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U-46 Board approves proposals, bills listing


By Seth Hancock
  The Board of Education in School District U-46 approved $531,670 in expenditures over 10 proposals as well as a personnel report and workers’ compensation cases all under its consent agenda on Monday, Aug. 26.
  The vote was 6-0, board member Melissa Owens was absent.
  The personnel report and workers’ compensation cases included two new positions, both elementary special education paraeducators.
  The largest expenditure proposal costs $67,500 with Dell EMC for interactive boards and $36,750 with PACE Systems, Inc. for interactive board stands to be used at elementary libraries. The item will be paid for by the education fund.
  “This purchase will supply equal technology resources available to support the Information and Digital Literacy Curriculum across elementary sites,” the proposal states.
  With Gorbold Behavioral Consulting, Inc. the board approved a proposal costing $75,000 for professional development which will be paid for by the nation’s taxpayers through grant funds.
  A memo to the board elaborated what will be provided. Gorbold “will develop a functional assessment and behavior intervention plan (BIP) for any individual that The District agrees need services,” “will provide BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) consultation and training to classrooms/teachers/students as needed or requested,” will use U-46 systems “in order to produce a BIP and collect data on both target behaviors and adaptive behaviors,” “will provide representation at Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or other clinical meetings as needed for those individuals receiving services,” “will provide staff trainings as requested on various Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) topics” and “will maintain at least monthly contact… with the District Representative to update the Representative on their services and any collaborative efforts that might be required.”
  The memo further stated: “The new system does not have a parent portal. IEPs will continue to be emailed to parents upon request and a hard copy will be provided at the end of the meeting.”
  With Northwest Illinois Association, the board approved a contract renewal costing $70,462 (grant funds) “to help district staff identify and diagnose children with hearing, vision, orthopedic, and multi-impairments” according to the proposal.
  Costing $68,250 (grant funds), the board approved a contract renewal with Van Acker and Associates for a behavioral consultant.
  To renew the district’s software for data management of 504 plans, a contract with EmbraceIEP costing $51,490 (grant funds) was approved.
  A proposal with Dale Carnegie Training for professional development of operations staff was approved costing $48,300 (education fund).
  A contract renewal with Unified Business Solutions was approved costing $30,067 (education fund) for Microsoft Dynamics GP2016 software used for purchasing and financial operations.
  With Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the board renewed a contract costing $29,025 (education fund) for READ 180 and System 44 programs.
  A contract renewal with BMC Software, Inc. was approved costing $28,536 (education fund) for its Footprints software which the proposal says is “a flexible integrated IT service management platform which provides end-to-end flow for Incident and Problem Management.”
  A bid with Wisco was approved to purchase 11 metal inert gas welding machines for Elgin High School costing $26,290 (grant funds)
  Also by a 6-0 vote, the board approved $10.1 million in itemized bills.

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