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.
- 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.
- 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.