Board Brief for Dec. 5, 2013

Posted Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Terri McHugh

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

Public Comment:  No one asked to speak

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received one FOIA request since the last meeting related to contracts and payments for lobbying state government.

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

  • Minutes of the regular meeting on Nov. 21, 2013
  • Resignations, retirements and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated Nov. 29, 2013
  • Acceptance of the monthly update of revenues and expenditures for November 2013
  • Acceptance of the Treasurer’s Report on Cash and Investments for October 2013
  • The purchase of three 2014 vehicles

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked all the students and staff for a fantastic start to the school year and wished everyone a happy and prosperous 2014.

Board President’s Report: President Bill Harper wished everyone a happy holiday and new year.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber asked everyone to mark their calendars for Mardi Gras on Feb. 28 at the Stonegate in Hoffman Estates. The Foundation is looking for volunteers for the evening.

PTA Report: PTA Council Second Vice President Lisa Guagenti reported that PTA has begun planning for its annual auction, which will be held March 14 at the Stonegate. The Special Projects Proposals are due by 3 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 6, to the Council. Ninety-five District 54 projects have been selected to move on to the district level in the Reflections program.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the appointment of additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2013-14 school year.
  • The Board appointed Erin Knoll as assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for the 2014-15 school year.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

Board Brief for Nov. 21, 2013

Posted Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Terri McHugh

Public Hearing on the 2013 Tax Levy:

No one asked to speak. The overall levy of $163,551,245, exclusive of debt service, is 1.7 percent higher than the 2012 final extended levy of $160,817,350. District 54 has been debt free since December 2011.

Recognition:

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

  • Eight students who represented District 54 in the Honors Orchestra at the Illinois Education Association (IMEA) Music Festival held Nov. 2;
  • Instructional assistants Brenda Hauck and Michelle Gustafson, who won a $900 SCORE grant from the Illinois Education Association for the breakfast program at Campanelli School;
  • Keith Lange, a teacher of the visual impaired, who received the Illinois Association of Blind Students Teaching Excellence Award on Oct. 26;
  • Maggie Williams, a fourth-grade teacher at John Muir Literacy Academy, who was selected as a Featured Educator by WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment); and
  • Representatives from District 54, the Village of Schaumburg and the Schaumburg Township District Library who received the Governor’s Hometown Award for organizing the Schaumburg Recycling Event in the spring of 2012.

Public Comment:

The Schaumburg Township District Library Executive Director Stephanie Sarnoff presented a proclamation honoring School District 54 for its collaborative efforts with the library and its dedicated service to the families in our community.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:

The district received one request since the last meeting related to personnel information.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Nov. 7, 2013
  • Employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Nov. 1 and 15, 2013
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for October 2013
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for September 2013
  • The purchase of the eFinance Plus financial software system
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on April 19, May 3 and May 17, 2012, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked all District 54 staff members for their flexibility as many teachers have been attending grade-level trainings on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC reviewed the first draft of a revised report card, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. A new report card will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.

Legislative Networking Committee: Board Secretary Karen Strykowski reported that legislators will be invited to school events, Budget Committee meetings and the next Legislative Networking Committee meeting so that the district could better connect with our local legislators and help them connect with our students and staff and learn more about District 54.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber asked everyone to mark their calendars for Mardi Gras on Feb. 28 at the Stonegate in Hoffman Estates.

PTA Report: PTA Council Second Vice President Lisa Guagenti reported that the Stevenson PTA received the Outstanding Unit Award for the Northwest Cook Region at the annual dinner in October. Last night, the PTA Council held a judging and reviewing of 265 Reflections projects, 70 more than last year. The Special Projects Proposals are due on December 6 to the Council.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the Certificate of 2013 Tax Levy and adopted a resolution to file the certificate with the Cook County Clerk.
  • The Board approved a resolution directing the Cook County Clerk how to reduce the various fund levies if the 2013 extended levy is in excess of the limiting rate.
  • The Board approved an agreement with ECRA Group, Inc. to provide District 54 with a Collaborative Research and Information Service Solution (ECRISS). Illinois School Code now mandates school districts to design and implement performance appraisal systems for employees that incorporate student academic growth. ECRA will work with District 54 and its staff to design the best possible model.
  • The Board appointed Judy Gurga as principal for Fairview Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year. Judy had been serving as acting principal of Fairview since the school year began.

