An update from 
Community Consolidated
School District 15

August 31, 2017


TOWN HALL MEETING: PROPOSED 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 proposed 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. OurD15Voice is a board-appointed community engagement group. 

The proposed development currently includes 2,700 townhouse and apartment units, most of which would be part of District 15. The district has concerns regarding a residential TIF of this size and its potential financial impact on the school district. 

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 TIF districts in general. The public is invited to attend the meeting and ask questions related to the subject. 

Additional town hall meetings regarding other topics of interest will take place throughout the school year. More information about those meetings will be announced as it becomes available. 

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NEW SCHOOL BUS TRACKING APP COMING SOON

Beginning next week, parents will have access to a new school bus tracking tool to monitor when their child's bus will arrive. The Versatrans My Stop technology is a secure system available to parents through a web browser or free app available on both Apple and Android devices.
 
Access to My Stop is available to parents at no cost. It allows parents to see an estimated time of arrival for the bus arriving at their child's stop. The use of the app version of My Stop also includes push notifications where District 15 may communicate other alerts to parents including notification of late buses, school closings/delays or other pertinent messages.
 
Login credentials for the service are the same as with Versatrans e-link. Parents will only have access to view their own child's bus stop and route. Please contact the transportation department with any questions regarding access to My Stop.

SOS: SIGNS OF SUICIDE PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT

District 15 is offering a free parent education night on understanding the signs of suicide in teenagers today. This event will be held Thursday, Oct. 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Walter R. Sundling Junior High Theater. Intended for parents of students in 7th and 8th grades, those in attendance will hear from District 15 Social Work Coordinator Paul Budin, L.C.S.W., and staff members from area mental health agencies. Spanish translation will be available. Free transportation is provided from Partners for Our Communities, Edgebrook and PNRC from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. Buses will return to these locations at 8:30 p.m.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM OFFERED TO JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS

Beginning this fall, CCSD15 junior high school students will have the unique opportunity to start and launch their own businesses by participating in the  Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), sponsored by the Palatine Chamber of Commerce.
 
Started at the University of Rochester in 2004, YEA! began as a weekly class, taught on the university campus. YEA! has since expanded to other colleges, chambers of commerce and high schools.
 
Over the course of the year, CCSD15 junior high students will brainstorm ideas, write business plans, pitch their plans to a group of investors, obtain funding, launch their enterprise and actually sell their products or services.
 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-18 YEA! after-school class.  Click here to download and complete an application.  Contact Steven Gaus with the Palatine Chamber of Commerce with any additional questions.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL VIDEO

Students and staff had a great start to the 2017-18 school year on Aug. 16 with a warm welcome back to the classroom. Enjoy this short video of highlights of the first day from across the district.

Follow the district's Vimeo page for short clips posted periodically throughout the year.  
Morgan Delack
Chief Communication Officer
(847) 963-3204
Delackm@ccsd15.net