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Board Brief for July 17, 2014

Posted July 17th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:

District 54 received and replied to two requests since the last board meeting related to vendor payments for the years 2008-2013 and teachers who have asked to have their union dues reduced to an amount resulting in actual costs of representation; documents referring to legal means by which employees may limit their dues to reflect actual costs of representation; and documents that state the total number of dues paying members of the teachers union.

Consent Agenda – The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the special open and closed-session meetings on June 16, 2014
  • Minutes of the regular board meeting on June 19, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves and employment of personnel
  • The contract of employment for the assistant superintendent of human resources
  • The superintendent’s 2014-15 salary
  • Checks dated June 13 and 27, 2014
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for June 2014
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for May 2014
  • The purchase of classroom paper for the 2014-15 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Jan. 10, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist.

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked many staff members in District 54. He thanked the staff that supported the STEM camps in June that were attended by more than 600 students. He thanked the staff that worked the Extended School Year program at Hoover and Einstein for more than 400 special education students. He thanked the almost 400 staff members who attended professional development classes in June and said he expects a similar number to attend August classes. Finally, he thanked the central office staff members who were displaced or are working through the construction on site.

President’s Report: Board President Bill Harper also thanked staff for their work this summer.

Foundation Report: Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick announced that the Foundation received about 55 grant applications from staff, which are being reviewed this summer.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh shared that on August 5, school PTAs will pick up information, attend leadership training and submit honor award applications. The PTA Council purchased carnival games that all school PTAs can use.

New Business:

  • The School Board had the first reading of revisions to the following policies: Visitors to and Conduct on District Property (8:30) and Conflict of Interest – Board Members (2:100).
  • The School Board approved a permanent easement at Keller Junior High School so the Village of Schaumburg can add a sidewalk and improve Salem Drive from Bode Road to Golf Road.
  • The School Board appointed Tracy Griffin Langlais as assistant principal of Aldrin Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members thanked the students and adults who cheered for them at the Fourth of July parade in Hoffman Estates.
  • Board members praised the staff and volunteers who supported students at the Special Olympics Motor Activities Challenge Day at Einstein.
  • Board members echoed the superintendent’s statement about the success of District 54′s first summer STEM camp.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:21 p.m. to closed session for business matters.

Minutes from the June 19, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted July 22nd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on June 19, 2014

Minutes from the June 16, 2014 Special Board Meeting

Posted July 22nd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Special Board Meeting on June 16, 2014

Minutes from the June 5, 2014 Special Board Meeting

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Special Board Meeting on June 5, 2014

Minutes from the May 15, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on May 15, 2014

Board Brief for June 19, 2014

Posted June 19th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 replied to 14 requests since the last board meeting related to the custodial cleaning products and paper products bid, the classroom furnishings bid, the early childhood center and administrative additions and renovations bids for phases 2 through 5, and the job descriptions for any nurse or health aide position.

Consent Agenda – The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on May 15, 2014
  • Minutes of the special and closed-session meetings on June 5, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of six employees who had received dismissal notices
  • 2014-15 salaries for administrators, supervisory personnel, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants, physical therapist assistants, educational interpreters, child and family educators and crisis intervention assistants
  • 2014-15 salary parameters for nonrepresented staff
  • 2014-15 salaries for personnel in pay grades 1-7 and part-time employees
  • Salary rates for the elementary school lunch program for the 2014-15 school year
  • 2014-15 daily rates for substitutes
  • Checks dated May 16 and 30, 2014
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2014
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for April 2014
  • Prevailing wage rates for 2014-15
  • A resolution to reappoint Ric King as treasurer for the period of 2014-2016
  • A contract to provide sack lunch service to District 54 for the 2014-15 school year
  • Appointment of director of special education
  • The purchase of technology equipment and software with licensing and support
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held Dec. 6, 2012, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss announced that tonight is the final board meeting for Karen Hindman, assistant superintendent of district improvement, who is retiring after eight years as an assistant superintendent in District 54. He thanked Karen for her dedication to and support of the students and staff in District 54. Through her work with programs such as the 90-day school improvement plan review cycle, student achievement levels continue to climb.

Foundation Report: Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick thanked everyone who attended, volunteered at or sponsored the Foundation’s golf outing on June 9.

New Business:

  • The Board appointed Mary Kay Prusnick as secretary pro tem because Board Secretary Karen Strykowski will be unavailable through August 4.
  • The Board appointed a community representative to serve on the Advisory Council for District Initiatives (ACDI).
  • The board appointed an additional representative to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board approved the 2014-15 Tentative Budget.
  • The Board approved a resolution calling for a public hearing on the 2014-15 budget at 7 p.m. August 21, 2014.
  • The Board approved revisions to policy 5:50 – Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace.
  • The Board approved new policy 7:100 – Health, Eye and Dental Examinations, Immunizations and Exclusion of Students.
  • The Board approved revisions to policy 7:280 – Students with Chronic Infectious Disease.
  • The Board approved revisions to policy 7:300 – Physical Examinations and Insurance Requirements for Participating in Interscholastic and Intramural Sports.
  • The Board appointed Brian Kaszewicz as the principal of Hale Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board appointed Cory Burke as the assistant principal of Keller Junior High School for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board appointed Christina Sosin as the assistant principal of Fairview and Stevenson elementary schools for the 2014-15 school year.

