Board of Education Briefs for January 9, 2017

Board of Education Briefs for January 9, 2017

The District 99 Board of Education held a workshop meeting on January 9, 2017.

Please see the video here.

Highlights include:

Student Recognition – The Board welcomed and congratulated North High Teacher Mr. Tom Saam and students Owen Wahlgren, Jacob Ridderhoff, Tyler Mertes, and Eric Marcanio (with Principal Janice Schwarze, below) for earning first place in The Stock Market Game by managing a virtual financial portfolio of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. The students competed against 860 other high school teams. Go to this link for details.

Student Recognition photo

2017-18 Staffing Ratio – Student enrollment has dropped steadily since 2008 and is projected to be flat through 2032. Based on projections, Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Pete Theis recommended an instructional staff-to-student ratio of 21.8:1 for 2017-18, which represents 226.0 full-time employees. Dr. Thiele explained that planned retirements at the end of this school year eliminate the need for a reduction in staff. The 21.8:1 ratio has been used since the 2012-13 school year. The Board will vote on the recommendation at its meeting on January 23.

Resolution passed – The Board unanimously passed a resolution opposing the detachment of properties located in Oak Brook and supporting that the properties remain part of District 99.

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on January 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.