District 39 Board Meeting Highlights
July 18, 2011
Below are highlights from the District 39 Board of Education meeting on July18, 2011.
The materials from this meeting can be found here.
- Dr. Lechner announced that District 39 had just held its first mini farmer’s market and he passed along some photos. He explained that as a result of our summer enrichment program, students were able to offer a range of organic, student grown produce from the HMS Mini-Farm, Outdoor Classroom, and Romona WELL gardens. The students did a great job of collecting the food, making signs, arranging the table, and selling the vegetables, including making change!
- Dr. Lechner announced that in compliance with ISBE regulations, the District is required to post administrative salaries annually and this is now available online.
- Dr. Lechner announced that the District received a Certificate of Financial Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education based on the 2009-10 school year, the highest designation available. Dr. Lechner added that because the District implemented the planned budget cuts ahead of schedule during the 2010-11 year, the year-end budget deficit will be less than anticipated. Dr. LeRoy provided details.
- Dr. Clauson presented an enrollment update,noting that extra staff has been approved for kindergarten at McKenzie and registration at Harper is being closely watched.
- Mrs. Horowitz presented a report on District 39’s participation in the Teaching Channel’s project.The Teaching Channel is a new nonprofit cable program funded in part by the Gates Foundation. At a time when educational practices are under much scrutiny, Teaching Channel programming aims to highlight innovative, effective practices. District 39 was thrilled to have been invited to pilot some of the first shows.Four teachers from Wilmette Junior High School are currently featured in Teaching Channel segments. The presentation included a montage of these segments. The Teaching Channel can be found at www.teachingchannel.org.
- Mr. Denenberg provided a technology update,highlighting SMART Board developments, staff development, teacher surveys, and how technology relates to CONNECTED.
- Dr. Thrasher presented a student services overview.
The Board took the following action related to Board policies:
- Approval as second and final reading of policies: 2:200 Board of Education Meetings, 2:220 School Board Meeting Procedures, and 2:250 School Board Meeting Procedure.Approval as second and final reading the deletion of Policy 8:20 Board Meetings, and replacement with the adoption of 2:230 Public Participation at School Board Meetings and Petitions to the Board.
- Approval as a second and final reading: Business and Non-Instructional Board Policy 4:10 Fiscal and Business Management.
The Board received the June cash flow report and July financials.