slide because I think she’s
gonna show some responses to that question [CONRAD] Dying was the word I was thinking so yes and and keeping in mind to that part of
what we do is look at the mindsets of folks in in the schools and and that
includes teachers and administrators and the students themselves to sort of
address some of those pre-existing maybe thoughts that a student that doesn’t
have a certain prerequisite or doesn’t have a rigorous honors course load prior
to AP isn’t going to be successful and what we are seeing is that and I’ll show
that you the grade reports the again these are students who should be in
these AP courses they’ve managed to fly below the radar for a really long time
also although there may be some students who might be a really big stretch for
the most part these are students who actually should be in an AP class and
probably should have been much sooner than junior or senior so if we look at
the grade reports on these our comparison of last year’s first semester
AP course grades compared to this year and as you can see they’re very similar
so some of the concerns that you might have along that line of thinking is that
if we put students who are ill-prepared traditionally in these
classes we see a drop in the scores and as you can see they’re pretty much the
same across the board there may be a few more B’s and C’s and
that may be well in this case we have this is these are all juniors and
seniors we had a bump in the number of A’s but you’ll see that for the most
part they stay the same when we look at this slide this is looking at the very
underrepresented first-time AP takers and again you can see that across the
board the scores are similar to the year before prior to engaging in this then we
added somewhat something close to 300 students last year this looks at
the grade point average in the classes and the vertical line you’ll see are the
grades previous year and then the blue lines that go across horizontally are
the grades after we added all the students so again you can see in three
different slides where the grades have stayed the same or have gone up
this is looking at first-time AP takers by subject and I don’t think it’s
surprising that in English which is going to you’re going to see a little
bit of a discrepancy there because the amount of writing if you haven’t had
previous coursework that has prepared you I think it’s a really big jump we’re
going to do another grade check at the end of this semester and we’ll do the
same analysis again you look at the English in the
world languages and cultures very reading and writing intensive and I
think that’s where maybe some of those skill deficits may materialize [LOIS] So some of the things that you heard from the students are the supports and you know
very quickly just walk through some of the ongoing summer supports that we are
going to be continually offering as we look to increase the number of students
who are taking these AP courses we also want to make sure that we have enough
teachers who are prepared to teach those courses so usually during the summer is
when we are getting more teachers certified and and going through that
certification process to teach an AP course that will continue we also have
an opportunity for students who are gonna be first-time enrolled to attend
an AP Summer Bridge Program where you know some of the thoughts and feelings
that you know you heard from these students those are definitely taken into
account and and there’s discussion and there’s even an opportunity to get used
to some of that that level of rigor and have sort of this bridge to take place
over the summer so that students feel more prepared at that first day and a
little less anxiety about taking that that AP course some of the continued
building supports that some of the students already talked about whether it
be the academic resource periods where we have teachers from different content
areas available during students lunch periods current AP students working with
students during their lunch period we know research supports that peer to peer
tutoring is one of the most powerful interventions that we can put in place
for all students and then again just continually checking in with students
monitoring them encouraging them all of those are things that we know are
important for overall student success as we look to our third year with EOS we
remain committed as a district to the goals that EOS has presented for
themselves and those goals continue to to really focus around closing the race
and income gap as they show in participation nationwide in AP courses
and continued looking to increase AP performance for all of our students and really just some of the things that you heard
from the students just have been that that belief that you know what I’ve got
other things that I never thought going into this that I could achieve some of
the things will mostly remain the same as we look to continue to work
with EOS one of the things that we’ve started we just had a chance to start
this past semester at the end of the AP course is the student experience survey
what this survey really shows us is it’s a survey that’s given to all current AP
students and we really what we’re doing is we’re gathering their
insights on the quality of their AP experience it gives us a chance to
really take a check did we do well here and really getting that from the student
voice this report is going to look at students mindsets learning mindsets
