Board Highlights are timely recaps of School Board meetings. They are emailed to staff, parents, and interested community members before the official minutes are approved and posted. 


Links to pertinent memos and presentations from the Board packet are highlighted in green. Board packets are posted the day before regularly scheduled Board meetings.


Meeting podcasts, packets, and Board information can be accessed using the links on the left. 

Work Session

Barry Rodgers, Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning shared an overview on how to understand performance data from the MAP Assessment, one of multiple measures the District uses to assess student progress. Student growth and achievement data from 2016-2017, the MAP Assessment's first year of implementation in District 36, was provided.

Regular Meeti ng 

Kristen Hertel, Board President, shared several highlights from the Board's work in 2016-2017 and wished all in attendance a wonderful summer.

Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent,  noted progress that has been made in the District's four goal areas and provided examples of how the District's Shared Vision has come to life in 2016-2017. She congratulated Washburne's Class of 2017, and also recognized the District's retirees, including Chief Financial Officer Greg Kurr, for his dedication to financial stewardship in the District. She also shared a video chronicling how Greeley School students have made a difference through various leadership activities this year.


Barry Rodgers, Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, presented the End-of-Year results of the District Improvement Plan, which focused on goals in the areas of reading and math. Data regarding student growth and achievement targets were shared (such as the 8th grade class achieving in the top 2% nationally in math and top 3% nationally in reading on the MAP assessment) as well as other highlights identifying progress that has been made toward reaching these important goals.  

Greg Kurr, Chief Financial Officer, provided the Preliminary Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Initiatives to be undertaken were identified, including the Master Facility Plan, the District's first in 20 years. Staffing, revenue, and expenditures will be monitored throughout the summer and an updated Tentative Budget update will be presented at the August 15, 2017, Board Meeting before approval of a final budget at the September 19, 2017, Board Meeting.

Informational Memos

The process of selecting an architectural firm to facilitate the District's first Master Facility Plan in over 20 years is progressing.  The School Board approved three firms, in rank order, to allow administration to negotiate fees based on the stated scope of the project.  The Master Facility Plan will build upon the work of the Enrollment Balancing Project Phase I and begin this summer with facility assessments.  Community engagement will initiate in early fall 2017.  The Board is anticipated to approve a firm by next week.

School improvement teams at each school focused on one or two goals to further the work of the District's Shared Vision this school year.  End-of-year reports were shared with goals that focused on student Social Emotional development, service learning, and intervention programming to reach ALL learners.  
Progress towards the District's strategic goal of "Establish a District-wide special education service delivery model" was presented.  Year one outcomes were reported upon as well as targeted year two products.  Next year's timeline includes continued collaboration with staff, parents, and administrators.

Year 3 outcomes were presented and focused upon digital citizenship and professional learning for staff.  The student learning goals were also shared with a significant increase in the "4 C's" (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking).  

The School Board annually reviews the performance overview for District employees. This month's report was specific to non-tenured and tenured teachers.  This is the first year that the state required the inclusion of student growth data in the summative evaluation rating.

6. 2016-2017 Staffing & Enrollment Q4

Student enrollment remained consistent this school year, noting a two student increase from September 2016 to June 2017 for a total of 1,690 students.  Staffing increased by 1.3% over the course of the year primarily due to individual student needs.

The District focused on four goal areas: Effective Communication, Experiential Learning, Fiscal Management & Facility Design, and Reaching ALL Learners.  Twelve specific outcomes and associated targets were reported upon.  Progress was made in all area, especially with communication, financial planning, and teaching and learning.

Summer provides key time for advancement of curricular planning and refinement.  Teachers are involved in over 24 summer projects that ultimately improve student experiences in math, science, English language arts, social studies, world language, music, and social emotional learning.  A summary of the work was provided.  

The District is entering in a 5-year lease agreement with American Capital to finance the purchase of Konica/Minolta copier and software equipment. This agreement was later approved.

Each year the Board is required to adopt a resolution to pay the prevailing wage rates for laborers, workers, and mechanics employed in Public Works projects in the District.  This is in compliance with the Prevailing Wage Act. Later in the Meeting, this item was approved.

Under the Illinois State Board of Education rules, school districts need to pass an annual resolution designating earned interest. This was approved later in the Meeting.

In order to gain the financial benefits of the Collective Liability Insurance Cooperative (CLIC), the District must commit to a three-year agreement with associated costs for policy coverage. This was later approved.

The Consent agenda and following Action Items were approved:

  1. Prevailing Wage
  2. Interest Resolution
  3. Intra-District Transfer Requests
  4. Authorization for Preliminary FY18 Budget
  5. Finance Leasing of Copier Equipment
  6. Workmen's Compensation Vendor

The Complete Board Packet for the June 7, 2017, School Board Meeting, containing all Memos and Presentations is here.
Upcoming Regular Meeting Dates

August 15, 2017
September 19, 2017
October 17, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 19, 2017
January 30, 2018

February 27, 2018
March 20, 2018
April 24, 2018
May 22, 2018
June 6, 2018
Regular meetings are open to the public and will be held at Carleton Washburne School through June 2018. Regular meetings begin at 7:15 p.m. Work sessions are also open to the public and may be scheduled at the discretion of the Board. Discussion topics and times for work sessions will be posted on the District website 24 hours in advance.
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