Public Comment: No one asked to speak.
Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 replied to four requests since the last board meeting related to information on special education employees and professional development, water quality testing, the PARCC assessment and curriculum changes, and gifted enrollment.
Consent Agenda – The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda:
- Minutes of the regular board meeting on May 19, 2016
- Minutes of the special open and closed-session meetings on May 26, 2016 and June 2, 2016
- Resignations and employment of personnel
- Re-employment of 23 employees who had received dismissal notices
- The 2016-17 salaries for administrators, supervisory personnel, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants, physical therapist assistants, educational interpreters and crisis intervention assistants
- The 2016-17 salary parameters for nonrepresented staff
- The 2016-17 salaries for personnel in pay grades 1-7 and part-time employees
- The 2016-17 salary rates for lunch supervisors
- The 2016-17 daily rates for substitutes
- Checks dated May 27, 2016
- Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2016
- Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for April 2016
- Prevailing wage rates for the 2016-17 school year
- A voluntary parent-purchased student accident insurance plan for the 2016-17 school year
- The purchase software with licensing and support
- Reappointment of Ric King as the District 54 treasurer for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018
- The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held Nov. 20, 2014; Dec. 4, 2014; and Dec. 11, 2014 for which approved minutes already exist
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andy DuRoss announced that more than 700 teachers have been back in school during the first two weeks of summer vacation, voluntarily attending the sixth annual District 54 Professional Development Symposium last week and summer planning sessions this week, where teachers work as teams to learn and prepare for the upcoming school year. Some of our special needs students are also back in school this month as part of the Extended School Year program.
Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber thanked everyone who attended the Foundation’s golf outing on June 13.
PTA Report: PTA Council President Sue Budak reported that many school PTA officers are participating in summer training workshops. The Northwest Cook Region (District 37) PTA is looking for a new regional director to replace Mikel Eppenbaugh in July 2017.
- The Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) for the 2016-17 school year.
- The Board approved the 2016-17 Tentative Budget.
- The Board approved a resolution calling for a public hearing on the 2016-17 budget at 7 p.m. August 11, 2016.
- The Board approved a contract for the sale of the Thacker Street and Verde Drive property to DRH Cambridge Homes, Inc. for $1.1 million.
- The Board approved a capacity charge management services agreement with Siemens Industry, Inc. to better regulate electric usage in the district.
- The Board approved a contract with John D. Kasarda, Ph.D., to conduct a demographic trends and enrollment projection study.
- The Board had the first reading of revisions to board policies 6:280 – Promotion and Retention of Students, 7:210 – Student Expulsion from School, 7:220 – District-Provided Transportation Behavior and 7:130 – Student Rights and Responsibilities.
- The Board had the first reading of new policies 7:190 – Student Behavior and 7:200 – Student Suspension from School.
- The Board approved contracts for the assistant superintendents, the associate superintendent and the superintendent through June 30, 2021.
- Board members said the District 54 Professional Development Symposium was a powerful demonstration of how teachers in District 54 support the professional growth their colleagues.
- Board members also praised how well the golf outing was organized this year.
- Board members shared their positive experiences at eighth-grade graduations this year.
Announcements: The Board adjourned at 7:40 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and legal matters.