(Summary of October, November and December 2010 School Board meetings)
New Superintendent Named
During a special Board meeting held on December 21, the Board voted unanimously in favor of selecting Avoca West Elementary School Principal Dr. Kevin M. Jauch as the District’s new superintendent, effective July 1, 2011. The Board also approved Dr. Jauch’s three-year superintendent contract at the meeting. He will replace Dr. Joseph M. Porto, who will retire after serving nine years in that position.
2010 Tax Levy Approved
At its October 28 meeting, the Board adopted a resolution scheduling a public hearing on the 2010 tax levy that took place on December 15. The Board approved an operating tax levy of $11,448,437 for the 2010 levy year at the December 15 meeting. The levy represents a 4.70% increase over the previous year.
The Board approved the employment of the following personnel at the October Board meeting: Cecilia Beneda, Avoca West Elementary School building secretary; and Joseph M. Tilton, special education teacher. At the October and November Board meetings, the Board also approved eight-week leaves of absence for 7th grade language arts teacher Andrea Harbaugh, effective February 20, 2011, and interdisciplinary kindergarten teacher Susan Walsh, effective March 18, 2011.
2011-2012 District Calendar Adopted
At the December meeting, the Board adopted the proposed 2011-2012 District calendar. Highlights of the calendar include: First day of student attendance (a half day) is Wednesday, August 24; the days before and after Thanksgiving are holidays; winter break is December 17, 2011, through January 2, 2012; spring break is March 24 through April 1, 2012; no student and staff attendance on Labor Day (September 5), Rosh Hashanah (September 29), Columbus Day (October 10), Martin Luther King Day (January 16), Presidents’ Day (February 20), Good Friday (April 6) and Memorial Day (May 28). Barring any emergency closings, the last day of student attendance is Friday, June 8, 2012. The District previously obtained waivers/modifications for three holidays, including Veterans’ Day, Lincoln’s Birthday and Casimir Pulaski Day, making those student attendance days.
2010 Avoca School Report Card
The highlights from the District’s official 2010 Avoca School Report Card from the state were reviewed at the October Board meeting. Many of the test results indicated continued improvement over the previous year, and Avoca once again compared very favorably with the other New Trier High School feeder districts. Also discussed was the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Information portion of the report, which indicates that Avoca continues to meet the No Child Left Behind criteria. Statistician / consultant Dr. Clay Graham will once again provide the Board with a deep analysis of the District’s raw scale scores from the 2010 ISATs at the January 20 Board meeting.
2011 Summer School and Bus Fees Established
At the October meeting, the Board approved the following fees for the 2011 Summer School Program: $140 per remedial class; and a $95 bus fee. The 2011 Science Summer Program tuition schedule was approved as follows: One week – $70; two weeks – $105; three weeks – $140; four weeks – $175; and five weeks – $210. Tuition for the science program includes a $35 materials fee, and bus service for the program will be provided at $95 ($19/week). It was decided that field trips will not be offered for next year’s Science Summer Program.
2011-2012 Avoca Community Preschool Tuition
It was reported at the November Board meeting that the Avoca Community Preschool had raised its tuition rate each year by $300 and that the recommended tuition increases for the 2011-2012 school year were in line with other preschools in the area. The Board approved the following tuition schedules for next year: Morning Class (3- and 4-year-olds) – $3,100; and Afternoon Class (4- and 5-year-olds) – $3,600.
Upcoming Board Meeting Dates
Regular Board meetings are open to the public and are held at Marie Murphy School in the Community Room during the school year and in the library during the summer. The public is invited to share input during the two visitors’ comments portions of the meeting. Regular Board meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the second to the last Thursday of the month. Committee of the Whole Board meetings take place at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month in the Marie Murphy School Library. To confirm the times and locations of the meetings, please contact the superintendent’s secretary at 847-251-3587. All open session School Board and Committee of the Whole Board meetings are videotaped. A DVD copy of a particular meeting may be requested by the public through the Pupil Services Office (847-251-3138). Please allow a minimum of three business days when requesting a copy. Upcoming Board meeting dates include:
> 1/20, 5:30 p.m. – Board Finance Committee
> 1/20, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Education
> 2/7, 5:30 p.m. – Committee of the Whole
> 2/17, 5:30 p.m. – Board Finance Committee
> 2/17, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Education