Recap of September 24 Board of Education Meeting

Recap of September 24 Board of Education Meeting
Posted on 09/25/2019

Special Recognitions and Presentations

-Representatives from the Chocolate Chips Association discussed the organization’s relationship with Oakdale Elementary School, and they work they are doing with students.

-The District’s Communication Department discussed some of its recent awards from the Illinois Chapter of the National Schools Public Relations Association. 

Action Items

-The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of K-5 ReadyGen DL Materials in the amount of $479,259. In addition to ReadyGen online access, Academic Supports and Programs would offer Diverse Learner students and teachers a set of K-5 materials for each grade level that will better assist teachers in meeting the needs of their students.  The purchase of these materials will supplement what they already have access to in the classroom. 

-The Board of Education voted to approve the agreements and procedures for Board Member conduct, developed during Board Member leadership self evaluation led by Dee Molinare of the Illinois Association of School Boards. The Board of Education completed its leadership self-evaluation with the Illinois Association of School Boards on June 17, 2019.  A part of that assessment is to develop agreements for Board member conduct. 

-The Board of Education voted to approve the WHS Music Department to attend the Walt Disney World Orlando in Orlando, Florida. The conference dates are March 21-25, 2020 . The group could range from 100 - 150 participants including chaperones (ensemble directors and parents).  Students in band, choir and orchestra have the opportunity to travel with the music department to perform and attend professional workshops with Disney artists.  

-The Board of Education voted to approve facility usage fees be waived for the use of Abbott Middle School and Miguel Juarez Middle School parking lots for Association Events Latinos For Waukegan. This event took place on September 15, 2019. Total cost is $120.

-The Board of Education voted to suspend the portion of Policy 6041, Student Appearance, related to Consequences which would result in the student missing educational programming due to dress code violations, other than related to changing into appropriate dress while at school, pending Board review and approval of comprehensive updates to the Student Appearance policy under discussion by the Parent/Teacher Advisory Committee.

Personnel Items

-The Board of Education voted to approve the appointments, retirements and resignations of 22 employees. 

-The Board of Education voted to approve the attendance of Dr. Jason Nault and Ms. Theresa Plascencia, at the 2019 RTM Fall Education Congress Conference at an estimated cost not to exceed of $1,500 per employee. The conference is a customized learning experience based on the goals and priorities identified in our district's Strategic Plan and also a networking experience to work with other district level administrators. The conference dates are October 20-22, 2019. 

 -The Board of Education voted to retroactively approve the costs associated with Ms. Donna Wilson's attendance at the AP for All Institute in Denver, Colorado on July 14 to 18 in the total amount of $2,104.67.

-The Board of Education voted to approve Eduardo Cesario, Deputy Superintendent and LeBaron Moten, Chief Operations Officer to attend the 55th Annual IASA Conference in Springfield, on September 24-September 27. The estimated total cost is $2,600 or $1,300 per person.

-The Board of Education voted to approve the attendance of Cretia Kirkwood-Rasul at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Nashville on November 19-23, 2019 at an approximate cost of $3,500.

-The Board of Education voted to approve the request for out of state Professional Development for the DL Social Work Coordinator and Speech and Language Pathologist Coordinator for $4,408.

-The Board of Education voted to approve the dismissal of Employee #20364, pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/10-22.4.

-The Board of Education voted to approve the Sixth Amendment to the Superintendent's performance based contract and authorize the Board President to execute the amendment. Pursuant to the Superintendent's Performance Based contract, the Board annually evaluates the Superintendent's performance and her progress in executing the agreed performance goals.  The Superintendent's evaluation has been completed and the proposed amendment documents her successful performance during the period of 2018-2019. New performance goals for the current school year have been jointly developed.


-Representatives from Waukegan High School’s Athletic Department and the District’s JAMS program gave a detailed presentation about district athletic programs. 

- Staff gave a presentation about recommend modifications to the District’s dress code policies.

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