- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.