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Board Brief for Feb. 16, 2017

Ambassador for Excellence Awards:

  • The School Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to two Armstrong students whose artwork was chosen for the STR Partners holiday card.
  • The Board also recognized the 23 students who are members of the District 54 Jazz Band.

Public Comment: A Schaumburg resident expressed concerns about several issues her student experienced in District 54.

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

  • Resignations and leaves of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 3, 2017
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for December 2016
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for January 2017
  • A contract for asbestos abatement at six schools
  • A contract for flooring build-back at 16 district sites

Minutes of the regular and closed-session board meetings on Feb. 2, 2017 were removed from the consent agenda and approved separately.

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andy DuRoss shared that School Improvement Plan reviews have been completed and there are many positive things going on in all District 54 schools. He announced that Dooley Elementary School has been nominated for its second National Blue Ribbon Award; that the district’s Early Learning Center has received its second Award of Excellence; and that astronaut Buzz Aldrin will be visiting Aldrin School next month. DuRoss shared that several local organizations have expressed an interest in supporting the District 54 Education Foundation’s Food 4 Thought program, which is raising funds to provide breakfast to students in need at all District 54 schools.

DuRoss reported that all district administrators recently heard a presentation about working with students who have had adverse childhood experiences. He also shared that in keeping with the district’s focus on fostering a positive culture to help staff most effectively meet students’ needs, administrators are working on bringing The Happiness Advantage to all schools and district buildings. Assistant Superintendent for District Improvement Paul Goldberg, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Erin Knoll, Lincoln Prairie School Principal Amanda Stochl and Frost Junior High Principal Scott Ross also spoke about The Happiness Advantage and the focus on positive psychology. A video spotlighting school staff members speaking about The Happiness Advantage was shown.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report: Board Member Barbara Hengels announced that DCAC heard an overview of the work of the Report Card Committee.

Legislative Networking Committee Report: Board Member Bob Kaplan reported that he is concerned about a proposal by Illinois Gov. Rauner to make permanent a proposed two-year property tax freeze if the legislature opts to raise the sales tax. This would impact governing bodies, such as school districts, that rely on property taxes as a significant source of revenue. Kaplan also reported that he, Superintendent DuRoss, and Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations Ric King will attend the Alliance Leadership Summit in Springfield next week.

Foundation Report: Board Member Teresa Huber reported that the Foundation is making great strides toward its goal of providing breakfast for students in need at all District schools. She announced that next Thursday the Foundation will have a table at the Schaumburg Business Association’s not-for-profit awareness event. She also shared that the Foundation is hosting a fundraiser with Lou Malnati’s next Wednesday, March 1, in which 20 percent of total sales will go back to the Foundation.

PTA Report: PTA Council President Sue Budak thanked Superintendent DuRoss for using his February column in the Daily Herald to recognize the 28 school’s PTAs and PTSA for their support of District 54. She announced that 40 District 54 Reflections projects are advancing to the state level of the PTA’s fine arts and writing competition. A slate of candidates nominated to serve on the PTA Council in 2017-18 and more PTA news can be found at http://pta.sd54.org.

New Business:

  • The School Board approved a new board policy entitled Equal Educational Opportunities – 7:10.
  • The School Board approved a new board policy entitled Teen Dating Violence Prohibited – 7:185.

Announcements:

  • Board members talked about visiting the Early Learning Center and complimented staff on fostering such a positive learning environment.
  • Board members encouraged attendance at the PTA Auction on March 10.

Adjournment: The School Board adjourned at 7:54 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.