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Brief from the Board Meeting on October 17, 2019

Discussion – State and District Assessment Results:

District 54 uses a variety of research-based indicators to measure students’ readiness for high school, college, career and beyond. Students are highly successful in District 54 as outlined in four areas.

  • Whole child – District 54’s new Social-Emotional Survey assessed each student in areas such as optimistic mindset and self-regulation. Teachers ranked each student on a 5-point scale and students ranked themselves. Parent survey results are being tabulated.
  • Culture – District 54 is performing well in all five areas of school success as measured by the Illinois 5Essentials survey: ambitious instruction, supportive environment, collaborative teachers, involved families and effective leaders. In addition, a fall survey of District 54 staff shows 89% are highly satisfied and engaged compared with 34% of employees nationally.
  • Academics and assessment – District 54 students perform well on assessments such as Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), which shows 80% of our students are proficient. They also pass algebra and junior high language arts at significantly high rates (98% and 100% respectively).
  • Participation – All District 54 students participate weekly in the arts, and more than 60% of students in third through eighth grade participate in a club. Daily student attendance is also higher than the Illinois average.

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 school policies and procedures, disciplinary records related to vaping, and certified payroll for work performed at Link.

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 Oct. 3, 2019
  • The resignations, termination, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Oct. 11, 2019
  • The treasurer’s reports on cash and investments for August 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for September 2019

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss 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 Fairview Nurse Cindy Straub and Dirksen Student Rithvik Ramakrishnan.

Board President Report:
Board President Bob Kaplan reported that a number of District 54 employees will be recognized this weekend at the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel banquet. Read more about our honorees on our website.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee:
Board Member Barbara Hengels said DCAC heard a presentation on how District 54 is committed to ensuring all students have adults at school who champion their success and well-being.

District 54 Education Foundation:
Board Vice President Mary Kay Prusnick announced that the District 54 Takeover at the Windy City Bulls game will be held on January 10. Information about ticket sales will be out soon.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved a resolution estimating the amount of the 2019 aggregate tax levy at $184,259,529 and setting a public hearing for Nov. 14.
  • The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 7:270 – Administering Medicine to Students.

Closed Session: The Board adjourned at 8:22 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and student matters.