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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.

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

Minutes from the June 19, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted July 22nd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on June 19, 2014

Minutes from the June 16, 2014 Special Board Meeting

Posted July 22nd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Special Board Meeting on June 16, 2014

Board Brief for July 17, 2014

Posted July 17th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:

District 54 received and replied to two requests since the last board meeting related to vendor payments for the years 2008-2013 and teachers who have asked to have their union dues reduced to an amount resulting in actual costs of representation; documents referring to legal means by which employees may limit their dues to reflect actual costs of representation; and documents that state the total number of dues paying members of the teachers union.

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

  • Minutes of the special open and closed-session meetings on June 16, 2014
  • Minutes of the regular board meeting on June 19, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves and employment of personnel
  • The contract of employment for the assistant superintendent of human resources
  • The superintendent’s 2014-15 salary
  • Checks dated June 13 and 27, 2014
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for June 2014
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for May 2014
  • The purchase of classroom paper for the 2014-15 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Jan. 10, 2013, for which approved minutes already exist.

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked many staff members in District 54. He thanked the staff that supported the STEM camps in June that were attended by more than 600 students. He thanked the staff that worked the Extended School Year program at Hoover and Einstein for more than 400 special education students. He thanked the almost 400 staff members who attended professional development classes in June and said he expects a similar number to attend August classes. Finally, he thanked the central office staff members who were displaced or are working through the construction on site.

President’s Report: Board President Bill Harper also thanked staff for their work this summer.

Foundation Report: Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick announced that the Foundation received about 55 grant applications from staff, which are being reviewed this summer.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh shared that on August 5, school PTAs will pick up information, attend leadership training and submit honor award applications. The PTA Council purchased carnival games that all school PTAs can use.

New Business:

  • The School Board had the first reading of revisions to the following policies: Visitors to and Conduct on District Property (8:30) and Conflict of Interest – Board Members (2:100).
  • The School Board approved a permanent easement at Keller Junior High School so the Village of Schaumburg can add a sidewalk and improve Salem Drive from Bode Road to Golf Road.
  • The School Board appointed Tracy Griffin Langlais as assistant principal of Aldrin Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members thanked the students and adults who cheered for them at the Fourth of July parade in Hoffman Estates.
  • Board members praised the staff and volunteers who supported students at the Special Olympics Motor Activities Challenge Day at Einstein.
  • Board members echoed the superintendent’s statement about the success of District 54′s first summer STEM camp.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:21 p.m. to closed session for business matters.

Minutes from the June 5, 2014 Special Board Meeting

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by kcanary

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Minutes from the May 15, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on May 15, 2014

Board Brief for June 19, 2014

Posted June 19th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 replied to 14 requests since the last board meeting related to the custodial cleaning products and paper products bid, the classroom furnishings bid, the early childhood center and administrative additions and renovations bids for phases 2 through 5, and the job descriptions for any nurse or health aide position.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on May 15, 2014
  • Minutes of the special and closed-session meetings on June 5, 2014
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of six employees who had received dismissal notices
  • 2014-15 salaries for administrators, supervisory personnel, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants, physical therapist assistants, educational interpreters, child and family educators and crisis intervention assistants
  • 2014-15 salary parameters for nonrepresented staff
  • 2014-15 salaries for personnel in pay grades 1-7 and part-time employees
  • Salary rates for the elementary school lunch program for the 2014-15 school year
  • 2014-15 daily rates for substitutes
  • Checks dated May 16 and 30, 2014
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2014
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for April 2014
  • Prevailing wage rates for 2014-15
  • A resolution to reappoint Ric King as treasurer for the period of 2014-2016
  • A contract to provide sack lunch service to District 54 for the 2014-15 school year
  • Appointment of director of special education
  • The purchase of technology equipment and software with licensing and support
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held Dec. 6, 2012, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss announced that tonight is the final board meeting for Karen Hindman, assistant superintendent of district improvement, who is retiring after eight years as an assistant superintendent in District 54. He thanked Karen for her dedication to and support of the students and staff in District 54. Through her work with programs such as the 90-day school improvement plan review cycle, student achievement levels continue to climb.

Foundation Report: Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick thanked everyone who attended, volunteered at or sponsored the Foundation’s golf outing on June 9.

New Business:

  • The Board appointed Mary Kay Prusnick as secretary pro tem because Board Secretary Karen Strykowski will be unavailable through August 4.
  • The Board appointed a community representative to serve on the Advisory Council for District Initiatives (ACDI).
  • The board appointed an additional representative to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board approved the 2014-15 Tentative Budget.
  • The Board approved a resolution calling for a public hearing on the 2014-15 budget at 7 p.m. August 21, 2014.
  • The Board approved revisions to policy 5:50 – Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace.
  • The Board approved new policy 7:100 – Health, Eye and Dental Examinations, Immunizations and Exclusion of Students.
  • The Board approved revisions to policy 7:280 – Students with Chronic Infectious Disease.
  • The Board approved revisions to policy 7:300 – Physical Examinations and Insurance Requirements for Participating in Interscholastic and Intramural Sports.
  • The Board appointed Brian Kaszewicz as the principal of Hale Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board appointed Cory Burke as the assistant principal of Keller Junior High School for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board appointed Christina Sosin as the assistant principal of Fairview and Stevenson elementary schools for the 2014-15 school year.

Announcements:  Board members spoke about the excellent experiences they had at eighth-grade graduations, the Muir Science Fair, the Frost Energy Summit and the District 54 Professional Symposium.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:34 p.m.

Board Brief for June 5, 2014

Posted June 5th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

New Business

  • The Board awarded contracts for the early childhood center and administrative additions and renovations – Phase V.

Closed Session

  • The Board adjourned at 6:19 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, for collective negotiating matters and for business matters to discuss the setting of a price for sale or lease of property owned by the public body.

Minutes from the May 1, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

Posted May 16th, 2014 by kcanary

Please click here for the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on May 1, 2014