News from CCSD15 Board of Education
March 24, 2020
Contract for Boundary Study Approved
District 15 has been studying its school boundaries over the last two years to find efficiencies in the school feeder patterns and alleviate overcrowding in some facilities.
RSP will follow the Boundary Task Force's Guiding Principles and Boundary Criteria as presented at the June 12, 2019 Board of Education meeting, including information from the community survey. RSP will apply its Redistricting Tool to the four concepts developed by the Boundary Task Force and share its findings with the Board this spring.
Board Approves Increase in Staffing for 2020-21 School Year
Over the past few years, District 15 has worked to allocate staff in as close to a staffing neutral manner as possible. However, the District is seeing the need to increase the number of staff members in key areas to support the academic, social-emotional and comprehensive mental health needs of students.
The Board approved the addition of 14 positions. It deferred the vote on adding four instructional coaches to April's Board meeting, in order to allow more time for gathering information.
School Closure Resources
The Board and District are committed to providing as many resources as possible to families during this time. Meal delivery for those who rely on free school meals will continue for the duration of the break.
Distance Learning resources are also available to families by visiting our Distance Learning website. The site continues to be updated frequently. Teachers will be engaged with students in Distance Learning beginning after Spring Break until the closure comes to an end. Technology is being deployed to families who do not have devices at home. Parents will hear from their child's teacher next week with more information about Distance Learning.
Please visit our COVID-19 website for all of the latest information related to this issue.
Pleasant Hill Leads Pledge of Allegiance
Students, staff and volunteers from Pleasant Hill Elementary School led the Board of Education in the Pledge of Allegiance. Students selected to participate are part of the recycling program and student council. PTA parents who organized the school's Multicultural Fest and Make a Difference Week were also recognized.
Lincoln Environmental Club Recognition
Student Musicians Receive IGSMA Honors
District 15 student musicians participated in the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) contest held at Plum Grove Junior High in February. Students spent many hours practicing their music both in school and at home, earning 16 perfect scores at the event! Students receiving a perfect score were recognized by the Board at its March 11 meeting. Congratulations to these students and their teachers!
National Geographic GeoBee Winners
The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in grades 4-8 from over 10,000 schools across the United States compete for a chance to win college scholarships and the honor of being named the National Geographic Bee Champion.
The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition: school, state, and national.
District 15 student Maitreyi P. of Walter R. Sundling Junior High School advanced to the State Geography Bee to be held on March 27, 2020, in Normal, Illinois. Congratulations to to all of the students that participated in this exciting event!
2-Ball Champions Honored
Congratulations to the students and staff who participated in the District 15 annual 6th grade 2-Ball tournament.
2-Ball is a unique basketball skills game played by two-player teams. Each team has one minute to score as many baskets as possible from any of the designated shooting spots identified on a half court. Each shooting spot is worth a different point value based on the difficulty of the basket. At the end of the competition, the team with the highest score wins.
This year, 126 boys and 120 girls participated in the tournament. The winners in each category were honored by the Board.