News from CCSD15 Board of Education

March 13, 2020

Contract for Boundary Study Approved

The Board approved a contract with RSP Associates to help facilitate the next phase of the District's boundary study.

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

In an effort to close the achievement gap and allocate more resources toward special education, multilingual resources and mental health services, the Board approved an increase in staffing for the 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

District 15 schools remain closed through at least Tuesday, March 31.

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 daily. Should the school closure last beyond Spring Break, the Distance Learning plan will be ramped up to include daily teacher communication and additional resources. Technology will be deployed to families who do not have devices at home. More information will be shared with families in the days to come.

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

Members of the Lincoln Elementary School PTA Environmental Club were recognized at the March 11 Board of Education meeting for their efforts in improving recycling and environmental efforts at Lincoln. The group discussed its efforts to reduce paper and plastic waste in classrooms and lunchrooms.

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 students 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 annual 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.