Announcements:

  • Board members recognized teachers this month who have reached the milestone of having 1,000 books in their classroom libraries.
  • Board members also reported that District 54 held its annual Partnership Breakfast yesterday and thanked all the businesses, governments and organizations who partner with District 54 to support of our schools, our staff and our students.
  • On Monday, the School Board honored the 19 schools that met the board goal which states that “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).”

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8 p.m.

Board Brief for Nov. 7, 2013

Posted Thursday, November 7th, 2013 by Terri McHugh

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

Discussion – STEM Programming in District 54:

District 54 has continued to support the implementation of promising science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs that develop the college- and career-readiness skills of our students. Beginning with the roll-out of Project Lead the Way last fall, STEM opportunities for students have expanded to include a partnership with Northwestern called FUSE, rocketry clubs at all 27 schools, and a new STEM curriculum at Hoover and Nerge schools. Each of the STEM-based experiences in District 54 aligns with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Ten District 54 students demonstrated some of the projects they created in the following STEM programs.

  • Project Lead the Way – All five junior high schools, Lincoln Prairie School, Campanelli, Nerge and the Hoover Math & Science Academy offer Project Lead the Way courses to sixth- through eighth-grade students. This pre-engineering curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving.  Coursework includes automation, robotics, mechanical systems, energy transfer and computer control systems.
  • FUSE – This program, developed by the Office for STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University, engages students through hands-on, inquiry-based challenges. Challenges are available in the areas of robotics, electronics, biotechnology, graphic design and app development. This fall FUSE studios were opened at Addams, Keller, Lincoln Prairie, Hoover and Nerge. In January additional studios will open at Mead, Frost and Eisenhower.
  • Rocketry – Through a partnership with the Siemens Corporation, students at all 27 schools have an opportunity to join rocketry clubs. The clubs use activities from the NASA Rocketry curriculum, culminating with building a model rocket to launch in the spring.
  • Math & Science Academy STEM Explorations – Hoover and Nerge began implementing STEM Explorations this year, a 90-minute block of instructional time each week. First- and second-graders use the Engineering is Elementary curriculum developed at the Boston Museum of Science to increase student interest in and confidence about engineering. Third-graders explore a NASA rocketry curriculum and fourth-graders mimic engineering design through the LEGO robotics curriculum. Fifth- and sixth-grade student use the FUSE curriculum, as mentioned above.

Public Comment:  No one asked to speak

Freedom of Information Act Requests: There have been two requests since the last meeting related to tax increment financing districts and payroll records.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Oct. 17, 2013
  • Resignations, leaves, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Oct. 18, 2013
  • The Blue Cross Blue Shield Self-Funded HMO and Blue Advantage HMOI medical insurance rates for calendar year 2014
  • The Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Self-Funded medical insurance rates for calendar year 2014
  • The Delta Dental and Vision Service Program insurance rates for calendar year 2014
  • The long-term disability, life, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance rates for calendar year 2014
  • Workplace Solutions as the provider of the district’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • A resolution electing exemption from certain provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
  • A proclamation in honor of American Education Week Nov. 18 to 22

New Business:

  • The Board approved the appointment of an additional representative to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2013-14 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members were pleased to welcome U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to Addams Junior High in October. They also praised the District 54 Common Core math and literacy task forces for the work they’re doing.
  • Superintendent Andy DuRoss announced that Nov. 15, 2013, is School Board Members Day. He acknowledged the hard work, dedication and commitment of the seven District 54 board members.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:23 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.

Board Brief for Oct. 17, 2013

Posted Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by Terri McHugh

Recognition:

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

  • Nerge students Ashlyn Lawrence, Gwendolyn Stanton and Taylor Sulimowski who won the Roselle Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Poster Contest in their age groups; and
  • Kelly Allen, a fourth-grade teacher at Link Elementary School, and Connie Ernst, a fourth-grade teacher at MacArthur International Spanish Academy, who received more than $1,000 worth of classroom supplies and resources in the OfficeMax “A Day Made Better” contest.

