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District 54 announces seven Those Who Excel Awards

District 54 is proud to announce the following recipients of the 2019 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Awards.

  • Chris Bingen, principal of Addams Junior High School, won in the Administrator category.
  • Sue Budak, a District 54 Education Foundation trustee and past president of the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs, won in the Community Volunteer category.
  • Cynthia Christian, a paraprofessional at John Muir Literacy Academy, won in the Educational Service Personnel category.
  • The 2018-19 Eisenhower Junior High School guidance team of Melissa Hemzacek, Melinda Perez, Monica Bhatia, Krishna Patel and Julie Goolish won in the Team category.
  • Laurie Konkey, a language arts teacher at Keller Junior High School, won in the Classroom Teacher category.
  • Sara Maduzia, a literacy coach at Armstrong Elementary School, won in the Student Support Personnel category.
  • Katherine Massingill, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Dooley Elementary School, won in the Early Career Educator category.

Chris Bingen

Chris Bingen with teachersWhether it is problem-solving how to support struggling students or planning engaging and innovative lessons, Addams Junior High Principal Chris Bingen is always supportive of new ideas and ready to help in any way he can. If Chris thinks something will help students, he will find a way to make it happen. He truly embodies the “culture of yes.” A sign of a true leader is the ability to listen, and some of the key people Chris listens to is his students. Chris takes student feedback very seriously and regularly meets with his student Principal Advisory committee to consider what broad school changes should be made. Chris views student success as both academic and social/emotional growth and achieves this growth by fostering trusting relationships with students, staff, parents and the community.

Sue Budak

Sue Budak thanking everyoneSue Budak has been a dedicated volunteer in Schaumburg School District 54 since her son Rob’s first days in elementary school in 2006, and even though he moved on to high school four years ago, Sue continues to serve District 54. Sue has spent countless hours over the years as a volunteer with the District 54 Education Foundation and with the PTA, where she has served as PTA Council Chair and Reflections Chair. In addition to volunteering her time, Sue recently gave two generous donations to benefit District 54 students. She donated $9,000 to the Foundation for STEM education in memory of her husband Mark, and $10,000 toward the purchase of Orange Frog books with District 54 study guides for every District 54 family.

Cynthia Christian

Cynthia Christian with a classCynthia Christian has the ability to make strong connections with everyone she encounters in her role as a paraprofessional at Muir Literacy Academy. She does whatever it takes to meet the needs of students, and is incredibly supportive of her colleagues, as well. Cynthia runs the Breakfast Club at Muir, feeding children from financially struggling families a healthy meal and connecting with them on a personal level each day. She also gives up her lunch each day to serve as the head lunch supervisor. She came to value this time as one where she could build relationships with students while simultaneously supporting their needs and setting high expectations to help them be successful.

Eisenhower Guidance Team

The Eisenhower Guidance team with studentsThe Eisenhower Junior High Guidance Team models what it means to support the whole child by developing positive relationships with students. In addition to their daily work with children, team members organize events to support the whole child, such as a basket brigade to provide Thanksgiving meals and a holiday event where students could shop for their families. They also provide professional development to staff regarding how students are affected by the challenges in their lives. They taught strategies that enabled staff to build caring and supportive relationships with students, while still holding students to high standards. Essentially, they created a culture at Eisenhower where students are served with a compassionate heart.

Laurie Konkey

Laurie Konkey with studentsLeadership is influence, and Laurie Konkey’s influence extends far outside the walls of her language arts classroom at Keller Junior High School. She connects with students and staff through a variety of roles, including as Interact Club sponsor and Student Ambassador leader. Laurie always comes up with creative ways to bring together the Keller community and goes to great lengths to show she cares. Most recently, she planned an early private graduation ceremony for student whose mother was terminally ill, enabling the mother to experience her daughter’s graduation. Laurie is the type of teacher that knows the name and need of countless children within our building, regardless if they are her student or not.

Sara Maduzia

Sara Maduzia with studentsWhether teaching engaging lessons to students, supporting her colleagues to create high-quality lessons, sponsoring clubs and events or leading the District 54 Extended School Year program for special education students during the summer, Armstrong Literacy Coach Sara Maduzia’s dedication to student success is never ending. During the day, she works with kindergarten, first- and second-grade students – and their teachers – to develop strong literacy skills. However, her commitment to Armstrong students and their families is even more evident in the way she uses her free time during the day and after-school to connect with students and their families individually, or through school clubs and activities.

