The Communicator

District 47 Newsletter - Fall 2018

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Superintendent's Message

  • Important Dates

  • Strategic Plan Update

  • District Highlights

  • Meet Our New Leaders

  • In the News

  • Financial Update

  • Operations Update

  • Board of Education Update

  • Student & Community Activities

  • Connect with Us!

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

As the 2018/19 school year began, it was exciting to have our entire staff attend a kick-off event that highlighted the launch of our new strategic plan. Additionally, our keynote speaker (Andrew McPeak, co-author of “Marching Off the Map”) touched on the importance of how teaching and learning have been changed by technology and how the current generation receives, processes, and uses information. The positive synergy that was created during the kick-off flowed right into the start of the school year as we welcomed students back into our schools.


As we start the first year of the strategic plan, the action teams are busy planning and we are grateful to all of the staff that have stepped forward to dedicate their time and passion to moving our vision and mission forward. A couple of items I’d like to bring to the attention of our community and families that fall outside of the strategic plan are ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) school report cards. ESSA is the new federal legislation that replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. To view a slide presentation with the highlights of ESSA, click here.


Illinois’ state ESSA plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in 2017 and went into effect July 1, 2018. While there are many components to the new legislation, the element that will be widely distributed to communities is the ranking of schools listed on the ISBE report card. Based on a formula of 25+ factors, the Illinois ESSA plan places every Illinois public school in one of four categories and the category designation will appear on the school’s ISBE-issued report card beginning this fall. The categories are: Tier 1: Exemplary, Tier 2: Commendable, Tier 3: Underperforming, and Tier 4: Lowest Performing. At the time of this writing, District 47 had not received notification of the category designations of our schools. While we will take in and analyze the information on the ISBE report card, including the tier designation, this will only be part of the overall picture of the district and our schools. We encourage the community to look at the school report cards but to focus in on the measures and indicators on the strategic plan, as they comprise the elements that our community selected as the factors of success that matter most. The strategic plan, measures/indicators, and 2018-19 priorities are posted on the District website. Updates will be posted as they become available. To easily access that page, click here.


We are excited about the energy, focus, and collaboration that have launched our new strategic plan this year. We look forward to the progress our action teams will make and invite the community to follow along!


Dr. Kathy Hinz

Superintendent

IMPORTANT DATES

November 2018

11/2 - End Trimester 1 (K-grade 5) and Term 2 (grades 6-8)

11/14 - Early Release Day; 2pm dismissal (K-5); 1pm (6-8)

11/15 - Parent/teacher conferences, 5pm-8pm (all grades)

11/19 - Parent/teacher conferences, noon to 8pm (all grades) - NO SCHOOL

11/19 - Board of Education meeting, 7pm, CORE Center

11/20 - Parent/teacher conferences, 8am-11am - NO SCHOOL

11/21-11/23 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL


December 2018

12/17 - Board of Education meeting, 7pm, CORE Center

12/21 - 1/6/19 - Winter Break


January 2019

1/7 - Classes resume

1/11 - End Term 3 (grades 6-8)

1/18 - Teacher Institute Day - NO SCHOOL

1/21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

1/22 - Board of Education meeting, 7pm, CORE Center

1/23 - Early Release Day; 2pm dismissal (K-5); 1pm (6-8)

1/24 - Wehde Early Childhood Center Open House (6pm-7pm)


February 2019

2/4 - Board of Education meeting, 7pm, CORE Center

2/15 - Half Day (School Improvement Day); noon dismissal (K-5); 11am (6-8)

2/18 - President’s Day - NO SCHOOL

2/19 - Board of Education meeting, 7pm, CORE Center

2/27 - Early Release Day; 2pm dismissal (K-5); 1pm (6-8)

2/20 - 2/21 - Kindergarten registration, CORE Center


Click link for access to the complete 2018-19 school calendar.

FALL 2018 STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE

During the 2017-18 school year, District 47 worked with the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) on an important community engagement and strategic planning process called Forward 47. The strategic plan outlines the District’s mission, vision, values, goals, and strategies and was adopted by the Board of Education in January 2018. Last spring, 10 action teams (one for each strategy) comprised of 100+ staff members and administrators across the district, worked together to identify priority items and action plans for the 2018-19 school year. See a summary for each goal area below.

GOAL 1: Student Growth and Achievement

GOAL 1 / STRATEGY 1: Align and adjust curriculum and assessment to reflect rigor, relevance, and the 6 C’s - critical thinking, collaboration, character, citizenship, creativity, and communication


Focus for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Continue to study and dig deeper into the 6 C’s.

