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Board Brief for the School Board meeting on April 20, 2017


  • Keller student Joe Sternbauer received an Ambassador for Excellence Award after earning his Eagle Scout badge for upgrading the community garden at Keller Junior High School.
  • Five MacArthur students received Ambassador for Excellence Awards because their team took second place in their division at the Quest Academy Chess Tournament in February.
  • Five students in the Dooley Japanese Speech Club received Ambassador for Excellence Awards due to their performances at the Japanese Speech Contest at the Japan Consulate in Chicago in March.
  • Eight Eisenhower students received Above and Beyond Awards because they were on the winning team in District 54’s Math Competition held in March.
  • Rosemary Adams received an Above and Beyond Award for the many years she has volunteered in the classrooms at Lakeview and Churchill elementary schools.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act: There have been two FOIA requests since the last board meeting related to construction and maintenance records, and the athletic equipment and bleacher inspection bid.

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

  • Minutes of the regular school board meeting on April 6, 2017
  • Resignations, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated March 31, 2017
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for February 2017
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for March 2017
  • The purchase of classroom furnishings
  • A contract for summer moves at four schools
  • A contract for safety and maintenance inspections of existing athletic equipment and bleachers
  • A three-year extension of the natural gas contract through 2021
  • The renewal of software licensing and support for the District 54 Library Automation System
  • The purchase of social science materials
  • The purchase of computer assessment software
  • A proclamation recognizing May 2 as National Teacher Day
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session board meetings held on Sept. 15 and Oct. 1, 2015, for which approved minutes already exist

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report: Board Member Barbara Hengels announced that Ming Shelby, District 54’s Quantum Learning Instructional Coach, presented to DCAC on the engaged brain in the classroom and at home.

District 54 Education Foundation: Board Member Teresa Huber announced that Memorial Grant applications for children from families facing extenuating financial circumstances are due May 1. Click here for more information.

New Business:

  • The School Board approved the appointment of representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The School Board approved revisions to the following board policies:
    • Employee Benefits for Employee Groups Not Covered by Negotiated Agreements – 5:410
    • Student Absences and Homework – 7:370
    • Prohibition of Electronic Communication or Entertainment Devices and Cellular Phones – 7:390
    • Supervision of Students – 7:400
    • Interrogation of Students – 7:410

Board members thanked Teresa Huber and Peggy Brothman for their decades of service to the District 54 students, staff and community, first through the PTA and then as board members. Teresa and Peggy are stepping down from their positions this month.

“I have never worked on a board that has been so collaborative,” Board President Charlotte Kegarise said. “No matter what’s going on in our lives when it’s all about children this board never skips a beat. They always come together and do the right thing for our students.”

Superintendent Andy DuRoss also thanked Teresa and Peggy.

“You have sacrificed countless hours of time away from your family to volunteer your time to do what’s best for the students and staff,” he said. “Saying goodbye is sad, but we really want this to be a celebration of your time in the district and what you’ve done. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Adjournment: The School Board adjourned at 7:37 p.m.