Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on November 5, 2015
Public Hearing on the 2015 Tax Levy: No one asked to speak. The overall levy of $169,348,459 is 0.8% higher than the 2014 final extended levy of $168,022,070. The 0.8% increase is equal to the increase in the Consumers Price Index (CPI). Click here for more information on the tax levy.
- The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to 15 students who represented District 54 in the Honors Orchestra at the Illinois Education Association (IMEA) Music Festival held Nov. 14.
- Superintendent Andy DuRoss, SEEO President Kathy Jesuit, SEA President Chery Anderson and PTA Council President Sue Budak presented certificates of appreciation to the District 54 School Board in recognition of National School Board Members Day, which had been Nov. 15.
Public Comment: No one asked to speak.
- Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Nov. 5, 2015
- Retirement and salary adjustment of personnel
- Checks dated Oct. 30, 2015
- The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for October 2015
- The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for September 2015
- The approval of a resolution naming additional depositories and custodians of district funds
- The approval of Nicholas & Associates as the construction manager to oversee 2016 construction projects
- The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on May 1 and May 15, 2014, for which approved minutes already exist
Superintendent’s Report/President’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss and Board President Charlotte Kegarise both wished the entire District 54 community a happy Thanksgiving.
District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Vice President Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC heard a presentation about the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset and how District 54 staff members are encouraging students to focus on developing a growth mindset.
Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)/National School Boards Association (NSBA) Report: Board Member Teresa Huber reported that Mary Kay Prusnick achieved Master Board Member status, and that Teresa, Karen Strykowski, Barbara Hengels and Charlotte Kegarise maintained their Master Board Member status this year.
PTA Report: PTA Council President Sue Budak reported that the PTA presidents discussed food allergy guidelines and different fundraising options for PTA that are not food-centric. Sue also mentioned that 386 students participated in the PTA Reflections program. The projects will be displayed from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center.
- The Board approved the Certificate of 2015 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 2015 extended levy is in excess of the limiting rate.
- The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 8:130 – Media Access.
- The Board approved the appointment of Ken Haase as the principal of Stevenson Elementary School. Ken had been serving as an interim principal at Stevenson since August, when the previous principal accepted a position in another school district. He thanked many people who have supported him in his new position.
- Board members recognized teachers this month who have reached the milestone of having 1,000 books in their classroom libraries.
- Board members attended Veterans Day celebrations in District 54.
- Board members also reported that District 54 held its annual Partnership Breakfast yesterday and thanked all the businesses, government agencies and organizations who partner with District 54 to support of our schools, our staff and our students.
Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on October 15, 2015
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m.
Public Comment: No one asked to speak
Freedom of Information Act Requests: There have been three requests since the last meeting related to email communication, nurse salaries and the paraprofessional contract, job description and pay scale.
Consent Agenda Items: The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.
- Minutes of the regular meeting on Oct. 15, 2015
- Resignations, leaves, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
- Checks dated Oct. 16, 2015
- The Blue Cross Blue Shield Self-Funded HMO and Blue Advantage HMOI medical insurance rates for calendar year 2016
- The Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO self-funded medical insurance rates for calendar year 2016
- The Delta Dental and Vision Service Program insurance rates for calendar year 2016
- 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. 16 to 20, 2015
- The acceptance of the 2015 Illinois State School Report Cards
- The Board approved the appointment of an additional representative to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2015-16 school year.
- The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 4:110(c) – Vehicle Accident Procedures.
- The Board had the first reading of revisions to Board Policy 8:130 – Media Access.
- Board members talked about visits to schools to recognize teachers who have 1,000 books in their classroom libraries and to participate in the Read for the Record literacy campaign.
Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:10 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.
Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular School Board Meeting on October 1, 2015.
- The School Board presented two Above and Beyond awards to James Biedke, a grounds worker for District 54, for spending many hours to beautify Aldrin School’s exterior landscaping; and to Sandra Aponte, a Frost Junior High School library resource associate, for her support of Spanish-speaking students and families at Frost.
- The Board also presented an Ambassador for Excellence award to Emma McGowan, a First Student school bus driver for students in our district, for winning two gold and three silver medals at the World Masters Track and Field Championships held in Lyon, France.
Public Comment: No one asked to speak.
- Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Oct. 1, 2015
- Employment of personnel
- Checks dated Oct. 2, 2015
- The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for September 2015
- The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for August 2015
- Approval of additional depositories for district funds
- The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on March 20 and April 3, 2014, for which approved minutes already exist.
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andy DuRoss presented several updates.
- During the October conferences, staff and parents were asked to complete an online survey about the implementation of the full-day kindergarten program this year. Parent survey results showed an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5.
- An Elementary Science Task Force is evaluating the Next Generation Science Standards to determine if there are any gaps with the curriculum and recommend how to fill those gaps.
- Dual language staff met to create common assessments in Spanish, identify student-led goal setting ideas and templates, and analyze and interpret 2014-15 STAMP assessment data.
- School teams participated in their annual data retreats and will present to the District 54 Cabinet this month as part of the School Improvement Plan process. Teams will share reflections related to student results, outline instructional priorities, describe professional development for this year, and reflect upon the overall culture of their schools.
