November 2019
Dear District 67 Community Member,
 
To keep you informed, we will be sending you the District 67 Board Report on a monthly basis. Please note: These are not the official minutes of the Board of Education. Minutes once approved, all board agendas, packets, and videos can be found here. 
President’s Report
Board President Mike Borkowski stated that the past month has been a difficult time for all. Mike noted that it has also been a time that has made him unbelievably proud and he expressed deep gratitude to the teachers, staff, administrators, and particularly Superintendent Mike Simeck and Deputy Superintendent Rebecca Jenkins. Mike underscored the Board’s commitment to reviewing processes with an eye towards continuous improvement, and he thanked his fellow board members for analyzing all the facts and making decisions independently. View written report View video  

Superintendent’s Report
Mike Simeck recognized the following Deer Path students who were selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Regional Convention in Milwaukee: Emi Chichester, Luke Chichester, Gracie Clawson, Caroline Koval, Shalini Krishnaswamy, Lexi Makowiecki, and Maddie Phillips. These students completed a challenging audition process and will join singers from ten states to perform a concert for over a thousand choir directors. 

Mike thanked the science teachers and Director of Innovation Renee Fitzsimmons for their involvement with the Deer Path science lab renovation project. Mike commented that last year’s bids came in at prohibitively high rates and were rejected. The project was rebid in a more favorable market, with some modifications to non-essential aspects of the labs, and with a plan to begin demolition of the old labs over spring break. Subsequently, the project came in within the Board’s financial parameters. This means that our students will be able to walk into newly renovated science labs next fall. 

Public Participation
A resident thanked the Board for their service and leadership and asked the school community for respect and civil dialogue during public meetings. Two Deer Path staff spoke about the climate at Deer Path and dissatisfaction with the Board’s unanimous vote to approve the principal’s resignation. View video

Reports – Strategic Plan
Teachers from across the District highlighted aspects of the Strategic Plan. Co-Teaching was discussed with the goal of developing effective co-teaching partnerships and increasing the use of this model in the District. The use of digital tools to transform learning was overviewed. 5th grade parents will be asked for feedback on the new iPads. K-8 resources are being researched for word student, phonics, and grammar, with a recommendation to the Board anticipated in the spring. View written report View video

Compensation Committee
Jeff Folker reported that the District 67 Compensation Committee met with the District 115 Compensation Committee to review the criteria used in determining Shared Service compensation benchmark districts, and to identify Shared Service redundant tasks and workloads. Jeff commented that he will be meeting with consultants to determine the potential cost for a comprehensive review of the current Shared Service organizational structure and recommendations to improve efficiency and compensation expectations.  View written report View video

North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED)
Suzanne Sands shared a video that was presented to the NSSED Leadership Council that outlined the evolution of inclusive practices in education.  View written report View video
 
Legislative Liaison
Alice LeVert reported the Illinois General Assembly has adjourned until January 2020. Alice commented that she will serve as the District’s representative at the Illinois Association of School Board’s (IASB) Delegate Assembly. On behalf of the Board, she will vote on the proposed resolutions as discussed in the October Board meeting.
 
Spirit of 67 Foundation
Richard Chun reported that the Spirit of 67 raised over $100K from the Ladies Night Out and the Raise Your Hands for Education On-Line Auction. The Grant Application deadline is January 30. Home Tour planning is underway and will take place on May 7, 2020.  

Association of Parents and Teachers (APT)
Suzanne Sands reported that all schools reported very positive feedback about the visiting author and the Barrel of Monkeys presentations. The district-wide HUGS Food Drive was a great success with over 530 meal bags being assembled and $1,000 in gift cards that will be used to purchase turkeys for needy families. All the Fine Arts and Visiting Author programming has been scheduled. Thanks to the APT for coordinating and Spirit of 67 for Funding these exciting programs for our students.  View written report View video

Action Items
Approval of 2019 Tentative Levy, Approval of Science Lab Bids, etc. View video
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Next Meeting
Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Administration Center/West Campus, Board Room