District 15 Board of Education News
April 12, 2023
Pledge of Allegiance: Jane Addams Students
Several students who are a part of the Boys and Girls Club at Jane Addams helped lead the Pledge of Allegiance at this month’s Board meeting.
This delightful group of students participates in the program which is designed to empower them to excel in school, become good citizens, and lead healthy, productive lives. Yuliza Leyva, the Director of the Palatine Club, introduced the group of students who shared some of their favorite activities and experiences from the Boys and Girls Club.
Student Recognition: WordMasters Students
District 15 had three fourth graders and three sixth graders who received a perfect score in the WordMasters Challenge™, which is a national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning.
- Ryan E. (Frank C. Whiteley)
- Kiefen H. (Frank C. Whiteley)
- Sophia L. (Hunting Ridge)
- Caleb M. (Frank C. Whiteley)
- Gabriel L. (Hunting Ridge)
- Sean Z. (Hunting Ridge)
In addition, District 15 had three schools place in the second WordMasters Meet! Frank C. Whiteley, Hunting Ridge, and Central Road had teams that scored in the top 10! We are so proud of their commitment to words. Congratulations!
Staff Recognition: Natalie Skwerski, Lincoln School
Natalie Skwerski, Lunchroom/Recess Supervisor for District 15, was selected as the March Staff Member of the Month for the Above and Beyond recognition following a nomination by the Lincoln School administration. Natalie Skwerski is a longtime Lincoln parent who has stepped up in so many ways to help in any way she possibly could. One such example is her willingness to help with supervision during lunch and also before and after school. Lincoln’s administrators and District 15 are so grateful for staff like Natalie—they help make an important impact in our schools! Thank you, Natalie!
Staff Recognition: Menka San Pietro, Winston Campus Elementary
Staff Recognition: Maryana Malynovska, Gray M. Sanborn
Maryana Malynovska, General Education Program Assistant at Gray M. Sanborn, was selected as the April Staff Member of the Month for the Above and Beyond recognition following a nomination by Gray M. Sanborn’s administration. Maryana joined the Sanborn team just a few short months ago. Maryana is Ukrainian and has been such a huge asset to our newcomers! She is friendly, welcoming, has built connections with our students, and never resists helping her school when they need it! She has a daily schedule where she supports classrooms and is helping students acclimate and transition into a brand new environment. Her support is invaluable.
Community Recognition: Partners for Our Communities (POC) and St. Nectarios Church
Following a fire at the WindHaven Complex in Palatine, our community sprung into action. There were many families and individuals impacted by this devastating fire and District 15 had several students who were a part of that group. Partners For Our Communities (POC) worked with local organizations to create a donation drive for those impacted. Thanks to the communities’ generosity, the POC is at capacity with all of the donations that came in.
One of the local organizations that reached out to District 15 immediately after receiving the notice of the donation drive was St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church. St. Nectarios donated over $8,500 worth of gift cards to the POC to be distributed to the people impacted by the fire! We are so grateful to have such dedicated partners in St. Nectario’s. District 15 is simply overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered, or provided support to those impacted by the WindHaven Complex fire.
Interfund Transfer Public Hearing
The District will need to transfer $4.75 million from the Transportation Fund balance to the Educational Fund to cover excess expenditures in the 2022-23 FY. This transfer is in compliance with state accounting requirements and fund balance guidance.
The School Code requires the Board to hold a public hearing authorizing an interfund transfer from the Transportation Fund prior to Board action formally authorizing the transfer. A notice was published in the Daily Herald on April 3, 2023, setting the hearing date of April 12, 2023. The Board approved the Interfund Transfer Resolution.
Moving 15 Forward Update
Members of the District 15 facility team, Dr. Heinz, CSBO McCluskey, Architects from both Wold and Arcon, members of the Nicholas and Associates construction management team, and RSP boundary consultants provided the Board with a comprehensive update on our Moving 15 Forward initiative. In the presentation, the team shared an overview of the Phase 1 (Plum Grove Junior High School, Walter R. Sundling Junior High School, and Thomas Jefferson) bid process as well as site logistics and final renderings for the schools going through construction this summer. Phase 2 construction projects are under development and will go out to bid in July 2023 and the Phase 3 and 4 projects will go to bid in the Fall of 2023.
The team shared an update on the 1-5 year master facility plan, specific areas of spending, as well as a financial update regarding the referendum bond.
