The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to the following:
- 18 students who were finalists at the 2013 District 54 Spanish Language Speech Contest on May 9;
- Eight students who won “First Team All-American Scholar” honors from Pop Warner;
- Three students who won a scholarship from the Spring Valley Concert Band;
- Nine students who won this year’s District 54 Battle of the Books competition April 19;
- 21 Mead students who participated in the 2013 National History Day state competition; and
- Special Education Director Jennifer Naddeo and Math/Science Director Jim Vreeland who presented at National Lewis University workshops.
The Board also recognized the 50th anniversary of the Schaumburg Park District and thanked Teresa Huber for her years serving as board president.
Public Comment: One community member thanked the district for allowing him to tutor students at Blackwell School and also suggested ways to support students by getting parents more involved.
Freedom of Information Act Requests: District 54 received nine requests since the last board meeting related to the summer 2013 site improvement bid, the sealcoating bid, the interior renovations bid, the masonry restoration bid, the commercial mowers bid and the custodial products bid.
- Minutes of the reorganizational and closed-session meetings on May 2, 2013
- Resignations, leaves, retirements and employment of personnel
- Checks dated May 3, 2013
- The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2013
- The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2013
- A contract for optional parent-purchased student accident insurance for 2013-14
- The 2013-14 workers’ compensation insurance policy
- The purchase of classroom furnishings for 2013-14
- The purchase of computers for 2013-14
- The purchase of technology equipment with licensing and support for 2013-14
- The annual purchase of MAP computer assessment software
- The purchase of art supplies for 2013-14
- The purchase of elementary math materials
- The purchase of materials and staff training for Project Lead the Way
- The purchase of supplementary literacy materials to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards
- Approval of 2013 summer writing projects
- A contract for site improvement work at three District 54 sites during the summer of 2013
- The submittal of safety hazard busing findings for the 2013-14 school year
- The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Oct. 20 and 27, 2011, and Nov. 3, 2011, for which approved minutes already exist
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Ed Rafferty thanked the board for honoring retirees and for hosting an open house for him this week in honor of all his years in District 54 (Rafferty will retire in June). Superintendent-for-a-Day Cole Fentem reported that the Illinois State Board of Education compliance team presented very positive results from its visit, and specifically mentioned partnerships, the fine arts, the dual language programs, the Food Pantry, the Community Closet, the PTA, the Foundation and the district’s commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Fentem also announced District 54 met districtwide student growth targets this year. He thanked all staff and students for their hard work this past year.
President’s Report: Board President Bill Harper shared he heard positive reports about the first annual District 54 rocket launch this week.
District Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC offered feedback on communication tools and strategies in District 54. DCAC also elected a new chairman, vice chairman and secretary for 2013-14.
Foundation Report: Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick said the Foundation still needs volunteers for the 2013 golf outing, which will be held on June 10.
PTA Report: New Council President Mikel Eppenbaugh reported local units celebrated teacher appreciation week last week and are working on year-end activities. The PTA Council also hosted its annual scholarship/recognition dinner last week, at which high school seniors were presented with scholarships, Superintendent Ed Rafferty was honored for his service and PTA announced the winners of the Spend the Cash program. The Spend the Cash money will be used to support the District 54 Run to Read and to purchase a license so that school PTAs may show movies.
- The Board appointed community representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2013-14 school year.
- The Board approved the District 54 Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals
- The Board approved revisions to the following board policies: Public Access to District Records (2:250), Purchasing Authority (4:60), Basic Instructional Program (6:60), Services for Students with Disabilities (6:120), Philosophy of Student Behavior (7:130) and Student Suspension or Expulsion from School (7:210).
- The Board appointed Joe McCauley as assistant principal of Hale Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year.
- The Board appointed Katie Kurtz as assistant principal of Einstein Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year.
- The Board appointed Nell Haack as principal of Collins Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year.
- The Board appointed Julie Gluff as principal of Hale Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year.
- Board members attended the District 54 rocket launch, the PTA scholarship dinner and the Connecting Generations senior volunteer lunch. They also commended students and staff for reaching their MAP growth targets.
Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:25 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and for business matters.