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Board Update 3/08/21

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Discussion Items

Agenda Item 6.0

Return to In-person/Remote Update – 6.01
Strategic Goal (SG) 1: Student Growth and Achievement
The board reviewed and discussed the status of remote learning and a potential expansion of the hybrid model of in-person instruction. The board provided guidance to increase instruction for in-person students to four full days per week for elementary and five full days per week for junior high beginning on Monday, March 29. A remote learning option would still be offered. 

To view the presentation, please click here.

The district communicated updated information on the expansion of in-person instruction to families on March 10. 

Discussion of Elementary Math Resources – 6.02
SG 1: Student Growth and Achievement
During the 2019-20 school year, an elementary math pilot team was formed to pilot two core math programs (Bridges and Ready Classroom) and several supplementary options that were part of the programs, including Number Corner and iReady. In February 2020, the board approved the purchase of Number Corner and iReady as part of Phase #1 of the elementary math resource selection with further study needed to determine the best core resource. 

Since the initial pilot, and a pause in the process due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new math resource has become available called Illustrative Math (IM), and pilot teachers favored the idea of including this new resource in the evaluation process. 

After evaluating both Illustrative Math and Ready Classroom as part of Phase #2, the evaluation team recommended that Illustrative Math become the core math resource for grades K-5. 

Estimated costs for the program are as follows:

  • Illustrative Math Student Digital Licenses (per 1 year): $71,573
  • Teacher Manuals (Year One Only): $10,500
  • Student Printed Materials (annually): $95,000
  • Total Cost: $177,073

The board will vote on approval of the program at the board meeting on April 12, 2021.

Discussion of the Refuse/Recycling Service – 6.03
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
The district issued a call to bid for refuse/recycling services, requesting vendors to provide quotes for both general refuse and recycling pickup service for a one-year term. The base bid requested the cost at the administration center and all CCSD59 schools on a specific schedule set by the district, as well as to determine charges for on-call requests and any additional fees.

Republic Services, the district’s current vendor, provided the lowest bid with an approximate monthly total of $4,759.06 which would begin on July 1, 2021, and run through June 30, 2022. There is an option for two additional one-year renewals upon the district’s satisfaction and acceptance of the vendor’s prior year’s performance and service.

The board will vote on approval of the contract at the April 12, 2021, board meeting.

Discussion of PTAB Authorization to Intervene On Assessment Appeals – 6.04
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
The board discussed a resolution authorizing CCSD59 to intervene on all 2021 assessment appeals, rather than each time a notice is received from the Cook County Board of Review on a newly-filed appeal. CCSD59 intervenes in all cases, sometimes in partnership with District 214, depending on the location of the property and the requested amount of assessed value reduction. 

The board will vote at the April 12, 2021, board meeting to authorize Franczek Radelet P.C., as its legal representative. If approved, Franczek Radelet P.C., will file a Request to Intervene in Appeal Proceedings in all 2016-2021 assessment year appeals filed at the Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) for which the board receives notice from the Cook County Board of Review. Franczek Radelet P.C. will also represent the board’s interests in these proceedings.

Discussion of 2021-2022 School Year Pay Bus Fee – 6.05
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
Each year, the board approves the pay bus fee for the coming year. The pay bus fee is the amount a family pays for transportation if the student is non-eligible for free transportation. The pay bus fee for 2021-22 is based on the weighted cost per pupil calculation set by the state and the estimated regular education transportation costs. 

The proposed pay bus fee for 2021-22 is $379. If approved, this fee for 2021-22 will stay flat to the 2020-21 school year fee which is currently set at $379. The board will vote on the proposed pay bus fee at the April 13, 2021, board meeting.

Award of Bid for Maintenance Vehicles – 6.06
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
As part of the 2020-21 adopted budget, a total of $100,000 was estimated for the replacement of two maintenance vehicles. This coincides with the long-range plan for replacing vehicles on a regularly scheduled basis to minimize repair costs and maximize trade-in/resale value.

The bid called for the purchase of two vehicles which will be utilized for day-to-day maintenance operations. Bidders were asked to include trade-in values for two district vehicles with the trade-in allowances deducted from the bidder’s base price.

