News from CCSD15 Board of Education

June 13, 2020

Considerations for Reopening Schools Discussed

At the June 10 meeting, Superintendent Laurie Heinz outlined six working groups planning how to safely educate students within the phases of Restore Illinois. She also shared more detail on potential scenarios for reopening schools in August, pending more guidance from the State of Illinois. Three possible scenarios the District is considering include:

A: In-person instruction with health & safety modifications

B: A blend of in-person and distance learning

C: Full-time distance learning

More information about the scenarios, including a parent survey will be shared in the coming days.

Public Hearing on Fire Prevention and Safety Bonds

The Board of Education held a public hearing regarding its intent to issue $14,567,000 of school fire prevention and safety bonds. The District intends to use the bonds for boiler replacements at Jane Addams, Carl Sandburg, Plum Grove, Thomas Jefferson, and the Education Service Center; and for Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) replacements at Lake Louise, Kimball Hill, and Gray M. Sanborn schools. The projects will be completed during the summers of 2020 and 2021.

Equity Statement Prioritized by Board

Led by the Board of Education’s Equity Committee members, the Board held a conversation about continuing to prioritize equity in District 15, including the development of a district equity statement.

Additionally, a list of resources for parents to talk about the subjects of racism and inequity is now available to view online.

Celebrating 2019-20 Retirees

At its June 10 meeting, the Board of Education honored 94 District 15 staff members who are retiring this school year. The recognition video is available to view online. The traditional in-person celebration recognizing the retirees had to be moved online due to COVID-19. Congratulations, retirees!

Tentative Budget and Five-Year Financial Forecast

The Board heard presentations on the tentative 2020-21 budget and five-year financial forecast at its June 10 meeting.

The tentative budget provides for revenues in excess of expenditures of $4,758,126. The budget includes the issuance of $14,567,000 in Life/Safety bonds and a combined $15.84 million in Capital Projects spending. Major projects include secure entrances at Frank C. Whiteley, Central Road, Lincoln, Marion Jordan, Stuart R. Paddock, and Walter R. Sundling; carpeting at Marion Jordan; HVAC upgrades at Willow Bend; full roof replacement at Jane Addams; and boiler replacements at Carl Sandburg, Educational Service Center, Jane Addams, Plum Grove, and Thomas Jefferson. Review the full tentative budget presentation online.

The five-year financial forecast shows the district remains in a strong overall financial position through 2024-25. Only one of the next five school years shows a deficit due to health & life safety construction projects. Review the five-year forecast online.

New Administrative Hires

At its June 10 meeting, the Board of Education approved the hire of three new administrators.

  • Mina Caputo, Special Education Coordinator

  • Lauren Egebrecht, Central Road Assistant Principal

  • Stacia Soeldner, Carl Sandburg Assistant Principal

The three new administrators will begin work in District 15 on July 1.