News

May 20, 2021

A recorded video of this board meeting is posted on the District 54 YouTube Channel.

Discussion – 2020-2021 Curriculum and Task Force Updates:
In preparing for the 2021-22 school year, District 54 is focused on balancing academic success and social-emotional wellness. Students will engage in lessons that include more hands-on learning, differentiation and leveraging technology in creative ways.

District 54 also has a variety of engagement opportunities for students this summer. Our Extended School Year program will serve 354 students in special education programs. We also have more than 1,500 students enrolled in our summer enrichment camps.

Students choosing to participate virtually can find grade-level reading lists posted on our literacy website, links to Learning A-Z and DreamBox on their Chromebooks or iPads and an entire Virtual Summer University website with learning opportunities for kindergarten through eighth grade students across all subject areas.

District 54 also will continue to focus on professional development for our employees so they are well prepared to support our students. Over the course of the 2020-2021 school year 93 professional development sessions were offered after school hours and the sessions had almost 6,000 enrollments.

Summer professional development begins June 2 with the District 54 Summer Symposium; and continues with Year Long Planning Workshops for literacy, math, science, social science, special education, whole child success and social-emotional learning in June and July. In August, District 54 will offer a class focused on a positive start to the school year, as well as its annual Induction Week for new employees.

This fall, a virtual curriculum was created across all content areas for early childhood through eighth grade students. These lessons served as an anchor for high quality learning and ensured a smooth transition between in-person and remote learning. The lessons also were modified to meet the needs of all English learners and students in special education programs.

Despite the pandemic, District 54 introduced a new social science curriculum as planned for kindergarten through eighth grade. The Teaching & Learning Department will next form a Science Task Force during the 2021-22 school year to evaluate and update that curriculum. In addition, this department is creating an After-School Academy for first through eighth grade next year to support students’ learning recovery needs.

Public Comment:
District 54 received one online public comment regarding special education programming and one in-person public comment about wearing masks in schools and the safe use of electronic devices. Click here to read the electronically submitted public comment.

Freedom of Information Act: 
District 54 received one Freedom of Information Act request since the last report to the Board related to purchasing records.

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

  • The minutes of the special reorganizational and closed-session Board of Education meetings on April 29, 2021
  • The minutes of the budget review committee meeting on May 6, 2021
  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session Board of Education meetings on May 6, 2021
  • Resignations, leaves, employment, salary adjustment and re-employment of personnel
  • Checks dated May 7, 2021
  • Treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2021
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2021
  • The purchase of a treasurer’s bond for 2021-22 from Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • The 2021-22 Workers’ Compensation insurance policy from Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust
  • A voluntary parent-purchased student accident insurance plan for the 2021-2022 school year
  • A contract with Waste Management for waste disposal and recycling services at all District 54 locations for school years 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024
  • A contract with UniFirst Corporation for mop and towel service for the 2021-2022 school year
  • A contract with Open Kitchens for free lunch service for the 2021-2022 school year
  • A contract with Bob’s Dairy to supply and deliver milk for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years
  • The purchase of supplemental digital texts from Learning A-Z and Scholastic
  • Contracts for the purchase of technology licensing and support from Quaver Music, Hapara, CDW, Follett and SeeSaw
  • A resolution requesting free transportation for students due to approved hazardous conditions for the 2021-2022 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on October 17, October 21 and November 14, 2019 for which approved minutes already exist

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report:
District 54 presented DCAC with an update on School District 54’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic this past year and plans for the upcoming school year.

D54 Education Foundation Report:
Board Vice President Jim Pye reminded everyone that there is still time to sign up for the annual Foundation Golf Outing on June 14. He also announced that the Foundation recently awarded 374 grants to District 54 students from financially struggling family so that these students can participate in extracurricular activities.

PTA Report:
Board President Mary Kay Prusnick read a statement from PTA Council President Cheryl Gleason. Cheryl thanked the School Board, teachers, administrators and staff for their dedication this year. She also thanked everyone who supported the PTA virtual auction in April, which raised more than $7,000 to fund scholarships for high school students next year. This year, the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs awarded 62 elementary scholarships for summer camps and eight college scholarships.

New Business: 

  • The Board appointed Mary Kay Prusnick to serve as the Illinois Association of School Boards Governing Board Representative for District 54 until the spring of 2023. 
  • The Board approved the Board of Education meeting dates for July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Board President Prusnick added that the District 54 School Board is creating a new District 54 Community Engagement Committee, which will consist of School Board members, staff and community representatives. The Committee Application is available online. Meetings will be held in August, January and June.
  • The School Board voted to add the following Equity and Inclusion Statement to the District 54 Promise strategic plan:
    In District 54, we will promote a culture of unconditional belonging in which all students, staff and community members will be treated with dignity. We will ensure high levels of access to resources, experiences and success. In District 54, we strive to ensure that all students, staff and community members are

    • Safe, welcome and cared for;
    • Heard, validated and supported; and
    • Represented in curriculum and staffing.

Announcements:

  • Board members attended the annual District 54 rocket launch, the final concert for retiring Frost band teacher Roy Hansen and the Celebration of 54 and thanked everyone who made these events possible.
  • The board is looking forward to celebrating eighth-grade students with graduations on Sunday. They thanked all staff, students and families for their commitment to children and to each other this past year.

Adjournment:
The Board adjourned at 7:45 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.