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Sunnybrook School District 171 Board Agenda 11/20/23

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

The November 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
    • To approve the Regular Board meeting minutes of October 16, 2023, closed session minutes of October 16, 2023, November expenses and October payroll in the amount of $1,414,825.96, as presented.
  7. Communications
  8. Informational Items
  9. Board Reports
  10. Administrator Reports
    • Dr. Erika Millhouse Pettis, Superintendent
    • Dr. Lori Owens Stranc, Assistant Superintendent
    • Mr. David Shrader, Chief School Business Official
    • Ms. Juliane 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: Second Reading
      • Policy 2:170: Procurement of Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Services
      • Policy 7:305: Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries
      • Policy 5:230: Maintaining Student Discipline
      • Policy 4:100: Insurance Management
      • Policy 4:45: Insufficient Fund Checks and Debt Recovery Review and Monitoring
      • Policy 8:95: Parental Involvement
      • Policy 2:80: Board Member Oath and Conduct
      • Policy 8:25: Advertising and Distributing Materials in Schools Provided by Non-School Related Entities
      • Policy 7:275: Orders to Forgo Life-Sustaining Treatment
      • Policy 6:240: Field Trips and Recreational Class Trips
      • Policy 6:190: Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities
      • Policy-E Exhibit: Board Member Code of Conduct
      • Policy 6:10: Educational Philosophy and Objectives
      • Recommended Motion: To waive the second reading and adopt the policies listed above, as presented.
  11. Recommended Motions: Retirement
    • Recommended Motion: To accept the retirement, with regret, of Mr. Ted Jaeger, Custodian, effective May 23, 2024, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To accept the retirement, with regret, of Ms. Sue Markulin, Cleaner, Nathan Hale School, effective May 23, 2024, as presented.
  12. Recommended Motion: Employment
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Ms. Aaliyah Mayfield, Paraprofessional, salary of $17.00 per hour, effective November 21, 2023, pending successful background check results, as presented.
      2. Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Ms. Shirley Polk, full time Heritage Cleaner position, salary of $15.00 per hour, pending successful background check results, effective December 4, 2023, as presented.
  13. Recommended Motions:
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the FMLA (Family Medical Leave) request for Mrs. Kathleen Specht, effective November 17, 2023, returning December 4, 2023, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the transfer from the educational Fund (Fund 10) to the Capital Projects Fund (Fund 60) the sum of one million, five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000), to be used for District capital project expenditures as authorized by this Board.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the abatement from the working Cash Fund (Fund 70) to the Capital Projects Fund (Fund 60) the sum of six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000), to be used for District capital project expenditures, as authorized by this Board.
    • Recommended Motion: To authorize the Superintendent to submit an application for the Fiscal Year 2024 Property Tax Relief Grant with the Illinois Board of Education, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the student accident insurance policies with Gerber Life Insurance Company, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the Tax Levy for 2023, as presented:
      • Resolution Approving the Tax Levy and Certificate of Tax Levy
      • Loss Factor Resolution
      • Resolution Authorizing Reduction of Certain Fund Levies for the 2023 Levy Year.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the snow removal contract with American Lawn, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the bid process for the proposed summer 2024 capital projects for Nathan Hale, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve all expenses for the Board of Education at the Triple I Conference, Chicago, IL, November 17-19, 2023, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve all expenses for the Board of Education to attend the IASB (Illinois Association of School Board Association) Spring Conference, New Orleans, LA, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the ECHO Joint Agreement, Independent Contractor Agreement, Regular Meeting of the ECHO Executive Board of Directors Minutes, October 17, 2023, ECHO Independent Contractor Agreement – Speech Plus, ECHO Independent Contractor Agreement, Denise Kennedy, ECHO Services Agreement, 2AXEND, LLC, Regular Meeting of the ECHO Executive Board of Directors, September 12, 2023, ECHO Public Hearing on the FY24 ECHO Budget, September 12, 2023 Minutes, 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. Adjournment

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