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Board Brief for May 19, 2016

Posted May 19th, 2016 by Terri McHugh

Recognition: 

  • The Board presented an Outstanding Alumni Award to Alexandra Reninger, a Dirksen and Frost alumna, who was chosen as the Special Olympics Illinois 2016 Duck Ambassador.
  • The Board presented Above and Beyond Awards to nine students who won this year’s District 54 Battle of the Books competition and 18 students who won this year’s District 54 Spanish Speech Contest.
  • The Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to 24 Mead students who qualified for the 2016 Illinois History Day state competition, including 10 who are headed for the national competition in June.

For the names of all the individuals honored this evening, click here.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meeting on May 5, 2016
  • Resignations, leaves, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated April 29 and May 13, 2016
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2016
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2016
  • The 2016-17 Workers’ Compensation Insurance Policy
  • The purchase of custodial cleaning and paper products for the 2016-17 school year
  • The purchase of art supplies for the 2016-17 school year
  • The purchase of printer consumables for the 2016-17 school year
  • The purchase of the computer assessment software
  • A resolution requesting free transportation for students due to approved hazardous conditions for the 2016-17 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Nov. 6, 2014, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss highlighted the amazing work of those in District 54, despite significant change, in the three years since he became superintendent. District 54 is in the top 7 percent in the state based on the results of the first PARCC assessment in the spring of 2015. In both reading and math student scores were double the state average. Last year, District 54 was in the 94th percentile in math and 96th percentile in reading based on the MAP assessment. DuRoss said this achievement is a testament to the hard work of our staff members and students every day.  The highlights and updates can be found on our website at 2015-16 Year in Review

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report: Board Vice President Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC received updates on District 54 projects for the 2015-16 school year.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber invited everyone to the Foundation night at the Boomers home opener on May 20 and the Foundation golf outing on June 13. More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Sue Budak thanked everyone for attending the high school scholarship recognition dinner last week. The PTA presented 11 scholarships. The PTA theme for 2016-17 is “Share Your Success.”

New Business:

  • The Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 7:305 – Student Athlete Concussion and Head Injuries.
  • The Board appointed Breann Cooper as the assistant principal of Armstrong Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The Board appointed Bella Elsawaf as the assistant principal of Link and Nerge Elementary Schools for the 2016-17 school year.

Announcements: Board Member Karen Strykowski announced her resignation. Karen has been a member of the School Board since April 2005, but said she has been a volunteer in the district since 1992.

“I’ve loved every minute of it,” she said. “I know there is someone out there who is going to look at what is best for all kids.”

The School Board has 45 days by law to appoint a new member. This new member would serve until the next election in April 2017.

“It’s very difficult to put into words the impact of a board member because so much of it goes unseen or unheard,” Superintendent DuRoss said. “Karen has been a servant leader in District 54, putting the needs of thousands of students and staff members above her own.”

Board members also thanked Karen for her leadership and dedication to School District 54.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:06 p.m.

Board Brief for May 5, 2016

Posted May 5th, 2016 by kcanary

Service Awards: Before the School Board meeting, the Board recognized employees with 25, 30 and 35 years of service to District 54.

Call to Order

Discussion – Language and Culture Update:
This school year, the Department of Language and Culture implemented several programs to better serve District 54 students.

  1. The department developed a 10-week, after-school program to develop the academic writing skills of English Learners (EL). More than 800 students participated.
  2. Instructional coaches and dual language teachers developed high quality, common assessments in Spanish and Japanese for dual language students.
  3. The department has partnered with universities and provided grant opportunities to increase the number of teachers with an English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual Endorsement. Currently 77 teachers are receiving a partial reimbursement through a grant to obtain their endorsement. Teachers can take courses at area universities, or through a cohort at District 54’s Professional Learning Center.
  4. The department hired four bilingual resource teachers to support the 437 students at the Early Learning Center (63 percent) who are English learners. These teachers support the students, participate in screening students and support early childhood teachers (90 percent of whom currently hold an ESL endorsement).
  5. Teachers held evening classes at four locations in the district for parents interested in learning English. These classes are funded through another federal grant.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received and replied to one FOIA request since the last board meeting related to FOIA requests made by Peter Heimlich and the district’s responses.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on April 21, 2016
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated April 15, 2016
  • A contract for security renovations at 32 locations

New Business:

  • The School Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2016-17 school year.

