News from CCSD15 Board of Education

April 14, 2021

Board Recognition

The Board recognized our wonderful Nutrition Services and Transportation Departments for all their hard work this year. Thanks to our dedicated Nutrition Services and Transportation teams, District 15 has been able to serve our families a truly astonishing 1,258,544 meals between March 16, 2020, through March 16, 2021!

In addition to meal service, the transportation department also helped deliver much needed technology such as Chromebooks, hotspots and chargers to families who were not able to pick them up at school.

Many thanks to employees within both departments who put the needs of students first and made this happen for our families!

Beyond Just Boundaries

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us for one of our Beyond Just Boundaries community engagement sessions. We know how busy you are and we truly appreciate your time and thoughtful feedback about the 9 Priorities we shared with you.

If you were unable to participate, use this link to view one of the sessions (all of the sessions reviewed the same information) in order to listen in and learn about improvement efforts we are hoping to bring to D15.

The next Board of Education meeting is a Committee of the Whole and will be held at WRS on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. As we have done in the past, the meeting will be available for viewing on YouTube. We hope you tune in!

National Blue Ribbon School Nomination

Congratulations to Mr. Dietz, Principal, Mr. Rice, Assistant Principal and the talented staff at Walter R. Sundling Junior High School for their nomination as a National Blue Ribbon School in the category of “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools”. Regardless of whether or not they are ultimately deemed a blue ribbon school, we are beyond proud of WRS staff and students.

COVID-19 Update

A monthly COVID update was provided to the Board of Education. Please click this link for the latest update.

Health Life Safety and Priority Projects Presentation

Diana McCluskey, the Chief School Business Official, James Kaplanes, Director of Facilities and Operations and Mike Eichhorn of Wold Architects and Engineers presented an update to the Health Life Safety Report to the Board. Since the update last month, the Business Department has further vetted completed items and updated the associated costs of the remaining work at $72M. The next step of this process is the development of the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan.

You can view the full presentation here:

Advanced Learners Update Presentation

Dr. Thomas Edgar, Assistant Superintendent for District Improvement & Data, Robyn Cook, Assistant Director of Professional Learning & District Development, Emily McFadden, Instructional Support Coordinator, and Laura Beltchenko, Nationally-Recognized Consultant in Gifted Education presented an Advanced Learners Update.

You can view the full presentation here:

2020-2021 Revised Official School Calendar

The 2020-2021 official school calendar presently has five emergency days built into it as required by the Illinois School Code (105ILCS 5/10-19). Emergency days must be made up prior to the end of the school year. District 15 did not use any emergency days during the 2020-2021 school year, but instead used virtual learning, therefore, the last day of school for Grades 1-8 will be Thursday, May 27, 2021. The Classroom Teachers’ Council (CTC) has been provided a copy of the revised calendar and concurs to the recommended changes as presented.

You can view the 2020-2021 revised official school calendar here:

Committee Reports

One-five Foundation

The one-five Foundation completed their 50/50 raffle and had the largest payout thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket!

Finance Committee

The committee discussed the boundary work and encouraged the community to tune in to what will be proposed at the Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, April 21.

Equity Committee

The committee is working within subgroups and will present their findings to the Board at its May meeting.

Action Items

  • 9.1 2021-2022 Related Service Staffing Increase Recommendations - Approved
  • 9.2 Accounting Assistant - Replacement of Existing Accounts Receivable Secretary FTE - Approved
  • 9.3 Approval to Hire Maintenance Positions FTE - Approved
  • 9.4 Approval of Personnel Report: Administration, Certified and Non-Certified - Approved
  • 9.5 E-Rate Bid for Refresh of the Network Firewall - Approved
  • 9.6 Approval of Request to Purchase: Wayside Publishing World Language Level 1 Materials for Spanish and French - Approved
  • 9.7 Health Care Renewal: Approval of 2021-22 Medical/Dental/Vision Rates - Approved
  • 9.8 Request for Approval: 2021-22 Chromebook Purchase - Approved
  • 9.9 Bid Award #21-007 for Interior Renovations at Conyers Learning Academy - Approved
  • 9.10 Bid Award #21-008 Fresh Bakery Products - Approved
  • 9.11 Bid Award #21-009 Horizontal Wrapping Machine - Approved
  • 9.12 Bid Award #21-010 Bus Interior Cleaning Services - Approved
  • 9.13 Bid Award #21-011 Non-Food Supplies - Approved
  • 9.14 Mobile Casework - Gray M Sanborn - Approved
  • 9.15 New Carpet & LVT Tile Installation - Second Floor of the ESC - Approved
  • 9.16 New Carpet & LVT Tile Installation - Winston Campus Jr High - Approved
  • 9.17 Conference Room Furniture - ESC - Approved
  • 9.18 Approval to Request for Purchase: Project Lead The Way (PLTW) VEX V5 Gateway Upgrade Kit - Approved
  • 9.19 Approval of Amendment to Superintendent’s Employment Contract - Approved
  • 10 Consent Calendar - Approved


  • April 19: SPARK meeting

  • April 21: Committee of the Whole Board meeting
  • May 3: Organizational Meeting of the Board
  • May 6 & 7: No School - Teacher Institute/Plan Days
  • May 12: Regular Board meeting
  • May 14: Elementary Virtual Open House