Public Comment: The father of two Nerge students told the School Board he was happy he moved here seven years ago and thanked the Board, the teachers and everyone in the district for the quality education his children have received.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Oct. 3, 2013
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Oct. 4, 2013
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for September 2013
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for August 2013
  • The purchase of technology equipment
  • The purchase of instructional materials for FUSE (a science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and math exploration program)
  • An application for the Illinois State Library Grant for 2013-14
  • The acceptance of the 2013 Illinois State School Report Cards, which are now available online at http://sd54.org/schoolreportcards/
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on April 5, 2012, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss thanked Assistant Superintendent Karen Hindman for leading 27 school teams through an in-depth analysis of student data with the goal of understanding each student’s needs. Using this data, all school teams create a school improvement plan, which they have begun presenting to district administrators this week.

DuRoss thanked all the parents, teachers and students who attended the student-led parent conferences last week. He also thanked Math Director Jim Vreeland and Literacy Director Erin Knoll for their continued leadership of the literacy and math task forces. Staff members have an opportunity to offer feedback on changes to the curriculum this year and Erin and Jim have already made some changes to support our staff members who are working directly with students.

State Sen. Dan Kotowski will visit Keller Junior High School tomorrow, which will give the district an opportunity to showcase the program and to talk to him about some of the funding issues we’ve experienced over the past few years.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Assistant Superintendent Beth Erbach reported that DCAC learned about the child sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum required by the new Erin’s Law in Illinois. They also received an update on the district and state assessment results from 2013.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber said the deadline for employees to apply for a project grant or minigrant is Oct. 18. Click here for more information. She also thanked everyone who attended the wine tasting and the fundraiser at Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that the PTA has been busy this fall. The Council sponsored the Run to Read in September and held its Fall General Meeting in October. At the meeting, the PTA approved its audit, adopted its budget, elected its nominating committee and heard a presentation from Associate Superintendent Nick Myers and a team of teachers about District 54’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The District 37 Fall Conference Dinner will be held on Oct. 21 at the Cotillion in Palatine.  Finally, a Spend the Cash Proposal Form is available online. Any PTA member in District 54 can submit a proposal for a special project that upholds the mission and values of PTA and benefits all District 54 students.

New Business:

  • The Board approved a resolution estimating the 2013 tax levy will be $163,551,245, exclusive of debt service. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 21, 2013, at the Rafferty Administration Center. Click here for more information.
  • The Board approved a resolution expressing opposition to the proposed North Schaumburg Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District.
  • The Board appointed a community representative to serve on the Advisory Council for District Initiatives for a three-year term beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
  • The Board approved the following policies:
    • 6:60 – Basic Instructional Program,
    • 7:220 – District-Provided Transportation Behavior – Student Suspension.

Announcements:

  • Board members praised the Common Core presentation at the PTA General Meeting.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned to closed session at 7:45 p.m. to discuss employment/appointment matters and legal matters.

Board Brief for Oct. 3, 2013

Posted Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Terri McHugh

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

Discussion – 2013 State and District Assessments:

Assistant Superintendent Karen Hindman presented the 2013 state and district assessment results. In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education changed the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) so that 20 percent of the questions on the reading and math tests contained items written and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. In 2014, 100 percent of the questions will align with the Common Core State Standards.

The state also increased the ISAT grading scale in 2013. The new performance levels make it more difficult for students to meet proficiency on the ISAT reading and math tests. They also better align with the more rigorous Common Core State Standards and help schools prepare for the new PARCC (Partnership for Readiness of College and Careers) assessments, which will replace the ISAT during the 2014-15 school year.

The new performance levels also better align with those of the Prairie State Achievement Exam administered to high school juniors in Illinois and therefore provide more accurate information about how prepared our students are to meet college- and career-readiness benchmarks.

These changes have resulted in a smaller percentage of our students meeting or exceeding standards. In 2013, 77 percent of District 54 students met or exceeded standards in reading and 80.9 percent met or exceeded standards in math. This does not mean that our students or teachers are any less capable than they were in previous years.

Rather, Illinois is raising the bar. The adjustment is needed to better inform administrators, teachers, parents and students of students’ progress toward college- and career-readiness.

These changes have led to only six District 54 schools making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act. AYP for 2013 is defined by the state as 92.5 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in both reading and math on the ISAT, an increase from 85 percent in 2011 and 2012.  If a school has a subgroup of students, 92.5 percent of that subgroup must meet or exceed standards. A subgroup is defined as at least 45 students in one of nine categories (based on race, limited English proficiency, students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students). In 2014, AYP will be 100 percent.

