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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 March 5, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted March 20th, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on March 5, 2015

Minutes from the Feb. 19, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted March 6th, 2015 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Feb. 19, 2015

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

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Feb. 5, 2015

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.

 

Minutes from the Jan. 22, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted February 13th, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for Feb. 5, 2015

Posted February 5th, 2015 by kcanary

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, School of Choice transportation and extracurricular activities. This committee recommended rates for 2016 through 2019, with the understanding that an annual update review by administration would occur. The recommendations were as follows:

  • 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);
  • A decrease to the parent-paid transportation fee (the rates would be $425 for one child, $550 for two children and $650 for three or more children in 2016-17 );
  • An increase to the School of Choice Transportation Fee (in 2016 through 2019, these fees would be same as those for parent-paid transportation);
  • 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.

The proposed fees can be found in Discussion Memorandum #017-14/15, Review of Fee Rates. The above recommendations must be approved by the School Board. If approved, they would not take effect until July 1, 2016.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:

  • District 54 received one request since the last board meeting related to copier service agreements.

Public Comment:

  • Two Lincoln Prairie parents told the board it would be difficult for families to continue to send their children to Lincoln Prairie if the transportation fees increased.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on Jan. 22, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Jan. 23, 2015
  • Approval to purchase full-day kindergarten literacy, math, science and social studies instructional materials

New Business:

  • The Board had the first reading of revisions to the following board policies: Prohibition of Sexual Harassment (1:60) and Standard District Complaint Investigation (1:70).

Announcements:

  • Board members commended the students at the Lincoln Prairie pasta dinner. They also mentioned that many people attended the Open Enrollment Fair and that the parents of incoming kindergarten students at the fair expressed excitement about the full-day kindergarten program.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:37 p.m. to closed session for collective negotiating and legal matters.

Minutes from the Jan. 8, 2015 Regular Board Meeting

Posted January 23rd, 2015 by kcanary

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Board Brief for Jan. 22, 2015

Posted January 20th, 2015 by kcanary

Recognition:

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

  • Brianne Cannataro, a fifth-grade student at Aldrin, for winning gold in her age group for her tap dance performance at the International Dance Organization Dance World Championship.
  • Jordan Marroquin, a fourth-grade student at Blackwell, for saving a boy from drowning at a pool in Rosemont in the summer of 2014.
  • Enders-Salk teacher Jackie Hernandez for becoming certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Students from Eisenhower, Mead and Keller junior high schools who received team awards in the National Fluid Power Challenge at Harper College.

Public Comment: Two residents spoke in opposition to the full-day kindergarten program.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: The district responded to five requests since the last meeting related to copier service agreements, administrator contract templates and documents regarding compensation for union officials.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Jan. 8, 2015
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Dec. 26, 2014 and Jan. 9, 2015
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for December 2014
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for November 2014
  • A recommendation to accept the audit/CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014
  • A resolution authorizing intervention in tax objection complaint proceedings pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • The purchase of reading materials for summer school in August 2015
  • The destruction of the verbatim records from the closed-session school board meetings held on June 20 and July 18, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked students, staff and parents for successful, well-attended conferences last week.  Since we are half way through the year, schools are meeting with the district again to review their school improvement plans and report on the progress toward their goals.

DuRoss will participate in several meetings related to Vision 20/20, a coalition of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Principals Association, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity, and the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools committed to developing a long-range blueprint for improving public education in Illinois. The coalition’s four areas for prioritization are highly effective educators, 21st Century learning, shared accountability, and equitable and adequate funding. Visit http://illinoisvision2020.org for more information.

PARCC testing begins March 2. District 54 will host a PARCC informational meeting on Feb. 10 for all interested parents. For more information, or to register, visit our Schaumburg Parent University website.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber asked everyone to mark their calendars. The Foundation will host a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s on Feb. 11 and will host Mardi Gras on Feb. 27 at the Stonegate in Hoffman Estates. Information about both can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh announced that the PTA has been busy planning for a blood drive on Feb. 26 and its annual auction on March 13. The PTA would also like to congratulate all students who moved qualified for the state competition in the Reflections fine arts program and to encourage all parents to take the Illinois 5Essentials survey. For more information about PTA programs, visit the PTA website.

New Business:

  • The Board approved a free, full-day kindergarten program at all of our elementary schools beginning in August 2015. For more information, click here to read Discussion Memorandum #015-14/15, which was presented and discussed at the January 8, 2015 Board of Education meeting. The memo includes a summary of the research literature related to full-day kindergarten programming; a rationale supporting full-day kindergarten in District 54; an overview of the potential scheduling format for full-day kindergarten programming; a cost analysis associated with adding full-day kindergarten; and a timeline for potential implementation.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:40 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.