their sense of belonging different resources and supports that were
available all those things to help us evaluate what we’re doing one final
piece of data that you know we you might be you know good to hear is our
attrition rate as we looked with EOS Tracie confirmed for us that the level
of students staying in this course our attrition rate throughout the three high
schools was actually lower than their entire EOS portfolio so students are
staying in the course they’re they’re not they’re not getting out when when
the challenges come [CONRAD] Iif I could just bring up one point to Liliana, Christian and Owen I know that
I passionately feel and most people would concur that this is how we attack
the achievement gap by challenging students at higher levels and making
sure that they have the support in place to achieve so many times you
look at remediation and what we’re looking at is challenging students at a
higher level and as a result of that you’re going to see an increase in SAT,
ACT scores and you’re going to see an increase in the number of
students going to college graduating from college and then finally your state
scores are going to go up as well [LOIS] With that any remaining questions we’re more
than happy I know the students we tried to convince them to stick around after this [RISING] I just wanted to make one comment
first of all I wanted to thank the three of you guys for coming out I totally
appreciate you guys hanging out this long I think you know I’ve kind of got a
unique perspective because I now have a sophomore in college and I have an
eighth grader right who’s coming into into high school but I think we need to
as a district have one message on these honors and AP courses and what I mean by
that is that whether we like it or not and this is my perception right so I
want to make that clear that this is my perception that I hear all the time out
in the community that man the district is just pushing these kids do honors and
AP courses and you’re pushing them to do honors and AP courses and I think there
is some of what Mike says that some people say you know get the easy A
versus going for the honors or AP course and you know I don’t mean to throw
Dr. Echols under the bus but you know since my daughter’s in eighth grade and about
to go to Metea we got a chance to listen to Dr. Echols conversation before
my daughter goes to high school and then I’ve already had one graduate from our
district I still heard that message of we really wanted your kids to try an AP
or honors course and no offense Dr. Echols but they’re there I’m sitting
there going tell them why tell them why tell them why and and I think we can’t
keep talking about that message that it offers college credit because let’s be
honest there are fewer and fewer colleges that are accepting the AP
credits for college but what I think we need to focus on as a district and talk
about more as a district is things we can’t measure and we don’t know these
things until the kids go away to college because this is what I
always hear from parents in our district always without a fault
I hear that our district District 204 prepares kids for the rigor they get
at college and studies have shown that kids that take an AP or honors course
they get how it feels to have that rigor so instead of saying we want your kids
to do this AP or honors course because they’re going to college credit and
they’re gonna have a college-level course in high school well you know what
if I’m a parent I’m thinking big deal you know and and you’re not going to
throw the college credit thing at me because I know by the time my kids a
senior less less colleges are taking the credits for it
so let’s tell them the real reason why it really matters is because the kids
the students are learning that rigor they’re learning what it feels like to
be in a college course and if they take one of those courses they’ve got a 40% I
believe it was 40% better chance of graduating from
college if they take just one AP or honors course so I would love for us to
have that message of why AP and honors are so beneficial because of the rigor
aspect instead of focusing on pushing your kid to do the AP or honors
course because we hear about how kids are depressed and anxiety and and then
they feel like school districts are pushing AP or honors let’s tell them the
reason why you know so that’s just my comment [CONRAD] I think it’s right on right
on track in fact that is a big piece of the conversation that we have when we
talk to students is explaining why and that it goes far beyond the AP score the
AP exam you’re going to take it’s really about learning how to do college what I
always say it’s learning how to do college in high school when you’re
surrounded by people who care and can support you and and all of the things
that go along with having a rigorous coursework how to get help how to take
notes how to study all of those sort of skills that you’re going to need [RISING] Do this now and learn from it before you get to college right [CONRAD] Right exactly so
you know we tell them that in college you’re gonna have five AP classes at one
time so we want you to start off with one let us teach you how to do college
here and you’ll be far better prepared when you get there and so I’ll ask one
more question and say yes or no do you feel like you’re prepared to go to college [ALL] Yes [RISING] I think you guys will
recognize even more when you leave here [PRICE] Again I just want to thank you guys for
