During the June 17 Regular Board of Education Meeting, the District 113 Board of Education recognized staff member Jeff Berger-White for his recognition by Northwestern University and expressed its gratitude to outgoing interim superintendents Drs. Ben Martindale and Linda Yonke. Included below are a few notable updates from the meeting, as well as links to relevant agenda items.
The Board of Education recognized DHS English Teacher Jeff Berger-White on being one of five recipients of the 2019 Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award (DSTA). Winners of the award are selected from recommendations written by Northwestern University graduating seniors who nominate teachers who had a “transforming impact” on their lives.
During the President’s Report, Elizabeth Garlovsky and several Board members thanked Drs. Ben Marindale and Linda Yonke for their service as interim superintendents during the 2018-2019 school year. Drs. Ben Marindale and Linda Yonke were instrumental during the superintendent search and dedicated countless hours to supporting students and staff throughout the District.
The Board of Education approved the amendment of the 2019-2020 School Calendar. The amended calendar added an Institute Day January 17, which is a non-attendance day for students.
The Board of Education approved the following policies as amended in order to reflect changes in the law:
The Board of Education approved the following items presented by the Business Office:
- Approval of Multi-Function Copier Equipment and Services Contract - The agreement with the multi-function copier and equipment service provider will result in $316,333 savings over four years.
- Approval of Transportation Capital Purchases - Buses - Four buses will be purchased in order to replace aging buses currently in use.
- School Treasurer's Surety Bond - Section 8-2 of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/8-2) requires each treasurer of a school district to be properly bonded.
- Transferring of Interest Earnings from Working Cash Fund to Education Fund - Transferring interest earned from the Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund allows the District to use those funds in the Education Fund. This transfer requires Board action.
- Transferring Interest from Bond and Interest to the Operations Fund - Transferring interest earned from the Bond and Interest Fund to the Operations Fund allows the District to use those funds in the Operations Fund. This transfer requires Board action.
The Board of Education approved the following items presented by the Human Resources department:
- Approve one year contract for Teacher - Dr. Elizabeth Robertson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, will transfer to a teaching position, effective July 1, 2019.
- Approve one year contract for 12-month Athletic Director of Highland Park High School - Jon Rowley will continue as HPHS Athletic Director for the 2019-2020 school year.
- Five administrator contracts were amended to reflect changes in the Board’s payment of insurance premiums.
The Board of Education approved an amended settlement agreement for a student.
The Board of Education approved the appointment of Open Meetings Act Designees and Freedom of Information Act Officers. The training and appointment of individuals are required under the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The Board of Education continued their discussion of the Booster Club’s proposed donation of a video scoreboard. The Board of Education discussed scoreboard replacement options and potential use for advertising.
Complete minutes for this meeting will be posted upon Board approval at the next Regular Board of Education meeting.