Our district embraces the higher expectations for our students. While any standardized test score is just one indicator of student performance, we study these results and use them to help us tailor our instruction and support our students.

We also study the results from the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment, which we administer three times each year. MAP is a computerized, adaptive assessment that measures each student’s academic performance and growth in reading and math as compared to other students at the same grade level across the nation. In 2013, 30 percent of students doubled their expected growth in reading and 31 percent of students doubled their expected growth in math.

District 54 has a goal that each school will perform at or above the 90th percentile (top 10 percent nationally) in meeting individual student growth targets in reading and math as measured by MAP. As a district, our student growth was in the 94th percentile in reading and 95th percentile in math.

All Illinois school districts will be releasing the annual Illinois State Report Cards at the end of this month. Illinois has mandated these report cards for years so parents and community members can learn how the students at that school perform on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) administered in March each year. This year the report cards will have a new look that will be online and interactive, and will provide additional information such as school awards, special programs and data on how schools’ results are improving over time.

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

Public Comment:  A parent asked if it were possible for her son to be transferred to a different school in the district and whether the Board would consider changing the procedure for parents requesting a transfer to another school.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: There have been two requests since the last meeting related to sealcoating work and vendors for physical education supplies and equipment.

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

  • Minutes of the regular meeting on Sept. 19, 2013
  • Resignations and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Sept. 20, 2013

New Business:

  • The Board approved the appointment of additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2013-14 school year.
  • The Board had the first reading of the following policies:
    • 6:60 – Basic Instructional Program,
    • 7:210 – Student Suspension or Expulsion from School and
    • 7:220 – District-Provided Transportation Behavior – Student Suspension.

Announcements:

  • Several board members read to kindergarten students today at part of Read for the Record, a national literacy campaign.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:57 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and for business matters.

Board Brief for Sept. 19, 2013

Posted Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Terri McHugh

Recognition:

The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to the following

  • Ted Dernekxis (a graduate of Mead Junior High School) and Sebastian Frank (Lincoln Prairie) who qualified for the Illinois State Geography Bee;
  • Wanda Farnell, a Floortime instructor at Aldrin, who received the Great Citizen Award from the Mayor of Hoffman Estates for her support of people with autism;
  • Robbin Masters, an English language learner (ELL) teacher at Stevenson Elementary School, who won an Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award of Excellence in the early career educator category;
  • Melinda Andrews, Elizabeth James, Amelia Reimel and Lynn Pahl, a team of teachers at Mead Junior High School, who won an Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award of Merit in the team category;
  • Instructional Coach Becky Lopez who won an Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award of Recognition in the student support personnel category;
  • Mike Mostacci, a maintenance supervisor, who won an Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award of Recognition in the educational service personnel category;
  • Michelle Burke, the Project Lead the Way teacher at Addams Junior High School, who won an Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award of Recognition in the classroom teacher category;
  • Special Olympics Coordinator David Luzwick and Mindi Turf, an early childhood teacher at Frost Junior High School, who won an Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award of Excellence in the team category as part of the Special Olympics of Illinois Project UNIFY Youth Activation Committee; and
  • Karen Hindman, assistant superintendent of district improvement, who won an Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award of Recognition in the administrator category.

Public Comment: One Elk Grove Village resident asked the School Board to oppose the proposed TIF (tax increment financing district) in northern Schaumburg when the TIF’s Joint Review Board meets on Oct. 25. The Village of Schaumburg is exploring the creation of a new TIF District bounded by I-90, Roselle Road, Algonquin Road and Arbor Drive. Assistant Superintendent Ric King explained that he has met with the village and expressed the school district’s concerns, but ultimately the decision lies with the village.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received two requests since the last board meeting related to employee names and contact information, and expenses for the state school boards conference.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Sept. 5, 2013
  • Resignations and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Sept. 6, 2013
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for August 2013
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for July 2013
  • The purchase of literacy materials
  • The release of minutes of 11 closed-session school board meetings in 2012 and 2013
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Feb. 16, March 1 and March 15, 2012, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss reported that he presented with Associate Superintendent Nick Myers, and instructional coaches Christi Sosin and Amy Varchmin to the Illinois State Board of Education today on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in District 54. “Christi and Amy were fantastic representations of the quality of the teaching staff in District 54,” he said.