being here we love to hear your stories your journey through this and I have to
say what came through for me is your passion your passion for not
only the classes you chose but just education in general and I think that if
that can be a byproduct of this where we have kids leaving our schools with that
passion you know to go to UofM to go to Aurora University you know
just to have that passion that is going to help you succeed as well so I hear
that in you guys and it makes me very proud that we are in the district we’re
in and that we have this program this EOS program that is identifying students
again may not have may not have considered this you know you made a
comment Owen I think that one of your teachers said you know I think you could
do this you can do this well that’s exactly what I mean how do
you feel on that when he said that to [OWEN] I honestly didn’t know what to think
I just went alright let’s go for it [PRICE] If more people were
encouraged like that and identified and just kind of rally around those students I think it would it’s
gonna benefit the student that’s gonna benefit those around them so I
appreciate your passion in this and you know tell your friends to take more
classes like this because I do think I agree it’s it is College you’re doing
College so thank you [RACZAK] Anyone else [DONAHUE] I just also want to congratulate you on
pushing yourselves I know it probably wasn’t an easy choice and I’m really
this is an important initiative I’m happy to see that the trend looks like
it’s up 9% for enrollment projections for next year so that also is great news
and you know I look forward to initiatives like this at
grade levels that are below the eleventh and twelfth grades so that we are at a
point where we’re not having a gap and having to address it late in the school
experience so thank you [RACZAK] Thank you guys [SULLIVAN] Tracy thank you for all your work you do for this district [RACZAK] We have an equally important discussion and that is our Engage 204 final report over the course of the summer the Board
of Education met and determined that it was important to solicit the ideas and
priorities and thoughts of our district in order given that we had limited
resources how can we best serve our students and staff in order that we do
our best job possible as a result of that we engaged in well Engage 204
in which over the course of five six meetings we met with parents to
determine those priorities we were we asked parents and community members to
lead the charge I think we have them here now so could you please share with
us the report [CRYSTAL] So my name is Crystal Porter and I
am joined with Mark Lobos, Archana Sharma, Jessica Johnson and we are here to present the
recommendations from our Engage 204 experience first of all I like to
say that collectively we’d like to thank you for providing us with the
opportunity to serve as facilitating team members and leaders it was really
an honor so let’s get started [CRYSTAL] First I want to start off by
providing some background about Engage 204 review activities of the
facilitating team and community engagement sessions and then provide
recommendations based on community engagement I’d like to provide a little
background information for you because community engagement at its core is
intended to solicit the hopes feedback ideas and thoughtful suggestions of a
school district stakeholders is public through meaningful dialogue and
discussion the Indian Prairie School District’s mission is to inspire
all students to achieve their greatest potential
to achieve this mission the Board of Education recognized the need to gather
extensive community input involvement and participation for the successful
development and implementation of a long-range plan Engage 204 is a call to
action as one avenue for achieving this board goal with that in mind let’s look
at the specific charge from the Board of Education to Engage 204 the purpose
of Engage 204 was to review current and accurate information that reflects the
community’s priorities related to the future operations and educational
opportunities for students within District 204 in doing so we wanted to
involve a broad-based group of community citizens and dialogue and deliberation
in doing this the process involves two main areas of focus the work of a
facilitating team in coordinating and providing leadership to the process and
district-wide community engagement session [ARCHANA] Here the facilitating team is
a group of dedicated community of volunteers who together with the
district 204 representatives and accepted the responsibility of
facilitating the engagement process from its initial session through the final
report to the board and community which we are providing today
this team are consisting of approximately 23 individuals many of
them are here today helped with visions regarding process strategy and
communication they met regularly to develop agendas review discussion
materials and keep the program focused and on task here are the names of the
facilitating team members from the community team leaders as we have
Jessica Johnson, Mario Lambert, Mark Lobos Dr. Crystal Porter and myself
Archana Sharma the community members we had on our team were Peter Bernard
Audra Braski Ruby Chawla Annie Cole Aurelie Dubois Angie Gaul Christine Jeffries
Chris Leshock Rachel Ossyra Eric Rose Randy Sidio Chad Stevens and we also had
district representatives our district superintendent Dr. Karen Sullivan Mr.