Announcements: Board members attended the Addams Junior High School Cancer Walk this week and shared that Addams posted photos from the event on its new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AddamsCrusaders) and on Twitter (@AddamsCrusaders).

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:38 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and business matters.

Board Brief for April 21, 2016

Posted April 21st, 2016 by kcanary

Recognition

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.

Public Comment
A District 54 parent spoke in favor of later start times for junior high school students.

Consent Agenda

  • 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’s Report
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.

Foundation Report
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 Report
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.

New Business

  • 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.

Announcements
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.

Adjournment
The Board adjourned at 8 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, business matters and student disciplinary cases.

Board Brief for April 7, 2016

Posted April 7th, 2016 by kcanary

Election of Board Vice President:
The Board elected Peggy Brothman as Board Vice President. Barbara Hengels stepped down from the position.

Discussion – Incorporating Student Growth into District 54’s Teacher Appraisal System:

Illinois School Code requires all public school districts to introduce the use of student growth data as a component in teacher appraisals. Student growth data must constitute a minimum of 25 percent of a teacher’s summative rating beginning in the fall of 2016 and a minimum of 30 percent beginning in the fall of 2018. School Code also requires that districts establish a joint committee, consisting of an equal number of administrative and association members, to develop a plan to satisfy these requirements.

District 54’s joint committee reviewed and revised the District 54 Teacher Appraisal Plan to satisfy all legal requirements. Student growth will account for 25 percent of a teacher’s summative rating in 2016-17 and 2017-18 and professional practices will account for 75 percent. Starting in 2018-19, student growth will account for 30 percent and professional practices 70 percent.

Teachers and their evaluators will collaboratively identify two appropriate assessments to determine student growth; set target growth expectations for those assessments; and review results to determine a Student Growth rating. Illinois School Code says assessments must be “rigorous and aligned to the course’s curriculum.” Examples include teacher-created assessments, assessments designed by textbook publishers, student work samples or portfolios, assessments of student performance or team-created common assessments. Assessments must generate “pre-test” data, from which the growth target will be set. Assessments must also generate “post-test” data to enable the teacher and evaluator to determine growth in student learning.

School Code requires the following criteria be utilized to determine a teacher’s Student Growth Rating:

  • Excellent – 76% or more of students met the Target Growth Expectation identified
  • Proficient – 51-75% of students met the Target Growth Expectation identified
  • Needs Improvement – 25-50% of students met the Target Growth Expectation identified
  • Unsatisfactory – less than 25% of students met the Target Growth Expectation identified

Public Comment: The new IEA Uniserv Director, Jackie Robbins, introduced herself to the School Board.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meeting on March 17, 2016
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated March 18, 2016
  • A contract for gymnasium sound system replacement at 12 district locations

New Business:

  • The Board approved the appointment of representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The Board had the first reading of revisions to Board Policy 4:110(a) – Student Transportation Services and Board Policy 7:60(a) – Proof of Residency.
  • The Board had the first reading of a new Board Policy 7:290 – Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention.
  • The Board reviewed whether to delete Board Policy 6:380 – Provisions Under the No Child Left Behind Legislation (because that legislation no longer exists).
  • The Board appointed Shaun Conway as the assistant principal of Keller Junior High School for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The Board appointed Betty Weir as the assistant principal of Lakeview Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The Board appointed Kelly Dvoracek as the principal of Nerge Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year.

Announcements:

  • The Board praised the students and staff at Lakeview and the Hoffman Estates Police Department for a wonderful DARE graduation this week.
  • The Board also thanked Willow Creek for the donations of bags of food to students in financial need at Muir.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

Board Brief for March 17, 2016

Posted March 17th, 2016 by kcanary

Recognition – Ambassador for Excellence Awards:

