An update from 
Community Consolidated School District 15
Board of Education

Sept. 14, 2017


D15 Board of Education
BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES GOALS FOR 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

The Board of Education approved its annual goals for the 2017-18 school year at its Sept. 13 meeting. The goals were set by the board and administration earlier this school year and were initially presented at the board's Aug. 9 meeting.
 
The goals include:
  1. Reduce student achievement gaps: Create a systematic and cohesive plan to reduce/eliminate student achievement gaps between different groups of students through a thorough examination of achievement of all student groups.

  2. Learning and organizational development: Develop a strategic plan to create a roadmap for the near and distant futures of the District. The plan should be the result of community input and be data-driven to assure positive results.
     
  3. Community relations: Establish an integrated plan for District communications that is infused with tactical actions needed to accomplish the plan. The plan must include a marketing strategy and re-branding work, as well as an updated website platform and enhanced use of social media.

  4. Curricular and programmatic improvements: After an analysis of student data and facility usage, construct a plan for dual-language schools and investigate opportunities for needs-based, full-day kindergarten.

  5. Resource stewardship: Ensure the district plans for facilities optimization/maintenance, future growth of student population and the most efficient boundaries for all schools.
To view the Board of Education goals in more detail, click here.

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MY STOP BUS TRACKING SYSTEM NOW AVAILABLE

We are pleased to launch a new bus tracking system for parents that allows them to see an estimated time of arrival for their child's school bus.
 
Versatrans My Stop GPS Parent Portal system is now available to CCSD15 parents at no cost. Parents can also download the app for free through the Apple or Android marketplaces.
 
To access My Stop, click here. Your user name is your student's ID number, and password is your student's eight-digit birthdate (Example birthdate: 02102004). If you have multiple children in the district, you can login using any of your children's information to access bus tracking for your entire family. To find your child's student ID number, log into Tyler SIS and click on the "family data" tab. 

REPORT SHOWS DECLINE IN D15 ENROLLMENT  

The Board of Education received an update regarding student enrollment at its Sept. 13 meeting from Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Barbini. As of Sept. 1, District 15 has a total of 12,372 students enrolled in grades PreK-8, down about 160 students from the 2016-17 school year. 

Data shows a consistent decline in District 15 enrollment over the last five years. On a yearly basis, enrollment has gone down by about 100 students since 2013. To learn more about the enrollment report, click here.

BOARD APPROVES
2017-18 BUDGET 


At its Sept. 13 meeting, the Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2018 budget. 

The projected revenue for the 2017-18 school year is about $157 million, with 77 percent of the revenue coming from local property taxes. The remaining 23 percent comes from a combination of state and federal dollars. 


The district is able to maintain programs and services, and complete necessary repairs to facilities due to a fiscally responsible budget reserve that includes about $50 million, or 33 percent of district-wide operating expenses. Click here to review the full budget report. 

NEW DISTRICT 15 WEBSITE COMING THIS SCHOOL YEAR

At its Sept. 13 meeting, the Board of Education approved a contract with Blackboard, Inc. to provide a refreshed web presence for District 15.

The board heard an overview of the contract from Chief Communication Officer Morgan Delack, which includes a custom web design, mobile application, mass notification system and e-newsletter platform. The revised website and additional communications services will be launched before the end of the 2017-18 school year.  

CCSD15 WELCOMES NEW JANE ADDAMS, WINSTON CAMPUS JH PRINCIPALS 

At its Sept. 13 meeting, the Board of Education was introduced to two new CCSD15 principals. Amy Molinksy began her tenure as Jane Addams Elementary School Principal this summer, and Dr. Jason Klein started work as the principal of Winston Campus Junior High School.
 
Molinsky comes to Jane Addams after serving as assistant principal at Kimball Hill Elementary School for four years. Dr. Klein is a former assistant superintendent from Maine Township District 207. Prior to that assignment, he was an administrator in  Wheeling District 21. Both principals have enjoyed a great start to the school year in their new buildings. 

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$11,000 DONATED FROM
ONE-FIVE FOUNDATION

Thanks to ongoing generosity from the one-five Foundation, more than $11,000 was donated to enhance learning in District 15 classrooms through the Foundation's annual mini grant program.
 
Teachers applied for grants through a detailed application, where they outlined the need, impact and evaluation of the project funding was requested for.  A committee evaluated each application and awarded grants to 18 District 15 teachers. Projects selected include a classroom library, robotics club equipment, a literacy listening center and more. To learn more about the one-five Foundation and how you can donate, click here.

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TOWN HALL MEETING ON NORTH SCHAUMBURG TIF DISTRICT 

The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting Monday, Oct. 2 at Carl Sandburg Junior High School. Organized by OurD15Voice in partnership with District 15, the meeting will focus on the Village of Schaumburg Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District at E. Algonquin and Meacham Roads on the former Motorola property. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Tax increment financing is a public financing method used as a subsidy for redevelopment of blighted properties. A TIF district reallocates funds from property taxes to encourage investment within the district. TIFs significantly reduce allocations to taxing bodies like school districts for up to 23 years. 

Representatives from District 15 will be present at the forum to discuss what is known about the proposed property and to discuss specifics regarding school district financing and TIF districts in general. The public is invited to attend the meeting and ask questions related to the subject.

OurD15Voice is an independent group formed in 2017 to enhance engagement between the District 15 stakeholders, Board of Education and administration. To follow them on Facebook, click here.
CCSD15 Board of Education
580 N. 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 963-3000