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Sunnybrook School District 171 Board Agenda 3/18/24

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

The March 18 meeting of the District 171 School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. 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 of Education meeting minutes of February 26, 2024, closed session minutes of February 26, 2024, March expenses and February payroll in the amount of $1,731,770.00, as presented.
  7. Communications
  8. Information Items
    • FOIA Request: Retired Teachers Association Requesting names and email addresses of retirees for school year 2024
    • FOIA Request: Genesis One Requesting the current copier contract (s) for Sunnybrook S.D. #171
    • Annual Investment Report, Mr. David Shrader, Chief School Business Official
  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. 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 Reading:
      • Policy 7:6:0 Residence
      • Policy 5:250: Leaves of Absence
      • Policy 7:190: Student Behavior
      • Policy 7:270: Administering Medicines to Students
      • Policy 6:230: Library Media Program
      • Policy 2:20: Powers and Duties of the School Board; Indemnification
      • Policy 2:120: Board Member Development
      • Policy 2:200: Types of School Board Meeting
      • Policy 2:220: School Board Meeting Procedure
      • Policy 4:10: Fiscal and Business Management
      • Policy 4:60: Purchases and Contracts
      • Policy 4:130: Free and Reduced-Price Food Services
      • Policy 4:160: Environmental Quality of Buildings and Grounds
      • Policy 5:30: Hiring Process and Criteria
      • Policy 5:190: Teacher Qualifications
      • Policy 5:200: Terms and Conditions of Employment and Dismissal
      • Policy 5:210 Resignations
      • Policy 5:220: Substitute Teachers
      • Policy 5:330: Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays and Leaves
      • Policy 6:15 School Accountability
      • Policy 6:30: Organization of Instruction
      • Policy 6:50: School Wellness
      • Policy 6:60: Curriculum Content
      • Policy 7:70: Attendance and Truancy
      • Policy 7:160: Student Appearance
      • Policy 7:285: Anaphylaxis Prevention, Response, and Management Program
      • Policy 7:290: Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention
      • Policy 8:30: Visitors to and Conduct on School Property
  11. Recommended Motions:
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the ISBE calendar for the 2024-2025 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Ms. Monica Smith as full time cleaner at Heritage Middle School, hourly, $17.50, effective March 19, 2024, pending successful background check results, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To award the 2024 Heritage Security Entrance and Door Relocation work to the lowest responsible bidder, Chicago Heights Construction, Inc. in the amount of $390,915, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the purchase for Financial Literacy Curriculum and Professional Development by iMar Learning Solutions, LLC, funded by Title 1 in the amount of $18,060 for the 2025 school year.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Mr. Robert Spellings, full-time custodian, Nathan Hale School, hourly as per contract, effective March 19, 2024, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the Resolution declaring the intention to issue $5,000,000 Working Cash Fund Bonds for the purpose of increasing the Working Cash Fund of the District and directing that notice of such intention be published in the manner provided by law.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the revised FMLA for Ms. Maya Rusinque, effective February 12, 2024 and returning on April 22, 2024, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To waive and adopt the policies listed above, as presented.
  12. Visitors’ Statements
  13. Closed Session
    • 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.
  14. Adjournment

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