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Board Brief for April 17, 2014

Posted April 17th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Recognition: The Board recognized the following students

  • Five Dooley students who received an award at the 28th Annual Japanese Regional Speech Contest;
  • Four District 54 students who won “First Team All-American Scholar” honors from Pop Warner;
  • Four sixth-grade Hoover students who were finalists in the State of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest; and
  • Two District 54 students who qualified to compete at the 2014 Illinois State Geographic Bee.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act: District 54 replied to nine FOIA requests since the last board meeting, related to bids for interior renovations, seal-coating and asbestos abatement, the contract between District 54 and First Student, the contractor and subcontractors working on 520 E. Schaumburg Road, and payroll records for Tidwell Roofing & Sheet Metal for work performed in the summer of 2010.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on April 3, 2014
  • Resignations, retirement and leaves of personnel
  • Checks dated April 4, 2014
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for March 2014
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for February 2014
  • A resolution directing the school treasurer to transfer interest earned in the Bond and Interest Fund to the Capital Projects Fund
  • A contract for interior renovations at 15 district locations during the summer of 2014
  • A contract for seal-coating work at 16 locations during the summer of 2014
  • A contract for site improvements at 22 locations during the summer of 2014
  • A contract for the purchase of computers for the 2014-15 school year
  • The purchase of literacy instructional materials
  • The purchase of social studies instructional materials
  • Curriculum writing projects for the summer of 2014
  • The date, time and location for regular meetings of the District 54 School Board for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting on Oct. 4, 2012, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss announced that District 54 was invited to participate on a national panel involving the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. STEM Coordinator Ben Loduha, math coach Amy Varchmin, Addams social studies teacher Patsy Holmes and Keller math teacher Jennifer Heldt represented District 54. Upcoming events in District 54 include the Recycling Event on April 19, spring MAP testing from April 21 through May 9, and additional staff training on the collaborative Professional Learning Communities (PLC) principles.

President’s Report: Board President Bill Harper had no report.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC heard a report about early childhood programming in District 54.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber reported that the Foundation is looking for golfers, volunteers and sponsors for the golf outing on June 9. More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that some PTA members attended the Illinois PTA Convention on April 11, where they helped pass a resolution regarding special education awareness. Upcoming events include the PTA Vendor Fair on April 23 at Mead, the Scholarship/Recognition Dinner on May 14 at Addams, and a May meeting of the new Early Childhood PTA.

New Business:

  • The Board awarded contracts for phase two of the early childhood center and administrative additions.
  • The Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board approved a revised contract for Superintendent Andrew DuRoss.
  • The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 7:270 – Administering Medicine to Students.

Announcements:

  • Board members expressed thanks for being invited to the Link Science Fair and the Week of the Young Child celebration last week.
  • Board members also thanked SEA and SEEO for inviting the Board to their annual meeting, which included a speech by U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth about her support for education.

Adjournment to Closed-Session: The Board adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Minutes from the April 3, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted April 21st, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on April 3, 2014

Minutes from the March 20, 2014 Regular Board Meeing

Posted April 4th, 2014 by kcanary

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

Minutes from the March 6, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted April 4th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on March 6, 2014

Board Brief for April 3, 2014

Posted April 3rd, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Discussion – Refining District 54′s Dual Language and Immersion Program Instructional Models:

District 54 currently offers Japanese dual-language programs at Addams and Dooley; a Chinese immersion program at Campanelli; and Spanish dual-language programs at MacArthur, Enders-Salk, Link, Hanover Highlands, Eisenhower, Keller and Frost. A thorough examination this winter of the instructional programming at these sites revealed many things to celebrate such as students becoming biliterate, culturally competent and flexible, analytical thinkers. The evaluation also revealed a few changes that could be made to the programs to ensure all students are meeting our District 54 Goals in English and their target language.

