Present: Board President Greg Robitaille, Vice President Cathleen Albrecht; Board Members: Carol Ducommun, Keith Dronen, Marc Glucksman, Lori Goldstein, Patrick O’Donoghue.
Administrators: Superintendent Paul Sally; Assistant Supt for Finance & Ops Christopher Johnson; Secretary Supt Lindsey Ruston; Assistant Supt for Curriculum &Instruction Peter Tragos; Assistant Supt for Student Services Timothy Hayes; Assistant Superintendent Special Ed Joanne Panopoulos; Principal (Winnetka) Denise Dubravec; Principal (Northfield) Paul Waechtler.
Significant Public Comment: None
Long Range Facilities Study (Chris Johnson/Steve Cashman – from Cashman Stahler Group)
Presented findings from study done during 2017-18 school year to analyze future facilities needs. Stated expected usage of study is to inform strategic plan and help prioritize needs over next 15 years. Findings & recommendations were shared in areas related to: academic spaces, enrollment & scheduling efficiency, athletic & KW spaces, site/envelope/mechanical/electrical & plumbing, energy efficiency. Process going forward will be led by Facilities Steering Committee and Finance Committee with updates to the Board. Expect first phase of work to occur in FY20-FY24 without requiring referendum or additional taxpayer funding. Proposed 15-year framework to be presented to BOE in May 2019
Student Vaping Report (Timothy Hayes)
Presented results of 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), developed by the CDC. Focus of report to BOE and discussion was due to the significant increase in students indicating they had used vapes (e-cigarettes). While cigarette smoking has continued to decline, marijuana use has fluctuated (and risen recently; also hypothesized due to vaping), vaping has increased from 19% in 2014 & 2016 to 42% last year. Discussion focused on what NTHS can/should be doing to raise awareness with all community members; opportunities to educate parents and students; and suggestions on how to address via in-school discipline as well as through the local law enforcement community. Board requested additional, follow-up report at an appropriate time to keep this topic front & center.
Campus Security Update (Chris Johnson)
Verbal update to BOE on visible and behind the scenes changes to security as of start of school year. Specific reference to: Staff ID visibility, new secure vestibules for entry, improved camera systems. Next phase of security improvements to be recommended in September, expected cost/budget of $700k.
Treasury & Financial Reports (Chris Johnson)
Shared revised report with objective of creating greater ease of understanding and reinforcing District transparency.
Financial report is first one of the fiscal year, making comparisons year-on-year less relevant. Noted strong revenue collections, due to Cook County tax bills going out on time, enabling greater opportunity to collect revenue earlier in the year, which led to +36% higher revenue this year vs last year. Positive variance vs last year is simply timing-related, and will reverse itself later in the year. For detailed reports, see link:
Reciprocal Reporting Agreements with Winnetka and Northfield Police Depts were listed on the consent agenda; but were removed to be voted on in September. These were not discussed in this meeting.
Quest Food Service Contract Amendment pulled for clarifying question; voted on & approved unanimously separately.
Consent agenda including the following, approved unanimously: Bill list for period July 1-31, 2018; Personnel Report; Board Policies – Second Reading (6-300, 6-305, 6-310, regarding graduation requirements, transfer credits, and credits for non-district classes); Infinity Transportation Contract Extension; Ratification of Master Lease Agreement and Lease Schedules No. 3 & 4 to the Master Lease Agreement with Dell Financial Services dated 11/17/17, for the leasing of network storage equipment and copiers at a cost not to exceed a total of $1,174,595; Approval of Qualified Depository Accounts
Next meeting: September 17, 2018
Observer: Cindy Levine Meeting Length: 2 hours; 25 minutes