Katie Massingill

Kate Massingill with studentsDistrict 54 is focused on elevating experiences for students, and Dooley fifth- and sixth-grade teacher Katie Massingill has truly brought this to life. Although she is only in her fourth year of teaching, Katie has shown her leadership through working with student ambassadors, promoting positivity, developing strong relationships with her students and families, and encouraging innovative instruction with her team and students. Katie is also known for her collaboration with her colleagues and for her willingness to take risks with her instruction in order to best engage her students in learning. Her students have been on virtual reality field trips, developed their own podcasts, and worked collaboratively to show their mastery of skills. With Katie’s passion and energy, she is sure to lead the way in education for many years to come

The Illinois State Board of Education will honor all District 54 representatives during its annual Those Who Excel banquet on Oct. 19 in Normal, Illinois.

District 54 shares Fine Arts at Septemberfest

School District 54 will highlight its fine arts program during the annual Schaumburg Septemberfest celebration on Labor Day weekend. District 54 student musicians will perform on the Daily Herald Stage Saturday through Monday.

Saturday, Aug. 31

  • Addams Band: 2:30 p.m.
  • Keller and Lincoln Prairie Band: 3:15 p.m.
  • Eisenhower, Keller and Mead Orchestra: 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 1

  • Mead Band: 1 p.m.
  • Eisenhower Band: 1:45 p.m.
  • Frost Band: 2:30 p.m.
  • Addams, Frost and Lincoln Prairie Orchestra: 3:15 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 2

  • Dooley Early Instrumental Music: 2:30 p.m.

Also, the District 54 School Board will participate in the Septemberfest parade, which starts at 10 a.m. Monday on Summit Drive.

District 54 hosts Run to Read – Sept. 22

Run to Read race participantsSchool District 54 is hosting its 15th annual day of races on Sunday, Sept. 22, to support literacy in School District 54. Our goal is to collect 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54.

The day begins with mascot races at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m. Every child will receive a medal.

At 9 a.m. sharp, we will start our 5K run on a USATF-certified course over mostly flat roads (see our map online at sd54.org/runtoread).

There is also a family fun walk for adults and children alike at 9:15 a.m. All races originate at Dirksen School, 116 W. Beech Drive in Schaumburg.

Awards will be presented to the top male and female winner and the top age group win

ners in the 5K. An awards ceremony will take place at about 10 a.m. While all participants will receive a medal at the finish line, special medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group in the 5K race.

All individuals participating in any run or walk must register in advance. The early-bird discounted cost to participate is $5 for junior high school age and younger, $15 for high school students and adults age 60 and older, and $25 for adults ages 19 to 59. All those prices rise by $5 after Aug. 30 ($10 for junior high school age and younger, $20 for high school students and adults age 60 and older, and $30 for adults ages 19 to 59). There is also a family rate of $50 for the walk only.

Registration continues until 8 a.m. on the morning of the event. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 7 a.m. inside the school gym. Packets will also be available for pickup from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 and from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. If you are picking up on Friday, please avoid school bus traffic to our Early Learning Center by parking in the far east lot in front of the two-story administration building.

No bicycles, skates, scooters or pets are allowed on the courses. Strollers are allowed on the walk and run.

We are also still accepting sponsors for the race. Donations are also being accepted for both the goody bags and post-race drawing.

If you are interested in attending or sponsoring the event, visit http://sd54.org/runtoread (online registration is available at this link). You may also contact Terri McHugh at (847) 357-5028 or TerriMcHugh@nullsd54.org.

District 54 adopts 2019-20 budget

The District 54 School Board adopted its 2019-20 budget after a public hearing at its August 8, 2019 meeting. District 54 expects to spend $283,680,418 during the 2019-20 budget year and receive $271,770,202 in revenues.

District 54 developed the 2019-20 budget based on the following parameters:

Revenues

  • Property taxes for levy years 2018 and 2019 are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which was 2.1% for the 2018 levy and 1.9% for the 2019 levy.
  • Federal aid, state aid and interest income are projected to increase slightly from 2018-19 revenue.
  • Local revenues will remain consistent due to the fee structure approved by the board, which is consistent with the prior year.

