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Brief from the December 13, 2018 Board Meeting

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIA): District 54 responded to one FOIA request since the last report to the Board, related to emails and documents concerning a student.

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

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session Board of Education meetings on Nov. 15, 2018
  • The resignations, leaves, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Nov. 23 and Dec. 7, 2018
  • The treasurer’s reports on cash and investments for October 2018
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for November 2018
  • The continuation with Blue Cross Blue Shield as the excess loss carrier for the District 54 health care plans
  • The purchase of custodial cleaning products, paper products and art supplies
  • The destruction of verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on May 18, June 1 and June 6, 2017

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss shared how proud he is to serve a school district, especially at this time of year when the support and care of our students and their families is on display at all 28 schools. “It is truly a privilege to work in a system that cares more for others than themselves,” he said.

Superintendent DuRoss also highlighted the Exceptional Employee portion of the District 54 Strategic Plan – the 54 Promise, by sharing three #WeAre54 videos. Click on the name of each employee to watch the videos about Stefanie Veit at Addams, Karen Buzek at Blackwell and Cynthia Christian at Muir.

District 54 Education Foundation: Board Secretary Bob Kaplan reminded everyone to attend the District 54 Takeover Night at the Windy City Bulls tomorrow night. The event, which raises funds for the Foundation, will include many District 54 school groups participating and performing. Tickets are on sale until midnight tonight.

Board President Report: Board President Mary Kay Prusnick recognized Board Member Charlotte Kegarise as the longest-service board member, having been appointed in 1993. “I cannot imagine the countless students she has impacted and the time and affection she has given to District 54,” Prusnick said. The book The Story Blanket, a story about one woman’s kindness in her community, will be donated to every District 54 library in her honor.

New Business: 

  • The Board Policy Committee brought the following policies for a first reading:
    • Policy 2:150 – Board Committees,
    • Policy 2:240(a) – Policy and Administrative Procedure Development and
    • Policy 2:240(b) – Policy and Administrative Procedure Review.
  • The Board appointed Cassie Zingler as director of literacy for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The Board appointed Megan Ankrom as the principal of Fairview Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The Board appointed Sonia Esquivel as the principal of MacArthur International Spanish Academy for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The Board appointed Kari Frederick as the principal of Nerge Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year.


  • Board members thanked Mission Church for the holiday shopping event they host for Fox and Hanover Highlands families, and the District 54 employees who helped with the event as well.
  • The Board wished all of District 54 a relaxing winter break and happy holiday season.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8 p.m.