  • Participate in a book study, “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning” by Michael Fullan.

  • Develop guidelines, parameters and a consistent continuous improvement process for all curriculum/program adoptions, roll-outs and evaluations.


GOAL 1 / STRATEGY 2: To meet the learning needs of all PreK-8 students and close achievement gaps through an improved differentiated instruction, intervention, and enrichment system


Focus for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Target the individual needs of students through data collection and assessment.

  • Compile lists of resources available to students throughout the district to determine the need for supplemental materials.

  • Research hybrid models of programming to use with middle school students during Extended Learning Time (XLT).

GOAL 2: Learning Environment

GOAL 2 / STRATEGY 3: Assess and support the social and emotional needs of all students


Focus for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Explore social-emotional programs as a potential districtwide pilot program for next year

  • Provide certified staff with social-emotional training, including functions of behavior, trauma, and resiliency.

  • Train several staff members from each school to lead restorative “circles,” where students and the teacher sit in a circle to engage in a healthy dialog as a way to build relationships and address conflicts.


GOAL 2 / STRATEGY 4: Assess and support pre-kindergarten through grade 2 early learners who are delayed in their readiness


Focus for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Collect and study research and best practices in early literacy and early childhood, including academics and social-emotional learning.

  • Research professional development opportunities for current D47 offerings in Pre-k through 2nd grade.

  • Visit and observe PreK through 2nd-grade classrooms within and outside of District 47.

GOAL 3: Work Environment

GOAL 3 / STRATEGY 5: To provide time, tools, and clear expectations to ensure effective staff collaboration


Focus for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Research collaborative models by visiting other school districts and reading professional literature.

  • Identify a model defining time, tools and expectations of collaboration for District 47 staff.


GOAL 3 / STRATEGY 6: Provide time, tools, devices, and clear expectations to integrate technology into teaching and learning


Focus for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Collaborate with instructional coaches and iCoaches to develop a differentiated technology integration plan for teachers across all grade levels that will outline the implementation of 1:1 devices, professional development, management and workflow strategies.



GOAL 3 / STRATEGY 7: To develop an aligned data system for making informed decisions, monitoring progress, and reporting results


Focus for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Explore ways to consistently collect local reading and writing data.

  • Research standardized methods for collecting student assessment data, particularly as it relates to comprehension.

GOAL 4: Family and Community Partnerships

GOAL 4 / STRATEGY 8: To investigate and utilize effective tools and strategies to engage families, businesses, and the community as vital partners in the learning process


Focus for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Examine family engagement initiatives at each school and ensure current and future engagement activities align with the new federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) guidelines and requirements.

  • Find ways to strengthen partnerships with parents and develop and reinforce relationships with organizations and businesses in the community.

GOAL 5: Resource Efficiencies

GOAL 5 / STRATEGY 9: Ensure equity in allocating fiscal and program resources across the District to address variances in individual school needs


Focus for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Using District data related to reading comprehension and social-emotional needs, continue exploring effective ways to allocate resources to meet the needs of all students.


GOAL 5 / STRATEGY 10: Address facility needs in a timely manner to ensure an optimal teaching and learning environment


Focus for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Develop a multi-year plan for building maintenance and improvement based on a recent facility needs assessment, a 2016 life-safety inspection, and matters related to school security.

DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS

District 47 Recognizes Three ISBE Those Who Excel Recipients

Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 is proud to announce three recipients of the 2018 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel awards. The program honors individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to Illinois public and non-public elementary and secondary schools. Those Who Excel winners from District 47 are (left to right): Board member Ryan Farrell (Award of Excellence: School Board Member category), Glacier Ridge special education teacher Maureen Biermeier (Award of Excellence: Team category) and Glacier Ridge first grade teacher Mary Lichtenberger (Award of Excellence: Team category). All were honored, along with other Those Who Excel winners from around the state, at ISBE’s 44th annual recognition dinner on October 20, 2018 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal.

"Made in Your Own Backyard Day" Event

On October 4th, School Districts 47 and 155 took part in an inaugural event called “Made In Your Own Backyard Day.” The open house event, spearheaded by the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, was a localized version of MFG Day, a national day of recognition to inspire a future generation of manufacturers. Middle and high school students and their parents boarded school buses from District 155 high schools to visit and tour local manufacturing companies, including General Kinematics, Mathews Company, Heartland Woodworking and Precision WaterJet. The purpose of the event was to increase awareness of unique products manufactured locally and to educate parents and students about the diverse manufacturing field and career opportunities right here in Crystal Lake.

