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Minutes from the Feb. 5, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted February 24th, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Feb. 5, 2015

Board Brief for Feb. 19, 2015

Posted February 19th, 2015 by kcanary

Recognition:

  • The Board presented an Above and Beyond Award to Mead teacher Brian Donlan for saving the lives of two men after a head-on collision.
  • The Board presented an Ambassador for Excellence Award to Keller teacher Alex Polanco who was named WGN-TV’s Teacher of the Month for January.
  • The Board presented an Ambassador for Excellence award to Yumna Safi, a seventh-grade Keller student, for winning the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest from Schaumburg VFW Post 2202.
  • The Board presented Ambassador for Excellence awards to 23 students whose work advanced to the state level in the PTA Reflections program.
  • The Board recognized community members who participated on the Student Fee Committee during the 2014-15 school year.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act: District 54 received one FOIA request since the last board meeting, related to agendas, minutes and other documents from the Student Fee Committee meetings in 2010 through 2014.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Feb. 5, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves and retirement of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 6, 2015
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for January 2015
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for December 2014
  • A two-year extension of the student transportation contract with First Student, Inc. for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on July 30 and August 15, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss announced that tomorrow is the end of the second trimester; report cards will go home next week.

More than 1,100 students registered for kindergarten on the first day – Feb. 12. This was 100 students more than the first day last year. DuRoss said this increase was expected because the district is offering full-day kindergarten next year.

District 54 recently concluded the winter School Improvement Plan reviews with teams from all 28 schools. The teams provided an update on their progress toward meeting the Board of Education goals. DuRoss said he feels that staff has prepared students well and that we will be celebrating the students’ success on the PARCC and MAP assessments.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC heard a report on the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

Legislative Networking Committee (LNC) Report: Board Secretary Karen Strykowski reported that state Rep. Michelle Mussman attended the last meeting, at which time the committee shared with the representative its concerns about some of the legislative being discussed in Springfield.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber announced that Mardi Gras will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Stonegate and it’s not too late to buy tickets. More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh invited everyone to the STC Auction on March 13. All proceeds from the auction are applied to the PTA Scholarship Fund. This year the PTA plans to award $22,000 in elementary and high school scholarships. The PTA will also host its annual election at the auction. The slate of candidates and more PTA news can be found at http://pta.sd54.org.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the consumable materials fee of $50 per student for 2015-16.
  • The Board approved the milk fee of 20 cents per carton for students and 25 cents per carton for adults for 2015-16.
  • The Board approved the facility usage rates for 2015-16.
  • The Board approved the before- and after-school child care facility rates for 2015-16.
  • The Board authorized the superintendent to continue to study parent-paid student transportation fee rates for 2015-16.
  • The Board authorized the superintendent to continue to study School of Choice student transportation fee rates for 2015-16.
  • The Board approved the purchase of a three-year site license for FUSE (a STEM -based, online program in partnership with Northwestern University). This approval extends the FUSE program to all District 54 elementary schools next year.
  • The Board approved revisions to board policies 1:60 - Prohibition of Sexual Harassment and 1:70 - Standard District Complaint Investigation.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Amy Christie as principal of Campanelli Elementary School.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Ivette Rivera-Weigle as principal of MacArthur International Spanish Academy.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:53 p.m. to closed session for collective negotiating matters.

 

Minutes from the Jan. 22, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted February 13th, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for Feb. 5, 2015

Posted February 5th, 2015 by kcanary

Discussion – Review of Fee Rates: In the fall of 2014, the Student Fee Committee met to collectively review the fees for before- and after-school programs, consumable materials, facility usage, milk, parent-paid transportation, School of Choice transportation and extracurricular activities. This committee recommended rates for 2016 through 2019, with the understanding that an annual update review by administration would occur. The recommendations were as follows:

  • No increase to the consumable materials fee ($50 per student);
  • An increase of 5 cents to the cost of a carton of milk (25 cents per carton for students and 30 cents for adults);
  • A decrease to the parent-paid transportation fee (the rates would be $425 for one child, $550 for two children and $650 for three or more children in 2016-17 );
  • An increase to the School of Choice Transportation Fee (in 2016 through 2019, these fees would be same as those for parent-paid transportation);
  • No fee for extracurricular activities (sports, music, etc.);
  • No increase in facility usage fees other than the annual adjustment due to custodial costs; and
  • An increase only in the full-day and summer facility rates charged to the YMCA and the Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates park districts for the before- and after-school programs.

The proposed fees can be found in Discussion Memorandum #017-14/15, Review of Fee Rates. The above recommendations must be approved by the School Board. If approved, they would not take effect until July 1, 2016.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:

  • District 54 received one request since the last board meeting related to copier service agreements.

Public Comment:

  • Two Lincoln Prairie parents told the board it would be difficult for families to continue to send their children to Lincoln Prairie if the transportation fees increased.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on Jan. 22, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Jan. 23, 2015
  • Approval to purchase full-day kindergarten literacy, math, science and social studies instructional materials

New Business:

  • The Board had the first reading of revisions to the following board policies: Prohibition of Sexual Harassment (1:60) and Standard District Complaint Investigation (1:70).