Junior High Human Growth and Development Update
Dr. Tom Edgar, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Emily McFadden, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Megan Preis, Assistant Director of Curriculum, and Julie Crawford, Curriculum Coordinator presented an update on the junior high human growth and development. The committee utilized its Research Design Implementation Model (RDIM) process to review the junior high human growth and development curriculum.
The committee recommends continuing to use Candor Health Education’s Teen Sexual Health 1 course while also continuing to monitor the policy, standards, and needs of students and staff. The committee also recommends continuing to support instructional practices through vetted professional development. Content will be moved from 7th grade to 8th grade with supplemental materials created to support lessons to support Illinois standards and mandates.
The committee also recommends improving transparent access to content for families and providing clear communication of the alignment of materials and the opt-out process. Parents/guardians will receive a letter informing them of an upcoming lesson and the District plans to also provide a parent/guardian night so guardians can see the presentation and information being shared prior to the lesson taking place for their child.
The 2023-2024 Official School Calendar was presented for approval. Recommended by the administration, with input from the Classroom Teachers' Council (CTC), the District would start the school year with three teacher institute days on Monday, August 14, 2023, through Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Students would begin classes on Thursday, August 17, 2023, with Early Childhood and Kindergarten classes beginning on Friday, August 18, 2023.
Winter Break would run from Monday, December 25, 2023, through Friday, January 5, 2024. The first day for students after Winter Break would be Monday, January 8, 2024. Spring Break will run from Monday, March 25, 2024, through Friday, March 29, 2024. The first day for students after Spring Break would be Monday, April 1, 2024.
The school year will end on Friday, May 24, 2024. The calendar structure provides the maximum amount of time for construction to be completed in the summer of 2024.
District 15 Interscholastic Sports
As part of Moving 15 Forward’s plan to shift to a middle school model, the district is engaging in a systematic review process to examine our current athletic programming. The district is currently completing the Research Design Implementation Model (RDIM) process through a review of the updated middle school facilities and soliciting student interest. The team will provide an update to the Board of Education during the 2023-2024 school year with initial implementation for the 2024-2025 school year.
Insurance Renewal for 2023-24
District 15’s insurance committee met with the goal of keeping insurance offerings strong for employees while also monitoring the cost. The district met with representatives from AGM, the district’s insurance consultant, to discuss the 2023-2024 medical, dental, and vision renewal. The Insurance Committee recommends that the District renew five medical plans with BCBS, for a total premium increase of 4.9%, a modest increase compared to the market, which is trending at about 7%, per AGM market analysis.
Board Member Annerino shared tenure dismissal hearings and a student protections bill passed the house, they are working on a bill for new student arrivals, and the TIF reform were the major highlights.
Board Member Taylor shared the 50/50 raffle winner took home $15,000, the next event is the Family Fun Run/Walk on May 20. Check the one-five website for details or to register. Staff tributes coming up soon!
Board Members Hunt and Wang shared there are no new updates at this time.
Board Members Khan and Ader shared that they met with Dr. Heinz and Robyn Cook and discussed a timeline for the strategic plan. The district will see the draft in May and the Equity Committee will meet in advance to review and ask questions. They will continue discussions about how the community can see/ask questions about the plan and how the work of the Equity Committee can align with the work of the strategic plan committee to evaluate how the plan is being followed after it is developed.
Board Policy PRESS 8:090 Second Reading
The Board engaged in a second reading of Policy 8:090. They will revisit this policy at the May meeting for further discussion and decision-making.
10.1 Approval of Chief Technology Officer - approved
10.2 Approval of Personnel Report: Administration, Certified, and Non-Certified - approved
10.3 Approval of Final Official School Calendar 2022-2023 - approved
10.4 Approval of Proposed Official School Calendar 2023-2024 - approved
10.5 Approval of Board Policy 8:090 Parent Organizations - being re-reviewed for May 10, 2023, BOE meeting for approval
10.6 Health Care Renewal: Approval of 2023-24 Medical/Dental/Vision Rates - approved
10.7 Resolution of the Board of Education of Community Consolidated School District 15, Cook County, Illinois, Authorizing an Interfund Transfer From the Transportation Fund to the Educational Fund - approved
10.8 Bid Award #23-010 Musical Instrument Repairs & Maintenance - approved
10.9 Bid #23-011 Pest Management - approved