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Brief from the Board Meeting on May 17

Recognition:

  • The Board presented Above and Beyond Awards to nine students who won this year’s District 54 Battle of the Books competition.
  • The Board presented Above and Beyond Awards to 24 students who won the 2018 Spanish Language Speech Contest.
  • The School Board presented Above and Beyond Awards to Aldrin/Frost parent Kristin Selmeczy and her father, Kenneth Sheredy, for their generous donation to the two schools.
  • The Board presented an Ambassador for Excellence Award to Mead student Krisha Patel, who took fourth place in the You Be the Chemist state finals.
  • The Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to Frost Teacher Charley Shroyer and the Frost Interact Club, who received the Schaumburg Volunteer of the Year Award for adult volunteers and organizations, respectively.
  • The Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to 15 Mead students who qualified for the 2018 Illinois History Day state competition. Six of these students are going to the national competition in June.
  • The Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to three Armstrong students who were chosen to participate in TECH 2018 at the State Capitol Building in Springfield.
  • The Board presented an Ambassador for Excellence Award to Rylee Johnson, an Eisenhower student who received an Illinois Letters about Literature Award from the Illinois Secretary of State.
  • The Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to students from Hoover, Collins and Addams for their performance at the Rube Goldberg finals at the Museum of Science and Industry.
  • The Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to MacArthur student Maya Corwine, Foundation Trustee Andy Murray, Frost teacher Maggie Joyce and Hanover Highlands secretaries Pam Blackshire and Clara Arnold, who received Distinguished Service Awards from the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.
  • The Board presented Ambassador for Excellence Awards to four Frost students who placed second in the state in the Ecybermission STEM competition.
  • The Board presented an Outstanding Alumni Award to Kira Weiland, who helped save a student from drowning in gym class.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

FOIA Requests:  Four requests were received and replied to since the last report to the School Board regarding milk bid results, HVAC contracts, salary schedules for maintenance and custodial staff and purchasing records.

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

  • Minutes of the regular Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2018
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement, employment, salary adjustments and re-employment of personnel
  • Monthly update on revenues and expenditures for the period ending April 30, 2018
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2018
  • Checks dated April 27, 2018
  • The 2018-2019 workers’ compensation insurance policy
  • The voluntary parent-purchase student accident insurance plan for the 2018-2019 school year
  • A contract for custodial mop and towel service
  • A contract for the supply and delivery of milk to District 54 schools for the next three school years
  • The purchase of The Orange Frog Parable book with a District 54 study guide for each District 54 family for the 2018-2019 school year
  • The purchase of Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness and Well-Being, a book for all staff
  • A resolution requesting free transportation for students due to approved hazardous conditions for the 2018-2019 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session board meeting held on November 3, 2016, for which approved minutes exist

Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Andy DuRoss presented an update of the goals met and work accomplished during the 2017-18 school year and thanked everyone who made this possible. He also thanked the School Board for supporting the district and helping our students grow.

“What we do changes lives,” he said. “It can’t be done without all 2,000 employees working in harmony to make each child’s dreams come true academically and social-emotionally.”

This included projects related to enhancing the quality of experiences provided to students such as the strategic planning process that led to the adoption of the 54 Promise in April, a new literacy curriculum, an instructional innovation task force and social emotional learning task force and the 54 Happiness movement.

Our goals also focused on fiscal responsibility through a collaborative budget process, a fiscally efficient staffing plan and a long-term facilities usage plan.

Open communication goals included enhancing the communication between the school district and our students’ parents, as well as focusing on internal communication.

Superintendent DuRoss also highlighted his goal supporting building leadership capacity through systematic coaching, a comprehensive professional development plan and encouraging leading from every seat.

Cabinet Report – ACCESS Results:
Danette Meyer, Assistant Superintendent of Language and Culture reported on the results of the 2018 ACCESS Language Proficiency Assessment for English Learners. Illinois school districts must annually assess the language proficiency of all English learners. This year, District 54 assessed 2,828 students between Jan. 17 and Feb. 16. The preliminary results that arrived on May 7 showed that District 54 students demonstrated high levels of growth in English development with 24 percent meeting the criteria for English proficiency. District 54 students met proficiency at a significantly higher rate compared to students statewide.

Report from the Board President: Board President Mary Kay Prusnick congratulated all of our graduating eighth-grade students.

District Citizen’s Advisory Committee Report: Board Member Barb Hengels shared that DCAC heard a presentation last week on the purpose of the District 54 Education Foundation.

District 54 Education Foundation Report: Board Secretary Bob Kaplan invited people to sign up to golf at the foundation’s annual outing on June 11. Visit D54foundation.org for more information.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Report: PTA Council President Jim Sklena thanked everyone for attending the PTA Scholarship Recognition Dinner, at which 10 high school students received scholarships. The PTA also awarded elementary scholarships to 98 students.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the purchase of Chromebooks for a 1:1 pilot program for students in third and fourth grade.
  • The Board approved the purchase of iPads for a 1:1 pilot program for students in kindergarten through second grade.
  • The Board approved the purchase of technology for virtual and augmented reality labs.
  • The Board approved the purchase of technology and supplemental resources to support elementary Makerspace implementation.
  • The Board approved the purchase and installation of interactive monitors in all junior high and Lincoln Prairie classrooms.
  • The Board approved the purchase of 21st Century classroom furniture for all junior high and Lincoln Prairie classrooms.
  • The Board approved the renovation and conversion of all junior high and Lincoln Prairie library media centers into Creation Studios.
  • The Board approved the purchase of equipment for student fitness centers at each junior high and Lincoln Prairie and the renovation of current junior high locker rooms.
  • The Board approved the purchase of teacher iPads, 21st Century classroom furniture and interactive monitors for Innovate 54 team participants.
  • The Board approved the expenses from the 2018 National School Board Association Conference.
  • The Board approved revisions to the board governance document.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Alissa Rendall as the assistant principal for Mead Junior High School for the 2018-19 school year.

Announcements:

  • The School Board praised the organizers of the annual PTA Scholarship Recognition Dinner and the Celebration of District 54 last week; as well as the SEA/SEEO event at Feed My Starving Children this week.
  • The Board invited everyone to the annual District 54 Rocket Launch on May 21 and 22.

Adjournment:
The Board adjourned at 9:12 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.