Jay Strang Janet Buglio Paul Gamboa and from our board members we had Mr. Mike
Razak and Miss Susan Deming are involved in this whole process so at
this time I would ask the facilitating team members to stand up and receive our
appreciation please give a hand of applause [APPLAUSE] [ARCHANA] So the community engagement
sessions were held at Still middle school and we had five of them
five sessions starting from november 14 2017 followed by December 7th session
January 29th session February 26th of this year and then March 20th 2018 and today we are going to present to the
board we were pleased with the community participation in Engage 204
however we would have liked to have seen more of our stakeholders participate in
the engage 204 conversations over the course of the sessions almost 490
members of our community attended at least one session and the average
session attendance was 131 participants at each session attendees were
asked to sign in to document their attendance they were also asked to indicate
the category as noted in the slide they represented parents from current
student population we had 421 parents from former students 53 parents
of future students 41 and Alumni 17 staff members 44 community
members 90 and business owners 18 so these people presented at the meetings
so we have besides the feedback provided through the work done in small
groups at each sessions participants also had the opportunity to submit
questions or comments and in the forms provided to them the additional feedback
covered 14 different topics including achievement gap boundaries and school
safety email was another avenue for district stakeholders to share their
feedback so now we will have Mr. Lobos start presenting the recommendations [MARK] I’m going to have Jessica go ahead [JESSICA] Thanks everybody for
your time tonight and I would just start by saying we we were hoping for bigger
crowds we we did draw very engaged crowds those of you that were there saw
that they were active participants the whole time but want to preference the
recommendations by saying these are good indicators right we had a good enough
group and good enough lively discussion to get a general sense and some
indicators about areas of priority but we would caution you from you know
taking over over reaching or overtaking the evidence here and acting hastily on
any kind of decisions without doing more data collection and stakeholder
engagement and Mark will kinda wrap up with that in the end but thought it was
good also to preface our conversation today with that so I’m going to tell you
a little bit about the topics there were five topics and each one provided
different avenues for community members to give input the first session was the
state of the district and Dr. Sullivan presented just all the basic information
you all would expect to see about where our district is at what we look like
compared to our peer districts this was the chance for community
members to really give us input on what did they want to hear more about and
what did they want to learn about through the course of this Engage 204
so out of that session we heard some priorities that helped us determine
what the next four sessions would be and the order that we put those sessions and
we actually did make some changes from some original thoughts based on the
feedback we got in that first session the second session was about enrollment
and boundaries and Mark’s going to talk a little bit about recommendations that
came out of that session the third session was about future ready students
and academics and I’m going to share with you some of the findings from that
session that’s an area that’s close to my heart so it’s fun to be a part of the
fourth one was about facilities so where are we at with our facilities what are
some of the challenges of today as well as how we think about our facilities in
the future and Mark’s gonna talk some more about that one and then the last
session was the budget and that’s where we really culminated all of the
different pieces and put some things together around priorities and what do
we think are some priorities for the District you can see what was great
about this was the partnership between district staff district partner
organizations and our community members so for each session we had different
representatives from the district and from our partner organizations preparing
presentations they worked with our Engage 204 broader team right to
share those presentations before we went to the community so we could give input
and say hey we think people are really going to want to hear about this or
about that and fine-tune those presentations so by the time we got to
that community group we were ready to go and this is you can see the list of
district staff and partners who committed their time
to making this possible so thank you to all those folks on the slide so with
that I’m going to jump into what we heard about some priorities and as I
mentioned we wrapped up with a session on budget and we really thought about
what are the priorities from not just programming not just facilities but
really thinking about all of those pieces and how would those come together
in priorities and what you’ll see on the next slide is a summary of what we came
up with with finance recommendations and essentially we asked the participants if
you were given an extra dollar right and you had to allocate that across the set
of priorities how would you allocate that extra dollar and these were the
priorities that we gave them which again culminated from all the feedback we’ve