Local Churches Unite to Help District 47 Schools Meet Family Needs

While pursuing a masters degree in Christian formation from North Park Theological Seminary, Kate Norten, a former educator and teacher in Wauconda, developed the idea of creating school/church partnerships while doing an internship served at her local church.


Norten said her initial thought was to partner Lundahl Middle School with her own church, Hope Church of Crystal Lake. After meeting with District 47 Superintendent Dr. Hinz, it was suggested she meet with the district's social workers to determine what needs existed. In February 2017, Norten met with Kristin Schmidt, assistant director of special education, and the district’s social workers. Upon doing so, Norten quickly learned that all schools had needs. While some schools already had a church partnership through Kids Hope USA, a national, non-profit organization that facilitates mentoring relationships with at-risk children through church-school partnerships, others did not. These schools expressed interest in finding a partner, so she quickly got to work matchmaking.


“Churches are aware that families have needs all the time and that this can overwhelm the schools,” said Norten. “There’s no way the school can take care of all the needs that families may have.”


In March 2017, participating churches met collectively for the first time. Churches include Willow Creek-Crystal Lake, First United Methodist, First Congregational, Bethany Lutheran, Living Waters, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Crosspoint Lutheran, Harvest Crystal Lake, Evangelical Free Church, St. Thomas Apostle, and Hope Church.


According to Norten, collaboration was key. “Before, some of the churches stated they felt like islands,” she said. “Now we have this community and strengthened partnerships. If there’s a need at a school that one church can’t meet on its own, others can step in to help.”


Local churches help the District 47 school community in a variety of ways, including providing food for families and conducting clothing, coat, and school supply drives. They also support staff by occasionally providing appreciation lunches or breakfasts.


Visit the District 47 website to read the rest of this article and to learn more about the positive impact of church-school partnerships!


PHOTO CAPTION: Canterbury and Coventry principals organize school supplies donated by Willow Creek Church of Crystal Lake during a back-to-school event in August.

D47 Staff Kick-Off Event

On August 20th, all D47 staff members were welcomed back for the 2018-2019 school year with an event highlighting the District’s new strategic plan and mission statement: Empowering All Students: Learners Today -- Leaders Tomorrow. Guest speaker Andrew McPeak, co-author of the book Marching Off the Map, encouraged staff to be pioneers as they educate the current generation of learners in their classrooms.


Additional highlights of the event included a brief update by strategic plan action team co-champions as well as inspirational accounts shared by students. Annelise Warren (8th grader, Hannah Beardsley Middle School), Luke Skorija (8th grader, Bernotas Middle School) and Keegan Salisbury (8th grader, Lundahl Middle School) spoke about their passions and the teachers who’ve empowered and inspired them throughout their educational experience in District 47.

Chromebooks for 4th-5th Graders

In June, the Board of Education approved the purchase of Chromebooks for 4th and 5th students at all elementary schools. Devices were distributed to students during the first week of school. Unlike the Chromebooks at D47 middle schools that go home with students, the new Chromebooks for 4th- and 5th-grade classrooms are “housed” in storage carts and used by students only during the school day. During the first year of 1:1 (one device per student) implementation, 4th and 5th grade teachers will use the Chromebooks for instruction (where appropriate) and for technology-based assessments, such as MAP and PARCC, which will help shorten testing windows.


A majority of the storage carts for the 1:1 implementation were donated from Community High School District 155. According to Dave Jenkins, assistant superintendent of technology services, as the high school district moved to a 1:1 model for their students, there was no longer a need for the carts. “We are grateful for the partnership we have with District 155,” said Jenkins. “This is another example of collaboration and how we share resources when possible.”


Canterbury and Coventry iCoach Amy Frank said the implementation of 1:1 Chromebooks at the elementary level has already opened the door for opportunities for both students and teachers. “Our teachers love having the devices easily accessible to utilize digital learning tools and provide engaging lessons on a daily basis,” said Frank. “Students feel empowered to take charge of their learning while they continue to build their digital skill set which will prepare them for the future.”

Community Circles

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This fall, District 47 teachers across all grade levels are learning about “circle time” -- that is, a restorative circle time, where students and the teacher gather in a circle in the classroom to engage in healthy dialogue. Also known as "community circles," circle time is a restorative practice known to help students build relationships and address conflict.


