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Board Brief for Oct. 16, 2014

Posted October 16th, 2014 by kcanary

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

Fairview Elementary School was recognized for having been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The following people received the 2014 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award:

  • Jillian Sinitean, the gifted teacher/enrichment coach at Aldrin Elementary School in Schaumburg, won an Award of Merit in the student support personnel category;
  • Kim Bowman, a third-grade teacher at Link Elementary School in Elk Grove Village, won an Award of Merit in the early career educator category;
  • Nina Gdowski, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Keller Junior High School in Schaumburg, won an Award of Merit in the classroom teacher category;
  • Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs President Mikel Eppenbaugh won an Award of Merit in the community volunteer category;
  • Brad Kaplan, the custodian at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg, won an Award of Recognition in the educational service personnel category.
  • The District 54 Math Team won an Award of Merit in the team category. The team includes Megan Ankrom, Dawn Czajka, Stephanie Krizmis, Amy Varchmin, Gina Wirth and Jim Vreeland.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Oct. 2, 2014
  • Resignations and leaves of personnel
  • Checks dated Oct. 3, 2014
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for September 2014
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for August 2014
  • An application for the Illinois State Library Grant
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on March 21, 2013 and April 4, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist.

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss presented several updates to the Board and community. Construction is nearing completion and district office employees will be in their new locations. The new District 54 Early Learning Center currently has more than 650 students, 100 more than the start of the school year. Staff members assess children year round to determine if they qualify for the at-risk or special education programming available in the building.

He thanked Assistant Superintendent Paul Goldberg for hosting data retreats so that staff from each of our schools could better understand student data. That data was shared as part of the School Improvement Planning process, which began this week. Students also shared their individual data and goals at parent conferences last week.

Yesterday District 54 signed a memo of understanding with Roosevelt University to place their education students as student teachers at Nerge School. This formalized relationship will not only help these college students become teachers, but hopefully many will become District 54 teachers.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that the committee had a presentation on the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program and offered feedback.

Legislative Networking Committee: Superintendent DuRoss invited everyone to two forums this month designed to educate the community about Senate Bill 16, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. Click here for more information about the bill and the forums.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that the PTA held its Fall General Meeting last week. At the meeting, the PTA approved its audit, adopted its budget, elected its nominating committee and heard a presentation from School Resource Officer Rich Turman on Internet Safety.  The District 37 Fall conference Dinner will be held on Oct. 20 at the Cotillion in Palatine. The PTA Blood Drive will be held on Oct. 23 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center. The PTA has sent a team of members to school PTA general meetings to discuss the negative impact of Senate Bill 16 and ask the local PTAs to take a position opposing the bill.

New Business:

  • The Board approved a resolution estimating the 2014 tax levy will be $167,630,333 exclusive of debt service. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Rafferty Administration Center. Click here for more information.
  • The board approved the purchase of concentrated chemical proportioning systems and products for the 2014-15 school year.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:11 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and collective negotiating matters.

Minutes from the Oct. 2, 2014 Regular Baord Meeting

Posted October 17th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Oct. 2, 2014

Minutes from the Sept. 18, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on September 18, 2014

Board Brief for Oct. 2, 2014

Posted September 25th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Recognition:
The Board recognized trustees of the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation for their contributions to District 54. The Foundation also presented two super grants and 23 staff grants to District 54 staff members, for a total of $38,000. Click here to see the complete list of 2014 Foundation Grant Recipients.

Discussion – 2014 State and District Assessments:
Associate Superintendent Nick Myers and Assistant Superintendent Paul Goldberg presented the 2014 state and district assessment results. In 2014 the Illinois State Board of Education changed the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) so that 100 percent of the questions on the reading and math tests contained items written and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This was also the second consecutive year where the score the students receive to meet proficiency was more difficult on the ISAT in reading and math. District 54 ISAT results for 2014 indicate that 75 percent of students met or exceeded state standards in reading and 84 percent met or exceeded standards in math. This was a decrease in reading from 77 percent in 2013 and an increase in math from 81 percent in 2013, despite the more rigorous standards. Across all grade levels and subject areas, District 54 continues to outperform state averages.

