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Board of Education Regular Meeting

Thursday, May 25, 2023

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Student & Staff Recognition

Elementary Art Awards

Each year, the Elementary Art Award is given to a 5th Grade Student from both Greenbrook and Waterbury schools.  The elementary art teachers presented the works of art to the Board and recognized the artistic talents of Melanie C. (Greenbrook) and Ishani S. (Waterbury).  The district will proudly display the student artwork in our administrative offices.

Student Ignite Awards

The Board recognized 14 students in grades 4-8 by presenting them each with a Student Ignite Award for Trimester 3. We were excited to recognize the hard work of our students!  Thank you to the many supportive families who came to support their students!

view student ignite award presentation video

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Board Salutes

The success of any school district is directly connected to the support and hard work of its employees, parents, and community members. This month, the Board of Education  recognized the following individuals for going “above and beyond” in service to the students of Keeneyville Elementary School District 20:

For helping to make the V7 Interactive Flat Panel Showcase a success.  The teachers did an amazing job sharing their successes and use of the panels at the event! 
Victoria Depa - 2nd Grade Teacher, Waterbury
Kathleen Lewis - 1st Grade Teacher, Waterbury
Eleni Vrettos - 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher, Spring Wood
Holly White - Art Teacher, Greenbrook
Stephanie Williams - 5th Grade Teacher, Greenbrook
For coming up with the idea for a Bike Repair Day at Greenbrook School.  He spent an entire Saturday repairing 35 bikes for our students and their families!  
Brian Vernetti - 4th Grade Teacher, Greenbrook

Recognition of Retirees

Dr. Pokora and Mr. Gustafson recognized the following staff members who are retiring at the end of this school year from their buildings.  We are grateful for their long-time dedication to Keeneyville District 20 and we are going to miss them!

Marilyn Barnum, Library Aide for 27 years, Waterbury
Shirley Block, Library Aide for 28 years, Greenbrook
Lynda Cronin, 10-month Secretary for 31 years, Waterbury


Board Meeting Highlights

  • The Board approved the consent agenda items including routine financial and personnel reports, as well as continued their discussion from last month's meeting regarding Board Committee membership.  In addition, the Board approved the auditing agreement for 2023-24, the workers compensation insurance for 2023-24, and the treasurer's bond.
  • The Board President's Report was shared, including reports from Board Self-Monitoring, District Finance & Facilities, SASED, and the Parent & Teacher Advisory Committee.
  • The Financial Dashboard and Student & Staff Attendance Dashboards were presented to the Board.
  • The Superintendent's Report to the Board included the following:
    • Summer School will be offered for District students again this year.  Summer program principals will be Ms. Vrettos and Ms. Eggebrecht, who are ready to welcome the over 200 students and staff to the classrooms at Waterbury this summer!  New this year, we will offer an afternoon Exploration Camp where students will be able to participate in a variety of fun exploratory activities led by our staff.
    • The last day of school will be Wednesday, May 31.
  • Administrator Written Reports were submitted to the Board.  Some of the highlights include:
    • We are fully staffed for our newly opening kindergarten dual language program, as well as the 8th Grade Spanish 1 class.
    • Each elementary school will have a full-time elementary enrichment teacher next year.
    • District staff and volunteers helped to support World Relief's Citizenship Clinic at Spring Wood on May 13th to help families navigate the process of becoming an American Citizen.
    • We encourage families to enroll before May 31st to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Discount of $50 off the $150 registration fee.  New and Kindergarten families must submit proof of residency documents in-person at their school office before being able to begin the online registration process.  Returning families with students in grades 1-8 do not need to submit residency documentation unless they are contacted by their school or the district.
    • The district is partnering with the College of DuPage to offer free adult English as a Second Language  (ESL) classes beginning in August, 2023.  Classes will run 8/22/2023 to 12/12/2023, on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Spring Wood, from 6:30pm to 8:55pm.  Registration will occur at the testing sessions on 8/22 and 8/24.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, May 26
    • 8th Grade Promotion Practice, 7:45am-9:30am
    • 8th Grade Elementary Clap-Out for eligible students, 9:30am-12:00pm
    • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 6pm @ Lake Park High School, West Campus
  • Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • Tuesday, May 30
    • Waterbury 5th Grade Breakfast
    • Greenbrook Field Day
    • Spring Wood 8th Grade Boat Trip
    • ECC Last Day of Classes
  • Wednesday, May 31
    • Last Day of School (Full Day of Attendance)
    • Early Bird Registration Discount Ends
  • Tuesday, June 12 through Thursday, July 13 (no classes/camp 6/19 or 7/4)
    • D20 Summer School (8:30am-12:00pm) and Exploration Camp (12:00pm-3:00pm)

Ignite the power and potential of each student.