November 2011 Board Briefs

Summary of November 17, 2011, School Board Meeting

Public Hearing on 2011 Tax Levy Set
A resolution adopting the tentative 2011 tax levy was approved by the Board at the November 17 meeting.  A public hearing on the levy is scheduled for Thursday, December 15, at 6:15 p.m. in the Joseph M. Porto Community Center located in Marie Murphy School.  The 2011 tax levy will be officially approved at the December 15 meeting.

Employment Matters
The Board approved the employment of the following personnel: Rachel Schecter as a long-term PreK-2nd grade substitute intervention specialist, effective December 5, 2011; Colleen Bramlage as a long-term 2nd grade substitute learning resource specialist, effective November 7, 2011; and Jacqueline Collier as a long-term 7th grade substitute math teacher, effective February 6, 2012.

Strategic Plan Facilitator Search
Dr. Robert Madonia, of RJM Consulting Services, Inc., presented his ideas to the Board for conducting and facilitating the District’s next strategic plan.  Dr. Madonia is a retired superintendent with 34 years of experience in school administration.  His proposed plan covered the following areas:  Timeframe; evaluation component; committee composition; and process. Superintendent Dr. Jauch indicated that two more candidates will be giving strategic plan facilitator presentations at the December 5 Committee of the Whole Board meeting.

Proposed 2012-2013 School Calendar
Superintendent Dr. Jauch provided the Board with a draft of the 2012-2013 school calendar that follows New Trier High School’s schedule for holidays and winter and spring breaks.  Primary differences between this year’s calendar and the proposed calendar include the following:  The first two days would be teacher contract days rather than an institute day and a contract day; and the first and last student attendance days are full attendance days rather than shortened days, which is a change mandated by the state.  The 2012-2013 school calendar will be approved at the December 15 Board meeting.

2012-13 Avoca Community Preschool Tuition
The Board approved the 2012-2013 tuition rates for the Avoca Community Preschool.  Increases in the rates were based on a survey of neighboring preschools and on rising program costs.  The new tuition rates will apply as follows: Morning class (3- and 4-year-olds) $3,200; and afternoon class (4- and 5-year-olds) $3,800.  The Avoca Community Preschool blends typically developing students and students with special needs with an enrollment of 15 per section. 

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 recorded. 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:
> 12/5, 5:30 p.m. – Committee of the Whole
> 12/15, 4:00 p.m. – Board Finance Committee
> 12/15, 6:15 p.m. – Tax Levy Public Hearing
> 12/15, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Education
> 1/19, 5:30 p.m. – Board Finance Committee
> 1/19, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Education

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