Board Meeting Highlights 9/8/2016

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By Forest Park School District 91

Board of Education Meeting

September 8, 2016


Consent Agenda Items

The Board approved the recommendation to employ the following positions: Primary Special Education Teacher at Betsy Ross, iDiscover Teacher at FPMS, two Lunchroom Monitors at Betsy Ross, the Substitute Teacher list for 2017 and the Head Teachers for 2017.

Enrollment Report

Dr. Cavallo discussed current enrollment numbers and how they compare to years past. District 91 is currently 24 students lower than last year but still exceeding projections by 11 students. Reports show that 93% of prior year preschoolers age-eligible for kindergarten are enrolled. Reports also show that 61% of currently enrolled kindergarten students attended District 91's preschool. Current average class size is 20 students with a 1:15 average for student to teacher ratio.

District Finances

A presentation delivered by a representative from the Federal Reserve Bank on Monday 8/22/2016 indicated that the U.S. economy is slowly trending toward the 2% inflation target that was set by the Federal Open Market Committee back in January 2012.

The representative pointed to recent data that "look more favorable", referring to the eventual fading of a stronger dollar and lower energy prices, suggesting that a weaker dollar and higher energy prices will contribute to a continued gradual increase of inflation.

The speaker speculated that presently "underlying inflation is in the 1.5%-1.75% range."  If that range holds steady for the duration of calendar year 2016, then it is likely that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December 2016 could be reasonably higher than the CPIs in December 2015 (0.7%) last year and December 2014 (0.8%) the year before last.

The December CPI is the figure that the district uses for its property tax levy in the December of the following year.  The December 2016 CPI is used to calculate the tax levy for Tax Year 2017.

The district will continue to monitor CPI activity over the next four months; the December 2016 CPI figure will likely be announced at the end of the third week in January 2017.

Board of Education Calendar

The Board of Education approved their annual fiscal year calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.

Citizens' Advisory Council

The Board of Education approved three memberships and one alternate membership for the Citizens' Advisory Council for the 2016-2017 school year. Libby Ashcraft, Rachel Entler and Celesia Leonard were approved for membership. Anna Friedman was approved as the alternate for membership.

Annual Budget

The Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Budget was approved.

Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World Contest

One of District 91's Field-Stevenson Students won the Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World Contest sponsored by Richard R. Boykin, Cook County Commissioner. Camari's winning artwork will be posted on our website.

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