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February 21, 2023 Board Meeting
Regular meeting February 21, 2023, OF the Freeport School District Board of Education
The Board received numerous Reports that will be detailed in the Board Meeting Minutes:
Spotlight: Celebrations & Recognitions
Congratulations was extended to the cast and crew of the FMS musical production, Moana. Special thanks to Cheri Crawford, director; Robert Winter, technical director and Kaitlin Heiman, vocal director.
Congratulations were extended to the following students who participated in IHSA state level competitions over the weekend: Jacob Redington: Boys Wrestling. Jacob is Sr. and has signed to wrestle for Cornell College next year. Cadence Diduch: Girls Wrestling. Cadence is a Jr. and will hit the mats again next year for the Pretzels. Rachel Sdao competed at the IHSA State Speech competition over the weekend, competing on both Friday & Saturday. Rachel is a Jr. and she’ll be back at it next year.
We’ll be cheering for FHS freshman swimmer Tristan Peterson as he represents the Pretzels at the IHSA state swim meet this weekend. Good luck Tristan!
CONGRATULATIONS TIM CONNORS!At the IHSA Individual Events Awards Ceremony for Speech on Saturday, Mr. Tim Connors was honored with the John M. Hires Distinguished Service Award given by ICTA and the IHSA. Mr. Connors says “Even though my name is on it, it doesn't just go to me.”
LIVE WELL, LEAD WELL AASA Conference: Key Takeaways
Presented by Dr. Alvarado
The world has changed, and continues to change at an unprecedented rate. Many district leaders are struggling to manage increased staff burn-out and attrition alongside a broad spectrum of educational challenges that range from the classroom all the way to the school board. This is a moment that calls for a different type of leadership. How do we move from the Command and Control Leadership to Trust and Inspire?
PBIS Offense Avg Day/Mon - including TM and ODR was presented by school.
Illinois Education Budget
Governor Pritzker presented his budget on Wednesday. A brief report was presented by Supt. Alvarado and will be highlighted in the board meeting minutes.
Bilingual Education Grant
On January 11, 2023, we received information that our district was selected as a recipient of the Elevating Educators: Bilingual Education Grant. The Elevating Educators: Bilingual Education Grant assists school districts with
English learners and
a need to increase the number of qualified staff able to support those learners or
support current staff with an Educator License with Stipulations endorsed for Transitional Bilingual Education in receiving their Professional Educator License.
Funds shall be used to assist staff in completing necessary coursework to obtain an endorsement in either English as a Second Language or Bilingual Education or for ELS-TBE holders with completing a program to earn their PEL.
Currently, we are awaiting for the grant application to open on the IWAS System so HR can begin to input our proposal and receive the funding. Stay tuned.
Finance Committee - report was presented by Dr. Patrick McDermott.
Enrollment & Transportation Update - The board was provided an annual update on the Enrollment and Transportation Center.
New Early Childhood Job Descriptions - As of January 2023, the Preschool For All (PFA)-Expansion grant totaling ($312,936) has been approved for FSD starting this year. The grant requires the positions of:
Early Childhood Family Engagement /Education Specialist Coordinator
Early Childhood Instructional/Pyramid Model Coach
These positions are grant funded.
Coordinator Job Description - Proposal for an updated job description for the Instructional Technology Coordinator was presented to the board.
Bilingual Director - Proposal presented for a bilingual director, replaces the currently vacated position of bilingual coordinator with the goal of developing a robust vision for our English Learners that will successfully position our bilingual teachers in meeting students’ academic needs through a targeted system of supports.
School Safety Update - To provide the Board of Education with important updates regarding school safety, including:
Physical Security Measures,
Visitor Management, and
Behavior Threat Assessment Teams
Took Action in Favor of the Consent Agenda:
Freeport School District & CareerTEC bills
Personnel Report, February 21, 2023
Took Action in Favor of the Following Item(s):
Boys and Girls Club Community Grant
PRESS Issue 110
Approval of Submission of Waiver/Modification Application to ISBE for Full Day School Improvement Days
2023-2024 Proposed School Year Calendar
Board Member Williams gave a report from the Curriculum (EC) committee.
The public is always invited and encouraged to attend Freeport School District Board of Education meetings. The next scheduled regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 6:00 PM. Meetings are held at the FSD administrative office, located at 500 E. South St and can be accessed virtually. Information on joining the meetings can be found here.