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APPROVED BY BOE ON 12/16/08

COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 128

VERNON HILLS, ILLINOIS

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

11-18-08

The Regular Business Meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:00               p.m. by President Anne Landgraf.  Member Sugarman led the pledge of allegiance.

The following members were noted present: Jan Foreman, Pat Groody, Anne Landgraf, Ellen Mauer, Marsha Oberrieder and Judy Sugarman. Absent:  Alex Delli Paoli, Jr.   Also present: Rohan Taneja, LHS student school board representative; Tia Ginakakis, VHHS student school board representative; Prentiss Lea, superintendent; Marina Scott, associate superintendent; Yasmine Dada, assistant superintendent for business; Jess Porres, business consultant; Deb Larson, assistant superintendent of curriculum & instruction; Mary Todoric, director of communications; Richard Mittelman, attorney; Denise Neal, recording secretary.
COMMUNICATION

EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION

Tom Chinske, VHHS Science Department Chairperson and Physics teachers, Josh Ravenscraft and Chris Wolf, provided a demonstration of remote writing tablet technology which is used in their classrooms to provide more student participation and feedback.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

President Landgraf welcomed the public and thanked everyone for attending to learn more about the tax levy process.  Mrs. Landgraf provided some historical information as well as the timeline for the tax levy.  

Assistant Superintendent for Business Yasmine Dada presented information on the Tax Levy, including 4 years of tax bills from current residents, followed by a public question and answer period.  The following points were noted:

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The levy is the amount which is requested from taxpayers as certified by the school board.

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The levy provides the County Clerk and the Township Assessor an estimate of how much money the school district will need, however the Tax Cap limits the amount the school district can receive without a referendum to the CPI or 5% - whichever is less.

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The Tax Rate for District 128 has decreased over the last 5 years.

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The EAV (equalized assessed valuation) is based upon individual home value as established by the township assessor.

Superintendent Prentiss Lea spoke about the 128 Strategic Plan process which includes stakeholders in the district and highlighted the following points:

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