Board of Education Briefs for April 18, 2016

Board of Education Briefs for April 18, 2016

The District 99 Board of Education held its business meeting on April 18, 2016. Highlights from the meeting include:

Third Quarter Financial Report

Controller Mark Staehlin reviewed the district’s third quarter financial report, reporting that operations are performing as planned and without issues. The ending fund balance on March 31, 2016 was $23.7 million, about $500,000 higher than last year. Revenues collected are expected to meet budget, and all property taxes have been collected. Whether the district will collect aid payments from the State of Illinois remains uncertain. 

Employee Medical and Dental Premiums

The district’s insurance committee recommends that the annual medical plan rates increase next year, including premiums and out-of-pocket maximums, and dental premiums remain level.  Click here to see the report. The Board will vote to approve the recommended premiums at the May 16 meeting; open enrollment for staff will begin on May 17.

Calendar Survey

In December 2015, the district issued a survey about the school calendar to gauge feedback about an “early start” schedule. A second survey was issued in February 2016 to better reach families and community members outside of District 99; over 2,400 people responded. The results of the second survey mirrored those of the first survey: 58% support an “early start” calendar, 33% a traditional calendar and 9% had no preference. In addition, 53% prefer to begin school in earlier in August. Click here to see the data from the report, and data from the sub-groups surveyed.

New North High Administrators

The Board unanimously approved the hiring of three new administrators for North High for the 2016-17 school year: Kelly Zuerner, Cathy Bendicsen, and Sara Courington.  Zuerner, currently a dean of students, will become associate principal for student activities. Bendicsen will become assistant principal for counseling and student support services and Courington will be associate principal for curriculum and instruction. Both Bendicsen and Courington currently work at Willowbrook High School.

Other Board Actions

The Board unanimously approved the following items:

Please click here to see a video of the meeting

Please click here to see the full agenda and supporting documents

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • May 2, 2016 – Board of Education Workshop at the ASC, 7 p.m.
  • May 9, 2016 – Board of Education Recognition at South High, 6:30 p.m.
  • May 16, 2016 – Board of Education Business Meeting at ASC, 7:30 p.m.