President Garlovsky requested a moment of silence to show respect for the family and community that experienced a terrible tragedy over the weekend. She commended Principal Kathryn Anderson and Interim Superintendents Dr. Martindale and Dr. Yonke, as well as school and District staff, for addressing the difficult situation.
Hazel Herzog shared that she has heard community members compliment the improvements at each of the schools. She encourages the Board to reach out to community members and not solely rely on the search firm when selecting a superintendent.
Teacher Representative Reports
Amber Rizwan from Highland Park High School and Jig Vora from Deerfield High School shared recent successes of students and staff and highlighted past events. Click here to view a video of the reports.
FOIA: Jonah Meadows from the Highland Park Patch requested a copy of FOIA requests and responses from July 12, 2018 to the present.
FOIA: Debra Rade requested 1) substitute teacher posting and applicants and 2) materials related to the removal of an individual substitute teacher.
The Board of Education discussed amending the 2018-2019 calendar. President Garlovsky shared that the topic was discussed during the Board of Education self evaluation on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The Board is considering modifying the calendar in order to hold Regular meetings once per month instead of twice per month and will hold Workshop Meetings on specific topics and Special meetings as needed. A full copy of the memo and DRAFT Agenda Calendar are available for review.
The Board of Education approved the following minutes:
- Regular Meeting – September 11, 2018
- Closed Session I – September 11, 2018
- Closed Session II – September 11, 2018
The Board of Education approved the following policies as amended:
The Board of Education approved the Buildings, Grounds, Maintenance, Mechanics and Security Group's Salary and Benefits Package. Assistant Superintendent Ali Mehanti and Director of Human Resources Tom Krieger began discussions with the Buildings, Grounds, Maintenance, Mechanics and Security meet-and-confer group in the spring. The four-year agreement affects the group of employees responsible for keeping our buildings and grounds clean and secure. The raises are fiscally responsible and are in line with those being given by our comparable districts.
The Board of Education approved the hiring of School Exec Connect to conduct the superintendent search process. Partnering with a search firm provides the District with access to the organization’s network and contacts as candidates often look for positions through search firms. The search firm will develop a profile of the characteristics desired in the new superintendents through the use of focus groups and a community survey. The profile helps the search firm and the Board match qualified candidates with the needs of the school district.
Future Agenda Items
The following item(s) were recommended for inclusion in future Board of Education meeting agendas:
- Board Member Stacey Meyer recommended including the discussion of the superintendent evaluation process with the goal of having something in place prior to the hiring of the next superintendent. Board Member Michelle Culver agreed. Board President Elizabeth Garlovsky agreed and shared that the search firms may assist with that process for additional fees. Board Member Michelle Culver shared that a process was started last year and that there are resources available, including those provided by IASB.
Complete minutes for this meeting will be posted upon Board approval at the next Regular Board of Education meeting.