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Brief from the School Board meeting on June 15, 2017

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act: There has been one FOIA request since the last board meeting related to employee database information.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session School Board meetings on May 18, 2017
  • Minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting on May 18, 2017
  • Minutes of the special open and closed-session School Board meetings on June 1 and 6, 2017
  • Resignations, leaves and employment of personnel
  • The 2017-18 salaries for administrators, supervisory personnel, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, educational interpreters, floor time specialists and crisis intervention assistants
  • The 2017-18 salary parameters for nonrepresented staff
  • The 2017-18 salaries for pay grade 1 through pay grade 3 personnel, market-rated personnel and part-time employees
  • The 2017-18 salary rates for the elementary school lunch program and substitutes
  • Checks dated May 12 and 26, 2017
  • The Treasurer’s Report on Cash and Investment for April 2017
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2017
  • Prevailing wage rates for 2017-18
  • The 2017-18 workers’ compensation insurance policy
  • An insurance benefits consulting contract with Wine Sergi Insurance
  • The purchase of a treasurer’s bond for the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018
  • The purchase of Chromebooks
  • The purchase of software licensing and support
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session board meeting on Nov. 5, 2015 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andy DuRoss reviewed the 2016-17 accomplishments. Our students achieved their growth targets on MAP. The district implemented digital learning successfully within all junior high and middle level classes. We updated the report card for kindergarten through eighth grade. We embedded student growth into the appraisal plan. We adopted a new literacy series. And we developed new social studies essential outcomes aligned to the new state standards.

In addition, we began exploring the research behind positive psychology. While our cultural assessment shows 84.33 percent of staff members are highly satisfied and highly engaged, there is always room for growth. All staff will be trained on August 17 in the work of Shawn Achor, who wrote The Happiness Advantage.

This past week, the District 54 leadership team hosted Todd Whitaker, who wrote What Great Leaders Do Differently. In addition, this summer administrators will read Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why; How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. DuRoss said it’s important to continue to develop great leaders who inspire others who create a culture of high expectations for all students.

Quality teaching and teaming practices set District 54 apart. Professional Learning Community teams consistently ask:  What do we want students to know and be able to do, how are we assessing student mastery, how do we respond when they fail to demonstrate mastery and how do we respond when they have already demonstrated mastery?

DuRoss also shared the projects for 2017-18, which include a strategic planning process to identify goals, priorities and practices to redefine whole child student success, a long-term facilities plan, a digital learning task force to examine Chromebook use in fifth and sixth grade, and more.

Erin Knoll, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, reported that more than 700 teachers have been back in school during the first two weeks of summer vacation, voluntarily attending the annual District 54 Professional Development Symposium last week and summer planning sessions this week, where teachers work as teams to learn and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Board President’s Report: Board President Mary Kay Prusnick announced that the union groups invited the School Board to participate in ACES training on June 20 in Palatine. ACES stands for adverse childhood experiences. All District 54 staff will be trained in this program this fall.

Legislative Networking Report: Board Secretary Bob Kaplan reported that Illinois legislators are expecting the chair of the House and the Senate to call them back to session with a goal of passing a state budget.

District 54 Education Foundation: Board Secretary Bob Kaplan thanked the sponsors, donors, golfers and volunteers who attended the Foundation’s golf outing on June 12.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the appointment of an additional representative to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The Board approved the 2017-18 Tentative Budget. Click here to access the budget memo.
  • The Board approved a resolution calling for a public hearing on the 2017-18 budget at 7 p.m. August 10, 2017.


  • Board members expressed gratitude that they were able to participate in the eighth-grade graduation ceremonies with students, staff and families.
  • Board members also praised people who organized and worked at the professional development symposiums in District 54 and the District 54 Education Foundation golf outing on Monday.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:50 p.m.