Meeting roundup

Hinsdale High School District 86

Among other business March 25, board members:

• approved the staffing recommendation for the 2021-22 school year, which will keep district staffing flat. The recommendation, which was reviewed and discussed by the district’s human resources committee, came under criticism from some students and families for creating “stacked” classes at Hinsdale South, in which different levels of German courses and Latin courses are combined into one due to low enrollment for the individual courses. District officials said they would explore other ways of providing the individual classes going forward, perhaps by leveraging remote learning platforms.

• agreed to spend $1.96 million with FBG Corp. to renovate/build out leased space at 361 Frontage Road in Burr Ridge to house Transition Center programs. The board also voted to issue $2.23 million in general obligation debt certificates to fund the renovation. The board approved leasing 11,100 square feet to address overcrowded conditions at the current Transition Center at 7302 Clarendon Hills Road in Darien. The landlord is contributing $500,000 to the build-out; the district also received a federal IDEA grant for $186,200 for the project. Work should is expected be completed by August.

• approved the purchase of $809,647 in furniture for several Phase 2 projects at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South

• witnessed Hinsdale South winning the coin toss to determine the times at which each school will hold its graduation ceremony on May 17. South will hold its ceremony at 5 p.m. and Central will hold its ceremony at 7:30 p.m.