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Board Update 12/09/19

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Presentations

Agenda Item 4.0

Friendship Jr. High School Career and Technical Education Opportunities – 4.01
Friendship Junior High Principal Bill Timmins and electives teacher Susan Nichol presented opportunities available through the career and technical education at their school. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes are one of the opportunities that help students engage in experiential, application-based learning in a variety of technical fields. PLTW students spoke during the presentation and explained specifics of projects they are working on, including gears, sensors, and pulleys, and told the board what they have learned so far by participating in classes.

The presentation can be viewed here.

Math Pilot Programs – 4.02
Teachers who are piloting math programs in CCSD59 presented an update about both of the pilot resources, Bridges and Ready Math. The teachers shared the key elements, routines, and structures, as well as an outline of considerations and next steps for the decision making process for the selection of math resources. 

The presentation can be viewed here.


Public Hearing

Agenda Item 6.0

Conduct of Public Hearing Concerning the Intent of the Board of Education to Sell $39,000,000 School Fire Prevention and Safety Bonds – 6.01
Strategic Direction (SD) 4: Long-Term Financial Stability and Fiscal Integrity
As part of the ongoing board discussions regarding the district’s Capital Projects and Improvements Plan, the board held a public hearing regarding the potential issuance of School Fire Prevention and Safety Bonds. The public hearing is a State of Illinois requirement prior to the issuance of any non-referendum bonds. The board will continue to have discussions and potentially vote on the issuance of bonds at a future meeting.


Discussion Items

Agenda Item 7.0

Capital Projects and Improvements/Financial Options – 7.01
SD 4: Long-Term Financial Stability and Fiscal Integrity
The board continued discussions of funding and timing options for the completion of the recommended items on the updated Capital Projects and Improvements Plan. The board discussed the benefits and disadvantages of a three year, a six year, and an updated seven year plan.

A summary of funding options can be viewed here

The board will continue to discuss the Capital Projects and Improvement Plan at a future meeting.


Action Items

Agenda Item 9.0

Adoption of 2019 Tax Levy- 9.01
SD 4: Long-Term Financial Stability and Fiscal Integrity
The board approved the adoption of a total levy in the amount of $85,270,000 for 2019, which is 2.74% above the 2018 extended levy of $82,995,814. This amount is to be distributed in the district’s funds as indicated in the Certificate of Tax Levy. 

Authorizing Reduction of Certain Fund Levies for the 2019 Tax Levy – 9.02
SD 4: Long-Term Financial Stability and Fiscal Integrity
The board authorized and directed the County Clerk to make the necessary reductions to the School District’s tax levy for the 2019 levy year in order that the levies by fund shall be no less than the following amounts as indicated:

  • Education $71,070,000
  • Special Education $950,000
  • Building $6,000,000
  • Transportation $4,500,000
  • Working Cash $0
  • Municipal Retirement $1,500,000
  • Social Security $1,250,000

If any additional reductions are required to be made to the School District’s tax levy beyond these amounts, the board directed that such reductions shall be made to the Operations & Maintenance fund.

Student Transportation Services Contract Extension for Grand Prairie Transit and Rates for 2020-21 through 2021-22 – 9.03
SD 4: Long-Term Financial Stability and Fiscal Integrity
At the November 12, 2019, board meeting, the board discussed transportation provided to pre-school and special education students by Grand Prairie Transit. Since the current contract terms agreed to in March 2017 do not have a provision for pricing in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, the board discussed if the Grand Prairie Transit contract should be extended for the period from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2022 at a 5.0% per year increased rate over the 2019-20 rates. 

The board approved the contract extension with Grand Prairie Transit.

Student Transportation Services Contract Extension for First Student and Rates for 2020-21 through 2021-22 – 9.04 
SD 4: Long-Term Financial Stability and Fiscal Integrity
At the November 12, 2019, board meeting, the board discussed transportation provided to regular education students by First Student. Since the current contract terms agreed to in March 2017 do not have a provision for pricing in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, the board discussed if the First Student contract should be extended for the period from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2022 at a 5.0% per year increased rate over the 2019-20 rates.

The board approved the contract extension with First Student.

Program Fee for Typically Developing Preschool Students for the 2020-21 School Year – 9.05
SD 4: Long-Term Financial Stability and Fiscal Integrity
Currently, CCSD59’s Preschool Program has space to host 60 typically developing students. The 2019-20 school year rate charged to families with typically developing children for the program is $233 per month ($1,165 per semester, $2,330 per year). 

At the November 12, 2019 board meeting, the board discussed a 2.1% increase to the fee for 2020-21 after comparing the fee to other school districts in the area that blend the student population and where instruction is offered by certified teachers. The new proposed fees are $238 per month ($1,190 per semester, $2,380 per year).

The schedule would remain the same for typically developing students, with students attending a four-day (M, T, Th, & F) school week from either 8:15 – 10:45 a.m. or 12:00 – 2:30 p.m..  

The board approved the 2.1% increase and the above mentioned rates.

K-8 Instructional Materials Fees for the 2020-21 School Year – 9.06
SD 4: Long-Term Financial Stability and Fiscal Integrity
At the November 12, 2019, board meeting, the board discussed continuing the instructional materials fees for the 2020-21 school term to offset a portion of the cost of instructional materials and supplies. The fees would remain unchanged from the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years; the 2020-21 fees are as follows:

  • Half Day Kindergarten: $35
  • Full Day Kindergarten – Grade 5: $55
  • Grades 6- 8: $65

Students who have qualified for a waiver of school fees are not required to pay these fees. 

The board approved the instructional materials fees for the 2020-21 school year.

Junior High School Extra-Curricular Participation Fees for the 2020-21 School Year – 9.07
SD 4: Long-Term Financial Stability and Fiscal Integrity
At the November 12, 2019, board meeting, the board discussed the extra-curricular participation fees for the 2020-21 school term to offset a portion of the cost of extra-curricular materials and supplies. The fees would remain unchanged from the 2019-20 school year; the 2020-21 fees are as follows:

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

The board approved the extra-curricular participation fees for the 2020-21 school year.

ESSA/IL- Empower School Improvement Reports- 9.08
SD 1: Student Growth – Educating the Whole Child Academically, Physically, and Emotionally
The Title I School Improvement 1003(a) Grant and IL-Empower process requires all schools designated for improvement (underperforming) on the 2018 Report Card have a School Improvement Report approved by the Local Board of Education by December 30, 2019. These plans are required for schools that continued to be identified as underperforming and also for schools identified as commendable on the 2019 Report Card.

The board approved the submission of the School Improvement Reports as part of the Title I School Improvement 1003(a) Grant and IL-Empower process. 

 

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