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Board Brief for Sept. 18, 2014

Posted September 18th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Recognition: The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to the 20 District 54 students who were finalists at the 2014 Spanish Language Speech Contest and also to Susan Nottoli, Hoover’s learning resource teacher, who received the Information Technology Pathfinder Award at the American Association of School Librarians Conference.

Public Comment: A Schaumburg resident reiterated his request from the last board meeting to have students start school at a later time.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received two requests since the last board meeting related to communication regarding the intersection of Greenhill and Summit and to the custodial cleaning and paper products bid.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Sept. 4, 2014
  • Resignations and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Sept. 5, 2014
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for July 2014
  • The submittal of the administrator and teacher salary and benefits report to the Illinois State Board of Education
  • The 2014-15 Application for Recognition of Schools
  • The release of minutes of 13 closed-session school board meetings in 2013 and 2014
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Feb. 21 and March 7, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss introduced Dr. Peter Hannigan, the assistant superintendent of human resources, who presented the Sixth-Day Enrollment Report. This annual report explains the enrollment trends in District 54 and their impact on staffing decisions. This year, Sept. 3 marked the sixth day of enrollment, a date District 54 uses because we assume that by this day students new to the district will have completed the registration process and students leaving the district will have informed us of their move. For kindergarten and early childhood students, the sixth day was Sept. 9.

Our sixth-day enrollment was 13,657 students in kindergarten through eighth grade (plus 536 students in early childhood programs). This marks a decrease of 79 students this year. The class average was 21.0 students. Click here to view more detailed enrollment numbers.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barb Hengels reported that DCAC received an update on the District 54 mission, vision, goals and projects for the 2014-15 school year and toured the new District 54 Early Learning Center. Hengels said several questions were asked about Common Core and she explained that the Common Core Standards are the Illinois learning standards. Common Core is not a curriculum.

Legislative Networking Committee: Board Member Karen Strykowski said the district is working to educate legislators and the public about the effect of Senate Bill 16, which would change the school funding formula. District 54 would lose about $12.5 million, about $1,000 per student, if this bill becomes law.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber said the Foundation is hosting a wine tasting Sept. 26 at the Renaissance. The Foundation will also host a fundraiser with California Pizza Kitchen on Sept. 24. These fundraisers support grants for District 54 employees and students. Click here for more information.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported on two upcoming events. First, the PTA is hosting its fall general meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Keller Junior High School. At the meeting PTA will approve and adopt its audit and budget and elect its nominating committee. PTA partnered with Schaumburg Parent University to offer a presentation during the second part of the meeting called Keeping Your Child Safe Online. The second event is the Northwest Cook Region PTA Annual Dinner at 6 p.m. on October 20 at the Cotillion in Palatine.

Announcements:  Board members attended a dedication for a new swing set for special education students at Eisenhower and the Greater O’Hare Association luncheon with gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

Adjournment: The School Board adjourned at 7:45 p.m. to closed session for collective negotiating matters.

Minutes from the August 21, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted September 5th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on August 21, 2014

Board Brief for Sept. 4, 2014

Posted September 4th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

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

Discussion – District 54 Early Learning Center:

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the new District 54 Early Learning Center took place on Aug. 28 and students started school on Sept. 2. Although this center is new, District 54 has had an early childhood program for more than 40 years.

The District 54 Early Childhood Program is committed to ensuring that our youngest learners are prepared to be successful students throughout their educational careers. This commitment is directly connected to the District’s Board approved goals:

  • Students who have attended District 54 schools for at least one year will be at grade level in reading and math upon entering third grade as measured by Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).
  • Each school will close the achievement gap for all students in reading and math as measured by both district and state assessments.
  • 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).

The Early Childhood Program provides the foundation upon which these goals will be achieved.

The Early Learning Center provides our early childhood staff members the opportunity to work and learn as a Professional Learning Community (PLC), an opportunity not available to them when early childhood classrooms were at many different schools. The goal of PLCs is to ensure the success and growth of all early childhood students.

Steps to establish Professional Learning Communities at the District 54 Early Learning Center include:

  • A two-day retreat was held in August at Keller Junior High with more than 90 early childhood staff members in attendance. Associate Superintendent Nick Myers provided an overview of the effectiveness of PLCs and how they have significantly impacted the growth and progress of students in District 54.
  • Teachers were divided into four PLC teams consisting of individuals whose skills complemented one another.
  • PLC meeting times were embedded into each teacher’s daily schedule providing the PLC teams three times each week to meet.
  • Job-specific PLC meeting times were established for ELC support staff as well as scheduled time to meet with the classroom teachers whom they support.

In alignment with district instructional initiatives and expectations, teams of early childhood teachers have written curriculum and assessments in the content areas of literacy, math and science. The curriculum and essential outcomes are directly aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards and the Creative Curriculum. Additionally, a group of early childhood teachers participated in the revision of the Early Childhood Report Card, aligning it to the Early Childhood Essential Outcomes and Creative Curriculum expectations. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) kits have been purchased for the ELC in order to begin a focus on those skills with our three- to five-year-old students. A daily schedule has been developed for teachers providing them with a tight, instructionally sound plan for their day that is reflective of best practice as well as the guidelines provided to early learning programs by the state and federal governments.

The School Leadership Team was elected and began meeting in the spring of 2014. The eleven-member team consists of certified, classified and non-represented staff, and will include parent members for the 2014-2015 school year.

The District 54 ELC Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has been established, officers have been elected, and initial meetings have already been held in order to establish goals for the 2014-15 school year.

The Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Universal Team has been developed and has begun meeting with the district-level PBIS coaches.

