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Brief from the Board Meeting on April 5, 2018

Discussion – Strategic Plan:
The 54 Promise is a multiyear strategic plan to guide District 54’s core work of ensuring whole-child student success.

“We are a district based on continuous improvement with the Number 1 goal of improving the lives of our children,” Superintendent Andy DuRoss said. “I’m confident that this comprehensive plan is going to ensure student success for the future.”

This document was the result of the collaborative efforts of the District 54 Strategic Planning Committee, which consisted of 72 participants representing teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and community members from across our system. The 54 Promise provides the District 54 community clarity around the key district goals and operating priorities that will drive our system ahead in the years to come.

The 54 Promise identifies three revised goals reflecting the district’s ongoing commitment to the academic and social-emotional success of all students.

  • District 54 will ensure the success of the whole child by providing comprehensive approaches and programming, grounded in the belief that each child deserves to be Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported and Challenged.
  • District 54 will perform in the top 10% of all schools in reading and math growth and proficiency as measured by state and local assessments.
  • District 54 will close the achievement gap for ALL students in reading and math as measured by state and local assessments.

In addition to these revised goals, the 54 Promise includes strategic focus areas and corresponding priority action steps that are key to focusing and organizing district work in the years to come. These include the following:

Focus Area 1: Supporting Whole Child Academic and Social-Emotional Success

  • Design high quality instructional lessons that engage, support and challenge all students.
  • Implement a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum that ensures all students are healthy, safe, engaged and supported.
  • Engage staff and community in partnership opportunities focused on supporting the academic and social-emotional success of our students.

Focus Area 2: Cultivating Innovation in Learning Space and Instructional Design

  • Reconfigure and update existing learning spaces to align with a shared vision of 21st Century classrooms.
  • Implement an instructional technology plan that includes 1:1 digital connectivity for all students and technology integration that enhances the teaching and learning experiences provided.
  • Establish “Innovate 54” teams of teachers and administrators from each school who will work to deeply embed progressive pedagogical approaches and foster a culture of innovation across the District 54 community.

Focus Area 3: Recruitment, Development and Engagement of Exceptional Personnel

  • Recruit and hire prospective employees who encompass the behaviors and attitudes aligned to the district mission.
  • Offer a comprehensive induction program for all new hires while providing ongoing support and training through the District 54 mentoring program.
  • Utilize Professional Learning Communities and professional development for ongoing improvement of instructional practices and school culture.

Focus Area 4: Facilities and Fiscal Responsibility

  • Maintain fiscal responsibility that ensures District 54 sustains long-term financial stability.
  • Develop a long-term facilities plan that ensures safety, accommodates for increasing enrollment and provides for 21st Century Learning modifications.
  • Provide competitive salaries and benefits that are fiscally responsible while recognizing the significant contributions our employees make to the district each and every day.

District 54 is excited to use a variety of tools to communicate the 54 Promise, and the messages of the four focus areas, to our key audiences – our staff, our students, our parents and our community.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

FOIA Requests:  Three requests were received and replied to since the last report to the School Board.  The requests were in regards to email addresses of retiring teachers and administrators, contracts with Kelly Services and email communications.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session Board meetings of Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Resignation, leaves, termination and retirement of personnel
  • Checks dated March 16, 2018
  • A contract for additions and renovations to Dirksen and Churchill elementary schools’ roofing work to L. Marshall Roofing
  • A contract for fiber optic wide area network services and fiber internet connection to Comcast
  • The purchase of technology equipment, software licensing and support from CDW-G, Synercomm, Meridian IT and RTI
  • Summer 2018 Writing Projects
  • The amended 2017-18 school calendar with May 31 as the last day of school and May 24 as eighth-grade graduation

New Business:

  • The Board had the second reading of new Policy 2:220 – School Board Meeting Procedure and revised Policy 8:25(a) – Advertising.
  • The Board had the first reading of revisions to Policy 4:110(c) – Vehicle Accident Procedures and Policy 8:30 – Visitors to and Conduct on District Property.

Announcements: The School Board shared information about reading to first-grade students at Fox, an anti-bullying presentation by Stand for the Silent and Humanity Rising hosted by the Schaumburg Business Association and an Illinois State Board of Education dinner hosted at Conant High School.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:40 p.m.