Tentative Tax Levy Approved
The District 27 Board of Education approved the Tentative 2018 Tax Levy at the November 15 Board Meeting.
The tax levy represents the 2017 Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 2.1% and an additional 1.88% for new and/or redeveloped property in the District. The total tax levy of 3.98% is an increase over the previous year's property tax extension for a total dollar amount of $27,483,734.
Key financial assumptions providing the context for the recommendations include the District's equalized assessed valuation (property values,) assessed valuation division by class, new property history, rate of inflation, and other economic factors that are impacting school funding.
District 27 continues to be in a strong financial position. This levy is part of a conservative approach to financial planning that allows the District to maintain excellence while seeking to use taxpayer dollars responsibly.
A public hearing on the 2018 Tax Levy will be held at 6:30 p.m. December 6th in the library at Wood Oaks Junior High School, 1250 Sanders Road.
Professional Development Day Report
The Board also heard a report on the November 9th Professional Development Day from Dr. Theresa Fournier, Assistant Superintendent.
"I would like to thank the board for supporting these days," Dr. Fournier said. "They are very powerful days of learning for all our staff."
This year, staff members are engaged in three themes for professional learning.
The first theme is continued focus on the District's Emergency Preparedness Plan. Staff members learned and practiced basic first aid techniques.
Secondly, each staff member is engaged in one of five Social/Emotional learning strands. The five strands are:
- Growth mindset,
- Executive functioning,
- Mindfulness practices for the classroom,
- Mental health and wellness of students, and
- Learning differences of boys and girls.
Thirdly, teachers are engaged in curriculum refinements for their specific instructional focus.
Wrestling Agreement Approved
The Board approved a two-year agreement to remain part of the Northbrook-Maple Cooperative Wrestling Team.
The Cooperative Team established in 2014 to provide wrestling opportunities for students at Maple School, Wood Oaks, Northbrook Junior High, Attea Middle School, and Springman Middle School. Wood Oaks has approximately 10 students participate in the program each year.
Approval of the cooperative agreement allows Wood Oaks students to participate in the wrestling program through the 2019-2020 school year.
New Employees Hired
The Board approved the hiring of the following new employees: Faustino Vargas, custodian at Wood Oaks; and Dina Sternquist, instructional assistant at Shabonee.
Notes of Gratitude Given to Board of Education
November 15th was designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois. Superintendent David J. Kroeze presented two notes of appreciation to members of the Board for their work and dedication to the District 27 community. The thank-you sentiments were from District 27 administrators and from the leadership of the District 27 Faculty Association.
Thank you for all that you do!