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Brief from the Board Meeting on June 21

Discussion – Budget and Facility Planning:
Assistant Superintendent Ric King presented the Board with background on the budget and facilities plans. A tentative budget for 2018-19 was approved under new business with a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. August 9. Click here to access the budget memo.

The tentative budget includes anticipated costs for all four areas of the 54 Promise Strategic Plan:  exceptional personnel, whole child success, innovative learning space and instructional design, and facilities and fiscal responsibility.

One key component of facility planning is addressing the needs of schools with increasing enrollment. The tentative budget includes a proposal to add eight classrooms at Link School (to be completed for the start of the 2019-20 school year). This recommendation will be brought to the Board July 12.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

FOIA Requests:  One request was received and replied to since the last report to the School Board regarding the 2017-18 janitorial bid.

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

  • Minutes of the regular and closed-session Board of Education meeting on May 17, 2018
  • Minutes of the special open and closed-session Board of Education meetings on May 31 and June 6, 2018
  • Resignations, leaves of absence, terminations, retirements, employment and salary adjustments of personnel
  • The 2018-19 salaries for administrators, supervisory personnel, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, floor-time specialists, educational interpreters and crisis intervention assistants
  • Salary parameters for non-represented staff for 2018-19
  • The 2018-19 salaries for personnel in pay grades 1 through 3, market-rated personnel, part-time employees and lunch supervisors
  • The 2018-19 daily rate for substitutes
  • Checks dated May 11, May 25 and June 8, 2018
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for April 2018
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2018
  • Reappointment of Ric King as the treasurer of District 54
  • Approval of the Prevailing Wage Rates for the 2018-19 school year
  • The purchase of a one-year treasurer’s bond
  • The purchase of classroom and art paper supplies for the 2018-19 school year
  • The purchase of technology equipment, software licensing and support
  • A contract for fire alarm testing and inspections at 32 district locations
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Nov. 17 and Dec. 1, 2016, for which approved minutes now exist

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss presented an end-of-year report highlighting the successes of District 54 during the 2017-18 school year. He began by sharing the 54 Promise Strategic Plan, which includes three important goals:

  • 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.

The strategic plan also outlines four key areas of focus for the next five years:

  • Supporting the academic success and social-emotional well-being of every child,
  • Cultivating innovation in learning space and instructional design,
  • Recruitment, development and engagement of exceptional personnel and
  • Facilities and fiscal responsibility.

Other highlights from the year included the following.

  • Stanford University researchers found District 54 to be in the top 2 percent of all schools in America in student growth, the highest-ranking public school district in the area.
  • District 54 performed in the top 5 percent of all elementary school districts in the state of Illinois on the PARCC assessment.
  • Dooley School received a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award.
  • Money Magazine named Schaumburg as the 9th best place to live in the nation and noted that education was a key indicator.
  • District 54 has been recognized as a model Professional Learning Community – one of 11 districts in the nation.

District 54 Education Foundation Report:
Board Secretary Bob Kaplan thanked everyone who golfed, donated, sponsored, volunteered and came to dinner at the annual golf outing on June 11. The event raised almost $30,000.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Report:
Board President Mary Kay Prusnick read PTA Council President Jim Sklena’s report. He is attending the regional PTA training this evening and thanked the Board for allowing the PTA to host the event at Keller. Many school PTAs are spending their summers planning summer get-togethers for their kindergarteners and back-to-school picnics.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the appointment of additional representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2018-19 school year.
  • The Board approved the contract of employment for Superintendent Andy DuRoss for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.
  • The Board approved the contract of employment for Associate Superintendent Nick Myers and Assistant Superintendents Pete Hannigan, Ric King, Paul Goldberg, Erin Knoll, Cassie Williams and Danette Meyer for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.
  • The Board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Elk Grove Village for a school resource officer to support Elk Grove Village schools.
  • The Board had the first reading of the following policies:
    • Policy 5:410 – Employee Benefits for Employee Groups Not Covered by Negotiated Agreements,
    • Policy 6:155 – Home Tutoring for Expelled Students,
    • Policy 7:30(a) – Assignment of Students to Schools and
    • Policy 7:340(a) – Student Records.
  • The Board approved the 2018-19 Tentative Budget.
  • The Board passed a resolution calling for a public hearing on the 2018-19 Budget on August 9.


  • Board members expressed appreciation to the many employees who gave up a bit of their summer to learn or teach their colleagues at the June Professional Development Symposium and yearlong planning classes.
  • The Board also thanked the many staff members who supported the students at the annual rocket launch in May.

The Board adjourned at 7:58 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and business matters.