Board Briefs

June, 2019

Revised 2019-2020 School Calendar

The Board of Education approved a revised 2019-2020 calendar, changing the last day of the school year to June 2, 2020.

The revision was necessitated by changes to state law. On June 7, 2019, Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB28, which reinstates the 5-hour instructional day requirement for schools while preserving flexibility for learning beyond the classroom.

District 27’s revised calendar includes 174 student attendance days, four Teacher Institute Days, two Professional Development Days, two Parent/Teacher Conference Days, and five Emergency Days. School will begin on August 21, 2019 and end on June 2, 2020, if no emergency days are used.

Special Education Study 

The Administration presented the findings of its Special Education Study regarding changes in NSSED. NSSED continues to see a decline in enrollment resulting from some Cooperative districts managing their Early Childhood and Education Life Skills Programs. As a result, there are two key impacts to District 27. We continue to experience rising tuition costs and membership fees. Second, we have fewer locations to service our students and are seeking clarity on our options for the future. In addition, Cooperative districts believe NSSED must develop and implement a new financial model to better manage its costs and provide a more stable financial environment. As a result, the District studied the impact of these factors to ensure that it can continue to offer the best programs and services to students serviced through NSSED.

The findings of the report indicate that we have locations for our students over the next few years. It also indicates that if we needed to manage our own programs we have space at Shabonee and Wood Oaks if we reconfigure some room usage in the buildings. We have no additional space at Hickory Point. The findings also indicate that having some shared agreement with Northfield Township districts and preschools might offer some options for locations in the future.

The Administration recommended the following next steps. District 27 should continue to access the current programs and services while exploring other options to provide these same programs and services. The District will also explore the possibility of a shared services agreement within the Northfield Township districts and preschools to seek stability in locations for our students. Finally, the District will be active in helping NSSED develop and implement a financial model to control costs for all Cooperative districts.

Legislative Update 

Superintendent David J. Kroeze provided the Board of Education with updates on key legislation voted on recently by the Illinois General Assembly.

The legislation discussed included Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget (SB263); Budget Implementation Bill (HB816); School Calendar, Daily Attendance (SB28); Recreational Marijuana (HB1438); Teacher Evaluation (SB1213): Employment - Offenders - Report of Sexual Abuse (SB456); and the School District Efficiency Commission (HB3053).

Other Board Action 

The Board approved the following personnel transactions:

  • Maya Munson will be the new librarian at Hickory Point School
  • Corine Long will be the Technology Teacher at Wood Oaks
  • Shay Keller will be the new third grade Math/Science/Social Studies teacher at Shabonee School
  • Carolyn Serren will be an Instructional Assistant at Shabonee School
  • Maureen Burke will be an Assistant Secretary at Shabonee School

Superintendent Contract 

The Board of Education also approved a new three-year contract with Dr. Kroeze. The contract runs from July 1, 2019 through the 2021-2022 school year.