March 10, 2022

Public Comment:
District 54 received no online public comments and one in-person public comment thanking the Board for keeping students and staff safe during the pandemic.

54 Promise Video – Student Ambassadors:
The District 54 Student Ambassador program was launched in 2018 at the junior high schools and expanded to elementary schools in 2019 to strengthen student leadership qualities and show students that they can influence the school community in a positive way. The theme for the 2021-22 school year is Connect, Serve, Lead. Learn more about the program directly from the Student Ambassadors themselves in the 54 Promise Student Ambassador Video.

Freedom of Information Act:
District 54 received and replied to five Freedom of Information Act requests since the last report to the Board related to contracts with food services, janitorial, maintenance and security providers, the 2022 summer renovations pre-bid meeting, retiring staff contact information, purchasing records and bond and liability policy information.

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 February 10, 2022
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement, employment and salary adjustment of personnel
  • A resolution authorizing notice of honorable dismissal to first-, second-, third- and fourth-year non-tenured certificated personnel 
  • The Staffing Plan for the 2022-23 school year
  • Checks dated February 11 and 25, 2022
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for January 2022
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for February 2022
  • An extension of the student transportation contract for school year 2022-23 with First Student, Inc.
  • A contract for 2022 summer renovations and window replacement to Monarch Construction, Emcor Services and Meany Inc.
  • A contract for renovations at selected schools to Monarch Construction and Prospect Electric
  • A contract for summer site improvement to Briggs Paving
  • The purchase of MAP computer assessment software from Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)
  • The purchase of literacy instructional materials from Benchmark, Scholastic, Learning Without Tears and Zaner Bloser
  • The purchase mathematics materials from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the 2022-23 school year
  • The purchase of world language curricular materials from Wayside Publishing
  • A contract to Lenovo for the purchase of Chromebooks for the 2022-23 school year
  • The release of the minutes of the closed-session meeting held on September 29, 2021
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings on September 1 and 3, 2020, for which approved minutes already exist

Board President Report:
Board President Mary Kay Prusnick congratulated the District 54 individuals who were recipients of the 2022 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award.

  • Scott Ross, principal of Mead Junior High School
  • Ingrid Ackerman, the head lunch supervisor at Addams Junior High School
  • Sonia McKenzie, a kindergarten teacher at Stevenson Elementary School
  • Joni Beniacs, the Health Services Chairperson and a nurse at Einstein Elementary School
  • Lily Moradi, a Chinese Immersion teacher at Campanelli Elementary School
  • Einstein Lunch Supervisor and PTA Volunteer Kim Morrissey
  • A Keller Junior High School Team for their efforts with distributing food on Friday evenings to financially struggling families

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report:
Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC heard a presentation about programs in District 54 and throughout the community that support our students and their families.

D54 Education Foundation Report:
Board Vice President Jim Pye shared that this week is National School Breakfast Week. The Foundation provides food to students from financially struggling families through the Breakfast Program and Crisis Fund. He encouraged families to support the Foundation by making a donation at

New Business: 

  • The Board approved no change to the consumable materials fee rates for 2022-23 at $50 since 2006.
  • The Board approved no change to milk fee rates for 2022-23, which has been 25 cents per carton for students since 2016.
  • The Board approved the facility usage fee rates for 2022-23.
  • The Board approved the before- and after-school child care facilities’ fee rates for 2022-23.
  • The Board appointed Stephen Miller as Executive Director for Business Operations beginning May 1, 2022.

School Board members shared praise for a variety of activities this month including the Prairie Center Student Art Show and Lincoln Prairie Expo last night, the Link Science Fair and the Mead Junior High History Fair. Coming up in April, Mead will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a community fun run.

The Board adjourned at 7:35 p.m.