School Board Highlights
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Mitigations: The Mask Optional/Recommended plan has gone well with no increase in COVID cases. Most students and staff continue to wear masks. Beginning April 11, the schools will move students to tables and desks during the lunch period as long as Covid cases remain low.
Positive Cases: District 103 had few cases of COVID in recent weeks.
Metrics: The COVID metrics are declining in the county and D103 zip codes.
The Transportation Department proposed offering a one-time $400 stipend for school bus drivers and monitors to mirror similar stipends in other districts. The Board will take action on the stipend at the April regular Board meeting.
Student Growth Report
MAP: Recent Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) results were shared with the Board. The results compared fall to winter results and showed growth for District 103 students compared to national norms. The winter test was administered to provide teachers with additional data about students' academic growth to allow for adjustments that may be needed as a result of the impact of the pandemic. Typically, MAP is administered to all students in the fall and select populations of students in the winter. The results of the comparisons showed reading and math were fairly stable. Reading progress was slower for first- and second-graders, which may be attributed to the remote learning that took place during the pandemic.
Spanish Proficiency: The graduating class of eighth-graders is the first class to have nine years of Spanish instruction in D103. Most of the students fall within the range of a targeted achievement level, which means they are able to speak and comprehend Spanish at a basic level.
Report Card Update
The District is working on a solution to improve the report card process for Daniel Wright Junior High School, Craig Chatham, Director of Technology and Assessment, explained to the Board. Parents of Daniel Wright students currently have two ways to view grades. TeacherEase offers a detailed account of how students are doing in class at any given time, highlighting assignments, assessments, and other classwork. At the end of each grading term, PowerSchool provides parents with a snapshot of their child’s progress. To streamline the process, Dr. Chatham and the District Technology Team have been researching several platforms, which would combine the features of TeacherEase and PowerSchool, simplifying the report card process for teachers, parents, and students. The Board requested a timeline from Dr. Chatham to determine next steps for the report card process for Fall 2022.
Approval of Staffing Plan
The Board unanimously approved the District Staffing Plan for the 2022-2023 school year based on a projected enrollment of 1,939 students in grades preschool through eighth. The staffing plan outlines the number of teachers, associates, and administrators needed for each school. The plan is based on the following district class size guidelines of students per teacher:
• K-2 = Low 20’s
• 3-5 = Mid 20’s
• 6-8 = High 20’s
The Board approved HVAC units for Half Day and Sprague schools’ multipurpose rooms. The total project cost is $478,500. The work is scheduled to take place over the summer.
The Board approved the lowest bidder, Kelley Landscape of Libertyville, for the amount of $32,844 for the season that begins April 1 and concludes on Nov. 1. The company is responsible for mowing, weeding, trimming, as well as a spring and fall clean up of all three schools.
Transportation App Pilot Program
The Transportation Department is piloting a new parent app called StopFinder. This app allows parents to receive a notification on their smartphone when their child’s school bus is about to arrive at the bus stop. The Transportation Department shared that close to 600 Sprague and Half Day families have subscribed to the app. Once the app has been fully tested, the Transportation Department will roll it out to all the bus routes.
Board of Education Meeting
The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page. D103 board meetings are being held in-person and live-streamed each month on our YouTube Channel. Members of the community should attend the meeting at 111 Barclay Boulevard, Lincolnshire if they would like to make a public comment. The public can also contact the Board at email@example.com.
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