April 14, 2022

A video recording of tonight’s board meeting will be posted to the District 54 YouTube Channel when it has finished processing.

54 Promise Video – D54 Special Olympics:
District 54 is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of its Special Olympics Program. Watch the video to learn more about the history of the program and hear from some of the students who have been impacted by its success.

The Board recognized the following students and staff members with the Ambassador of Excellence award.

  • Three Dooley students received awards at the Heritage Japanese Language Speech Contest:  Ethan Sanstra, Mia Shimazu and Kaito Betters.
  • The following students received top honors at the inaugural District 54 Junior High Geography Bee:  First Place – Aditya Kashyap from Lincoln Prairie, Second Place – Denzel Montano from Keller and Third Place – Jack Dempsey from Frost.
  • Frost student LJ Trinidad won the Scholastic Book Club Overcoming Adversity Essay Contest.
  • Mead student Riyan Jain won the Congressional App Challenge for the 8th Congressional District of Illinois.
  • Stevenson Teacher Julie Collier was named the Illinois PTA Teacher of the Year.
  • Early Learning Center Principal Carrie Azab was named the Illinois PTA Administrator of the Year.

Public Comment:
Five parents addressed the School Board regarding the movement of a special education program from Stevenson to Muir School.

Freedom of Information Act:
District 54 received and replied to 10 Freedom of Information Act requests since the last report to the Board related to data on library book challenges, summer renovations and site improvements, emails, and printer and copier contracts.

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 March 2 and 10, 2022
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated March 11 and 25, 2022
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for February 2022
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for March 2022
  • RSM US LLP as Auditors as of June 30, 2022
  • The 2022-2023 Consolidated District Plan Grant Application
  • The purchase of technology equipment with licensing and support for networking, Chromebook sleeves and firewalls
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings on September 17, 2020, for which approved minutes already exist

Cabinet Reports:

Board President Report:
Board President Mary Kay Prusnick congratulated Dr. Colette Bell on achieving her doctorate.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report:
Board Member Barbara Hengels shared that DCAC heard a presentation today on staff recruitment in District 54.

D54 Education Foundation Report:
Board Vice President Jim Pye invited everyone to purchase tickets through the Foundation for the Boomers Baseball game on May 25 to raise money for the Foundation’s Crisis Fund for financially struggling District 54 famlies.

PTA Report:
PTA President Cheryl Gleason said she is so proud of the PTAs that have worked together with District 54 and the schools to make an impact on the students, the educators and the families in our communities. She also thanked District 54 staff and board members for all they have done during the pandemic to support the children in our community. Cheryl announced that the PTA Auction raised more than $18,000 for its high school and elementary scholarship programs.

New Business: 

  • The Board had a first reading of the following new policies: 2:20 – Powers and Duties of the School Board/Indemnification, 5:150 – Personnel Records and 7:95 – Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Grooming Behaviors.
  • The Board had the first reading of revisions to policies 4:60 – Purchasing Authority and 6:60 – Basic Instructional Program.
  • The Board approved the parent-paid student transportation fee rates for 2022-2023, which have not increased since the 2008-09 school year.
  • The Board approved the contracts for Associate Superintendents Dr. Erin Knoll and Dr. Nicholas Myers.
  • The Board approved the proclamation recognizing Tuesday, May 3, 2022 as National Teacher Day.
  • The Board approved the ratification of contracts with the Schaumburg Education Association (SEA) and the Schaumburg Educational Employees Organization (SEEO).

Board Members congratulated the District 54 Ensuring Student Success winners who were announced last week.

  • Administrator – Amy Thompson, Hanover Highlands Principal
  • Teacher of the Year – Kendra Crane, Fox Special Services Teacher
  • Early Career Educator – MacKenzie Frieders, Dooley 5th/6th Grade Teacher
  • Student Support Personnel – Robin Polanco, Blackwell Social Worker
  • Educational Service Personnel – Jim Biedke, Grounds Department Lead
  • Team – Student Ambassador Facilitators from 27 schools

The Board adjourned at 8:16 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and student disciplinary cases.