September-October 2011 Board Briefs

Report of September and October 2011 Board of Education Meetings 

2011-2012 Budget Approved
Avoca School District 37’s 2011-2012 budget, totaling $14,052,103 with a reserve level of approximately 72%, was approved by the Board of Education at its September 22 meeting.  The budget is now available to the public by accessing the District’s Web site at http://avoca37.org.

Tax Levy Hearing Date Scheduled
At its October 20 meeting, the Board approved a resolution to schedule a 2011 tax levy hearing date on December 15, 2011, at 6:15 p.m. in the Marie Murphy School Community Center.

Employment Matters
On September 22, the Board approved 12-week child-bearing leaves of absence for the following teachers:  Second-grade teacher Melinda McDermott, commencing December 13; fourth-grade teacher Grace Roh, commencing November 27; and sixth-grade English teacher Andrea Bialk, commencing November 1.  The Board also approved the employment of the following personnel: Susan Adams as a long-term first-grade and fourth-grade substitute teacher, starting on August 22; Janette Enwia as a Marie Murphy School lunchroom supervisor, effective August 25; Christine Vasilj as a long-term sixth grade substitute English teacher, starting on October 11; Cherie Ferraris as a Marie Murphy School nurse, effective September 19; and Aleksandra Sechorz as a fifth-grade inclusion assistant, effective August 22.  At the October 20 meeting, the Board approved a 12-week child-bearing leave of absence for seventh-grade math teacher Amanda Hoffmeister, effective March 12, 2012.

District Goals and Action Plans
At the September Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Jauch provided the Board with seven district goals and action plans for 2011-2012:  Goal 1 – Implement suggested action for the formation of business partnerships; Goal 2 – Assign responsibility to oversee district communications and utilize the Community Outreach Committee’s essential components; Goal 3 – Pursue a commitment to staff awareness and training of cultural diversity through the Professional Development Committee; Goal 4 – Investigate and then select ways to improve the district’s K-8 writing curriculum, including resources and instructional methodologies; Goal 5 – Hire a Pupil Services Director; Goal 6 – Hire a Marie Murphy School Principal; Goal 7 – Conduct strategic planning process.

Strategic Plan
Superintendent Dr. Jauch lead a discussion at the October 3 Committee of the Whole Board meeting about the direction the Board would like to take in regard to conducting the next strategic plan.  Board members offered suggestions regarding the following questions:  What is the purpose of the plan; who will participate; who will serve as the facilitator; and what are the next steps?  It is anticipated that the first strategic planning session will be held in February.

2011 Avoca School Report Card
Highlights from the District’s official 2011 Avoca School Report Card from the state were reviewed at the October 20 Board meeting.  Many test results indicated continued improvement over the previous year, and the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Information portion of the report indicates that Avoca continues to meet the No Child Left Behind criteria.  Statistician/consultant Dr. Clay Graham will again provide the Board with a deep analysis of the District’s raw scale scores from the 2011 ISATs at a future Board meeting.

Upcoming Board Meeting Dates
Regular Board meetings are open to the public and are held at Marie Murphy School in the Community Center during the school year and in the Marie Murphy School library during the summer months.  The public is invited to share input during the two visitors’ comments portions of the meetings.  Regular Board meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the second to the last Thursday of the month, and 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 office 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:

> 11/7, 5:30 p.m. – Committee of the Whole
> 11/17, 5:30 p.m. – Board Finance Committee
> 11/17, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Education

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