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The Glenview Lantern 021617

6 | February 16, 2017 |

6 | February 16, 2017 | The glenview lantern news glenviewlantern.com Glenview Village Board Vacant Bess lot could expand downtown parking options Chris Pullam, Editor The Glenview Village Board considered an amendment to the municipal code that would allow temporary downtown parking in the former Bess Hardware lot during the board’s Tuesday, Feb. 7 meeting. Glenview purchased the vacant property, located at 1850 Glenview Road, on Jan. 25 with the intent to resell by the send of 2018. In the meantime, Village staff recommends establishing a two-hour parking restriction until the new owner commences redevelopment. The new temporary parking would include the main Bess lot and a small zone along Depot Street on the west side of the building, adding 50 stalls to the downtown area. The recommendation would allow parking for a maximum of two hours between 8 a.m.- ROUND IT UP A brief recap of Glenview Village board action on Feb. 7 • The Village granted a contract to Microsystems, Inc., of Northbrook, for document scanning services in the 2017 estimated amount of $39,000. • Board members established special service area ninety-seven for the installation of curbs and gutters in The Circles neighborhood with an effective date of March 10. • Trustees authorized the $255,847 purchase of one replacement ambulance, plus contingency, from Foster Coach Sales and the $49,992.70 purchase of one power loading system, cot and contingency from Stryker Corporation. 6 p.m. from Monday-Saturday, without any restrictions after 6 p.m. during those days or anytime on Sundays. The suggested restrictions are consistent with the current code for streets and downtown parking in the same area, including Glenview Road, Prairie Street, Church Street and Dewes Street. Trustees unanimously approved the first reading From the Village Overnight parking ban still in effect Please remember that overnight parking is prohibited on all public streets in the Village of Glenview between 2-6 a.m. until March 31. This regulation is necessary to accommodate snow plowing and public safety activities. If your household has no available off-street parking, the Glenview Police Department may be able to offer an on-street parking permit upon review of a completed annual parking request. Occasional temporary (1-2 nights) street parking may be permitted upon review by calling (847) 729-5000. February is heart month American Heart Month is a good time for everyone to get to know their blood pressure and, if it’s high, to make control a goal. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. In fact, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control. People with high blood of the ordinance, which will appear on the consent agenda at the board’s Tuesday, Feb. 21 meeting. After the final consideration and passage of the ordinance, the Glenview Police Department will enforce the parking restrictions through warnings and tickets. Parking will no longer be available for the general public once the property is sold. pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure. The Glenview Fire Department offers free blood pressure checks for Glenview residents at any fire station. Just walk in. Reminder: Permit discounts Beginning Jan. 1, fees for building permits have been offered at a 25 percent Please see village, 10 Northbrook/Glenview D30 Board of Education D30 updates administrative policies, plans for 2017 Lauren Kiggins Freelance Reporter The Northbrook/Glenview District 30 Board of Education kicked off the new year by approving multiple board policies and employee financial benefits on Thursday, Feb. 9, at its bimonthly meeting. The overhaul is part of an ongoing effort to modernize district operations. Specifically, board members updated 25 board policies, six of which are new to the district. The bulk of the updates removed antiquated terminology and procedures. Three of the six new policies outline guidelines for current and future board members: policy communication, oath of conduct and board member training. The remaining three codes provide framework for bonds, staff member travel and expenses, and grievance policies. Dually, the district restated employees’ 403b retirement plan and 457b deferred compensation plan documents in hopes of aligning with the IRS and helping employees maximize their benefits, according to Dale Falk, assistant superintendent for finance and operations. “Like many school districts, District 30 offers its employees a voluntary tax sheltering instrument known as 403b and 457b,” Falk said. “From time to time, these plans should be restated to update the plans to match the IRS-eligible benefits.” Historically, the district outsourced its third-party administrator duties for 403b to The OMNI Financial Group. Moving forward, employees will also have OMNI as a resource for 457b. The changes will not have a major impact to the district’s budget, as Faulk noted that utilizing OMNI Financial Group cost the district less than $400 last year. “The cost is minimal to the district,” Falk said. “Last year the cost was a little over $350 to OMNI. This year I anticipate a slight increase; nothing significant that I think the board would need to worry about.” Moving forward, the board plans to revisit the two tax sheltering programs on an annual basis, at minimum. Board experiences district’s developing science program In an effort to enhance D30’s science curriculum, science teachers Kristin Cioffi Goss and Kery Obradovich are integrating the inquiry-based Next Generation Science Standards program into classrooms. While the district’s kindergarten classes have fully adopted the program, the remaining D30 grade levels are slowly adapting their syllabus to incorporate NGSS modules. Goss and Obradovich presented the developments at the meeting, and prompted board members to finish two projects that D30 first- and second-graders completed in their science classes this year. Obradovich explained that NGSS activities teach students through stories and subsequent problemsolving projects, such as exploring light and sound with instruments, flash lights and mirrors. “Since we are incorporating more of the design process, the kids have a problem to solve,” Obradovich said. “Historically we’ve done hands-on science and we have a really strong science background. But, what we didn’t have maybe was a launching phenomena or an inquiry that kind of surrounds all of the learning for a unit, and that’s really what is new with NGSS. It kind of grounds the work in a problem, and the students are learning the science in order to be able to engage in the problem, and that’s really what the big shift is with their next generation science standards.” Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley praised the educators for their work, adding that he has seen a positive difference in students’ enthusiasm for science since the NGSS project began. “Thank you for the great work that you are doing,” Wegley said. “I’ve seen this last year and this year, and of course one of the important components of this is that we’re getting kids at a young age all the way through thinking about the design process, thinking about themselves as scientists, which research tells us — especially for some of our female students and our other kids who traditionally start to veer away — they seem engaged all the way through, keeping that connection and opportunity alive for them is very, very important.”

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