News from CCSD15 Board of Education

May 11, 2022

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May 11, 2022, BOE Meeting

Retirement Reception

Prior to the Board of Education meeting, the District celebrated our 48 retirees! This amazing group of employees together has a combined 1,022.5 years of service to our staff, students, and the communities we serve! We sincerely thank our retirees, we wish you all nothing but the best (and lots of rest) in your retirement!

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Pledge of Allegiance

Gray M. Sanborn and Lincoln School invited students to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The group of students from GMS shared things they love about their school and the students from LS shared various volunteer projects they are working on. What a group of dedicated students we have! Thank you, Tigers and Lions, you make us #ProudToBe15!

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Community Recognition - one-five Foundation

The one-five Foundation is an essential partner of District 15. It holds various fundraisers throughout the year including Teacher Mini-Grants, the 50/50 Raffle, as well as Teacher Tributes. The Foundation recently donated $90,000 to the District in support of flexible seating in our schools. District 15 thanks the one-five Foundation for all of its support and funding for District initiatives.

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Staff Recognition - School Nurses

National School Nurses' Day is May 11, 2022! District 15 truly appreciates all of the tireless efforts and accomplishments of our school nurses and their efforts to meet the needs of our students by improving the delivery of healthcare in our schools. Thank you to our school nurses for helping students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn, not just on this National School Nurse Day, but at every opportunity throughout the year.

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Staff Recognition - Employees with More Than 35 Years of Service

The District is thrilled to celebrate its most veteran staff members at its May Board meeting! Six staff members have worked for District 15 for more than 35 years, with the most senior staff member clocked in at 42 years! The Board and assembled guests praised these staff members for their dedicated service to the students and families of the District: Lynn St. Pierre, Facilities and Operations (35 years), Margie Bucsa, Conyers Learning Academy (38 years), Michael Carmody (38 years), Estelle Torok, Conyers Learning Academy (38 years), Kathy Pope, Transportation (40 years), and Dorel Fontagneres, Transportation (42 years).

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Staff Recognition - Joanna Shostachuk

Joanna Shostachuk, Principal of Central Road, led a school supply and backpack drive benefiting Ukrainian refugee children. Following the collection, she also assisted with the coordination of the shipping and distribution of the supplies to Poland.

Thanks to Mrs. Shostachuk's dedicated work, she, along with a few others, collected over 1,500 school backpacks for Ukrainian children. We applaud Joanna for her efforts and feel fortunate to have administrators like her in our District!

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Transportation Update

Dr. Claire Kowalczyk presented a transportation update specifically regarding the 3-tiered system for the 2022-2023 school year. There have been concerns around the change brought to the District and since March, the transportation department has been working with various community groups to ensure concerns are addressed.

The District has worked with District 211 and the Palatine Police Department to confirm when students enter/leave the high schools in order to ensure student safety. The Village of Palatine - per the District’s request - is looking into the possibility of adding flashing signs at crosswalks near Virginia Lake. The Transportation Department is still working to hire additional drivers and will continue to work with parents regarding any concerns or feedback they may have for the next school year.

View the transportation update here.

Student Services Department Update

Ann Scully, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, along with members of the Student Services Department, provided the Board with an overview of District programs, highlights from this school year, and next steps for moving into the 2022-23 school year.

The Student Services Department shared that Henry, a student at Marion Jordan, won the Infinitec Technology Use Award, honoring students who excel in their use of assistive technology. Henry uses a dynamic display voice output communication device to support his communication. At the awards ceremony, Henry was given a trophy, a $100 gift card, and the Infinitec Bear to honor him. District 15 is incredibly proud of Henry for his accomplishments!

View the Student Services Department update here.

Action Items

  • 9.1 Educational Services Secretary position increase from .4 to 1.0 FTE - approved

  • 9.2 Approval of Personnel Report: Administrative, Certified and Non-Certified Staff - approved

  • 9.3 Motion to Establish Time and Place of Regular Board of Education Meetings - approved

  • 9.4 Approval of District UPS Refresh (E-Rate) - approved

  • 9.5 Bid Award #22-013 Fresh Produce - approved

  • 9.6 Bid Award #22-014 Cafeteria Packaging - approved

  • 9.7 Bid Award #22-015 Milk - approved

  • 9.8 Bid Award #22-017 Carl Sandburg - Phase 2 Parking Lot Improvements - approved

  • 9.9 Bid Award #22-018 Jane Addams - Parking Lot Improvements - approved

  • 9.10 Bid Award #22-019 Willow Bend - Parking Lot Improvements - approved

  • 9.11 Intergovernmental Agreement: CARE Program, Palatine Park District - approved

  • 9.12 Intergovernmental Agreement: REC Program, Rolling Meadows Park District - approved

  • 9.13 Intergovernmental Agreement: STAR Program, Hoffman Estates Park District - approved

  • 9.14 Intergovernmental Agreement: Hoffman Estates Park District's Use of Frank C. Whiteley and Thomas Jefferson Facilities - approved

  • 9.15 NSSEO Contract for 2022-2023 School Year for Student Services Professional Development, Consulting, and Audiological Services - approved

  • 9.16 Resolution - Authorize the Notice of Publication of Public Hearing on the Adoption of the FY23 Tentative Budget - approved