Recognition: The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to the following two groups.
Fairview Elementary School was recognized for having been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
The following people received the 2014 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award:
- Jillian Sinitean, the gifted teacher/enrichment coach at Aldrin Elementary School in Schaumburg, won an Award of Merit in the student support personnel category;
- Kim Bowman, a third-grade teacher at Link Elementary School in Elk Grove Village, won an Award of Merit in the early career educator category;
- Nina Gdowski, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Keller Junior High School in Schaumburg, won an Award of Merit in the classroom teacher category;
- Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs President Mikel Eppenbaugh won an Award of Merit in the community volunteer category;
- Brad Kaplan, the custodian at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg, won an Award of Recognition in the educational service personnel category.
- The District 54 Math Team won an Award of Merit in the team category. The team includes Megan Ankrom, Dawn Czajka, Stephanie Krizmis, Amy Varchmin, Gina Wirth and Jim Vreeland.
Public Comment: No one asked to speak.
- Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Oct. 2, 2014
- Resignations and leaves of personnel
- Checks dated Oct. 3, 2014
- The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for September 2014
- The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for August 2014
- An application for the Illinois State Library Grant
- The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on March 21, 2013 and April 4, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist.
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss presented several updates to the Board and community. Construction is nearing completion and district office employees will be in their new locations. The new District 54 Early Learning Center currently has more than 650 students, 100 more than the start of the school year. Staff members assess children year round to determine if they qualify for the at-risk or special education programming available in the building.
He thanked Assistant Superintendent Paul Goldberg for hosting data retreats so that staff from each of our schools could better understand student data. That data was shared as part of the School Improvement Planning process, which began this week. Students also shared their individual data and goals at parent conferences last week.
Yesterday District 54 signed a memo of understanding with Roosevelt University to place their education students as student teachers at Nerge School. This formalized relationship will not only help these college students become teachers, but hopefully many will become District 54 teachers.
District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that the committee had a presentation on the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program and offered feedback.
Legislative Networking Committee: Superintendent DuRoss invited everyone to two forums this month designed to educate the community about Senate Bill 16, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. Click here for more information about the bill and the forums.
PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that the PTA held its Fall General Meeting last week. At the meeting, the PTA approved its audit, adopted its budget, elected its nominating committee and heard a presentation from School Resource Officer Rich Turman on Internet Safety. The District 37 Fall conference Dinner will be held on Oct. 20 at the Cotillion in Palatine. The PTA Blood Drive will be held on Oct. 23 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center. The PTA has sent a team of members to school PTA general meetings to discuss the negative impact of Senate Bill 16 and ask the local PTAs to take a position opposing the bill.
- The Board approved a resolution estimating the 2014 tax levy will be $167,630,333 exclusive of debt service. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Rafferty Administration Center. Click here for more information.
- The board approved the purchase of concentrated chemical proportioning systems and products for the 2014-15 school year.
Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:11 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and collective negotiating matters.