Superintendent Tammy Prentiss had the opportunity to observe and represent District 86 at the DuPage County courthouse, on July 24, where Judge Paul Fullerton reviewed the request to approve the Consent Order as petitioned by the Illinois Attorney General. Attorneys each representing the villages of Burr Ridge, Darien, Willowbrook, and Hinsdale successfully argued their case to be provided 30 days to have input into the Consent Order that was before Judge Fullerton. The next hearing date is scheduled for September 6, 2019.
District 86 will continue an active role in monitoring and participating in this process. All stakeholders have a right to know that high standards of care are being set and monitored. Our priority is the health and safety of our staff, students, and families in the communities we serve.
Superintendent Prentiss reported to the Board that the District had approximately 40 end user meetings with ARCON over the summer. ARCON and Pepper Construction are continuing to work on recommendations for the Facilities Committee.
Future Ready Facilities: 2019 Bond Sale Summary
Jennifer Currier, from PMA Securities, presented to the Board a summary of the 2019 bond sale. Eight national and local firms placed bids and the bonds were sold June 18, 2019, through competitive sale, to J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC with a true interest cost of 2.964653. The actual debt service for the 2019 bonds is more than $4.5 million lower than estimated in January.
The Board approved the
as amended. The consent agenda includes personnel, stipends, board bills, and meeting minutes. Click on the link to access the meeting agenda and then scroll down to see Consent Agenda items beginning under number 5.
Approve the Actively Learn Contract Renewal
The Board voted to approve the renewal of a three-year agreement in the amount of $34,362.00 per year for the online literacy platform Actively Learn, which was presented at the June 17 Regular Action Meeting.
Achieve3000 Contract Renewal
The Board voted to approve the renewal of a two-year agreement in the amount of $33,814.00 plus $4,534.00 for additional modules and services in year one and $22,543.00 plus $3,022.00 for additional modules and services in year two for Achieve3000. The District began using Achieve3000 in 2016.
The Board voted to approve the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grant expenditure for Edgenuity totaling $144,000.00. The renewal is a three-year agreement in the amount of $48,000.00 per year for the instructional software. The District began using Edgenuity in 2016.
Approve Director of Communications
The Board voted to approve the recommended candidate for the Director of Communications position. The contract for this position begins August 12, 2019.
Board President Nancy Pollak requested that the Policy Committee work with administration to draft a social media policy for the Board of Education. President Pollak also noted that the staff feedback surveys were shared with all Board members. The Board will discuss the staff feedback surveys and provide direction to administration on how to move forward at the August 8 Committee of the Whole meeting.
Appointment of a Special Committee Regarding Community Engagement with Construction
The Board discussed the creation of a special committee regarding community engagement as it relates to construction. The objective of this committee is to engage and leverage the expertise of the District 86 community by involving them in the construction process. Superintendent Prentiss recommended to the Board that individuals interested in this committee have a deep understanding of the District’s need through prior participation on a District facility or steering committee or have industry expertise.
The Board gave direction to administration to create an application, which will return to the Board at the August 8 Committee of the Whole meeting. The Facilities Committee will review the applications and make a recommendation to the Board at the August 22 Regular Action Meeting.
Per Board Policy 2:150, special committees may be created for specific purposes or to investigate special issues and shall comply with the Open Meetings Act. A special committee shall be automatically dissolved after presenting its final report to the Board or at the Board's discretion.
Superintendent Prentiss reported to the Board that ARCON and Pepper have been working diligently and will present to the Facilities Committee, on August 16, options regarding the different phases of construction. The Facilities Committee will bring their report back to the Board at the August 22 Regular Action Meeting.
Superintendent Prentiss updated the Board on the residency and registration process and thanked the team for their hard work.
Certified Staff Vacancies
Administration reported to the Board that all but one certified staff vacancy has been filled. Administration is currently screening finalists and will bring the recommendation back to the Board on August 8.
The meeting adjourned at 7:54 pm.