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Board Update 12-13-21

Presentations 

Agenda Item 4.0

Ridge Stemscopes – 4.01
Fifth grade students from the Ridge Family Center for Learning shared a presentation about what they have been learning through the curriculum resource, STEMScopes. It features an inquiry-based model, which encourages students to take a deeper role in creating their learning experience and form their own questions and research. 

The students also shared an experiment with board members to demonstrate a small chemical reaction. You can view the presentation here


District Presentations

Agenda Item 6.0

COVID-19 Dashboard – 6.01
The board received an update on COVID-19 case and quarantine numbers among students and staff. Dr. Katie Ahsell, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Assessment, also previewed the upcoming vaccine clinic to be held at Holmes Junior High on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. 

Illinois School Report Card (IAR) – 6.02
The board viewed a presentation on the Illinois State Report Card for the district, which allows the public to see where school districts measure in state testing, assessment, and a summary of demographic data. This data covers the 2020-21 school year, including results from the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) from the spring and student attendance. The state indicates that the release of several assessment and testing results can be impacted by COVID-19.

You can view the presentation here.


Discussion Items

Agenda Item 7.0

Educational Space Utilization Study – 7.01
As part of the district’s equity audit and demographic study, administration is currently evaluating facilities to ensure educational spaces can maximize the needs of students and staff in a growing curriculum in the future. Several potential issues in regards to effective use of space have been preliminarily identified. 

ARCON Associates Inc. is proposing to facilitate a space utilization study to review existing spaces within the district buildings and evaluate the district’s curriculum and enrollment compared to the buildings’ current state. The study would include:

  • a proposed schedule and discussion of goals with the CCSD59 administration. 
  • a study of existing floor plans, identifying current functions of each space, and identifying programs that lack a dedicated space. 
  • documentation to support the decision-making process. 
  • a process and decision summary with a space utilization study report.

The Finance and Facilities Committee are recommending ARCON for this study for an amount not to exceed $95,000. ARCON’s proposal can be found here.

The board will vote on the approval of the educational space utilization study at the board meeting on January 10, 2022.

Intergovernmental Agreement with Mt. Prospect Park District – 7.02
The board discussed the development of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Mount Prospect Park District (MPPD). CCSD59 already has IGAs established with other fellow municipalities, including the Elk Grove Park District, so there can be a clear understanding of the relationship. The district has worked with its attorney to draft an official document tailored to the relationship with MPPD, which helps protect both parties in their work with the community, parents, and children.

The proposed IGA between CCSD59 and MPPD can be viewed here. The board will vote on approval of the IGA at the meeting on January 10, 2022.


Action Items

Agenda Item 9.0

Approval of Adoption of 2021 Tax Levy – 9.01
Strategic Goal (SG) 4: Stewardship of Resources
The board held a public hearing on November 8, 2021, regarding the 2021 tax levy. Following the hearing at that meeting, the board approved the adoption of a total tax capped levy in the amount of $92,997,042 for 2021, which is 4.99% above the 2020 extended levy of $88,572,997.

Approval of Authorizing Reduction of Certain Fund Levies for the 2021 Tax Levy – 9.02
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
Public Act 89-01 subjected Cook County school districts to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Act (“PTELA”) for the 2021 levy year. It also imposed a limit on the increase in tax extensions from the 2020 levy year to the 2021 levy year. The County Clerk has notified each Cook County taxing district now subject to the PTELA that it may direct the Clerk’s Office to make specific and necessary reductions to its tax levy for the 2021 levy year to meet the requirements of the PTELA.

The board approved the adoption to direct the County Clerk to make the necessary reductions to CCSD59’s tax levy for the 2021 levy year. This would mean the levies by fund shall be no less than the following amounts:

  • Education $79,304,999
  • Special Education   $1,011,550
  • Building     $4,960,781
  • Transportation   $ 4,791,545
  • Working Cash $0
  • Municipal Retirement     $1,597,182
  • Social Security     $1,330,985

If any additional reductions must be made to the district’s tax levy beyond those projected and specified by the board, 100% of such reductions shall be made to the Operations & Maintenance Fund.

Approval of Program Fee for Typically Developing Preschool Students for the 2022-2023 School Year – 9.03
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
Currently, CCSD59’s Preschool Program has space to host approximately 70 typically developing students. The 2021-22 school year rate charged to families with typically developing children for the program is $238 per month ($1,190 per semester, $2,380 per year). 

The board approved a 0% increase to the fee for 2022-23 after comparing the fee to other school districts in the area that blend the student population and where instruction is offered by certified teachers. 

The schedule will remain the same for typically developing students, with students attending a four-day (M, T, Th, & F) school week from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Approval of K-8 Instructional Materials Fees: 2022-2023 School Year – 9.04
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
In some previous years, instructional materials fees were collected to offset a portion of the cost of instructional materials and supplies. These were eliminated for the 2021-22 school year, meaning there was no instructional fee for all students, including kindergarten through eighth grade.

The board approved eliminating the instructional materials fees once again for the 2022-23 school year. 

Approval of Junior High School Extracurricular Participation Fees: 2022-2023 School Year – 9.05
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
Currently, the junior high school extracurricular participation fees for the 2021-22 school term, which offset a portion of the cost of materials and supplies for extracurricular activities, are as follows:

  • Basketball: $30
  • Cheerleading: $30
  • Cross Country: $15
  • Spirit Squad/Pom Poms: $30
  • Soccer: $30
  • Volleyball: $30
  • Wrestling: $30

The board approved keeping the extracurricular participation fees the same for the 2022-23 school year.

Approve Selection of Qualified Providers for Guaranteed Energy Savings Project – 9.06
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
Pursuant to Article 19b of the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/19b-1, et seq.), a school district may enter into a guaranteed energy savings contract with a qualified provider, if certain criteria are met.  

On October 29, 2021, CCSD59 issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking information from qualified providers in order to select one and subsequently consider a guaranteed energy savings contract pursuant to the school code mentioned. Once a provider is selected, the district will engage in negotiations for a guaranteed energy savings contract, which will be presented to the board for consideration and approval at a later date.

Of the fourteen providers invited to complete a RFP, two firms submitted a proposal. After evaluating the proposals, it was determined that Allied Facility Partners is the qualified provider that would best meet the needs of the district. Allied Facility Partners was selected based on their team’s extensive experience in District 59, and the warranties provided were important and necessary.

The board approved the selection of Allied Facility Partners as the qualified provider for HVAC work in the amount of $6,184,000.

Approval of Donation to Early Learning Center from Ms. Diane Cody Melliott – 9.07
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
The board approved a monetary donation from Ms. Diane Cody Melliott in the amount of $500. The donation will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards for Early Learning Center families.

Approval of Donation from First Book to Brentwood Elementary School – 9.08
SG 4: Stewardship of Resources
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. First Book will provide 315 copies of the book “When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree” to Brentwood Elementary students in kindergarten through third grade.

The board approved the donation of the books at an estimated value of $3,735.90.

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