In order for students to attain high levels of proficiency in English and the target language, all elementary schools with language programs will follow the following schedule. In grades one through six, literacy instruction will include 60 minutes in English and 60 minutes in the target language each day. Social studies will be in the target language for 30 minutes daily; science will be in English for 30 minutes daily; and math will be in English for 60 minutes daily. Math and reading acceleration could be in either language (30 minutes each), depending on a student’s proficiency level. In kindergarten, science and math will be in English; social studies will be in the target language; and literacy instruction will rotate between English and the target language.

Another change for some schools is that all of our elementary schools will follow the two-teacher model. One teacher will teach all the English curriculum and content for two classes and another teacher will teach all of the target language curriculum and content to the same two classes. Students will move between these two teachers throughout the day. Both teachers will teach math in English at the same time. Assessment data supports that this model provides the best structure to meet the goal of biliteracy.

Junior high classes will also include some programming changes. The following courses will be available to dual-language students: Target Language 3 and 4 for ongoing target language development; an integrated social studies class focused on historical events in U.S. history and the target language history; a 40-minute English language arts class; and a 40-minute language arts class in the target language.

District 54 is also piloting a proficiency assessment next year called STAMP (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency – 4 Skills). Like MAP, it is nationally normed and adaptive, so that it gets progressively easier or more difficult depending on a child’s answers. The assessment will be given in the fall and spring to all District 54 students in second through eighth grade in dual Spanish, dual Japanese and Chinese immersion programs. Students are assessed in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Parents will receive copies of the assessment report after each test.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received and replied to 10 FOIA requests since the last board meeting related to the window replacement bid, asbestos abatement project, flooring build-back project, food service equipment and contracts, information about the early childhood center and administrative additions and renovations project, the custodial supplies bid and emails with the keyword “Dillard.”

Consent Agenda:

  • Corrected minutes of the regular board meeting on March 6, 2014
  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on March 20, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves and retirements of personnel
  • Checks dated March 21, 2014
  • A contract for interior renovations at 21 district locations during the summer of 2014
  • The amended school calendar for 2013-14 with June 5 as the last day of school and June 4 as the date for all eighth-grade graduations
  • The appointment additional Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers
  • The release of closed-session minutes from meetings held on June 20, August 15, Sept. 5, Oct. 3 and 17, and Dec. 11, 2013

New Business:

  • The School Board approved the appointment of representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The School Board had the first reading of revisions to Board Policy 7:270 – Administering Medicine to Students.

Announcements: Board members read to Lincoln Prairie students last week and attended the Kids at Hope Resource Fair in Hanover Park this weekend.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:06 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.

Board Brief for March 20, 2014

Posted March 20th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Recognition:

  • The District 54 School Board recognized Michael Chavira, Jr., an Addams Junior High School student, who will receive the 2014 Outstanding Student Technology Award from Infinitec on April 10.
  • The Board also recognized the following students who qualified for the 2014 Illinois You Be The Chemist Challenge, which will be held on April 27: first place – Nitin Subramanian of Mead Junior High School, second place – Diya Patel of Addams Junior High School, and third place – Saurav Sumughan of Mead Junior High School.

Public Comment: A Lincoln Prairie student asked the School Board that before they vote on a new contract for Superintendent Andrew DuRoss they take into account that he took responsibility for his actions when he was arrested last month.

Freedom of Information Act: District 54 replied to 13 FOIA requests since the last board meeting, related to bids for sound system replacement, roofing removal and replacement,  window replacement; copies of certified payroll for work done by three contractors; board meeting records; job descriptions; policies and procedures;  email communications; the superintendent’s contract; and the cold lunch request for proposal.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on March 6, 2014
  • Resignations, retirement and employment of personnel
  • A resolution of non-reemployment of classified personnel
  • A resolution authorizing notice of dismissal to educational support staff
  • A resolution authorizing notice of honorable dismissal to first-, second-, third- and fourth-year nontenured certificated personnel
  • A resolution authorizing notice of dismissal to first-, second- and third-year nontenured certificated personnel
  • A resolution authorizing notice of dismissal to fourth-year nontenured certificated employees
  • The staffing plan for the 2014-15 school year
  • Checks dated March 7, 2014
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for February 2014
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for January 2014
  • A contract for asbestos abatement at three sites
  • A contract for flooring build-back at six sites
  • A contract for masonry restoration at five sites
  • A contract for summer moves at five sites
  • The purchase of classroom magazine subscriptions
  • The adoption of Go Math! curricular resources
  • The purchase of materials for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Explorations
  • A resolution authorizing intervention in tax objection complaint proceedings pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting on Sept. 6, 2012, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked the students, staff and the parents for their hard work and support during the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) this month.

