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Brief from the Board Meeting on March 21, 2019

The School Board recognized Mead student Sarah Bradley who received the National Association for Bilingual Education Essay Award on March 7 for her essay on the importance of being bilingual.

The Board also recognized one Hoover team and two Lincoln Prairie teams for their performance at the First Lego League annual competition in Mount Prospect.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:
The School Board responded to two requests since the last board meeting regarding outsourced custodial services and the flooring replacement bid.

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

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on March 7, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves, retirement, termination and honorable dismissal of personnel
  • The 2019-20 Staffing Plan
  • Checks dated March 15, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for January 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for February 2019
  • The purchase of social science instructional materials
  • The purchase of Makerspace instructional materials
  • A contract for masonry remediation at seven schools during the summer of 2019
  • The purchase of classroom magazine subscriptions from National Geographic, National Wildlife Federation, Scholastic, Studies Weekly and Time
  • The purchase of networking equipment with licensing and support
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Sept. 7 and Sept. 21, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss shared three #WeAre54 videos. Click on each name to watch the videos about Mead student Sarah Bradley, Fox teacher Stacey Campos and Collins paraprofessional Patty Kazeos.

The superintendent also shared that District 54 was the District Winner in the Future Ready Schools Film Festival for this video on innovation in our schools. His report also contained a video of the annual District 54 Multicultural Event held March 16.

Andy also announced that Einstein Principal Julie Tarasiuk was chosen the Illinois PTA Principal of the Year.

Cabinet Report – Illinois Assessment of Readiness:
Each spring District 54 students take the federally mandated assessments designed to help districts understand how their students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. This year, the English/language arts and math assessment for grades 3-8 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). This test is similar to the PARCC assessment students took last year only shorter. Students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the Illinois Science Assessment again this year. Both tests, which will be administered in April, are designed to measure student performance based on the Illinois Learning Standards.

Cabinet Report – World Language Update:
In March 2018, the School Board approved the purchase of the EntreCulturas curriculum for the world language junior high classes after a thorough review by teachers in that program. The materials were evaluated for their quality in supporting the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, authenticity, relevance to students and integration with Chromebooks.

One year later, teachers are reporting that students have increased opportunities for authentic communication. Each student has an online account that connects to videos, vocabulary resources and practice opportunities. Students can record audio and video and submit these speaking assignments to teachers electronically, allowing them to remain engaged even when the teacher is working with another group.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report:
Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC received an update on innovation work in District 54.

Legislative Networking Committee:
Board Secretary Bob Kaplan reported that early voting has started for the April 2 election. District 54 has been meeting with local legislators to share how proposed legislation will impact our district. More information on these bills will be discussed at the committee’s April 4 meeting.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Bob Kaplan announced online registration for the June 10 golf outing is now available at The Foundation is also looking for sponsors and donors for this event.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 4:10(c) – Budget Adoption Procedures.
  • The Board approved the before- and after-school child care facility rental rates for 2019-20. The rates will remain the same.
  • The Board approved the facility rental rates for 2019-20.
  • The Board approved a $50 consumable materials fee for 2019-20. This rate has not changed.
  • The Board approved the milk fee for 2019-20. The cost will remain at 25 cents a carton for students and 30 cents for adults.
  • The Board approved the parent-paid student transportation fees for 2019-20. These fees will remain the same.
  • The Board approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between Elk Grove Park District and School District 54 regarding the water main easement near Link School.
  • The Board appointed Stephanie Fry as the assistant principal at Blackwell and Hoover elementary schools for the 2019-20 school year.
  • The Board appointed Brittany Ciszewski as the assistant principal at Enders-Salk and Link elementary schools for the 2019-20 school year.
  • The Board appointed Priscilla Buchanan as the assistant principal at Fox Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.
  • The Board appointed Dia Rizmani as the assistant principal at Armstrong Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.


  • Board members thanked the staff members who planned the Multicultural Event for almost 2,000 attendees.
  • They thanked schools for inviting them to events at the schools and for sharing their happiness activities this month.
  • The Board congratulated the recipients of the 2019 Ensuring Student Success Awards.
  • They also expressed pride in the Stevenson students who were honored by the Village of Elk Grove and were asked to work with the Elk Grove Police on an anti-bullying public service announcement.
  • The Board praised the students in the Prairie Center Art Show last week, as well as the teachers who made it possible.
  • Board members enjoyed the Lincoln Prairie Expo, and the amazing work of the students and staff who made it happen.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:35 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and school matters.