  • The District 54 School Board recognized Prajeet Basu, a seventh-grade student at Keller Junior High School, who won the Scholastic “Extreme Sports” writing competition.
  • The Board recognized Michael Guskey, an eighth-grade student at Frost Junior High School, who will receive the 2015-16 Outstanding Student Technology Award from Infinitec in April.
  • The Board also recognized the following students who placed in the You Be The Chemist Challenge and are headed for the Illinois state competition in April. Alice Chen, an eighth-grade student at Mead Junior High School, took first place. Peter Baffoe, a seventh-grade student at Mead Junior High School, took second place.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act: District 54 replied to two FOIA requests since the last board meeting for records relating to an employee’s qualifications to serve as a cooperating teacher and purchase orders from Dec. 2, 2015 to the current date.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on March 3, 2016
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement and employment of personnel
  • A resolution of non-reemployment of classified personnel
  • A resolution authorizing notice of dismissal to educational support staff
  • A resolution authorizing notice of honorable dismissal to first-, second-, third- and fourth-year nontenured certificated personnel
  • The staffing plan for the 2016-17 school year
  • Checks dated March 4, 2016
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for February 2016
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for January 2016
  • A contract for asbestos abatement at four schools
  • A contract for flooring removal and replacement at five schools
  • A contract for maintenance inspections of athletic equipment at 27 schools
  • A contract for site improvements at six sites
  • A contract for sealcoating work at 29 sites during the summer of 2016 and 2017
  • A contract for renovations at four sites
  • The purchase of technology equipment with licensing and support
  • The renewal of software and support for the district’s library automation system
  • The purchase of magazine subscriptions to provide nonfiction reading materials for our students
  • The purchase of Go Math! instructional materials
  • The approval of summer 2016 writing projects
  • The release of minutes from four closed-session school board meetings
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Aug. 21 and Sept. 4, 2014, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss that Lincoln Prairie Principal Mandy Stochl has been named the Illinois PTA Outstanding Principal of the Year, adding that she is very deserving of the award. This week is Illinois Arts in Education Week. Because we value the arts in District 54 we have a variety of ways to recognize both staff and students. This month, the Prairie Center for the Arts hosted a reception and art show for 90 of our students. Next month, the Board will be honoring 51 students who contributed to the art work that will be hung in the board room next week.

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the District 54 Summer STEM Academy that will be held June 20-24, and once again the response has been overwhelming. Already 952 students have registered. This is an excellent opportunity for students at a very low price of only $40 for the week.

For families that struggle to pay for summer activities, the Foundation has posted information online about its student grant program and the PTA Council also offers scholarships to elementary students.

District 54 staff members are always looking for ways to support families. In one such partnership, Willow Creek will donate more than 200 bags of foods to the families of Muir students in financial need tomorrow.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC received an update on one of the Board projects related to the implementation, evaluation, refinement and expansion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming opportunities.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber announced the grant applications are due April 11; a Boomers baseball game has been scheduled for May 20; and the annual Foundation golf outing is June 13. She also announced the new officers – Chairman Tom Manzardo, Vice Chairman Daryl Saylor, Treasurer Bill Gladstone and Secretary Donna Anderson. More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Sue Budak thanked those who attended the PTA auction last week, which raised about $17,000 for the PTA scholarship program. Elementary scholarship applications are due April 1. Sue thanked Blackwell PTA President Kim Haywood for her presentation on safe food handling. Kim is also a health inspector for the Village of Schaumburg.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the before- and after-school child care facility rates for 2016-17.
  • The Board approved facility usage rates for 2016-17.
  • The Board approved the consumable materials fee of $50 per student for 2016-17.
  • The Board approved a milk fee of 25 cents per carton for students and 30 cents per carton for adults for 2016-17.
  • The Board approved the parent-paid student transportation rates for 2016-17, which start at $475 for one child.
  • The Board approved the purchase of Chromebooks for 1:1 student use at the junior high school level.

Announcements: Board members said they were excited and impressed when they attended the PTA Auction, a Mead celebration of student achievement and the art reception for our students at the Prairie Center.

Adjournment to Closed-Session: The Board adjourned at 7:31 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, legal matters and student disciplinary cases.

Board Brief for March 3, 2016

Posted March 3rd, 2016 by Terri McHugh

Discussion – Staffing Plan for the 2016-17 School Year:

Dr. Peter Hannigan, assistant superintendent of human resources, presented the administration’s preliminary staffing plan for the 2016-17 school year.

The first step in determining the staffing plan is projecting the enrollment. To estimate next year’s enrollment District 54 considers the difference between this year’s eighth grade class and next year’s kindergarten class; but also must consider the number of students who transfer into and out of our district at other grade levels. This number is much harder to predict. The early childhood through eighth grade projected enrollment for 2016-2017 is 14,676, which is a slight increase from the current 2015-16 enrollment.

District 54 always begins with a conservative staffing plan. If enrollment increases prior to the beginning of the school year, District 54 may shift or add teaching positions to maintain consistent class averages.

