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Sunnybrook School District 171 Board Agenda 5/15/23

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

The May 15 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
    • To approve the Board meeting minutes of April 17, 2023, closed session meeting minutes of April 17, 2023, Special Board meeting minutes of May 2, 2023, May expenses and April payroll in the amount of $1,735,335.87, 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
  10. Informational Items
    • Dr. Erika Millhouse Pettis, Superintendent
    • “Certificate of Excellence”
    • Compliance and Helath/Life Safety/ISC4
  11. Recommended Motions: FMLA
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the request for FMLA (Family Medical Leave) for Mr. Justin Bronson, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the request for FMLA (Family Medical Leave) for Ms. Aimee Syrek, effective April 27, 2023, as presented.
  12. Recommended Motions: Retirement
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the retirement of Mrs. Diana Salgado, School Social Worker, effective at the end of the 2024-2025 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the retirement of Mr. Chuck Daker, full time custodian, Nathan Hale School, effective July 31, 2023, as presented.
  13. Recommended Motions: Employment
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Ms. Hannah Halcomb, 3rd grade teacher, salary of $49,263.00, Step 3, Lane MA, effective for the 2023-2024 school year, pending successful background check results, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Mrs. Joanna George, Middle School Science teacher, salary of $50,756.00, Step 6, Lane MA, effective for the 2023-2024 school year, pending successful background check results, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of the re-hiring of the following Paraprofessionals for the 2023-2024 school year, as presented:
      • Nathan Hale School: Tracy Van Witzenburg, Roxann White, Jacqueline Terrazas, Viviana Lopez, Autumn Richards, Jeri Lawrence, Carol Linville, Diamond Sanders.
      • Heritage Middle School: Araceli Vargas, Carol Wallace Carolyn Hillard, Crystal Moore, Katrina Wade, Kimberly Mayfield Jones, as presented.
  14. Recommended Motions
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the three year audit engagement proposal from Baker Tilly US, LLP, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the sealcoating, striping, and asphalt maintenance at Nathan Hale and Heritage by Site Services in the amounts of ($21,760 and $15,157 respectively), as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the contract agreement for Therapy Staffing Services, (Milestone Therapy, LLC), effective for the 2023-2024 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the contract with Omni Therapeutics, Inc. effective for the 2023-2024 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the contract with The Stepping Stones Group, effective for the 2023-2024 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the Independent Contract with Ms. LeQuisha Dancy, Dancy Consulting and Psychological Services, effective for the 2023-2024 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the 2023-2024 Food Management Services contract with Just A Dash Catering, LLC., waving the five percent (5%) contract limit in favor of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumer-Food Away From Home annual rate for December of 8.3%, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the 2023-2024 transportation renewal contract with Kickert School Bus Line, Inc., as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the Nathan Hale classroom lease agreement between Sunnybrook S.D. #171 and ECHO Joint Agreement for the 2023-2024 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve Mr. Arthur Czarobski for gardening services up to 30 hours during the months of May through October at a rate of $17.00 per hour, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To accept the PTA donation for teacher appreciation week in the amount of $500 for Nathan Hale and $500 for Heritage Middle School, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the school board meetings for the 2023-2024 school year, as presented.
      • June 26, 2023
      • July 17, 2023
      • August 21, 2023
      • September 18, 2023
      • October 16, 2023
      • November 20, 2023
      • December 18, 2023
      • January 22, 2024
      • February 26, 2024
      • March 18, 2024
      • April 15, 2024
      • May 20, 2024
      • June 17, 2024
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the ECHO Executive Board of Directors meeting minutes of February 14, 2023 and March 16, 2023 and all Administrative contracts for ECHO, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the FY23 School District Library Grant award in the amount of $850, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the budget and levy timeline, as presented:
      • August 21, 2023: Tentative 2023-2024 Budget (informational only, no Board action)
      • August 21, 2023: Publish Notice of Time and Date for Budget Public Hearing
      • September 18, 2023: Budget Hearing and Adopt Annual Budget
      • October 16, 2023: Tentative Levy (Informational only, no Board action)
      • November 20, 2023: Hearing on Tax Levy
      • November 20, 2023: Adopt Levy Resolutions
  15. Visitors’ Statements
  16. 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.
  17. Adjournment

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