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Brief for Jan. 22, 2015

Posted January 20th, 2015 by kcanary

Recognition:

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

  • Brianne Cannataro, a fifth-grade student at Aldrin, for winning gold in her age group for her tap dance performance at the International Dance Organization Dance World Championship.
  • Jordan Marroquin, a fourth-grade student at Blackwell, for saving a boy from drowning at a pool in Rosemont in the summer of 2014.
  • Enders-Salk teacher Jackie Hernandez for becoming certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Students from Eisenhower, Mead and Keller junior high schools who received team awards in the National Fluid Power Challenge at Harper College.

Public Comment: Two residents spoke in opposition to the full-day kindergarten program.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: The district responded to five requests since the last meeting related to copier service agreements, administrator contract templates and documents regarding compensation for union officials.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Jan. 8, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Dec. 26, 2014 and Jan. 9, 2015
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for December 2014
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for November 2014
  • A recommendation to accept the audit/CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014
  • A resolution authorizing intervention in tax objection complaint proceedings pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • The purchase of reading materials for summer school in August 2015
  • The destruction of the verbatim records from the closed-session school board meetings held on June 20 and July 18, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked students, staff and parents for successful, well-attended conferences last week.  Since we are half way through the year, schools are meeting with the district again to review their school improvement plans and report on the progress toward their goals.

DuRoss will participate in several meetings related to Vision 20/20, a coalition of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Principals Association, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity, and the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools committed to developing a long-range blueprint for improving public education in Illinois. The coalition’s four areas for prioritization are highly effective educators, 21st Century learning, shared accountability, and equitable and adequate funding. Visit http://illinoisvision2020.org for more information.

PARCC testing begins March 2. District 54 will host a PARCC informational meeting on Feb. 10 for all interested parents. For more information, or to register, visit our Schaumburg Parent University website.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber asked everyone to mark their calendars. The Foundation will host a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s on Feb. 11 and will host Mardi Gras on Feb. 27 at the Stonegate in Hoffman Estates. Information about both can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh announced that the PTA has been busy planning for a blood drive on Feb. 26 and its annual auction on March 13. The PTA would also like to congratulate all students who moved qualified for the state competition in the Reflections fine arts program and to encourage all parents to take the Illinois 5Essentials survey. For more information about PTA programs, visit the PTA website.

New Business:

  • The Board approved a free, full-day kindergarten program at all of our elementary schools beginning in August 2015. For more information, click here to read Discussion Memorandum #015-14/15, which was presented and discussed at the January 8, 2015 Board of Education meeting. The memo includes a summary of the research literature related to full-day kindergarten programming; a rationale supporting full-day kindergarten in District 54; an overview of the potential scheduling format for full-day kindergarten programming; a cost analysis associated with adding full-day kindergarten; and a timeline for potential implementation.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:40 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and legal matters.

Minutes from the Jan. 8, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted January 23rd, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Jan. 8, 2015

Minutes from the Dec. 4, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted January 9th, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Dec. 4, 2014

Minutes from the Dec. 11, 2014 Special Board Meeting

Posted January 9th, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Special Board Meeting on Dec. 11, 2014

Board Brief for Jan. 8, 2015

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

Discussion – Full-Day Kindergarten in District 54:

The School Board heard a proposal to implement a free, full-day kindergarten program at each elementary school beginning in August 2015.

Research consistently indicates that students in a full-day kindergarten program achieve at higher levels academically than students in a half-day program. A full day of learning early in life can help improve a student’s reading, writing and math skills and provide a strong foundation for future learning. Research also supports social-emotional benefits from participating in a full-day kindergarten program.

A longer school day would allow teachers more time to deliver instruction of the District 54 Essential Learning Outcomes. Students enrolled in the full-day program would also attend physical education, music and art classes, visit the learning center weekly, eat lunch and go outside for recess.

If the full-day kindergarten program is approved by the School Board at its next meeting on Jan. 22, parents of incoming kindergarten students would receive information about the program at kindergarten registration on Feb. 12. Schools would also host informational nights for parents to answer any questions they may have about kindergarten in general and the full-day program specifically.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on Dec. 4, 2014
  • Minutes of the special open and closed-session meetings on Dec. 11, 2014
  • Employment and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated Nov. 26 and Dec. 12, 2014

New Business:

  • The School Board appointed Cassie Williams as assistant superintendent for student and administrative services.
  • The School Board appointed Danette Meyer as assistant superintendent for language and culture.

Announcements:

  • Board members praised the students, families and staff who so generously supported individuals and families in need during the holiday season.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:50 p.m. to closed session for collective negotiating matters.

Minutes from the Nov. 20, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted December 5th, 2014 by kcanary

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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. 6, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted November 24th, 2014 by kcanary

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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