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.
- 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 employment/appointment matters, collective negotiating matters and business matters.