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Sunnybrook School District 171 Board Agenda 4/17/23

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

LANSING, Ill. (April 14, 2023) – The April 17 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
    • 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).
  5. Return to Open Session
    • Recommended Motion: To adopt the Administration’s recommendation regarding the expulsion of student 2023-01, as presented.
  6. 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.
  7. Recommended Motion: Consent Agenda
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the regular board of education meeting minutes of March 24, 2023, April expenses and March payroll in the amount of $1,278,421.87, as presented.
  8. Communications
  9. Board Reports
  10. 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: Waive second Reading and adopt policies
      1. Second Readings:
        • Motion to waive and adopt the second reading of Policies listed, as presented.
        • Second Readings:
          • 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
  11. Informational Items
    • FOIA Reqeust:
      • Local Labs
      • Requesting the district’s current mission statement
    • FOIA Request:
      • Melinda Creasy/Finishing Chicago
      • Requesting Bid Tabulations
      • Name of Awarded General Contractor
      • List of Subcontractors performing Painting, Drywall Finishing, Glazing, and Signage
  12. Recommended Motions: Terminations
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the termination of Mr. Jonathon Franks, Full Time Custodian, effective March 27, 2023, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the termination of Mr. Anthony James, Full Time Custodian, effective April 3, 2023, as presented.
  13. Recommended Motions
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the quote from ITR Systems to test and relocate the Nathan Hale PA system, along with system upgrades at both, Nathan Hale and Heritage in the amount of $19,298.00, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the purchase of classroom furniture for Heritage Middle School from KI in the amount of $46,814.50, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the honorable dismissals for the following Paraprofessionals: Nathan Hale School: Tracy Van Witzenburg, Roxann White, Jacqueline Terrazas, Vivianna Lopez, Autumn Richards, Jeri Lawrence, Carol Linville. Heritage Middle School: Araceli Vargas, Carol Wallace, Gina Roberson, Carolyn Hillard, Crystal Moore, Katrina Wade, Kimberly Mayfield Jones, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the purchase of six round cafeteria tables for Heritage Middle School from Educational Environments in the amount of $22,018.16, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Ms. Anaceli Vazquez as full time food server at Nathan Hale School, salary as per the contract, effective August 14, 2023, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Ms. Rosalia Arambula as part time food server at Heritage Middle School, salary of $17.00 per hour, effective August 14, 2023, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To designate David Shrader as Representative and Shari Hooton as Alternate Representative to represent Sunnybrook School District #171 in the South Suburban Benefit Cooperative Board of Directors for fiscal year 2023-2024, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Mr. Lucien Cambric, part time custodian, salary of $18.00 per hour, effective pending successful background check results, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Mr. Dontrea Henley, as a part time custodian, salary of $18.00 per hour, effective pending successful background check results, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the non-renewal of the contract for Dr. Lisa London, K-2 Special Education teacher for the 2023-2024 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the ECHO Board of Education meeting minutes for March, 2023, as presented.
  14. Visitors’ Statements
  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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