President’s Report: Board President Bill Harper announced that board committee assignments would remain the same this year unless a board member wished to be removed from a committee.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC heard presentations about strengthening the dual-language and immersion programming, and the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming in junior high schools.

Foundation Report: Board Member MaryKay Prusnick announced the annual Foundation golf outing is June 9. More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that the PTA Council voted to fund three special projects next year:  a $2,000 donation to Run to Read, a one-time movie license purchased for each of the school PTAs and the purchase of 10 carnival-type games that school PTAs could use. Eppenbaugh also thanked everyone who attended the PTA auction on March 14 and the Early Childhood PTA informational meeting on March 11. Upcoming events include the Illinois PTA Convention on April 11 and the Scholarship Recognition Dinner on May 14.

New Business:

  • The Board awarded a contract for the first phase of the early childhood center and administration center additions and renovations.
  • The Board approved new policy 5:90 – Abused and Neglected Child Required Reporting (DCFS).
  • The Board approved revisions to policy 7:130 – Philosophy of Student Behavior.
  • The Board approved the review of policy 7:360 – Entrance Age.

Announcements:

  • Board members congratulated Board Vice President Charlotte Kegarise who became the chair of the North Cook Division for the Illinois Association of School Boards last night.
  • The Kids at Hope Resource Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at the Hanover Park Park District gymnasium. Click here for more information.

Adjournment to Closed-Session: The Board adjourned to closed session for employment/appointment matters, collective negotiating matters and for the semiannual review of minutes of closed-session meetings.

Minutes from the February 20, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted March 7th, 2014 by kcanary

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

Board Brief for March 6, 2014

Posted March 6th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Discussion – Go Math! Curricular Resources Adoption:

The Department of Student Learning continuously evaluates curricular resources to identify quality instructional resources. In the past year, the math department has evaluated the current editions of five math programs looking for resources to support initial instruction, as well as instruction that takes place during math acceleration periods.

The department is recommending the adoption of Go Math!, a comprehensive math program for kindergarten through eighth grade that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The District 54 Math Task Force also evaluated the program and reported that it would support and align with the instructional resources developed by the Math Task Force during the past two school years. The program provides teachers with lessons, assessments, math center activities, homework pages and parent resources.

Teachers would also be able to continue using the resources created by the Math Task Force. The work that began with the efforts of our Math Task Force, and continues with the implementation by our teachers, has led to significant growth in student achievement.

If approved by the School Board, professional development for staff would be held in May and this summer to prepare teachers for the 2014-15 school year.

Discussion – Staffing Plan for the 2014-15 School Year:

Dr. Peter Hannigan, assistant superintendent of human resources, presented the administration’s preliminary staffing plan for the 2014-15 school year.

The first step in determining the staffing plan is projecting the enrollment. This year we will graduate a larger number of students in eighth grade than we expect to enroll in kindergarten. However, District 54 must also consider the number of students who transfer to our district at other grade levels. This number is much harder to predict. The kindergarten through eighth-grade projected enrollment for 2014-15 is 13,543 students, a decrease from the current enrollment. If enrollment increases prior to the beginning of the school year, District 54 may shift or add teaching positions to maintain consistent class averages.

Due to the reduction in students or a reduction in students needing specific services, some positions will be eliminated. The district is recommending the reduction of two teaching positions, 12 English Language Learner (ELL) resource teaching positions, four special services teaching positions, 18 special education instructional assistant positions and 21 general education instructional assistant positions.

By consolidating the early childhood staff into one center next year, we can more efficiently address enrollment fluctuations. In early childhood, the administration is recommending the reduction of four early childhood teachers, two parent-paid preschool teachers, eight early childhood instructional assistants and two parent-paid preschool instructional assistants.