Bids were opened in January 2021 and were evaluated to verify compliance with the specifications set forth in the call to bid. One bid, provided by Currie Motors, met all specifications, with a base bid of $108,406 including fees, less the trade-in vehicles totaling $1,000. This resulted in a net bid of $107,406 for the two new vehicles.

The board will vote on approval of the award of the bid to Currie Motors at the April 12, 2021, board meeting.


Action Items 

Agenda Item 8.0

Approval of the 2021-22 School Calendar 8.01
SG 3: Family and Community Partnerships
The board approved the 2021-22 school year calendar for both traditional and balanced calendar students. Highlights include:

2021-22 traditional calendar: 

  • An opening day for staff on Monday, August 9, 2021, and students on Wednesday, August 11, 2021
  • Winter and spring vacation dates are similar to that of the district’s traditional calendar and Township High School District 214
  • An ending date for students for the 2021-22 school year on Friday, June 3, 2022, which includes five emergency days
  • The calendar is based upon 178 student attendance days
  • 184 staff work days with a total of 198 calendar days

2021-2022 balanced calendar (Ridge Family Center for Learning): 

  • An opening day for staff on Monday, July 19, 2021, and students on Wednesday, July 21, 2021
  • Winter and spring vacation dates are similar to that of the district’s traditional calendar and District 214
  • An ending date for students for the 2021-22 school year will be Friday, June 3, 2022, which includes five emergency days
  • The calendar is based upon 178 student attendance days
  • 184 staff work days with a total of 198 calendar days

The calendar for the 2021- 22 school year can be viewed here for the traditional calendar and here for the balanced calendar.

Approval of Holidays for the 2021-22 School Year – 8.02
SG 3: Family and Community Partnerships
Each year, the board adopts a resolution establishing official holidays for the next fiscal year. The holiday schedule serves as a guide for implementing negotiated contracts with employees in addition to establishing holidays. 

School Code (section 24-2) provides that the board can schedule teachers’ institutes, parent-teacher conferences, or staff development activities on these legal school holidays. A public hearing was held during the February 8, 2021, board meeting to meet the section 24-2 requirement of the School Code, with a request to designate President’s Day for Lincoln’s Birthday holiday and November 24, 2021, for Veteran’s Day holiday.

The board approved the holidays designated for the 2021-22 school year. To view the list of holidays, click here.

Approval Authorizing an Amendment of the Intergovernmental Agreement Relating to the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission – 8.03
SG 3: Family and Community Partnerships
The board approved the amendment to the intergovernmental agreement relating to the O’Hare Noise Compatibility agreement as presented by the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.

Approval of WAN (Wide Area Network) and Dedicated Internet – 8.04
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
As part of the E-Rate efforts to obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access for the 2021-22 school year, the district issued requests for proposals regarding two items: the Wide Area Network and Dedicated Internet. Current contracts for both these services expire on June 30, 2021.

After evaluating proposals from all vendors, the board awarded both 36-month contracts to Comcast as follows:

  • WAN at a cost of $284,328. Therefore, the overall net cost to the district is estimated to be $56,865.
  • Dedicated Internet at a cost of $109,800. Therefore, the overall net cost to the District is estimated to be $21,960. 
  • With a monthly cost of $10,948, the overall net cost to the District is estimated to be $78,826 over the 36-month period. Costs do not include taxes and surcharges.
  • All three services are subject to the E-Rate discount, which is currently at 80% but is revised annually. 

Approval of Donation to Early Learning Center from Mrs. Diane Cody – 8.05
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
The board approved the donation from Mrs. Diane Cody to the Early Learning Center in the amount of $500. This donation will be used to purchase food and gas gift cards for Early Learning Center families.

Approval of Captain Planet Foundation $3,000 Donation to Ridge Family Center for Learning8.06
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
The board approved a donation from the Captain Planet Foundation to Ridge Family Center for Learning in the amount of $3,000. The donation will be used to provide the school with raised garden beds and access to lessons, training, and curriculum regarding these outdoor laboratories.

Approval of Donation from Enchanted Backpack to Salt Creek Elementary School – 8.07
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
The board approved a donation of school supplies and other goods from Enchanted Backpack to Salt Creek Elementary School with an estimated value of $9,000. Teachers and families can select items they need from the donations, which will reduce the cost of school supplies for Salt Creek families.

 

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