gotten in the previous session so these didn’t just come out of nowhere these
came out of what were the feedback we’ve gotten from previous sessions and really
these kind of clumped out I was looking through the data again today those top
three really clumped out as you know consistently priorities across the board
folks care about class size I would say was talked about generally we didn’t
talk about the nuances or the specifics so that would be a place I would
encourage you if you’re thinking about class size to really kind of dig into
the research and evidence base about where class size makes a difference and
use that to inform any decisions there we talked about deferred maintenance
projects consistently folks saw that as a need and Mark will talk a little bit
about those presentations there but it’s an area that I think community members
across the board recognized was important and in teacher salaries from
the very first presentation when we looked at where 204 sits with regard to
competing districts that was a priority and I was really excited to hear tonight
about the teachers contract I think that was a great step in the direction for
teacher salaries some of the other pieces you see here a little further
down additional staff and you’ll hear me talk some of that related to Student
Wellness which given the times were in has elevated to a priority in a way that
it might not have been a few years back locks and intercoms right thinking about safety those are certainly heavy issues on the hearts
of our community members and are important also we had a lot of input
from community members and parents representing STEPS and alternative high
school programs and those were consistently identified as priorities
through this process elementary air conditioning again that came through
through the facilities and capital maintenance spending which is more the
ongoing spending as opposed to the deferred maintenance costs these were we
asked the groups not only sorry just one more thing on the last slide we asked the
groups not only kind of where would you allocate that dollar but then we asked
him the harder question which was would you spend more money right and would you
spend it on all of these things or not and we saw quite a bit of variation
across groups as I said there was some consistency in those top items but then
there was a lot of variation and so again as you think about how do we need
to dig further definitely recommend that you would you know dig further before
making any kind of decisions about where we might want to go there okay thanks
okay moving on to the academic programs and services this session as I mentioned
was about being future ready and what does that look like what does that mean
for our teachers for our students for our families and many things came out
here the teacher training piece and additional staff really across the board
was shown as a priority and there was lots of discussion about instructional
coaches and the value that those coaches bring particularly in places where we
want to close achievement gaps one of the things I was very happy to see and I
think some of the members here our public speakers here tonight we’ll be
happy to hear is there’s a lot of focus on equitable access and closing
achievement gaps and how do we put in some of these programs and services that
move us in that direction student wellness as I mentioned was
was a high priority throughout this session class sizes and STEPS also
emerged we also left spaces here for girls to just give other comments
and other feedback about things that were important regarding academic
programming we heard things like let’s make sure we balance right balance
academic core balance our arts balance our technology there was definite
feeling that we do a good job of balancing those things now and we don’t
want to lose those right so strong advocacy for balance across for closing
achievement gaps for using technology to improve education not just for the sake
of Technology with that I’m going to turn to Mark to talk about facilities [MARK] I was just kidding I’m in a suit jacket I’m not nervous at all just so we’re clear so facilities and
maintenance was our third meeting and it was fascinating the sheer scope of this
district and volume of space we maintain and occupy is phenomenal the
presentation itself was very very interesting there were a lot of tie ins to home ownership and how those of us
who own homes or have owned anything that requires maintenance how it turns
out if we forgo that maintenance for an extended period of time and then have to
try to catch up and it was presented very clearly that to a degree we’ve done
that with quite a bit of our our land and our buildings so with that we
presented the the presentation to the community involved photos which were
fascinating we sell photos of leaky buildings deteriorating walls one of our
I forget which building I apologize at middle school or grade schools at the
time being propped up by lumber to keep the wall from shifting one way or the
other until they had time to make it safe and proper so it’s really
eye-opening for any member of the community that was here and didn’t
realize just what this entailed so with that we put out our questions to the
community and they came back almost unanimously everyone agreed facility
improvements and catching up the deferred maintenance was was top of the
list and we don’t want our buildings crumbling around our students and I
think the whole community agreed with that safety and security as Jessica said
