Budget Hearing 

Brad Goldstein, Chief Financial Officer, presented the Tentative Budget for FY21.   Initiatives to be undertaken were discussed, including $5.4M for necessary facility work related to substantial Health/Life Safety and Facility Repairs, as well as COVID-19 related expenditures. Financial factors were also presented including property tax levy considerations, federal and state revenues and expenditures, and strategic planning. Total Budgeted Revenues for FY21 are $47,864,000 Total Budgeted Expenditures for FY21 are $53,420,000.  The District will address deferred facility maintenance items of over $5.4 million out of fund balance in FY21, as the District moves forward with the Educational Master Facility Plan. Operating Cost Per Pupil exclusive of COVID-19 related expenditures are increasing at 0.6%, well below the 3% target.  The District is expected to see a total operating surplus of $328,000. The Board voted to approve the tentative budget, and establish a public hearing to be held at 7:00 p.m. on September 22, 2020 at Carleton Washburne.

Regular Meeting 

Dawn Livingston, President, welcomed all in attendance, whether in person or virtual. She commended the school community for working together to problem-solve in the midst of a shift to facilities, teaching and learning, and safety practices. It was noted that the School Board had three Special Board Meetings over the summer to accomplish a great deal of work in anticipation of opening of our schools while meeting guidance from ISBE and IDPH.  Plans may shift and may need to be re-evaluated, and Ms. Livingston asked for patience and flexibility as the District is dealing with an evolving situation.

Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, thanked the custodial and maintenance teams for working diligently throughout the summer to ensure the proper safety measures and clearing practices could be in place for the start of school. She thanked PTO leadership for providing additional support during this unprecedented start to our school year and noted collaboration with the our Village, Police and Fire Departments on planning, including most recently filming a PSA for our community with safety reminders surrounding wearing masks, social distancing, and hand washing. She asked that the school community make every effort to support our collective safety, and continue to reference District communications on Planning for 2020-2021.


Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, and District 36 Administration provided an update onthe District's 2020-2021 plan, including details on Health and Safety, Staffing, Teaching and Learning, and logistical considerations connected to the start of the school year.  To view the presentation in its entirety, click here.

1. Redistricting Update-Village Commitments

Brad Goldstein, Chief Financial Officer, updated the Board on progress related to redistricting.  Painting of the tunnel is complete.  Signage, bike ramps, updated street markings will all be completed this week.  

The before and after school program enrollment was examined, along with a discussion to postpone implementation until there is more interest to meet the 15 child minimum at each site.

The District demonstrates a commitment to all students and staff and strives to ensure our practices and policies promote equity for all. In recent months, the District heard from many staff, some parents, community members and neighboring school districts that there is passion and eagerness to work together on District goals and plans related to equity and racial justice.  The District will be partnering with Courageous Conversations on professional learning and capacity building this year.

Following a 2nd read and with no edits requested, the Board voted to adopt updates to policies presented, as recommended by the Policy Subcommittee, during the Consent Agenda portion of the meeting.

The Consent Agenda and the following Action Items were approved:

  1. FY 21 Tentative Budget
  2. Right At School Addendum to Agreement
  3. North Shore Transit Amendment
  4. School Calendar 2020-2021
  5. Section 125 Plan
  6. Memo of Understanding between the Board of Education and the Service Employees International Union #73
  7. Skokie School Assistant Principal Employment Contract

Other News:

The Board unanimously approved Mr. Louis Kotvis as Assistant Principal of The Skokie School. He began his new position on August 19, 2020, and will work with Principal Betty Weir to ensure a smooth transition into the position. Mr. Kotvis joins the District after most recently serving as an Instructional Coach at Skokie School District 73.5, where he facilitated professional learning opportunities and provided coaching to teachers on engaging and effective student-centered lesson planning and classroom instruction. 

The Complete Board Packet for the August 18, 2020, School Board Meetings is here.

Upcoming Regular Meeting Dates
September 22, 2020
October 20, 2020
November 24, 2020
December 15, 2020
January 26, 2021

February 23, 2021
March 23, 2021
April 27, 2021
May 25, 2021
June 15, 2021

Regular meetings are open to the public and will be held at Carleton Washburne School through June 2021. Regular meetings begin at 7:15 p.m. Work sessions are also open to the public and may be scheduled at the discretion of the Board. Discussion topics and times for work sessions will be posted on the District website 24 hours in advance.
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