Expenditures

  • Salaries for 2019-2020 are based on projected savings from people retiring at the end of the 2018-19 fiscal year, as well as any raises to returning employees.
  • Benefit costs are projected based on 2018-19 actual expected costs and an increase expected in 2019-20 of approximately 4.5%.
  • There will continue to be a freeze on overall cumulative spending in supplies, purchase services and capital outlay. The only exception is in the Operations and Maintenance Fund, where cost of service increases cannot be controlled, and in the Education Fund for planned textbook or technology adoptions. In addition, in 2019-20 a large addition to budgeted expenditures was due to additional expenditures for Innovate 54 learning modifications and for summer construction.
  • Tuition costs are budgeted the same as 2018-2019, but are highly subject to fluctuation depending on what special education services need to be outsourced.
  • District 54 will issue no new debt and has been debt free since Dec. 1, 2011.

Individual Fund Summary

  • Education – $224,036,398 in revenues, $231,682,022 in expenditures
  • Operations and Maintenance – $27,628,100 in revenues, $26,252,968 in expenditures
  • Bond and Interest – $40,000 in revenues, $0 in expenditures
  • Transportation – $12,040,679 in revenues, $13,202,820 in expenditures
  • IMRF/Social Security/Medicare – $7,024,485 in revenues, $7,488,915 in expenditures
  • Working Cash – $948,070 in revenues, $5,000,000 in expenditures
  • Fire Prevention/Life Safety – $52,470 in revenues, $53,693 in expenditures

Click here to view the detailed 2019-20 budget.

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 DonnaAnderson@nullsd54.org.

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.

Announcements:

  • 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.

District 54 releases tentative 2019-20 budget

The District 54 School Board released a tentative version of its 2019-20 budget at its June 20, 2019, meeting. District 54 expects to spend $283,680,418 during the 2019-20 budget year and receive $271,770,202 in revenues.

District 54 developed the 2019-20 tentative budget at this time based on the following parameters:

Revenues

  • Property taxes for levy years 2018 and 2019 are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which was 2.1% for the 2018 levy and 1.9% for the 2019 levy.
  • Federal aid, state aid and interest income are projected to increase slightly from 2018-19 revenue.
  • Local revenues will remain consistent due to the fee structure approved by the board, which is consistent with the prior year.

Expenditures

  • Salaries for 2019-2020 are based on projected savings from people retiring at the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year, as well as any raises to returning employees.
  • Benefit costs are projected based on 2018-19 actual expected costs and an increase expected in 2019-20 of approximately 4.5%.
  • There will continue to be a freeze on overall cumulative spending in supplies, purchase services and capital outlay. The only exception is in the Operations and Maintenance Fund, where cost of service increases cannot be controlled, and in the Education Fund for planned textbook or technology adoptions. In addition, in 2019-20 a large addition to budgeted expenditures was due to additional expenditures for Innovate 54 learning modifications and for summer construction.
  • Tuition costs are budgeted the same as 2018-2019, but are highly subject to fluctuation depending on what special education services need to be outsourced.
  • District 54 will issue no new debt and has been debt free since Dec. 1, 2011.

The tentative budget will be available at the District Office from July 1 through August 8, 2019. On August 8, 2019, a public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg (prior to the School Board meeting that evening). The School Board is expected to adopt a budget at its August 8, 2019 meeting.

To view the detailed 2019-20 tentative budget, click on the budget link in the June 20 Board Brief.

Scipione appointed as new board member

Nicholas ScipioneOn June 20, 2019, the District 54 School Board appointed Nicholas Scipione to the board to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Charlotte Kegarise on May 23.

“I am looking forward to supporting and maintaining the tradition of excellence for which District 54 has long been recognized,” Scipione said. “As an educator and father of two young children, future educational opportunities are very important to me. The tradition of excellence to ensure student success for my children and all the students of the district will be my top priority.”

The School Board interviewed 16 candidates during the week of June 10 and chose Scipione from the large group of qualified individuals.

“Nicholas is a passionate supporter of public education with a history of service to our community,” Board President Bob Kaplan said. “He will be an excellent, collaborative addition to the board.”

