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. 

October 28, 2021

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

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: 112 (16 staff, 96 students)
  • Current active cases (students/staff currently in isolation): 7 (7 students, 0 staff members)
  • Current school-based exclusions: 4 students
  • Current students in test-to-stay protocol: 7 students

Additionally the following internal testing data was shared:

screening testing results

District Health & Wellness Committee

  • Governor Pritzker re-signed the Disaster Proclamation
  • Discussion related to the organizations District 95 must follow in matters of health
    • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
    • Illinois Department of Public Health and Lake County Health Department
  • Lunch Practices
    • Maintain current practices. Continue to attempt to stretch distance between seats
  • Instructional arrangements may be more flexible to support collaborative learning for periods of no more than 15 minutes
    • 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

Teaching & Learning Committee Update

Assistant Superintendent Angela Stallion shared a summary of the first Student & Success Team meeting for the 2021-22 School Year. This meeting focused on

  • Potential ways to spend ESSER funds (approximately 1.6 million dollars)
  • Advancement of the Forward95 Strategy: 3B22 Parent Engagement
  • The District’s Draft Instructional Model that was developed by representative teaching staff and administrators was discussed. This model was also shared with the entire staff during the Teacher’s Institute held in October
  • The District is participating in an Internship Consortium with other area school districts

Facilities Committee Update

May Whitney Demolition Schedule

  • November 11, 15, 2021: Old MW Community Tours
  • November 22, 2021:  Asbestos Abatement begins
  • January: Police and Fire Training at old May Whitney building
  • Sidewalk work: LZ Fire Department requested it be done before demolition

Preservation/Commemoration of May Whitney

  • Alternates to Bid Package
    • Preserved and placed in pallets for future project -black granite entrance / decorative limestone
    • Pallets of Brick
      • Commemorative bricks
      • Identify cost of project
      • Foundation partnership

Several Administrative Reports were made to the Board including the following items:

Financial Update

  • An update related to the Forward 95 Financial Dashboard action item (4C19C) was shared with the Board members. Dr. Romano spent time demonstrating a mock-up for Board members to comment on and make additional suggestions prior to the dashboard being added to our District’s website. This dashboard is being designed by a representative committee, consisting of parents, staff, administration, Board member, and Lake Zurich Village staff member.
  • Dr. Romano also presented the District’s 2021 Levy Recommendations. The tentative levy recommendation is $84,529,463 not including Bond and Interest. This is $2,405,806 more than the estimate of what we will receive. This extension is 4.99% over the prior year. This amount is below the Truth in Taxation threshold so the Truth in Taxation procedures will not need to be followed for publication in the paper. While not required, the Board may still have the levy hearing before the December board meeting as an opportunity for the public to address the Board. The following is a comparison of the total tax rate as of the 2020 levy.
total tax rate as of 2020 levy
  • Dr. Romano also presented typical reports related to the District’s cash flow as well as the first quarter Quarterly Financial Report.


Summer Learning Report

Dr. Walsh shared the summer learning report attached to the Forward 95 action plan: 1D20, Develop Summer Learning Opportunities that Provides Students Access to Personalized Learning Opportunities to Meet their Needs. This report included student performance data, as well as areas of strength and opportunities for future improvement. The full report can be found by clicking here.


School Board Delegate and Resolutions

The Board of Education discussed the need to fully review all of the IASB Resolutions to be voted on by Ms. Eileen Maloney at the upcoming Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) delegate meeting on November 20, 2021. The Board will provide Ms. Maloney with direction at the November 4, 2021 Board of Education meeting.