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Brief from the Board Meeting on March 1, 2018

Staffing Plan for 2018-19:
Pete Hannigan, assistant superintendent of human resources, presented the administration’s preliminary staffing plan for the 2018-19 school year.

The first step in determining the staffing plan is projecting the enrollment. To estimate next year’s enrollment District 54 considers the difference between this year’s eighth grade class and next year’s kindergarten class, but also must consider the number of students who transfer into and out of our district at other grade levels. This number is much harder to predict. The early childhood through eighth grade projected enrollment for 2018-19 is 15,195, which is a slight decrease from the current 2017-18 enrollment. The class average would be about 22 students per class.

District 54 always begins with a conservative staffing plan. If enrollment increases prior to the beginning of the school year, District 54 may shift or add teaching positions to maintain consistent class averages.

The district is recommending the following:

  • The addition of two special education teachers and one school psychologist to support the growing number of students with autism;
  • The addition of one Chinese immersion teacher at Addams to support the program moving to the junior high; and
  • The reduction of five kindergarten teachers due to enrollment uncertainty.

World Language Curriculum Improvements:
Danette Meyer, assistant superintendent of language and culture, provided an update on curricular improvements and instructional materials in the world language programs at the junior high schools.

District 54 teachers reviewed resources this year to identify materials that would support the teaching of the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The team is recommending EntreCulturas, which contains abundant resources for reading and listening, integrates cultural understanding and supports differentiation for students. Students can also access EntreCulturas online and connect to videos, additional resources and opportunities to practice.

The new resource will also support the Honor Spanish 1 course, a new course that allows students who have previous experience in Spanish to complete Spanish 1 and 2 in one year. To qualify for this class, students complete an online and a written assessment.

Public Comment: A Schaumburg resident spoke about possible security protocols in District 54 schools in order to prevent a school shooting in District 54.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session School Board meetings on Feb. 15, 2018
  • Resignations, leaves, retirements and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 16, 2018
  • A one-year extension of the student transportation contract with First Student for the 2018-2019 school year
  • Contracts for addition and renovation work at Dirksen and Churchill elementary schools to Riemer Engineering, Midwest Masonry, Mechanical & Industrial Steele Services, Monarch Construction, Madden Glass, Nelson Fire Protection, Chas. F. Bruckner & Son, Abitua Plumbing, DeKalb Mechanical and Carey Electric
  • The purchase of literacy instructional materials from Benchmark, Pearson, Scholastic, Handwriting Without Tears and Zaner Bloser
  • The purchase of social science instructional materials from Teachers’ Curriculum Institute (TCI)

New Business:

The Board Policy Committee brought the following policies for a first reading:

  • Policy 2:220, School Board Meeting Procedure, new
  • Policy 8:20, Community Use of District Facilities, revised
  • Policy 8:25(a), Advertising, revised

Announcements:

  • Superintendent Andy DuRoss introduced Schaumburg School Resource Officer Mike Gust to the School Board.
  • Board members thanked the district for hosting the celebration for the maintenance department for all their extra hours during winter storms.
  • The board praised the cultural competency professional development training developed by the department of language and culture.
  • Board members commented on the impressive presentations by the students who participated in the Mead History Fair.
  • The board thanked Hoffman Estates High School for hosting a Rube Goldberg competition and inviting our schools to participate, and for hosting a workshop with the Addams orchestra.

Adjournment:
The Board adjourned at 7:50 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, the semiannual review of closed-session meeting minutes, school matters and collective negotiating matters.