- The cultural assessment results are embedded into school plans. The overall district results from the assessment taken last month showed that 86% of the district staff were engaged and satisfied.
- District 54 plans to convene a task force to explore the potential instructional benefits associated with a new digital learning platform, such as Chrome Books and Google for Education. Over the last four years, District 54 underwent extensive curricular changes that have benefited student learning. The next step is to explore what digital opportunities are available to embed into our curriculum to support students. The initial goal would be to implement the digital learning platform in all junior highs beginning in the fall of 2016 and then conduct a similar process for the elementary schools.
District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Assistant Superintendent Paul Goldberg reported that DCAC had a presentation on Quantum Learning, a process District 54 uses to train staff so that they can fully engage our students and help them reach their greatest potential.
PTA Report: PTA Council President Sue Budak reported that the PTA offered feedback on the District 54 Food Allergy Policy and guidelines. 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 Community Relations Director Terri McHugh about crisis prevention and response in District 54. The District 37 Fall Conference Dinner will be held on Oct. 19 at the Cotillion in Palatine. The PTA Blood Drive will be held on Oct. 22 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center.
- The Board approved a resolution estimating the 2015 tax levy will be $169,348,459, exclusive of debt service. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Rafferty Administration Center. Click here for more information.
- The Board approved revisions to the following policies:
- 4:140(b) – Waiver of Fees for Low Income Families,
- 4:170(b) – Standardized School Crisis Plans,
- 6:235 – Acceptable Use of the Internet,
- 7:70(b) – Truancy and
- 7:100 – Health, Eye and Dental Examinations, Immunizations and Exclusion of Students.
Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:47 p.m.
Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on September 17, 2015
Discussion – Update on District 54’s Early Learning Center
In August 2014, the district consolidated early childhood programs and services with the opening of the Early Learning Center (ELC). By the end of its first year, the Early Learning Center had 771 students, an increase of 70 students from the previous year. Last year we screened 329 children, because the ELC program serves both students who need special education services and students who are identified as being at-risk of academic failure. More than 85% of the students screened qualified for the ELC program.
A number of resources and programmatic structures support the diverse needs of the students and families of the ELC. Bilingual support is provided in four languages – Spanish, Gujarati, Urdu, and Polish. Our bilingual teachers work closely with classroom teachers to design instruction supporting the development of language and literacy skills in the child’s native language as well as English.
Floortime facilitators serve 48 students with autism and their families. Services include sessions to develop a circle of communication between the child and others, parent support groups, evening activities and experiential trips. Child and Family Educators offer parent education groups and parent/child interaction groups at five resource centers in the community. Assistive technology facilitators and speech language pathologists will be offering Core Vocabulary parent education groups and parent/child interaction groups to facilitate communication in our nonverbal students. Occupational therapists, physical therapists and school social workers from the ELC will implement parent education groups and parent/child interaction groups focusing on fine motor skills, gross motor skills and social emotional skill development. Additional child and family events scheduled at the ELC include a focus on literacy, music and movement, sensory opportunities and kindergarten readiness workshops. All are designed to ensure our most at-risk students are prepared to be successful students upon entering kindergarten.
“We have this whole group of caring professionals right there beside us, wanting him to succeed as much as we do,” parent Valerie Jakobi said.
Discussion – Update on Full-Day Kindergarten
In August 2015, District 54 began offering free, full-day kindergarten at each of our elementary schools. Last spring District 54’s principals and kindergarten teachers facilitated informational meetings for incoming kindergarten parents to explain the structure and rationale behind the decision to move toward full-day kindergarten across the district. Sample daily schedules were provided during these meetings and parents were informed of their option to remain in a half-day program at their base school. Of the 1,527 students enrolled in kindergarten, three students are currently participating in the half-day option.
This spring all kindergarten teachers attended professional development sessions that provided a comprehensive overview of the full-day structure. The teachers attended additional sessions this summer to plan lessons and coordinate common assessments with their teams. This fall, kindergarten teachers have already attended another session targeting ways staff can support kindergarten students during literacy and math acceleration blocks.
In August, staff screened all incoming kindergarten students. These one-on-one screenings provide initial academic information and acclimate students to the school, teacher and classroom.
The first few weeks of instruction have been extremely successful with feedback from staff centered on how much more they are able to support students by shifting from half- to full-day kindergarten. Students have quickly become acclimated to daily lessons and the structure of the full school day. Students were very excited to be provided PE, music and art opportunities, as were the fine arts and PE staff with having the opportunity to work with the youngest learners in the school on critical fine and gross motor development.
Starting next week, all teaching staff and parents will be provided the opportunity to share their feedback on the implementation of full-day kindergarten via an online survey. During conferences, laptops will be made available for parents to complete the surveys before or after the child’s conference. The feedback from both staff and parents will be used to evaluate implementation, and examine any areas for growth.
Public Comment: No one asked to speak.
Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 replied to two FOIA requests since the last meeting related to student record information, bus videos, collective bargaining agreements, contracts, the budget, legal settlements and payroll information.