Public Comment:  One community member asked the board to investigate later start times for junior high students.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: Two FOIA requests have been replied to since the last meeting related to the transportation budget, contract and reimbursement rate, and to the janitorial supplies bid.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Aug. 21, 2014
  • Resignations, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated August 22, 2014
  • The purchase of Go Math! instructional materials

New Business:

  • The Board approved the revisions to Board Policy 2:100 – Conflict of Interest – Board Members.

Announcements:

  • At least one board member plans to attend a multi-chamber luncheon on Sept. 8 hosted by the Greater O’Hare Business Association with gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner as the speaker.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:30 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, collective negotiating matters, legal matters, business matters and the semiannual review of minutes of closed-session meetings.

Minutes from the July 17, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted August 22nd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on July 17, 2014

Board Brief for August 21, 2014

Posted August 21st, 2014 by Terri McHugh

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

Moment of Silence: Board President Bill Harper asked for a moment of silence in recognition of former Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation Chairman Dennis Quinn who passed away this week.

Public Hearing on the Adoption of the 2014-15 Budget: No one asked to speak.

Recognition of Special Olympians and Volunteers

Public Comment: A Schaumburg resident asked the board to consider allowing all the siblings of Hoover students to attend Hoover this year, even if they don’t live in the Hoover boundaries.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: There have been five requests since the last board meeting related to AMW Environmental Services or AMWS Environmental Company, all vendor payments for 2010 through 2013, the classroom paper supplies bid, the physical education supplies and equipment bid, and the art supplies bid.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on July 17, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of 29 employees who had received dismissal notices
  • Checks dated July 11 and 25, and Aug. 8, 2014
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for June 2014
  • Approval of additional depositories
  • Approval of the Medicaid billing agent
  • The purchase of property, casualty and liability insurance for 2014-15
  • The purchase of technology equipment, software licensing and support
  • Approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the village of Hoffman Estates for a School Resource Officer at Eisenhower Junior High School for the 2014-18 school years
  • Approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the village of Schaumburg for a School Resource Officer for the 2014-18 school years
  • Appointment of an additional deputy Freedom of Information Act Officer
  • 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 destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session meetings held on Jan. 24 and Feb. 7, 2013

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 staff on August 25 and the first day for students on August 26. Specifically, DuRoss thanked the Department of Student Learning for its involvement in New Teacher Induction Week last week 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 and invited everyone to attend the grand opening of the Early Learning Center at 6 p.m. Aug. 28.
  • DuRoss also addressed the earlier public comment, explaining that Hoover School is overcrowded and simply cannot enroll any new students who live outside the school’s boundaries.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber reported that the golf outing raised close to $32,000. The Foundation will award $36,000 in grants to teachers in October, including two super grants. Upcoming Foundation events include Septemberfest parking Aug. 30 and 31, the California Pizza Kitchen fundraiser on Sept. 24 and a wine tasting on Sept. 26. Details can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that PTA leaders attended leadership development workshops and the annual school picture meeting in August. PTA also created a new reference booklet for PTA presidents with information regarding District 54 and PTA policies and guidelines in an effort to improve communication.

New Business:

  • The Board adopted the 2014-15 budget. The detailed budget can be found on our BoardDocs website.
  • The Board adopted a resolution directing staff to begin preparing the 2015-16 budget in tentative form.
  • The Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 8:30 – Visitors to and Conduct on District Property.

Announcements: Board members thanked staff for their work with new teacher induction week and summer construction.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:15 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.

Minutes from the June 19, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted July 22nd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on June 19, 2014

Minutes from the June 16, 2014 Special Board Meeting

Posted July 22nd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Special Board Meeting on June 16, 2014

Board Brief for July 17, 2014

Posted July 17th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

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 vendor payments for the years 2008-2013 and teachers who have asked to have their union dues reduced to an amount resulting in actual costs of representation; documents referring to legal means by which employees may limit their dues to reflect actual costs of representation; and documents that state the total number of dues paying members of the teachers union.

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

  • Minutes of the special open and closed-session meetings on June 16, 2014
  • Minutes of the regular board meeting on June 19, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves and employment of personnel
  • The contract of employment for the assistant superintendent of human resources
  • The superintendent’s 2014-15 salary
  • Checks dated June 13 and 27, 2014
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for June 2014
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for May 2014
  • The purchase of classroom paper for the 2014-15 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Jan. 10, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist.

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked many staff members in District 54. He thanked the staff that supported the STEM camps in June that were attended by more than 600 students. He thanked the staff that worked the Extended School Year program at Hoover and Einstein for more than 400 special education students. He thanked the almost 400 staff members who attended professional development classes in June and said he expects a similar number to attend August classes. Finally, he thanked the central office staff members who were displaced or are working through the construction on site.

President’s Report: Board President Bill Harper also thanked staff for their work this summer.

Foundation Report: Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick announced that the Foundation received about 55 grant applications from staff, which are being reviewed this summer.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh shared that on August 5, school PTAs will pick up information, attend leadership training and submit honor award applications. The PTA Council purchased carnival games that all school PTAs can use.

New Business:

  • The School Board had the first reading of revisions to the following policies: Visitors to and Conduct on District Property (8:30) and Conflict of Interest – Board Members (2:100).
  • The School Board approved a permanent easement at Keller Junior High School so the Village of Schaumburg can add a sidewalk and improve Salem Drive from Bode Road to Golf Road.
  • The School Board appointed Tracy Griffin Langlais as assistant principal of Aldrin Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members thanked the students and adults who cheered for them at 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 at Einstein.
  • Board members echoed the superintendent’s statement about the success of District 54′s first summer STEM camp.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:21 p.m. to closed session for business matters.

Minutes from the June 5, 2014 Special Board Meeting

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Special Board Meeting on June 5, 2014

Minutes from the May 15, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on May 15, 2014