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Board Brief for Dec. 4, 2014

Posted December 4th, 2014 by kcanary

Public Comment: No one asked to speak

Consent Agenda Items: The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Nov. 20, 2014
  • Resignations, retirements, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Nov. 14, 2014
  • Acceptance of the monthly update of revenues and expenditures for November 2014
  • Acceptance of the Treasurer’s Report on Cash and Investments for October 2014
  • Long-Term Disability, Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance for Calendar Year 2015
  • The purchase of two 2015 vehicles
  • Holidays for 12-month employees for the 2015-16 school year. Click here to access the dates.

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss wished everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Board President’s Report: President Bill Harper also wished everyone a happy holiday season.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber announced that John’s Evergreens is donating a portion of its sales through Dec. 23 to the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation. For more information, click here.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the 2015-2016 School Calendar. Click here to access the calendar.
  • The Board approved a construction manager to oversee 2015 construction projects.
  • The Board approved a new policy: 7:180-AP – Prevention of and Response to Bullying.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:12 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and collective negotiating matters.

Minutes from the Nov. 20, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted December 5th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Nov. 20, 2014

Minutes from the Nov. 6, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted November 24th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Nov. 6, 2014

Board Brief for Nov. 20, 2014

Posted November 20th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Public Hearing on the 2014 Tax Levy: No one asked to speak. The overall levy of $167,630,333 is 1.5 percent higher than the 2013 final extended levy of $165,153,037. The 1.5% increase is equal to the increase in the Consumers Price Index (CPI). Click here for more information on the tax levy.

Recognition:

The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to the following individuals:

  • Eight students who represented District 54 in the Honors Orchestra at the Illinois Education Association (IMEA) Music Festival held Nov. 15;
  • Three Nerge students who won the Roselle Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Poster Contest in their age groups;
  • Patti Kirkwood, a secretary at Eisenhower Junior High School, received the Pop Warner Butkus Foundation Sports Legacy Award; and
  • Deming Fanslau, an eighth-grade Frost student, who was the featured athlete at the Illinois Special Olympics Inspire Greatness Gala held Oct. 25, 2014.

The Board also recognized two alumni, Tyler Fredrickson and Colin Fath, and Frost student Graham Fath, who all recently received the Carnegie Medal for saving a father and son from drowning.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: The district received one request since the last meeting related to collective bargaining agreements, budgets, administrative contacts and personnel information.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Nov. 6, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Oct. 31, 2014
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for October 2014
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for September 2014
  • The submission of the 10-year life safety survey to the Illinois State Board of Education
  • SchoolMessenger as the notification service provider for a one-year term
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on April 18, May 2 and May 16, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss presented a draft of the 2015-16 school year calendar, to obtain feedback from the School Board before they are asked to vote on the calendar on Dec. 4. DuRoss also presented a mid-year update, which included the progress that was made this year on each of the key projects that were selected to guide and support continuous improvement across the district in the 2014-15 school year. Click here to view the entire 2014-15 Mid-Year Project Update. 

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC reviewed the first draft of the 2015-16 school year calendar and were provided an update on the work of the literacy and math task forces to refine and update curriculum, developing additional supporting documents and resources.

Legislative Networking Committee: Board Secretary Karen Strykowski reported that the committee has been busy advocating in opposition of Senate Bill 16 through individual meetings with legislators and a forum hosted by Districts 54, 211 and 15 on Oct. 30.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber asked everyone to mark their calendars for Mardi Gras on Feb. 27 at the Stonegate in Hoffman Estates.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs voted to oppose Senate Bill 16, a vote that was made possible because the majority of school PTAs voted to oppose the bill. PTA members continued to make their voices heard on this bill by submitting witness slips online for a Senate Bill 16 hearing on Nov. 18. Upcoming activities include the deadline for the Spend the Cash special projects ideas, high school scholarship applications and a review of council bylaws.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the Certificate of 2014 Tax Levy and adopted a resolution to file the certificate with the Cook County Clerk.
  • The Board approved a resolution directing the Cook County Clerk how to reduce the various fund levies if the 20134extended levy is in excess of the limiting rate.
  • The Board approved the sale of the vacant land at the southwest corner of Thacker Street and Verde Drive in Schaumburg to Weekley Homes, LLC.

Announcements:

  • Board members recognized teachers this month who have reached the milestone of having 1,000 books in their classroom libraries.
  • Board members also reported that District 54 held its annual Partnership Breakfast yesterday and thanked all the businesses, governments and organizations who partner with District 54 to support of our schools, our staff and our students.
  • On Monday, the School Board honored the 21 schools that met the board goal which states that “each school will perform at or above the 90th percentile (top 10% nationally) in meeting individual student growth targets in reading and math as measured by Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).”
  • Board members were excited to join the Blue Ribbon celebration at Fairview School on Friday, Nov. 14.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:11 p.m. to closed session.

Minutes from the Oct. 16, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted November 7th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Oct. 16, 2014

Board Brief for Nov. 6, 2014

Posted November 6th, 2014 by kcanary

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m.

Discussion – Update on Go Math! Implementation:
The District 54 Math Task Force has played an instrumental role in aligning the district’s math curriculum to the new Illinois Learning Standards. In addition to developing math instructional resources, the task force reviewed and recommended the new Go Math! program, which was implemented this year.