Announcements:  Board members spoke about the excellent experiences they had at eighth-grade graduations, the Muir Science Fair, the Frost Energy Summit and the District 54 Professional Symposium.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:34 p.m.

Board Brief for June 5, 2014

Posted June 5th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

New Business

  • The Board awarded contracts for the early childhood center and administrative additions and renovations – Phase V.

Closed Session

  • The Board adjourned at 6:19 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, for collective negotiating matters and for business matters to discuss the setting of a price for sale or lease of property owned by the public body.

Minutes from the May 1, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted May 16th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on May 1, 2014

Board Brief for May 15, 2014

Posted May 15th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Recognition: The Board recognized the following individuals

  • Three District 54 students who were the top three finalists in the Spring Valley Concert Band scholarship concert and competition;
  • Nine students who won this year’s District 54 Battle of the Books competition on April 28;
  • 16 Mead students who qualified for the 2014 National History Day state competition, including two who are headed for the national competition;
  • Frost student Amanda Mytych who won the Village of Schaumburg Youth Volunteer of the Year award;
  • Campanelli school secretaries Katie Thomas and Claudia Nicholas who received Distinguished Service Awards from the Illinois School Public Relations Association; and
  • Four Keller students who also received Distinguished Service Awards for their work with the Interact Club and the Keller Food Pantry.

Public Comment:

Four Hale parents expressed concerns about some of the changes implemented at Hale this year. Superintendent Andrew DuRoss said he will investigate their concerns.

An eighth-grade student thanked the School Board and district for the education and opportunities he has received while a student from preschool through eighth grade at Lincoln Prairie.

Freedom of Information Act: District 54 replied to five FOIA requests since the last board meeting, related to bids for interior renovations, flooring, masonry, sealcoating, custodial cleaning products, paper products, classroom furnishings, site improvements and phases 3 and 5 of the early childhood center and administrative additions.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meeting on May 1, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of one employee who received a dismissal notice
  • Checks dated May 2, 2014
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2014
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2014
  • The 2014-15 Workers’ Compensation Insurance Policy
  • The voluntary parent-purchased student accident insurance plan for the 2014-15 school year
  • The purchase of custodial cleaning and paper supplies for the 2014-15 school year
  • The purchase of classroom furnishings for the 2014-15 school year
  • The purchase of art supplies for the 2014-15 school year
  • The purchase of the computer assessment software Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) for early childhood and kindergarten, and Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency – 4 Skills (STAMP) for dual-language and immersion programs
  • The purchase of software licensing and support
  • The submittal of safety hazard busing findings for the 2014-15 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Oct. 18 and Nov. 1, 2012, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss and the assistant superintendents presented the 2014 State of the District Report. Student achievement levels have continued to trend upward and our students are well positioned for success.

District 54 reached its goal to be in the top 10% nationally of students meeting their growth targets in reading and math. In fact, District 54 students were in the top 5% in reading and top 4% in math. In addition, 21 of our schools were in the top 10% nationally for student growth in both reading and math, and eight schools were in the top 5%.

DuRoss thanked board members for their guidance, the teachers and staff who work with our students every day, and the administrators who work collaboratively to lead our schools and district. He also thanked every student and their parents and let them know our district is committed to their academic, social and emotional well-being.

Cabinet members shared the progress that was made this year on each of the 11 key projects that were selected to guide and support continuous improvement across the district in the 2013-14 school year. They also shared the projects that will be undertaken during the 2014-15 school year.

For the detailed projects, project summaries and assessment data, click here to access the 2014 State of the District Report.

President’s Report: Board President Bill Harper said it always great to be out in the school community seeing the hard work of all the students and staff.

Foundation Report: Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick invited everyone to the Foundation night at the Boomers home opener on May 23. She also 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 said it was great to hear high school seniors share their favorite District 54 memory at the annual PTA Scholarship Dinner last night. The PTA also recognized many school PTAs and PTA Council board members for all the hard work they do throughout the year.

New Business:

  • The Board awarded contracts for phase four of the early childhood center and administrative additions.
  • The Board appointed a community representative to serve on the Advisory Council for District Initiatives (ACDI).
  • The Board appointed an additional representative to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 2:150 – Board Committees.
  • The Board had the first reading of the following board policies: 5:50 – Drug and Alcohol-free Workplace (revised), 7:100 – Health, Eve and Dental Examinations, Immunizations and Exclusion of Students (new), 7:280 – Students with Chronic Infectious Disease (revised) and 7:300 – Physical Examinations and Insurance Requirements for Students Participating in Interscholastic and Intramural Sports.
  • The Board appointed Colette Bell as principal of Fox Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board appointed Carolyn Smolinski as principal of John Muir Literacy Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members offered words of praise to the school secretaries they encounter as they visit the schools, to Lincoln Prairie for its musical last week and to Frost Junior High School, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this month.
  • Board members congratulated all of the retirees and thanked Sherry Douglas for her support of the board for so many years.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 9:04 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.

Minutes from the April 17, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted May 2nd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on April 17, 2014