Board Briefs - Key Highlights

board briefs

Here are a few highlights from the Board of Education meeting. Full meeting agendas can be viewed on our website or by clicking here, and full livestream recordings are also available and can be viewed here. 

November 18, 2021

Click here to watch the Superintendent’s Update (video)

Board Awards

Students of the Month

  • Nicole Swiatlowski, Grade 11 - Lake Zurich High School
  • Christopher Chang, Grade 8 -  Middle School South
  • Nicoletta Tomaino, Grade 8 -  Middle School North
  • Hailey Warren, Grade 5 - Isaac Fox Elementary
  •  Isaiah Morales, Grade 3 -  Seth Paine Elementary
  •  Moksha Nagulapalli, Grade 2 -  May Whitney Elementary
  • Joie Greenberg, Grade 2 -  Sarah Adams Elementary
  • Gabriella Poreba, Grade 1 -  Spencer Loomis Elementary

Parent Volunteer of the Month

  • Jamie Altman, Spencer Loomis Elementary School

Staff Member of the Month

  • Michele Griffith, Seth Paine Elementary School

Facilities Committee Update

  • May Whitney Demolition
    • Asbestos abatement beginning next week
    • Demolition scheduled for late January/early Feb.
  • Middle School STEAM Additions
    • Submitted paperwork to Hawthorn Woods
    • Bids will come to the Board of Ed at the January 11, 2022 meeting
  • Isaac Fox Playground
    • Save about $100,000 if this project is completed as a part of the middle school project
    • Will come to the Board of Ed for discussion during the December 4, 2021 meeting
  • LZHS Interior Renovations
    • Univents arrived and will be installed during winter break
  • District high school property
    • Title commitment, surveying property, continue with soil borings, wetland delineation

Action Plan 4C19B - District Enrollment Map Boundaries

Mrs. Cullinan provided the final report for Action Plan 4C19B: Develop and Implement a District enrollment map that enrolls student in schools according to criteria maximizing student and family engagement, student learning and fiscal responsibility. The inclusive and transparent process ran smoothly, and has been successfully implemented district-wide.  Budgetary impact was limited, and allowed for the elimination of the mobile classroom lease expense.

Course Proposals for 22-23 School Year

Mr. Gimm and Mrs. Wagner presented the list of new course proposals for implementation during the 2022-23 school year. The Board of Education approved all proposed courses. A complete list and description of those courses can be found by clicking here (or visiting the Meeting Agenda link under School Board on the district website, then selecting the Nov. 18th meeting).

Presentation of Proposed School Fees for School Year 22-23

Dr. Romano presented the proposed school fees for school year 22-23. The Administration has surveyed neighboring school districts for comparable fees. District’s 95 registration fees are well below the average of the surveyed Districts. Schools Districts charge a variety of fees for registration, activities, equipment, etc. that vary from district to district. The data shows that the District’s general registration fees continue to be notably lower than the average. Due to the current environment the Administration is only recommending minor fee changes for the 2022-2023 school year. Listed below are the fees that are being recommended. This item moves to the December Board of Education meeting for discussion and action. A list of the proposed fees can be found by clicking here.

Award of Demolition and Abatement Bids

Motion approved to award the 100 Church Street Building Demolition and Site Restoration – Bid Release 1 building demolition to Johler Demolition in the amount of $718,000 and authorize the Asst. Superintendent of Business and Operations to execute the contract.

Motion approved to award the 100 Church Street Building Demolition and Site Restoration – Bid Release 1 asbestos abatement to Husar Abatement, Ltd in the amount of $219,000 and authorize the Asst. Superintendent of Business and Operations to execute the contract.

Health & Wellness: COVID Update

General health updates were provided regarding the 7 and 14 day incidence rates, which continue to place our 60047 zip code area in the substantial range of COVID cases. The superintendent also shared the internal district case information including the following:

District 95 Internal Data

  • Total Cases to Date: 149 (19 staff, 130 students)
  • Current active cases (students/staff currently in isolation): 2 staff, 28 students
  • Current school-based exclusions: 64
  • Current staff/students in test-to-stay protocol: 1 staff, 62 students

District Health & Wellness Committee

  • Draft letter to Governor Pritzker (advocating for more flexibility in implementing District plan (post holiday break)
  • Continue pilots:
    • LZHS Pilot: 1 class per department to reduce to less than 3 feet
    • Spencer Loomis Pilot: Allow for cohorts to be combined for one grade level during intervention time
  • Gather operational information regarding taking attendance, student spacing, and alternate areas for students to sit (if uncomfortable) while eating at tables. Review and discuss next steps (post winter break)
  • Voluntary submission of vaccination cards (info update to District website)

On Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, 434 vaccinations were administered to students in the 5 -11 year old age range through a partnership between District 95 and Jewel-Osco.