Consent Agenda: The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda
- Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Sept. 17, 2015
- Resignations, retirements and employment of personnel
- Checks dated Sept. 18, 2015
- The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 7:390 – Prohibition of Electronic Communication or Entertainment Devices and Cellular Telephones.
- The Board had the first reading of revisions to the following policies: 4:110(c) – Vehicle Accident Procedures, 4:140(b) – Waiver of Fees for Low Income Families, 4:170(b) – Standardized School Crisis Plans, 6:235 – Acceptable Use of the Internet, 7:70(b) – Truancy and 7:100 – Health, Eye and Dental Examinations, Immunizations and Exclusion of Students.
Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:35 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.
Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on September 3, 2015
- Frost student Namleen Kohli received an Above and Beyond Award for spearheading a fundraising project for the Asante Africa Foundation to help educate kids in East Africa.
- Fairview student Shreya Patel received an Ambassador for Excellence Award because she was one of the winners in First Lady Michelle Obama’s annual healthy lunchtime challenge recipe contest.
- Dooley teacher Hiroko Darnall received an Ambassador for Excellence Award for being named the 2015 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award in the Japanese category.
- The following people received Ambassador for Excellence Awards because they were selected in the 2015 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award program.
- Amy Czerniak, an intervention coach at the Muir Literacy Academy in Hoffman Estates, won an Award of Excellence in the student support personnel category.
- Dia Rizmani, a third-grade teacher at the Hoover Math and Science Academy in Schaumburg, won an Award of Excellence in the early career educator category.
- Sue Mayernick, the principal at the Early Learning Center in Schaumburg, won an Award of Merit in the administrator category.
- Karen Weinzierl, a chorus and music teacher at Eisenhower Junior High School in Hoffman Estates, won an Award of Merit in the classroom teacher category.
- Paula Falvo, a secretary at Lincoln Prairie School in Hoffman Estates, won an Award of Recognition in the educational service personnel category.
- District 54 STEM Instructional Coach Ben Loduha and the junior high and elementary teachers who coordinate the FUSE program in District 54 won an Award of Merit in the team category. FUSE is an interest-driven program incorporating the concepts of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts/design and mathematics. The teachers recognized were from Aldrin: Matt Zeller, Amanda Zitron, Alison Leja, Samantha Levin, Lisa Schechtman, Janice Pike and Michelle Anderson; from Armstrong: John Blaszko, Cindy Garand, Brenda Rengers, Debbie Faso, Janice Sarley, Kelly Astrahan and Tina Mielke; from Einstein: Dana Piraino, Rachael Daubach, Lindsey Farrell, Meghan Eggert, Sean McGann, Cynthia Riddick and Lauren Conway; from Hoover: Steve Kyle, Therese Nordstrom, Emily Villareal, Jen Antonson, Amy Archibald, Carla Drew, Tammi Benson and Jody Delay; from Nerge: Scott Waldau, Maureen Petricca, Pam Keaty, Dawn Katcher, Liz Maltz, Mary Quinnert, Alex Linne, Jen Stinger and Matt Kanoon; from Addams: Michelle Burke; from Eisenhower: Tim Yung; from Frost: Charley Shroyer; from Keller: Dawn Moore and Emily Gora; from Lincoln Prairie: Olivia Jones and from Mead: Virginia Lorenc.
Public Comment: No one asked to speak.
- Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Sept. 3, 2015
- Salary adjustments and employment of personnel
- Checks dated Sept. 4, 2015
- The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for August 2015
- The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for July 2015
- The posting of the administrator and teacher salary and benefits report
- The purchase of technology software licensing and support for the Internet filtering solution
- Approval of the 2016-17 Holidays for 12-month employees
- Approval of a proclamation recognizing Oct. 2 as Service Worker Day in District 54 (Click here to read the proclamation and words of thanks.)
- The release of minutes of 12 closed-session school board meetings in 2014 and 2015
- The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Feb. 20 and March 6, 2014, 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, August 31 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. 8. Our sixth-day enrollment was 14,482 students in early childhood through eighth grade. This marks an increase of 289 students this year. The class average was 21.0 students. Click here to view more detailed enrollment number.
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 2015-16 school year.
Legislative Networking Committee: Superintendent DuRoss said the committee met this month and discussed the importance of keeping legislators informed regarding how the legislation they are considering will impact the District 54 community.
Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber said the Foundation set its golf outing for June 13, 2016. The Foundation will not host a Mardi Gras this year, but is considering another event.
PTA Report: Superintendent DuRoss read the report submitted by PTA Council President Sue Budek. The PTA is hosting three weeks of training starting this week. The Council also has a general meeting scheduled for Oct. 6, along with a parent presentation called The 411 on Crisis Prevention and Communication in District 54. The annual PTA dinner is Oct. 19 and the upcoming blood drive will be held Oct. 22. More information can be found at http://pta.sd54.org.
- The School Board approved the 2016-17 School Calendar.
Adjournment: The School Board adjourned at 8:06 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and business matters.