District 54 shares Fine Arts at Septemberfest

Posted Thursday, August 30th, 2012

School District 54 will highlight its fine arts program during the annual Schaumburg Septemberfest celebration on Labor Day weekend. District 54 student musicians will perform on the Daily Herald Stage Saturday through Monday.

Saturday, Sept. 1

  • Combined Eighth-Grade Orchestra:  2:30 p.m.
  • KellerJunior High SchoolEighth-Grade Band:  3:15 p.m.
  • MeadJunior High SchoolEighth-Grade:  4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 2

  • AddamsJunior High SchoolEighth-Grade Band:  1:30 p.m.
  • Frost Junior High School Eighth-Grade:  2:15 p.m.
  • Eisenhower Junior High School Eighth-Grade Band: 3:00p

Monday, Sept. 3

  • Dooley’s Early Instrumental Music students:  2:30 p.m.

Also the District 54 School Board and Special Olympics team will participate in the Septemberfest parade, which starts at 10 a.m. Monday on Summit Drive.

Register now for the Run to Read on Sept. 23

Posted Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

District 54 is hosting a day of races on Sunday, Sept. 23, to support literacy in School District 54. Our goal is to collect 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54 and to encourage families to exercise together.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with a 100-yard dash for children in first grade and younger; followed by a 400-yard dash for children in sixth grade and younger. Both races take place at DirksenSchool,116 W. Beech Drive in Schaumburg.

The day of races also includes a 5K race at 8:30 a.m. and a one mile family fun walk at 8:45 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top male and female winner and the top age group winners in the 5K. An awards ceremony will take place at about 9:40 a.m. All children participating in the 100- and 400-yard dashes will also receive a medal.

All individuals participating in any run or walk must register in advance. The early-bird discounted cost to participate is $5 for junior high school age and younger, $15 for high school students and adults age 60 and older, and $25 for adults ages 19 to 59. All those prices rise by $5 after Sept. 6 ($10 for junior high school age and younger, $20 for high school students and adults age 60 and older, and $30 for adults ages 19 to 59). There is also a family rate of $50 for the walk only.

Registration continues until 8 a.m. on the morning of the event. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 7 a.m. inside school gym. Anyone who registers by Sept.18 can also pick up their packets at Dick Pond Athletics, 927 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg on Sept. 20-22.

No bicycles, skates, scooters or pets are allowed on the courses. Strollers are allowed on the walk only.

We are also still looking for sponsors for the event. Donations are also being accepted for both the goody bags and post-race raffle prizes.

If you are interested in attending or sponsoring the event, visit http://sd54.org/runtoread (online registration is available at this link). You may also contact Terri McHugh at (847) 357-5028 or TerriMcHugh@sd54.org.

Thank you for school supplies

Posted Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

District 54 would like to thank the many businesses and organizations who donated school supplies for our students in need this year.

AT&T Pioneers once again donated backpacks filled with supplies. The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual school supply drive and donated not only supplies, but also gift cards from the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates so that our schools could buy exactly what the students needed. EKiwanis, Hostmark Hospitality and STMicroelectronics also all made a large contribution to our students.

Thanks to the generosity of the people who live and work in our community, hundreds of students – who would have come to school empty-handed – received some of the nicest supplies at their school.

Board adopts the 2012-13 budget

Posted Friday, August 17th, 2012

The District 54 School Board adopted the 2012-13 budget at its August 16, 2012, meeting.

District 54 expects to spend $220,597,716 during the 2012-13 budget year and receive $213,523,089 in revenues. The District 54 operating funds – defined as the education, operations and maintenance, transportation and working cash funds – have projected revenues of $200,517,951 and expenditures of $199,702,786. District 54 developed the 2012-13 budget based on
the following parameters:

  • There will continue to be a freeze on overall cumulative spending in supplies, purchased services and capital outlay. The only exception is in the Operations and Maintenance and Construction funds, where the cost of services, such as electricity, can’t be controlled.
  • District 54 will issue no new debt and is debt free as of Dec. 1, 2011.
  • Interest income has declined because of the past federal rate decreases. District 54 projects interest factors of less than 2 percent.
  • Property taxes are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 1.5 percent in 2011 and 3.0 percent in 2012.
  • Benefit costs are projected to increase by about 5 percent annually. 

Federal aid is estimated to show minor increases.

State aid is expected to remain flat. District 54 does not know how much revenue it will receive from the state for the current year or for any projected year because of the funding deficiencies
facing the state.

District 54 receives less than 20 percent of its revenue from state and federal sources, compared to the “average Illinois school district,” which receives almost 38 percent of its revenue from state
sources and about 9.3 percent from federal sources.

