October 7, 2019
Communication Audit and Planning
The District has partnered with Donovan Group to review the effectiveness of communication from the district and to gain an understanding of the communication needs of community stakeholders.
Becca Latham, Director of Communications, has been working closely with the Donovan Group to provide them with an inventory of current practices. Next, stakeholders of the district (families, community, and staff) will take a survey in late October. Following the survey, a report with recommendations will be provided to the Board of Education. The presentation can be accessed here or on the District 109 website under Board Meeting Information > Documents Presented at Board Meetings.
Teaching and Learning Update
Danielle Arnold, Director of Learning and Innovation, Sarah Hogan, K-8 Math Curriculum Specialist, and seventh grade math teachers Jamie Mall, Hannah Berris, and Rebecca Frase, presented an update regarding the new math curriculum implementation. The presentation began with a timeline of the implementation of the Big Ideas curriculum. The teachers then reviewed how they utilized time over the summer break, their grade-level and team planning time to begin implementation.
The teachers broke down the math workshop model and shared what day-to-day instruction looks like in the classroom. They shared videos of the mini-lesson and small group instruction models in their presentation. The teachers expressed they felt very supported this year and were grateful for the time to collaborate with their fellow math teachers. The presentation can be accessed here or on the District 109 website under Board Meeting Information > Documents Presented at Board Meetings.
The Board discussed three capital projects for consideration for the 2020-2021 school year. The first project is an update to the Wilmot courtyard for $200,000. The second project involves physical security upgrades to all seven District facilities at an estimated cost of $1.5 million.
The third project discussed was Caruso Middle School’s auditorium. The Facility Development Committee (FDC) narrowed the project down to three options. The first option is a $2.2 million cosmetic only update; the space would not receive updates to ensure the space is ADA compliant. The Board agreed that ADA compliance is important, and concluded they would not proceed with the first option.
The second option is approximately $4.4 million, and would involve a full renovation of the auditorium within the existing footprint of the building. The Park District has tentatively agreed to contribute $500,000 to the completion of option two.
The third option is approximately $6 million, and would update the space with additions to the north and east. The Park District has tentatively agreed to contribute $1 million to the completion of option three.
The Board decided to bid the second and third options. Once the bids come in, the Board will review the information for a decision.
The IASB 2019 Resolutions Committee Report provides information on the resolutions being acted upon at the Annual Meeting of the IASB Delegate Assembly. This meeting will convene on November 23, 2019, as part of the Joint Annual Conference at 10:30 am at the Hyatt Regency Chicago A/B West Tower. This process gives districts the opportunity to establish the direction of major policies.
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