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Brief from the School Board meeting on Oct. 5, 2017

Discussion – Construction of Building Additions at Churchill and Dirksen Elementary Schools:

District 54 has conducted a thorough review of facility space needs at all elementary schools, including an analysis of enrollment projections provided by the Kasarda Study in the fall of 2016.  With an anticipated enrollment increase of more than 330 students in the next five years, the district is proposing additions at Churchill and Dirksen elementary schools.

The proposed addition at Churchill would add six classrooms and an expanded gym at an estimated cost of $4 million. The proposed addition at Dirksen would add eight classrooms at an estimated cost of $4.7 million. The costs fall within the parameters of the district’s capital outlay budget. Upon approval from the School Board, the district would begin design work so that the additions would be ready for the 2018-19 school year.

Discussion – District Assessment Results, Data Retreats and School Improvement Planning:

The District 54 Data Retreat and 90-day School Improvement Planning Process help align all 28 schools to the district mission, vision, values and goals. At data retreats held in September each year, administrators and teacher leaders reflect on the district’s work, analyze their results and progress toward the goals and establish action steps to better ensure student success in the upcoming year. In the fall, winter and spring, school teams visit with the District 54 Cabinet to discuss their school’s progress toward the three district goals and the school’s own goals, as well as the school’s work related to District 54’s projects for the year.

State assessment results are one tool schools examine in setting their goals. The PARCC test (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) is given to students in third through eighth grade in District 54 and evaluates student proficiency in math and English/language arts. The Illinois State Board of Education has determined that students scoring a 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale have demonstrated proficiency. The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) is an alternative assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities. In 2017, District 54 results are nearly double the Illinois average. District 54 had 63 percent of students meet proficiency targets in English/language arts and 56 percent meet targets in math (compared to 37 percent and 31 percent respectively for the state of Illinois).

ACCESS is an English language proficiency assessment administered to English-learner students in kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2017, 558 students exited the District 54 bilingual program based on their scores on the ACCESS test.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session School Board meetings on Sept. 21, 2017
  • Minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting on Sept. 21, 2017
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Sept. 15, 2017
  • Approval of the purchase of HelpSystems software and an agreement with Imaging Office Solutions to convert all personnel records to an electronic format

New Business:

  • The School Board appointed an additional representative to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The School Board reviewed a memorandum of information related to Dooley Elementary School being named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School and shared a video that the school showed at the all-school assembly on Sept. 28.


  • Board members complimented the many volunteers who made the Run to Read such a successful event.
  • They also expressed appreciation in being invited to the Dooley Blue Ribbon celebration last week with staff and students.
  • The Board thanked the Schaumburg AM Rotary and the Lions Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates for hosting a trivia night last weekend to support the District 54 Foundation Food 4 Thought program.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:46 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, business matters and collective negotiating matters.