We also assess District 54 student progress through Measures of Academic progress (MAP), which is administered three times each year to all students in kindergarten through eighth grade. With MAP we are able to track the growth of every student in the district to target instruction to meet an individual’s needs. The goal for District 54 is to be in the 90th percentile nationally for student growth in both reading and math. Twenty-one schools met that goal in 2014.

In the spring of 2015, District 54 will administer new assessments created through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). These assessments emphasize academic rigor, critical thinking and problem solving and replace the state’s ISAT.

For a more detailed look at District 54 assessment results, click here to read the board memo.

Public Comment:  A District 117 parent spoke about a website she launched – www.edgeillinois.com – as part of a statewide campaign explaining the flaws of Senate Bill 16, which would change the state’s education funding formula and lead to a $12.5 million loss for District 54.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 replied to two FOIA requests since the last meeting related to transportation information and contact information for teachers and administrators.

Consent Agenda: The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Sept. 18, 2014
  • Resignations, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Sept. 19, 2014

New Business:

  • The Board approved a resolution authorizing the sale of the vacant land at the southwest corner of Thacker Street and Verde Drive in Schaumburg. District 54 will sell the land at a public auction on Nov. 6.

Announcements:

  • Board members praised the Schaumburg Parent University presentation on Sept. 30 at which Cassie Williams, executive director of special education, discussed Erin’s Law and the District 54 sexual abuse prevention curriculum.
  • The Mead and Keller Interact Clubs will be collecting for the District 54 Food Pantry and educating shoppers from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at Mariano’s in Hoffman Estates.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:55 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and collective negotiation matters.

Minutes from the Sept. 4 Regular Board Meeting

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Sept. 4, 2014

Board Brief for Sept. 18, 2014

Posted September 18th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

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.

Consent Agenda:

  • 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.

Minutes from the August 21, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted September 5th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on August 21, 2014

Board Brief for Sept. 4, 2014

Posted September 4th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m.

Discussion – District 54 Early Learning Center:

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the new District 54 Early Learning Center took place on Aug. 28 and students started school on Sept. 2. Although this center is new, District 54 has had an early childhood program for more than 40 years.

The District 54 Early Childhood Program is committed to ensuring that our youngest learners are prepared to be successful students throughout their educational careers. This commitment is directly connected to the District’s Board approved goals:

  • Students who have attended District 54 schools for at least one year will be at grade level in reading and math upon entering third grade as measured by Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).
  • Each school will close the achievement gap for all students in reading and math as measured by both district and state assessments.
  • 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).

The Early Childhood Program provides the foundation upon which these goals will be achieved.

The Early Learning Center provides our early childhood staff members the opportunity to work and learn as a Professional Learning Community (PLC), an opportunity not available to them when early childhood classrooms were at many different schools. The goal of PLCs is to ensure the success and growth of all early childhood students.

Steps to establish Professional Learning Communities at the District 54 Early Learning Center include:

  • A two-day retreat was held in August at Keller Junior High with more than 90 early childhood staff members in attendance. Associate Superintendent Nick Myers provided an overview of the effectiveness of PLCs and how they have significantly impacted the growth and progress of students in District 54.
  • Teachers were divided into four PLC teams consisting of individuals whose skills complemented one another.
  • PLC meeting times were embedded into each teacher’s daily schedule providing the PLC teams three times each week to meet.
  • Job-specific PLC meeting times were established for ELC support staff as well as scheduled time to meet with the classroom teachers whom they support.

In alignment with district instructional initiatives and expectations, teams of early childhood teachers have written curriculum and assessments in the content areas of literacy, math and science. The curriculum and essential outcomes are directly aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards and the Creative Curriculum. Additionally, a group of early childhood teachers participated in the revision of the Early Childhood Report Card, aligning it to the Early Childhood Essential Outcomes and Creative Curriculum expectations. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) kits have been purchased for the ELC in order to begin a focus on those skills with our three- to five-year-old students. A daily schedule has been developed for teachers providing them with a tight, instructionally sound plan for their day that is reflective of best practice as well as the guidelines provided to early learning programs by the state and federal governments.

The School Leadership Team was elected and began meeting in the spring of 2014. The eleven-member team consists of certified, classified and non-represented staff, and will include parent members for the 2014-2015 school year.

