March 30, 2020 Board Highlights

March 30, 2020 Board Highlights

The District 64 Board of Education held its first-ever virtual public meeting on Monday night. Originally scheduled for March 16, the meeting was postponed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 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.

Using video conferencing, the Board discussed its remote learning plan, authorized asbestos abatement at Washington School and voted to keep school fees unchanged for next year. Highlights include:

  • Student Fees: Board members voted to keep fees at the same level for the 2020-21 school year. The general student fee ($84 per pupil for preschool and kindergarten; $227 for elementary; and $315 for middle school) will remain unchanged as will sports fees. The Extended Day Kindergarten program will also remain at $24 a day.
  • Washington School Improvements: An asbestos abatement program project for Washington School was approved at the cost of $132,140. The Board also approved a $417,390 bid to install new flooring in portions of the school. The overall improvement project, which will add a two-story, 8,700-square-foot addition and four more classrooms, was approved in July 2019. The project is currently underway and expected to be completed in August.
  • District 64 administrators presented an overview on the remote learning that is taking place since the closure of classrooms. District 64 was starting its third trimester when the COVID-19 outbreak forced the schools to close. District 64 will follow the Illinois School Board of Education’s recommendation to offer pass/incomplete grading.