Posted November 20th, 2014 by Terri McHugh
Public Hearing on the 2014 Tax Levy: No one asked to speak. The overall levy of $167,630,333 is 1.5 percent higher than the 2013 final extended levy of $165,153,037. The 1.5% 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 the following individuals:
- Eight students who represented District 54 in the Honors Orchestra at the Illinois Education Association (IMEA) Music Festival held Nov. 15;
- Three Nerge students who won the Roselle Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Poster Contest in their age groups;
- Patti Kirkwood, a secretary at Eisenhower Junior High School, received the Pop Warner Butkus Foundation Sports Legacy Award; and
- Deming Fanslau, an eighth-grade Frost student, who was the featured athlete at the Illinois Special Olympics Inspire Greatness Gala held Oct. 25, 2014.
The Board also recognized two alumni, Tyler Fredrickson and Colin Fath, and Frost student Graham Fath, who all recently received the Carnegie Medal for saving a father and son from drowning.
Public Comment: No one asked to speak.
Freedom of Information Act Requests: The district received one request since the last meeting related to collective bargaining agreements, budgets, administrative contacts and personnel information.
- Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Nov. 6, 2014
- Resignations, leaves, retirement and employment of personnel
- Checks dated Oct. 31, 2014
- The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for October 2014
- The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for September 2014
- The submission of the 10-year life safety survey to the Illinois State Board of Education
- SchoolMessenger as the notification service provider for a one-year term
- The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on April 18, May 2 and May 16, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss presented a draft of the 2015-16 school year calendar, to obtain feedback from the School Board before they are asked to vote on the calendar on Dec. 4. DuRoss also presented a mid-year update, which included the progress that was made this year on each of the key projects that were selected to guide and support continuous improvement across the district in the 2014-15 school year. Click here to view the entire 2014-15 Mid-Year Project Update.
District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC reviewed the first draft of the 2015-16 school year calendar and were provided an update on the work of the literacy and math task forces to refine and update curriculum, developing additional supporting documents and resources.
Legislative Networking Committee: Board Secretary Karen Strykowski reported that the committee has been busy advocating in opposition of Senate Bill 16 through individual meetings with legislators and a forum hosted by Districts 54, 211 and 15 on Oct. 30.
Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber asked everyone to mark their calendars for Mardi Gras on Feb. 27 at the Stonegate in Hoffman Estates.
PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs voted to oppose Senate Bill 16, a vote that was made possible because the majority of school PTAs voted to oppose the bill. PTA members continued to make their voices heard on this bill by submitting witness slips online for a Senate Bill 16 hearing on Nov. 18. Upcoming activities include the deadline for the Spend the Cash special projects ideas, high school scholarship applications and a review of council bylaws.
- The Board approved the Certificate of 2014 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 20134extended levy is in excess of the limiting rate.
- The Board approved the sale of the vacant land at the southwest corner of Thacker Street and Verde Drive in Schaumburg to Weekley Homes, LLC.
- Board members recognized teachers this month who have reached the milestone of having 1,000 books in their classroom libraries.
- Board members also reported that District 54 held its annual Partnership Breakfast yesterday and thanked all the businesses, governments and organizations who partner with District 54 to support of our schools, our staff and our students.
- On Monday, the School Board honored the 21 schools that met the board goal which states that “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).”
- Board members were excited to join the Blue Ribbon celebration at Fairview School on Friday, Nov. 14.
Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:11 p.m. to closed session.