DuRoss then 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, Aug. 28 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.

Our total enrollment on Aug. 28 was 13,736 students in kindergarten through eighth grade (plus 621 students in early childhood programs). This marks an increase of 371 students this year. The class average was 21.0 students. Click here to view more detailed enrollment numbers.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC received an update on the new District 54 mission, vision, goals and projects for the 2013-14 school year and discussed a letter from State Superintendent Chris Koch which outlined changes in education in Illinois. Lincoln Prairie parent Tom Nash will be the chairman of DCAC for the 2013-14 school year.

Legislative Networking Committee: Board Member Karen Strykowski said the committee discussed possible changes to its structure to enable District 54 to better connect with its state and federal legislators.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber said the Foundation is hosting a wine tasting tomorrow, Sept. 20, at the Renaissance. The Foundation will also host a fundraiser with California Pizza Kitchen on Sept. 25. These fundraisers support grants for District 54 employees and students. The deadline for employees to apply for a project grant or minigrant is Oct. 18. Click here for more information.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported on two upcoming events. First, the PTA is the Title Sponsor of District 54’s Run to Read on Sunday, Sept. 22. Second, the PTA is hosting its fall general meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Keller Junior High School. The meeting at 6:30 p.m. will include a vote on the proposed budget followed by Dr. Nick Myers, associate superintendent, speaking about the Common Core State Standards.

New Business:

  • The Board appointed community representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2013-14 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members expressed that they were impressed with the Eisenhower 40th Block Party yesterday, Sept. 18, and with the quality of the PTA newsletters from each of the district’s 27 schools.

Board Brief for Sept. 5, 2013

Posted Thursday, September 5th, 2013 by Terri McHugh

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

Discussion – An Update on District 54’s Implementation of the Common Core State Standards:

Last school year, the District 54 Literacy Task Force and the District 54 Math Task Force began preparing our district for the changes associated with implementing the Common Core State Standards. These task forces realigned District 54’s curriculum and developed resources providing teachers with guidance on ways to engage students in the types of critical-thinking and problem-solving activities required by the Common Core. The Literacy and Mathematics Common Core Task Forces will continue to meet through the current school year to reflect on the implementation of the realigned curriculum and suggest refinements as necessary.

This fall, teachers are embedding Common Core into daily instruction.  They are using the district’s revised Literacy and Mathematics Essential Outcomes to guide lesson planning and incorporating new instructional resources developed by the task forces.

The task forces also began the work of professional development for all staff by communicating with the staff members at their schools updates on the content presented during task force meetings. Additional courses related to the Common Core implementation were offered this spring, summer and fall. Also every grade-level team in the district has been provided an opportunity to meet last school year and this summer. Additional time for teams will be provided this school year so teachers can discuss their implementation efforts and suggest areas where our curriculum needs to be refined. Professional development will also be provided for science and social science teachers as we seek to more fully embed literacy and numeracy into these content areas.

In the spring of 2015, Illinois will replace the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) with the Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC). District 54 is closely monitoring developments related to Illinois’ implementation of PARCC, and will communicate those developments with staff and our community. District 54 is also closely monitoring resources as publishers align their materials to the Common Core.

The School Board thanked the members of both task forces for all the resources and support they have provided to the teachers in District 54.

Public Comment:  No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: There have been two requests since the last meeting related to the transportation services contract and bid tabulations for art supplies, classroom paper, and custodial cleaning and paper supplies.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on Aug. 15, 2013
  • Resignations, leaves, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of seven employees who received dismissal notices
  • Presentation and submittal of administrator and teacher salary and benefits report
  • Checks dated August 23, 2013
  • The purchase of technology equipment and software
  • Approval of the 2013-14 application for recognition of schools

New Business:

  • The Board approved the appointment of additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2013-14 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members said they were excited to meet community members during the Septemberfest parade and to attend an assembly at Campanelli today when Minister Steven Chen, of the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Council for the Republic of China (Taiwan), donated five drums to the school.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:52 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, legal matters and the semiannual review of minutes of closed-session meetings.

Board Brief for Aug. 15, 2013

Posted Thursday, August 15th, 2013 by Terri McHugh

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

Public Hearing on the Adoption of the 2013-14 Budget: No one asked to speak.

