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Brief from the Virtual Board Meeting on June 11, 2020

Public Comment:
SEA President Lori Mobley read a statement on behalf of the Schaumburg Education Association and Schaumburg Educational Employees Organization (teacher and support staff unions in District 54), sharing their commitments to support their black students, to call out racial bias, to expand cultural competency, and to safeguard against harm to students and communities.

Freedom of Information Act: Two FOIA requests were received and replied to since the last meeting regarding employee email addresses and student attendance numbers during remote learning.

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 May 21, 2020
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement, employment and salary adjustment of personnel
  • Checks dated May 22 and June 5, 2020
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for April 2020
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2020
  • The reappointment of the District 54 Treasurer for the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022
  • The purchase of a $56 million Treasurer’s Bond for 2020-2021
  • The resolution directing the school treasurer to partially abate and permanently transfer money from the Working Cash Fund to the Operations and Maintenance Fund
  • An insurance benefits consulting contract with Presidio, which includes implementation of an employee benefit administration system
  • The 2020-2021 salaries for certified occupational therapist assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, floor time specialists, educational interpreters and crisis intervention assistants
  • The 2020-2021 salaries for pay grades 1-3, and part-time personnel
  • The 2020-2021 salaries for supervisors, psychologists and market-rated personnel
  • The 2020-2021 salaries for administrators

Superintendent’s Report:

  • Equity and Social Justice:  Superintendent Andy DuRoss opened his report by sharing District 54’s commitment to being an educational system grounded in the tenets of social justice and the value that all people, including staff and students, must be treated fairly. DuRoss committed to engaging District 54 stakeholders in discussions regarding current work and new work in the areas of personnel, instructional practices and curriculum, including but not limited to, the need for additional curriculum materials that reflect students of color, monitoring student assessment results to ensure educational equity and close opportunity gaps, and enhancing the social-emotional learning curriculum to provide a foundation for student well-being that is culturally responsive. He recognized the commitments made by the SEA and SEEO members, and agreed with the statement that together we must continue to ensure that our practices and our allocation of resources support equity.
  • Reopening Schools:  DuRoss also discussed plans for reopening schools in August. District 54 expects to receive guidance from the Illinois Governor’s Office, Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education at some point this summer. Until then, the district has been begun preparing contingency plans with the health and safety of students and staff as the top priority. The plans include the purchase of personal protective equipment, daily disinfecting and should schools reopen and discussions with First Student, the district’s transportation provider. Surveys will be sent to student’s families and to staff this month to help guide District 54’s planning.
  • Cabinet Reports: Cabinet members also provided updates on the Extended School Year special education summer program with health and safety protocols, the hiring and training of new staff for the 2020-21 school year, in-person summer registration, and construction at Collins School and other capital improvement projects.
  • Remote Learning: The district shared the results of the Remote Learning Surveys completed by staff, students and families last month. The feedback will be used as District 54 plans for the possibility of remote learning in the fall. The focus in the fall will be on connections, engagement and student support. The district would follow its regular grade-level curriculum, which is being modified to serve students virtually. One component will be involving all staff members in our schools to best support small group and individualized instruction.

President’s Report:
Board President Bob Kaplan thanked Assistant Superintendent Paul Goldberg for all of his years of dedication to District 54 as he moves on to a superintendent’s position in another district. He also thanked IEA Uniserv Director Crystal Bush for her service.

New Business:

  • The Board approved the appointment of representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • The Board approved the 2020-2021 Tentative Budget.
  • The Board adopted the resolution to call for a public hearing on the 2020-2021 budget on August 6, 2020.
  • The Board approved an amendment to the purchase and sale agreement of the Thacker Street and Verde Drive property.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Julie Shapiro as assistant principal for Fox Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members thanked everyone involved in planning for the reopening of schools or continuation of remote learning in the fall.
  • Board members also expressed a commitment to celebrating the diversity in District 54 and providing the best and most equitable opportunities for every student.
  • Board members also complimented the PTA on their virtual auction last week.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:12 p.m.