The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to the following individuals:
- Six Dooley students (Myrin Vollkommer, Danielle Alley, Helena Ferreira, Felipe Trujillo, Avak Hairekian and Shannon Lyons), who received an award at the Japanese Regional Speech Contest;
- Sixteen students (Joseph Aguirre III, Julian Childress, Daniel Cyr, Jonathan Gorski, Anthony Hernandez, Kale Iwanski, Emily Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Lauryn Kramp, Desiree Loor, Mason Reiger, Amelia Resendez, Cole Teschner, Austin Tranchita, Spencer Vecchione and Jesse Williams), who won “First Team All-American Scholar” honors from Pop Warner; and
- Lincoln Prairie School Principal Amanda Stochl, who was chosen as the Illinois PTA Outstanding Principal of the Year.
The School Board presented an Above and Beyond Award to Frost Junior High School Physical Education Teacher Joan Czarnecki for facilitating the Frost Veterans Day celebration. Frost honored numerous veterans and also raised $1,200 for Guitars for Vets, which will purchase guitars and lessons for six veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Prior to the meeting the School Board had a reception for more than 50 students who contributed to the new artwork in the Board Room.
Freedom of Information Act Requests
Five FOIA requests have been replied to since the last meeting relating to records associated with a FOIA request from June 2015, names of employees who are union members, financial records and descriptions of services performed by the district’s attorney and bid results from the 2014 sound system replacement project.
A District 54 parent spoke in favor of later start times for junior high school students.
- Minutes of the regular meeting on April 7, 2016
- Resignations, retirement and employment of personnel
- Re-employment of two employees
- Checks dated April 1, 2016
- The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for March 2016
- The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for February 2016
- A resolution directing the school treasurer to partially abate and permanently transfer money in the Working Cash Fund to the Capital Projects Fund
- A contract for summer moves at four District 54 schools
- The purchase of computers to replace older model student and staff desktop computers
- The purchase of Chromebooks for the 2016-17 school year
- Approval of the proclamation recognizing National Teacher Day May 3, 2016
- The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and Oct. 16, 2014, for which approved minutes already exist
Superintendent Andy DuRoss thanked SEA President Chery Anderson and SEEO President Kathy Jesuit for the collaborative relationship the unions have with the district; he also recognized the excellence and hard work of our teaching staff as we look forward to celebrating National Teacher Day on May 3; and finally he announced that Erin Knoll, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, received her doctorate degree.
DuRoss reported that tomorrow is the end of PARCC testing. He thanked the students and staff for putting forth their best effort on that assessment, so that the district can use the results to better understand the instructional needs of our students.
District Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC had a presentation about the full-day kindergarten program and how it has adapted this year to support students.
The Foundation will award grants to 233 students with financial needs, in the amount of $26,500, to participate in extracurricular activities this summer.
PTA Council Sue Budak reported that PTA members attended an annual conference in April and supported one resolution asking state legislators to pass a budget and another resolution prohibiting the sale of energy drinks to children under 18. The annual Reflections Spotlight will be held on April 30 at Milliken University, to showcase the student projects that advanced to the state level. The high school scholarship dinner will be held May 11.
- The Board approved the date, time and location for regular Board of Education Meetings for July 1, 2016 to June 20, 2017.
- The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 4:110(a) – Student Transportation Services and 7:60(a) – Proof of Residence.
- The Board approved new Board Policy 7:290 – Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention.
- The Board deleted Board Policy 6:380 – Provisions Under the No Child Left Behind Legislation.
- The Board approved the appointment of David Szwed as principal for Mead Junior High School for the 2016-17 school year.
At tonight’s student artist reception, art teachers read statements from each student describing the art they created. Board members stated how impressed they were with the number of students that embraced and celebrated the diversity of their school.
The Board adjourned at 8 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, business matters and student disciplinary cases.