Board Brief for May 17, 2012
The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to Maria Barba, a third-grade dual-language teacher at MacArthur School, who received the 2012 Golden Apple Award; to Dylan Estrada, an eighth-grade student at Addams, who received the 2012 Infinitec North Technology Achievement Award; and to Insia Khan, an eighth-grade student at Addams, who received a $1,000 scholarship from School Band and Orchestra Publishers for her winning essay.
The Board also recognized 20 Mead students for their accomplishment at the National History Day competition. Four of those students will compete at the national competition in June. The Board also honored Cheryl Hinchey, a Mead social studies teacher, who received the Patricia Behring History Teacher of the Year Award at the National History Day state competition.
Ambassador for Excellence Awards were also presented to the following teams that won the 2012 District 54 Battle of the Books: Hale and Fox schools tied for first in the third-/fourth- grade competition and the John Muir Literacy Academy won the fifth-/sixth-grade competition.
The School Board presented Above and Beyond Awards to Karen Roldan, a community member, who gave 100 free haircuts to Blackwell students; and to Laura Sutherland, an instructional assistant, who implemented a Grab and Go Breakfast program for students in need at Campanelli School.
One parent said she and others in the community have become involved in an anti-bullying organization called Stand for the Silent. She asked the district to consider hosting the founder of this organization as a speaker next year.
Freedom of Information Act Requests:
District 54 received five requests since the last board meeting for bid documents related to classroom modifications and summer moves; for the 2011-12 budget; and for the number of staff members and RIF notices for the last 11 years and the average class sizes and average years of experience of teachers for two years.
- Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on May 3, 2012
- Resignations and leaves of personnel
- Checks dated May 4, 2012
- Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2012
- Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2012
- A contract for custodial mop and towel service
- A contract for natural gas pricing
- The 2012-13 Workers’ Compensation insurance policy
- The voluntary, parent-purchased student accident insurance plan for the 2012-13 school year
- A contract for site improvements at three schools
- A contract for the purchase of updated laptop and desktop computers
- The purchase of technology equipment and software licensing
- The purchase of the Measure of Academic Progress computer assessment software for 2012-13
- A contract to upgrade the projection systems at Lincoln Prairie and the five junior high schools and a contract for power installation for these systems
- The approval of summer curriculum writing projects
- An authorization to destroy the verbatim records of closed-session school board meetings held on Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, 2010, for which approved minutes already exist
- The Teacher Appraisal Plan (This plan is in line with the PERA - Performance Evaluation Reform – Act and was supported by the teachers union. The District 54 Appraisal Committee has participated in and coordinated training for all certified staff. The plan is based on the Danielson model, which is the state of Illinois’ model as well.)
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent for the Day Matthew Williams spoke about his day, including opening the District 54 Young Athletes/Partners Club Track Meet. He also announced that Assistant Superintendent Nick Myers recently published a book about how to implement the Professional Learning Communities process called Getting District Results.
Report of the President of the Board of Education: President Teresa Huber announced the Illinois Association of School Boards is accepting nominations for resolutions and panels for its 2012 conference in November.
District Citizens Advisory Committee: Board Member Barb Hengels announced that DCAC elected its 2012-13 officers and offered feedback on the Parent-Student Handbook and Calendar.
Legislative Networking Committee: Board Member Peggy Brothman reported that the committee has been busy contacting legislators about various education-related bills in Springfield.
Foundation Report: Board Member Bill Harper invited everyone to attend or sponsor the Foundation’s golf outing on June 11. Click here for more information.
PTA Report: Council President Lisa Guagenti reported that PTAs are hosting or supporting field days, teacher appreciation events and other year-end activities.
- The School Board appointed Vernessa Stepney as assistant principal of Campanelli and Fox elementary schools for the 2012-13 school year. Vernessa is currently a psychologist at Armstrong.
- The School Board appointed additional representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2012-13 school year.
- Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick said she enjoyed visiting MacArthur for the implementation of its new Teaching Garden and Campanelli to meet a delegation of Taiwanese artists who were working with students.
- Board Member Barb Hengels praised Churchill’s production of Beauty is a Beast and the PTA Scholarship/Recognition Dinner.
- Board Vice President Charlotte Kegarise said the District 54 Special Olympics team will play with a Schaumburg Athletic Association soccer team Sunday at Atcher Park.
- Board Member Peggy Brothman said she was amazed by the students in the Spanish Speech Contest at MacArthur.
Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:20 p.m. to closed session for collective negotiating and employment/appointment matters.