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Board Brief for August 20, 2015

Posted August 20th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

Public Hearing on the Adoption of the 2015-16 Budget: No one asked to speak.

Recognition of Special Olympians and Volunteers

Public Comment: A Schaumburg resident questioned the district’s process for checking residency of District 54 students.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: There has been one request since the last board meeting related to the bids for classroom paper supplies, custodial cleaning products and paper and art supplies.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting on July 16, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of one employee who had received a dismissal notice
  • Checks dated July 10 and 24, and Aug. 7, 2015
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for June 2015
  • Approval of the Medicaid billing agent
  • The purchase of property, casualty and liability insurance for 2015-16
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC)
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Hanover Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Midwest Principals’ Center
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Schaumburg Business Association
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the National School Boards Association (NSBA)
  • The submittal of 19 additional safety hazard bus findings for 2015-16
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session meetings held on Jan. 23 and Feb. 6, 2014 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss recognized staff for all the work they have done this summer to prepare for the first day of school for students on August 24. Specifically, DuRoss thanked the Department of Student Learning for its involvement in New Teacher Induction Week last week, student enrichment programs this summer and the Special Education Institute this week. He also thanked the Business Operations Department for ensuring all 28 schools will be ready to welcome back our students next week.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber thanked everyone who attended the rescheduled golf outing. Upcoming Foundation events include Septemberfest parking on September 5 and 6 and the California Pizza Kitchen fundraiser on Sept. 16.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Sue Budak said the PTA has also been busy this summer reviewing plans of work, developing a draft budget and planning for picture day at our schools. The first PTA Council meeting of the year will be held on Sept. 2 and the fall general meeting will be held on Oct. 6 along with a parent education presentation on safety in our schools.

New Business:

  • The Board adopted the 2015-16 budget. The detailed budget can be found on our BoardDocs website.
  • The Board adopted a resolution directing staff to begin preparing the 2016-17 budget in tentative form.
  • The Board approved Kim Phelan as the new assistant principal for Mead Junior High School.
  • The Board approved Megan Ankrom as the new assistant principal for Blackwell and Hoover.
  • The Board approved Holly Schlicher as the new assistant principal for Hale and Stevenson.

Announcements: Board members who visited schools today, the first day of school for many District 54 school employees, announced that the energy from the staff and PTA was inspiring.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:20 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and for business matters.

Minutes from the July 16, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted August 21st, 2015 by kcanary

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Minutes from the June 18, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted July 20th, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for July 16, 2015

Posted July 14th, 2015 by kcanary

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 employment records for a substitute teacher and pay scales and pay-related stipulations in the SEEO contract as well as the support staff evaluation form.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on June 18, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves, employment of personnel and salary adjustments
  • Checks dated June 26, 2015
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for May 2015
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for June 2015
  • The purchase of software licensing and support
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Jan. 9, 2014, for which approved minutes already exist.

President’s Report: Board President Charlotte Kegarise welcomed Bob Kaplan back to District 54, this time as the interim Uniserv director serving the Schaumburg Education Association and the Schaumburg Educational Employees Organization.

Illinois Association of School Boards/National School Boards Association (IASB/NSBA) Report: Board Member Teresa Huber reported that today the U.S. Senate approved the Every Child Achieves Act (Senate Bill 1177), which is the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act passed in 2001. For more information about the bill visit congress.gov.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber reminded everyone that the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation golf outing that was rained out has been rescheduled for August 3. Golfers and sponsors are still being sought.

Announcements:

  • Board members participated in 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 on July 8 at Armstrong School.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:06 p.m.

Minutes from the June 4, 2015 Special Board Meeting

Posted June 22nd, 2015 by kcanary

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Minutes from the May 21, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted June 22nd, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for June 18, 2015

Posted June 18th, 2015 by kcanary

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 replied to three requests since the last board meeting related to list of math and science textbooks, documents related to Solution Tree or any employees who do work for Solution Tree and MAP test results for Chinese immersion.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on May 21, 2015
  • Minutes of the special and closed-session meetings on June 4, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of 14 employees who had received dismissal notices
  • 2015-16 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
  • 2015-16 salary parameters for nonrepresented staff
  • 2015-16 salaries for personnel in pay grades 1-7 and part-time employees
  • Salary rates for the elementary school lunch program for the 2015-16 school year
  • 2015-16 daily rates for substitutes
  • Checks dated May 15 and 29 and June 12, 2015
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2015
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for April 2015
  • Prevailing wage rates for 2015-16
  • The purchase of art supplies
  • The purchase of a 2016 Ford vehicle
  • The purchase of technology equipment and software with licensing and support
  • A resolution in support of the Vision 20/20 Education Improvement Proposal
  • Appointment of Cassie Williams as director of special education
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held Dec. 11, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent DuRoss thanked all students and staff for making 2014-15 a great school year and shared best wishes for continued success to the eighth-graders who graduated last week. Although school has ended, the work continues. Our Operations & Maintenance Department began their summer capital improvement projects this week. Also, more than 500 staff members returned to District 54 this week for the annual professional development symposium. DuRoss thanked the 67 staff members who shared their expertise with other District 54 educators and thanked the Department of Teaching and Learning for leading the event.

DuRoss also acknowledged several individuals who are retiring this year. He thanked Uniserv Director Connie Campbell and SEA President Paul Beranek for their collaborative leadership and for always keeping students at the center of their work. He then thanked Assistant Superintendent Debbie Ancona, saying “Her reach into the lives of District 54 students, staff and administrators has been extensive. Thank you for being my friend and for what you’ve done in District 54. You will be missed.”

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber reported that the golf outing was rescheduled for August 3 after the original date was canceled due to rain.

PTA Report: Board President Charlotte Kegarise thanked Mikel Eppenbaugh for all she did to support District 54 this year.

New Business:

  • The Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The Board approved the 2015-16 Tentative Budget.
  • The Board approved a resolution calling for a public hearing on the 2015-16 budget at 7 p.m. August 20.
  • The Board approved revisions to Policy 2:140(b) – Board Member Use of Electronic Mail.
  • The Board approved revisions to Policy 2:250 – Public Access to District Records.
  • The Board approved new Policy 2:250(a) – E-mail Retention.
  • The Board had the first reading of revisions to Board Policy 7:390 – Prohibition of Electronic Communication or Entertainment Devices and Cellular Telephones.
  • The Board approved contracts for the assistant superintendents of district improvement, teaching and learning, business operations and human resources; for the associate superintendent; and for the superintendent.

Announcements:

  • Board members praised the annual District 54 Rocketry Club launch that took place last week as well as the respectful behavior of students and families at graduations.
  • They also thanked Debbie Ancona and Connie Campbell, who were both in attendance for their final School Board meeting.

Announcements: The Board adjourned at 7:30 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and student disciplinary cases.

 

Minutes from the May 7, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted May 26th, 2015 by kcanary

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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 April 29, 2015 Special Board Meeting

Posted May 8th, 2015 by kcanary

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