The district is recommending the reduction of five kindergarten teaching positions at this time, due to the kindergarten enrollment uncertainty. Positions could be added if enrollment increases.

The district is recommending the reduction of five Child and Family Educators at the Early Learning Center, who will be replaced with the addition of three school social workers.

Due to an increased number of students requiring bilingual services, District 54 is recommending the addition of one Chinese immersion teaching position, two dual language teaching positions and 2.5 dual language support staff positions.

District 54 is recommending the reduction of 25 special education paraprofessional positions. Staff members will be recalled based on seniority when positions become available.

Discussion – Review of Fee Rates:

In the fall of 2014, the Student Fee Committee met to collectively review the fees for before- and after-school programs, consumable materials, facility usage, milk, parent-paid transportation, open enrollment transportation and extracurricular activities. This committee recommended rates through 2019, with the understanding that an annual update review by administration would occur. The administration is making the following recommendations for the 2016-17 school year:

  • No increase to the consumable materials fee ($50 per student);
  • An increase of 5 cents to the cost of a carton of milk (25 cents per carton for students and 30 cents for adults);
  • No increase to the parent-paid transportation fee (the rates would be $475 for one child, $600 for two children and $700 for three or more children if paid by July 15);
  • No fee for extracurricular activities (sports, music, etc.);
  • No increase in facility usage fees other than the annual adjustment due to custodial costs; and
  • An increase only in the full-day and summer facility rates charged to the YMCA and the Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates park districts for the before- and after-school programs, but not to the morning and afternoon rates on school days.

The proposed fees can be found in Discussion Memorandum #018-15/16, Review of Fee Rates. The above recommendations must be approved by the School Board.

Discussion – Digital Learning in District 54:

This fall, District 54 convened the Junior High Digital Learning Task Force, consisting of 107 junior high teachers and administrators, and charged them with exploring the potential use of Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education. Several task force members piloted a class set of Chromebooks this year. Staff feedback highlighted the Chromebook and Google Apps as a strong resource for student collaboration and engagement.

Adopting this technology will enable District 54 to enhance the delivery of our curriculum and student mastery of essential learning outcomes, while better equipping students with the digital learning skills needed for success in high school and beyond. District 54 is committed to cultivating “blended learning environments,” where teachers use an appropriate mix of print and digital resources to support student learning.

Pending board approval, orientation sessions will be held in August for students and parents. Students will also complete a series of digital citizenship lessons during the first two weeks of the school year. An optional $25 Chromebook Insurance package will be made available to parents to safeguard in the event a student Chromebook is lost or stolen. In addition, District 54 secured a grant to provide home Wi-Fi access for our low-income families.

Staff will also have numerous training opportunities during the spring, including a Digital Learning Symposium this summer.

Implementation of this initiative can be done within the financial parameters of the district’s current technology replacement cycle budget. The Chromebook is significantly less expensive than the iPad or the PC laptops the district currently uses and the Google Apps platform is free.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received two FOIA requests since the last board meeting for documents related to backflow devices and testing, and physical education policies and procedures.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular school board meeting on Feb. 18, 2016
  • Resignations and retirements of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 19, 2016

Announcements:

  • The Board praised the student work at the annual Mead History Fair today; an internet safety presentation for Addams students; and a PBIS assembly at Eisenhower with the new Windy City Bulls.

Adjournment to Closed-Session: The Board adjourned at 8:23 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, legal matters and the semi-annual review of minutes of closed-session meetings.

Board Brief for Feb. 18, 2016

Posted February 18th, 2016 by kcanary

Recognition: The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to the following individuals.

  • Amelia Sanders, a third-grade student at Dooley School, was named the Illinois winner in the Doodle 4 Google 2015 Contest.
  • Erica Jiménez, an English Learner Resource Teacher at Muir Literacy Academy, was chosen as the January 2016 World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA), Featured Educator.
  • Thirty-eight District 54 students who qualified for the PTA Reflections state competition. Click here for a list of students and projects.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Feb. 4, 2016
  • Minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting on Feb. 4, 2016
  • Resignations, leaves and retirement of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 5, 2016
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for January 2016
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for December 2015
  • A contract for roofing removal and replacement at Churchill Elementary School during the summer of 2016
  • A contract for masonry restoration at six district locations during the summer of 2016
  • A contract for new wireless infrastructure and equipment at 12 district locations
  • The purchase of literacy, science and social science instructional materials for the 2016-17 school year

Advisory Council for District Initiatives: Board Secretary Mary Kay Prusnick reported that ACDI heard a presentation about District 54’s Digital Learning pilot program at our junior high schools.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Assistant Superintendent Erin Knoll reported that DCAC participated in a communication audit for District 54 and heard a presentation about the Digital Learning pilot program as well.

Legislative Networking Committee: Board Member Karen Strykowski reported that the committee learned about changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (now called Every Child Succeeds Act), as well as proposed changes to school funding in Illinois. Superintendent Andy DuRoss testified in Springfield this week about the impact some of these proposed changes would have on District 54.

Foundation: Board Member Teresa Huber announced that the Foundation adopted new bylaws and approved trustee responsibility descriptions. The annual golf outing is scheduled for June 13.

PTA: PTA Council President Sue Budak invited everyone to the STC Auction on March 11 at the Stonegate. She announced that the Council is also hosting workshops next week, a blood drive on Feb. 25 and the Reflections regional event on March 8 at Eisenhower. A slate of candidates to serve on the PTA Council in 2016-17 and more PTA news can be found at http://pta.sd54.org.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the use of CBRE to market the sale of a 4.4 acre site at Thacker Street and Verde Drive, which was donated to the school district.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

Board Brief for Feb. 4, 2016

Posted February 4th, 2016 by kcanary

Discussion – District 54 Implementation of the New Illinois Learning Standards for Science and STEM Programming:
District 54 convened an Elementary Science Task Force in September to review the Next Generation Science Standards, which were formally adopted as the Illinois learning standards for science. The task force met in grade-level teams to identify any potential gaps in our curriculum and instruction; to create specific support documents for each grade-level; and to revamp the scope and sequence of the elementary science curriculum to ensure alignment with the state standards.

Task force members shared the various units of instruction that would be taught in each grade level. The new science standards include engineering components. In first through fourth grade, all students will have an engineering unit from Engineering is Elementary (a program created by the Boston Museum of Science, which incorporates a literacy element by sharing an illustrated storybook to introduce the unit). In fifth and sixth grade, all students will participate in engineering design challenges as part of the FUSE program developed by Northwestern University.

Following each task force session, members updated their schools on the work to date, so that all teachers were informed. Moving forward, the Department of Student Learning will facilitate building-based training on the curricular resources at all grade levels. Summer courses will also be offered, enabling grade-level teams from each school the opportunity to meet and develop initial plans for instruction utilizing the new resources.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on Jan. 21, 2016
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Jan. 22, 2016
  • Approval to retain RSM US LLP to perform the annual district audit for a three-year contract (fiscal years 2016 through 2018)
  • A contract with AssetWorks Appraisal to conduct an assessment and reappraisal of the district’s fixed assets and property

New Business:

  • The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 2:250 – Public Access to District Records.

Announcements:

  • The Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation is hosting a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Visit http://d54foundation.com for a copy of the flyer that must be presented when you order from Lou’s.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:33 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and legal matters.

Board Brief for Jan. 21, 2016

Posted January 21st, 2016 by kcanary

Recognition:

  • The School Board presented an Outstanding Alumni Award to Isha Jog, an Eisenhower graduate, who was selected as one of five U.S. delegates to participate in the 2015 Global Youth Ag-Summit August 2015 in Australia. Her parents accepted on her behalf as she is away at college.
  • The School Board presented an Ambassador for Excellence Award to Sonia Esquivel, an instructional coach in the Department of Language and Culture, who received the Digital Leaders Now (DLN) Digital Leader Award in December 2015 at the Illinois Association of Multilingual and Multicultural Education Reception.

Public Comment: A Schaumburg resident, expressed some concerns regarding the District 54 early childhood program.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: The district responded to three requests since the last meeting related to insurance consultants, carriers and premiums; bids and contracts for printer, copier and toner supplies and services; and information about programming for gifted students.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting on Jan. 7, 2016
  • Resignations and retirements of personnel
  • Checks dated Dec. 23, 2015 and Jan. 8, 2016
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for December 2015
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for November 2015
  • A recommendation to accept the audit/Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015
  • A resolution authorizing intervention in tax objection complaint proceedings pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County for assessment years 2015 and 2016
  • Resolutions authorizing intervention in appeals proceedings before the State of Illinois Property Tax Appeals Board for assessment years 2015 and 2016
  • The purchase of four dump trucks
  • The destruction of the verbatim records from the closed-session school board meetings held at 6:25 p.m. June 5, 2014; 5:20 p.m. June 16, 2014; and 7:43 p.m. July 17, 2014, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked students, staff and parents for successful, well-attended conferences last week.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC heard presentations about assessment results and student discipline.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber stated the Foundation is in the process of reorganizing and asked everyone to mark their calendars for the Foundation’s Lou Malnati’s fundraiser on Feb. 10. Information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: Board President Charlotte Kegarise reminded everyone about the PTA Auction on Friday, March 11. For more information about PTA programs, visit the PTA website.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:26 p.m. to closed session for business matters.

Board Brief for Jan. 7, 2016

Posted January 7th, 2016 by kcanary

Discussion – 2015 State and District Assessment Results

During the 2014-15 school year, District 54 students completed the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) local assessment, as well as the state-mandated Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) and ACCESS for English Language Learners.

MAP is administered to students three times each year. District 54 uses MAP to track the academic growth of every student in the district; to help inform instruction; to support our school improvement process; and to provide parents information on their child’s academic progress from kindergarten through eighth grade. We look for students to score at the 40th percentile or higher on the MAP assessment as our benchmark for grade-level proficiency.

Successes

  • We know that student proficiency by third grade is critical to future success. In 2015, 80 percent of our second-grade students met the 40th percentile target in reading and 82 percent in math.
  • Because this is our first year of full-day kindergarten, we looked at kindergarten proficiency as well and saw a 9 percent increase. On the winter MAP assessment, 80 percent of our kindergartners met the target in reading and 79 percent in math.
  • District 54 also monitors the percentage of students meeting their fall to spring growth target as assigned by NWEA (Northwest Education Association – the publisher of MAP). In 2015, 63 percent of students met their target in reading and 72 percent met their target in math.

PARCC is given to students in grades 3 to 8 and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards.  The PARCC assessment evaluates student proficiency in both English/Language Arts and Math. The Illinois State Board of Education determines the proficiency levels on PARCC. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale have demonstrated that they have a thorough understanding of grade-level content. Students receiving a 3 are approaching expectations, but may need additional assistance mastering content. Students receiving a 1 or 2 need more assistance in mastering the content and are in need of greater supports.

The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessment enables students with significant cognitive disabilities to show what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot.

ACCESS is an English language proficiency assessment administered to students in kindergarten through eighth grade in District 54 who have been identified as English Learners. It assesses students in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The scores to demonstrate proficiency were increased in 2014.

Successes

  • District 54 results nearly double the Illinois average in reading, and more than double the Illinois average in math on PARCC.
  • In 2015, 67 percent of District 54 students met the proficiency target in reading, compared to only 36 percent in the state on PARCC.
  • In math, 59 percent of District 54 students met the proficiency target, compared to 29 percent in the state on PARCC.
  • In 2015, 570 of our students demonstrated English proficiency on ACCESS and transitioned out of our English-Learner program, an increase from 303 students in 2014.
  • In comparison to other public elementary schools in Illinois, District 54 ranked at the 93rd percentile in terms of the percentage of students demonstrating proficiency on the state exam.

District 54 will administer PARCC from April 11 to 22, 2016 using the paper-pencil format for both the English/Language Arts and Math assessments. There will only be one PARCC testing window this year (instead of the two sessions required in 2015) and total student testing time has also been reduced.

We await word from the Illinois State Board of Education as to whether our students in grades 5 and 8 will take a state mandated science test.  The assessment is dependent on state funding and there is no word when a decision will be made.

Click here to access the board memo with more detailed results.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:
District 54 received two FOIA requests since the last board meeting related to employee compensation and purchasing records.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular board meeting on Dec. 3, 2015
  • Minutes of the special open and closed-session meetings on Dec. 17, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves, termination and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, 2015
  • Approval of stop loss carriers for District 54’s PPO and HMO plans for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years
  • Approval to award a contract to Three Peaks Marketing Group

New Business:

  • The School Board approved revisions to Board Policy 7:60(b) – Non-Resident Students.

Announcements:

  • Board members thanked all of the students, staff and families in the community for their support this year of the families in our district who are less fortunate.
  • State Superintendent Tony Smith visited District 54 in December to discuss effective systems and support in our district.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:28 p.m.