Discussion – Go Math! Curricular Resources Adoption:
The Department of Student Learning continuously evaluates curricular resources to identify quality instructional resources. In the past year, the math department has evaluated the current editions of five math programs looking for resources to support initial instruction, as well as instruction that takes place during math acceleration periods.
The department is recommending the adoption of Go Math!, a comprehensive math program for kindergarten through eighth grade that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The District 54 Math Task Force also evaluated the program and reported that it would support and align with the instructional resources developed by the Math Task Force during the past two school years. The program provides teachers with lessons, assessments, math center activities, homework pages and parent resources.
Teachers would also be able to continue using the resources created by the Math Task Force. 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.
If approved by the School Board, professional development for staff would be held in May and this summer to prepare teachers for the 2014-15 school year.
Discussion – Staffing Plan for the 2014-15 School Year:
Dr. Peter Hannigan, assistant superintendent of human resources, presented the administration’s preliminary staffing plan for the 2014-15 school year.
The first step in determining the staffing plan is projecting the enrollment. This year we will graduate a larger number of students in eighth grade than we expect to enroll in kindergarten. However, District 54 must also consider the number of students who transfer to our district at other grade levels. This number is much harder to predict. The kindergarten through eighth-grade projected enrollment for 2014-15 is 13,543 students, a decrease from the current enrollment. If enrollment increases prior to the beginning of the school year, District 54 may shift or add teaching positions to maintain consistent class averages.
Due to the reduction in students or a reduction in students needing specific services, some positions will be eliminated. The district is recommending the reduction of two teaching positions, 12 English Language Learner (ELL) resource teaching positions, four special services teaching positions, 18 special education instructional assistant positions and 21 general education instructional assistant positions.
By consolidating the early childhood staff into one center next year, we can more efficiently address enrollment fluctuations. In early childhood, the administration is recommending the reduction of four early childhood teachers, two parent-paid preschool teachers, eight early childhood instructional assistants and two parent-paid preschool instructional assistants.
The district is also recommending the reduction of three literacy specialist positions and the addition of five junior high math specialists, who will be responsible for planning effective instruction with math teachers as well as facilitating small-group instruction during acceleration classes.
Public Comment: Three individuals spoke at the board meeting. One Hoover parent spoke about the negative affect on her family of discontinuing the open enrollment program at Hoover. One Schaumburg resident asked the Board questions related to the arrest of Superintendent Andrew DuRoss and spoke about policies the district needs related this type of incident. Another Schaumburg resident commented that he didn’t think the superintendent should lose his job for one incident.
Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received two FOIA requests since the last board meeting related to the most recent transportation proposals and the superintendent’s compensation.
- Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on Feb. 20, 2014
- Resignations, leaves, retirements and salary adjustments of personnel
- Checks dated Feb. 21, 2014
- A contract for window replacement at Stevenson, Campanelli and Muir
- The School Board had the first reading of the following board policies:
- Abused and Neglected Child Required Reporting (DCFS) – 5:90 (new policy),
- Philosophy of Student Behavior - 7:130 (revised policy) and
- Entrance Age – 7:360 (reviewed policy – no proposed changes).
Adjournment to Closed-Session: The Board adjourned at 8:04 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.
Return to Open-Session: The Board returned to open session and voted 6-0 to issue a reprimand to Superintendent DuRoss and to renegotiate his contract.
Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 11:25 p.m.