The district is also recommending the reduction of three literacy specialist positions and the addition of five junior high math specialists, who will be responsible for planning effective instruction with math teachers as well as facilitating small-group instruction during acceleration classes.

Public Comment: Three individuals spoke at the board meeting. One Hoover parent spoke about the negative affect on her family of discontinuing the open enrollment program at Hoover. One Schaumburg resident asked the Board questions related to the arrest of Superintendent Andrew DuRoss and spoke about policies the district needs related this type of incident. Another Schaumburg resident commented that he didn’t think the superintendent should lose his job for one incident.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received two FOIA requests since the last board meeting related to the most recent transportation proposals and the superintendent’s compensation.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on Feb. 20, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 21, 2014
  • A contract for window replacement at Stevenson, Campanelli and Muir

New Business:

  • The School Board had the first reading of the following board policies:
    • Abused and Neglected Child Required Reporting (DCFS) – 5:90 (new policy),
    • Philosophy of Student Behavior - 7:130 (revised policy) and
    • Entrance Age – 7:360 (reviewed policy – no proposed changes).

Adjournment to Closed-Session: The Board adjourned at 8:04 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.

Return to Open-Session: The Board returned to open session and voted 6-0 to issue a reprimand to Superintendent DuRoss and to renegotiate his contract.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 11:25 p.m.

Minutes from the February 6, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted February 21st, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on February 6, 2014

Board Brief for Feb. 20, 2014

Posted February 20th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Recognition:

  • The District 54 School Board recognized 28 District 54 students whose work advanced to the state level in the PTA Reflections program.
  • The Board also presented an Ambassador for Excellence award to Addams teacher Michelle Burke who was the guest of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth at the 2014 State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C.

Public Comment:

Two individuals spoke to the School Board regarding DUI charges filed against Superintendent Andrew DuRoss this month.

President Bill Harper thanked people for their comments. He read a statement from the Board which said that the Board does not condone drinking and driving; and that the Board is taking the situation seriously. The Board is waiting until after the court proceedings conclude before making any decisions about disciplining Mr. DuRoss. He asked the public for their patience and committed that any action taken will be in open session.  He also thanked staff members, parents and community members for their support.

Freedom of Information Act: District 54 received one FOIA request since the last board meeting, related to roofing replacement at Muir Literacy Academy.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Feb. 6, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 7, 2014
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for January 2014
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for December 2013
  • A contract for roofing removal and replacement at Muir Literacy Academy and roofing work at Stevenson School during the summer of 2014
  • The purchase of summer school reading materials
  • The purchase of technology equipment and support
  • The renewal of software licensing and support for the library automation system
  • The 2013-14 District 54 School Improvement Plan
  • Resolutions expressing opposition to unfunded and underfunded state and federal mandates
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Aug. 2 and 16, 2012, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss said District 54 PBIS coaches Lynn Owens and Dolly Mandrelle have been asked to present as part of a statewide panel regarding bullying prevention. The Campanelli staff was awarded a $37,500 grant from the Arts Council of Illinois, which will be used for curriculum writing, staff training and iPads for the Chinese Immersion program. District 54 is continuing its preparations for the new early childhood center, which will open in August. On March 11, there will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the new early childhood PTA.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC heard a presentation about the Go Math curriculum. DCAC members provided their feedback on the curriculum through an online survey.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber announced that Mardi Gras will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Stonegate and it’s not too late to buy tickets. A restaurant benefit will be held March 10 at Pilot Pete’s in Schaumburg. More information about both can be found at http://d54foundation.com/.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh announced that the Armstrong PTA was featured in the latest issue of the Illinois PTA Bulletin newsletter for its successful book exchange program. She also invited everyone to the STC Auction on March 14 and to an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at Keller Junior High School for anyone interested in joining the new Early Childhood PTA.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the standards-based report card.
  • The Board approved revisions to Policy 7:305 – Student Athlete Concussion and Head Injuries.

Announcements:

  • Board members attended a presentation by the Schaumburg Police Department on preventing workplace violence.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:45 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.