Individual Fund Summary




Education 174,012,993 173,510,102
Operations and Maintenance 15,718,590 16,848,784
Bond and Interest 100,000 5,750,000
Transportation 9,503,911 9,343,900
Municipal Retirement and Social Security 5,815,014 6,372,500
Capital Projects 5,755,000 7,135,000
Working Cash 1,282,457 0
Fire Prevention/Life Safety 1,335,124 1,637,430


The above numbers include a transfer of $5,750,000 from the Bond and Interest Fund to the Capital Projects Fund to pay for capital expenditures.

Click here to view the District 54 2012-13 Detailed Budget.

Schools start Aug. 21

Posted Monday, August 13th, 2012

Most of our students in first through eighth grade will attend their first day of the 2012-13 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 21. At Eisenhower, Frost, Keller and Mead, only seventh-grade students will attend on the 21st. Eighth-grade students will return to school on Aug. 22.

Kindergarten and early childhood students will start Aug. 27.

Some schools have planned welcome back activities and curriculum nights in August and September. We urge parents to visit the schools and take an active role in their children’s education.

Parent-paid preschool still accepting registrations

Posted Friday, August 10th, 2012

School District 54 is still accepting registrations for its parent-paid preschool programs at Collins and Aldrin elementary schools for the 2012-13 school year.

The District 54 Parent Paid Preschool Program serves children ages 3 to 5 who are progressing at a rate typical for their age. Classes are taught by state-certified, highly-qualified teachers. Preschool students have the opportunity to participate in schoolwide events and often partner with older classes.

The cost is $120 per month for two days a week; $180 per month for three days; and $300 per month for all five days. Parents can hold their child’s place by paying the first month’s tuition. Parents must also pay a one-time registration fee of $55 the first time they enroll their child in the program.


Collins is located at 407 S. Summit Drive in Schaumburg. Collins will offer morning classes only, which will meet from 8:45-11:15 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from 8:45-11 a.m. on Wednesday.


Aldrin is located at 617 Boxwood Drive in Schaumburg. Aldrin will offer morning and afternoon classes, which will meet from 8-10:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from 8-10:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

There are also preschool programs available in District 54 for children with special needs or those who are not progressing at a rate anticipated for potential success in kindergarten due to one or more at-risk variables. For information about those programs, contact our early childhood department at (847) 357-5213.

District 54 seeks community members for 2013-14 Budget Committee

Posted Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

School District 54 is looking for community members who would be interested in serving on the Budget Review Committee that will be reviewing the 2013-14 budget. The committee will begin meeting in January 2013, so that the administration can present a tentative budget to the School Board before the 2013-14 school year begins.

The Budget Review Committee, consisting of board members, staff and community members, meets for the purpose of obtaining input on the acquisition and allocation of resources.

Member Responsibilities

  1. Attend up to six meetings from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays (January-June).
  2. Participate in discussions on school finance.

To obtain an application for the Budget Review Committee, please visit our website at http://sd54.org/committees. If you have the need to speak to someone, please contact Ric King, assistant superintendent of business services, at (847) 357-5039 or RicKing@sd54.org.

Applications are due in the District Office, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL  60194, by Sept. 14, 2012.

New student registration on Aug. 9

Posted Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Thursday, Aug. 9, is Registration Day for any students new to our district who have not yet registered for our schools or returning students who have not yet submitted their registration form. Personnel will be at each school to register students from 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Please visit your neighborhood school (and note that Lincoln Prairie is not a neighborhood school).

To register, parents will need to provide proof of age as well as proof of residency. For a complete list of forms and documents needed, please visit our registration web page at http://sd54.org/registration/.

Parents are also required to pay a consumable materials fee at registration to cover the cost of workbooks, paper, art supplies and other items used by students. District 54’s consumable materials fees are $50 for all students from early childhood through junior high school for the 2012-13 school year. Fees for students in the parent-paid preschool program are included in the tuition costs.

Parents are encouraged to enroll their children as soon as possible after moving into our school district. Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2012 must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2012. District 54 does not offer early entrance.

Some of the schools in District 54 will also hold School of Information Days on Aug. 9 or back-to-school picnics and events. Call your school or check its website for more information.

The first day of school for students in first through eighth grade is Aug. 21, except at four junior high schools. At Frost, Keller, Eisenhower and Mead, seventh-grade students start Aug. 21 and eighth-grade students start Aug. 22. Kindergarten and early childhood students start school on Aug. 27.

School Zone Newsletter – August 2012

Posted Monday, August 6th, 2012

Click here to read the School Zone Newsletter for August 2012, which contains a column from Board Member Peggy Brothman, as well as information about back to school and registration information.