Meeting roundup

Hinsdale High School District 86

Among other business at their Oct. 6 meeting, board members:

• listened as board President Erik Held thanked administrators and area law enforcement for their professional handling of a Sept. 29 incident in which a threat was found written on a bathroom stall.

• heard a summer school report from co-directors Sue Grady and Jordan Stob. The district offered credit recovery courses, academic intervention and enhancement courses over two, three-week semesters at a cost of $7,672 to the district. Student tuition covered $165,500 of the $173,200 cost. Summer school in 2023 is expected to run four days a week from June 12-29 for the first semester and July 5-20 for the second semester.

• learned district staff will participate in Alice safety and security training for three and a half hours Oct. 21, the day after parent-teacher conferences. Students will participate in drills in November and a new piece of Alice training, a video for parents, will be sent out later this semester.

• debated whether to shorten the current content of board briefs and add sections summarizing board member comments and comments from the public. A shortened version with a list of audience member topics will debut after the Oct. 27 meeting.

• discussed livestreaming or recording committee meetings. Board members Debbie Levinthal and Peggy James said they find watching or listening to these meetings helpful. Cheryl Moore, assistant superintendent of human resources, said she likes the freedom of being able to bring ideas she has not fully vetted to the working committee meetings without fear of video being posted.

“I’m probably going to approach the committee meetings a little more conservative and scripted” if they are recorded, she said.

The discussion was tabled.