D47 staff is learning about this restorative practice this year through a “train the trainer model,” where several staff members from each school are being trained on three types of restorative circles and are then expected to teach the concept to their peers. The three types of circles being taught this year are academic, problem-solving and community-building. The expectation for staff is that they try at least one of each of the circles by the end of the school year.


Restorative circle training was a recommendation from Strategic Plan Action Team 3, one of the District’s new strategic plan action teams headed up by Indian Prairie principal Jodie Moss, who first brought the idea to District 47 after implementing it in another school district.


“It is important for us to meet both the academic and social-emotional needs of all of our students and circles are a great tool for every classroom teacher,” said Moss. “Teachers can use circles to help teach and reinforce academic material, solve problems as they arise peacefully and easily, and build a strong positive classroom community.”


To see a community circle in action, click here to observe Mrs. McKenna's 4th grade classroom at Indian Prairie (shown above).

New and Improved K-5 Student Progress Report

Based on feedback obtained through parent surveys and staff, a committee of teachers and administrators met last spring to brainstorm ways to improve K-5 student progress reports for monolingual classrooms. The new progress report debuting this year is much shorter in length (2-3 pages vs. 6-12 previously) and uses parent-friendly terminology.


Progress reports are traditionally viewed electronically through the District’s parent-information system called ParentVue. This year, however, to accommodate different communication styles for K-5 families, printed copies will also be sent home with students. Note: The progress reports for dual language students experienced some minor changes, but not as many as they were revamped last year.


For an overview of the new monolingual K-5 progress report, visit the District 47 website.

Erin’s Law: Empowering Students through Be Seen and Heard©2.0 Curriculum

In accordance with a state mandate regarding Erin’s Law (Public Act 96-1524), Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 will be teaching the Be Seen and Heard©2.0 curriculum, a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program for students in grades K-8 beginning this fall. Be Seen and Heard© is an age-appropriate, engaging curriculum created by professional speaker Victor Pacini that focuses on the difference between safe and unsafe touch and the importance of having a trusted hero -- someone a child trusts and can turn to for help.


At Wehde Early Childhood Center, social workers received an initial training by Victor Pacini and will deliver a lesson to 4-year-olds in accordance with Erin’s Law. Across other grade levels, initial Be Seen and Heard© lessons will begin in mid-October and run through December, with follow-up lessons scheduled for January, March, and May. To learn more about Erin’s Law or Be Seen and Heard©, visit www.erinslaw.org or www.victorpacini.com.

FastBridge Assessments

Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 has implemented a new assessment tool called FastBridge as part of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework. The tool will be utilized this year for students in transitional kindergarten (TK) through 8th grade who are currently receiving targeted academic supports and special education services in reading and/or mathematics. These students will take the FastBridge benchmark assessments in the fall, winter and spring and their progress will be monitored as needed (i.e., weekly, biweekly or monthly).


Scott Kubelka, assistant superintendent of student learning, explains, “The benefit of FastBridge is that it provides benchmark data that helps determine if a student needs additional support, reteaching, etc. It also allows staff to monitor a student’s overall growth and determine if supports are proving to be effective or need to change.”


Developed by the University of Minnesota, FastBridge has been adopted by schools in 37 states and has over 13 million users. FastBridge replaces the Aimsweb benchmark assessment formerly used in District 47. Next school year, FastBridge testing will expand to all students.


New Extended Learning Time (XLT) in Middle Schools

XLT (Extended Learning Time) is the term used to describe the new 35-minute daily intervention/enrichment block for all middle school students. XLT provides an opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to advance their understanding and strengthen academic performance as it relates to challenging concepts, content and skills. XLT includes academic targets in the areas of literacy and mathematics and provides students with personalized and differentiated learning opportunities through a new web-based tool called Freckle. Freckle provides students with practice opportunities that are specifically targeted to their current readiness level and performance. Although Freckle is not the only resource utilized during XLT, it illustrates a desire at the middle schools to differentiate instruction based upon students’ unique performance.


In addition to academic supports, XLT provides social-emotional learning opportunities through a curriculum called Second Step. Second Step helps students learn how to establish a growth mindset and set goals, manage their emotions and resolve conflicts. Students are also given an opportunity to practice and strengthen executive functioning (organizational) skills. The latter will prove particularly helpful as students transition to high school.