Recognition of Special Olympians and Volunteers

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: There have been nine requests since the last board meeting related to bids for site improvement work, classroom paper, custodial cleaning and paper supplies and physical education mats; as well as information related to outsourced maintenance services.

Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on July 18, 2013
  • Minutes of the special open and closed-session meetings on July 30, 2013
  • Resignations, leaves, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of personnel who received dismissal notices
  • Checks dated July 26 and Aug. 9, 2013
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for June 2013
  • Approval of the Medicaid billing agent
  • A recommendation to oppose approval of the TRS Early Retirement Option (ERO) for any future retirements
  • 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. 19 and Feb. 2, 2012

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 school staff on August 19 and the first day for students on August 21. Specifically, DuRoss thanked the Department of Student Learning for its involvement in New Teacher Induction Week held for more than 100 new employees and the Special Education Institute attended by more than 175 employees. He also thanked the Business Operations Department for ensuring all 27 schools will be ready to welcome back our students next week.
  • DuRoss announced that the teams from Frost and Hanover Highlands presented the Professional Learning Community journey of their buildings during an annual conference this month. In addition, Ben Loduha, District 54’s new STEM instructional coach, participated on an international panel this summer at the Science and Creativity Festival in South Korea as part of a partnership with Northwestern University’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships. District 54 is partnering with Northwestern to offer a STEM program called FUSE at Addams, Keller, Hoover, Lincoln Prairie and Nerge schools.
  • DuRoss also announced that all of the support staff employees who were let go last year due to uncertain funding or changes in the instructional program have been offered a similar position in the district. District 54 is happy to welcome back these dedicated employees.

Foundation Report:

  • Board Member Teresa Huber reported that the Foundation was hosting a fundraiser tonight at the Boomers baseball game. Its next fundraiser is parking cars at Collins School during Schaumburg’s Septemberfest celebration Labor Day weekend. The Foundation’s golf outing had record attendance in June and raised $35,000.
  • Huber encouraged staff to sign up for the Foundation’s payroll deduction program.
  • She also announced that grant applications should be available by the end of this month and thanked Math and Science Director Jim Vreeland for helping the Foundation win a $20,000 grant from the Motorola Foundation for STEM programs in District 54.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported that PTAs are working hard as well to get ready for the start of school.

New Business:

  • The Board adopted the 2013-14 budget. The detailed budget can be found on our BoardDocs website.
  • The Board adopted a resolution directing staff to begin preparing the 2014-15 budget in tentative form.
  • The Board approved a resolution accepting a $25,000 donation to establish the Roy Hansen III Master Classes in Music Education Scholarship. Hansen thanked his brother who made the donation and thanked District 54 for supporting music education. “I also have to be thankful for the students I’ve had and the chance to make a difference in their lives,” Hansen said. “This gift is going to go on long after I’m gone and these kids are worth it.”
  • The Board approved an agreement between District 54, Education First Consulting and The Fordham Institute to participate in a study examining how five districts across the country are implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Announcements: Board members praised those involved in New Teacher Induction Week, both the instructors and the new teachers participating. They also recognized the staff members from Addams, Blackwell, Campanelli, Dooley, Fox and Hale who were out on the streets yesterday welcoming students and their families back to school. Also, don’t forget to attend the District 54 Run to Read on Sept. 22.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:25 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.

Board Brief for June 20, 2013

Posted Monday, June 17th, 2013 by Terri McHugh

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:

