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Board Briefs - May 14, 2024

  • The Board Briefs are highlights from the most recent Board of Education meetings. The purpose of the Board Briefs is to provide a timely summary to keep our staff, parents and public informed of the key items that were discussed or acted upon. More detailed information is available under the Board Schedules, Agendas and Minutes section of the District’s website. Official minutes are not posted until approval at the following meeting.

    Recognition of Retirees

    At the May 14 meeting, the Board of Education and Superintendent Mark Cross recognized the following staff members who will be retiring at the close of the 2023-24 school year.

    Ken Kohnke – Cass STEM and Social Studies Teacher, 20 years
    Angela Zurawski – Concord Music Teacher, 32 years
    Anya Schlottmann – Concord Teacher, 36 years

    These three professionals provided 88 years of service to the district, made a huge impact on the lives of countless students, and will be greatly missed. Please join us in thanking and wishing them well as they enter this new chapter in their lives!

    Recognition for Years of Service
    The Board also recognized the following individuals who reached the following milestone years of service this year in Cass School District 63:

    5 Years – Deb Athy, Mary Carlo, Ashley Howard, Belle Marien, Kathy Mensik, Landon Mitchell, Keith Monaco, Rhena Patascil, Mitchell Schwarzkopf
    10 Years – Kara Blatt, Stacie Gray, Kristen Kaplan, Joe Messina
    15 Years – Craig Damrow, Lauren Grochowski, Krista Jamrose, Greg Kirchen, Christina Sells, Katie Summers
    20 Years – Dan Farias, Ken Kohnke, Marie Musil, Gayle Wilson
    30 Years – Audrey Vaci

    Congratulations and thank you to all of these district team members for their service to our students and school district!

    Recognition of Students
    The Board of Education recognized Concord students Maximillian Bradu, Dina Dzanovic, Genevieve Hylak-Reinholta, Alyssa Quillin, Shivam Patel and Chi Vu for having the best attendance records for their two years in junior chorus.

    Proposed STEAM Curriculum and Program
    Teacher Matt Etherington presented the proposed curriculum for the new STEAM program at Cass Junior High School. Beginning this fall, this program will provide some amazing opportunities for our students through courses in Advanced Art, Digital Media, Industrial Design, Animation & Interactivity, and Virtual Worlds. The opportunities will start in 6th grade and all students will take Digital Media and Industrial Design at some point in 6th and 7th grades respectively.

    After a number of discounts and other opportunities, the cost for the transition to the new program is approximately $65,000. Mr. Cross said more details will be shared with families prior to the start of the 2024-25 school year. The Board of Education praised Mr. Etherington, Principal Christine Marcinkewicz, and Mr. Cross for the vision in creating the opportunities for our students, and particularly Mr. Etherington for the planning and details for what will be a very unique program. Mr. Cross said the program is a complete transformation that will continue to evolve, and will provide unprecedented opportunities for our students.

    Lunch Program Proposals
    Mr. Cross updated the Board on the progress with the formal request for proposals for school lunch program providers. This is a shared legal process that entails many rules and regulations through the Illinois State Board of Education and with our partner Center Cass School District 66. After the process is complete, a recommendation for a vendor will be made later this summer.

    Change in Location for the June 11, 2024 Board Meeting
    Due to the construction taking place in both buildings this summer, the Board of Education meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. will be held at the Indian Prairie Public Library.

    In Other Key Action Items, the Board of Education…

    • Accepted the resignation of Concord teacher assistant Courtney Mathis
    • Approved recommendations for employment of Concord teacher assistants Lauren Slomski and Rebecca Kondrisack for the 2024-25 school year
    • Approved the recommended STEAM curriculum and resources
    • Approved recommended Board policy updates
    • Approved the 2024-25 SASED classroom lease agreement
    • Approved Tri-Merit to Act as Consultants for Renewable Energy Tax Credits
    • Approved Boerman Moving and Storage to provide moving and storage services as part of the district’s summer construction project
    • Approved Indian Prairie Public Library as the new location for the regular June 11, 2024 Board of Education meeting
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