Words Their Way

Beginning this fall, a new word study program called “Words Their Way” was implemented for students in grades 1-5. This program will be implemented initially in monolingual (English only) classrooms but will expand to include dual language classrooms later this fall.


Words Their Way integrates phonics, vocabulary, and spelling in a developmental, hands-on approach. The program is designed to help students grow their knowledge of language by analyzing patterns in words; ultimately, helping them become stronger readers and writers.


D47 Parent Groups Raise $300,00+ in 2017-2018

In September, the Board of Education recognized parent/teacher organizations for their fundraising efforts during the 2017-18 school year. In total, PTOs/PTAs, including parent groups for Wehde Early Childhood Center and Crystal Lake Friends of Gifted Education (CLFOGE), raised $311,310.


While PTO/PTA funds are allocated differently at each school, dollars raised help fund field trips, author visits and other school events, and aid in the purchase of library books and resources, classroom-specific supplies, and building playground equipment.


“We greatly appreciate what our parent groups do for our schools,” said Board President Rob Fetzner. “Their tireless efforts benefit both current and future District 47 students.“


PHOTO CAPTION: Students at South created “principal sundaes” at an assembly that concluded their PTO Glow-tacular fundraiser that raised $21,000 for the school. Principal Rachael Alt and Assistant Principal Michelle Barrett were decorated as “sundaes” from head to toe.

New Special Education Center at Bernotas

One of the largest projects the District underwent last summer includes the construction of a new dedicated life skills space for special education students at Bernotas Middle School. The new building addition is being fully funded through a federal IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) grant totaling $1.3 million over two years. The facility is ADA accessible and will be equipped with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, flexible area for group activities, a private office, and a bathroom. Features outside the addition include a private patio as well as a rain garden area. The goal is to enable students in the Adjusted Learning program to learn and practice activities of daily living, interact with peers and enhance social skills, and engage in activities promoting physical and mental health, such as yoga/ stretching, mindfulness practice, etc.


According to Kelli Catini, director of special education, the addition will provide educational opportunities that some students require and previously had to attend school out-of-district to receive. “This new facility will allow us to provide the life skills curriculum that is the foundation for these students as they transition to high school and beyond. It will also allow us to support more of our students right here in District 47 instead of considering programming outside the District.”

MEET OUR NEW LEADERS

Rebecca Adams, Assistant Principal, Glacier Ridge Elementary School



Rebecca Adams served as assistant principal at South Elementary for the past two years. She has been in education for 16 years, with most of that tenure spent at an elementary school in Woodstock where she taught various grade levels from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

Michelle Barrett, Assistant Principal, South Elementary School

Michelle Barrett served as an assistant principal at Kimball Hill School in Palatine School District 15 prior to returning to District 47. She was a classroom teacher for 17 years with the vast majority as an intermediate teacher at Woods Creek Elementary School.

Anastasia Gruper, Director of Professional Development

Anastasia Gruper began her career in District 47 in 2002 as a 7th grade teacher at Bernotas Middle School and became an assistant principal at Bernotas in 2008. Prior to taking on her new role at the District office, Gruper was an assistant principal at Glacier Ridge Elementary School for five years.

Dawn Langdon, Assistant Director of Special Education

Dawn Langdon spent the past 11 years at Bernotas Middle School where she was a 7th grade learning specialist. Before that, she served as a teacher in the Communication Development Program and spent 10 years at the high school level as a special education teacher and instructional coordinator.

Amy Lilly, Assistant Principal, Canterbury Elementary School

Amy Lilly started her career in education as a special education teacher and taught at the elementary and middle school levels for 10 years. She moved into administration in 2005, spending most of her career in Prospect Heights before coming to District 47 as an assistant principal at Hannah Beardsley Middle School (HBMS) in 2009. Lilly served at HBMS for three years before becoming an assistant director of special education in 2012, where she has served for the past six years.


FINANCIAL UPDATE

On September 17, 2018, the District 47 Board of Education passed the 2018-19 budget. Click here to review this budget on the District’s website.


Within this budget, the Board approved making final payments on the 2007 and 2009 General Obligation bonds. All remaining debt (2010 Build America Bonds and 2018 Debt Certificates) will be paid from the District’s operating funds, eliminating the tax that has been levied previously for the debt service fund.


While the majority of the D47 budget (approximately 80%) comes from local revenue sources, the District looks for competitive grant opportunities to fund initiatives as well as ways to streamline federal money that is provided to the District. The D47 Board of Education and the administration continue to explore ways to fund projects and streamline costs while supporting the District’s mission of empowering all students.


