Board Briefs: January 26, 2023

Board Briefs: January 26, 2023

Board recognizes exceptional students

The Board of Education recognized three students for their hard work, perseverance, and many accomplishments this school year. The students, one from Shabonee and two from Wood Oaks, received Certificates of Excellence and were able to tell Board members about the District 27 supports that have helped them the most.

Three students were recognized during the Jan. 26, 2023 Board of Education meeting

Board accepts Annual Comprehensive Financial Report 

The Board had the opportunity to review the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report completed by Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd for the year ended June 30, 2022. The report tells the financial story of the District through narrative, financial statements, and statistics. It includes summary and detailed information for the past school year, as well as statistical information from the 10 years prior. The District received an unmodified audit opinion, which is the highest level of achievement on the independent audit. The report, posted on the District’s website, provides our community with a comprehensive presentation of the District’s financial position and operating activities. The Board formally accepted the report during its meeting on January 26. The District has earned the Certificate of Excellence/Achievement Awards from the Association of School Business International and the Government Finance Officers Association for 13 consecutive years.

Report on Jan. 13 professional development day

Dr. Katharine Olson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, provided the Board with a report on the District’s professional development day on January 13. The day was set up in a conference format with six hours of learning sessions. Staff engaged in a variety of sessions related to the District’s Strategic Plan including diversity, equity and inclusion; technology exploration and integration; communication strategies; instructional curriculum analysis and refinement, and much more. Dr. Olson thanked the Board members as well as the PTA for their support of the professional development day.

Policy 4:140; Waiver of Student Fees 

The Board updated and approved several policies during its meeting, including its policy regarding a waiver of student fees. Under Policy 4:140, the District will waive fees for students whose parents are veterans or active-duty military members with an income anywhere below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. The District will also waive fees for homeless students, in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.