is on the hearts of everyone right now unfortunately it’s in everyone’s mind
right now too so that certainly came up over and over again which understandably so and then this meeting because it was
meeting number three it had preceded the financial piece so there was a lot of
question brought up about how to fund and finance these different things so we
tried to include that in because that was a universal concern as well and we
just we we had not gone we could only go in a certain order we hadn’t gotten to
the budget presentation yet so that was our facility maintenance presentation
which was fantastic so under school boundaries school boundaries was our second meetings it
just followed up the state of the district and it was a very well attended
meeting I believe it was in December right before the year concluded and we
presented a map and discussed the area where everyone lived where everyone was
bused to or not bus to or walk to not lost walked to and asked the public what
they thought and they came back with the need for a comprehensive redistricting
study and to consider keeping neighborhoods within schools I think
this was right around a time where some of our neighborhoods were being
discussed whether or not they were going to be moved to different schools so that
was a hot topic that night as well transportation was a just a topic that
came up how far a student needs to ride a bus how long they’re on a bus and that
joined in with travel times as well however long it takes the students to
and from school was a big concern with families as well that was our school
boundary discussion go on to additional considerations as a team we felt there
were a few considerations we should make known to you as we present this as
Jessica stated at the very beginning we had a we had a turnout we had just shy
of 500 people overall for this we feel as a team that we would love to have
seen more members of the community as I’m certain all of you would but we
would have loved to see thousands of people show up and give input now as
Jessica stated we had some very passionate very dedicated people in the
audience which was marvelous and the discussion they led to you within the
tables that they were at left numerous people who didn’t know much when they
walked in knowing more than they ever imagined when they
walked out which was fantastic but that being said we would just like to make it
known that we would love to see this information made more widely known to
the general public which again we’re gonna qualify that by saying we know
you’ve tried and you’re working at that we just want to agree with that
another additional consideration we wanted to make known really affects the
school boundary presentation school boundary presentation when we did the second presentation the Wagner farm
area had not sold and so much of our presentation and our discussion revolved
around the fact that the North End of our district is heavily overpopulated
and parts of the South End of our district are not as greatly populated
now I’m not one to guess how this is going to affect the district but I think
it’s plausible this might affect the population of the South End of the
district that information was not made known to the public because we did not
know it at the time and we just want that put it in noted that it could
possibly have affected people’s opinions on session number two as for our
impressions as a facilitating team we are we felt that this five session
year-long process enlightened everyone that that came in touch with it it was
fantastic I think anyone that showed up to any one of these meetings left
talking with all their friends and anyone that would listen about our
district about the state of our district there there were a lot of negatives in
some light things were working on improving but there were a lot of
positives too and I think that everyone left with just a wide-eyed stare and
just with the amazement of how big the district is which congratulations to all
of you for keeping it running so well and we also wanted to note that we felt
that it did make known to the district to the members of the community that
a deed was present for funding of some sort for some of these programs I think
everyone agreed some of these things do you need to occur and lastly as a
facilitating team we just want to let the public know that all of the
responses recorded are available at Engage204.org any information that was
sent in all of our slides all of our presentations and anything with
someone’s opinion on it that we received we made made note of it and it’s
available at the website make sure that everything is a very transparent very
clear so any member of the community now and for the foreseeable future we’ve
been told this will be up for a very long time
you are welcome to hop on Engage204.org and check out anything that we’ve spoken
about here in a quick manner and with that we just want to thank you all for
organizing this for caring enough about the district and the state of the
district to put all this together and we will take any questions if you have any
questions [PIEHL] I just want to thank you guys you’re the ones to that need to be thanked because you did a wonderful job
I think you did get a lot of messages out to people and we got people
talking about a lot of the issues that we’re dealing with and that’s that’s a
huge benefit of all your work so I thank you for that [DONAHUE] I would say the same thing it’s like
thank you so much for volunteering to help out here and I think it was well
