March 31st special board meeting

The agenda for the March 31st special board meeting has been posted on boarddocs (anyone know of a way to “deep link” it?). The agenda is quite full – I am sure you could find something interesting on it. 🙂 Lots of money changing hands….

 

Just as a reminder, a Special Board Meeting means that the public is allowed three minutes (each person, each topic) to talk on various agenda items, as opposed to being restricted to the first item on the agenda.

 

  • 7. Reports: New Business
    • A. Facilities: Dr. Judy Wiegand This item has files attached
    • B. ELA Adoption: Trevor Nadrozny This item has files attached
    • C. Health Adoption: Cheryl O’Leary This item has files attached
  • 8. Action Agenda: New Business
    • A. Administrative Appointments – Assistant Principals at Garden Hills Elementary: Ken Kleber
    • B. Policy 440.03 Update: Food Services – Charging Costs of Meals: Tom Lockman This item has files attached
    • C. Policy 720 Student Welfare – Food Allergy: Tom Lockman This item has files attached
    • D. Westview Change Order #15: Matt Foster This item has files attached
    • E. Approval of Robeson/Bottenfield Abatement Change Order #1: Matt Foster This item has files attached
    • F. Approval of Robeson/Bottenfield Abatement Change Order #2: Matt Foster This item has files attached
    • G. Bid: Kenwood and Robeson Asbestos Abatement: Matt Foster This item has files attached
    • H. Bid: Robeson/Bottenfield Student Device Technology: Dave Hohman
    • I. Bid: Robeson/Bottenfield Staff Computer Technology: Dave Hohman
    • J. Bid: Magnet Grant Student Device Technology: Dave Hohman
    • K. Rejection of Bids for Sale of Marquette (203 S. Fifth, Champaign): Matt Foster This item has files attached
    • L. Resolution – Sale of Property at 203 S. Fifth: Matt Foster This item has files attached
  • 9. Consent Agenda
    • A. 2014-15 IHSA Memberships: Orlando Thomas This item has files attached
    • B. Tax-Exempt Lease-Purchase Financing for Two Used 71 Passenger 2015 Blue Bird Propane Buses: Matt Foster This item has files attached
    • C. Revocation of Retirement – John Ayers, Jr.: Ken Kleber
    • D. Resolution to Authorize Reclassification – Ian Tatum: Ken Kleber
    • E. Resolution to Give Written Notice of Reassignment & Reclassification – Theodis (Tony) Maltbia: Ken Kleber
    • F. Resolution to Give Written Notice of Reassignment & Reclassification – Paul Ranstead: Ken Kleber
    • G. Resolution to Give Written Notice of Reassignment & Reclassification – Rachel Maehr: Ken Kleber
    • H. Separation Agreement – Lisa Geren: Ken Kleber
    • I. Release of Certified Staff: Ken Kleber This item has files attached
    • J. Reductions In Force – Certified Staff: Ken Kleber This item has files attached
    • K. Reductions In Force – Classified Staff: Ken Kleber This item has files attached
    • L. 2014-2015 Staffing Requests: Ken Kleber

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A chance to speak about the Unit 4 Facilities (k-8, new high school, middle school configuration, etc)

From the PTA Council:

Our next meeting will be held on April 3rdnext Thursday, at Southside Elementary School.

We will be hearing from Laurie Bonnet, Kristine Chalifoux and Dr. Wiegand to discuss facilities and answer any questions you may have. Please let your school PTA’s know that everyone is welcome.

 

Typically these start at 6:pm 7:pm. For more information:

 

UPDATE: Correction! Meeting starts at 7:pm

Chat with Arlene Blank about the PMPK committee

I had a fantastic talk with Arlene Blank recently. For those who may not be aware, Arlene has been with Unit 4 for several decades, employed in various positions (she reminded me how she hired Greg Novak way back when as the librarian at Edison) both before and after retirement and has served on the board for multiple (different) stints. Arlene also mentioned that she played a role in the 1% Sales Tax referendum; as the Board President of the time, her name was on the document that went to the County Board to be put on the ballot, so she felt some responsibility in being involved in the Promises Made Promises Kept Committee when it was formed in 2009. Although not her intent, she was elected as the board chair and has been so ever since.

 

It quickly became clear to me that there are many different opinions about the PMPK committee (not just between Arlene and I, but with others in the community as well). I hope to do justice to various perspectives and most importantly, keep the door of communication open as the invitation to disagree remains standing.

 

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Community Saturday School

Just saw this in the News-Gazette and immediately liked it:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-03-22/community-school-brings-lessons-history-character-future.html

 

What would it take to multiply this by 10? By 20? Hats off to Amira M. Davis and everyone else involved in this awesome project.

PMPK March 13th meeting agenda and notes

PMPK Agenda March 13,2014

PMPK Meeting Notes 031314

 

“27 iPads were purchased for $10,573.00”

Wow!

 

Live/Work and “Community Involved Planning” video

Unit 4 recently posted a couple items:

Community Involved Planning” : video shown at the March 10th BOE meeting

Live/Work Central “re-use”: Presentation from the March 17th BOE meeting

QLEO: Quantified Learning Environment Outcomes

What is QLEO?

Quantified Learning Environment Outcomes

http://www.bldd.com/qleo-pages-189.php

 

How much did we pay for this opportunity?

In 2013 alone:

CASH ACCT CHECK NO ISSUE DT VENDOR NAME            BUDGET CODE ACCNT −−−−DESCRIPTION−−−− SALES TAX AMOUNT
0101      186488   11/08/13 203459 BLDD ARCHITECTS 102319000000 310  QLEO (QUALIFIED LE  0.00      5,900.00
0101      186897   11/22/13 203459 BLDD ARCHITECTS 102319000000 310  QLEO (QUALIFIED LE  0.00      35,400.00
0101      186897   11/22/13 203459 BLDD ARCHITECTS 102319000000 310  REIMBURSABLE EXPENS 0.00      282.16
TOTAL CHECK                                                                              0.00      35,682.16

Who was involved?

 

What did we get out of it?

Apparently, the Facility Committee had an opportunity to interface directly with the software and tweak variables. The only thing the public sees is a 32-page report which has been modified several times (high school capacity numbers corrected, Live/Work slides removed).