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Brief from the Board Meeting on August 8, 2019

Discussion: District 54 Cabinet members reviewed the District 54’s Strategic Plan, The 54 Promise, and connected priority action steps that are being taken this year with the district’s outlined goals of ensuring whole-child success, performing in the top 10% and closing the achievement gap.

To ensure whole-child academic and social emotional success, District 54 plans to

  • Continuously evaluate and prioritize Professional Learning Communities;
  • Continue to implement and refine social emotional learning lessons and practices at all grade levels;
  • Expand the Student Ambassador Program to grades 3 through 8;
  • Administer a social emotional learning survey to enable the district to best meet the needs of each child;
  • Provide trauma responsive training for all staff;
  • Convene a social studies task force to evaluate current practices and materials; and
  • Design and implement problem-based learning units.

To cultivate innovation in facility and instructional design, District 54 plans to

  • Provide iPads or Chromebooks to each student in kindergarten through eighth grade;
  • Continue the training and work of the Innovate 54 teams from each school;
  • Facilitate sessions for all teachers to build capacity around the concept of instructional innovation in District 54;
  • Change all Innovate 54 teachers’ classrooms into Future Ready Classrooms;
  • Open Creation Studios at Frost, Addams, Mead and Eisenhower; and
  • Expand Makerspace offerings to include coding in kindergarten through sixth grade.

To ensure District 54 continues to be staffed with exceptional personnel, District 54 plans to

  • Prepare new hires to successfully implement the District 54 mission of ensuring student success;
  • Implement a structured process for new administrators with a focus on developing exceptional leadership from every seat;
  • Conduct ongoing leadership team development that connects leaders to each other and the strong practices taking place in our schools;
  • Further implement positive psychology with a focus on emotional intelligence, resilience and self-care;
  • Expand on professional learning opportunities at each building and districtwide; and
  • Continue District 54’s Aspiring Leaders Cohort to develop the leadership capacity of our teachers.

To sustain facility and fiscal responsibility, District 54 plans to

  • Finish renovation and expansion work at Link and Mead;
  • Open Creation Studios at Mead, Addams, Frost and Eisenhower;
  • Complete capital improvement projects including a roof replacement Keller, construction of a new parking lot at the Early Learning Center, etc.; and
  • Create secure entries at MacArthur, Fox, Aldrin, Armstrong, Collins, Blackwell and Hale over winter break.

Public Hearing on the 2019-20 Budget: No one asked to speak.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: Three requests were received and responded to since the last report to the Board regarding the FOIA officer contact information, the payroll and contact information for the temporary fence at Link School and the collective bargaining agreements and contact information for employees. 

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

  • The minutes of the special, open and closed-session board meetings on June 11, June 12, and June 13, 2019
  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on June 20, 2019
  • The resignations, employment, re-employment and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated June 21, July 5, July 19, and August 2, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for May and June 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for June 2019
  • The purchase of property, casualty and liability insurance coverage for 2019-20 from Liberty Mutual
  • The purchase of technology licensing and support
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on January 18, January 25, and February 1, 2018, for which approved minutes already exist.

President of the Board’s Report:
Board President Bob Kaplan reported that the district is excited to welcome new teachers to the district this week and is looking forward to welcoming students on August 19. He thanked board members and others who volunteered at the Pack the Bus school supply drive on August 3, including Schaumburg Township for organizing the event and District 211 for donating the bus.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Board Vice President Mary Kay Prusnick announced that Schaumburg’s Septemberfest is the Foundation’s second biggest fundraiser of the year. They are looking for volunteers to park cars on August 31 and Sept. 1 at Collins, and to serve food during the nonprofit day on Sept. 2. If you’re interested in volunteering, email

New Business: 

  • The Board adopted the 2019-20 budget. Click here to access the budget memo.
  • The Board directed the superintendent to prepare the 2020-21 budget in tentative form.
  • The Board awarded a contract to John D. Kasarda to prepare an updated demographic study and enrollment projection report for District 54.
  • The Board appointed Mary Kay Prusnick to serve as the IASB Governing Board Representative for the district until the spring 2021.
  • The Board appointed an additional representative from the community to serve on the District Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the 2019-2020 school year
  • The Board approved the district’s membership in the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater O’Hare Area Regional Business Association, the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce, the Schaumburg Business Association, the Midwest Principals’ Center, the Illinois Association of School Boards and the National School Boards Association for 2019-20.
  • The Board approved the district’s membership in the Midwest Principals’ Center from Feb, 2020 through January 2021
  • The Board brought revisions to the following policies for a first reading:
    • 4:140(b) – Waiver of Fees for Low Income Families,
    • 4:170(c) – Emergency Closing of Schools (Prior to the Beginning of the School Day),
    • 4:170(d) – Emergency Closing of School(s)(When School is in Session) and
    • 4:170(e) – Building Access Security.


  • Board members thanked all the new staff who attended induction week this week, as well as the employees who supported the new staff.

Closed Session: The Board adjourned at 8:50 p.m. to closed session for business matters and school matters.

Return to Open Session

Further Discussion and Possible Action on Matters Considered in Closed Session:

  • The Board approved the sale of its property at Thacker Street and Verde Drive to Swanson & Associates.