Five-Year Teacher Contract Approved
The Board of Education unanimously approved a five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Northbrook 27 Faculty Association. The 2019-2024 Agreement follows a long-standing tradition in District 27 of collaboratively securing multi-year contracts with its teachers. The Board of Education desires to be an Employer of Choice to attract and retain high quality educators who are able to deliver our rigorous curriculum within a safe and caring learning environment.
The Board of Education is appreciative of the collaborative and professional relationship we hold with our Faculty Association. This contract is the result of an interest-based bargaining process that focuses on the needs of our children, our parent community, taxpayers, teachers, and the District’s long-term financial health and well-being. The Board and Faculty are grateful for this long-standing productive relationship.
Summer Facility Work
The Board also received a report on the District’s Master Facility Plan, which includes work to be completed over the summer of 2019 at Wood Oaks.
Representatives from the architectural firm of Arcon Associates, Inc. shared with the Board plans for roof replacement work and construction of the new Wood Oaks STEAM/Applied Technology Lab.
The STEAM/Applied Technology Lab will house the school’s Applied Technology program, STEAM electives, and the Broadcast studio. The lab will include flexible seating for students, ample counter space for 3D printers, a “brainstorming hub,” equipment storage, projection systems, and robotics game tables.
The roofing and STEAM/Applied Technology Lab projects are estimated to cost $1.6 million.
Special Education Study
Dr. Kroeze also presented to the Board an update on the District’s Special Education study.
The study is part of the District’s continuous improvement culture. This cyclical analysis is being conducted to ensure that we provide the best services for our students with special needs in the future. All areas of the study are moving along on schedule. The District examination is on the following key areas: a review of our programs and services, administering an equity and implementation assessment tool, conducting a space utilization analysis, and a cost-efficiency analysis. The District is working with NSSED to gather feedback in these areas as well. The final report of the study is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Education later this spring.
District 27 administrators are also administering special education satisfaction surveys with our families whose children receive special education services. This survey is a follow up from the larger District Satisfaction Survey administered last school year. The Administration will conduct interviews with interested parents who have taken the survey. The Board of Education will receive a final report in April.
Health/Life Safety Inspection
The District also received an excellent report during its state-required annual Health/Life Safety Inspection.
All three schools were inspected by a representative of the North Cook Intermediate Service Center for the Illinois State Board of Education. Dr. Kimberly Arakelian, District 27's Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, said the District received an “exceptionally good report” showing all buildings in compliance with school safety and health codes.
Report on Professional Development and Institute Days
Dr. Theresa Fournier, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Student Services, thanked the Board for supporting professional development days.
On January 25th and March 4th, every staff member was involved in professional development sessions. The sessions addressed the following areas:
- Implementation of the District’s Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP),
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and
- Curriculum Refinement/Instructional Pedagogy.
Other Board Action
The Board approved the following personnel transactions:
- Genevieve Klein will fill the music position at Wood Oaks for the 2019-2020 school year due to the retirement of long time teacher Tammy Gould.
Mrs. Klein has been teaching music in the Chicago area for 13 years, spending the last six years at Hawthorn Middle School in Vernon Hills. She has extensive experience in choral conducting, preparing students for competitions, and musical theater/drama. Mrs. Klein is also a an accomplished vocalist and has sung with the Chicago Chamber Choir since 2012.
- The Board also approved request for retirement from Hickory Point teacher Juanita Kamp (effective at the end of 2022-2023 school year), and the resignations of instructional assistant Jill Sadowski (at the end of the current school year) and Hickory Point teacher Cathy Giometti.