May 19, 2022

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

Public Comment:
The Board received no online public comments and four in-person public comments with a VFW representative thanking Einstein Principal Julie Tarasiuk, two Stevenson parents asking about the change of schools for some special education programs, and a community member talking about the prevention of anxiety and depression in children.

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 communications to First Student transportation company, the relocation of an instructional program from Stevenson to Muir, the autism program at Muir, discipline reports, building permits, financial information, surety bonds, bids, enrollment information, special education program schools, Muir renovation plans and special education goals and objectives.

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 April 14, 2022
  • Resignations, leaves, retirement rescindments, retirement, employment,  salary adjustment and re-employment of personnel
  • Checks dated April 8 and 22, and May 6, 2022
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2022
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2022
  • A voluntary parent-purchased student accident insurance plan for the 2022-2023 school year
  • A contract with Dell for the purchase of 175 desktop computers
  • A contract with Lenovo for the purchase of 725 laptop computers
  • A one-year agreement with Scholastic for supplemental digital texts 
  • A one-year site license for FUSE hands-on STEM based learning
  • The purchase of replacement robots for the Project Lead the Way program
  • The purchase of site licenses for DreamBox Software
  • The purchase of Follett, Seesaw and Quaver Music licensing and support
  • A resolution requesting free transportation for students due to approved hazardous conditions for the 2022-2023 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Nov. 12, 2020, for which approved minutes already exist

Cabinet Reports:

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report:
Board Member Barbara Hengels shared that DCAC heard a presentation on summer learning opportunities for students and staff.

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 and the Golf Outing on June 6 to raise money for the Foundation’s Crisis Fund for financially struggling District 54 families.

PTA Report:
Board President Mary Kay Prusnick thanked the PTA for hosting the scholarship recognition dinner last week and honoring former District 54 students with a college scholarship.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved an amendment to the intergovernmental cooperation agreement for shared improvement costs with the Hoffman Estates Park District.
  • The Board approved 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 approved revisions to the following policies:
    • 4:60 – Purchasing Authority and
    • 6:60 – Basic Instructional Program.
  • The Board approved the appointment of the following individuals as principals for the 2022-23 school year:
    • Katie Kurtz at Aldrin Elementary School,
    • Stephanie Fry at Blackwell Elementary School,
    • Carol Novak at Churchill Elementary School and
    • Kelly Pietryla at Lakeview Elementary School.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Dr. Jillian Sagan as Assistant Superintendent of Professional Development for the 2022-2023 school year.

School Board Members talked about the vareity of school activities and celebrations they have attended this past month, including the Rocket Launch, Muir Oratorical Fest, the Special Olympics Track Meet, Dirksen’s 50th Anniversary, the Spanish Speech Contest and the Celebration of 54.

The Board also thanked outgoing assistant superintendents Cassie Williams and Danette Meyer for their years of service to the students and staff of District 54.

The Board adjourned at 8:30 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and student disciplinary cases.