worth the sessions I agree a lot of really eye-opening information was
shared to the public it’s just too bad there weren’t more people there to see
all of that [RISING] Thank you everybody and hopefully we can call and you guys again if we need you you know that the time that you
guys spent on it not only at those five sessions but in your own meetings
preparing for those meetings and and you know it just shows your love and
commitment to this district so thank you guys all of you yeah kind of what Laurie
said I wish we could have got more people I think this gives us a good
snapshot but like you said don’t jump to too many conclusions based on just this
information because maybe we should go a little deeper dig a little deeper but I
think you definitely clarified the mission that we had in mind for you I
think you you nailed and you did a great job I’m not sure you made our jobs any
easier but you know I think it gives us a good maybe a little more clarification
of where we need to jump off from this and I’m sure Mike iwll talk about it too
but so thank you guys I mean it you definitely helped us [RACZAK] in the Blues Brothers there was the Mission from God, this was the mission from the Borg if you chose to take it, and it was a one year experience and as Mark said we think we are
going to tap you for some more But it was so important to have our parents and our community here to assist us in this process as
Mr. Karubas said this was volunteer this is a couple times a month where people got
together helped plan the sessions organize the sessions and then kind of
work out through the sessions what people thought they heard in order that
this kind of comprehensive program would be done so on behalf of the board I’m
gonna read this cuz I couldn’t say this any better so thank you for your
commitment and serving on the Engage 204 facilitating team we are grateful for
the time and energy you invested in the process by sharing your hopes ideas
thoughtful suggestions and professional experience you have shaped the future
direction for our students in our community so with our sincere
appreciation the board really thanks you and we have a plaque for each of you so
I’m going to ask you to come up and starting out with Dr. Crystal Porter
thank you Jessica Johnson Mark we didn’t want to
ruin a good suit coat Mark Lobos Archana Sharma Christine Jefferies Rachel Ossyra and Ruby Chawla and you heard the other names of our
people we have plaques for them also so again on behalf of the board and we want
to thank you for all your hard work and dedication we hope to live up to those expectations that you set for us and we’ll do our best for our kids thank you And now we go to the Board of Education
discussion on our proposed IASB resolution and belief statements we had
three of our board members expressed that they might be interested in
engaging in that process and so I just wanted to do an update of where we’re at
so I begin with Mr. Rising [RISING] As you recall last meeting I came to you
guys with an idea I was thinking about for a possible either new resolution or
amending a position statement that IASB already currently has in regards to the
TIF’s the more I thought about it and also consulting with our vice-president
Justin Karubas I think we both kind of fell on the same position of how we were
feeling and that’s to not pursue this at the moment that there is enough talk
going on in the state regarding TIF’s whether it be in Chicago or Springfield
it’s getting enough political attention IASB isn’t currently involved in the
task force so they’re letting the state know how TIF’s can either positively or
negatively affect education funding so I wanted to bring it to our attention but
I think as of right now kind of take that wait and see and see what happens
next year and see if we need to attack it more so kind of pulling back on it [RACZAK] All right thank You
Cathy Piehl [PIEHL] So I have reached out a little bit in
regard and got some feedback that it’s you know I always go into these things
again well this is a no brainer but it’s not so there’s a little bit of pushback
on it but I think you know I do want to pursue it [RACZAK] So do you want to review
that for everybody what you’re pursuing [PIEHL] I had a chance
to look at some research that’s been out there and some initiatives in addressing
this very issue so I adjusted the the belief statement
to include part of the guidance that the National Association of School Psychologists actually recommend and that is that the
IASB believes that schools should provide a safe and secure environment
for all students with evidence-based procedures and practices and this is
where the from the school psychologist guide is that will make best use of
resources maximize effectiveness and minimize physical and psychological
risks so their association has really done a lot of work in regard to trying
to you know balance safety and also balance the social emotional issues that
our children could have risk at they some of them some events and many of
them come from situations that they’ve already are dealing with trauma so we
don’t want to make things worse for them [RACZAK] So this was again a belief statement on
conducting active shooter drills in schools correct [PIEHL] Right conducting and you
know safe safety drills in general but in particular what kind of made me
decide to go about this is because there is a lot more talk about pursuing active
shooter drills there’s a lot of talk about doing a lot of things