Scipione has been a science teacher at Glenbard East High School since 2004 and the school’s Science, Technology and Engineering Department chair since 2009. He worked at the Schaumburg Township District Library from 1999 to 2009 and served as a Library Board Trustee from 2009 to 2015. Scipione also serves as a Village of Schaumburg Planning Commissioner, a role he has held since 2015.

Scipione will serve until the next School Board election on April 6, 2021. If he wishes to remain on the board, he must run for the office.

Brief from the Board Meeting on June 20

Call to Order

Public Comment: A District 54 parent and teacher asked the board to examine the structure of the dual language program, so students particularly at the younger grade levels, would be served by fewer staff members.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: Two requests were received and responded to since the last report to the Board regarding the number of Elk Grove students served and purchasing records. 

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 May 16, 2019
  • The minutes of the special open and closed-session board meetings on May 21 and May 28, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves, retirement, termination and employment of personnel
  • The 2019-2020 salaries for administrators, supervisory personnel, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, floor time specialists, educational interpreters and crisis intervention assistants
  • The 2019-20 salary parameters for non-represented staff
  • The 2019-2020 salaries for pay grade 1-3 personnel, market-rated personnel and part-time employees
  • The 2019-20 salary rates for the elementary school lunch program
  • The 2019-2020 daily rates for substitutes
  • Checks dated May 24 and June 7, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for April 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2019
  • Prevailing wage rates for the 2019-2020 school year
  • The purchase of a treasurer’s bond for 2019-2020 from Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • The renewal of software licensing and support for the Library Automation System with Follett Software Company, zSpace and GoGuardian
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting on December 14, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
With the 2018-19 school year over, Superintendent Andy DuRoss highlighted some of the successes District 54 has experienced to date. Our students routinely score in the top 5% on state assessments. A Stanford University study reported that District 54 students experienced 6.2 years of growth in five years. On our staff cultural assessment, 85% reported being highly satisfied and highly engaged.

DuRoss also shared that the focus for the 2019-20 school year will be what he called the 3 P’s:  People, Positivity and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The most important factor in student achievement and social-emotional well-being is the people in our district who connect with our students. The work with PLCs and positivity will support our employees and the children they serve.

DuRoss also reviewed the three District 54 goals.

  • District 54 will ensure the success of the whole child by providing comprehensive approaches and programming, grounded in the belief that each child deserves to be Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported and Challenged.
  • District 54 will perform in the top 10% of all schools as measured by state and local assessments in reading and math growth and proficiency.
  • District 54 will close the achievement gap for ALL students in reading and mathematics as measured by state and local assessments.

The four focus areas outlined in the 54 Promise Strategic Plan support these goals. They are

  • Whole Child Academic and Social-Emotional Success,
  • Innovation in Learning Space and Instructional Design,
  • Exceptional Employees and
  • Facilities and Fiscal Responsibility.

In wrapping up his report, DuRoss thanked Dr. Pete Hannigan, assistant superintendent of human resources, for his 13 years of service to District 54. Today is his last day before moving on to a superintendent’s position in another district.

President of the Board’s Report:
Board President Bob Kaplan also offered his thanks and best wishes to Dr. Hannigan. He also thanked the School Board for the extra time they have given the past month attending graduations and interviewing for the vacancy on the school board.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick thanked everyone who supported the Foundation Golf Outing last week. The Foundation raised more than $33,000 at this event.

PTA Council Report:
PTA representatives have been attending classes this month to prepare for the 2019-20 school year.

New Business: 

  • The Board appointed additional representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The Board approved the contract of employment for Superintendent Andy DuRoss for the years July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024.
  • The Board approved the 2019-2020 Tentative Budget.
  • The Board adopted the resolution to call for a public hearing on the 2019-2020 Budget at 7 p.m. August 8, 2019.
  • The Board approved the engagement of CBRE as the broker on record to market the sale of the vacant land located at the southwest corner of Thacker Street and Verde Drive in Schaumburg.
  • The Board appointed Tricia Leong as the assistant principal of Frost Junior High school for the 2019-2020 school year.

Appointment of School Board Member:
The Board appointed Nicholas Scipione to the Board of Education to fulfill the remaining term of office for Charlotte Kegarise due to her resignation effective May 23, 2019.

