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Brief from the Board Meeting on March 5, 2020

Discussion – Staffing Plan for the 2020-21 School Year:
To determine a staffing plan that will maximize learning opportunities for students while allocating district resources in a fiscally sound manner, the district first projects the enrollment for the coming school year. The district considers the difference between this year’s eighth-grade class and next year’s kindergarten class, as well as the number of students who transfer in and out of the district at other grade levels. This number is much more difficult to predict. The projected kindergarten through eighth grade enrollment for 2020-21 is 14,999, an increase of 71 students over the 2019-20 school year.

District 54 always begins with a conservative staffing plan. If enrollment fluctuates prior to the beginning of the school year, District 54 will shift teaching resources or add teaching positions to maintain consistent class size averages. The district is recommending the addition of one literacy specialist, one English Learner resource teacher and one dual language teacher, and the reduction of eight general education classroom teachers and one intervention coach for next year.

Public Comment: No one asked to comment.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:
One request was received and responded to since the last report to the Board regarding purchasing records.

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 Feb. 20, 2020
  • Resignations, leaves and retirement of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 14 and 28, 2020
  • The treasurer’s reports on cash and investments for January 2020
  • The purchase of Pearson myWorld Interactive social science instructional materials as recommended by the Social Science Task Force
  • The purchase of a one-year license for the Classkick web-based learning platform, as well as new phones for four schools and student Chromebook sleeves
  • The release of closed-session minutes from the Board of Education meetings on Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, 2019.

New Business:

  • The Board had the first reading of the following policies:
    • Revisions to Policy 2:100: Conflict of Interest – Board Members,
    • Revisions to Policy 2:220: School Board Meeting Procedure, and
    • New Policy 2:70: Vacancies on the Board.
  • The Board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Schaumburg Park District to share the costs of maintenance, repair and replacement of playground equipment at 12 park sites adjacent to District 54 schools.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Colette Bell as Assistant Superintendent of Professional Learning for the 2020-21 school year.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Julie Gorvett as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the 2020-21 school year.

Board members gave high praise to the caliber of the events they attended:  the Lincoln Prairie musical, Ensuring Student Success Awards, science fairs at Fairview and Blackwell, the Eisenhower Talent Show and the Chain Reaction Competition at Hoffman High School. They also thanked the exceptional employees in District 54 who make these activities a peak moment for our students.

Closed Session: The Board adjourned at 7:40 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and school matters.