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Board of Education Regular Meeting

Thursday, October 19, 2023

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Board News

New Appointed Board Member

The recent board member vacancy was filled following the application and interview of several candidates.  Maria Hernandez was appointed and seated by the Board at this month's meeting.  By taking the oath, she agreed to serve on the Keeneyville School District 20 Board of Education for the remainder of the term, through April 2027.


School Board Recognitions

The Keeneyville District 20 Board of Education was one of 45 schools in the state to receive the Illinois Association of School Board (IASB) 2023 School Board Governance Recognition designation for engaging in activities that lead to excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education.  

In addition, the following board members also received Board Leader Recognition for their individual time and effort devoted to learning and leadership activities provided by the IASB for service to the public education community:

Established Board Leader - Jennifer Kuban

Distinguished Board Leader - Andrea Schnorr

We are very proud of our school board members and congratulate them for their accomplishments!

Pictured left to right:  Brent Seehafer, Maria Hernandez, Jennifer Kuban (Board Secretary), Sarah Dellaria, Farwa Ahmed (Board President), and Terry Walloch.  Not pictured: Andrea Schnorr (Board Vice President)

Board Presentations

Board Salute

The Board recognizes those individuals who go above and beyond in their service to the district.  Colleen Flores, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, presented a Board Salute to the district's new Family Liaison, Estefanio Bravo.  Ms. Bravo joined our staff in Spring 2023 and her role has become a very busy one across the district!  She works tirelessly to support our D20 families, especially Newcomer families who are just joining the community from another country and homeless families within our district.  Ms. Bravo has an upbeat, positive attitude and is a go-getter who helps families access the resources and services that they need.  We are very grateful for her hard work!


Welcome New ECC Staff!

This month we continue to share a warm welcome to new staff to the district.  Program Coordinator, Mandy Aubry introduced new staff members at the Early Childhood Center and shared information about their roles and background.  We are happy to have them join the Keeneyville D20 Family and we are thankful for all that they do!


Thank You Principals!

The Illinois Principals Association (IPA) encourages all communities to celebrate Principal Appreciation Week (October 15-21) and Principal Appreciation Day on Friday, October 21, 2023.  This is a state-endorsed recognition that was first approved by the Governor in 1990 and is annually celebrated.

At the Board Meeting, each of our principals and the ECC coordinator were recognized by the Superintendent and given a certificate and small token of appreciation for all that they do.  In addition, the videos below sharing students' sentiments of appreciation for their school principals were presented to the Board. 


Board Meeting Highlights

  • The Board approved consent agenda items including routine financial and personnel reports.  Other consent agenda items included the approval of board policies presented at the September meeting and the approval to apply for the FY23 School Maintenance Program Grant.
  • The Board President's Report included reports on Board Self-Monitoring, Board Policy Committee, SASED.
  • The Board held a discussion on Delegate Assembly Resolutions for the Joint Annual Conference.
  • Dr. Castillo gave his Superintendent's Report to the Board, which included the Student & Staff Attendance Dash Board and special recognition to the principals and ECC coordinator.
  • Dr. Carrie Buckley, Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning gave a presentation on Fall Benchmark Data to the Board, providing an overview of student benchmark assessments from each our schools.
  • Colleen Flores, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services presented information to the Board relating to the McKinney-Vento Program and the number of homeless families in the district.  She also shared that we will be hosting a Newcomers Night on Monday, November 6 for our families who have joined our district from other countries in the last three (3) years.
  • Julie Relihan, Director of Strategic Operations, gave her report on community relations, communications and safety.  She shared an overview of Safe Schools Week (October 15-21), Operation Warm Coat, and the Grand Opening of Keeneyville D20's new outdoor Fitness Court on  Monday, October 23.
  • The Principals of Greenbrook, Waterbury, and Spring Wood gave detailed reports about what is going on in each of the schools.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, October 20 - ECC Field Trip
  • Monday, October 23 - Grand Opening of Fitness Center @ SW
  • Tuesday, October 24 - SW Girls Basketball @ Medinah 4pm
  • Thursday, October 26 - SW Girls Basketball @ Peacock 4pm
  • Thursday, November 2 - SW Girls Basketball @ SW 4pm
  • Friday, November 3 - 1st Trimester Ends
  • Monday, November 6 - Newcomers Night
  • Thursday, November 9 - SW Girls Basketball @ Westfield 4pm
  • Wednesday, November 15 - Report Card Distribution
  • Thursday, November 16 - SW Girls Basketball @ Wood Dale 4pm
  • Thursday, November 16 - Board of Education Regular Meeting @7pm in SW Innovation Center

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