For general questions regarding the District’s annual tax levy, check out Property Tax FAQs on the District website.


Education Funding Reform

In August 2017, Senate Bill 1947 (SB19470) was passed into law. SB1947 is considered by many to be a historic victory towards equitable school funding in Illinois. Under the new plan, schools are receiving funds through an evidence-based model that utilizes 27 data sets and best practices in education to determine the actual cost for school districts to provide an adequate education for students. Funding levels are based on each school district’s “adequacy target,” which is a calculation based on a school district’s needs and its community’s capacity to fund its schools based on assessed property values. Funding is then prioritized to schools that are furthest from their adequacy target. There is a base funding minimum plus tier funding that is received. For the 2017/18 school year, the District received just under $12.6 million from state funding and is projected to receive an additional $300,000 in tiered funding in 2018/19.


It is difficult for districts to calculate their own approximate annual funding levels due to the complexity of the formula and the uncertainty of the annual funding level by the state. While the state has continued to disperse these funds on a regular schedule, other state funds have been lagging. The state still owes District 47 funds that should have been received for the 2018 fiscal year.


District 47 encourages any parent or community member with questions, comments or concerns about school funding to contact their local legislators.

OPERATIONS UPDATE

Last spring, District 47's architect conducted a facility needs assessment to identify priority projects and effectively align resources with the educational needs of the District. The District’s projected facility needs over the next several years include capital improvement projects related to this assessment as well as to school security and a 2016 state-required life-safety inspection.


Summer Projects

Building renovations, upgrades, and repairs typically take place over the summer when school is not in session. Projects completed last summer total approximately $12 million and include: HVAC mechanical system upgrades; roofing repairs and replacements; door replacements and enhancements; intercom upgrades; flooring replacements; painted gyms; locker upgrades; new playground equipment; masonry work; and concrete/asphalt replacement.

BOARD OF EDUCATION UPDATE

District 47 Board of Education (back row, from left): Rob Fetzner (president), Eileen Palsgrove, Ryan Farrell, Dr. Betsy Les (vice president), and Curt Wadlington. Front row: John Pellikan and Jonathan Powell


Board Meeting Highlights


October 2018

Highlights from the October 15, 2018 meeting:

  • Fifth grade Coventry students highlighted instructional technology and how it impacts their learning.
  • Two parents spoke during citizens' input regarding the construction work being discussed for Coventry.
  • On the consent agenda, the Board approved an annual intergovernmental indemnification agreement with the Village of Prairie Grove.
  • The Board approved the dismissal of a TJA mechanic assistant employee.
  • The Board approved a daily rate pay increase for substitute teachers.
  • The Board had a first reading for two policies (second reading will be in November).
  • In new business, the Board asked Director of Operations Dave Schuh to provide a high level explanation of the work needed at Coventry and the timeline being discussed.
  • In new business, the Board acknowledged the upcoming celebration of Principal Week/Day by IASA and thanked them for their work on behalf of staff and students.


For details and meeting minutes, click here.


September 2018

Highlights from the September 17, 2018 meeting:
  • The Board honored the PTOs/PTAs across the District for raising $301,133 during the 2017/18 school year to support our schools and students.
  • On the consent agenda, the Board approved the updates to policy 6:210 Curriculum Materials.
  • On the consent agenda, the Board approved the required notices under Public Act 96-0434, Public Act 96-0266 and Public Act 97-0609.
  • The Board approved the Transportation Joint Agreement budget for the 2018/19 school year.
  • The Board approved a resolution identifying work contracts for an installment purchase agreement.
  • The Board had an update from the Operations Committee and a discussion about how and where to spend available funds for building/facilities maintenance over the next several years.
  • The Board held the public hearing regarding the 2018/19 budget.
  • The Board approved a resolution to authorize the Operations & Maintenance Fund expenditures.
  • The Board approved a resolution to allocate Evidence-Based Funding (EBF).

For details and meeting minutes, click here.


August 2018

Highlights from the August 20, 2018 meeting:

  • On the consent agenda, the Board approved the Prevailing Wage Resolution
  • The Board had a first reading for policy 6:210 - Instructional Materials
  • The Board had an update from the Operations Committee and a discussion about how and where to spend available funds for building/facilities maintenance over the next several years


For details and meeting minutes, click here.

Student & Community Activities

Click here to check out local programs and activities for students offered by our community partners!

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