News from CCSD15 Board of Education

December 13, 2019

Second Language Programs in District 15

District 15 welcomes and supports learners from all around the world in our learning community. As the 13th largest second language program in the state, our district provides eight program models to meet the linguistic and academic needs of students whose native language is other than English. The purpose of our programming is to accelerate English language literacy and value each child’s social and cultural knowledge while creating bilingual and bicultural individuals.

The Second Language Department presented an overview of its programs to the Board on Dec. 11. The Dec. 11 presentation includes:

  • CCSD15 demographics
  • Overview of academic program models and curriculum
  • Community programs and enrichments
  • 2019 ESL/Bilingual student performance
  • Department vision and goals connected to D15 Strategic Plan
D15 Second Language Overview

Two-Way Spanish Dual Language Student Recognition

Students from the two-way Spanish Dual Language program were recognized at the Dec. 11 Board meeting. Now in its second year in District 15, the program is in place at Winston Campus and Jane Addams Elementary Schools in kindergarten and first grades.

Five-Year Financial Forecast

The Board heard an overview of the District's five-year financial forecast on Dec. 11. Collective revenues are predicted to exceed expenditures through 2023-24. Click here to view the five-year forecast.

Tax Levy Approved

The Board of Education approved the final 2019 aggregate tax levy on Dec. 11. The tax levy determines how much taxpayer money the district will request in the fiscal year. Property taxes amount to 77 percent of District 15’s annual operating revenues.

The Board of Education approved the levy of $131,424,565, a 4.5 percent increase over the 2018 extension. This is sufficient to capture the five-year average of new growth and the 1.9 percent CPI increase. Although the Board approved a levy that is 4.5 percent higher than the prior year, the District believes that the final levy, which will not be determined until late spring, will be approximately 2.36 percent.

Every Student Succeeds Act School Improvement Report Approval

The Board of Education approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) School Improvement Reports (SIR) at its Dec. 11 meeting. As required by the State of Illinois, District 15 must submit these plans for all schools receiving an "underperforming" designation. Each of the SIRs include a set of goals, annual objectives, action plan components to support each goal, and a list of actions or steps to monitor the school’s general progress.

Lincoln Students Lead Pledge of Allegiance

Students who participate in Lincoln School's Latino Family Literacy Program lead the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The program at Lincoln is led by a group of Lincoln's bilingual teachers who meet with families to spread their love of literacy. Each meeting affords families the opportunity to share a different story and learn a reading strategy their child is learning at school. The teaching staff encourages the importance of sharing the new literacy strategies at home while reading with children.

At the meeting, students shared their favorite books they've read with their families through the program.

Coming Soon: Kindergarten and New Student Registration!

Calling all incoming kindergarteners and new students for the 2020-21 school year! Online registration opens Jan. 7. Parents are asked to complete online registration prior to Spring Break.


Parents needing assistance completing online registration may attend an in-person help session from 5-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Winston Campus and Willow Bend Schools.

New this year, English language proficiency testing will NOT take place during the in-person help sessions. Instead, parents will be able to sign up for an appointment to be tested at a later date.

More information about registration will be shared Jan. 7.

Winter Break is Dec. 23–Jan. 6

District 15 schools are closed for Winter Break Monday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 6. School will resume Tuesday, Jan. 7.