Recap of September 22 Board Meeting

Recap of September 22 Board Meeting
Posted on 09/23/2020

Special Recognitions and Presentations

-The Board of Education read a resolution of honor in recognition of the life and service of Mr. Wayne Machnich.

-Representatives from Bravo Waukegan detailed some of the organization’s recent projects including a new online music library.


Action Items

The Board of Education voted to approve the annual contract renewal for School Mint, the parent company of HERO WPS60's school based attendance management system software, at an estimated cost of $34,566. School Mint is the parent company of HERO which is the school based attendance management system that has been in place in WPS60 for the past 10 years (previously named Start On Time). The electronic system provides schools to track attendance (in person and remote) for the purpose of rewarding students for being on time and present to school on a daily basis grades K-12. HERO is not a stand alone platform and is synced with Infinite Campus.


The Board of Education voted to approve the use of the Emergency Life Safety Funds to repair the chimney at Clark Elementary School. The estimated cost is $19,000.

The Board of Education voted to approve the amendments to Board Policy 2110, Uniform Grievance Procedure as presented by the administration for second reading.

The Board of Education voted to adopt Policy 2111, Title IX Uniform Grievance Procedures as presented by the administration for second reading.

The Board of Education voted to approve the retroactive purchase of annual art supplies from Omnia Partners, a cooperatively bid contract vendor, at a cost not to exceed $31,267

The Board of Education voted to purchase the KNOWBE4 services to provide Cyber-Security training to all teachers, students, staff and parents. The cost for this project is $78,000.00 with a three years contract. The estimated time to complete the implementation is approximately 4 months.

The Board of Education voted to purchase the fiber optics services from the company Crown Castle to the installation of four fiber optic connections from Brookside Campus to Lincoln Center and Armory. The cost for the installation is $96,000.00 annually. This amount will be added to our existing monthly fiber connection fees.

The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of Reading from A to Z in the amount of $104,014. Reading A-Z is a website that offers resources for differentiated reading instruction in addition to a wealth of other resources for teachers, including lesson plans, worksheets, graphic organizers, assessment tools, comprehension quizzes, fluency passages, and readers' theater scripts. 

The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of Savvas in the amount of $33,828. The purpose for the additional Core curriculum is to support new sections due to an increase of students. 

 


Personnel Items

The Board of Education voted to approve the appointments, retirements and resignations of 18 employees. 

The Board of Education voted to approve the consulting agreement with Anne Zahn to support the district's implementation of the EIR grant in the amount of $76,500. The Academic Supports and Programs (ASAP) team is requesting approval to consult with Anne Zahn to serve as the Project Director for the district's Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Grant. 

The Board of Education voted to approve the contract with Vicky Kleros-Rosales to assist in the creation of a comprehensive PreK-12 College & Career strategic plan in the amount of $7,500.

The Board of Education voted to approve the ratified contract extension with the Waukegan Professional Support Staff, and to authorize the President and Secretary of the Board of Education to sign the agreement on behalf of the Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 Board of Education. The Board of Education and the Waukegan Professional Support Staff Union have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract extension effective July 1, 2020 through June 20, 2022.  The contract extension requires WPSS members to contribute toward to cost of single health insurance coverage through payroll deductions at .32% of their pay for year one and year two.  In addition, members electing dependent coverage will be sharing in the cost increases in dependent health care coverage.  Wage increases over the course of the two-year extension are as follows: 1% cell increase with an average step increase of 3.41% in year one and the same in year two. 


Financial Items

The Board of Education voted to authorize the District's treasurer to make any and all inter-fund loans, not to exceed the aggregate sum of $10,700,000, as authorized in the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/20-5) and as required in order to make appropriate payments of expenditures of the School District. This authorization will expire after June 30, 2021. School districts, as authorized by 105 ILCS 5/20-5, are periodically permitted to lain monies between the General Fund (Education, Operations and Maintenance and Transportation Funds) or from the Working Cash Fund to cover temporary cash shortfalls in individuals funds.   "Shortfalls" exist due to the timing of revenue receipts versus the payment of expenditures.  This in no way means that projected positive fund balances will be negative at the end of the Fiscal Year or that the transfers are permanent.



Information Items

The Board of Education reviewed Policy 6048 Isolated Time Out, Time Out and Physical Restraint.

Staff presented results of School Resource Officer surveys which were conducted in early September.


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