regards to safety and some things probably don’t make a lot of sense for
our students so I think it make a lot of sense for the IASB to have a belief
statement in that regard I’m not recommending any particular legislation
I’m just saying let’s be sure whatever legislation is proposed that we keep the
best practices and well-being of our students in at the forefront [RACZAK] So given
the timeline will you have a position statement ready for us at the next meeting [PIEHL] I think it’s
pretty close already [RACZAK] Any questions for Cathy [KARUBAS] So you’ve
provided this paper that has two possible [PIEHL] The first one was the one I had last time
and the second one is the one I’m thinking might work a little better [KARUBAS] Do you think this is sufficient to cover the active shooter situation [PIEHL] Yeah yeah I
am being intentionally vague I mean there’s active shooter there’s all
kind of stuff around that I don’t want to cover just active shooter [RISING] It’s more of a belief statement you know that I mean let’s be
honest school districts are probably gonna do what they want to do but it
should take into consideration what you’re saying which i think is very important [PIEHL] I’m really hoping as far as legislation
going forward that the legislators take into consideration our viewpoint on this
since we should be the experts of what’s going on in our schools [DEMMING] The evidence-based procedures and practices about that particular
statement I don’t know if there’s a way for us to have that and I know you don’t
want to get specific but I don’t know if there’s a way for that to be clarified
or is that a formal type of is that an industry-recognized educational recognized statement [SULLIVAN] Yeah that would be terminology that’s
used a lot evidence-based practices in terms of meaning there’s some research behind it [RISING] Do we need to point to the research
probably not [PIEHL] Well I certainly can but yeah so yeah I cannot truly this is a proposal and we
got some wordsmithing I’m still welcome welcome the word smithing I just don’t
want to lose the essence of the statement [KARUBAS] I like the second one [PRICE] I do too I think it covers what we need
to cover but like you said it’s vague enough that it could cover other things as well so I good job on wordsmithing that [KARUBAS] I’ll give credit to the National
Association of School Psychologists [DEMMING] Is that terminology [PIEHL] I included in your folder this is one from 2014 from the National
Association of School Psychologists there’s a ton of literature there I
could give you a lot more I’m I don’t know if I’m gonna go as crazy as
Mr. Karubas did last time with writing a brief statement for the [KARUBAS] You’re going to send me down
there to argue [LAUGHING] [DEMMING] I definitely like
where you’re headed on this and I just just wondered if there you know the
evidence-based procedures and practices and I get that’s industry so maybe
that is the best but just wondered whether there’s any words smithing that ya
might be able to do [KARUBAS] When we do approve the resolution it’s good to include have some wiggle room in the resolution so maybe we approve this
language but oftentimes when you go through the process there’ll be some
well are you willing to change this and get it passed so I think when we do
approve it there’s some authority to wordsmith that or change it up within
the context of this it could say well if we change this it’ll pass and it still
meets our intent and purpose [PIEHL] The meeting is normally in August when
you go before the legislative committee and that’s where they start you know changing things up [PRICE] They may have suggested for us [RACZAK] Finally Mrs. Donahue [DONAHUE] I have been
talking to several different people and finally today got ahold of the Illinois
School Board Association to discuss the item that I was proposing which was
related to recognizing the schools as somewhere that would support student
voter registration and not in any prescribed way but just the importance
of having students registered to vote as part of a civic duty and I wouldn’t say
they were encouraging they said it’s it could be a political hot button but they
also didn’t discourage me and in fact they said that they would review any
draft materials I have drafted up a couple different proposals and Cathy
quickly took a look at it earlier and there’s some things I wanna look at
editing on it I also shared it with IASB to see what they had to say because
they’re very concerned about having anything that is a mandate and I was careful to try and word it so that it’s not mandating
anything just as part of the education and process for putting students out in
the world we’re providing you know civic knowledge and part of that should be
encouraging registration to vote so I’ll put something together in the next few days
to share with the rest of you and can take a look and decide whether or not
this is something we want to pursue or not [RACZAK] Any questions thank you I think we’re ready to move on I actually don’t have a board update but I just have one
statement I guess and that is I’m sure on behalf of this board our hearts go
out to the Santa Fe community no one should be having of the deal with that
kind of stuff I don’t know what to call it a tragedy so on behalf of our board
please know that our thoughts prayers and hearts are with you we wish you the best Do I have a motion to adjourn [DEMMING] So moved
[PRICE] Second [RACZAK] All in favor please say Aye

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