An update from 
Community Consolidated School District 15
Board of Education

November 9, 2017

Those Who Excel

Congratulations to the six District 15 recipients of this year's 2017-18 Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Awards! They were honored by the Board of Education at its Nov. 8 meeting.

Each year, ISBE's Those Who Excel awards program honors outstanding teachers, administrators, student support personnel, educational service personnel, and community members for their exceptional contributions to schools throughout the state.

Pam Seick, Joseph M. Kiszka Educatio nal Service Center: Award of Excellence, Educational Service Personnel

Lisa Kearney, Willow Bend Elementary School: Award of Excellence, Student Support Personnel

Margaret "Peggy" Babcock, former Board of Education President: Award of Recognition, Board Member

Nicole Gavin, Carl Sandburg Junior High School: Award of Recognition, Early Career Educator

Laura Pokrajac, Walter R. Sundling Junior High School: Award of Recognition, Classroom Teacher

Lauren Rose Colianni (5th Grade), Melissa Warder (2nd Grade), Donna Zimmerman (1st Grade), Sandra Lahoz (Bilingual Kindergarten), Suzy Hardiman (Reading Specialist), and Laurie Scarpelli (Music), Lake Louise School Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Green Team: Award of Recognition, Team category


At its Nov. 8 meeting, the Board of Education heard a thorough financial overview from Chief School Business Official Mike Adamczyk.

During a recent audit of the district's finances for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, District 15 received an "unqualified" audit opinion from auditor Miller Cooper, which is the highest opinion an auditor can assign. The auditor recognized the district follows generally accepted accounting principles and that the financial reports are an accurate representation of the district's financial condition.

In addition to the audit report, Mr. Adamczyk gave an overview of the five-year budget forecast for District 15. Projections of revenues and expenditures through school year 2021-22 remain steady. Upon completion of major capital projects next school year, the district is expected to have slightly higher revenues than expenditures. View the full financial projection here

These financial projections could be greatly adjusted if Senate Bill 851 becomes law. This proposed bill would freeze property taxes through 2018, negatively impacting District 15's revenues and reducing its fund balance by $20 million through the end of the 2021-22 school year. The district is closely monitoring the progress of the bill, and will make appropriate budget adjustments if necessary. 


Within the legal timeline for holding a public hearing and filing its annual certificate of tax levy by Dec. 26, the board continued the process of setting its share of the local property tax rate for 2017.

District 15 is part of Cook County and collects its yearly revenues in two installments. As allowed by law, the district will request an estimated 3.9-percent adjustment above last year's tax revenues to capture anticipated growth in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and any new construction within its boundaries. Based upon projections, the total expected property tax revenue would be $123,952,223.


At its Nov. 8 meeting, the Board of Education recognized District 15's sixth-grade cross country champions. Students run a mile as part of the cross country sports competition among the district's 15 elementary schools. 

Student winners, school names and winning times are listed below.

Green Division: 
Ava C., Hunting Ridge: 6:16
Liam N., Hunting Ridge:  6:02

Yellow Division: 
Katherine B., Frank C. Whiteley: 6:25
Devin A., Jane Addams: 5:52

Blue Division: 
Natalia W., Thomas Jefferson: 6:17
Dominik B., Gray M. Sanborn: 5:36

Congratulations to the students and their coaches! 


The Gray M. Sanborn Elementary School "Respectables" student group recited the Pledge of Allegiance at the Nov. 8 Board of Education meeting, led by Principal Erika Johansen. The newly formed group of students has been modeled off of groups that currently exist at other District 15 schools like Kimball Hill and Lake Louise.
Students part of the group were recommended by Sanborn staff members to lead the school in the three Tiger Traits: Respect, responsibility and safety. The 22 students part of the group excel in these areas, according to their teachers. This year, the group has helped run the Sanborn Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) school store, advertised school assemblies and coordinated the Penny Wars school-wide activity.


The District 15 E-Flyers website is frequently updated with information from our community. R ather than sending flyers home with each student via backpack mail, flyers are now posted on the D15 E-Flyers page for parents to view or print.

Please bookmark the page to stay informed about youth sports activities, clubs, district news and more. 
CCSD15 Board of Education
580 N. 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 963-3000