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Board Brief for May 21, 2015

Posted May 21st, 2015 by kcanary

Recognition: 

The Board presented Above and Beyond Awards to the following individuals:

  • 9 students who won this year’s District 54 Battle of the Books competition on April 27 and
  • 18 students who won this year’s District 54 Spanish Speech Contest on May 7.

The Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to the following individuals:

  • Joaquin Lainson, of Addams, who qualified to compete in the National History Bee on May 22;
  • Liliana Zavaleta, of Keller, who was chosen as a finalist in the Scope Magazine “Fabulous First Line Contest;” and
  • 17 Mead students who qualified for the 2015 National History Day state competition, including eight who are headed for the national competition in June.

Discussion – Update of District 54’s Dual and Immersion Language Programming:
District 54 has long supported second language programming through the dual language and immersion open enrollment offerings. Spanish Dual Language programs are offered at MacArthur, Enders-Salk, Link, Hanover Highlands, Eisenhower, Keller and Frost. Japanese Dual Language programs are offered at Dooley and Addams. Chinese Immersion is offered at Campanelli.

Last year, District 54 completed a thorough evaluation of the dual language and immersion programs and implemented changes this year to improve the learning experiences for students. Changes include implementing a “two-teacher model” to strengthen the separation of language by time, person, content and location; a reallocation of instructional minutes to better enable students to attain proficiency in both languages; and a fully immersive experience for students during their targeted language instructional blocks.

Future steps include continuing to monitor growth in the target language through the new Standards-Based Assessment & Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP assessment); expanding the resources for the full-day kindergarten program; providing resources to parents to support children in their target language at home; and offering a Language and Culture Camp at all dual language or immersion schools this summer.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act: District 54 replied to three FOIA requests since the last board meeting, related to purchase orders, the 2015-16 computer request for proposals and the tabulation for last year’s art supply bid.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meeting on May 7, 2015
  • Resignations, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated May 1, 2015
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2015
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2015
  • The 2015-16 Workers’ Compensation Insurance Policy
  • The voluntary parent-purchased student accident insurance plan for the 2015-16 school year
  • The purchase of custodial cleaning and paper products for the 2015-16 school year
  • The purchase of classroom paper for the 2015-16 school year
  • The purchase of the computer assessment software
  • The purchase of a van
  • A five-year contract to lease district copiers
  • A three-year contract for waste disposal and recycling services
  • A contract for maintenance inspections of existing athletic equipment at 27 schools for 2015-16
  • A three-year extension of the natural gas contract
  • The pre-approval for a 2- or 3-year extension of the electricity services contract
  • The submittal of safety hazard busing findings for the 2015-16 school year
  • An extension on the Thacker/Verde property sale agreement
  • The purchase of technology equipment and software licensing for the Juniper networking equipment
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Oct. 17 and Nov. 7, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss shared highlights from the 2014-15 school year including the following:

  • Opened the Early Learning Center;
  • Introduced full-day kindergarten;
  • Maintained a balanced budget with no debt;
  • Collaboratively achieved our collective bargaining goals by ratifying three-year agreements with SEA and SEEO;
  • Received a Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International for the 18th consecutive year;
  • Advocated for District 54 students legislatively by voicing our opposition to bills that would negatively impact the educational programs we offer;
  • Prepared for and successfully administered the PARCC assessment;
  • Expanded STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) offerings across the district;
  • Received U. S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award for Fairview School;
  • Celebrated several Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel winners from District 54; and
  • Demonstrated districtwide MAP results that show mean growth is at the 94th percentile in math and 96th percentile in reading.

President’s Report: Board President Charlotte Kegarise said the six female members of the District 54 School Board were recognized in honor of Women’s History Month as outstanding elected women in education. She also thanked Past President Bill Harper for his tenure leading the School Board.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report: Board Vice President Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC heard a report on legislation affecting education as well as an update on the Early Learning Center.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber invited everyone to the Foundation night at the Boomers home opener on May 29. She also reported that the Foundation is looking for golfers, volunteers and sponsors for the golf outing on June 15. More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council Past President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that the PTA presented $1,000 scholarships to 11 high school seniors last week and awarded 88 elementary scholarships to District 54 students to attend summer camps and programs, for a total of $22,000. She then introduced the new PTA Council President Sue Budak.

New Business:

  • The Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2015-16 school year.

Announcements:

  • The Board praised the athletes and organizers of the annual Young Athletes/Club Unify Track Meet held at Eisenhower Junior High School last week.
  • Board members also thanked those individuals who are retiring from District 54 in June for their years of service to our students.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:23 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and for school matters.

Minutes from the May 7, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted May 26th, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on May 7, 2015

Minutes from the April 29, 2015 Special Board Meeting

Posted May 8th, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Special Board Meeting on April 29, 2015

Minutes from the April 16 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted May 8th, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on April 16, 2015

Board Brief for May 7, 2015

Posted May 7th, 2015 by kcanary

Service Awards: Before the School Board meeting, the Board recognized employees with 25, 30 and 35 years of service to District 54.

Call to Order

Discussion – Update on FUSE:
During the 2013-14 school year, District 54 developed a partnership with Northwestern University Office of STEM Education Partnerships entitled FUSE. FUSE is a science, technology, engineering, arts/design and math exploration program that engages students through hands-on, inquiry-based challenges. Each challenge uses a leveling-up model from gaming. FUSE currently has 22 challenges in robotics, electronics, biotechnology, graphic design and app development.

While students work on the challenges, Northwestern collects data about student choice, ability, growth and the amount a time a student will devote to a challenge. The university has used this research to design new challenges.

Two Aldrin students shared their work in designing glasses on a computer and printing them to the 3D printer. Kaitlyn and Neeha shared that although it took them six attempts to construct the perfect glasses, they liked that they were able to choose their own challenge and that they could choose to work together.

Dr. Kemi Jona from Northwestern praised the girls’ work, adding that the collaboration they discussed is a lifelong skill.

In the first year of the partnership, District 54 opened FUSE studios at nine schools and added two more schools this year. Next year, all remaining schools will implement FUSE as an after-school club for fifth- through eighth-grade students. As a year-end project, there will be a districtwide Solar Roller Challenge, allowing students to compete in the design and development of a solar car.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received and replied to 14 FOIA requests since the last board meeting related to the bids for custodial cleaning products, classroom furnishings, paper products, plastic liners, interior renovations, summer site improvements, abatement, flooring, windows, sealcoating bids, and contracts and invoices pertaining to copier and printer equipment, and managed print services.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on April 16, 2015
  • Minutes of the special reorganizational board meeting on April 29, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of two employees who received dismissal notices
  • Checks dated April 17, 2015

New Business:

  • The School Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The School Board appointed Megan Cothroll as the assistant principal for the Early Learning Center for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The School Board appointed Amy Houlihan as the assistant principal for Fox and Hanover Highlands elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year.

Announcements: Board members praised the students in today’s District 54 Spanish Speech Contest.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:35 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment, legal and business matters.

Board Brief for April 29, 2015

Posted April 29th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

Call to Order of the Special Reorganizational Meeting:  The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m.

Results of the Canvass of the April 7, 2015 School Board Election:  The Board accepted the results of the canvass.

Oath of Office for Newly Elected Board Members:  The board members who were re-elected on April 7 took the oath of office. They are Barbara Hengels, William Harper and Mary Kay Prusnick.

Motion to Adjourn Sine Die

Call to Order of New Board

Appointment of President and Secretary Pro Tem:  The Board appointed Bill Harper as president pro tem and Mary Kay Prusnick as secretary pro tem.

Election of Board Officers:  The Board elected Charlotte Kegarise as president, Barb Hengels as vice president and Mary Kay Prusnick as secretary.

Establishment of Schedule for Regular Board Meetings:  The Board approved the schedule and location for regular Board of Education meetings for July 2015 through June 2016. See the board meetings web page for the exact dates.

Adoption of Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures:  The Board adopted the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the prior School District 54 Board of Education.

New Business: The board approved the proclamation recognizing Tuesday, May 5, 2015 as National Teacher Day.

Announcements: Karen Strykowski announced that her company, Assurance, donated $1,000 to the District 54 Community Closet and Food Pantry today and is collecting donations for the closet and pantry on Saturday.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 6:12 p.m.

Minutes from the April 2, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted April 17th, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on April 2, 2015

Board Brief for April 16, 2015

Posted April 16th, 2015 by kcanary

Recognition: The Board recognized the following individuals:

  • Three Dooley students (Surag Nuthulapaty, Luke Henderson and Jasmine Kaur) who received an award at the Japanese Regional Speech Contest;
  • Addams student Avery Mueller who won “First Team All-American Scholar” honors from Pop Warner;
  • Addams alum Hasan Fetahi who was selected for NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars project; and
  • The school crossing guards who keep our students safe every day.

Prior to the meeting the School Board had a reception for more than 130 students who contributed to the new artwork in the Board Room.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting on April 2, 2015
  • Retirement, leaves and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated April 3, 2015
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for March 2015
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for February 2015
  • A resolution directing the school treasurer to transfer interest earned in the Working Cash Fund to the Capital Projects Fund
  • A contract for seal-coating work at 13 locations during the summer of 2015
  • A contract for site improvements at 13 locations during the summer of 2015
  • A contract for masonry restoration at seven locations during the summer of 2015
  • A contract for the supply and delivery of milk to all 28 District 54 schools for school years 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18
  • The purchase of three riding mowers
  • The purchase of classroom furnishings
  • The purchase of computers to replace older model junior high student and staff laptops
  • The purchase of the equipment and installation of the audio/video interactive projection solution
  • The purchase of literacy, math, STEM and social studies instructional materials
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Oct. 3, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent Report: Superintendent Andy DuRoss reported District 54 has once again received the ASBO International Certificate of Financial Reporting Award and thanked the business staff for their long-standing excellence in maintaining the district’s budget. He also complimented the instructional staff who hosted and attended grade-level meetings held this month to reflect on the implementation of the new Illinois Learning Standards in literacy and math. Our instructional staff has also been busy registering more than 1,300 students for summer STEM camp this year. Tomorrow concludes the Week of the Young Child. This celebration included a dedication of a Peace Pole at the Early Learning Center, which is now our largest school at over 800 students.

President’s Report: Board President Bill Harper said it has been an honor to be the board president. The board is having its reorganizational meeting on April 29.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC members received an update on instructional projects for 2014-15.

Legislative Networking Committee (LNC) Report: Superintendent DuRoss reported that the committee discussed Senate Bill 1, which if approved would mean a loss of $12.3 million in general state aid to District 54. The bill calls for a redistribution of education funding. We will be very active in opposing this bill with our legislators. We believe in adequate and equitable funding throughout the state, but not the redistribution of funding from one district to another.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber reported that the Foundation is looking for golfers, volunteers and sponsors for the golf outing on June 15. More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council Mikel Eppenbaugh announced that the PTA vendor fair and workshops this month were a success. The next major event is the Scholarship Recognition Dinner on May 13, which will honor 11 high school seniors. The Illinois PTA Convention begins tomorrow. Matthew Rodriguez, former Mead PTA President, will be installed as the next Illinois PTA President in which he will be the first male Latino elected as the state president in the history of our nation.

Announcements:

  • Board members announced that the Peace Pole dedicated today was a gift from the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove Village, which would make provide Peace Poles to any interested school.
  • Board members attended the Kids at Hope Resource Fair and an orchestra concert at Fox School this month.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:43 p.m. to closed session for school matters and legal matters.

Minutes from the March 19, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted April 6th, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on March 19, 2015

Board Brief for April 2, 2015

Posted April 2nd, 2015 by kcanary

Discussion – District 54 Discovery and Magnet Task Force:
The Discovery and Magnet Curricular Task Force was formed in the fall of 2014 to develop a curricular scope and sequence for the junior high language arts, science and social studies Discovery and Magnet courses. The task force consisted of all interested Discovery and Magnet staff from each of the five junior high schools and Lincoln Prairie, who were committed to ensuring that students would be engaged in learning opportunities that require academic rigor beyond grade level (up to 12th grade).

The curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. It includes additional complex text (including high school text) and higher-level questions to accompany that text. The task force determined resources to support instruction and created grade-level specific support documents to clarify key instructional and assessment practices. Based on feedback from the task force, year-long planning sessions specifically supporting the work in the Discovery and Magnet classrooms will be offered.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received and replied to three FOIA requests since the last board meeting related to information for the 2015 renovations at selected schools project, the current custodial and maintenance agreement and the award for the flooring buildback and asbestos abatement project.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular board meeting on March 19, 2015
  • Resignations and retirements of personnel
  • Checks dated March 20, 2015
  • The purchase of informational text classroom magazine subscriptions
  • Contract for interior renovations at 31 district locations
  • The amended school calendar for 2014-15 with June 12 as the last day of school due to five emergency closing days

New Business:

  • The School Board approved the appointment of representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The School Board had the first reading of revisions to Board Policy 2:140 (b) – Board Member Use of Electronic Mail and Board Policy 2:250 – Public Access to District Records.
  • The School Board had the first reading of new Board Policy 2:250 (a) – Email Retention Policy.

Announcements:

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:36 p.m.