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.
- 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.
- 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 and legal matters.