District 54 received 10 requests since the last board meeting related to computer purchases for 2013-14; staff attending the annual IEA conference; and bids for custodial supplies and paper products, summer site improvements and classroom furnishings.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session meetings on May 16, 2013
  • Resignations, leaves, salary adjustments and employment of personnel
  • Re-employment of five employees who had received dismissal notices
  • 2013-14 salaries for administrators, supervisory personnel, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants, physical therapist assistants, educational interpreters and crisis intervention assistants
  • 2013-14 salary parameters for nonrepresented staff
  • 2013-14 salaries for personnel in pay grades 1-7 and part-time employees
  • Salary rates for the elementary school lunch program for the 2013-14 school year
  • 2013-14 daily rates for substitutes
  • Checks dated May 17 and 31, and June 14, 2013
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2013
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for April 2013
  • A resolution directing the school treasurer to transfer interest earned from the Bond and Interest Fund to the Capital Projects Fund
  • Prevailing wage rates for 2013-14
  • A contract to provide sack lunch service
  • The purchase of custodial cleaning and paper supplies for the 2013-14 school year
  • The purchase of classroom paper for the 2013-14 school year
  • The purchase of high-impact, physical education mats for the 2013-14 school year
  • The purchase of supplemental Spanish literacy materials to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards
  • The purchase of technology equipment and software with licensing and support
  • The appointment of Andy DuRoss as the Open Meetings Officer for District 54, effective July 1, 2013
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held Nov. 17, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2011, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: For his last superintendent’s report, Ed Rafferty quoted Dr. Seuss, who once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” He said while he is going to miss everyone in District 54, he is taking with him a lot of smiles because of the positive experiences he has had during his 37 years in District 54. He thanked everyone from the District 54 community for their support during his District 54 career and during this last month before he retires.

Report of the President of the Board of Education: President Bill Harper announced that the villages of Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates officially declared June 20 as Ed Rafferty Day. Roselle Mayor Gayle Smolinski attended tonight’s meeting to recognize Rafferty. Board Vice President Charlotte Kegarise also read a proclamation from Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson. Other villages honored Rafferty at their village board meetings.

Foundation Report: Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick thanked everyone who attended, volunteered at or sponsored the Foundation’s golf outing on June 10. Also the Foundation is hosting a Boomers Family Baseball Benefit Night on Aug. 15.

New Business:

  • The School Board approved the 2013-14 tentative budget.
  • The School Board approved a resolution calling for a public hearing on the 2013-14 budget at 7 p.m. August 15, 2013.
  • The School Board rejected the recommendation to approval District 54’s membership in ED-RED for the 2013-14 school year.
  • The School Board had the first reading of the revisions to the following four policies: Student Searches – 7:140, Detention of Students – 7:190, Physical Examination for Students Participating in Interscholastic Sports – 7:300 and Advertising – 8:25.

Announcements:

  • Board members were impressed with the District 54 Professional Development Symposium held last week and the eighth-grade graduation ceremonies.
  • The Hanover Park Kids at Hope Committee in Hanover Park met last week and had exciting ideas for growing the program.
  • Board members also thanked Ed Rafferty on behalf of the thousands of students he has served and their families.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

Board Brief for July 18, 2013

Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2013 by Terri McHugh

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:

District 54 received eight requests since the last board meeting related to the contracts and bids for custodial supplies, interior renovations, site improvement, physical education mats and art supplies, as well as information on contractors doing any HVAC and locker work in the district.

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

  • Minutes of the regular, special and closed-session meetings on June 20, 2013
  • Resignations, leaves and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated June 28 and July 12, 2013
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for June 2013
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for May 2013
  • Approval of additional depositories
  • The purchase of property, casualty and liability insurance for 2013-14
  • The purchase of video equipment
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Jan. 5 and 9, 2012, for which approved minutes already exist.

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andrew DuRoss praised the District 54 employees who have participated in professional development opportunities this summer. More than 400 employees attended the two-day District 54 Symposium; 150 employees participated in Quantum Learning sessions; and more than 100 employees participated in Common Core courses. Additional Common Core professional learning opportunities are available in August. DuRoss said he believes District 54 will be prepared for the changes that will come with the implementation of Common Core.

DuRoss also recognized Board Vice President Charlotte Kegarise, who this month celebrated her 20th anniversary of serving on the District 54 School Board. She was appointed to the Board in July 1993.

Foundation Report: Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick announced that the Foundation will host a Baseball Benefit Night Aug. 15 at the Boomers stadium in Schaumburg.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh shared the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs goals for the 2013-14 school year. She also announced that the PTA Council is the title sponsor for the District 54 Run to Read on Sept. 22.

New Business:

  • The School Board approved the purchase of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) instructional materials.
  • The School Board approved revisions to the following three policies: Student Searches – 7:140, Detention of Students – 7:190, and Physical Examinations for Students Participating in Interscholastic Sports – 7:300.
  • The School Board appointed Colette Bell as assistant principal of Fairview and Stevenson elementary schools for the 2013-14 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members attended the Special Olympics Motor Activities Challenge Day at Stevenson last week.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:35 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment, collective negotiating, legal matters and business matters.