October 23, 2019

Board Highlights for the Oct. 22, 2019 Meeting of the Board of Education

The Board of Education began the meeting with a moment of silence for the loss of a beloved member of the BPS101 family, Scott Larson, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this month.

Celebrating Success

A presentation was given by Chris Milka, Assistant Principal of Hoover-Wood Elementary School, Ryan Korn, leader of the Watch D.O.G.S.(Dads of Great Students) program at Hoover-Wood, other Watch D.O.G.S., and several Hoover-Wood students on the newly revamped Watch D.O.G.S. program at Hoover-Wood. Watch D.O.G.S. bring fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father-figures into the school who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or another administrator.

Public Comment

Cynthia Pollock of Moms Demand Action began by thanking the Board of Education for their work in the schools and the community. She then asked the Board to vote “no” on two resolutions that are being voted on by the IASB (Illinois Association of School Boards) this session. She asked them to vote “no” on Resolutions 1 and 3. Details on the resolutions can be found HERE.

Patty Lackman of the League of Women Voters Central Kane County and League of Women Voters of Illinois asked the Board to vote “no” on the same two resolutions that are being voted on by the IASB (Illinois Association of School Boards) this session. She asked them to vote “no” on Resolutions 1 and 3.

BPS Partner Reports

Todd Swanson, Batavia Education Association President, began by thanking the Board of Education for the moment of silence for Mr. Larson and said that he had been a member of the BPS101 family since 1998 and that his thoughts are with Scott’s family. He also mentioned that Kayla Jenkins has retired from the BEA Insurance committee after serving for 30 years. She was awesome in that role. That group is working hard, along with administrators on the new insurance plan. He also mentioned that he was so happy that the contract negotiations this year went very well and that the relationships the BEA leadership has with District administration is great and helped make the process go so smoothly.

Committee Reports

John Gaspar mentioned that nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Hall of Honor. You can find information on the nomination process HERE.

IASB Delegate Assembly

Board discussed the 2019 IASB Resolutions Committee Report and gave direction to Chris Lowe, the BPS101 BOE delegate, to vote as the IASB has proposed, except for Resolution 1, where they advised him to vote “no”. Details on these resolutions can be found HERE.

School Report Card

The next school report cards will be released soon. Here is where you can find all the ones that are published. There are report cards for each BPS01 school, and for the District as a whole.

Building our Future Together: Phase 2 Update

During Phase 2 of the Educational Master Facility Planning Process, DLR Group hosted a series of workshops to gather input on BPS101 educational programming and learning environments.  A culminating event for Phase 2 was the Community Open House on September 26th. The video, presentation slides, and surveys are available to anyone on the BPS101 website.  The Core Team met for the second time on October 17th to continue their work in reviewing the Phase 1 and Phase 2 findings. Here are their 5 takeaways from that meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm