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Board Brief for April 16, 2015

Posted April 16th, 2015 by kcanary

Recognition: The Board recognized the following individuals:

  • Three Dooley students (Surag Nuthulapaty, Luke Henderson and Jasmine Kaur) who received an award at the Japanese Regional Speech Contest;
  • Addams student Avery Mueller who won “First Team All-American Scholar” honors from Pop Warner;
  • Addams alum Hasan Fetahi who was selected for NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars project; and
  • The school crossing guards who keep our students safe every day.

Prior to the meeting the School Board had a reception for more than 130 students who contributed to the new artwork in the Board Room.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting on April 2, 2015
  • Retirement, leaves and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated April 3, 2015
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for March 2015
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for February 2015
  • A resolution directing the school treasurer to transfer interest earned in the Working Cash Fund to the Capital Projects Fund
  • A contract for seal-coating work at 13 locations during the summer of 2015
  • A contract for site improvements at 13 locations during the summer of 2015
  • A contract for masonry restoration at seven locations during the summer of 2015
  • A contract for the supply and delivery of milk to all 28 District 54 schools for school years 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18
  • The purchase of three riding mowers
  • The purchase of classroom furnishings
  • The purchase of computers to replace older model junior high student and staff laptops
  • The purchase of the equipment and installation of the audio/video interactive projection solution
  • The purchase of literacy, math, STEM and social studies instructional materials
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Oct. 3, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent Report: Superintendent Andy DuRoss reported District 54 has once again received the ASBO International Certificate of Financial Reporting Award and thanked the business staff for their long-standing excellence in maintaining the district’s budget. He also complimented the instructional staff who hosted and attended grade-level meetings held this month to reflect on the implementation of the new Illinois Learning Standards in literacy and math. Our instructional staff has also been busy registering more than 1,300 students for summer STEM camp this year. Tomorrow concludes the Week of the Young Child. This celebration included a dedication of a Peace Pole at the Early Learning Center, which is now our largest school at over 800 students.

President’s Report: Board President Bill Harper said it has been an honor to be the board president. The board is having its reorganizational meeting on April 29.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC members received an update on instructional projects for 2014-15.

Legislative Networking Committee (LNC) Report: Superintendent DuRoss reported that the committee discussed Senate Bill 1, which if approved would mean a loss of $12.3 million in general state aid to District 54. The bill calls for a redistribution of education funding. We will be very active in opposing this bill with our legislators. We believe in adequate and equitable funding throughout the state, but not the redistribution of funding from one district to another.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber reported that the Foundation is looking for golfers, volunteers and sponsors for the golf outing on June 15. More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council Mikel Eppenbaugh announced that the PTA vendor fair and workshops this month were a success. The next major event is the Scholarship Recognition Dinner on May 13, which will honor 11 high school seniors. The Illinois PTA Convention begins tomorrow. Matthew Rodriguez, former Mead PTA President, will be installed as the next Illinois PTA President in which he will be the first male Latino elected as the state president in the history of our nation.

Announcements:

  • Board members announced that the Peace Pole dedicated today was a gift from the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove Village, which would make provide Peace Poles to any interested school.
  • Board members attended the Kids at Hope Resource Fair and an orchestra concert at Fox School this month.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:43 p.m. to closed session for school matters and legal matters.

Minutes from the April 2, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted April 17th, 2015 by kcanary

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Minutes from the March 19, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted April 6th, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for April 2, 2015

Posted April 2nd, 2015 by kcanary

Discussion - District 54 Discovery and Magnet Task Force:
The Discovery and Magnet Curricular Task Force was formed in the fall of 2014 to develop a curricular scope and sequence for the junior high language arts, science and social studies Discovery and Magnet courses. The task force consisted of all interested Discovery and Magnet staff from each of the five junior high schools and Lincoln Prairie, who were committed to ensuring that students would be engaged in learning opportunities that require academic rigor beyond grade level (up to 12th grade).

The curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. It includes additional complex text (including high school text) and higher-level questions to accompany that text. The task force determined resources to support instruction and created grade-level specific support documents to clarify key instructional and assessment practices. Based on feedback from the task force, year-long planning sessions specifically supporting the work in the Discovery and Magnet classrooms will be offered.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received and replied to three FOIA requests since the last board meeting related to information for the 2015 renovations at selected schools project, the current custodial and maintenance agreement and the award for the flooring buildback and asbestos abatement project.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular board meeting on March 19, 2015
  • Resignations and retirements of personnel
  • Checks dated March 20, 2015
  • The purchase of informational text classroom magazine subscriptions
  • Contract for interior renovations at 31 district locations
  • The amended school calendar for 2014-15 with June 12 as the last day of school due to five emergency closing days

New Business:

  • The School Board approved the appointment of representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The School Board had the first reading of revisions to Board Policy 2:140 (b) - Board Member Use of Electronic Mail and Board Policy 2:250 – Public Access to District Records.
  • The School Board had the first reading of new Board Policy 2:250 (a) – Email Retention Policy.

Announcements:

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:36 p.m.

Minutes from the March 5, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted March 20th, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for March 19, 2015

Posted March 19th, 2015 by kcanary

Recognition:

  • The School Board recognized Michenzie King, a student at Addams Junior High School, who will receive the 2015 Outstanding Student Technology Award from Infinitec in April.
  • The  board also recognized the following students who qualified for the You Be The Chemist state competition on April 25:
    • Sachi Goel, eighth grade, Frost – first place
    • Saurav Sumughan, Mead – second place
    • Alice Chen, Mead – third place
    • Diya Patel, Addams – fourth place (alternate to state)

Public Comment: One parent thanked the Board for establishing a task force to further research transportation fees and said she supports the recommendation on tonight’s agenda. Another parent said he would have liked to see a detailed report from the Transportation Task Force.

Freedom of Information Act: District 54 replied to one FOIA request since the last board meeting, related to the superintendent’s contract.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on March 5, 2015
  • Resignations, 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
  • A resolution authorizing notice of dismissal to first-, second- and third-year nontenured certificated personnel
  • The staffing plan for the 2015-16 school year as presented at the March 5 Board meeting
  • Checks dated March 6, 2015
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for February 2015
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for January 2015
  • A contract for asbestos abatement at three sites
  • A contract for flooring removal and replacement at three sites
  • A contract for custodial mop and towel service for the 2015-16 school year
  • A contract for moving boxes and furnishings during summer renovations at three sites
  • A contract for window replacement at four sites
  • A contract for new wireless infrastructure upgrades and equipment at eight district sites
  • A contract for window replacement at four district sites
  • A recommendation to approve nine curriculum writing projects for the summer of 2015
  • A recommendation to approve the request from Weekly Homes for a 60-day extension of time to secure all necessary permits or approvals for the acquisition of the Thacker Street and Verde Drive property
  • A recommendation authorizing the release of the minutes of eight closed-session school board meetings held in 2014 and 2015
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting on Sept. 5, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss wished everyone a great spring break.

President’s Report: Board President Bill Harper had no report.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC heard presentations about the PARCC and MAP assessments.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber thanked everyone who attended Mardi Gras and announced the annual Foundation golf outing is June 15. More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh thanked those who attended the PTA auction last week, which raised about $15,500. At the auction, PTA elected the new council officers for the 2015-2016 school year. PTA will host a District 54 Candidates’ forum at 7 p.m. March 31 at the Professional Learning Center. On April 6, PTA will host a Vendor Fair at Keller, including workshops and roundtable discussions.

New Business:

  • The Board approved parent-paid transportation fee rates for the 2015-16 school year of $475 for one child, $600 for two children and $700 for three or more children.
  • The Board approved free transportation to students who live more than 1.5 miles from the open enrollment or magnet school they attend for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The Board approved the ratification of the Schaumburg Education Association (SEA) Contract effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.
  • The Board approved the ratification of the Schaumburg Education Employees Association (SEEO) Contract effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.

Announcements: Board members praised Dooley’s Japanese Cultural Night, the Addams musical and the PTA Auction.

Adjournment: The School Board adjourned at 8:13 p.m.

Minutes from the Feb. 19, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted March 6th, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for March 5, 2015

Posted March 5th, 2015 by kcanary

Discussion – Staffing Plan for the 2015-16 School Year:

Dr. Peter Hannigan, assistant superintendent of human resources, presented the administration’s preliminary staffing plan for the 2015-16 school year.

The first step in determining the staffing plan is projecting the enrollment. This year we will graduate a smaller number of students in eighth grade than we expect to enroll in kindergarten, leading to a slight increase. District 54 must also consider the number of students who transfer to our district at other grade levels. This number is much harder to predict. The early childhood through eighth grade projected enrollment for 2015-2016 is 14,547 students, which is an increase from the current 2014-15 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 kindergarten enrollment is projected to be 1,556.  Based on the projected enrollment and with the implementation of full-day kindergarten, we are recommending an increase of 33.5 kindergarten teaching positions. Moving to a full-day kindergarten program also requires the district to extend the offering of art, music and PE into the kindergarten curriculum. Based on our projections, 11 schools would require additional art, music and PE staff - a total of two art teachers, four music teachers and two PE teachers.

Due to an increased number of students requiring bilingual services, District 54 is recommending an additional 5.5 new English Learner (EL) resource teaching positions and 1.5 dual language support specialist positions.

Due to the decline in the number of students receiving special education services in the district, we are recommending the reduction of one special education teaching position and 14 special education instructional assistant positions; as well as a .5 literacy specialist position and two child and family educator early childhood positions.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received three FOIA requests since the last board meeting related to documents associated with the asbestos abatement bid; the general contract and payment bond for the Early Learning Center; and the salary, retirement and health insurance contributions for the superintendent in the 2013-14 school year.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on Feb. 19, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 20, 2015
  • The renewal of software licensing and support for the District 54 Library Automation system with Follett Software Company

Announcements:

  • Board  members enjoyed reading to Fox students for Read Across America on Monday, attending Campanelli School’s Chinese New Year celebration and supporting the Foundation at its annual Mardi Gras event.

Adjournment to Closed-Session: The Board adjourned at 7:12 p.m. to closed session for collective negotiating matters and for the semi-annual review of minutes of closed-session meetings.

Minutes from the Feb. 5, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted February 24th, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for Feb. 19, 2015

Posted February 19th, 2015 by kcanary

Recognition:

  • The Board presented an Above and Beyond Award to Mead teacher Brian Donlan for saving the lives of two men after a head-on collision.
  • The Board presented an Ambassador for Excellence Award to Keller teacher Alex Polanco who was named WGN-TV’s Teacher of the Month for January.
  • The Board presented an Ambassador for Excellence award to Yumna Safi, a seventh-grade Keller student, for winning the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest from Schaumburg VFW Post 2202.
  • The Board presented Ambassador for Excellence awards to 23 students whose work advanced to the state level in the PTA Reflections program.
  • The Board recognized community members who participated on the Student Fee Committee during the 2014-15 school year.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act: District 54 received one FOIA request since the last board meeting, related to agendas, minutes and other documents from the Student Fee Committee meetings in 2010 through 2014.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Feb. 5, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves and retirement of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 6, 2015
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for January 2015
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for December 2014
  • A two-year extension of the student transportation contract with First Student, Inc. for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on July 30 and August 15, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss announced that tomorrow is the end of the second trimester; report cards will go home next week.

More than 1,100 students registered for kindergarten on the first day – Feb. 12. This was 100 students more than the first day last year. DuRoss said this increase was expected because the district is offering full-day kindergarten next year.

District 54 recently concluded the winter School Improvement Plan reviews with teams from all 28 schools. The teams provided an update on their progress toward meeting the Board of Education goals. DuRoss said he feels that staff has prepared students well and that we will be celebrating the students’ success on the PARCC and MAP assessments.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC heard a report on the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

Legislative Networking Committee (LNC) Report: Board Secretary Karen Strykowski reported that state Rep. Michelle Mussman attended the last meeting, at which time the committee shared with the representative its concerns about some of the legislative being discussed in Springfield.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber announced that Mardi Gras will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Stonegate and it’s not too late to buy tickets. More information can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh invited everyone to the STC Auction on March 13. All proceeds from the auction are applied to the PTA Scholarship Fund. This year the PTA plans to award $22,000 in elementary and high school scholarships. The PTA will also host its annual election at the auction. The slate of candidates and more PTA news can be found at http://pta.sd54.org.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the consumable materials fee of $50 per student for 2015-16.
  • The Board approved the milk fee of 20 cents per carton for students and 25 cents per carton for adults for 2015-16.
  • The Board approved the facility usage rates for 2015-16.
  • The Board approved the before- and after-school child care facility rates for 2015-16.
  • The Board authorized the superintendent to continue to study parent-paid student transportation fee rates for 2015-16.
  • The Board authorized the superintendent to continue to study School of Choice student transportation fee rates for 2015-16.
  • The Board approved the purchase of a three-year site license for FUSE (a STEM -based, online program in partnership with Northwestern University). This approval extends the FUSE program to all District 54 elementary schools next year.
  • The Board approved revisions to board policies 1:60 - Prohibition of Sexual Harassment and 1:70 - Standard District Complaint Investigation.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Amy Christie as principal of Campanelli Elementary School.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Ivette Rivera-Weigle as principal of MacArthur International Spanish Academy.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:53 p.m. to closed session for collective negotiating matters.