The District 54 ELC Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has been established, officers have been elected, and initial meetings have already been held in order to establish goals for the 2014-15 school year.

The Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Universal Team has been developed and has begun meeting with the district-level PBIS coaches.

Public Comment:  One community member asked the board to investigate later start times for junior high students.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: Two FOIA requests have been replied to since the last meeting related to the transportation budget, contract and reimbursement rate, and to the janitorial supplies bid.

Consent Agenda: The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Aug. 21, 2014
  • Resignations, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated August 22, 2014
  • The purchase of Go Math! instructional materials

New Business:

  • The Board approved the revisions to Board Policy 2:100 – Conflict of Interest – Board Members.

Announcements:

  • At least one board member plans to attend a multi-chamber luncheon on Sept. 8 hosted by the Greater O’Hare Business Association with gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner as the speaker.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:30 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, collective negotiating matters, legal matters, business matters and the semiannual review of minutes of closed-session meetings.

Minutes from the July 17, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted August 22nd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on July 17, 2014

Board Brief for August 21, 2014

Posted August 21st, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Call to Order: The Board of Education meeting was called to order at 7 p.m.

Moment of Silence: Board President Bill Harper asked for a moment of silence in recognition of former Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation Chairman Dennis Quinn who passed away this week.

Public Hearing on the Adoption of the 2014-15 Budget: No one asked to speak.

Recognition of Special Olympians and Volunteers

Public Comment: A Schaumburg resident asked the board to consider allowing all the siblings of Hoover students to attend Hoover this year, even if they don’t live in the Hoover boundaries.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: There have been five requests since the last board meeting related to AMW Environmental Services or AMWS Environmental Company, all vendor payments for 2010 through 2013, the classroom paper supplies bid, the physical education supplies and equipment bid, and the art supplies bid.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on July 17, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of 29 employees who had received dismissal notices
  • Checks dated July 11 and 25, and Aug. 8, 2014
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for June 2014
  • Approval of additional depositories
  • Approval of the Medicaid billing agent
  • The purchase of property, casualty and liability insurance for 2014-15
  • The purchase of technology equipment, software licensing and support
  • Approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the village of Hoffman Estates for a School Resource Officer at Eisenhower Junior High School for the 2014-18 school years
  • Approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the village of Schaumburg for a School Resource Officer for the 2014-18 school years
  • Appointment of an additional deputy Freedom of Information Act Officer
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC)
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Hanover Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Midwest Principals’ Center
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Schaumburg Business Association
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)
  • Continuation of School District 54’s membership in the National School Boards Association (NSBA)
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session meetings held on Jan. 24 and Feb. 7, 2013

Superintendent’s Report:

  • Superintendent Andrew DuRoss recognized staff for all the work they have done this summer to prepare for the first day of school for staff on August 25 and the first day for students on August 26. Specifically, DuRoss thanked the Department of Student Learning for its involvement in New Teacher Induction Week last week and the Special Education Institute this week. He also thanked the Business Operations Department for ensuring all 28 schools will be ready to welcome back our students next week and invited everyone to attend the grand opening of the Early Learning Center at 6 p.m. Aug. 28.
  • DuRoss also addressed the earlier public comment, explaining that Hoover School is overcrowded and simply cannot enroll any new students who live outside the school’s boundaries.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber reported that the golf outing raised close to $32,000. The Foundation will award $36,000 in grants to teachers in October, including two super grants. Upcoming Foundation events include Septemberfest parking Aug. 30 and 31, the California Pizza Kitchen fundraiser on Sept. 24 and a wine tasting on Sept. 26. Details can be found at http://d54foundation.com.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that PTA leaders attended leadership development workshops and the annual school picture meeting in August. PTA also created a new reference booklet for PTA presidents with information regarding District 54 and PTA policies and guidelines in an effort to improve communication.

New Business:

  • The Board adopted the 2014-15 budget. The detailed budget can be found on our BoardDocs website.
  • The Board adopted a resolution directing staff to begin preparing the 2015-16 budget in tentative form.
  • The Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 8:30 – Visitors to and Conduct on District Property.

Announcements: Board members thanked staff for their work with new teacher induction week and summer construction.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:15 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.