Election of Board Vice President:
The Board elected Mary Kay Prusnick to serve as the Board Vice President.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:08 p.m. to closed session for business matters.

Brief from the Board Meeting on May 16

Recognition:
Before the meeting, the School Board honored the following students and staff in the Professional Learning Center with Ambassador of Excellence Awards:

  • Fifteen Mead students who qualified for the 2019 Illinois History Day state competition. Six of these students are going to the national competition in June.
  • Nine Mead and Stevenson students, and their teachers, who were chosen to participate in TECH 2019 at the State Capitol Building in Springfield.
  • Students from Link, Fox, Dooley and Addams for their performance at the Rube Goldberg competition.
  • Dirksen students Kennedy Apple and Taline Abousamra, Eisenhower secretaries Michele Peacock, Julie Raio and Sunita Mani-Sriram, and Community Relations assistant Meagan Kasper, who received Distinguished Service Awards from the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.
  • Ten Dooley students and one Addams student for their performance in Japanese speech contests.
  • A total of 38 District 54 students from many schools who qualified for the state level for Reflections, a PTA writing and fine arts competition, including four students who qualified for the national level.

Call to Order

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:
Six requests were made and replied to since the last meeting regarding transportation contracts, bargaining agreements and employees, electronics recycling vendor contracts, charter school applications (District 54 has none), the art supplies bid and information on reassigned suspended employees (District 54 has none).

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

  • The minutes of the regular school board meeting on May 2, 2019
  • The resignations, employment, salary adjustment and re-employment of personnel
  • Checks dated May 10, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2019
  • The 2019-20 Workers’ Compensation insurance policy from United Heartland Company of America
  • The voluntary parent-purchased student accident insurance plan for the 2019-20 school year
  • The contract for the purchase of technology licensing and support from Continental Resources, Edulastic and CDW
  • The resolution requesting free transportation for students due to approved hazardous conditions for the 2019-20 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Oct. 19 and Nov. 2, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss thanked everyone for a fantastic school year and shared a video highlighting some of the peak moments from across the district this year. He highlighted how the four focus areas of our strategic plan – whole child success, innovation, exceptional employees, and facilities and fiscal responsibility – are making a significant impact on our students and staff today and into the future.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report: Board Member Barb Hengels shared that DCAC is still seeking applications and will electing officers at its first meeting of the 2019-20 school year in September.

District 54 Foundation Report: The D54 Education Foundation awarded 450 Memorial grants this year to District 54 students. For individuals interested in supporting this work, please golf, volunteer or sponsor a hole at the foundation’s golf outing on June 10.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved the appointment of Charlotte Kegarise as the Illinois Association of School Boards Governing Board Representative through the spring of 2021.
  • The Board appointed representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The Board approved the expenses for travel to the National School Board Association Conference.
  • The Board authorized Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP to litigate, advise and review employee benefit-related matters on behalf of the district.

Announcements:

  • The District 54 School Board Board members talked about the amazing individuals honored last week at the PTA annual scholarship recognition dinner and the Celebration of District 54 honoring retirees and Ensuring Student Success winners.
  • The board also gave kudos to the staff and students who were part of the Eisenhower Junior High School play and the District 54 Special Olympics Unified Sports Day today.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:36 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.

 

 

Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs announces 2019 scholarship recipients

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs is proud to announce its 2019 scholarship recipients:

The Bonnie Greenberg Memorial Scholarship

  • Rylee Benson (Churchill/Eisenhower/Hoffman Estates)

Four-Year College/University Scholarship

  • Alyssa Brand (MacArthur/Collins/Frost/Conant)
  • Kelly Guagenti (Stevenson/Mead/Conant)
  • Rashini Jayawardena (Hanover Highlands/Campanelli/Mead/Schaumburg)
  • Cassidy Leno (Dirksen/Frost/Schaumburg)
  • Rajat Mittal (Collins/Campanelli/Mead/Conant)
  • Jaylen Patel (Nerge/Mead/Conant)
  • Kathryn Sklena (Churchill/Eisenhower/Hoffman)

Each student received a one-year, $1,000 scholarship at the annual STC Scholarship Recognition Dinner May 8. The recipients are all seniors in high school who once attended a District 54 school.