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Sunnybrook School District 171 Board Agenda 5/20/24

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.
  6. Recommended Motion: Consent Agenda
    • To approve the Regular Board of Education meeting minutes of April 15, 2024, Closed session minutes of April 15, 2024, May expenses and April payroll in the amount of $1,538,923.12, as presented.
  7. Communications
  8. Informational Items
    • From: Maria Jones/Public Search to compile a salary database
      Requesting the following information:
      Executive Assistant to the Superintendent.
      Current Salary, Years Within this Role, Stipend Amounts, Total Compensation
  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 KE Transportation contract for the 2024-2025 school year
    • Recommended Motion: To acknowledge the following service award recipients: Congratulations to all!
      • 30 years: Sue Brady (1994-2024)
      • 10 years: James Dankert (2014-2024)
      • 10 years: Jenna Holzhauser (2014-2024)
      • 10 years: Mark Peebles (2014-2024)
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the re-employment 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.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve Math Muscles to oversee and implement a math jump start program for incoming 3rd-8th grade students (July 29th-August 15th), not to exceed $30,000 from ESSER 3 funds.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the cost of the Annual CUBE Conference for six board members and Superintendent which takes place in Las Vegas, NV, (Oct 28, 2024-Oct 30, 2024).
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the summer gardening with Mr. Arthur Czarobski, salary of $18.00 per hour, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the purchase of Elevate Science for grades K-8 by Savvas: A current Science Curriculum in the amount of no more than $370,000 paid out of ESSER 3 General funds.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the purchase of Into Reading Journals/close reading workbooks by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: A current ELA Curriculum in the amountof no more than $17,000 paid out of ESSER 3 funds.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the installation of bleachers by E.T. Paddock Enterprises, Inc. at Heritage Middle School in the amount of $29,162, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the Contract for Therapy Services with Omni Therapeutics, Inc. for the 2024- 2025 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the Classroom Lease Agreement between Sunnybrook S.D. #171 and ECHO for the 2024-2025 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the amended ISBE calendar for the 2024-2025 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the resignation of Ms. Monica Smith, cleaner at Heritage Middle School, effective immediately.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Ms. Juana Mendez, 5th grade teacher, BA +18, salary of $55,622.00, effective for the 2024-2025 school year, pending successful background check results, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the cost of the Triple I Conference, Chicago, IL. for seven board members to attend on November 15-17, 2024.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the following contracts for the 2024-2025 school year:
      • Dr. Lori Owens Stranc, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Curriculum
      • Mr. David Shrader, Chief Financial Business Official
      • Ms. Juliann Greene, Director of Pupil Services
      • Dr. Mike McGowan, Director of Technology
      • Mrs. Chantelle Cambric, Principal, Heritage Middle School
      • Mr. Joseph Dolan, Assistant Principal, Heritage Middle School
      • Mr. Joseph Kent, Principal, Nathan Hale School
      • Mr. Joel Sarkey, Assistant Principal, Nathan Hale School
      • Mrs. Helene Mendoza, Administrative Assistant, Pupil Services
      • Mrs. Shari Hooton, Payroll/Bookkeeper
      • Mrs. Brenda Camalick, Executive Assistant to Superintendent
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the resignation, with regret, of Ms. Amanda Alderfer, fourth grade teacher, Nathan Hale School, effective at the end of the 2023-2024 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the one year 2024-2025 transportation renewal contract with Kickert School Bus Line, Inc., with 5.5% increase from the 2023-2024 contract, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the Resolution providing for the issue of not to exceed $5,000,000 General Obligation Limited Tax School Bonds for the purpose of increasing the Working Cash Fund of the District, providing for the levy of a direct annual tax to pay the principal and interest on said bonds, and authorizing the sale of said bonds to the purchaser thereof.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the final ISBE calendar for the 2023-2024 school year, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the ECHO Executive Board of Directors meeting minutes from March 12, 2024, Resolution Authorizing and Approving Change in Designation of Township Treasurer for ECHO Funds, ECHO Independent Contractor Agreement with ExspertHiring, LLC, ECHO Independent Contractor Agreement with William Holder, ECHO Independent Contractor Agreement with ProCare Therapy, as presented.
    • Recommended Motion: To approve the employment of Ms. Kashshay Smith, Summer Worker/Student, effective May 28, 2024, salary of $14.00 per hour, (Cook County minimum wage for 2024), 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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