News from February 18, 2020 Board of Education meeting

News from February 18, 2020 Board of Education meeting

The February 18, 2020 regular Board of Education meeting was held on-site at Jefferson School. A video of the meeting is now available on the Board meetings webpage. The video is conveniently time-marked, so you may select any agenda topic to begin viewing.

After a closed session meeting, the School Board began the meeting with a welcome and introduction to Jefferson School led by Principal Lisa Halverson. The Board also recognized several student groups: winners of the Science Olympiad; winners of the District 64 Spelling Bee; and wrestling teams from both Emerson Middle School and Lincoln Middle School.

Other highlights from the meeting include:

  • Early enrollment forecast - District 64 can expect about 86 more students next year, an increase of about 4.5 sections, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Joel Martin told the School Board. While more staff would need to be added, there is enough space in the district’s eight schools to house new students - something staff will continue to monitor. Dr. Martin will present an update on the enrollment numbers at the next board meeting on March 16.
  • Food service provider contract - As the three-year contract for Quest Food Management nears its conclusion, School Board members are considering extending it for one year. District 64 staff recommends continuing with Quest, based on the level of service and quality of food. The administration will present information to the board on profits/losses as well as information for both the elementary and middle school food programs at the March 16 meeting.