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News from January 26th, 2023 Board of Education Meeting

News from January 26th, 2023 Board of Education Meeting

The District 64 Board of Education held a regular meeting on Thursday, January 26th, at Jefferson Early Childhood Center. 


Spotlight on Lincoln Middle School

  • Lincoln Principal David Szwed and Assistant Principal Tim Gleason gave the community a look at all the great things going on at Lincoln. His presentation centered around his gratitude to the staff and students who make Lincoln an extraordinary place. 
  • Mr. Szwed’s presentation begins here, and it ends with a slide that says “Pride In Tradition. Potential In Together. Lincoln Middle School.”
  • “I don’t often get the opportunity to thank those that deserve to be thanked, and so I just wanted to say thanks to some of those individuals at Lincoln that make it what it is,” said Mr. Szwed. 

Mascots and School Websites Update

  • Communications Specialist Chris Lilly provided an update on the progress on the redesigns of the school websites. The new school websites will go live sometime this weekend. The URLs remain the same, but you’ll notice a visual difference. By following the District template, the changes make the websites easier to navigate while emphasizing storytelling. 
  • In addition to the new school websites, we unveiled new school logos! These logos establish a more professional and consistent visual identity across all of our schools. 

Adoption of Resolution #1306 Directing the Chief School Business Official Under the Direct Supervision of the Superintendent to Begin Preparation of a Tentative Budget for the 2023-2024 Fiscal Year in accordance with Board Policy 4:10 Fiscal and Business Management and the Illinois School

  • Motion Approved

Approval of Settlement Agreement with Non-Certified Employee

  • Motion Approved

Approval of Seventh Amendment to Regular Education Transportation Services Contract Approval of Fifth Amendment to Special Education Transportation Services Contract

  • Both Motions Approved
  • District 64 extended its transportation contracts with our current provider Lakeview. 
  • “We all know that it’s been a very challenging bussing environment, wages, trying to find vehicles. Even though we had some challenges at the beginning of the year, we’re doing substantially better than our neighbors with bus drivers and late routes,” said CSBO Dr. Adam Parisi. 

Discussion and Approval of Student Fees for 2023-2024

  • Motion Approved
  • Dr. Parisi recommended to the Board maintaining the rates of most of the fees from the 2022-2023 school year. Weighing both educational and economic needs for the District, the required fees will remain the same for the 15th consecutive year. Meanwhile, transportation and chorus participatory fees will go up. Dr. Parisi stressed the importance of these changes and how they will aid in a balanced budget. 

Discussion and Approval of Kindergarten Tuition for 2023-2024

  • Motion Approved

Approval of Architect of Record

  • Motion Approved
  • The Board approved Wight and Company as the architect of record.

Adoption of Resolution #1307 Authorizing the engagement of a Real Estate Broker To Sell Real Property

  • Motion Approved

Recommendation of Approval of Purchases and Contracts for the 2023 E-Rate Projects

  • Motions Approved
  • Led by Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology Mary Jane Warden, District 64 went through a bidding process and evaluated proposals to determine which vendors were the best fit for our needs. 

Approval of Recommended Personnel Report

  • The regular personnel report was approved.
  • The Board voted separately to approve the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Eric Olson. The vote was 4-3 in approval. 

Consent Agenda

  • Motion Approved

Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Park Ridge for Crossing Guards

  • Motion Approved

Approval of Minutes

  • Motion Approved

Discussion of  Selected Executive Search Firms

  • The Board and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Joel Martin discussed the next steps in finding a new superintendent. 
  • The three search firms the Board would like to interview are School Exec Connect, BWP and HYA. 
  • There will be a Special Board Meeting on February 1st at 6 p.m. to interview the three search firms. The meeting will take place at the Jefferson Early Childhood Center - Hendee Room. 
  • The Board also approved the authorization of Board Vice President Carol Sales to be able to call meetings, discuss with legal counsel, and set agenda items around and talk with the search firm to discuss action items around hiring a new superintendent.

Together We Discover, Learn, Grow & Care

At D64, our mission is to foster opportunities for discovery, engagement, and growth for all students. We accomplish this by nurturing interdependence, appreciation of differences, and care for self and others.

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