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Sunnybrook School District 171 Board Agenda 4/15/24

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

The April 15 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.
    • Pubic Hearing concerning the intent of the Board of Education of the District to sell $5,000,000 Working Cash Fund Bonds
  6. Recommended Motion: Consent Agenda
    • To approve the Regular Board of Education meeting minutes of March 28, 2024, April expenses and March payroll in the amount of: $1,914,191.16, 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. Juliann Greene, Director of Pupil Services 
    • Dr. Mike McGowan, Technology Director
    • Mrs. Chantelle Cambric, Principal, Heritage Middle School
    • Mr. Joseph Kent, Principal, Nathan Hale School
  11. Recommended Motions:
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the Consolidation District Plan for the 2025 school year.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the honorable dismissal of the following Paraprofessionals: Tracy Van Witzenburg, Autumn Richards, Carol Linville, Roxann White, Aaliyah Mayfield, Vivianna Lopez, Crystal Moore, Carol Wallace, Araceli Vargas, Jeri Lawrence, Carolyn Hillard, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To appoint Mr. David Shrader, Representative, and, as Alternate Representative, Ms. Shari Hooton to represent Sunnybrook School District 171 in the South Suburban Benefit Cooperative Board of Directors for fiscal year 2024-2025, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Mr. Josiah Luttjeboer, Physical
      Education teacher, Heritage Middle School, Step 10 of Lane BA, salary of $54,286, for the 2024-2025 school year, pending successful background check results, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Ms. Cari Labok, 6th grade ELA, Writing teacher, Heritage Middle School, salary of $50,133, Step 2 Lane BA, for the 2024- 2025 school year, pending successful background check results, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the contract agreement with Omni Therapeutics, Inc. for Therapy Services for the 2024-2025 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the agreement for Therapy Staffing Services, Milestone Therapy, LLC for the 2024-2025 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the purchase of Into Math by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: A current Math Curriculum in the amount of no more than $300,000 paid out of Title I and ESSER funds.
    • Recommended Motion: To accept the resignation, with regret, of Ms. Casey Hose, 5th grade Math teacher, Heritage Middle School, effective at the end of the 2024 school year, as presented.
  12. Visitors’ Statements
  13. 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.
  14. Adjourn meeting

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