Go Math! has provided staff with additional resources needed for effective initial instruction and acceleration lessons including assessments, math center activities, homework pages and parent resources. Teachers are also able to continue using the resources created by the Math Task Force.

In order to make all of the resources available for staff, a website was developed so staff can access all math resources electronically. The site, called Common Core Anchor Resource Database System (CARDS), includes instructional resources sorted by standard in an effort to maximize planning.

The work that began with the efforts of our Math Task Force, and continues with the implementation by our teachers, has led to significant growth in student achievement. However, the task force will continue to meet this year to reflect on the implementation of Go Math! and suggest areas for curricular refinement when necessary.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak

Freedom of Information Act Requests: There has been one request since the last meeting related to noncertified support staff employees and their titles, bargaining unit status, and the number of hours and number of months they are scheduled to work, as well as the First Student contract.

Consent Agenda Items: The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Oct. 16, 2014
  • Resignations, retirements, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Oct. 17, 2014
  • The Blue Cross Blue Shield Self-Funded HMO and Blue Advantage HMOI medical insurance rates for calendar year 2015
  • The Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Self-Funded medical insurance rates for calendar year 2015
  • The Delta Dental and Vision Service Program insurance rates for calendar year 2015
  • Workplace Solutions as the provider of the district’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • A resolution electing exemption from certain provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
  • A proclamation in honor of American Education Week, which is Nov. 17 to 21, 2014
  • The acceptance of the 2014 Illinois State School Report Cards

New Business:

  • The Board approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 16. Click here to access the resolution.
  • The Board approved the purchase of one utility vehicle.
  • The Board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Schaumburg Park District related to the Kids After School Program with Enrichment and Recreation (KASPER) program.
  • The Board approved an agreement with the Campanelli YMCA related to the Kids After School Program with Enrichment and Recreation (KASPER).
  • The Board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Hoffman Estates Park District related to the Student Development through Academics and Recreation (STAR) program.
  • The Board had the first reading of a new policy: 7:180-AP1 – Prevention of and Response to Bullying.

Announcements:

  • Board members visited schools to recognize teachers who have 1,000 books in their classroom libraries and to participate in the Read for the Record program.
  • There are really great activities planned in our schools next week in celebration of our veterans on Veterans Day.
  • Board members attended two public forums on Senate Bill 16 and the loss northwest suburban districts will face if it were to be approved.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:55 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and collective negotiating matters.

Minutes from the Oct. 2, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted October 17th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Oct. 2, 2014

Board Brief for Oct. 16, 2014

Posted October 16th, 2014 by kcanary

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.

Consent Agenda:

  • 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.

New Business:

  • 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.

Minutes from the Sept. 18, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on September 18, 2014

Board Brief for Oct. 2, 2014

Posted September 25th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Recognition:
The Board recognized trustees of the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation for their contributions to District 54. The Foundation also presented two super grants and 23 staff grants to District 54 staff members, for a total of $38,000. Click here to see the complete list of 2014 Foundation Grant Recipients.

Discussion – 2014 State and District Assessments:
Associate Superintendent Nick Myers and Assistant Superintendent Paul Goldberg presented the 2014 state and district assessment results. In 2014 the Illinois State Board of Education changed the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) so that 100 percent of the questions on the reading and math tests contained items written and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This was also the second consecutive year where the score the students receive to meet proficiency was more difficult on the ISAT in reading and math. District 54 ISAT results for 2014 indicate that 75 percent of students met or exceeded state standards in reading and 84 percent met or exceeded standards in math. This was a decrease in reading from 77 percent in 2013 and an increase in math from 81 percent in 2013, despite the more rigorous standards. Across all grade levels and subject areas, District 54 continues to outperform state averages.

We also assess District 54 student progress through Measures of Academic progress (MAP), which is administered three times each year to all students in kindergarten through eighth grade. With MAP we are able to track the growth of every student in the district to target instruction to meet an individual’s needs. The goal for District 54 is to be in the 90th percentile nationally for student growth in both reading and math. Twenty-one schools met that goal in 2014.

In the spring of 2015, District 54 will administer new assessments created through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). These assessments emphasize academic rigor, critical thinking and problem solving and replace the state’s ISAT.

For a more detailed look at District 54 assessment results, click here to read the board memo.

Public Comment:  A District 117 parent spoke about a website she launched – www.edgeillinois.com – as part of a statewide campaign explaining the flaws of Senate Bill 16, which would change the state’s education funding formula and lead to a $12.5 million loss for District 54.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 replied to two FOIA requests since the last meeting related to transportation information and contact information for teachers and administrators.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Sept. 18, 2014
  • Resignations, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Sept. 19, 2014

New Business:

  • The Board approved a resolution authorizing the sale of the vacant land at the southwest corner of Thacker Street and Verde Drive in Schaumburg. District 54 will sell the land at a public auction on Nov. 6.

Announcements:

  • Board members praised the Schaumburg Parent University presentation on Sept. 30 at which Cassie Williams, executive director of special education, discussed Erin’s Law and the District 54 sexual abuse prevention curriculum.
  • The Mead and Keller Interact Clubs will be collecting for the District 54 Food Pantry and educating shoppers from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at Mariano’s in Hoffman Estates.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:55 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and collective negotiation matters.