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Board Update 1/8/18

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Student Celebrations

Agenda Item 4.0

Ridge Family Center For Learning – 4.01
First grade teachers Donna Johnson and Kaytee Kavanaugh, instructional coach Cindy Placko, and eight first grade students from Ridge Family Center for Learning presented their innovative learning experiences that created a class economy to learn key concepts in both math and science. To see the presentation slides, please click on the link below.

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Discussion Items

Agenda Item 5.0

Appointment Of Superintendent To Cause A Budget To Be Prepared For Fiscal Year 2019 – 5.01
On January, 22, 2018 the board will designate the Superintendent to cause a tentative budget to be prepared for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 and concluding June 30, 2019. The budget will be presented to the board for review by no later than the first regular meeting in July of 2018.

Press Policy Update #96 – 5.02
The board discussed proposed updates and revisions to a variety of board policies. The board will take action to adopt the updates and revisions at the January 22, 2018 board of education meeting.

Procurement Process – 5.03
Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Vickie Nissen and Coordinator of School Purchasing and Nutrition Janet Fisher presented the district’s procurement process to the board. The presentation detailed the process for making building-based and district-wide purchases. To view the presentation slides, please click on the link below.

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Video/Audio Recording of Board of Education Meetings – 5.04
The board continued discussions about costs and potential options to video or audio record and livestream board meetings. The board will continue to evaluate options and hold discussions about the topic moving forward.

Transportation – 5.05
As shared in a previous district newsletter, the district is committed to balancing the budget, and one area for potential savings is through renegotiating the district’s transportation contract. District officials met with First Student, the district’s current transportation company, over winter break, and the options presented for changing the bus routes would require changing the current start and dismissal times for students. The proposed changes did not result in start and dismissal times the district was comfortable with as students would either be starting too early or dismissing too late in the day, so the board determined to keep the contract unchanged and the start and dismissal times the same for the 2018-19 school year. For more information about the decision, please click here.


Clarifications and Answers from the Board

Agenda Item 6.0

To read a collection of clarifications and answers from the public comment portion of board of education meetings, please click here.


Action Items

Agenda Item 8.0

Approval of Typically Developing Preschool Students Program Fees: 2018-19 School Year – 8.01

The board approved the following for the 2018/19 preschool program for typically developing students:

  • 4-Day: September – June: $226 per month ($1,130 per semester, $2,260 per year);
  • The school day (two and one-half hours) and school week, Time School Week 8:15 – 10:45 a.m. 4-Day (M, T, Th & F) 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. 4-Day (M, T, Th & F)

Approval of K-8 Instructional Materials Fees: 2018-19 School Year – 8.02
The board re-established a $35 Instructional Materials Fee for half-day kindergarten students, a $55 Instructional Materials Fee for full-day kindergarten through fifth grade students, and a $65 Instructional Materials Fee for sixth through eighth grade students.

Approval of Junior High School Extracurricular Participation Fees: 2018-19 School Year – 8.03
The board approved fees for the following extracurricular activities for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Basketball $30.00
  • Cheerleading $30.00
  • Cross Country $15.00
  • Spirit Squad/Pom Pons $30.00
  • Soccer $30.00
  • Volleyball $30.00
  • Wrestling $30.00

Approval to Suspend Administrative & Non-Negotiated Employee Access to and Participation in Retirement Program and Benefits – 8.04
As part of the ongoing review of district finances, which includes compensation and benefits of employees, the board approved the suspension of access to and participation in the retirement program and benefits outlined in the Administrative Staff and Non-Negotiated Staff Handbook for administrative and non-negotiated employees. Access to this benefit will remain in effect until June 18, 2018 before which any eligible employee may access the benefit as outlined in the Administrative Staff and Non-Negotiated Staff Handbook.

Approval of Balanced Calendar for 2018-19 – 8.05
The board approved the 2018-19 balanced school calendar, submitted to the Superintendent as a recommendation for the 2018-19 school year with input from the Ridge Family Center for Learning staff. The number of student attendance days and staff work days will be identical to students and staff operating under the district’s traditional school year calendar.

To view the approved 2018-19 Balanced School Calendar, click here.

Approval of Donation from ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program in the amount of $500.00 to Salt Creek Elementary School – 8.06
The board approved the $500 donation from ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, which will be used to help support student academic, social, and emotional development and growth at Salt Creek Elementary School.

Approval For Brentwood Teacher To Solicit Donations Through the Donors Choose Organization – 8.07
Ann Sullivan, on behalf of CCSD59, is requesting authorization from the Board of Education to solicit donations in the amount of $1,698.85 from DonorsChoose.org for Brentwood Elementary School. When received, the donations will be used for a STEM family night and will include family kits that can be checked out from the LRC to provide meaningful real-life science experiences at home.

Approval For Brentwood Teacher To Solicit Donations Through the Donors Choose Organization – 8.08
Jennifer Swarbrick, on behalf of CCSD59, is requesting authorization from the Board of Education to fundraise through DonorsChoose.org for materials for Brentwood Elementary School in the amount of $1,693.00. This donation will be used for math manipulatives and games that will be used at school by second grade students. The students will be able to check out the manipulatives/games and bring them home to share and practice with their families.

Approval of Donation from John Jay PTO in the amount of $950.00 to John Jay Elementary School – 8.09
The board approved a donation from the John Jay PTO to John Jay Elementary School in the amount of $950.00. This donation will be used to purchase a bottle filling fountain for students and staff to refill bottles with fresh water throughout the day. This will help reduce costs for all of having to purchase bottled water to bring to school each day.

Approval of Donation from Juliette Low PTO in the amount of $2,400.00 to Juliette Low Elementary School – 8.10
The board approved a donation from the Juliette Low PTO to Juliette Low Elementary School in the amount of $2,400.00. This donation will be used to purchase water stations for children and staff to use to help the environment and for sanitary reasons.

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