New Teacher Reception
Prior to the start of the regular Board of Education meeting on September 9, the Board welcomed the District’s 20 new teachers during its New Teacher Reception.
Public Hearing on the Budget
The Board held a public hearing on the 2021-2022 budget. The total budget for FY22 is set at $29.9 million which is a 2.5% increase over FY21 budget. The current budget allocates $300,000 toward contingencies. Dr. Kimberly Rio, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, reported to the Board that the District is in good financial standing with a 65% fund balance reserve. A copy of the tentative budget is available for inspection at the District 27 offices, 1250 Sanders Road, through September 23. The budget will be adopted on September 23.
Start of the School Year Reports
The Board received a report on the start of the school year from the District’s principals. Hickory Point, Shabonee, and Wood Oaks have all experienced a smooth and successful start to the school year. The principals stated that the students are all thrilled to be back together.
Mr. Douglas Heurich, Director of Facilities, provided the Board with a transportation update. The District has been working with North Shore Transit to continually monitor bus routes and improve arrival times. Mr. Heurich said the bus service is improving each day. A total of 585 students are enrolled in bus service this year.
Enrollment Report, Future Projections
Superintendent Dr. John Deiter delivered the District’s Fall Enrollment Report and discussed future projections. The District’s enrollment is 1,336. Enrollment at Hickory Point is 410 students, while Shabonee is at 431, and Wood Oaks is at 473. Enrollment is strong and has slightly exceeded the District’s projection of 1,322 for this year. Dr. Deiter said all grades continue to have class sizes within the preferred range of 17-23.
The District continues to see an influx of new students. This year, there are 162 new students enrolled in the District, which Dr. Deiter noted is 32 students higher than the trend averaged in the past five years. Enrollment is expected to rise over the next few years to a projected high of 1,366 by the year 2025-2026.