An update from 
Community Consolidated School District 15
Board of Education

December 14, 2017


At its Dec. 13 meeting, the Board of Education heard an overview of 2016-17 student achievement from Dr. Thomas Edgar, Executive Director of Assessment, Accountability, and Programs  and Dr. Laura Swanlund, Assistant Director of Research and Systems.
Each year, the Department of Instruction evaluates student achievement according to data from several standardized tests including PARCC, MAP and Logramos (achievement test for Spanish speakers).
According to test data, District 15 students are performing above the state and national averages. Data also shows students are making academic growth over time, as measured by tracking individual student MAP scores from Grades 2 through 8.  
The achievement of District 15 students who go on to attend high school in District 211 was also presented to the board. Data shows 94 percent of District 15 students graduate from high school, and 66 percent take at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course. This is compared to a 94 percent graduation rate and 64 percent AP course placement for non-District 15 students.
View the full student achievement report.


At its Dec. 13 meeting, the Board of Education formally approved a new contract with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The union's previous contract expired July 1, 2017.

The SEIU represents approximately 100 District 15 employees including custodians, mechanics, maintenance staff and internal service employees. The SEIU and Board of Education negotiation teams met over five sessions and worked collaboratively to reach an agreement.

Highlights of the four-year  contract include:
  • 2 percent pay increases for all employees 
  • A one-year retirement incentive of $9,000 (limited to 7 employees)
  • A tool allowance of $500 for mechanics
  • Increase in mechanic and maintenance journeyman stipend  (from $2500 to $3000 annually)
  • Clarification on disciplinary procedures
  • Increase to probationary period with the option to extend
  • Language to address excessive absenteeism
  • Clarification on managerial rights including ensuring appropriate work hours and supplementing the workforce
View the full SEIU contract.


The Board of Education approved the 2017 tax levy at its Dec. 13 meeting. 

District 15 is part of Cook County and collects its yearly revenues in two installments. As allowed by state law, the district is allowed to increase its 2017 levy by the Consumers Price Index (CPI) of 2.1 percent plus capturing any new construction.

Most school districts request a higher tax levy percentage than they will receive to capture any new construction within in its boundaries. The final amount of new construction will not be finalized by Cook County until May. Based upon projections, the total expected property tax revenue for 2017 will be $127,819,118, or 2.27 percent higher than last year.

Sharon Lennstrom

Plum Grove Junior High School Teacher Sharon Lennstrom is one of 27 middle school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educators in the country to be named Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Fellows for the 2017-18 school year.

The Teacher Fellows were selected by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association  on the basis of several criteria, including displaying a strong desire to advance STEM education and apply real-world applications in the classroom.
Selected from school districts in Northrop Grumman communities across the country, the Teacher Fellows will participate in a variety of science, technology, and engineering-related activities and professional learning opportunities. Learn more about this honor in the announcement released by Business Wire.


Honor your child's teacher or valued school staff member this holiday season with a one-five Foundation Staff Tribute. A donation in his or her name to the  one-five Foundation  provides a meaningful way to tell staff members they are appreciated. The one-five Foundation funds projects that enhance learning in District 15 classrooms. Orders are due Friday, Dec. 15. 
Honorees will receive personalized seasonal cards to commemorate your donation. Cards will be delivered to all schools, and honorees will be recognized on the one-five Foundation's website.
Fill out the Foundation's Staff Tribute form to purchase a holiday tribute. 

5Essentials School Surveys

How does your school rank according to the Illinois 5Essentials questionnaire? This is your opportunity to evaluate your school according to five areas, including but not limited to instructional climate, homework policies and quality of facilities. Fill out your 5Essentials online survey through Jan. 18.

The results from this survey will become part of each school's public Illinois School Report Card. The data is also used periodically by media outlets as part of national and state school rankings. 

PLEASE NOTE: District 15 is located in Cook County, so please select "Cook" from the county drop-down list.

CCSD15 Board of Education
580 N. 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 963-3000