Announcements:

  • Board members commended the students at the Lincoln Prairie pasta dinner. They also mentioned that many people attended the Open Enrollment Fair and that the parents of incoming kindergarten students at the fair expressed excitement about the full-day kindergarten program.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:37 p.m. to closed session for collective negotiating and legal matters.

Minutes from the Jan. 8, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted January 23rd, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for Jan. 22, 2015

Posted January 20th, 2015 by kcanary

Recognition:

The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to the following individuals.

  • Brianne Cannataro, a fifth-grade student at Aldrin, for winning gold in her age group for her tap dance performance at the International Dance Organization Dance World Championship.
  • Jordan Marroquin, a fourth-grade student at Blackwell, for saving a boy from drowning at a pool in Rosemont in the summer of 2014.
  • Enders-Salk teacher Jackie Hernandez for becoming certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Students from Eisenhower, Mead and Keller junior high schools who received team awards in the National Fluid Power Challenge at Harper College.

Public Comment: Two residents spoke in opposition to the full-day kindergarten program.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: The district responded to five requests since the last meeting related to copier service agreements, administrator contract templates and documents regarding compensation for union officials.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Jan. 8, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Dec. 26, 2014 and Jan. 9, 2015
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for December 2014
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for November 2014
  • A recommendation to accept the audit/CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014
  • A resolution authorizing intervention in tax objection complaint proceedings pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • The purchase of reading materials for summer school in August 2015
  • The destruction of the verbatim records from the closed-session school board meetings held on June 20 and July 18, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked students, staff and parents for successful, well-attended conferences last week.  Since we are half way through the year, schools are meeting with the district again to review their school improvement plans and report on the progress toward their goals.

DuRoss will participate in several meetings related to Vision 20/20, a coalition of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Principals Association, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity, and the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools committed to developing a long-range blueprint for improving public education in Illinois. The coalition’s four areas for prioritization are highly effective educators, 21st Century learning, shared accountability, and equitable and adequate funding. Visit http://illinoisvision2020.org for more information.

PARCC testing begins March 2. District 54 will host a PARCC informational meeting on Feb. 10 for all interested parents. For more information, or to register, visit our Schaumburg Parent University website.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber asked everyone to mark their calendars. The Foundation will host a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s on Feb. 11 and will host Mardi Gras on Feb. 27 at the Stonegate in Hoffman Estates. Information about both can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh announced that the PTA has been busy planning for a blood drive on Feb. 26 and its annual auction on March 13. The PTA would also like to congratulate all students who moved qualified for the state competition in the Reflections fine arts program and to encourage all parents to take the Illinois 5Essentials survey. For more information about PTA programs, visit the PTA website.

New Business:

  • The Board approved a free, full-day kindergarten program at all of our elementary schools beginning in August 2015. For more information, click here to read Discussion Memorandum #015-14/15, which was presented and discussed at the January 8, 2015 Board of Education meeting. The memo includes a summary of the research literature related to full-day kindergarten programming; a rationale supporting full-day kindergarten in District 54; an overview of the potential scheduling format for full-day kindergarten programming; a cost analysis associated with adding full-day kindergarten; and a timeline for potential implementation.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:40 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.

Minutes from the Dec. 4, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted January 9th, 2015 by kcanary

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Minutes from the Dec. 11, 2014 Special Board Meeting

Posted January 9th, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for Jan. 8, 2015

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

Discussion – Full-Day Kindergarten in District 54:

The School Board heard a proposal to implement a free, full-day kindergarten program at each elementary school beginning in August 2015.

Research consistently indicates that students in a full-day kindergarten program achieve at higher levels academically than students in a half-day program. A full day of learning early in life can help improve a student’s reading, writing and math skills and provide a strong foundation for future learning. Research also supports social-emotional benefits from participating in a full-day kindergarten program.

A longer school day would allow teachers more time to deliver instruction of the District 54 Essential Learning Outcomes. Students enrolled in the full-day program would also attend physical education, music and art classes, visit the learning center weekly, eat lunch and go outside for recess.

If the full-day kindergarten program is approved by the School Board at its next meeting on Jan. 22, parents of incoming kindergarten students would receive information about the program at kindergarten registration on Feb. 12. Schools would also host informational nights for parents to answer any questions they may have about kindergarten in general and the full-day program specifically.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on Dec. 4, 2014
  • Minutes of the special open and closed-session meetings on Dec. 11, 2014
  • Employment and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated Nov. 26 and Dec. 12, 2014

New Business:

  • The School Board appointed Cassie Williams as assistant superintendent for student and administrative services.
  • The School Board appointed Danette Meyer as assistant superintendent for language and culture.

Announcements:

  • Board members praised the students, families and staff who so generously supported individuals and families in need during the holiday season.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:50 p.m. to closed session for collective negotiating matters.

Minutes from the Nov. 20, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted December 5th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Nov. 20, 2014