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Brief from the Board Meeting on September 19, 2019

Recognition:
The District 54 School Board recognized two groups at its Sept. 19 meeting.

  • District 54 Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers were applauded for their dedication and accomplishments during the 2018-19 school year.
  • A group of 10 employees was thanked for creating a float for the District 54 School Board to use in the Schaumburg Septemberfest parade to highlight District 54’s focus on happiness.

Discussion – Sixth Day Enrollment:
Associate Superintendent Nick Myers presented the Sixth-Day Enrollment Report. This annual report explains the enrollment trends in District 54 and their impact on staffing decisions. District 54 ensures that staffing allocations remain fiscally responsible while also providing our students with exceptional teachers and support personnel who are dedicated to supporting students.

This year, August 26 marked the sixth day of enrollment, a date District 54 uses because we assume that by this day students new to the district will have completed the registration process and students leaving the district will have informed us of their move. For kindergarten and early childhood students, the sixth day was Sept. 3. Our sixth-day enrollment for kindergarten through eighth grade was 14,928, an increase of 264 students over last year. Early childhood enrollments are tracked separately because enrollment occurs throughout the year.

District 54 continues to closely monitor our enrollments and the use of available space in each school. The district has alleviated space issues the past two years through the construction of additions at Churchill, Dirksen and Link. 

Click here to view more detailed enrollment numbers.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

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 Sept. 5, 2019
  • The resignations, retirement and employment of personnel
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for July 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for August 2019
  • Checks dated Sept. 13, 2019
  • Presentation and submittal of administrator and teacher salary and benefits report
  • Approval of a Medicaid billing agent
  • The purchase of technology equipment, software licensing and support
  • The release of minutes of closed-session school board meetings
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on February 15, February 22, March 1 and March 15, 2018, for which approved minutes already exist.

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss talked about the rationale for seventh-grade students starting school one day before eighth-grade students. Transitioning from elementary school to junior high school is an important transition. The District 54 junior high schools use this day to form relationships with their new students and to help them prepare for success in junior high.

DuRoss spoke about the start of the 2019-20 school year, and the inspirational messages our staff heard this year from Inky Johnson, Thomas C. Murray, John O’Leary and Shawn Achor, which have had a ripple effect throughout our district. District 54 staff are focused on being champions for their students.

DuRoss also shared two #WeAre54 videos, highlighting the people in District 54 who make this a special place to learn and work. Click on each name to watch the videos about Mead student Maya Cronfel and Barbara Velez from the District 54 Welcome Center.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Board Vice President Mary Kay Prusnick thanked the volunteers who helped the Foundation raise funds by parking cars or selling food at the Village of Schaumburg’s Septemberfest event. Prusnick also asked everyone to mark their calendars for January 10 when the Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 Foundation takeover night.

New Business: 

  • The Board appointed additional representatives to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee.
  • The Board approved revisions to the following policies:
    • 4:20 – Fund Balance and
    • 4:270 – Disposal of District Property.

Closed Session: The Board adjourned at 8:12 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and student matters.