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News from March 6th, 2023 Board of Education Meeting

News from March 6th, 2023 Board of Education Meeting

The District 64 Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, March 6th, at Jefferson Early Childhood Center. 


District 64 Campaign for the Park Ridge Community Fund

  • Roosevelt Principal Dr. Kevin Dwyer and Lincoln Assistant Principal Tim Gleason serve as Co-Chairs for the Park Ridge Community Fund, and they gave the Board an update on how fundraising went this year. 
  • This year’s theme was “giving begins at home,” and the D64 staff donated $8,771.88! In all, 25% of District 64 employees contributed to the fund. Donations support a wide variety of health and social service agencies to help those in need in our community. 

District Spelling Bee Recognition

  • Franklin 4th-grader Victoria Antyufeeva won the District 64 Spelling Bee in February. Victoria won in the 13th round after spelling “installation” correctly. 
  • The top three finishers from the District 64 Spelling Bee were honored at the Board meeting. Joining Victoria at the meeting were John Hayashi (Emerson 6th-grader) and Micah Cronin (Field 4th-grader). 
  • Congratulations to Victoria, John, and Micah, as well as the other 21 spellers who advanced from the school-level spelling bees. 
  • Victoria will compete at the North-Cook ISC Regional Spelling Bee on March 15th. 

Spotlight on Field Elementary School

  • Field Principal Dr. Courtney Goodman and Assistant Principal Christa Donnelly gave an informative look at what makes Field unique. 
  • The focus of their presentation was on how great of a community exists at Field and how that strengthens other parts of the school.
  • “We really have been focusing on how to create a sense of belonging and connection,” said Dr. Goodman referring to not only students but also the staff. A video was also shared with Field students expressing what makes Field special. One student said, “I think it’s special because you have a lot of your friends and the teachers are so nice. And it’s just a great place to learn.”
  • Their presentation can be viewed here.

Approval of Mediation Agreement with Student 2022-2023 (2)

  • Motion Carries

Approval of 2022-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Board of Education and Support Staff Council (SSC) of District 64

  • Motion Carries
  • SSC has about 79 employees. 
  • The new deal will add approximately $591,000 to the District’s expenditures over the three-year life of the contract. 
  • “Our secretarial, custodial, and maintenance employees play an essential role in ensuring our schools run smoothly and create a positive environment for our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Eric Olson. “This agreement recognizes their valuable contributions and provides fair compensation and benefits that will help them continue to thrive in their roles.” 
  • “I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of the SSC bargaining team and look forward to continuing our partnership to support our students and staff,” added Dr. Olson. 
  • Board members Gareth Kennedy and Dr. Denise Pearl were on the mediation team representing the Board. 
  • You can find more information about the agreement on our website.

Approval of 2022-2027 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Board of Education and PRTAA

  • Motion Carries
  • PRTAA has about 76 teaching assistants. 
  • The new deal will add a little more than $800,000 to the District’s expenditures over the five-year life of the contract. 
  • This is the first time the Board and PRTAA have agreed to a contract that is five years long, the previous two have been for four years. 
  • “We are thrilled to announce another multi-year agreement with our teacher assistants, continuing the Board of Education’s commitment to the taxpayers while recognizing the vital role teacher assistants have in our schools,” said Board President Dr. Denise Pearl. 
  • Board members Carol Sales and Phyllis Lubinski were on the mediation team representing the Board. 
  • You can find more information about the agreement on our website.

Discussion & Approval of Summer 2023 Construction Projects

  • CSBO Dr. Adam Parisi and Director of Facility Management Anthony Bersani brought two items of need to the Board. Replacing carpeting at Emerson Middle School as well as mitigation and restoration of the Lincoln Middle School LRC interior and exterior walls. 
  • “It has some wear and tear on some items, especially on the first floor and the high-traffic areas,” said Dr. Parisi on the carpet at Emerson. “We’re looking at replacing it with a similar type of carpet that we used this past year with the better quality carpet square. So if we have issues, we can pop them out and replace them.”
  • Bersani went through the two one-year studies the District did on moisture in the walls at Lincoln’s LRC. The first study was done in the summer of 2021, and it found moisture content in the brick walls. The study the following year found that the brick walls were still holding high moisture levels.  
    • The proposed plan is to restudy the moisture in the walls. Part of this process would be to remove the paint and sealant on the interior walls allowing the brick to breathe. Additionally, parts of the exterior wall would be investigated, like the lintels. The interior walls would be kept without the paint for a year as the moisture is monitored. After that time frame, “we can make an honest assessment of where we’re at and what we’re going to do collectively to come up with a plan for the future and what the interior walls can look like,” said Bersani. 
    • The process of taking off the paint on the walls will happen during summer break. 
  • Both Motions Carry

Discussion and Approval of Quest Food Management Services Contract Renewal

  • Motion Carries

Approval of Recommended Personnel Report

  • Motion Carries

Consent Agenda

  • Motion Carries

Approval of Minutes

  • Motion Carries

First Reading & Approval of Policy 2:210 Organizational School Board Meeting

  • This updated version of the policy complies with the legal changes that extended the time to seat a new Board from 28 to 40 days following an election. 
  • Motion Carries

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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