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Sunnybrook School District 171 Board Agenda 3/20/23

District 171 Board meeting – 6:30 p.m.

LANSING, Ill. (March 17, 2023) – The March 20 meeting of the District 171 School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will occur at Heritage Middle School, 19266 Burnham Avenue in Lansing.

Agenda – 6:30 p.m.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Mission
    • The mission of Sunnybrook School District 171 is to maximize student achievement by cultivating critical thinking skills, innovative instructional practices and a collaborative school, home, and community partnership.
  4. Roll Call
  5. Any person wishing to address the Board about an item that is on the agenda should do so when that item is up for discussion. Visitors’ statements will be limited to two minutes per person. A total of thirty minutes will be allocated for Visitors’ Statements at the end of the meeting. Items related to personnel issues will be redirected to the appropriate Administrator.
  6. Recommended Motion: Consent Agenda
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the regular board of education meeting minutes of February 27, 2023, March expenses and February payroll in the amount of $1,138,903.81, as presented.
  7. Communications
  8. Board Reports
  9. Administrator Reports
    • Dr. Erika Millhouse Pettis, Superintendent
    • Dr. Lori Owens Stranc, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Curriculum & Instruction
    • Mr. David Shrader, Chief School Business Official
    • Ms. Juliann Greene, Director of Special Services
    • Dr. Mike McGowan, Director of Technology
    • Mrs. Chantelle Cambric, Principal, Heritage Middle School
    • Mr. Joseph Kent, Principal, Nathan Hale School
    • Policy Committee: First Readings
      • Policy 2:20: Powers and Duties of the School Board; Indemnification
        Policy 2:30: School District Elections
      • Policy 2:50: Board Member Term of Office
      • Policy 2:100: Board Member Member Conflict
      • Policy 2:105: Ethics and Gift Ban
      • Policy 2:210: Organizational School Board Meeting
      • Policy 2:250: Access to District Public Records
      • Policy 2:265: Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure
      • Policy 3:10: Goals and Objectives
      • Policy 3:50: Administrative Personnel Other Than the Superintendent
      • Policy 3:60: Administrative Responsibility of the Building Principal
      • Policy 4:10: Fiscal and Business Management
      • Policy 4:120: Food Services
      • Policy 4:140: Waiver of Student Fees
      • Policy 4:165: Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Grooming Behaviors
      • Policy 4:190: Targeted School Violence Prevention Program
      • Policy 5:10: Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment
      • Policy 5:20: Workplace Harassment Prohibited
      • Policy 5:120: Employee Ethics; Code of Professional Conduct; and Conflict of Interest
      • Policy 5:190: Teacher Qualifications
      • Policy 5:200: Terms and Conditions of Employment and Dismissal
      • Policy 5:220: Substitute Teachers
      • Policy 5:250: Leaves of Absence
      • Policy 5:270: Employment At-Will, Compensation, and Assignment
      • Policy 5:280: Duties and Qualifications
      • Policy 5:290: Employment Termination and Suspensions
      • Policy 5:320: Evaluation
      • Policy 5:330: Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays and Leaves
      • Policy 6:15: School Accountability
      • Policy 6:20: School Year Calendar and Day
      • Policy 6:50: School Wellness
      • Policy 6:60: Curriculum Content
      • Policy 6:65: Student Social and Emotional Development
      • Policy 6:160: English Learners
      • Policy 6:220: Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Program; Responsible Use and Conduct
      • Policy 6:250: Community Resource Persons and Volunteers
      • Policy 6:255: Assemblies and Ceremonies
      • Policy 6:260: Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs Policy 6:270: Guidance and Counseling Program
      • Policy 6:280: Grading and Promotion
      • Policy 6:300: Graduation Requirements
      • Policy 6:340: Student Testing and Assessment Program
      • Policy 7:10: Equal Educational Opportunities
      • Policy 7:20: Harassment of Students Prohibited
      • Policy 7:50: School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools
      • Policy 7:70: Attendance and Truancy
      • Policy 7:100: Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations; Immunizations; and Exclusion of Students
      • Policy 7:180: Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment Policy 7:190: Student Behavior
      • Policy 7:250: Student Support Services
      • Policy 7:285: Anaphylaxis Prevention, Response, and Management Program
      • Policy 7:290: Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention
      • Policy 7:340: Student Records
  10. Informational Items
    • Audit and Industry Update Presentation by Nick Cavalier, Partner at Baker Tilly
  11. Recommended Motions: Resignation
    • Recommended Motion: To accept the resignation, with regret, of Ms. Melody Freeman, Art Teacher, Heritage Middle School, effective June, 2023, as presented.
  12. Recommended Motions: FMLA
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the continuous FMLA (Family Medical Leave) for Ms. Aarti Malhotra, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the FMLA (Family Medical Leave) for Mr. Ted Jaeger, Custodian, Nathan Hale School, as presented.
  13. Recommended Motions
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the purchase of Into Reading and Into Literature by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: A current Reading Curriculum, as of 2023, in the amount of no more than $320,000.00, paid out of Title I and general funds, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the 2023-2024 milk contract with Cloverleaf Farms, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To award the 2023 Various Improvement Projects at Nathan Hale Elementary and Heritage Middle School to the lowest responsible bidder, Chicago Heights Construction Company in the amount of $4,695,915.00, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the Consolidation District Plan.
    • Recommended Motion: To congratulate the following staff members for their years of service to Sunnybrook S.D. #171:
      • 45 Years of Service: Mr. Ted Jaeger, Custodian
      • 25 Years of Service: Mr. Joel Sarkey, Assistant Principal, Nathan Hale School
      • 20 Years of Service: Dr. Erika Millhouse Pettis, Superintendent
      • 20 Years of Service: Mr. Ken Keith, Gym Teacher, Heritage Middle School
      • 20 Years of Service: Mrs. Kerry Czarobski, Administrative Assistant, Special Services
      • 10 Years of Service: Dr. Jennifer Brown, 7th Grade ELA Teacher, Heritage Middle School
      • 10 Years of Service: Mrs. Shanna Koonce, Nurse’s Aid, Heritage & Nathan Hale School
      • 10 Years of Service: Ms. Kimberly Mayfield, Paraprofessional, Heritage Middle School
      • 10 Years of Service: Mrs. Vanessa Saucier, 7th Grade Math Teacher, Heritage Middle School
      • Congratulations to All!
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the February 14, 2023 meeting minutes of the ECHO Executive Board of Directors, as presented.
  14. Visitors’ Statements
    • Visitors’ statements will be restricted to two minutes per person. A total of thirty minutes will be allocated for visitor comments. Statements related to personnel and/or confidential matters will be directed to an appropriate Administrator.
  15. Closed Session
    • Recommended Motion: To move in to closed session for the purpose of the appointment, compensation, student discipline, performance for dismissal of specific employees of the district. 5ILCS 120/2 (c) (1). Superintendent/Board Relations.
  16. Return to Open Session
  17. Adjournment

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