May 6, 2021

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

Discussion – Equity and Inclusion Overview:
Members of the District 54 Equity and Inclusion Task Force shared an overview of the work the group has done this year related to equity and inclusion in District 54 and how that work supports the District 54 mission of ensuring whole child success. District 54 has long been committed to ensuring that all students have access to the resources and support they need to succeed.

In 2020, District 54 asked for volunteers for the Equity and Inclusion Task Force, which was tasked with taking the district’s equity work to the next level by ensuring that our educational practices are equitable and support an inclusive and diverse school community. More than 300 employees applied. A task force was formed with 47 members with representatives from each school and community members, and the other employees were asked to serve as equity ambassadors at their schools.

Task force members were asked to identify what a positive vision for equity and inclusion would look like for students, staff and community. Common themes resonated among members and the following statement was created.

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.

It is the recommendation of the administration to include this equity and inclusion vision statement in the District 54 Promise Strategic Plan. In addition, the steering committee identified three pillars as a focus for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Develop a culture of belonging and dignity.
  • Build the cultural competency of our professional learning communities.
  • Recruit, select and retain a staff that is reflective of our student demographics.

As we move into the 2021-22 school year, staff focus groups will be formed to examine how we can continue to evolve as a district with a culture of dignity and belonging for all.

Click here for the full board memo.

Public Comment:
District 54 received no electronic public comments. One District 54 parent commented on the equity presentation.

Freedom of Information Act: 
District 54 received two Freedom of Information Act requests since the last report to the Board related to transportation contracts and student grades.

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

  • The minutes of the regular board meeting on April 15, 2021
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement, employment and re-employment of personnel
  • Checks dated April 23, 2021
  • The purchase of MAP assessment software from NWEA and the Assessment Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (APPL) from ACTFL
  • The purchase of 27 DreamBox math software licenses for the 2021-22 school year
  • The 2021-22 Consolidated District Plan Grant

New Business: 

  • The Board approved revisions to Policy 4:30(b) – Investment of District Funds.


  • In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, the School Board expressed gratitude to all staff for everything they have done this year to make it possible for District 54 students to continue to learn and grow.

The Board adjourned at 7:28 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.